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Calling all fandoms! Come hang at CLP, Main - Teen tomorrow, starting at 1:00 PM and celebrate timelordy, adventurous, deductive, and animated things (ALL OF THE THINGS)!  Come dressed as your favorite pop culture character and win prizes, or participate in any of the games, crafts, and special movie screenings we have going on. We’ll be fanning ourselves until 5:30 PM. Come any time!

Demonstration Synthesis - Isabella


Free Music Downloads @ Your Library!

Did you know that you can download 3 songs every week for free? Check out the Freegal Music Collection.  The collection includes new music and classics from the past.  

AUGUST: The End of Summer and the Best of Summer

The seasonal calender marks the first day of Autumn as September 22nd. However, most people mark the end of summer on the day that the new school year begins.  That means that we have 3 full weeks to enjoy the best of August before school starts.  

The National Day Calendar gives us lots of reasons to celebrate in August: Girl Friends, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Mustard, Watermelon, Chocolate Chips, Friendship, National Night Out, Root Beer Floats, Raspberries and Cream, Happiness, Books, and S’mores.  

The most “super” super moon of the season occurs on August 10th.  

What is your favorite thing about August?  

We are celebrating everything eCLP this week! Download & stream music for free here!

Can’t make it to Comic-Con International this year?

Come to CONtact teen pop culture convention at the Library!

Saturday, August 2

1 – 2 pm 
Meet at select locations for pre-CONtact activities and transportation. CLP – BrooklineCLP – CarrickCLP – East LibertyCLP – Squirrel Hill and CLP – Main.

3 – 5 pm 
Geek out at CONtact CLP – Main! CONverge at CLP – Main for a city-wide teen pop culture convention! 

  • - Prizes for best costume
  • - Movie Screening
  • - Trivia Challenge
  • - Gaming Station
  • - Crafting Area
  • - And more!


Registration for transportation is now closed.

For registered teens, transportation is available at no cost from select Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations to CLP – Main in Oakland.

Meet at CLP – Brookline and CLP – Carrick for a private bus ride to CONtact at CLP – Main.

Meet at CLP – East Liberty and CLP – Squirrel Hill to receive bus tickets to ride with teen specialists to CONtact at CLP – Main.

permission slip is required for all participants riding buses to CLP – Main. You may print the slip and return it to a participating CLP location or ask a teen specialist to give you a slip.

Want to know more? Ask a teen specialist at any of the participating CLP locations.


The Box has delivered its latest surprise. The new Maze Runner trailer is finally here!

Read the book by James Dashner first!

Rock on!!!!


I love how behind every single window, there is a different person who has a story that we know nothing about and I sometimes forget that my life isn’t the only life in the world and yeah idk

(Source: eraessera, via lettersfromhedwig)


Do You Love Someone With Depression?

If you have a partner or are close to someone who struggles with depression, you may not always know how to show them you love them. One day they may seem fine, and the next they are sad, distant and may push you away. It is important that you know that as a person who is close to them and trusted by them, you can help your friend or partner have shorter, less severe bouts of depression. Mental illness is as real as physical illness (it is physical actually, read more about that here) and your partner needs you as much as they would need to be cared for if they had the flu.

Your relationship may seem one-sided during these times, but by helping your partner through a very difficult and painful affliction, you are strengthening your relationship and their mental health in the long term.

1. Help them keep clutter at bay.

When a person begins spiraling into depression, they may feel like they are slowing down while the world around them speeds up. The mail may end up in stacks, dishes can pile up in the sink, laundry may go undone as the depressed person begins to feel more and more overwhelmed by their daily routine and unable to keep up. By giving your partner some extra help sorting mail, washing dishes or using paper plates and keeping chaos in check in general, you’ll be giving them (and yourself) the gift of a calm  environment. (I’m a fan of the minimalist movement because of this, you can read more about that here.)

2. Fix them a healthy meal.

Your partner may do one of two things when they are in a depressed state. They may eat very little, or they may overeat. In either case, they may find that driving through a fast food restaurant or ordering a pizza online is just easier than fixing a meal. Eating like this, or neglecting to eat will only degrade your partner’s health, causing her to go deeper into her depression. Help your loved one keep her body healthy, and her mind will follow. This is a great article that talks about the “Brain Diet” which can help the symptoms of depression, and this article talks about how our modern diet could contribute to the recent rise in depression. Here is a recipe for a trail mix that is quick to make and has mood-boosting properties.

3.Get them outside.

 The benefits of getting outside for a depressed person are huge. And it is possibly the last thing on earth your partner will want to do. Take them to be somewhere in nature. Pack a picnic and lie in the sun, take a leisurely hike or plant a garden. Being barefoot in the dirt, or “earthing” helps ground the body and reverse the effects of living in a world of emf’s, and digging in soil can actually act as an antidepressant, as a strain of bacterium in soil, Mycobacterium vaccae, triggers the release of seratonin, which in turn elevates mood and decreases anxiety. Sunshine increases Vitamin D production which can help alleviate depression. My friend Elizabeth wrote an excellent post about Vitamin D and its link to depression here.  For more information about other sources of Vitamin D, this is a great post as well as this.

4. Ask them to help you understand what they’re feeling.

If your partner is able to articulate what they are going through, it will help them and you better understand what you are dealing with, and may give insight into a plan of action for helping your partner. Also, feeling alone is common for a depressed person and anything that combats that feeling will help alleviate the severity and length of the depression.

5. Encourage them to focus on self-care.

Depressed people often stop taking care of themselves. Showering, getting haircuts, going to the doctor or dentist, it’s all just too hard, and they don’t deserve to be well taken care of anyway in their minds. This can snowball quickly into greater feelings of worthlessness since “Now I’m such a mess, no one could ever love me”. Help your loved one by being proactive. Tell them “I’m going to do the dishes, why don’t you go enjoy a bubble bath?” can give them the permission they won’t give themselves to do something normal, healthy and self-loving.

6. Hug them.

Studies show that a sincere hug that lasts longer than 20 seconds can release feel-good chemicals in the brain and elevate the mood of the giver and receiver. Depressed people often don’t want to be touched, but a sincere hug with no expectation of anything further can give your partner a lift.

7. Laugh with them.

Telling a silly joke, watching a comedy or seeing a stand up comedian will encourage your partner to laugh in spite of herself. Laughing releases endorphins and studies show can actually counteract symptoms of depression and anxiety.

8. Reassure them that you can handle their feelings.

Your partner may be feeling worthless, angry and even guilty while they are depressed. They may be afraid that they will end up alone because no one will put up with their episodes forever. Reassure them that you are in the relationship for the long haul and they won’t scare you away because they have an illness.

9. Challenge their destructive thoughts.

A depressed person’s mind can be a never-ending loop of painful, destructive thoughts. “I’m unlovable, I’m a failure, I’m ugly, I’m stupid”. Challenge these untruths with the truth. “You’re not unlovable, I love you. You aren’t a failure, here are all the things you’ve accomplished.”

10.Remind them why you love them.

Look at pictures of happy times you’ve had together. Tell them your favorite things about them. Reminisce about your relationship and all the positive things that have happened, and remind your partner that you love them and they will get through this.

(via The Darling Bakers)

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" They say in every library there is a single book that can answer the question that burns like a fire in the mind. "


Lemony Snicket, Who Could That Be At This Hour?

Book Geek Quote #553

(via bookgeekconfessions)

There are also books that answer questions you weren’t asking but make you realize that you should have been. and books that give you more questions.


Three on a YA Theme: Summer Camp

Ever go to summer camp as a teen or wanted to go and didn’t? Here’s a look at three YA books set at summer camp.

Summer Camp books! #yalibrarianpersonalfacts: I went to pony and horse camp, and a camp where the uniform included corduroy knickers. My favorite summer camp book is the Babysitters Club Super Special #2: 


Notes on Fear

How to handle situations that scare you. (Words by Emily, drawings and lettering by Esme.)

Rookie keeps killin it with the comics

Meet Vantablack. A new material that absorbs more light than any other material on earth. Read more at The Independent. Image by Surrey Nanosystems