AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

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.

ACT / SAT Test Practice Saturday, September 29

Taking the ACT or SAT soon? The LearningExpressLibrary database can help you get ready. Join us 10:30-Noon p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Get in the game!

If you’ve been following the ups and downs of the Seishun tennis team in The Prince of Tennis manga series, you won’t want to miss the anime—newly arrived on DVD at a library near you! For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it’s the story of Ryoma Echizen, a tennis prodigy who has just returned to Japan after growing up in the states. Watch for the humor, action, and drama as Seishun pursues its goal of winning the middle school national championships. As for the tennis—well, let’s just say the characters have some interesting moves you definitely won’t see on the ATP tour! For those of you who have read the series, comment and let us know which school is your favorite.

Here comes Youmacon!

Youmacon, “Metro Detroit's first and only anime con,” is being held November 2-4, 2007 at the Hilton Detroit/Troy. Featured guests include Stephanie Sheh (voice actor for Orihime in Bleach and Hinata in Naruto and ADR director for Paradise Kiss) and Johnny Yong Bosch (voice actor for Ichigo in Bleach and the Black Ranger in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers). There will be panels, cosplay, gaming, AMVs, and more. Pre-register by September 30 and save, but don’t worry too much if you miss the date! On-site registration will be available as well.

Ani DeFranco is in Ann Arbor on Her Birthday!

If you don't have tickets to hear Ani DiFranco this Saturday, September 23 in Ann Arbor, check out her CD's. Your library owns thirteen titles. She writes and publishes her own songs; and started her own record company, "Righteous Babe Records." Ani's home page

Hoax Photo Workshop - Tues., September 25

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Bigfoot trying on Birkenstocks? A herd of cows hovering over the Big House? Use your imagination and Photoshop Elements in our Mac lab to create a mind-bending photo. Then upload your favorite creation into the Hoax Photo Gallery at AADL’s myspace branch. Join us next Tuesday 6:00-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Computer Learning Center.

Register at any information desk or call 327-8367.

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