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.

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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.

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.

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