AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

Totally Cool Totes!

Wednesday, April 17 | 7:00-8:00pm | Pittsfield Branch | 6th - Adult

It's National Library Week! Let's celebrate the DIY way.

Stencil up a plain canvas tote bag any way you’d like! We'll have the totes, the paint, and stencil supplies, you bring the design ideas. We'll be exploring freezer paper and contact paper methods. It’ll be totes fun. (Feel free to bring a drawing or a print of a design you think would work as a stencil to put on a tote.)

Introducing Judge #2 Teen Short Story Contest 2013 - Lauren Oliver

A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver has showcased her talents from middle grade reads, Spindlers and Liesl & Po to a best-selling teen trilogy which starts with Delirium.
Set in a dystopian United States, a government-mandated cure prevents the 'delirium' of love, leading to a safe and predictable life. However, main character Lena finds herself falling in love just weeks before her scheduled 'cure' at age 18. Finishing this trilogy of non-stop action, rebellion, and risk-taking for love is Requiem which was just released in March.

Lauren currently co-owns the literary development company Paper Lantern Lit., while also writing wonderful stories pretty much full-time.

Ms. Oliver is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write short story writing contest for teens.

The panel of 10 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School) and select the winners who are announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 11, with A. S. King as guest speaker.

Drawing Lab: Sketching Cloth and Drapery

Saturday, April 13 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Downtown Library | Downtown Library – Multipurpose Room

Did you know there are seven basic folds in drapery? Whether you're drawing a tablecloth or clothing, these folds reappear over and over.

Pat Candor of College for Creative Studies demonstrates the finer points of drawing cloth/drapery that are easy and fun. Then try it out sketching clothing folds on a model.

Basic drawing materials (paper, pencils, erasers) will be provided.

This event is for adults and teens (grades 6 and up).

Comic Artists Forum with Cartoonist Sally Carson

Sunday, April 7 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown Library | 4th Floor Meeting Room

You’ve got ideas for new comics buzzing around in your brain. Learn how to organize and turn those ideas into a fruitful comics project.

Cartoonist Sally Carson will demonstrate how she organizes her thoughts, ideas, and sketchbooks so that they become useful tools. See how to create an Affinity Diagram, a great way to generate and organize as many ideas as possible. Sally's first comic, The Skids, is an autobiographical tale about her days as a New York City bicycle messenger just after 9/11.

Join the Forum to get fresh ideas for your comics or graphic novel creation and to network with other artists. Drawing supplies are provided, so drop in!

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

AADL's Logo Remix Contest Workshop!


It's the debut of AADL's Logo Remix Contest! Make your own video-animated "remix" of the AADL logo and enter it to win prizes! We'll host open workshops in early March with our computers and software available for you to get started building your entry! A few selected animations will be projected above AADL's activity area during the Ann Arbor FoolMoon event. Get the contest guidelines starting Friday, February 22nd at aadl.org or have staff print them out for you.

Workshops will be held on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7:00pm - 8:30pm and Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:00am - 12:00pm in the Downtown Library, Training Center on the 3rd Floor. The contest entry deadline is Monday, March 25.

Click on the links to get a copy of the AADL logo image file in both PNG and JPEG formats!

Have questions? Call the Downtown Youth Desk, visit our contests page, or send an email to remix@aadl.org! Want to know more about FoolMoon? Go to festifools.org.

Make Bows and Flowers with Ribbon

Sunday, March 3 | 2:30 - 4 pm | Pittsfield Branch Program Room | Teen to Adult

Looking for new craft ideas? How about ribbon crafts!

Come learn how to make beautiful bows and flowers out of ribbon. We’ll be trying four crafts out of The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts, including a ribbon rose and a five-pedaled flower. They're perfect for hair accessories or brooches or even decorating gifts. All materials will be provided. Some crafts will require simple sewing.
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Get a Job 101 for Teens

Saturday, March 2 | 1:00-3:30 PM | Downtown Library - 4th Floor Meeting Room

Looking for that first job? Get inspired by keynote speakers from Michigan Works and the AADL Human Resources Department. Then attend breakout sessions and pick up tips on completing applications, putting together a resume, and acing the interview.

Learn about creating your own job/business from the Business Side of Youth. Work alternatives? Teens from Youth Empowerment Project will talk about volunteering opportunities and how it can improve your chances of employment.

This program is for teens in grades 9-12.

Fancy Felt Pins & Hair Clips

Monday, February 18 | 6:30pm-8:30pm | Pittsfield branch | For Grade 6 - Adult

Join us for an evening of making decorative pins and hair clips out of felt and other embellishments. You’ll cut out your shapes, jazz them up, and sew and glue them into place. All materials will be provided, just bring your creativity!

For more fun with felt, check out this list of books.

Learn about Controlled Burns in Ann Arbor’s Natural Areas

Tuesday, February 26 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek Branch - Program Room

Prescribed or controlled burning is a technique sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration. Fire is a natural part of both forest and grassland ecology and controlled fire can be a tool for foresters. Controlled burning also stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

The 2013 Spring Burn Season is upon us! The City of Ann Arbor's Natural Area Preservation staff will discuss what controlled burns are and why they are used in Ann Arbor's natural areas. This presentation is recommended for anyone interested in helping with burns, as well as anyone simply interested in learning more about why and how they are conducted.

Teen Stuff: Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

I’ve declared 2013 the year of reading, and I’ve been on a mad tear reading a lot of young adult fiction, and so far Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by poet Benjamin Alire Sáenz, has been my favorite. It is beautifully written, is magically captivating, and I read it in a day.

In January the book won several awards at the Youth Media Awards including a coveted Printz Honor Award, the Stonewall Award, and the Belpré Award.

15 year old Angel Aristotle Mendoza (Ari) is practically an only child with two older sisters and a ghost of a brother who has been in prison for as long as Ari can remember. It’s hard for Ari growing up in a quiet house with so much unspoken regarding his brother and his dad’s past in Vietnam. He has no friends until one day at the community pool he meets a kid named Dante Quintana when he offers to teach Ari how to swim. The boys spend forever laughing when they realize their names are Dante and Aristotle and an immediate bond is formed, just in time for summer.

While they form a strong friendship, Dante's family life is very different from Ari’s. His father is a professor and he and Dante are forever reading and discussing books. It’s not long before Ari gets in on the action as well. The self-assured Dante talks in his unusual way and draws, Ari is an angry sort of quiet and listens, and the boys read and swim and have summer teen adventures, until one day tragedy strikes. What will happen to their friendship as their lives begin to change? It’s a touching, coming of age story about friendship and loyalty, figuring out who you are, discovering family secrets, dealing with tragedy, and just trying to get by in this Universe.

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