Friday, June 19, 2009

We've moved!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

CLP Teen Anime Club: Ouran High School Host Club & Kanji Name Scrolls!

Pocky, anime, and great friends await at the CLP Teen Anime Club! The first Saturday of every month, we show a new anime, possibly have an activity, and raffle off free DVDs at the end! What could be better? If you came!

Next meeting: Saturday, June 6th @ 3:00 PM

Kanji Name Scrolls!

With help from the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, you will learn to write your name in kanji. All supplies for making your scrolls will be provided.

Ouran High School Host Club: Part 1

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Slice of Life
Creator: Bisco Hatori
Director: Takuya Igarashi
Producers: Gen Fukunaga
ADR Director: Caitlin Glass
Voice Actors: Caitlin Glass as Haruhi Fujioka
Vic Mignogna as Tamaki Suou
J. Michael Tatum as Kyoya Ohtori
Greg Ayres as Kaoru Hitachiin
Todd Haberkorn as Hikaru Hitachiin
Travis Willingham as Takashi Morinozuka
Luci Christian as Mitsukuni "Honey" Haninozuka

What it's about:

Ouran Academy: An institution of extravagance and prestige where learning comes secondary to luxury. But for studious Haruhi Fujioka, education is a privilege that must be earned, being on scholarship and out of place among the moneyed. That is until the day Haruhi stumbles upon the Host Club, a stumble which leaves the freshman indebted for millions of yen. And the only way to pay for the damages? Well, Haruhi will work as a Host. There’s only one problem: Haru-he is actually a Haru-she!

From the troublesome twins with their little games to the self-proclaimed “king” obsessed with the club’s newest member, these boys will cater to any desire. Freshman year definitely looks like it will be one to remember!

For more about the characters and the show, go to

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Get a Handle on Your Health!

With the Pittsburgh weather changing (and changing again, and changing back, etc.) and the adrenaline rush of finals starting to subside, it's time to think about your health.

Whether you've been chronically ill all your life or are just starting to get that weird tingle in the back of your throat, there are reasons to make sure that you get the kind of health care you need. Unfortunately, there are some traps that can keep you from visiting a doctor:

  • No health care - According to the 2007 Census, 11% of all minors are without health coverage. While many teens might take for granted that they can cheaply see a doctor for a stomach ache, it's sadly not the case for everyone.

  • Busyness and presenteeism - Even if you have access to health care, you might feel like you don't have the time -- or inclination -- to use it. Your parents might be too busy to take you to the doctor for "little things," or your coach might tell you to "be a man" and fight through sickness.

A number of great online resources exist if you're looking for the kind of info that will get you through cold season, as well as any other health issues you might be battling. Of course, no online resource is a good substitute for a doctor, but it is a start.

The Pennsylvania CHIP Program - If you don't have health insurance, a recent government bill might make free or low-cost coverage available to you. Use this website to start your parents on the path toward applying to get you the care you need.

TeensHealth - TeensHealth is part of the award-winning KidsHealth Network, a project of the Nemours Center. The center was founded as a place where pediatricians and other medical experts develop health media free of "doctor speak," and is reviewed regularly for accuracy. It also has a Spanish-language componenent por la salud de los jovenes!

TeenHealthFX - TeenHealthFX is a nationally-renowned teen health site funded by Atlantic Health’s - Morristown Memorial Hospital and Overlook Hospital. The site has it's own Teen Advisory Board and aims to be a comprehensive place where general health info exists side-by-side with the "traditionally teen."

MedlinePlus - MedlinePlus is a service of the National Library of Medicine and has two teen-specific pages: Teen Health and Teens' Page are specific (though slightly redundant) pathfinders that lead teens to a number of specific health issues and various bits of research. It also scrapes articles from PubMed (a special, free database with medical articles) related to teen health.

Adolescent Health Transition Project - This important resource from Center on Human Development and Disability (CHDD) at the University of Washington gives teens with special health care needs due to chronic disease, disability, or developmental issues a resource to help you transition into independent young adulthood.

TeenGrowth - TeenGrowth is a simple, yet effective Q&A site from the Pediatric Health Alliance. It's easy to navigate and includes some sections that you might not usually find on teen health pages, like information on sports injuries and doctor visits.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Prom Stories + GLSEN's Safe Prom for All

Every year, around this time, America's high school students start turning their thoughts to one thing: prom.

Prom is a legendary night of gowns, tuxedos, photographs, limousines, coursages, spiked punch, romance, late-night hotel parties, and figuring out where in the world you are when you wake up the next morning. (If you don't believe me, check out Brian Sloan's A Really Nice Prom Mess.)

At least, that's what I've heard. I never went to prom, but I sure did hear lots of stories about it. Some may have been real, some may have been imagined, but it was all fascinating.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

CLP Teen Anime Club: Solty Rei: Volume 1 & Special Team Trivia!

Pocky, anime, and great friends await at the CLP Teen Anime Club! The first Saturday of every month, we show a new anime, possibly have an activity, and raffle off free DVDs at the end! What could be better? If you came!

Next meeting: Saturday, May 2nd @ 3:00 PM

Anime Club Team Quiz!

You and two other anime fans will be asked to put on your trivia hats and wrack your brains around the tough competition that will be had at this month's Anime Club Team Quiz! Compete for prizes!

Solty Rei: Volume 1

Genre: Action, Drama
Creator: Kentaro Yabuki
Director: Yoshimasa Hiraike
(Kaleido Star, Saishuu Heiki Kanojo, Vandread)
Producers: Gen Fukunaga
ADR Director: Christopher R. Sabat
Voice Actors: Carrie Savage as Solty Revant
Christopher R. Sabat as Roy Revant

What it's about:

Salvation lies in the heart of the broken.

Roy Revant is living the hard life of a bounty hunter in a broken city, a city where thousands have died in a mysterious event called the Blast Fall. Those who survived share the sting of loss. Countless Resembles walk the streets, people whose mangled bodies have been rebuilt with high-tech prosthetic devices. Yet there are those that even science cannot mend. Roy needs a miracle to escape his rut… and one night she falls from the sky. Like countless others Solty is a Resemble, but one unlike the world has ever known. A young girl without a past, soon she will have a family. But in this world, pain and alienation are never too far away.

For more about the characters and the show, go to

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Monday, April 06, 2009

GLSEN's Break the Silence Party

You’ve been silent all day.
Now it’s time to live out loud!
End your Day of Silence by speaking up and
sharing your story with us at GLSEN Pittsburgh’s annual
Break the Silence Party.

Friday April 17 2009 – National Day of Silence

• Meet new people,
• enjoy free food, and
• bring your ipod and we’ll play your favorite tunes!

April 17th from 3:00 to 6:30
Planned Parenthood Center
933 Liberty Ave Suite 200
Right in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh.
Two blocks up from the Wood St station.
Sponsored by the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Monday, March 23, 2009

25 Classic Albums Teens Still Love

The decades may be gone, but many of today's teens still have an affinity for the albums that for generations have carried a cult following in America's high schools. Here are 25 time-tested albums that teens at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh have decided. Click the title to find it (or at least a "best of") in the catalog!

The Beatles
Abbey Road (1969)

You can't pick just one, but The Beatles' last album to be recorded vies for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for the most iconic cover. It also contains a nice array of songwriting contributions from all four members of the band, whether in Lennon and McCartney's moody "Come Together" or George Harrison's "Here Comes the Sun." Mak Delaney's Pepperland is a touching teen novel you can use to follow up with any Beatles-loving teen.