The Labs @ CLP

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Labs Events

Main: Open Lab
Fri, Sep 19
3:00 PM
The Labs
Labs on Location: Carrick
Sat, Sep 20
1:30 PM
Labs on Location: Carrick
Sat, Sep 20
1:30 PM

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About The Labs

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:

  • Workshops - Mentors lead project-based workshops according to the weekly theme, providing software and equipment tutorials. Workshops are informal, fun, and drop-in friendly.
  • Open Lab - Teens get a chance to mess around with software and equipment, play games, and hang out with the mentors. Open Lab is your studio time.

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 thelabs@carnegielibrary.org for more info.

The Labs Locations and Hours

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:

  • @CLP - Main (Oakland): Text @MainLabs to 23559
  • @CLP - Allegheny: Text @AllLabs to 23559
  • @CLP - East Liberty: Text @ELibLabs to 23559

Featured Programs

The Labsy Awards

The Labsy Awards recognize teen artists and makers all over Pittsburgh.

>> Weekly Workshops

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.

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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!

The Labs @ CLP was made possible through funding from American Eagle Outfitters, The Fine Foundation, The Grable Foundation, Google Pittsburgh, The Heinz Endowments, The Laurel Foundation, Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation, U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.