AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie

If 51 episodes of the Fullmetal Alchemist anime tv series weren’t enough for you, you won’t want to miss the movie sequel: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Conqueror of Shamballa. Although the anime is originally based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa, the storylines diverge after a certain point, so the movie represents an entirely new adventure of the Elric brothers—with all the steampunk action that you loved from the tv series and manga. Don’t miss it!

Library Lego League Registration Now Open!

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Library Lego League registration is now open! Get your team of four builders going into grades 3-8 together and sign up for one of the three competitions now! Space is limited, and it's first come, first served, so reserve your spot before it's too late. If you're looking for a team to join, you can go ahead and register and check the 'please assign me to a team' box, or you might head over to the L3 Blog, start commenting on a post, and see if you can form a team online.

Library Lego League happens 7/5, 7/12, and 7/26, but before that, AADL staff will be doing our own Library Lego Event as a dry run for the real thing. I'll make a post after our dry run with pictures and details of the surprise challenge I made them face so you can get an idea of what's to come. I'll also post final rules here before the event, and as always, feel free to comment here with your questions (or contactus). I've got 8 Mindstorms NXT sets just sitting in my office waiting to see what YOU can do with them... so get your team together and get registered for the event!

Rash wins 2007 Thumbs Up!

The Thumbs Up! Award committee has voted Rash by Pete Hautman as the 2007 winner. Rash is a chilling satire that tells the story of Bo, a struggling teen. It's 2076. Anyone who litters or verbally assaults another person in the Safer States of America goes to prison. Bo has five family members in jail, and due to his temper he is sent to a remote work camp where he has to make fast food pizzas, play the dangerous and illegal game of football, and battle the bears that live in the cold north. It’s a great read or listen on audio CD.

The committee also chose four Honor books. They are An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, and Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick.

Paradise Kiss

Fashionistas won’t want to miss Paradise Kiss, one of the new series in the library’s anime collection. Adapted from the popular manga of the same name by Ai Yazawa, it’s the story of Yukari, a high school student focuses on preparing for her college entrance exams. By chance she meets a group of teens studying fashion design at an art high school. And when they ask her to be the model for their label, Paradise Kiss, in their school competition, Yukari has to decide what her priorities are-—and what she really wants to do with her future.

Breaking the Silence on Sexual Abuse – Sunday, June 10

In 2001, Angela Shelton was on a quest to find herself in an effort to heal from her past. The result of that quest is her 2004 film, Searching for Angela Shelton.

Join Ms. Shelton at the downtown Library this Sunday, June 10, from 1-4 pm in the 4th floor meeting room. She will introduce a screening of her award-winning film and afterwards lead a discussion. The film is not rated, but has strong language. Cosponsored by SafeHouse Center.

Anime Insider now available at four locations!

The library’s recently started subscribing to a new anime magazine, Anime Insider. It features articles on new series coming over from Japan, manga reviews, and other industry news. Visit them online for a sneak peak at their content. The magazine is available at our Downtown Teen section and our Malletts Creek, Northeast, and Pittsfield branches.

The library still gets Newtype USA; you can also browse the full list of magazines available at our locations here.

Listen to a Great Book while you RUN

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Might as well listen to a great story while you run and train this summer. Congrats to many high school runners who recently competed in state track meets across Michigan this past week-end. Track stats
As you continue to run this summer try taking along, Dessen's Just Listen, a bittersweet story of Annabel, self-assured and glamorous, or so it seems. Along comes Owen, music-obsessed, somewhat eccentric, and just has to tell the truth. A few others to also try are: Hip-Hop High School a companion story to Hoopster or Rash a futuristic story of Bo Marsten who is accused of causing a rash that plagues his high school.

GLBT Teen Top Sellers

Here are the most popular Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender titles over at Amazon.com. I just started Between Mom and Jo and I’ve got Keeping You A Secret in my hold queue (I dig Julie Anne Peters). For books that also discuss issues of racial identity, check out The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson and A Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr.

Top Sellers

Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies by Brent Hartinger
Totally Joe by James Howe
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez
Getting It by Alex Sanchez
Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge

Tsubasa @ Animanga Club, Tuesday, June 5th

Join us this Tuesday @ the Northeast Branch from 7:00 to 8:30 for the June meeting of the AADL’s Animanga club. We'll be watching episodes of the newly released Tsubasa anime, courtesy of Funimation, and doing a trivia quiz and a craft. If you’ve liked any manga series by CLAMP, you won’t want to miss this event, because Tsubasa features crossovers from all of CLAMP’s other series: even its main characters, Sakura and Syaoran, are new versions of characters from Cardcaptor Sakura. Learn more about the anime at its official website.

Not familiar with the series? Come anyway! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture. Snacks and drinks will also be served.

Dance Dance Revolution at Taste of Ann Arbor: Canceled!

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Sorry guys, but there's a big storm a comin', and our equipment is not rated for wet/dry use. Taste of Ann Arbor is still going strong, but we've had to take down our DDR equipment before the next storm comes. However, don't despair: our next all ages DDR event is just a month away: Sunday, July 1, from 1 - 4 PM at the downtown library. Also, don't miss our simultaneous Guitar Hero 2 / Pikmin 2 tournaments Friday Night, 6/29, from 6-8:30 PM, and our massive 5-hour Super Smash Bros. Regulation Throwdown, Saturday, 6/30, from Noon - 5 PM. Plus, our Pokémondays Summer Tournament Series starts Monday, 6/25, from 1 - 5 PM at the Pittsfield Branch. See you soon!

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