Winners of the 2010 Short Story Writing Contest Announced!

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253 Short Stories were submitted to the AADL Short Story Contest this year and the Finalists in each category were honored on Saturday with writer, Amy Huntley speaking to the full house of writers and their families. The top three writers in each of the three grade categories were chosen by published authors and are listed below. Congratulations to all.

Middle School 6-7-8:
First Place - Ifeoma Irobunda "The Garden Gnome"
Second Place - Jessica Liu "Hana"
Third Place - Hanel Baveja "My Brother, Isaac"

High School 9-10:
First Place - A. Bishel "The Bird Syndrome"
Second Place - Rose Condon "Canon in D"
Third Place - Erin Baughn "Switched"

High School 11-12:
First Place - Allison Burg "Cappuccino Girl"
Second Place - Kayla Stoler "It's Like a Sanctuary"
Third Place - Jasmine An "I Care"

Author Amy Huntley Discusses Writing and Announces the Winners of the 2010 Teen Short Story Contest

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We're celebrating the Finalists of the library's Teen Short Story Writing Contest with author Amy Huntley, who will discuss her work and announce the winners, at the Downtown Library, May 22, 1:30 - 3:00 pm. Amy's book The Everafter received a William Morris Award for best debut novel. We received 253 stories this year in grades 6 through 12. The stories are judged anonymously first by a panel of screeners, and then on to a slate of published authors. Feedback is always filled with praise about the creativity and expression of these stories and we applaud the courage and skill of all the writers' submissions.

Click here to read some stories from previous years.

1st Annual PEEPS® Photo Contest Winners!


It was a dirty, marshmallowy job but someone had to do it! We took over where the Ann Arbor News left off and debuted the 1st Annual PEEPS® photo contest. Participants from preschool age to adults of all ages created dioramas using PEEPS®, took photos and submitted them. Judging was conducted by myself, Lara Zielin, author of Donut Days and editor of the Literature, Science & Arts magazine at the University of Michigan, and Amy Sumerton, Program Director for 826Michigan. We laughed, we cried and we came up with the winners! Sometime soon the winners' photos and ALL of the entries will be linked here and permanently stored in our gallery, but in the meantime check them out at Read more and take off your hats for our winners in six age categories:

PEEPS® Photo Contest Guidelines Released!

PEEPSPEEPS It's our 1st Annual PEEPS® Photo Contest! Preschoolers all the way up to Adults can enter a photo of a PEEPS® diorama they have created. Gift Cards to Target will be given out in six age categories. Read a little about the origin of the contest at For full details, rules and guidelines click here! Have fun and celebrate spring!

There's Still Time. . .March 19th Entry Deadline for Short Story Contest

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Go ahead and put those finishing touches on your Short Story. The LAST day to turn in your story is March 19th/Friday by 9pm at any of the AADL locations, or, if you're emailing us your entry, you have until midnight! You can email your stories to

Guidelines are here. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, Grades 11-12. "It's All Write!" features $1500 in prizes to be distributed among nine lucky winners. You can read the winning stories from last year. Click here.

We're lining up an amazing slate of judges, who are all published authors. Among the panel this year, Kathi Applet, who received a Newbery Honor Award last year, David Lubar, with witty books like Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie and My Rotten Life to his credit, and teen guru, Patrick Jones, author of Tear Collector
Good Luck!!

3rd Annual Manga Drawing Contest Winners Announced!

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The judging is done and the winners have been announced! Judging was conducted by Jerzy Drozd and Shannon "Roku-Chan" Townsend. With over 80 entries in four age categories the judges had a tough time this year! The top three finishers in each category received gift certificates to Wizzywig and medals. All of the artwork will be on display through August in the Downtown Youth Department and can also be found online in our image gallery!

Click Read More to see the list of the winners!

Teen Graffiti Art Contest Entries Now on Display

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All of the entries in the 7th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest are now on display at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room and Third Floor Exhibit Area through August 30. You can also check out all of the entries in our online gallery from both this year and last year's contests.

During the 2009 Art Fair, teens from across the area gathered in the Downtown Library’s parking lot to try their hand at the art of Graffiti. Each artist was given a 4' x 4' canvas and a variety of colors of spray paint. Come see the end result, on display through the end of the summer.

It's Lego and Manga Contest Time Again! Contest Guidelines Released!

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If it's summer it must be time for our annual Lego and Manga Contests! Use the summer to focus your creativity and maybe you will win! In order to enter either contest participants must read and follow the rules and guidelines. Children and teens aged preschool to 12th grade are invited to enter the 4th Annual Lego Contest. This year the Lego contest award ceremony will take place at Weber's Inn (3050 Jackson Ave) on Monday, August 10 @ 8:00 PM. For complete submission guidelines and the talent release form click here. Top finishers will receive gift certificates to Toys R Us, and we'll have medals for winners of the special categories!

It's our 3rd Annual Manga Drawing Contest for grades K-12. The award ceremony will be on Monday, July 27 @ 7:00 PM in the Downtown Youth Room. For complete submission guidelines and the talent release form click here. Top finishers will receive gift certificates for Wizzywig Collectibles!

2009 Judges for the Teen's Short Story Writing Contest!

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Janet Lee Carey is the award-winning author of Stealing Death, Dragon's Keep and The Beast of Noor.

Steven Lee Climer is a professor of English at Baker College of Allen Park, MI. He has sold the motion picture rights of his novel ‘Demonesque’ to After Dark Productions, and is the recipient of several honors including the Darrell Award, Eppie for Best Horror Novel 2000, and 1997 finalist for Best First Novel from the International Horror Guild. Steve has published eight adult horror/fantasy novels, three works for children/Young Adults, a short story collection of horror stories, and over 20 short stories in various magazines.

John Coy writes picture books, middle-grade novels, and YA novels. His latest is Top of the Order, the first book in a series about four fifth-grade friends. He lives in Minnesota.

Author Gary D. Schmidt Discusses His Teen Novels And Announces The Winners Of The 2009 Teen Short Story Contest


Join us in the Vandenberg Room of the Michigan League on Saturday, May 16 as teen fiction writer Gary D. Schmidt discusses the craft of writing and announces the 2009 winners of the "It's All Write" teen short story writing contest. This year, over 200 area students participated, making it one of the most competitive ever! This event, sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, is a highlight of the Ann Arbor Book Festival.

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