AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

New Teen Nonfiction: This is NOT a Writing Manual, by Kerri Majors

Kerri Majors was once a teen writer, fantasizing about the day when her book would be published. She'd be featured on "Oprah," and smile politely to her friends with a hidden smirk of pride. But one day she realized that writing was not what she had expected: it really was difficult to face the naysayers and her more successful friends, and she really did need to find a job in addition to her first calling.

Majors has come a long way since then, and her new memoir serves as inspiration to passionate young adult writers with a dream. This is Not a Writing Manual exposes the harsh realities as well as the glorious triumphs that Majors faced as an emerging writer. She does not impose strict grammar rules or stiff writing advice. She simply writes honestly, providing "therapy for writers."

Kerri Majors is best known for her creation of YARN, an online writing magazine for teens. She loves reading YA novels, identifies herself as a California girl, and lives in Massachusetts with her family. To learn more about Kerri, visit her website.

Meet “It’s All Write!” Judge #3: Roland Smith

Roland Smith is a prolific author of teen and youth fiction as well as youth nonfiction. He started writing on a typewriter when he was just five years old in Portland, Oregon. In college he stumbled across the opportunity to work at a children’s zoo, which opened his eyes to the beauty of nature and wildlife. As an animal keeper he traveled the world and worked with animals for over 20 years! He now writes full time, and still expresses his interest in animals through his nonfiction books for children.

Smith just published the fourth book in his I, Q mystery series, I,Q: The Alamo in July 2013. He is well known for his novel Peak, which won the National Outdoor Book Award in 2007, several state awards, and was listed on ALA’s 2008 Best Books for Young Adults.

If you would like to find out more about Roland Smith, visit his website or his blog.

Stay tuned for the rest of the “It’s All Write!” judges in forthcoming blog posts!

New Teen Nonfiction: Expressing the Inner Wild

Expressing the Inner Wild, a new addition to AADL's teen nonfiction collection, showcases some of the most extreme self-decorators of the world. Gordon covers everything from hair to jewelry to tattoos, and includes eye-catching photos on every page. Although perhaps not considered "wild" as indicated by the title, many sections discuss cultural practices throughout the world, including piercings in Ethiopia and face painting in Papua New Guinea. Amazing holders of the Guinness World Record also make appearances. Teens interested in fashion and pop culture will love this collection of status symbols and design.

Paperclip Fashion Necklaces

Tuesday August 5, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Grade 3 to adult

Make a chic statement necklace out of paperclips and colored tape.

Fun With Die-Cuts: Using the Sizzix Big Shot

Wednesday, February 19 | 6:30-8pm | Downtown – MPR | For grades 6th through Adult

Join us for an evening of paper craft fun. We will be using Sizzix Big Shot die-cut machines to create an assortment of paper die-cuts that can be use in making cards. There will be instruction on how to use the machine, and we’ll have all the paper and cards on hand for you to get creative with.

Soon several Sizzix Big Shot Machines will be joining AADL’s new collection of Art Tools that will circulate! This is a chance for you to explore all that the Sizzix Big Shot can do for your paper craft projects before it goes into circulation.

This event is for teens and adults, grade 6th and up.

See a Juggler! Be a Juggler!

Wednesday July 23, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens in grades 6-12

Pro Juggler Jason Kollum presents this interactive, all participation event! See Jason demo the tricks and you'll get to try out scarf juggling, beanbag ball juggling, plastic spinning plates, and more!

Tonks & The Aurors: Wizard & Nerd Rock Concert!

Thursday July 3, 2014: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Grade 4 - Adult

Calling all wizards, nerdfighters, book lovers, and pop culture fiends! Tonks & The Aurors return for a book blasting good time with fellow Wizard & Nerd rock bands: Justin Finch-Fletchley & the Sugar Quills,
Kirstyn Hippe and Tianna & the Cliffhangers! Dress up, nerd-out and bring your friends for two hours of rock!

Note: This event may possibly be relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

Comic Artists Forum with Ryan Estrada

Sunday February 2, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

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

Connect with artist/adventurer/editor/cool dude Ryan Estrada on Skype and learn how to be your own editor.

Ryan grew up wanting to work for animation studios and comic book companies, but now—even better—he travels the world creating his own comics and is his own boss! Ryan will talk about how to build your own career and make your own art.

The Forum is for comics enthusiasts AND cartoonists—beginning and professional. Bring your drawing tools and drop in for learning, drawing and sharing.

THE ANNOTATED MATCH GAME

Sunday July 13, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Adults

Match Game was a ‘70s era fill-in-the-blank game show with innuendo-laden questions, antic celebrities and goofy contestants. John Teti, senior editor of the A.V. Club (arts and entertainment website of The Onion) presents a hilarious interactive session on the popular '70's game show Match Game. Enjoy an afternoon of silly and informative commentary that will illuminate the personalities and behind-the-scenes details of the popular show.

Wooly Woods Crafting with Anna Hrachovec!

Saturday July 12, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for Teens (grades 6-12) and Adults.

The author of the Mochimochi toy knitting books shows you how to wrap twigs with yarn to make beautiful sculptures—a simple technique for all skill levels! Experienced knitters can embellish their “tree-scapes” by knitting tiny creatures designed by Anna. Supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own yarn or knitting needles. This event includes a book signing with books for sale.

This event was originally scheduled for the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and has been relocated to the 4th floor of the Downtown Library.

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