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High School Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Sharpen that rapier wit of yours and get ready to duel. The Battle of the Books is coming on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 PM. Here are the books you'll need to polish off in in the high school competition. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater Available as a book and ebook. Summary from Goodreads: If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard ...
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Seventh & Eighth Grade Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Team up and train for the Battle of the Books! Here are the books for the battlers in 7th & 8th grade. Brightwood by Tania Unsworth Available as a book and CD audiobook. Summary from Goodreads: Daisy Fitzjohn knows there are two worlds: the outside world and the world of Brightwood Hall, her home--and the only place she's ever been. Daisy and her mother have everything they need within its magnificent, crumbling walls. But, when Daisy's mother leaves unexpectedly one morning, a strange visitor arrives on the estate, claiming to be a distant cousin, James Gritting. As the days tick by and Daisy's mother doesn't return, Gritting becomes more and more menacing. He wants Brightwood for himself, and he will do anything to get it--unless Daisy, with only her imaginary companions to help her, can stop him ...
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Sixth Grade Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Show your love of reading by participating in the Battle of the Books! Here is the reading list for students participating in the sixth grade Battle. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor Available as a book, CD audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook. Summary from Goodreads: Eleven-year-old Perry was born and raised by his mom at the Blue River Co-ed Correctional Facility in tiny Surprise, Nebraska. His mom is a resident on Cell Block C, and so far Warden Daugherty has made it possible for them to be together. That is, until a new district attorney discovers the truth—and Perry is removed from the facility and forced into a foster home. When Perry moves to the “outside” world, he feels trapped. Desperate to be reunited with his mom, Perry goes on a quest for answers about her past crime. As he gets closer to the truth, he ...
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After-School Cinema: Christopher Robin

Teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us after school to kick back, relax, snack, and watch a brand-new DVD release.  We'll have pizza, drinks, and snacks satisfy all your post-school cravings. On November 21 at 4 PM, we will be showing Christopher Robin. Register online or by calling 412-269-0334 ...
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DIY Doggie Bag: Popsicle Stick Photo Frame

We've got some odds and ends left over and we're making D.I.Y. Doggie Bags for you to take home and use to craft up some fun.  Students in grades 6-12 are encouraged to stop by the Teen Department anytime on November 19 to grab a kit for making shabby chic flowered headbands. Reserve a kit online or by calling 412-269-0334. Only 1 kit per registrant ...
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I’ve got this in the bag: Building a Babysitter’s Kit

Mary Poppins was the ultimate babysitter because she had it in the bag!  Her magic carpetbag contained everything she ever needed to entertain and keep her little ones safe. Teens ages 13-18 can join us on November 13 at 6:00 PM to design and build a bag full of goodies that will help you be the babysitter every parent wants. Register online or by calling 412-269-0334. There is a $2 materials fee ...
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Coming Soon

High School Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Sharpen that rapier wit of yours and get ready to duel. The Battle of the Books is coming on Tuesday, February 26 at 6:30 PM. Here are the books you'll need to polish off in in the high school competition. The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater Available as a book ...
Read More

Seventh & Eighth Grade Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Team up and train for the Battle of the Books! Here are the books for the battlers in 7th & 8th grade. Brightwood by Tania Unsworth Available as a book and CD audiobook. Summary from Goodreads: Daisy Fitzjohn knows there are two worlds: the outside world and the world of Brightwood ...
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Sixth Grade Battle of the Books: 2019 Reading List

Show your love of reading by participating in the Battle of the Books! Here is the reading list for students participating in the sixth grade Battle. All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor Available as a book, CD audiobook, ebook, and digital audiobook. Summary from Goodreads: Eleven-year-old ...
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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

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.
  • 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

  • CareerLink Pittsburgh: Resume help, job recruiting, and unemployment services.
  • Cypress Resume: A guide to creating a resume, cover letters, and other job application documents. Log in with your library card number.
  • Internships.com: Find internships based on your location or college major.
  • Khan Academy: A free online education website which provides career aptitude tests and entrepreneurship classes.
  • Pennsylvania Career Guide: A publication for Pennsylvania residents figuring out possible career paths.
  • Pennsylvania CareerLink: Pennsylvania’s go-to website for career development.
  • Volunteer Match: Find a volunteering gig based your location or interests.

 

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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