AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

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.

Cardcaptor Sakura

When ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto opens a mysterious book in her father’s library, she accidentally releases the magical Clow Cards. Now, with the help of Kerberos, the protector of the cards-—he was sleeping when they escaped, and is now currently masquerading as a stuffed animal—-it’s up to her to find them before they can cause more havoc in her hometown. Want to know what happens next? Learn the rest of the story in the Cardcaptor Sakura anime and manga. Already familiar with it? Check out the current reimagining of Sakura’s story in CLAMP’s Tsubasa..

Guitar Hero, DDR, Super Smash Bros. and More: It's a tournament weekend!

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Yeah, sure, so it's supposed to be beautiful this weekend; sunny, mid-70's, all that crap. All the more reason to sequester yourself in a library basement and play videogames all weekend, right?


That's right, it's our last off-season tournament weekend, and we've got an awesome lineup of events planned that's got something for everyone in the cool recesses of the basement of the Downtown Library. First, on Friday night, 6/29, from 6:00 - 8:45, we'll have a cool combo event as we host simultaneous all-ages tournaments in Guitar Hero II and Pikmin 2, with separate prizes for the winners of each. Enter one or both competitions, and rock out while you attempt to out-marshal your opponents with your legions of Pikmin in one of the GameCube's most underappreciated battle modes.

A probability storm's a brewin'. . .

Storm Thief is as intriguing as it's cover. Orokos is a city of chaos. For as long as anyone can remember, the city has been lashed by probability storms that change anything they touch. Streets are rearranged, children turned to glass, and rivers break their banks. Nothing is stable. Everyone is vulnerable.

Rail and Moa are two thieves from the ghettoes. Rail's been bitter at life ever since the Storm Thief stole his breath. Moa just wants to get away, to a land where things are better. But there is nowhere else other than Orokos, and the city won't let them leave anyway.

Then they find an artifact; a device that opens doors. Something that anyone in the city would kill for. And it will lead them to the dark secret at the heart of Orokos. . .

Two Wheel Tango BIKE Experts!

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Two Wheel Tango has recently been named the best bike store in Ann Arbor by many local publications. Check out their website for cool gear, cycling events, and bike maintenance classes.
They will be at the Downtown Library from 12 - 1pm on June 23rd. Check out gear, see a demo on quick and easy bike repairs, and ask questions from our local bike experts at the Two Wheel Tango.
A couple cycling books you might be interested in, Bicycling Magazine's New Cyclist Handbook or the Complete Bike Book

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.

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