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Low-Tech Tuesday

Put down your phones, set down the remote control, step away from the gaming console and join us for a low-tech Tuesday!  Students in grades 7-12 are invited to come in on April 23 at 6:00 PM and play board games, card games, and more while snacking on pizza, chips, ...
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National Library Week: Moon Library Challenge

Celebrate National Library Week by taking the Moon Library Challenge and win prizes! Here are the challenges you can take on:
  • Borrow 5 or more items and get a $1 fine forgiveness coupon
  • Take a photo at the library, post it on social media, and show your post to ...
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Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month, so teens, show us your inner poet by creating some book spine poetry. Snap a pic of your poetry and submit it to our contest to win a bag of awesome goodies and a gift card. You can submit up to 5 poems by dropping ...
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Seed Library: March 2019 Update

Our Seed Library is back! We have finally finished restocking our seed starters and added new seeds to our collection. (Read our FAQ to see the rest of them.) Our new seeds are: We also have Special Edition/Limited Supply seeds, generously donated by Jim ...
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Seed Library Open

Our Seed Library is back! We have finally finished restocking our seed starters and added new seeds to our collection. If you aren't familiar with the Seed Library, read our FAQ or our introductory post from last year. There have been a few minor changes since then.
  1. Instead of ...
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Cereal, Cinema, and a Sing-Along

Teens, come to the library for breakfast and a movie!  Wear your comfiest clothes, bring your blankets and pillows, pour yourself a bowl of something sweet and crunchy from our cereal bar, and settle in to watch and sing along with Mary Poppins Returns (PG) starring Emily Blunt & Lin ...
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Coming Soon

Low-Tech Tuesday

Put down your phones, set down the remote control, step away from the gaming console and join us for a low-tech Tuesday!  Students in grades 7-12 are invited to come in on April 23 at 6:00 PM and play board games, card games, and more while snacking on pizza, chips, ...
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Book Spine Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month, so teens, show us your inner poet by creating some book spine poetry. Snap a pic of your poetry and submit it to our contest to win a bag of awesome goodies and a gift card. You can submit up to 5 poems by dropping ...
Read More

Cereal, Cinema, and a Sing-Along

Teens, come to the library for breakfast and a movie!  Wear your comfiest clothes, bring your blankets and pillows, pour yourself a bowl of something sweet and crunchy from our cereal bar, and settle in to watch and sing along with Mary Poppins Returns (PG) starring Emily Blunt & Lin ...
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Our Picks

 

If you like Dread Nation…

If you like Dread Nation by Justina Ireland but you're stuck on the wait list, here are some similar titles you can read. Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel (2011) Gone with the Respiration series, book 1. Available as a book, CD audiobook, and ebook ...
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Staff Book Review: Dread Nation

Book: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (2018) Available as a book, CD audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook. Summary: Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania--derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America laws ...
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Teen Choice Book Awards 2018

We want you to vote for your favorite books for the Teen Choice Book Awards!  You can vote online or submit a paper ballot to the Teen Department. Read the summaries below the cut ...
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Teen Book Clubs & Activity Groups

Book Clubs

Activities

 

Reading Challenges

 

Homework, College & Career Help

Homework Helpers

  • Duolingo: Interactive language-learning program for all ages. Covers 28 different languages including English as a Second Language, Esperanto, and Klingon. Usable online or as an AndroidiOS, or Windows app. Users must register with an email account.
  • Grammar Girl: Articles, podcasts, videos and charts on perfecting your grammar.
  • Harvard Writing Guides: Harvard’s ebooks for writing college papers in different majors.
  • Khan Academy: Learn a variety of subjects including math, coding, economics, and humanities.
  • Mango Languages: Interactive online language learning for all ages. Languages include Spanish, French, German, Mandarin Chinese, Korean and English as a Second Language. Log in as a guest or by creating an account using your email address. You must have an account to save your progress.
  • OverDrive Teen: Borrow ebooks and audiobooks using your library card.
  • Purdue OWL: Purdue’s Online Writing Lab provides guides for writing styles, preventing plagiarism, and citation methods for different subjects.

Test Prep

  • Khan Academy: A free online education website which provides test prep for the SAT, MCAT, NCLEX-RN, GMAT, CAHSEE, and IIT JEE.
  • Peterson’s: A college database and guide to tests, scholarships, resumes, and the college admission process.
  • Princeton Review: Admissions help, test prep, colleges searches, and tutoring.

College

  • Higher Education Resources: A list of local college websites and financial aid resources by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.
  • Khan Academy: A free online education website which includes a guide to college admissions.
  • NEED: A scholarship and mentoring organization that provides aid and guidance for Pittsburgh’s under-served  and minority youth.
  • Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA): Pennsylvania’s guide to scholarships and colleges for students of all ages.
  • Peterson’s: A college database and guide to tests, scholarships, resumes, and the college admission process.
  • Pittsburgh Foundation Scholarship Search: Find scholarships for students of all ages in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Princeton Review: Admissions help, test prep, colleges searches, and tutoring.
  • Tuition Funding Sources: Students can search for scholarships and financial aid, take personality and career aptitude tests, and find detailed college information. Create an account using your email address and contact information. For the drop-down menu “How did you find out about the TFS website?” select Library and set Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as your school.

Career Help

 

Ask a Librarian

Have questions? Send a message to our teen librarian.

Heather Panella (Email: panellah@einetwork.net)

Specialties: Teen events and programs, collection development, reference questions, general questions

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