AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

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.

College Night - Monday, September 17

Choosing the college, writing the essays, preparing for the tests… it all gets a little overwhelming. Where do you start? Right here at the Downtown Library on Mon., Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm! John Boshoven, college prep counselor at Community High, and Deb Merion, founder of Essay Coaching, will be joined by performance coach Dr. Geraldine Markel at this event for teens and parents. They’ll cover it all, so bring your questions!

Wicked Lovely...

Lovers of fairies, and romance - mixed with some wickedness and ancient magical battles will eat up the new book, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. Seventeen year old Aislinn, who has the rare ability to see faeries, is drawn against her will into a centuries-old battle between the Summer King and Winter Queen, and the survival of her life, her love, and summer all hang in the balance. Check out all of the other great books on Fairies that AADL owns.

Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump Magazines

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Do you hate waiting for the next volume of your favorite manga? You can get an early look at new chapters of some of Viz’s manga series in the magazines Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump. Available at all library locations, these magazines serialize select manga series and also feature articles on anime, Japanese pop culture, and videogaming. Both have shuffled their lineups lately; click the “read more” link to get a look at what’s currently available in them.

Ninja Power

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Economics major, Colin Bell, can now add master of the American Ninja Challenge to his list of accomplishments. He says that his construction job has given him the training he needs to get in shape. If you have similar aspirations, you might try checking out anything from the publisher, 'Human Kinetics' One specific title Functional Training for Sports may help assess your current strength and design a program to improve your power and quickness. Another Ninja hero, of the Graphic Novel sort, is Naruto a hero who must pass difficult tests to enter the Ninja Academy. Whatever your preference; stay strong.

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