AXIS: Info for Teens 12-18.

Meet the Notebook Girls

Meet Sophie, Courtney, Lindsey, and Julia, four teens that began a shared notebook that served as a joint diary during their freshman year at Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School. Reproduced from the girls’ notebook with handwritten entries as well as photocopied snapshots, sketches, etc., The Notebook Girls reveals with raw honesty what it’s like to grow up female in today’s world. A fascinating nonfiction read.

Catch an interview with three of the notebook girls (now college freshmen) as they talk about how their diary became a book.

Calling All Manga Fans

It is nearing that time of year again where we at the library are thinking about programming for the fall.

Okay I have a few questions for you:
Did you like that the Animanga Club met on a Saturday?
Is a weekend meeting best for during the school year?
What anime/manga do you want to see/discuss at Animanga Club?
Did you like DDR at the meeting?

I know summer just started and you all are thinking about going on vacation and which prize you want to win in the summer reading game, but let me know what you think.
P.S. Who has a great trip planned for this summer?

Can your Tuba do this?

Flaming Tuba

David Silverman, director of the Simpsons, has created a sousaphone that spurts flames when you play it. Video

I wonder what Mr. Leach would say...
Via BoingBoing

Stay strong and tone up for the Summer!

Michigan Football

Don't miss out, this Saturday, June 24 at the Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room for Grades 6-8, there will be U of M athletes and local fitness experts to answer your questions about training and fitness. A fitness trainer from the Ann Arbor Y, the Chelsea Health and Fitness Center, a Jazzercise demo, and the U of M athletes round out our experts.

GameSpot's Top Ten NES Games

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AADL-GT: Ann Arbor District Library Game Tournaments

Its summer.. and the only gaming going on right now is PokeMonday, so here's some filler! GameSpot held a little poll to see what the best games for the NES were. Here's the article with Reader comments on each game. From the responses I've read, some people find the lack of Kid Icarus and River City Ransom disturbing.

10. Ninja Gaiden
9. Duck Hunt
8. Metroid
7. Mega Man 2
6. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!
5. Contra
4. Final Fantasy
3. Super Mario Bros.
2. The Legend of Zelda

Super Paper Mario Video

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Ooooh... Shiny.
Via Joystiq

School's Out.. Time for Summer Reading

Summer Reading

YES! Finals are over, and the dust has cleared. Come in to any AADL branch and sign up for the teen summer reading game. We will be giving away fabulous prizes and free books, so pick up the cute little cubist pamphlet and try some of these new books at the library. (this is a page with ALL the new fiction at AADL as of May, kids through adult)

Teens needed for Community Mapping Project

Map Ann Arbor

Like to make a little money this summer? You could be a youthmapper with the countywide Community YouthMapping Project. Teens ages 14-18 canvass the county in search of places to go and things to do that are available for youth. YouthMappers will be paid and will gain knowledge of local geography and marketable skills such as interviewing, data collection/entry, problem-solving and much more!

Applications are available now! Contact Chana Hawkins at (734) 222-3936 or; Debi Samuels at (734) 487-6570 or; or
Angelina Hamilton Broderick at (734)487-6570 or

Attack of the Otaku: Help spread the word!

Anime Convention

We JUST got big posters and postcard-style flyers for all the anime related programs at the Library. Where do you think we should put them?

If you have a place in mind, or some friends who need a reminder, feel free to ask for a pile of postcards at the downtown youth desk. I'm taking some to Wizzywig, Gamestop.. any other ideas?


Anime Naruto

UPDATE: ZOMG that was fun (still peeling glue off my fingers, but its all good). Thanks to all who came, you made my last program perfect!
Saturday June 17, 2006: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. Featuring anime viewing, DDR, pocky prize quizes and headband design.
I think that about fourty headbands ended up being made.. with plenty of glue to spare..

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