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: http://clpteens-newbooks.blogspot.com/. 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: Uh...to 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 teensmain@carnegielibrary.org 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 teensmain@carnegielibrary.org! **

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 http://www.usip.org/npec.

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 http://www.ala.org/teentechweek.

Good luck!