AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

Create Humor in Your Comics

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Join us Monday, October 15 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) at Pittsfield branch and learn how to draw comic characters that will make your friends laugh. Explore American and manga style comic gestures, body language, and facial expression. Comic artist Jerzy Drozd will show you how to put characters’ inner lives on paper in this hands-on workshop.

2007 National Book Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2007 Young People Literature’s Award have been announced.

They are:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One by Kathleen Duey

Touching Snow by M. Sindy Felin,

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr.

The winner will be announced the evening of November 14 in New York.

AXIS Coffeehouse @ Malletts Creek, Friday, October 12, 6:30-8:00 pm

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Fridays are open mic nights for teens at the AXIS Coffeehouse! Teens are welcome to perform their own work as well as poems/essays/monologues by others. Try reading a favorite poem or essay. Recruit some of your friends, and perform a scene from your favorite book. Or just hang out, sip on a hot drink, and enjoy the company. All teen performers will receive a $5 fine forgiveness coupon. For grades 6-12.

Shrinky Dink Jewelry!

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Create unique and totally custom jewelry using the retro wonderful Shrinky Dinks material! Start big, color, shrink in the oven and you're done! See you at the Malletts Creek Branch on Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 7:00-8:30 PM.

Get Behind Me Satan...

After reading the incredibly enjoyable book Devilish by Maureen Johnson I got to wondering, "what's with all the satan stuff lately?" Take for instance the new Kevin Smith directed TV show on the CW, Reaper about a boy who discovers his parents sold his soul to the devil before he was even born - and now he has to work as satan's bounty hunter! In addition to the devil-meets-chick-lit title Devilish there's been a rash of devil books published for teens lately: Repossessed, Black Tattoo, Alfred Kropp: the Seal of Solomon and finally the Demonata series by Cirque Du Freak author Darren Shan. Whether the devil, satan himself, Lucifer, El Diablo or Beelzebub there's plenty of entertainment to be had.

Rodrigo & Gabriela

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Quite the year for Rodrigo Y Gabriela, making the top 10 new bands best album of the year in Rolling Stone Magazine (Mexico) and currently they're nominated for an MTV Leftfield "Woodie" award. http://rodgab.com/
The two met as teenagers in Mexico City, but are currently living in Dublin. Influences range from family salsa records to their passion for metal music. Treat yourself to a sampling of their sound on myspace.

Teen books on TV

With the new series Gossip Girl premiering on CW last week, I've been thinking about other television series based on books for teens or tweens. My list is sadly short: Gossip Girl (series by Cecily Von Ziegesar), Little House on the Prairie (series by Laura Ingalls Wilder), and of course tons of comic book-based television shows.

Sure there are movies based on teen books such as How to Deal based on several books by Sarah Dessen, I, Robot (original book by Isaac Asimov), and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (original book by Ann Brashares).

And there’s never a shortage of books based on TV shows such as Teen Titans, Smallville, and That’s So Raven.

However, when it comes to television shows based on teen/tween books, the list is short. Can you think of any?

Amazon.com Teen Bestsellers

Harry Potter still leads the Amazon.com Bestsellers list for Teens, with vampires close at his heels in the second, third and fifth positions. If you haven’t checked out Stephenie Meyer’s vampire trilogy yet, make sure to get your hands on Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse.

Hitting number four on the list is Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail by Danica McKellar. Winnie Cooper, an expert on math. Who knew?

GT Round 2 Results: A very good day for Us

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AADL-GT history was made today when legendary supertitans Clan Us stormed to victory in all four events, earning an astounding 11,190 points, capturing half of the day's top 4 spots, and topping it off with a clan battle win at Calling All Cars for PS3. This is also the day when Us established their true depth as a clan with balance, ending their smash-centric reputation and cementing themselves as a potent, multilayered, unstoppable force. That puts Us in the amazing position of holding the top 4 spots on the season leaderboard, with Shin Oroachimaru in #1 after an amazing day.

Right behind remains the Brothers of Maplewood, racking up 4 top 4 finishes and 6810 points, a score that would have put them atop the leaderboard on another day, who also proved greater depth today, taking 2nd in Smash Teams.

This season continues to collapse into an epic struggle between these two mountains of talent, with the 6 of Us and the 6 Brothers of Maplewood accounting for 12 of the top 14 spots on the leaderboard. Read on for full details.

Super Smash and Mario Kart Tournament Extravaganza!

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The 2007 Super Smash Double Dash Championship season returns to the downtown library this weekend with a Smash & Dash filled couple of days for players of all ages! It all begins with a Super Smash Bros. Melee Regulation Throwdown for ages 13+, this Friday, 9/28, from 6:00 - 8:45 PM. With no items, only neutral stages, and a focus on 1v1, this is your chance to put your skills to a pure test of mettle. See here for our regulation-style ruleset. We'll then continue with Round 2 of the Championship Season for grades 6-12 on Saturday, 9/29, from Noon - 5 PM. Can Clan US continue their smash dominance? Can the Brothers of Maplewood win another mystery clan battle? Come downtown and find out! Then, we'll wrap up the weekend with a Mario Kart Tournament for grades 5 and under, Sunday, 9/30, from 1:00 - 4:00 PM.

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