Impressive Slate of JUDGES for Teen Short Story Contest!

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WOW! If you read current popular and award winning teen titles, you’ll recognize this slate of JUDGES for the It’s All Write! Teen Short Story Writing Contest. Each of these judges will be reading and ranking the Finalists in one of three grade categories, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12.

Cherry Cheva – originally from Ann Arbor, author of She’s So Money and DupliKate

John C. Ford – Debut Young Adult Mystery an Edgar Award Honor Winner for The Morgue and Me

Sugi Ganeshananthan – teaches at the University of Michigan, where she is the Zell Visiting Professor of Creative Writing

K.L. Going – Printz Honor for Fat Kid Rules the World, one award among many

Dana Reinhardt – currently on the 2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults for The Things a Brother Knows

Francisco X. Stork - YALSA Top 10 Books for Young Adults for Marcello in the Real World

Teen Short Story Writing Contest begins February 1st

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The It's All Write! Short Story Contest officially begins today and will run through March 18th. You'll have six weeks to perfect that short story. You know the one you've been meaning to get down on paper. Now is your chance! Guidelines for this year's contest are here. Send your story to

1st Place Winners receive ($250), 2nd Place ($150) and 3rd Place ($100) in these three categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12

Click here to read the prize winning stories from previous years, or look for your name if you were a Finalist. Author Patrick Jones will discuss his work and announce this year's winners on Saturday, May 21.

Good Luck!

5th Annual LEGO® Contest Results!

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Yesterday was our 5th annual LEGO® Contest and once again it was one of the highlights of the year! We had 173 entries from preschool age through Adults (this was just the first year they were invited so adults plan your projects for next summer!). This year we also debuted custom-made AADL LEGO® Trophies - complete with an AADL mini-fig! The trophies were made for us by The Original Brick Engraver, Tommy Armstrong. The lucky 1st place winners in each of the six age categories each received a trophy. The top three finishers in each category received gift cards to Target in the amounts of $35, $25 and $15 respectively. Ribbons were also given out in the special categories. The judges reserved the right to "switch-up" some of the categories where appropriate so you may notice a few different categories listed below. A special thanks to the judges, Eli Neiburger, AADL Associate Director of IT and Production & Amanda Sari Perez and Josh Valdes, both of All Hands Active an Ann Arbor Maker's community. Our "little" contest including a list of the winners' made the Ann Arbor Journal paper and online versions and was also picked up by the American Library Association's weekly news too. Congrats to all of the participants and without further ado please congratulate the winners (with photos of winning entries to follow soon):

8th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest Winners

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Heat and humidity didn't prevent 28 painters participating in the Teen Graffiti Contest this year! The exhibit of all prints will be on display at the Downtown Library beginning July 27th and running through August 31st. An interesting array of styles and subjects, with everything from planets, landscapes, and free form, to a 'heart of pi'. Thanks to Curtis Sullivan, from the Vault of Midnight for judging this year!

1st Place - Andy Wu - title: Eclipse
2nd Place - Mina & Nika Hirzel - title: Snowstorm Zilla
3rd Place - Jacob Saalberg - title: Street Battle (Unseen)
Honorable Mention - Lillian Xie - title: Heart
Honorable Mention - Patrick Wan - title: 'PAT'

8th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest

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Celebrate Art Fair and paint a masterpiece at the Downtown Library staff parking lot from 11 AM to 1 PM on Friday, July 23. We'll provide the paint, supplies, canvases and easels. Your canvases are 3 feet X 3 feet in size. Check out the art work from previous years. Three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies from Michigan Book and Supply. Look here for techniques for creating your painting. Curtis Sullivan, the owner of Ann Arbor's Vault of Midnight will be judging this year. This contest is for grades 6-12.

Make it Happen in Ann Arbor Photo Contest! Deadline to submit is Friday July 16!

For townies summertime is often the best time in Ann Arbor! Enter to win our special photo contest with images of your favorite things that "Make It Happen" for you in Ann Arbor during the summer. Kids, teens and adults are invited to enter our contest. See the complete rules and guidelines here. Photos will be displayed in the Downtown Library lower-level in the glass display cases. The award ceremony and reception are on Wednesday, July 28 from 7:00-8:00 PM. Winners will receive gift cards to Target.jump roping silouhette

It's Contest Time @ the Library! Lego & Photo Contest Guidelines!


If it's summer it must be time for our annual contests! This year is our 5th annual Lego Contest & we're inviting ADULTS in on the fun!! We're also pleased to announce our Make It Happen in Ann Arbor Photo Contest! Use your leisurely summer time to focus your creativity and take a chance on winning! In order to enter either contest participants must read and follow the rules and guidelines.

Children, teens and adults are invited to enter the 5th Annual Lego Contest & the Make It Happen Photo Contest. Winners of both contests will receive gift cards to Target. Once again the Lego contest will take place at Weber's Inn (3050 Jackson Ave) on Thursday, August 5. The Make It Happen Photo Contest Award's Ceremony will be on Wednesday, July 28 @ the Downtown Library. For complete rules & submission guidelines for the Lego contest click here. For the Make It Happen photo contest rules & guidelines click here.

Who Were the Judges of the 2010 Short Story Writing Contest?

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Who Were the Judges for the 2010 Teen Short Story Writing Contest?

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Kathi Appelt - A member of the faculty at Vermont College's Master of Fine Arts program and part-time teacher of creative writing at Texas A&M University. Ms. Applet has two grown children, and lives in Texas with her husband and four cats. Her debut novel, The Underneath, was a National Book Award finalist and a Newbery Honor book.

Neal Levin – A cartoonist, illustrator, and writer, Neal’s work has appeared in Madkids, Games, and Spellbound Magazines.

Jo Whittemore – Author of three published fantasy novels, Escape from Arylon, Curse of Aratold, and Onaj’s Horn. Her fourth novel, Front Page Face-Off was released in March 2010.

Maryrose Wood – Released in 2010 to great reviews, The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is a mystery with humor.

9-10 Judges
Evelyn Coleman – Writer of books for all ages, Ms. Coleman has written Freedom Train, which was nominated for an Edgar Award, and Born in Sin, a Junior Library Guild selection. She is also the recipient of the 38th Annual Georgia Author of the Year Award.

David Lubar – In addition to designing and programming video games, Mr. Lubar has written several award winning books. Among them, Sleeping Freshman Never Lie, Winner of Michigan’s ‘Thumbs Up’ Award for best teen book of 2006, other titles include, Flip, Hidden Talents, and Dunk. You can find several of David’s short stories in collections edited by Don Gallo. He’s also said to be one of the funniest guys around.

Kerry Madden – Ms. Madden writes books and teaches writing workshops. Her books include Writing Smarts: A Girl’s Guide to Writing Great Poetry, Stories, School Reports, and More!, and three ‘Maggie Valley’ novels set in North Carolina in the sixties.

11-12 Judges
Stephanie Feldstein –is the Editor of’s animal welfare and wildlife community. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan, where she received a Hopwood Award for poetry. Downward Dog is her first novel, inspired by her experience as a pit bull advocate, humane society volunteer, and owner of several spoiled rescue dogs.

Patrick Jones – Patrick is a former librarian and now focuses on writing fiction for teens. His teen novel Things Change was named by YALSA as a best book for reluctant readers. He is also well known for the ultimate teen reference book, Connecting With Young Adults and Libraries: A How to do it Manual. http://

Laura Williams McCaffrey – A former librarian, Ms. McCaffrey writes and teaches writing full-time. Water Shaper was selected for the New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age 2007 list. Another title, Alia Waking was named an International Reading Association notable Book. Laura is on faculty at Solstice, the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program at Pine Manor College.

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.

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