Monday, November 06, 2006

Meet the Author - Katherine Ayres

What an opportunity! Local author of novels for children and young adults, Katherine Ayres, will be speaking in the Teen department at CLP - Main this Wednesday. Her talk will begin at 4:00pm and she'll be talking about her books, writing, and all that jazz. You can ask her questions, too!

Katherine Ayres books include:

Family Tree
Eleven-year-old Tyler Stoudt starts sixth grade off on the wrong foot. She has Ms. Custer, the toughest teacher in school, who has announced that the schoolwork for the year will revolve around one project: a family tree. Tyler doesn't have a family tree--she has only Papa. As Papa said, her family tree was "chop down and burnt up. " But Tyler decides to do her best on the family tree project. Does she have grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles? Tyler wants to know, but she is afraid of what she might find out.

Macaroni Boy
Mike Costa has lived his whole life in The Strip, Pittsburgh’s warehouse and factory district. His father’s large Italian family runs a food wholesale business, and Mike is used to the sounds and smells of men working all night to unload the trains that feed the city. But it’s 1933, and the Depression is bringing tough times to everyone. Mike worries about his beloved grandfather, who is getting forgetful and confused. When dead rats start appearing in the streets, Mike notices that his grandfather is also physically sick. Can whatever is killing the rats be hurting Mike’s grandfather? It’s a mystery Mike urgently needs to solve in this atmospheric, fast-paced story filled with vibrant period detail.

North by Night
This exciting first-person narrative brings the story of the Underground Railroad to life. Sixteen-year-old Lucy Spencer believes in the work she and her family are doing to help fugitive slaves escape to Canada. Yet, what will Lucy do when asked to make the ultimate sacrifice and leave all she loves behind.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Hello, everyone. Our blog is going to undergo some renovations. We'll start unveiling a host of new features soon. If you have any suggestions for what YOU would like to see on this blog, or on the library web site in general, let us know.


Saturday, October 28, 2006

New Books!

Lots of titles have been published to our new books blog...

Check it out.

Monday, October 09, 2006

New Books

Check out the new books blog for our latest arrivals...

Saturday, September 30, 2006

more new fiction...

Here's another batch of new titles...

New Books Backlog

We are starting to get through the backlog - check out some of the new fiction titles that have come in in the last month or so on our new books blog...

many, many, many more to come.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

While You're at School, We're on Recess

Hi everyone,

As Karen is now the coordinator of Teen services for the entire Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh system (go Karen!), we're going to be taking a little vacation from posting for a while. We'll try to keep you updated as to reviews as well as interesting news & notes, but we won't have a chance to let you know about the new books. Things are a little hectic while we wait for some new colleagues, now that school's back in session.

Speaking of, much luck to you in the new year. If you need a place to study, work on group projects, get help with your research, or just relax and have fun after school, stop by the space some time. Just to remind you, we're located at 4400 Forbes Ave., in Oakland (you know, the building behind the dinosaur).

In the meantime, if you have anything you want us to post on your behalf, e-mail us:

Alright, hope to see you soon,

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

It's almost over.

As the summer winds down, it's time to reflect on all the amazing things that went on at the Main Library. Here are a few:

  • 173 Teens read 965 books as part of the Teen Summer Reading Party
  • 284 Teens attended programs at the library like Movie Matinees, Go Game! and Crafts
  • 350 people attended the Harry and the Potters concert on July 6th (and how cool was that, by the way?)
  • 30 Teens came to the Teen Summer Reading End of Summer After-Hours After-Party (which was also really amazing -- I hope you all had fun!)
  • Approximately a million fabulous conversations about books, music, movies and life were carried out between teens and librarians
  • 0 tears were shed. That I know of, anyway.

It's a bittersweet kind of thing...a new school year is very exciting, but we're going to miss seeing you every day! I hope that you don't forget to come visit! We're a great place to do homework, too.

One person we're really going to miss is our teen volunteer, Lily, who's been coming in twice a week all summer long to shelve books, make displays and help with programs. Lily wrote us a great essay about what she thinks about being a teen volunteer at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, which is reproduced here for your reading enjoyment:

How Do I Feel About Being A Library Volunteer? Well…
By: Lily

When someone asks, “How do you feel about being a volunteer at the Carnegie Library?” what am I, an average Pittsburgh girl, to say? Only 65,000 words exist in my dictionary to describe the feeling, and the majority of words like rancid, compunction, or defenestrate would fit the situation as well as a XS floral bikini would fit cow.

Thousands of years of linguistic evolution cannot provide the proper answer, but what about chemistry? Yeah Chemistry. The mixing and combining separate entities to create a new whole. If I approach the question from different perspectives, as different people, I should be able to rearrange the essence of their answers to form the perfect one for me.

Okay. I’m ready. Ask me again, in the words of Sergeant Sarah Brown, “ ‘Ask me how do I feel…’ about being a library volunteer?”

Well, if I were a cheerleader, I’d be cheering:


(above: Chant to the beat of I’ve got spirit)




(above: Say it anyway you like. As long as you’re peppy it works)

YEA!!!!!! (toe-touch) WAHOO!!!!!! (cartwheel)

(above: Scream to the beat of Be Aggressive)

If I were a poet, I’d be writing:

Once upon a noontime airy, I began to wander, though worn and wary.
After many a quiet and solemn hour, I happened upon a library tower.
As I approached, nearly falling, I thought I could hear a faint voice calling.
Tis only tiredness that is talking, yet I still followed, slowly walking,
All the way to the wooden door.

Ah, I vividly recall, it was season not yet fall.
Each paneled door swung out revealing a light, so bright, from the ceiling.
Swiftly fled was all my sorrow, in its stead a golden morrow
Of laughter and life and lore, of tomes that nestle across the floor
A vision that continued forevermore.

If I were a French chef, I’d be cooking:

A baguette, Monsieur. Les baguettes symbolizes the food of the people, les gens.
We en France buy many a day, eat with every meal. It nourished us, our bodies.
And I, one of the select, makes the baguettes, takes my place among the
nourishers of them, I say my fellow countrymen. I have a points, mon cher. Sois

Books , les livres, are the baguette for the mind. I proud to feed the body
and the community mind. I come, put the books, les journals, how do you say the
“magazins” upon the shelf and I feel proud. I smile at the shelves and shelves of
food. What fun, what an aroma, and I, my friend, I smile.

Ask me how do I feel about being a library volunteer. Well, if I were just me, I’d answer:

It makes me feel like jumping off a human pyramid and doing flips in the air, all while shouting about the marvels of the library. Unfortunately, acrobatics is something that is beyond me (or should I say, behind me), but volunteering makes me feel like I can do what I cannot. The experience motivates, invigorates. It never bores, only soothes. The sight of rows upon rows of shelves filled with books just fills me with a sense of awe. It is not a frequent sight, rare although not expensive, but worth more than all the jewels in the world. It is the sight of joy being given out for free. Nothing is better. The books themselves make me smile. They send up bubbles that pop out of mouth as a laugh. Some books stand majestically on their bases silently waiting for fate while others lean so far out that they practically fall off the shelves, seeming to innocently plead, “Look a little higher. No lower. Come on. I know you see me. Yes. Yeeessssss… Here I am. Pick me. Pick me. NO, you don’t want that one.” Every time, I put one of those books up on a shelf, or a handmade poster on a wall, I feel proud because I am adding to what makes the library so amazing to me and making it better for others to enjoy. The library, volunteering or not, just makes me feel happy. If I were a bell, I’d definitely be ringing Ding Dong Ding Dong Ding!

**Editor's note: That bit above about zero tears being shed? Not quite so true anymore. Thanks, Lily**

Friday, August 04, 2006

New Books

You know the score. To see what's new on our shelves (and flying off our shelves), check out our new books blog: We've got all sorts of new stuff.


Thursday, August 03, 2006

Teen Summer Reading PARTY!!!

Hey Teens!

If you registered for Teen Summer Reading and listed MAIN as your primary library, you're invited to a fabulous party celebrating your participation in Teen Summer Reading!

Who: All teens who registered for TSR with MAIN as their primary library
Where: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main, Teen Space
When: Friday, August 18th, 5:30 - 7:30 (the rest of the library will be closed! How cool is that?)
Why: have fun? And celebrate the end of Teen Summer Reading?
What: Food! Prizes! Music! Games! Friends! Fun! Librarians! And Much More!!!

You must tell us you're coming by August 16th (Wednesday) or we can't let you in!

Call 412-622-5526 or email to RSVP.

Hope to see you all there,

CLP - Teen Staff (Karen, Joseph and Connie)

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Warped Tour - by Guest Blogger Beverly

**Editor's note** In an effort to make our blog more teen-centric, we've started soliciting blog posts from members of our Teen Advisory Council, volunteers, and random teens who wander into the library. Our first Guest Blogger is Beverly, one of our incredibly dedicated TAC members. If you'd like to contribute a blog, email us at! **

Warped Tour

The Warped Tour is a festival of bands that tour the country every summer. This summer was my first year going and it was an amazing experience. The night before the tour I only got 2 hours of sleep because I was so excited. When it was time to leave at 10am I still had no clue what it was going to be like, the people I had was going with had also never been to the tour before. By the time I got there the line was already massive. Even before the doors opened the energy was amazing, there were people walking around promoting their bands and handing out free merchandise.

The doors opened a bit after 11am, and I tried to find my friends Karly and Georgina who I was supposed to be meeting. I was overwhelmed by the size of Post Gazette Pavilion and it took me a while to find Karly and Georgina. Once I found all my friends we went to started going to see bands, the crowd and bands performances were all amazing. The energy was completely different from a normal show. Out of all the bands I saw, I feel The Academy Is had the best performance. They got the crowd really going and singing along to all the songs.

After going to Warped Tour this year I would definitely go again. I feel it is a worthwhile experience that anyone who enjoys music should go to.


Reading through this months VOYA (the one we're featured in, by the way) I came across two fabulous contests for teens:

The National Peace Essay Contest-

Teens in grades nine to twelve are invited to assume to role of Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General and design a program that dissuades youth from participating in violent conflict. There are fabulous prizes, including a $1,000 scholarship for the winner from each state who then goes on to compete for national awards. The awards program includes an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.! For more information visit

Teen Tech Week Logo Contest-

A new initiative from the Young Adult Library Services Association, Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use their libraries for more than just books! Teens can design a logo for Teen Tech Week, which will be used on all marketing a promotional materials. The winning teen will also get a $50 Borders gift card, and the library that submits the winning logo will get $100 worth of free books! Rules and the entry form can be found at

Good luck!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Last chance to win!

Hey, all. Just a reminder that today's the LAST DAY to enter to contest to win a free, signed copy of Alanna: the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce! I'll be drawing the winner first thing tomorrow morning.

The rules again:

  • You must be between 12 - 18 years old and have a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh library card
  • You must be registered for Teen Summer Reading
  • You must answer the three quiz questions correctly

The quiz questions:

  1. What was the name of Alanna's cat?
  2. Alanna went to Corus to become a knight. Where did her brother Thom go, and what did he want to become?
  3. Where does Alanna find her sword?

To enter the contest, just email the correct answers, your name and your library card number to by 8:00 TONIGHT. The winner will be randomly selected from everyone who gets all three questions right and meets all the other requirements.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Important things


Monday, July 24, 2006

Oodles of books

Many, many new non-fiction titles have been added to the new books blog. And tomorrow, there will be abundant fiction titles added. Enjoy.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Win an autographed Tamora Pierce book!!

While I was in New Orleans for an American Library Association conference, I had the opportunity to meet Tamora Pierce and have her sign some books for me. Are you jealous? I thought you might be, so I asked her to sign one for you, too! I have a copy of Alanna: The First Adventure, autographed to "Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Teens" that I will give away.

It's not going to be quite that simple, though. Here are the rules:
  • You must be between 12 - 18 years old and have a Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh library card
  • You must be registered for Teen Summer Reading
  • You must answer the three quiz questions correctly

What's that? Quiz questions? Yeah, that's right. Here they are:

  • What was the name of Alanna's cat?
  • Alanna went to Corus to become a knight. Where did her brother Thom go, and what did he want to become?
  • Where does Alanna find her sword?

To enter the contest, just email the correct answers, your name and your library card number to by July 31st, 2006. The winner will be randomly selected from everyone who gets all three questions right and meets all the other requirements.

If you want to enter but aren't registered for Teen Summer Reading, that's easy to fix! Just go here:

Good luck!!


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

D & D Campaign

Hello all! We have received more than a few inquiries about this summer’s Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Unfortunately we can no longer accept reservations because the program is full. However, due to the large interest in the event, we would like to extend an offer. If an interested teen wants to organize a Dungeons and Dragons campaign then we might be able to have a new game this upcoming Fall. If you have experience as a Dungeon Master and would like to organize a campaign then please contact the teen staff to discuss the details.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Harry and the Potters Live @ CLP

Here you have it, folks. Harry and the Potters live on the CLP lawn. I'll post more videos as I make them. Thanks for being a part!

Or, if that doesn't work:

Best wishes,

Those wizards definitely ROCKED.

As all of you who were here last night know, the Harry and the Potters concert was an amazing success. There were at least 300 people here, probably as many as 400, all bopping and dancing to the amazing tunes of Dracos and the Malfoys (boo! but yay at the same time) and Harry and the Potters.

I was really happy to see so many teens at the concert, and so many unfamiliar faces! I hope that you all are able to make your way back to CLP - Main to check out our amazing Teen area and say hi! I also want to say "thanks, you people are amazing" to all the folks who traveled so far to get here. I talked to one family who came all the way from Maryland! Now, that's dedication.

Joseph recorded the entire concert, and I took lots of pictures, so hopefully we'll be able to get some of that up on the blog soon.

Please, please, please...let me know what you thought! Did it rock as hard as it seemed to?

Also, many thanks to Paul, Joe, Brian, Brad, Cathy and Ryan. You all have put together an amazing show, and I hope the rest of your tour is a success!


Thursday, July 06, 2006

Today's the day!!

Hi, everyone! I just wanted to remind y'all that the Harry and the Potters concert is TONIGHT! Yes, that's right, tonight. It starts at 6:00, on the lawn in front of CLP - Oakland. That is, unless it rains, in which case it will be held in the Lecture Hall -- everyone keep your fingers crossed that that doesn't happen! On the off chance that it does, you can get to the Lecture Hall by following the path to the right of the front doors. According to the weather report, however, it going to be a BEAUTIFUL day.

If you're planning on coming, I recommend bringing some water to keep you hydrated while you're dancing, and maybe a blanket or folding chair to sit on. Information about the concert can be found on our website, here:, or on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's website, here:

Prior to the concert, don't forget about Get Game! Video Gaming @ Your Library, which will take place in Teen from 3:00 - 5:00. We'll be hooking up the X-box and a GameCube that one of our interns is bringing in, and spending the afternoon hanging out and playing video games! This is your chance to help us plan whether we want to run tournaments over the course of the summer, and also to help us prioritize which Playstation 2 games we want to try to order for our collection.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Gossip Girl and More!

The New Books Blog has been updated with many, many new fiction titles, including not one but two books by the fabulous Pete Hautman and the new Gossip Girl book, Only in Your Dreams. I read it over the Fourth of July, and it's just at scintillating as the previous titles.

Of course, we got some new non-fiction titles in, too...and Joseph just taught me a new, faster way to update the blog, so hopefully I'll have those up soon! [EDIT: The Non-Fiction books are up, and in half the time it usually takes! Thanks, Joseph!]


Thursday, June 29, 2006

Harry & The Potters - Thur. July 6, 6-8 PM

Join us for an evening of rock music based on the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling with New York based punk band Harry and the Potters! The show will take place on Thursday July 6, from 6-8 PM on the Front Lawn of Carnegie Library's Main facility in Oakland. THIS SHOW IS FREE!!!

Check out the video below to see the wizard rock in action!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Books Again

We're still churning them out, and you're still reading them. Take a look at some of the newest things on hand at the New Books Blog.


Saturday, June 17, 2006

Will it ever stop?

The answer is NO! But that's a good thing...

Just when I thought I was done posting new books to the New Books Blog -- FINALLY -- another box of new books arrived! But there weren't too many, and they're all posted and ready to put on display. Except for one of the copies of LBD: Friends Forever, which is coming home with me.


Summer Reading of to a ROARING start!

Last sunday was the Summer Reading Extravaganza. It was a fabulous party, and early estimates say that over 5000 people attended! I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty impressive. We registered over 130 teens for Teen Summer Reading at the Extravaganza. Another 150 or so have registered in the last week, bringing to total number of Teen Summer Reading participants to 335. So far, teens participating at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations have read 408 books. That's a lot of books!

The numbers of participants at Main are MUCH higher than they were this time last year. 77 teens registered with Main as their primary library, and so far those 77 have read 168 books. I'm very impressed. We're hoping to get at least 150 participants at Main this summer, so if you haven't registered yet, DO IT! You can register here.

Don't forget that every week you put at least one book into your book log, you'll have the chance to win a gift certificate to either Barnes and Noble or Target. And if you're at Main, be sure to fill out one of our "What Are You Reading"/Raffle forms for the chance to win an iPod Shuffle!

Hope to see you soon,

TONS of New Books!

I just put about three weeks worth of new books on the new books blog. If you're already getting tired of sleeping late and doing nothing, check out one of these fabulous, shiny and new titles! You can find the list here.

Monday, June 12, 2006

You're too late.

Our esteemed Dungeon Master just informed me that the Dungeons and Dragons campaign is FULL. That's right, there is no more room in the campaign.

If you'd like to get your name on a list to be contacted next year, send us an email!


Friday, June 09, 2006


What's almost here, you ask? Well, I'll tell you:


That's right. In two short days, on Sunday, June 11th, you can register online for Teen Summer Reading and have the chance to win awesome prizes, just for reading.

All you have to do is keep track of what you read online, and every week each library in the city will select a winner.


Are you unable to check out books or use our computers because you owe the library too much money? If you register for summer reading, we will automatically (within 24 hours) waive all overdue fines on your library card. (Sorry, we can't waive fines for lost or damaged items or overdue fines on items that don't belong to Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.)

And if that wasn't enough...

If you come to CLP - Main in Oakland and fill out a book review raffle ticket, you might win an iPod Shuffle! We're giving away too.

Still want more? You got it!

All summer long we'll be randomly pulling names from a hat for some other prizes, like restaurant and movie gift certificates. You have to be here to win, come to the library often! You never know when we'll pick a winner.

We'll also be offering great programs all summer:
  • Monday Movie Matinees
  • Open Video Games / Tournaments
  • Dance Dance Revolution
  • Open Zine Making Workshops
  • Dungeons and Dragons (call 412-622-3121 to register)
  • Teen Craft Times

Summer Reading 2006 starts on June 11th at the Summer Reading Extravaganza!! Come to CLP - Main for free food, games, music, giveaways and more. Hope to see you there!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Here comes the rain again

Welcome to one more burst in the recent rain of new books. I just posted another bunch of fiction & nonfiction to our New Books Blog, so check them out. I'll put up the new graphic novels there sometime soon as well. Have a happy (and dry) holiday weekend, everyone!


Wednesday, May 24, 2006

My fingers hurt.

I just posted SO MANY new books to the New Books Blog. Trust me, there's a little something for everyone: sci-fi, chick lit, non-fiction...the list goes on and on and on. Seriously. Check it out...and then check the books out.


Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Listen to our Podcast!

The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) of the Main library created a podcast about the activities they participate in and the books they read. This digital audio project was created as a shout-out to the Trails West Teen Advisory Council of Kansas City, who will respond to our podcast through one of their own.

Listen to our MP3 to find out what the TAC is all about. You might find yourself wanting to meet this crazy, wacky, group of enthusiastic slinkster cool teenagers. If so, hang out with us this summer during Dance Dance Revolution Tuesdays and Game On! Thursdays. (Not to mention the other programs -- there will be something going on every day of the week!)

Listen to the Podcast

Download the Podcast

Right Click on this link, and select "Save As", and then you will be prompted to save the podcast onto your computer or mp3 player.

Signing Out,

Stephanie, the summer intern

Friday, May 19, 2006

New Books!

The new non-fiction and graphic novels that came in this week have been added to the New Books Blog. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

We have interns!!

Summer's getting closer, and we're getting busier! We've got a lot of really cool things planned (including Go Game: Video Gaming at Your Library, but I'm going to save that post for another day), and luckily we have help to get it done.

Robyn, our fearless leader, has moved on to a position as Director at the Whitehall Public Library -- good for her! Before her departure, however, she lined up not one, but two interns for us. Stephanie, who will soon receive her MLIS (that's a Master's Degree in Library and Information Sciences -- yes, you do need a master's degree to be a librarian) from the University of Pittsburgh; and Michael, a student at City Charter High School.

Both of our interns have lots of experience working with teens. Stephanie was a Youth Associate Librarian at the Kansas City Public Library in Kansas City, MO before she moved to Pittsburgh to go back to school. Michael is a page at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Carrick, and runs their Teen Advisory Council. They're both going to be helping out with our Teen Advisory Council. Our next meeting is this Sunday, the 21st. If you're interested in joing the Teen Advisory Council at CLP - Main, feel free to come to the meeting.

There will be cookies.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Dungeons and Dragons

There's good new and there's bad news.

The good news is that, after last summer's amazingly successful Dungeons and Dragons program, we'll be doing it again this year. Mark Russell, one of the library assistants on the First Floor will be running the program with help from Scott Pyle, the Reference Services librarian who played Dungeon Master last summer. The campaign begins on July 12th.

Here's the bad news: this year, we're only running one campaign instead of two. And, because of the nature of the game, the number of participants is limited to seven. And a few people have already registered. So, if you want to play D&D at the library this summer, give us a call (412-622-3121) or send us an email ( today!


Friday, May 05, 2006

New Books on the Blog

Well, I finally got all the new books from earlier in the week up on the new books blog. What's really scary is that, just as I was putting in the new fiction, another bin of new books was delivered to the Teen area. So, expect more new books soon. Maybe not today, though.


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Hello, Winchester-Thurston!

I am EXHAUSTED. I spent several hours this afternoon talking about books and the library to sixth graders at Winchester-Thurston, and it was excellent. Pretty much, this post is just to say "hi" to all the kids I told about the blog today...I hope all 45 (or so) of you read this post!

If any other folks from any other schools in the area are interested in having librarians come into your school to talk about books, or the library, or any other cool stuff like that, just tell your school librarian or one of your teachers to give us a call. We really enjoy doing it, and it gives us a chance to strut our stuff a little.

And, to the one Winchester-Thurston student I saw in here this afternoon, about ten minutes after I walked back in the door: Dang, that was fast!


Thursday, April 27, 2006

High School Photo Contest 2006

Are you a budding photographer? Here's your chance to win prizes!

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's High School Photo Contest 2006
Beyond the Point * Pittsburgh's Rivers

Best Achievement in Photography : $500
Second Place: $250
Third Place: $100
Honorable Mention: $50
**Showstopper Award!!! $100

Each photo must have a completed entry form taped on the back. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: May 5, 2006.

At least ten students must participate for prizes to be awarded.

Contest Rules:
The contest is open to all high school student amateur photgraphers in grades 9-12 in Allegheny County.

Photographs will be judged on three criteria:
  • How well the photograph illustrates the theme "Beyond the Point * Pittsburgh's Rivers" How local rivers affect the life of area citizens as well as the environmental impact of industry and modern life on the rivers.
  • Artistic merit
  • Technical quality

Prints may be black-and-white or color. Photographs must be unmounted 8x10 or 5x7 and have been taken since January 1, 2006. Digitally-taken photos are acceptable, but prints must be provided. Photos must be taken in the Pittsburgh area. Photographers may enter a maximum of three images.

All entries for judging will become the property of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania Department and will be part of the historic collection of local images known as the Pittsburgh Photographic Library. Entries will not be returned.

Complete the entry form and mail or hand deliver your entry or entries on or before May 5, 2006 to: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Pennsylvania Department * 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

For more information, call the Pennsylvania Department at 412-622-3154 or Teen Services at 412-622-3121.

Employees of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and their families are not eligible.

Pick up an entry form at the library, or check out the Pennsylvania Department's website at for more information!


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Cut and Paste, or an Honest Mistake?

One of the big news stories in library world (and perhaps the rest of the world as well...I'm the first to admit I'm often a bit out of touch) is the tale of a Harvard sophomore whose recently published book is coming under fire.

Basically, Kaavya Viswanathan has been accused of copying numerous passages from Megan McCafferty's Jessica Darling series (see the New Books Blog for a blatant plug of this series, which I adore) in her book How Opal Mehta Got Kissed, Got Wild and Got a Life.

Since the accusation, Ms. Viswanathan has apologized, saying that she read the first two books in Megan McCafferty's series (Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings) as a high school student and subconsciously internalized certain passages and McCafferty's overall writing style. I've got to say, some of the "similar" passages quoted in various newspaper articles, like this one from The Boston Globe are rather remarkably alike.

How Opal Mehta... is about a high school student who's entire life has revolved around doing everything right to get into Harvard. At her entrance interview, however, she's told that she needs to have more fun, make some friends, get some hobbies, in short -- get a life.

Megan McCafferty's books are about Jessica Darling, a high school student who gets great grades and, while she does have a life (sort of), spends a lot of time stressing out about what college to apply to and whether or not she'll get in.

While the plots of the books share some similarities, it's the language that is really the shocker. Read some of the articles (or better yet, read the books) to see the disputed passages.

I don't know whether this was an honest mistake or if Viswanathan plagiarized McCafferty on purpose. Either way, if you ever have a novel published, make good and certain that all the language is your own!

My thanks, as is often the case, to the clever folks on the YALSA-BK listserv for making me aware of this controversy!


Say "hi!" to Connie!

The next time you're at the Carnegie Library - Main, you might see an unfamiliar face sitting at the teen desk. If you do, it's probably our new Library Assistant, Connie! Connie started last week, and will be working sometimes in Teen, sometimes on the First be nice to her, and be sure to introduce yourself if you see her.


Thursday, April 20, 2006

Comment Comment Comment!!

Robyn and I discovered yesterday that a possible reason so few people comment to this blog is that it's not the easiest thing to figure out how to do, if you don't have a blogger account. However, it IS possible! Here's how:

At the bottom of each post is a link that says "0 comments" (or "1 comment," or "2 comments," as the case may be). If you click on this link, it will take you to the comment window.

If you have a blogger ID, you can just write your comment, put in your username and password, and click "log-in and publish." If you do not have a blogger ID, do not fret! Simply change the "identity" from "Blogger" to "Anonymous." This will make the username and password fields disappear...then you just write your comment and click "log-in and publish."

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You want your librarians to be happy, don't you?


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Prom Time

Spring brings blooms in flowering plants and trees which are a delight to the eye. It also is the time for many girls to purchase a dress for the prom. Maybe you don't have the cash for a dress or maybe you are into recycling. Either way there is place for you to check out this Saturday, April 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm. The gym at Winchester Thurston School at 555 Morewood Avenue, Shadyside will have gently used prom gowns, and also some brand new ones available at that time.

Monday, April 17, 2006

CLP - Teen: New Books

I've updated the new book blog with new fiction AND non-fiction! Check it out here.


It's so quiet here!

There's a strange noise in Teen at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh...or perhaps I should say, a strange lack of noise. For many of you, today is your last day of Spring Break before you have to go back to school. Is that why it's so quiet in here? Are you all at home playing video games, or working dilligently on a paper that's due tomorrow, or (I hope) at the park or in your yard enjoying the beautiful weather?

The city is gearing up to open Schenley Plaza, between the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main and University of Pittsburgh's Hillman Library. I walked through it today on my lunch break, and saw so many people sitting on benches, surrounded by flowers, reading their books! It made me smile.

So, enjoy the beautiful weather. I won't be too sad that you're not here, because I wish I was outside too! But don't forget about us, and if you need to do more research on that paper, if it starts to rain, or if that darn pollen starts to tickle your nose, come on back to the library. Don't forget about us!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Check it out:

I just posted a bunch of new non-fiction and fiction on the New Books Blog.


Friday, April 07, 2006

Every little (or big) bit helps.

I just read a news story that literally brought tears to my eyes. An eleven-year-old girl in Mississippi raised $9,000 to help rebuild the Gulfport, Miss. library, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina -- and she did it by riding her horse across the state. And she's not stopping there; her goal is to raise at least $10,000 for all seven libraries damaged by the hurricane. Read the whole story here.


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Don't forget! SureTalk

Conquer your fear of public speaking with SureTalk, starting this week at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - Main. Come on Thursday, April 6th for a registration and information session...and then keep coming, until your confidence has grown. Starts at 7pm, in the Teen Meeting Room.

More new books!

Check them out here.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

New Fiction on the new book blog!

Check it out:

Trying something new...

Since our lists of new books are SO long that they kind of take over the whole blog, we're going to try something new. All new books (and, hopefully, other materials) will be posted to our new blog, Any time we update the new blog, we'll post here telling you we have...check back often for updates!

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

LOTS of new books!

I know it's been awhile since I posted a list of new stuff, so here's a whole lot all at once. Enjoy!

(and, as you already know, just click on the book cover or title to go to our catalog for more info)


The Killer's Tears, by Anne-Laure Bondoux

Riddle in the Mountain, by Daryl Burkhard

Corydon & the Island of Monsters, by Tobias Druitt

Swan Town : The Secret Journal of Susanna Shakespeare, by Michael J. Ortiz

The Necessary Beggar, by Susan Palwick

The Wall and the Wing, by Laura Ruby

Duckling Ugly, by Neil Shusterman

The Case of the Missing Marquess : an Enola Holmes Mystery, by Nancy Springer

No Right Turn, by Terry Trueman

Hard Hit, by Ann Turner


Miracle : Bobbly Allison and the Saga of the Alabama Gang, by Peter Golenbock
GV1032.A3 G65 2006

Chillin' Trix for Cool Chix, by Leanne Warrick
HQ798.W187 2005

The Campfire Collection : Spine-tingling Tales to Tell in the Dark, edited by Eric B. Martin
PN6071.O87 C36 2000

With a Little Luck : Surprising Stories of Amazing Discoveries, by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Q180.55.D57 F73 2006

Happy reading!

Talking about books

Do you like to talk about the books that you have read? Middle school students at a school where we visit once a month come in during the lunch hour to do just that. The book they picked to talk about next time is Hidden Child by Isaac Millman. It is the story of the author, who was born in Paris. When he was only seven years old the Nazis invaded France and his father was deported. He and his mother fled to Vichy France, where she bribed a guard to shelter young Isaac. Maybe you read some of his other books when you were younger in the Moses series. Here is a link to a picture of the author and some more information about him.

Since you cannot join us in the discussion perhaps you would like to comment to the blog after you read the book.


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Reviewers wanted!

Do you like to read? Do you like to write? If so, have we got a deal for you!

We'd like to start posting reviews by teens on this blog. Basically, if you read a book you like (or dislike), write a review of it and we'll probably post it.

Not sure what to review? Ask! We often get advance reading copies sent to us by publishers, so you might even be able to read a book before it comes out. Or, one of us can tell you what titles we've ordered lately...or you can just pick a book yourself.

If you do want to review a book, here's what you should include:

Author and title (duh)
Did you like the book? Why or why not?
Who would you recommend the book to?

Of course, use your own personal style and your own words.

If you're interested in reviewing for our blog, send us an email:


Thursday, March 23, 2006

You Make My Heart Sing

New York Times columnist Naomi Wolf recently wrote a column called "Young Adult Fiction: Wild Things," in which Wolf critiques fiction series like Gossip Girls and The Clique for portraying young ladies as mean, sexualized misogynists with serious consumer fetishes. Says Wolf:

But teenagers, or their parents, do buy the bad-girls books — the "Clique," "Gossip Girl" and "A-List" series have all sold more than a million copies. And while the tacky sex scenes in them are annoying, they aren't really the problem. The problem is a value system in which meanness rules, parents check out, conformity is everything and stressed-out adult values are presumed to be meaningful to teenagers. The books have a kitsch quality — they package corruption with a cute overlay.

Wolf seems to see these books the same way somebody would look at Teen People--as a message from media that is intrinsically designed to model behaviors, looks, and products for you to buy. Wolf doesn't seem to have any faith in you (by you, I mean teens) to evaluate these characters and stories so to decide for yourself what to take and apply to your lives, if anything.

When I first started working here, I must admit I had similar feelings (not about the teens, but about the books). I soon learned that I'm nobody to judge anyone else's reading interests, especially when that judgment amounts to generalizing the hopes, dreams, and emotional lives of the thousands and thousands of people who enjoy these novels. Wolf's critique of these books, and all the social hierarchy in the novels, feels like it amounts to a whole new hierarchy--of prep-school-turned-Yale-alumni adults like Naomi Wolf knowing what's "best." (Though, even if one was to accept the principle of "bad" in these characters' behaviors, I fail to see how any character completely aligned at the pole of revoltingly cruel consumer-driven materialist provides any emotional access point for readers to want to emulate their experience of these characters.)

I'm curious to hear what all of you think about this article. How do you interact with your reading interests? What do they mean to you?

Okay, take care, everyone. This is my first post to the blog, and I'm signing out.

Best wishes,

P.S. -- I'm just going to take this opportunity to plug Natalie Standiford's Dating Game novels. Three high school sophomores--Madison, Lina, and Holly--make waves at their preppy school for the gifted when they start a matchmaking blog. Little do people know that they each have their own issues with being forlorn in love, sex, and the social life. Standiford has quite a knack for creating a sensational life without sensationalizing it. Despite their rather average quality, the Dating Game novels have a quick, urgently exciting feel, with characters rushing through life and getting hit with a few key realizations along the way.

P.P.S. -- If you're interested in further discussions of how media--specifically visual media like photographs, television, and movies--impact society, culture, and our minds, please call me here at the library, at 412-622-3121. We have a free Media Literacy & Digital Video Production class for high school students every fall and spring, in which we talk about these issues and apply what we learn to representing ourselves through digital video exercises. It's intense and fun, and I would be happy to add you to the list of people to contact for the fall!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006


Did you know that speaking in public is considered by many to be a fear greater than death? If you think so too we have help for you coming soon to the Teen area at the library. If you are a high school student you can come to six fun interactive sessions to help overcome your fear of public speaking. Sound interesting? Come on Thursday, April 6th at 7 pm. to find out more. Click here for all of the dates and times. Normally a $500.00 value, this program is being offered for free to a group of 15 high school students.

Here is what one high school senior had to say about his experience,
"SureTalk has been a new and interesting program for us. The instructors are really good and make all of us feel comfortable when we are asked to speak. I feel as though I'm getting better each time and so do most of my friends. I would recommend this program for all teens because it can only help you later on in life."


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Inkheart: the Movie

Cornelia Funke. Movie. Inkheart. YAY!

Okay, now for coherent thoughts: I just read on YALSA-BK that Cornelia Funke's absolutely fabulous book, Inkheart, is being made into a movie. If you're not familiar with the story, Inkheart is about a young girl named Meg and her father, Mo. Mo has an amazing talent: he can read characters from books into being. That's right, he can read a book out loud and make characters from that book appear in real life. The only problem is, he can't really control what characters appear...and every time he reads a character out, something from the real world must go in. Hmm.

Anyway, Inkheart is amazing, as is its sequel, Inkspell. So I'm very excited about this movie. I'm also very excited about who'll be playing Mo: Brendan Fraser! For a little bit more info, check out the Internet Movie Database, here.


Monday, March 13, 2006

Get 'em while they're hot!

Some books came in today that look really great...come and grab them off the new book display, before I'm forced to check them out myself!


The Road of the Dead, by Kevin Brooks

Grand and Humble, by Brent Hartinger

Ask Me No Questions, by Marina Budhos

Thursday, March 09, 2006

MySpace?!?, that cool website where you can talk to your friends, post bulletins and photos, and meet new people, has been in the news a lot lately. Some of the news is good, like this article from USA Today; some bad, like this article from; and some pretty neutral, like this other one from

Now, we know that you guys love your Myspace. We see you using it in the library and, as you know, we've started using it to communicate with you! Here's our request, though: be safe. Use common sense and follow some basic guidelines like the ones set forth by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children. We like y'all, and want you to be careful.

Stepping off my pedestal,

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

We had fun yesterday composing this "ad" for next week's Dance Dance Revolution drop-in program. The teen advisory council requested we do something special for St. Patrick's Day during our regularly scheduled DDR time on Friday, March 17th. (3-5 pm.)

There will be a party in Teen
Where all will be wearin' their green
Teens'll come from afar
To dance DDR
To eat and to drink they'll be keen.


Thursday, March 02, 2006

Spring into March

That was a lame title, I know. But it's March, the official first month of Spring, and I'm excited! Not to mention that there's a lot of exciting stuff happening at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Tomorrow is DDR Day! Be sure to stop by and dance the afternoon away with your friends. And, because a lot of you have trouble getting here after school on Friday, we're going to keep doing DDR one Saturday a month. F ebruary's DDR Saturday was a great success!! The next date is March 25th.

As always, next Monday we'll show a movie in the Teen Meeting Room at Main, and Wednesday is the Safe and Respectful Place. ***edit: Safe and Respectful Place will no longer occur on Wednesday afternoons. More information will be posted as it becomes available.*** I know y'all enjoy the free popcorn and soda on Monday afternoons! Please let me know, either by commenting to the blog or by emailing us at, if there are any movies in particular you'd be interested in seeing. I will do my best!

March 18th will be second annual Teen Read Buffet, requested by members of the Teen Advisory Group. This is a really fun event that combines two of MY favorite things: food and books. We'll have a selection of great books and snacks available, or you can pick something to read off our well-stocked shelves. Then, basically, hang out, read, eat, talk about what you're reading, eat some more, read some more...sounds like fun, eh?

There are other things going on for teens at libraries all over the city, if you can't get to Oakland. A lot of our neighborhood locations already have or are starting Teen Advisory Groups/Councils of their own: B-TAG, the Brookline Teen Advisory Group, will meet at 4:30 on Wednesday, March 15th; Carrick is having a TAG meeting at noon on March 18th; and the meeting at Southside will be at 1:00 on March 25th.

If you're planning on attending Tekkoshocon the weekend of March 31st but aren't sure what to wear, stop by the Squirrel Hill library on March 19th to design and make a costume. And if you're just looking for a good place to go and hang out, check out the After School Club at the Carrick library, held every Wednesday afternoon, or the For Young Women Only - Teen Chat at the Hill District library at 4:30 on March 23rd.

New Books!!

In other news, we got a bunch of new books in today. Most of them are just going straight to our new book display, but here are some I thought looked particularly interesting:

Now Starring Vivien Leigh Reid: Diva in Training, by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout

Criminal Minded, by Tracy Brown

Gil's All Fright Diner, by A. Lee Martinez

My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Cameras, and 30 Days to Document Their World, Created by Bob Pletka

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Saturday Fun!!

This coming Saturday, February 18th, we're having a special day at the library. What's the occassion, you might ask? Well, there isn't one. We like to do this every once in awhile, just to remind people how cool the library is and that they should come here to hang out.

Here's what's going on: We call it Saturday Fun. From 2:00 - 5:00 we'll have all sorts of fun and games set up -- we'll hook up the x-box, maybe show a movie or two, provide snacks and board games...Ellen calls it a "free for all," which is an apt description. So come on down, and bring your friends!

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Another phenomenal YA book

Sorry it's been a bit since I posted. I came down with the nasty flu that seems to be floating around Pittsburgh.

One of the good things about being sick is, when I wasn't sleeping, I could read. And one of the books I read was Copper Sun, by Sharon Draper. It was absolutely amazing, and I highly recommend it.

Copper Sun is about a fifteen-year-old African girl named Amari. She loves watching her father weave, playing with her little brother, avoiding the chores her mother gives her around the village. She's engaged to be married. And then one day a band of pale-faced men carrying firesticks comes to her village, kills all the elderly people and young children, and forces the young and healthy to walk in chains to the port. They are then sold, forced onto a boat and carried across the ocean to South Carolina. Once there, Amari is sold to a man who gives her to his sixteen-year-old son as a birthday gift.

Draper does an excellent job of relating what the every day life of a slave was like. Because the subject matter is intense, so is the story...but Amari is a proud, strong and intelligent young woman who never gives up her hope of freedom. Although her innocence is shattered by the kidnapping and subsequent degredations she experiences, she quickly learns what she must do to survive, makes friends, and discovers that not everything (or everyone) is what it seems.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week: February 6 - 10, 2006

I just found out from the good folks on the YALSA-BK listserv that this week is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week. Here's some information about Teen Dating Violence from the American Bar Association's website:

  • One in five female high school students reports being physically or sexually abused by a partner.
  • Intimate partner violence among adolescents is associated with increased risk of substance use, unhealthy weight control behaviors, sexual risk behaviors, pregnancy and suicide.
  • The severity of violence among intimate partners has been shown to increase if the pattern has been established in adolescence.
  • Teen dating violence does not discriminate by gender, race, socioeconomic status or geography.

For more information, go here.

There are a lot of really great resources, fiction and non-fiction, that deal with issues of relationship abuse. Here are some that we have here at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. As always, clicking on the book title will take you to our catalog.

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Sixteen-year-old Nick's suffered a lifetime of abuse from his father, but Nick knows that despite outward appearances he and his dad don't have anything in common. Until Nick begins to date Catherine, and begins to wonder if that's true after all.

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen

Caitlin walks through life in a dream -- because if she woke up, she'd have to face the truth about her "perfect" relationship with Rogerson Biscoe.

Fault Line by Janet Tashjian

When stand-up comedian Kip meets fellow comic Becky, they quickly become inseperable. But when Kip starts controlling every little piece of Becky's life, she quickly realizes that maybe their relationship is a little to intense.

But I Love Him: Protecting Your Daughter From Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships by Jill Murray

Written primarily for parents but also useful for teens, But I Love Him discusses the alarming issue of teen relationship violence.

In Love and Danger: A Teen's Guide to Breaking Free of Abusive Relationships by Barrie Levy

This book helps teens learn how to identify and break away from abusive relationships.

Friday, February 03, 2006

New Books Today!

So, I think I'm going to start posting new books that have come in...probably not all of them (because we get a lot) but at least some every few days. Here's what came in today:

Massive by Julia Bell

Fourteen-year-old Carmen, with only her body-obsessed mother as a role model, battles with her own eating disorder.

South by Southeast by Anthony Horowitz

Fourteen-year-old Nick and his bumbling detective brother Tim Diamond investigate a mystery involving international spies and assassins.

The Ballad of Cauldron Bay by Elizabeth Honey

This novel from the one and only Elizabeth Honey is the third adventure involving Henni and the Stella Street mob. On holiday in a remote old house by the beach, Henni finds that being a teenager is more complicated than being a kid.

Double Dare by Cathy Hopkins

In this third title in the Truth or Dare series, Mac has three secret wishes -- but when a double dare leads him into a whole bunch of messes, he soon learns that great ambition can have great costs.

Mates, Dates, and Chocolate Cheats by Cathy Hopkins

Izzie's recent weight gain has caused her to lose her confidence -- will her obsession with her weight also cause her to lose her friends?

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Get Involved- Help Get Out the Vote

Another Opportunity to Change the World

On January 31st interested teens and young adults attended a training workshop here in the Teens area of the library. They liked our space as much as we do and wish to offer the training for those unable to attend that night or who hadn't heard about the training previously.

March 18th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm representatives from the League of Young Voters will be back here in Teens in Oakland talking about their organization and even training interested teens on how to register people to vote. They're working on finding teens to cruise around Oakland, talking to Pitt students, filling out voter registration cards, etc. You might even get paid! For more information, check out their website.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

We've got MySpace!!

Teens has another way to let y'all know what's going on: MySpace! Since so many of you guys have your own MySpace accounts and check them so often (I know, I've seen you), we decided that we should have an account to! So go to and ask to be our friend...

Monday, January 30, 2006

John Green's Printz Award Experience

As you all know, John Green's truly marvelous novel Looking For Alaska was the winner of this year's Printz Award. One of the lovely librarians on a listserv I subscribe to (yalsa-bk) posted a link to John Green's blog, where he's posted a photo essay of what happened when he found out he won. I highly recommend checking it out -- very, very funny. Get there by clicking here.

I love the library because...

...of all the nice things you've said about it!!

In honor of Valentine's Day, every branch of CLP (and most departments at Main) have put up a display of a big red heart with "I love the library because..." written on it. We've got heart-shaped post-it notes for people to write their thoughts on. Here are some of the things on our heart in Teen:

  • 'Cause it's like coming home!
  • Because the librarians are AWESOME
  • Because it's special!
  • The great books and computers. I never want to go home.
  • I am no longer a number, I am a person.
  • Joseph, Karen, Ellen, Robin and Erin (thanks, guys)

So, the next time you come into the Main library or to any of the neighborhood locations, be sure to tell us why you love the library...let me tell you, we love to hear it!

Friday, January 27, 2006

An Opportunity to Change the World

January 31st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm representatives from the League of Young Voters will be here in Teens in Oakland talking about their organization and even training interested teens on how to register people to vote. They're working on finding teens to cruise around Oakland, talking to Pitt students, filling out voter registration cards, etc. You might even get paid! So, if you're interested, come by Teens next Tuesday evening. For more information, check out their website.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

YALSA Announces Best Books for Young Adults

Clicking on the title of this post, or here, will take you to the complete list of the 2006 Best Books for Young Adults. Like the literary awards I posted yesterday, this list is selected by members of YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference. The books selected for the list "meet the criteria of both good quality material and reading appeal for teens," and teens were given the opportunity to discuss with the committee what their favorite books of the year were. Here are the top ten:

BBYA 2006 Top Ten

Come Back to Afghanistan: A California Teenager's Story, by Said Hyder Akbar and Susan Burton

Upstate, by Kalisha Buckhanon

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Inexcusable, by Chris Lynch

Twilight: A Novel, by Stephenie Meyer

Runaways: Volume 1, by Brian K. Vaughan

Peeps, by Scott Westerfeld

Poison, by Chris Wooding

Monday, January 23, 2006

And the winners are...

The ALA announced the top books for children and adults this morning. The press release with the winners showed up on the website a little before 11am our time, and I was clicking the refresh button obsessively until it appeared. I'm not going to post all the winners, but here are the ones that relate to teens, including the Newbery winner and honor books (after all, the Newbery goes up to age 14). Books that are not shelved in the Teen collection are marked with an "*":

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
Criss Cross, by Lynne Rae Perkins

Newbery Honor Books:
*Whittington, by Alan Armstrong
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Princess Academy, by Shannon Hale
*Show Way, by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Hudson Talbott

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Printz Honor Books:
Black Juice, by Margo Lanagan
I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak
John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth, a Photographic Biography, by Elizabeth Partridge
A Wreath for Emmett Till, by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philippe Lardy

Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
Author Award-
Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue, by Julius Lester

Coretta Scott King (Author) Honor Books:
*Maritcha: A Ninetenth-Century American Girl, by Tonya Bolden
Dark Sons, by Nikki Grimes
A Wreath for Emmett Till, by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philippe Lardy

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
Jimi & Me, by Jaime Adoff

Pura Belpre Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
Author Award-
The Tequila Worm, by Viola Canales

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
Middle-School Award-
Tending to Grace, by Kimberly Newton Fusco

Teen Award-
Under the Wolf, Under the Dog, by Adam Rapp

Margaret A. Edwards Awards for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
Jacqueline Woodson

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley, by Sally M. Walker

Sibert Honor Book:
Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children's book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States:
An Innocent Soldier, by Josef Holub and translated by Michael Hofmann

Batchelder Honor Books:
*Nicholas, by Rene Goscinny and translated by Anthea Bell
When I Was a Soldier, by Valerie Zenatti and translated by Adriana Hunter

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
****A Note: Although these are not all currently held in the Teen collection at CLP - Main, they soon will be!****
*Midnight at the Dragon Cafe, by Judy Fong Bates
*Upstate, by Kalisha Buckhanon
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
As Simple as Snow, by Gregory Gallaway
*Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
*Gil's All Fright Diner, by A. Lee Martinez
*The Necessary Beggar, by Susan Palwick
*My Jim, by Nancy Rawles
*Jesus Land: A Memoir, by Julia Scheeres
*The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeanette Walls

Well. That took forever. And now I have to read them all...

If any of you read these books, please let us know what you think! Remember, you can place requests on anything that I've posted by clicking the link and choosing "request this item" at the top of the screen.

My fingers are tired. More later.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Meg Cabot ROCKS

As you might have gathered from the subject line of this post, I've been reading a fair amount of Meg Cabot. Well, not that much, really...but when an author you really enjoy reading has two books that come out practically simultaneously, it's hard not to get excited.

The new books are: Size 12 is Not Fat, about an overweight former pop singer who works in a dorm (excuse me, residence hall) where freshmen girls suddenly start turning up dead; and Avalon High, which is a contemporary version of the King Arthur legends, set in Maryland. They're both very fun, a little silly, a little frothy, and quick reads. Although Size 12 is Not Fat is written for adults, I liked it anyway.

Of course, after reading two Meg Cabot books in quick succession I had to check her website to see if anything else is coming out. The good news is, the answer's YES! There's a new Princess Diaries book coming out in March. It's called Party Princess, we've ordered it, and you should be able to request it via our catalog pretty soon.

And especially cool, Meg Cabot has a blog! And as you know if you've read any of her books, she's very funny. So read it here.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Top Book Awards Announcement - Jan. 23, 2006

Many of you've probably heard of the Newbery Award (an award given to the best children's book every year) or the Caldecott Award (which honors the best picture book). Unfortunately, a lot of people don't know that there are several awards for teen books, too.

On January 23, 2006 at the ALA Midwinter Conference (a big conference where librarians from all over the world get together to talk about libraries, services to offer, books and other media, etc.) the winners of all of the award will be announced. For the first time ever, the announcement will be webcast! To view the announcement, go to and follow the links -- the press conference will start at 7:30am (I know, it's early).

Here are the awards for Young Adult Literature that will be awarded:

The Michael L. Printz Award: For excellence in literature written for young adults

The Alex Awards: For the best adult books that appeal to a teen audience (this one's my favorite)

The Margaret A. Edwards Award: For lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

Want to get in the mood for the announcement, and get an idea of the quality of books that win the awards? Go to YALSA's award website for lists of previous award winners.

And just because I'm curious: anyone reading this have thoughts on what books or authors might win awards this year?

I think one of the coolest things about these book awards is the secrecy that surrounds them. No one except for the committee members even knows what books are nominated, except for the book that wins and any honor books that are selected. Seriously! Even after the award is announced, the people that choose the award can't tell anyone what other books they were thinking about. It makes me think of old episodes of Get Smart, when Smart and his boss would go under the glass dome (I can't remember what it's called) and no one else could hear what they were saying. Of course, if I'm remembering correctly they couldn't hear what each other were saying, either, which is not the case for the members of award selection committees.