AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

2007 Thumbs Up! Award - Vote!

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Help choose the best teen book published in 2006. Select from the list of Thumbs Up! Award nominees for best teen literature. You can find them on the Thumbs Up! page or in hot pink brochures on teen shelves in all the branch libraries.

Read all the books (or as many as you want) and select the ONE that you think is best. Vote for your choice by using the hot pink ballot and give it to the librarian, or e-mail your choice to

Spring Break Tourneys: Guitar Hero, DDR, Wii Sports and More!

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It's spring break in Ann Arbor, although you sure wouldn't know it by looking outside. Avoid feeling depressed about the miserable weather this week by sequestering yourself in a windowless room filled with noise and flashing lights as we set up our gaming kit for a week of Open Play and Tournaments!

The action starts with three afternoons full of Open Play and DS Fest for all Ages, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 4/11-4/13, from 1-4 PM in the Multipurpose room of the Downtown Library. Come play Mario Kart, DDR, Wario Ware, Monkey Ball, Retro Collections, and more, or bring your own Gameboy or DS and square off against your friends on your favorite games.

Then, we've got a tournament-filled weekend, starting with a Guitar Hero 2 tournament Friday Night, 4/13, from 6-8:30 PM. We'll provide the guitars and the big screen, so show up and be ready to shred...

On Saturday, 4/14, from 1-4 PM, we'll have an All-Ages DDR Tournament, including a special prize for the best Adult/Child team, plus more open play.

We'll wind up the weekend with our first ever Wii Sports Tournament on Sunday, 4/15, from 1-4 PM, for Adult/Child Teams! We'll start with Tennis, and the winners will advance to Baseball or Bowling if time allows... so find an adult and drag them in to expose them firsthand to the Wii phenomenon. Bring your Wiimote with your Mii loaded if you've got one!

It's a busy gaming weekend at AADL... hope to see you all there!

Beaded Bracelets

Make a fabulous bracelet using simple patterns and beads galore.
It's happening at Northeast, Thursday, April 12, from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Avatar @ Animanga Club Thursday, April 12!

What's the coolest type of airbending? Join us this Thursday @ the Northeast Branch from 7-8:30 as we discuss an American spin on anime, Avatar The Last Airbender. We'll watch the DVD of Book 1: Water. Not a fan of Avatar? Come anyway! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, Japan - etc. Snacks and drinks will also be served. See you there!

Tween Scene—Cup Stack Attack

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Stop by the Pittsfield Branch between 2 PM and 3 PM with your cups on Monday, April 9th and get a little practice in, working on your best time. We’ve got speed stacks to borrow if you don’t have your own or want to see what cup stacking is like.

We’ll run through some practice drills and for those that feel competitive, there will be a mini tournament with prizes for the top three winners in the light or heavy brackets. Come and have fun and relax during your spring break!
For Ages 9 +

Meet Patricia Smith, Poet and author of Teahouse of the Almighty!

Meet journalist, poet and author, Patricia Smith at the Neutral Zone, Tuesday, April 3 @ 7:00 PM. Patricia is a four-time national poetry slam champion and was featured in the film Slamnation. She is the author of four poetry collections - including Teahouse of the Almighty. The evening will kick-off with some local slam poets - a great evening for sure!

Search for the Jewel of Four Souls

Psst, anime fans! The library’s just purchased the first season of the Inuyasha television series. This is the story of Kagome, who is just your average teenager until a demon pulls her into an ancient well. On the other end of the well she finds herself 500 years in the past, where she meets Inuyasha, a half-demon, and learns she is the reincarnation of an ancient priestess who guarded the sacred Jewel of Four Souls. There’s just one problem: the jewel’s been shattered, and Kagome will only be able to retrieve the shards with Inuyasha’s help—and Inuyasha wants the jewel for himself.

Laurie Halse Anderson to appear @ Nicola's!

With her new book Twisted ready to hit shelves Laurie Halse Anderson is hitting the road. Laurie will be at Nicola's Books next Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:00 PM. Laurie is best known for her award-winning, bestseller, Speak - as well as Prom and Fever 1793. Laurie visited AADL in 2005 - she's a fabulous speaker - be sure to check her out!

I can tell that we are gonna be friends*

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We have a MySpace page! Right now we're only friends with Tom, and he has 161,157,683 friends, so we have a lot of catching up to do. So check it out, post what you think, and spread the word!

*And check out the White Stripes's album White Blood Cells, because it's really good.

2nd Tuesday – Meet Julie Orringer @ Mallets Creek Wed., March 21, 7 pm

Hear Julie Orringer read from her short story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, a New York Times Notable Book and the winner of the Northern California Book Award. Julie is the Helen Herzog Zell Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.

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