Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Quick Flix - Teen Video Contest!

CLP Teen is holding a video contest, with quite an impressive list of prizes. Basically, we are looking for a 1-3 minute promotional video clip themed around Teen library resources and services. It can be funny, serious, tongue-in-cheek,'s up to you.

You could win:

  • Grand Prize: Sony PlayStation Portable
  • 2nd Place: MP3 Player + $50 iTunes gift card
  • 3rd Place: MP3 Player + $25 iTunes gift card
  • 1st Runner-Up: $10 Barnes & Noble gift card
  • 2nd Runner-Up: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh logo t-shirt

For more information check out our quick flix page or contact Karen Brooks-Reese, Teen Services Coordinator, at 412-578-2599.

All videos are due by July 15, 2007!!! So now is the time to get your camera phones, digital cameras, and video cameras warmed up. Let the filming begin!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Pictures from the Extravaganza

Pictures taken at the Teen Summer Reading tents during the Extravaganza last Sunday.

Top Secret: Teen Summer Reading Tent with Free Giveaways

Teen shreds vocal chords at Karaoke

T-Shirt Deconstruction

Becca going crazy with the fun of T-shirt deconstruction.

Eli caught in the act

Joseph rocking out with Guitar Hero II

Taylor brutally conquering with eyes of steel.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Sable rocks Guitar Hero II

Guitar Hero II is a really great game!! If you like songs like Woman and Surrender u will have fun actually playing them. This game is just so awesome. If you have already tried Guitar Hero II you should sign up for the Guitar Hero II Tournament on July 30th.-Sable

Teen Media Arts & Literacy (Part 1)

I just wanted to share some of the results from our Teen Media Arts & Literacy class. The students worked hard, had fun, and learned a lot about the process of making videos. Here's what the first group created:

This movie is what's called an "actuality." Actualities are footage of unscripted people, places, and events as they happen. It actually takes a lot of work to learn how to train the camera.

This is us experimenting with bluescreen techniques, using our footage from the actuality.

For this exercise, we created our sounds first and then video. We weren't supposed to make them go together--just get something interesting. Then we mashed them all together.

If you want to learn how to make stuff like this, e-mail me (Joseph) at!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

CLP Teen Sexual and Gender Diversity Club

On Saturday, the first pre-planning meeting of the CLP Teen Sexual and Gender Diversity Club went underway. Of course, CLP Teen Sexual and Gender Diversity Club isn't necessarily the name of the club (nor does it roll off the tongue), but I can't really use GSA since it's for more than gay and straight teens. Here's what we talked about:

  • What will we call the group? Nobody had any ideas, and it's open to discussion.
  • When will we meet? One teen suggested the first and third Saturday of each month, at 2:00 PM. How does that sound?
  • Where will we meet? At the library? Kiva Han? Anywhere else around Oakland sound good to anyone else?
  • What will we do? Here's what we brainstormed: podcasting (making our own downloadable radio show), publishing a newsletter, political action, watching movies, making videos for Youtube, mutual support, develop special library programs (in celebration of LGBT history month, Day of Remembrance, or just generally fun stuff), book clubs, just generally fun & awesome things to do in the summer, and more!

As you can see, we have a lot to talk about. Please feel free to post comments and suggestions here or e-mail

Take care,