1st Annual PEEPS® Photo Contest Winners!

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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 annarbor.com. 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 annarbor.com. 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 allwrite@aadl.org

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. www.janetleecarey.com

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

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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.

There's Still Time. . .March 20th Entry Deadline for Short Story Contest

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Go ahead and put those finishing touches on your Short Story (minimum of 4 pages,
maximum of 10). The LAST day to turn in your story is March 20th/Friday by 9pm at closing time or, if you're emailing us your entry, you have until midnight! You can email your stories to allwrite@aadl.org
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.
Good Luck!!

Enter our 1st Annual Oscar Contest! Plus attend our Oscar Night event on Feb. 19!

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You're invited to enter our 1st Annual Oscar prediction contest! Teens in grades 6 and up and adults are invited to enter. For each category choose one projected winner - be sure to answer the tie-breakers too! Winners will be selected during the week after the Oscar telecast (February 22, 2009) and will be chosen based on accuracy of answers - using the tie-breakers if necessary. You may only enter the contest one time.

Three winners will be chosen and will receive Gift Certificates for Quality 16 Movie Theaters:
1st place = $25; 2nd place = $20 and 3rd place = $15.
To enter the contest please complete the form.
Sunday, February 22, 2009: Thanks for playing the contest is now CLOSED.

If you need some inspiration before entering the contest join us for
Oscar Night with Movie Expert John Carlos Cantu
Thursday February 19, 2009: 7:00- 8:30 pm --Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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