Friday, September 30, 2005


Real quick update -- This Saturday (tomorrow!), October 1st, is Tekkoshocon 1/2. From the flyer:

Come join us for a day of FREE fun at the
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in Oakland!
Play video games and participate in tournaments,
watch anime, enter a karaoke contest, and register
for Tekkoshocon, Pittsburgh Japanese animation
and pop culture convention. We can't wait to see you there!

It runs from 10am to 5pm. Amy's promised to take pictures, and if I can figure out how to post them here I will.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Hey, let's get groovin'!

The Teen Advisory Council has started planning the halloween party. It will be a retro affair on October 29th at, food, contests...costumes are welcome, but not required. Sounds like fun to me!

Sorry it's been awhile since I posted. I've been on vacation the last week (very nice, let me tell you). But at least I got a bunch of books read, that I'd been meaning to for quite some time. Among these are: Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (it's just as good as I'd always been told) and Double Helix by Nancy Werlin (also pretty darn about cloning rock). I highly recommend both of these. I read a few other books that I don't really recommend, so I'm not going to bother mentioning them.

I think we're going to start a movie matinee on Monday afternoons in November. And I think that we're probably going to subject you all to the movies that we watched when we were a bit younger...Pretty in Pink, here we come! If anyone has suggestions of what we should show, let us know.

Hasta la vista, bebe.


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Bang!, Banned Books, and more.

Robyn, the manager of Teens at CLP - Teens, asked me to tell you guys a little about Sharon Flake's new book, Bang! Well, let me tell you this: it's not for the faint of heart, and likely will make even the most jaded teen (or adult, as the case may be) shiver and maybe even cry a little. But, now that you've been given that disclaimer, go ahead and read it. It's really well written, just very, very dark. If you like Sharon Flake's books, why don't you go ahead and check out her website? Here's the link:

Something else to tell y'all about: September is Banned Books Month. No, that doesn't mean we go around banning books (really, how could you even think that?) -- it means we try to raise awareness of all the absolutely amazing, powerful books that have been challenged and banned over the years. On September 25th, teens will be reading passages from banned books. Here's some more information:

Teen Banned Books Reading
Sunday, September 25th
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Main)
Teen Area - First Floor
Join us in celebrating freedom of speech with area teens reading from banned or challenged books.

Also featuring guest speakers:
Anthony LaTour
Local teen expelled from school for rap lyrics he wrote at home and posted in the Internet.
Alik Widge
CMU graduate student and ACLU speaker; Alik will talk about teen freedom of speech with an emphasis on new technologies like file sharing.
For more information please visit and go to the events section.

Okay, I know the title said "And more." But I don't have more to say. Bye!