AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

Boys over Flowers

The manga Boys over Flowers (also known as Hana Yori Dango) is the story of Makino Tsukushi, who transfers into an elite high school and promptly gets on the wrong side of the F4, the most popular group of boys. But when the F4 try to make her life miserable, she decides that she won’t take their bullying lying down. Fans of the manga also won’t want to miss the anime adaptation in the library’s DVD collection. Wondering what to read next? Try Kare Kano.

Graffiti Art Contest

The 5th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest will be held Friday, July 20, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, at the Downtown Library's Staff Parking Lot.
We'll provide the paint, supplies, paint boards, and easels. The top three winners will receive gift certifcates for art supplies from Michigan Book & Supply.

Skullduggery at its Finest!

Still looking for a great read for the summer? Perhaps you need a good book to take your mind off Art Fair? Look no further than Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Skulduggery Pleasant = Ace Detective, Snappy Dresser, Razor–tongued Wit, Crackerjack Sorcerer and Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton —as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.

This week: Pokémon, Super Smash, and Mario Kart Tournaments, plus DDR at the Art Fair!

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It's late July in Ann Arbor, and that means (at least) two things; the Art Fair, and the return of the Super Smash Double Dash Championship Season! It will be a busy week at the library, and it all starts off with Pokémondays, this time at Malletts Creek Branch on Monday, 7/16, from 1-5 PM for players of all ages and Pokémon level 51 & up.

Then, come see us at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair main stage next to the Belltower for DDR on Wednesday 7/18 and Friday 7/20 from 1-4 PM. There will be some prizes for the very best players, but you can also just come to show off in front of the crowd. You know you want to.

Finally, it's the end of the arduous off-season, as the clans converge on the Downtown Library on Saturday, 7/21, from Noon - 5 PM for the long-awaited Super Smash Double Dash Preseason Event! We'll have single and team kart and smash, and an opportunity to try out some new methods, recruit members for your clan, and size up the competition, and eat pizza. Hope to see you all there!

Get Automotive TIps on Tuesday, July 17

Thinking of buying a car? Have one, but it’s a junker? Let auto technology instructor Paul Kruthaup clue you in with tips on how to pick out a car, keep it running, and find reliable repair service.

Join us at Malletts Creek, Tuesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Calling all teen Harry Potter fans!

What street do the Dursleys live on? What are Hufflepuff's house colors? Who owns the store where Harry Potter buys his wand? If you know the answer to all these Harry Potter trivia questions without looking them up in the books (or via Google!), be sure to come to our Harry Potter Trivia Night for Teens (grades 6-12) on Monday, July 16th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch. Work in teams of up to 5 players to compete for the grand prize: $15 giftcards to Borders Books & Music. You can come with your own team of friends, or we'll assign you to one. All teens who participate will also be entered into a drawing to win one of two cool tote bags with the cover art of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Library Lego League Round 1 Results: Plus, August 2 Event Added!

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Last week the downtown library was the place for the first-ever Library Lego League robotics competition! 6 teams coverged on the 3rd floor to play with Lego, learn how to program Mindstorms, eat pizza, and watch their bots attempt to secure a place in history as the winners of our inaugural event.

Before we get to the recap, a registration update for those of you who may not have registered yet; the July 12th and July 26th Lego League events are already full, but we've just added an extra Lego League event on Thursday, August 2, from 10 AM - 4 PM. Register right here before that event fills up too. If your team already attended an event, please let someone else have a chance, and just wait unil next summer for more lego league. Now, on to the round 1 report....

Investment 101 on Tuesday, July 10

Have your allowances or job earnings been adding up lately? Great! Now learn how to make your money grow. Financial advisor Amy Doyle will take you through the nuts and bolts of investing.

Join us Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Malletts Creek meeting room.

Trigun @ Animanga Club, Monday, July 9th

Join us this Monday @ the Northeast Branch from 6:00 to 8:00 for the June meeting of the AADL’s Animanga club. We'll be watching episodes of the Trigun anime, which is based on Yasuhiro Nightow’s manga of the same name. Trigun is the story of Vash the Stampede, a notorious gunman who has a 60,000,000,000 double dollar bounty on his head due to his destruction of an entire city. But as Milly and Meryl, two investigators from the Bernadelli Insurance Company, soon find out, Vash isn’t exactly what you might expect in a hardened criminal. We’ll also have a cool craft to celebrate the Japanese festival of Tanabata.

Not familiar with the series? Come anyway! Tell us about your favorites, and hear about our fall events. Snacks and drinks will also be served.

Chic Shoeboxes - Teen Craft

Turn ordinary shoeboxes into artful containers. Store those pictures, cd's, or whatever you've got saved that needs a container. We'll have paper and add-ons to turn those ordinary containers extra-ordinary.

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