Saturday, September 27, 2008

Igor Reviews Night of the Soul Stealer

The book, Last Apprentice, Night of the Soul Stealer is a book that is part of the Last Apprentice series. The book is the 4th from the series. In the book Tom and his master the spook have come across some trouble with the witches of Pendle (town in the book). Its the spook's job do deal with the witches, gasts, and other forms of "the dark". Tom had lost his father last winter and his mom left for she had nothing to keep hold of. Tom was left a room in the old house that held all the valuables his mom collected and only he had the key to it. But the contents of that room was stolen and his brother jack and his family was being held hostage. he journeyed to Pendle with his master and Alice. Alice was raised by witches but tom believes that she is good and wants her by his side for she saved his life numerous of times. While in Pendle Tom runs into trouble he encounters a witch by the name of Meg who wants Tom to be hers' and will kill Alice to get Tom, but there is more foul deeds plotting in Pendle the 3 witch covens are uniting and old blood feuds are waining so the 3 covens are ready to summon the devil itself. Tom and his master try to stop them but fail, for 3 days the fiend tries to kill Tom for he is under the witches' bidding but Tom was able to hide in the room his mom left him, that room protected him and saved his life for on the 3rd day the fiend was free and went to do what he wanted to. Tom is alive but now that such evil is in the world what can he do? it remains to be seen, i haven't read the fifth book yet...
Rating: excellent

Note: Igor reviewed this book as part of our fine forgiveness program, which allows teens to reduce selected library card fines at a rate of $5.00 per hour. You can write reviews of books, movies, CD's, and more - all while getting your library card in functional order again. See us for details!

Friday, September 26, 2008

PEACEMAKERS in Pittsburgh

Every day, violence on the streets and in school affects the lives of more and more Pittsburgh teens. Like in books such as Sharon Flake's Bang!, Ron Koertge's The Brimstone Journals, Todd Strasser's Give a Boy a Gun, Matt Whyman's Boy Kills Man, Walter Dean Myers's Autobiography of My Dead Brother, or Paul Volponi's Rooftop, violence can incite, fear, frustration, anger, and sadness that can scar not just people but whole communities.

As a result, local community leaders are asking YOU to join them in a project called PEACEMAKERS, a series of presentations that can help equip you with the tools to help uplift your surroundings. Check it out below.

PEACEMAKERS in Pittsburgh
A series of presentations addressing TEEN VIOLENCE in Pittsburgh by individuals actively engaged in initiatives to diminish it. Sponsored by the Anti-racism and Social Justice Committees of First Unitarian Church-- Shadyside.

All events begin at 7:30pm at the First Unitarian Church-- Shadyside.
605 Morewood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

October 1
Tim Stevens-- Former president of NAACP Pittsburgh, co-chair of the Coalition Against Violence.

October 8
Valerie Dixon-- of the center for 'Victims of Violence' & radio talk show host of 'Peacing it Together.'

October 15
Richard Carrington-- U.S. Army, retired. Director of 'Voices Against Violence' youth programs

October 22
George Spencer-- President, MADDADS, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main - Teen

Thursday, September 25, 2008


School's underway, but that doesn't mean nothing's happening @ CLP TEEN this fall! Get a sample of what's poppin' by taking a look at the events below (and please make sure you register by clicking on the links!):

Nick & Norah's Infinite Party : Songs That Saved Your Life, Teen Music Discussion Group
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Teen Music Discussion Group offers offer teens an opportunity to discuss popular music in a fun and meaningful way.

In this edition of Songs That Saved Your Life we're celebrating the release of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (the movie!) with a mix swap, music trivia and free snacks.

Location: Teens - Main
4400 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contact: Corey Wittig or Catherine Eiche

SAGDA Presents: The Teen "Living History" Party : In Honor of LGBT History Month
Saturday, October 11, 2008
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Why call it the "Living History" party? Because while lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and allied teens* often read history, we never think of ourselves as the history of the future. That's why we're getting together to change the world! Eat free food! And dance dance dance!

On the reading tip, one of the portions of our party will be to make a video of us talking about our favorite books and how we're going to take the lessons of those books into the future.

Special note: this is an *after-hours* party, so if you come after 5:30 PM, make sure you come in through the back entrance so you can access Classroom A.

*not limited to just these sexual and gender identities

Location: Classroom A (back entrance)
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contact: Joseph Wilk

Teen Halloween Party 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

For the third year, the Teen Department is having a Halloween party complete with the screening of a creepy movie, video games, costumes and lots of candy. Bring your friends, dress up and have a blast.
And it is totally free!

Location: Teens - Main
4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Contact: Teens

Do you have any ideas for parties? You can always let us know by e-mailing Until then, party on party people!

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main - Teen

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Nick & Norah's Infinite Party - 9/30/08 @ 4PM

Come celebrate the release of the Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist movie with music trivia, a mixtape swap, prizes, and, of course, snacks. Should be a great time!

As for the mix swap, if you haven't done one before, here are the rules: Just bring a mix to the party and swap it with someone else. make a themed mix, or just compile a bunch of your favorite songs. The choice is yours.

Simple enough, right? See you on the 30th at 4PM.

- corey

Monday, September 15, 2008

Teen Advisory Council - share your ideas!

Hi, We're having our monthly Teen Advisory Council Meeting this Sunday, September 21st, at 2 PM.

What do we do at Teen Advisory Council? We plan events, and give our ideas about how the teen space, teen collections, and teen programs can be even better. In the past the Teen Advisory Council has assisted in planning the design of the Teen space at CLP Main, as well as programs such as Extravaganza and the Overnight at the Library. Plus, we always have snacks!

If you are interested in getting your voice heard, please join us on Sunday.

PS - After Teen Advisory Council, we are having a Banned Books Discussion.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Get ready . . . get set . . . get POLITICAL!

Most people, unless they have been living under a rock all summer, know that there has been a lot of political news lately.

You all probably realize that on November 4, 2008 Americans will elect a new president.

Now, we're librarians, right? We do not endorse any one political ideology or platform in any way, shape, or form. However we are great big fans of being informed about the world around us. Perhaps many of you have questions about the election process. Why does the electoral college matter? How does democracy actually work? What the heck is the big deal about any of this? What is a pundit? All of these great questions!

So, even if you will not be eligible to vote this go around, stay informed! If you are 18, make sure you register!

Here are great books the library has about government, politics, voting, and activism that matter to you.

What You Should Know about Politics

Avoid the spin! No matter your political leaning, here is the perfect book to brush up on a single topic or read through to get a deeper understanding of the complex, often confusing world of American politics.

Declare Yourself: Speak, Connect, Act, Vote

Famous Americans talk about why voting matters, why your vote counts, and why you should get involved with politics at school and your community.

The Presidential Election Process

Authors with various viewpoints discuss how and why the American democratic process works. This is a good start for someone who wants to get to the basics of the matter.

A Young People's History of the United States, Volumes One & Two

A history of the United States from its beginnings, as told from the point of view of ordinary people, including slaves and Native Americans, to reveal the violence, racism, and injustices which occurred during key events.