Thursday, June 19, 2008

What will you wear to Prom? How about Duct Tape?

"Prom pair use duct tape for higher education"

This article in the Post Gazette is about 2 local teens who duct-taped together masterpieces for prom in hopes of winning the "Stuck at Prom" competition.

Please go to if you'd like to vote for these top 10 finalists!

Stop by Art Club at CLP Main in Oakland next Wednesday, June 25th, at 2 pm to craft your own duck-tape creations on a smaller scale: wallets and whatnot.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

SAGDA Meeting Minutes 06/07/08

Welcome to the meeting minutes from SAGDA, Pittsburgh's Teen Sexual and Gender Diversity Alliance. For those still not in the know, SAGDA is a meeting group where lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer, intersex, questionining, non-identified, and straight/cisgendered teens can come together for information-swapping, discussion, Apples to Apples, and more (whew)! We meet every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the 2nd floor of Kiva Han (420 S. Craig St., in Oakland).

SAGDA posters are finished and feature artwork by Keith Haring (thanks to the Keith Haring Foundation)! Over the next several months, posters will be sent to all the libraries in Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public Schools, are various community organizations and stores around the area.

We're also going to have a presence at Pittsburgh PrideFest, which will be Sunday, June 22nd from 1:00-6:00 PM @ Liberty Ave., Downtown (directions are at the link above). We plan on having buttons & bracelets. But we'll definitely have BOOKS!

Come join us!

Carnegie Libray of Pittsburgh, Main

Sunday, June 15, 2008

What Book Do You Want to Read this Month?

Please send us your suggestions this week. You can leave a comment on this blog post, or, if you prefer, you can email us at We'll post the winner, and that will be the July Book Discussion selection.

Short on ideas? Here are some websites with book lists:

Your very own teen librarians suggest books -

Teen librarians from around the country suggest books -

Teens suggest books -

The July Book Discussion will be held on July 20th, at 3 pm. Can't make the meeting? Please post any comments or ideas about the book on our Facebook group's page: CLP Book Discussion - Teen.

Many thanks to our Teen Advisory Council, who suggested that we use the blog to ask for title suggestions.

Eli reviews R.O.D.

R.O.D by Hideyuki Kurata and Shutaro Yamada

R.O.D or Read or Die is a must read for any comic lover. It is about a teacher named Yomiko who can control paper with the mind. She can make it sharp and create things out of it. She loves Books and is considered a bibliophile, or a book lover and collector. In the book she goes to an author and asks for a signiture. The author get kidnapped and it's up to Yomiko to save her favorite author, Sumiregawa.*

*Eli is a local teen who writes reviews for

Ask us how you can review, too. Also, ask us how you can review books and other materials in exchange for a reduction in library card fines.

(Coincidentally, R.O.D. is one of the books we are giving away FREE for Teen Summer Reading. If you sign up today, there may be a copy left for you!)

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Teen Summer Read Has Begun!

Steely McBeam draws a noun card @ Summer Reading Extravaganza 2008The Summer Reading Extravaganza is over, which means Teen Summer Read has officially begun. And with over 350 teens registered (176 registered at Extravaganza), Pittsburgh teens are definitely off to a great start. If you haven't signed up yet, head on over to the Teen Summer Reading 2008 page ASAP to get in on all the fun.

Why join Teen Summer Read? For starters, if you sign up here at the Main library, you get a free book--to keep! Also, for every item you read (whether books, graphic novels, manga, magazines, websites, zines, etc.), you enter into a weekly prize drawing at your home library. Each library will be drawing winners for $10 gift cards to Best Buy & Target, as well as figuring out fun and exciting ways to give out $25 gift cards to American Eagle over the course of the summer.

Of course, there's also two major prizes. One teen at each library will win a Creative Muvo MP3 player. One extra lucky Pittsburgh teen will win LIMO RIDE TO KENNYWOOD for them and five friends (make sure that you read at least one book and fill out our evaluation form)!

We also have lots of fun stuff for teens happening at our libraries all summer. Keep checking the Teens @ Your Library page for more information. If you're creatively inclined, keep your eyes peeled for the Quick Flix teen video contest.

We look forward to seeing you at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh this summer. Stay cool!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Thursday, June 05, 2008

CLPTeens Congratulates the Pittsburgh Penguins!

Though the ice has cleared and our beloved Pittsburgh Penguins are without a Stanley Cup, we'd like to send a warm thanks for an exhilarating season. Teens and librarians alike admired the Pens for showcasing skill, determination, and the power of youth.

In honor of the greatest show on ice, Connie put together a zamboni full of books, games, zines, music, and more. Check them out today, and extend your love of Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, Whitney, and the rest of the black and gold all summer long.


Chris McMahen

Arlo is the new kid in a hockey-crazy school in a crazy town. The thing is, Arlo's never even laced up a pair of skates! To fit in somewhere, Arlo joins a group of Misfits called the "Dumpster Dudes." Soon, Arlo is breaking windows and unleashing ants in the hallway. Will Arlo be put in the penalty box?

Getting in the Game
Dawn FitzGerald

When everyone tries to get thirteen-year-old Joanna off the boys’ ice hockey team, including Ben, her best friend since kindergarten, Jo resolves to deal with the problems caused by her participation.


Ice Time: The Story of Hockey
Michael McKinley
GC846.5.M374 2006

A history of ice hockey emphasizing the professional game and players, from the roots of the NHL to current breakout stars and young talent.

The Rookie: A Season with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins
Shawna Richer
GV848.5.C76 R53 2006x

Sidney Crosby had been hailed as the NHL’s next savior. Young, bright, photogenic, personable, and a media darling, the only question that remained was whether he could handle the big time.


My Heavenly Hockey Club
by Ai Morinaga

When Izumi Oda asks Hana, his major crush, to join the school hockey club, persuading her proves to be a difficult task. True, the Grand Hockey Club is full of super-cute boys, but given a choice, Hana prefers a sizzling steak to a hot date.


NHL 08 (Xbox 360)

Dominate the ice as the NHL franchise of your choosing, delivering heavy hits and making key saves and scoring that clinch goal.



Look for frequent features about professional hockey teams and individual players from the major and minor leagues.


Murder Can Be Fun
“Issue #18: Sports Thrills”
Johnny Marr

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main - Teen

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Teen Summer Dungeons and Dragons Tournament

Interested in trying table-top role-play for the first time? Or are you a grizzled veteran of many dungeon encounters? The Carnegie Library welcomes interested parties of all experience levels to try out Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition! This five-week program will run every Thursday from July 17 – August 14, and include character creation and adventuring in a fantasy world where dragons are real and danger lurks around every corner. All books and materials will be provided. Participants should range in age from 12 to 18 years, and good humor, sportsmanship, and fellowship will be encouraged. Sessions will begin at 1:00 PM and run until 5:00 PM. The first session on July 17 will feature character creation and a sample combat (time permitting), and the next four sessions will involve actual adventuring.

Note: This program will use the new 4th edition of the D&D rules from Wizards of the Coast. This includes the new Players’ Handbook, Dungeon Master’s Guide, and Monster Manual. No other material will be needed.

Guest Blogger: Scott from Reference Services.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Extravaganza - Prizes, Games, Crafts, and a Pengua-sis.

Sunday, June 8th, 12:00pm - 5:00 pm.

Extravaganza is a big party on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh lawn in Oakland. Every year, Extravaganza celebrates the beginning of Summer Reading.

Sign up for Teen Summer Reading, then come visit us at the Teen Extravaganza Tents, featuring...

Free T-shirt Deconstruction! Free Books! Goodie Bags! Buttons! Video Gaming! A Hang Out Space with Comfy furniture! A Pengua-sis!

So, if you haven't seen the Pengua-sis, now is your chance.

If you have more questions about Extravaganza, please contact us at 412-622.3121 or

Will your parents vote for us?

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has been nominated for three Nickelodeon Parents Picks Awards!

Until June 30 parents can visit to vote in various categories including "Best Library for Teens” and “Best Library for Big Kids” and “Best Library for Little Kids."

If your parents agree that we are the "Best Library for Teens," please encourage them to vote!