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"In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)

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It’s not here yet (officially) but it will be soon!



Go visit the nearest Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- Wonderland!!!!!!!

" So, please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookcase on the wall. "

- Roald Dahl (via feellng)

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Joshua David Bellin just wrote his first novel. He’s a Pittsburgh native and is coming back for some fun events… 2 of which are happening at a CLP location possibly NEAR YOU.

There’s also a Launch Party on Sept. 23rd at Mystery Lover’s Book shop in Oakmont, from 6 - 7:30 pm!

Norvelt is a real town not too far from here….

Dead End In Norvelt is a real book, not hard to request.


<3 documentaries


It’s Time

A mix of classic, retro, and different Halloween Songs

  1. This is Halloween - Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack
  2. Monster Mash - Selebrities
  3. Day of the Dead - Voltaire
  4. Thriller - Michael Jackson
  5. It’s Terror Time Again - Scooby Doo on Zombie Island
  6. Brains! - Voltaire
  7. Ghost Busters Theme - Ray Parker Jr.
  8. Feed Me (Git it) - Little Shop of Horrors
  9. Grim Grinning Ghosts - Disney’s Haunted Mansion
  10. The Greatest Show Unearthed - Creature Feature
  11. Time Warp - Rocky Horror Picture Show
  12. Oogie Boogie - The Nightmare Before Christmas
  13. Friends on the Other Side - Disney’s The Princess and The Frog
  14. Worst Pies in London - Sweeney Tod
  15. I Put a Spell on You - Hocus Pocus Soundtrack
  16. Dinner with Drac - John “The Cool Ghoul” Zacherle
  17. The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band
  18. Welcome to My Nightmare - Alice Cooper
  19. The Headless Horseman - Disney’s Ichabod & Mr. Toad
  20. Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) - David Bowie
  21. The Addam’s Family Song - The Addam’s Family Soundtrack
  22. Witch Doctor - Peter Pan Records
  23. Grave Robber at Large - Creature Feature
  24. Spooky Scary Skeletons - TheLivingTombstone mix


getting psyched for haunted house planning season at the library.

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powerful stuff. applicable to the US, too.


soda cans produced between 1930’s to 1970’s

JOLLY TREAT SODA. let’s do a modern can redesign session at #the labs @ clp

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From lovelocks to nine-letter words to drinking sea monkeys… author Fiona Wood talks about all the things she researched while writing Wildlife in today’s NOVL guest post. 

About the Book: During a semester in the wilderness, sixteen-year-old Sib expects the tough outdoor education program and the horrors of dorm life, but friendship drama and an unexpected romance with popular Ben Capaldi? That will take some navigating. New girl Lou has zero interest in fitting in, or joining in. Still reeling from a loss that occurred almost a year ago, she just wants to be left alone. But as she witnesses a betrayal unfolding around Sib and her best friend Holly, Lou can’t help but be drawn back into the land of the living. Fans of Melina Marchetta, Rainbow Rowell, and E. Lockhart will adore this endearing and poignant story of first love, true friendship, and going a little bit wild.

8 Things I Researched While Writing Wildlife by Fiona Wood

image1. Drinking Sea Monkeys. 

The first line of the first draft of Wildlife was, ‘I drank my sister’s sea monkeys, but I didn’t mean to.’ It was all about Sib – one of Wildlife’s two narrators – and her vagueness. I thought it was funny. I’d never heard of anyone doing it. How grossed out she’d be to realise she had drunk brine shrimp! Then I made the mistake of Googling ‘I drank sea monkeys’, which, alarmingly, offered the top response: ‘I drink sea monkeys’. Guess what? The whole world has been drinking sea monkeys. By accident. On purpose. For a dare. For a bet. For fundraising.

The idea lost its lustre. Idle desk research resulted in sea monkeys being demoted from page one and, finally, cut.

image2. Wilderness campuses.

Some more methodical research included speaking to people who’d been to the sort of school where Wildlife is set. These schools – we have several in Melbourne – have dedicated wilderness campuses where groups of students board and combine outdoor education with the usual academic curriculum for a semester. I spoke to people now in their early twenties: fresh memories + perspective = ideal candidates. Most viewed the experience as the happiest, but also most challenging, of their school years. One person let me read all her letters home – they were full of beautiful extremes – injustices and triumphs.

image3. Astronomy.

I went to an alien (to me) part of the university (the science faculty) and asked an astronomer about lunar eclipses and star mapping and telescopes. “The moon is glowing red-orange and it’s like we’re standing on a new planet. I feel a rush of trust and hopefulness that I’ll be able to figure stuff out.”(Sibylla)

image4. Runner’s Toe.

I quizzed some serious runners about injuries acquired in mountain-based cross-country running. People doing a lot of running in this terrain often lose their big toenails because they get so battered and bruised.

image5. Solo hiking.

I hiked Mount Timbertop in the Victorian alpine region, where I stood out in the cold night air in the middle of nowhere and felt the fear and exhilaration of isolation, which I wanted to experience before I wrote Sib’s solo hike.

image6. Nine-letter words.

When Sib decides she has to write a letter of apology ‘bristling with nine-letter words’ (there’s a good reason for this strange requirement) – I read nine-letter word vocab lists for days on end, and nearly went cross-eyed.

image7. Jealousy and Betrayal.

I read and reread Othello. Holly, Sib’s so-called best friend, is partly based on Iago, and the students are also studying the play. “He said, I was wondering if you’d like to talk about jealousy, manipulation, betrayal and murder? For our class paper on Othello. I said, as luck would have it, jealousy, manipulation, betrayal and murder happen to be my favorite topics of conversation. Come on in.” (Lou)

image8. Lovelocks.

Happenstance research – aka bumping into something that’s exactly what you want for your story. When I saw these lovelocks on a footbridge in Paris, I knew I had to find a way to put a padlock here in remembrance of Lou’s boyfriend, Fred.

imageBy the time I’d finished the final draft of Wildlife, I didn’t even miss the sea monkeys, and I was quietly relieved I would never have to ‘research’ what they actually tasted like.

WILDLIFE has already won the Children’s Book of the Year award across the (big) pond in Fiona’s native Australia. Grab a copy when it goes on-sale September 16.


a few quick reminders:

- that thing you did that was kind of embarrassing and weird, everyone else forgot about that already

- you look fine today, if you can’t notice something on your face standing 6 feet from a mirror then nobody else will either

- if something is out of your…

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The Art of Tinkering: Meet 150 Makers Working at The Intersection of Art, Science & Technology


The Art of Tinkering

Animatronic Creatures, Electronic Popables, Fused Fashions, Luminous Installations, Physiological Photograms, Stroboscopic Adventures, Wondrous Wearables.