The Labs is Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's teen-only learning lab. Currently located in three Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh locations for weekly workshops, The Labs provides teenagers with access to equipment, software, and mentors in an innovative learning environment with the focus on creativity and creation!
Through informal workshops teens can learn to create everything from a robot to a film. With the assistance of mentors (artist educators with backgrounds in a variety of disciplines), teens receive the level of assistance they need in order to learn something new.
Plenty of free time is also available during Open Lab when teens can pick the brain of a mentor or continue working on their own personal project using our equipment and software.
Do you have a school project that could benefit from the use of video? Or maybe you'd like to record some music you've been working on? We can help.
The Labs invites teens of all skill levels to take part in workshops on a walk-in basis. We have two kinds of sessions:
The Labs @ CLP is available to our teen patrons in grades 6-12.
Want to know more? Ask a teen librarian to get started or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Visit The Labs at three library locations:
The Labs @ CLP - Main (Oakland)
Monday: OPEN LAB, 4 - 6 pm
Tuesday: WORKSHOP, 4 - 7 pm
Wednesday: OPEN LAB, 4 - 6 pm
Thursday: OPEN LAB, 4 - 6 pm
Friday: OPEN LAB, 3 - 5 pm
Saturday (1st & 3rd): OPEN LAB, 3 - 5 pm
The Labs @ CLP - Allegheny
Monday: OPEN LABS, 5 - 7 pm
Thursday: WORKSHOP, 4 - 7 pm
The Labs @ CLP - East Liberty
Wednesday: WORKSHOP, 4 - 7 pm
Thursday: OPEN LABS, 4 - 6 pm
You can opt in to our text updates and reminders about our sessions at each of The Labs’ locations:
The Labsy Awards recognize teen artists and makers all over Pittsburgh.
Our Workshop themes change weekly, and in a typical month, we cover each of our four major subject areas based on various artistic disciplines. And be sure to keep an eye out for workshops run by partner organizations and community artists.Click to Expand >>
Week 1: Music/Audio
During the first week of the month workshops focus on music and audio production. Aspiring musicians, singers, rappers, DJs and podcasters of all skill levels are welcome to explore their interests in The Labs. Stop by to hang out and get to know our equipment.
Week 2: Design
Are you interested in expressing yourself through your own designs, whether they're doodles or digital art? During Design week, we use a variety of tools to be creative, from colored pencils to Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
Week 3: Makers' Studio
Makers’ Studio is our hands-on week. Using coding and programming, we can design robots, musical instruments, and more. Software and hardware includes, but is not limited to the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, Arduino, MaKey MaKey and Scratch.
Week 4: Photo/Video
Whether you’re a burgeoning filmmaker or photographer or a beginner with some inspiration, The Labs welcomes you to join us for our photo/video workshops. From DSLR cameras to green screen and fancy editing software (Adobe Photoshop, Premiere and After Effects), we'll transform the library into a studio for your projects.
Need help getting started? Let one of our knowledgeable mentors assist you! Whether you're new to digital media or a seasoned expert, mentors can help you create or just share ideas. Mentors lead weekly workshops, but are also be available to help you learn how to use The Labs' software and equipment for projects big or small, from school assignments to your own works of art. Just ask!
Nicole Antonuccio: When I was eight my brother and I made a movie about pirates using a miniature sailboat, an army man, and diamond shaped paperweight that we filmed on our dad's ancient over-the-shoulder VHS video camera. My brother composed a score on his guitar, and I created the story. It was my first movie, and it taught me that with a strong vision, some basic equipment and a creative spirit anything is possible.
More recently I minored in Visual Studies at Cornell University, taking as many film and design classes as I could find. The classes I took emphasized a critical analysis of film and design, and while I enjoyed learning about these art forms I realized I was much more interested in creating than in analyzing art. I currently work as an independent graphic designer, filmmaker, and improviser (non-digital art counts too!).
As a Pittsburgh native, I have been enjoying programs hosted by the Carnegie Library my whole life, and I am now super excited to be a part of The Labs team!
Chris Beauregard: One of the earliest artistic joys that I can remember was the chance to share the experience of creating something new and unexpected with others. And whether my practice has grown through drawing, sculpting, or filmmaking; it has always been motivated out of a desire to communicate.
In 2005 I moved to Pittsburgh to attend the MFA program at Carnegie Mellon University. While there my focus in sculpture expanded to include other models for art making, including digital media. And now nearly everything I do involves digital media in one fashion or another. I think it's incredible that we engage digital media in creative and challenging ways every day and just as often we are not even aware that we are doing it! We create identities for ourselves, communicate with friends and form meaningful connections with collaborators that we have never met IRL. To both learn about the potential of new technologies and to find out that we have been active participants in it already, can really be an empowering thing.
I am excited to share the many ways that digital media has shaped the things that I make. And just as excitingly, I look forward to learning and sharing as a new addition to The Labs team.
Andre Costello: I've always been artistically minded, first drawing with a mechanical pencil ca. 1994; now I prefer using Illustrator and Photoshop. I began playing acoustic guitar ca. 2000. These days, I use those skills to make music in GarageBand. Throughout the majority of my conscious existence, I've always been creating in some form. In high school, I was voted most artistic, and in college I studied graphic design at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
While learning the ins and outs of design in school, I was exploring music and recording on my own time. My college band, The Slant, wrote and recorded three full-length albums. Since the break-up of that group, I've been writing, recording, and promoting my own music. Performing under the name Costello and the Cool Minors (and as myself Andre Costello), I've shared the stage with the likes of Kelley Deal, La Sera, Atlas Sound, Hotel Lights, and Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors). There are a multitude of parallels that can be drawn between music and visual art.
I am excited to share what I know and help you learn and create in The Labs!
Molly Dickerson: Art has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember; from playwriting to poetry, dance to film criticism, I've always been passionate about creative endeavors. As a teen, I began to channel my interests into coursework, taking studio art, film, and writing electives in high school. In 2006, I was awarded a Silver Key at the Scholastic Art Awards for digital photography.
As a student at The College of Wooster, I designed a major in Film Studies and paired it with a minor in Studio Art. My curriculum emphasized an analytical approach to film, along with coursework in art history, drawing, painting, and digital imaging. During this time, I began using Final Cut Pro to edit short films, including a music video submission to a 48-hour film festival.
In 2011, I moved to Pittsburgh to enter the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Pittsburgh, which I completed in August 2012. Now that I'm part of The Labs team, I look forward to working with teens in a library setting as we explore, create, and learn from digital media together.
Corey Wittig: I think of myself as more of a consumer than a creator of digital media, but, looking back, I was always tinkering with video projects for school or blogging on my prehistoric webpage (before the term "blog" existed, I might add).
I've worked for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for six years, the majority of that time in Teen Services. During my time at CLP, I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Sciences with a Masters' of Library and Information Science. I also attended Pitt for my Bachelor's Degree in English Literature. During that time I was also Music Director and DJ at the awesome student-run radio station WPTS.
As Digital Learning Librarian for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, my main focus is The Labs. I see the program as an opportunity for teens to follow their interests, developing them into true talent. Digital media is a great tool for expression--whether you're putting a cool tech spin on a school project or just working on something that makes you happy.
I'll mostly be hanging out in The Lab at Main on Mondays and Tuesdays so stop by and say hello!