Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Eco-Friendly Art!

After finishing your eco-friendly art projects, come find books on the back of the new shelf in the library's youth department that talk about the Earth and ways we can save it!

2nd Annual Manga Drawing Contest Winners!

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Our 2nd Annual Manga Drawing Contest has drawn to a close! This year our hard working judges were Jerzy Drozd and Shannon Towsend. They each spent hours judging the entries and providing feedback to each and every entry - thank you! In case you don't know what manga is click here. If you missed this year and are looking to find other places to post your work Jerzy made a great resource sheet. You can check out all the entries in this year's contest in our image gallery.

Click Read More to see the list of the winners!

3rd Annual LEGO ® Contest Winners!

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Once again our annual LEGO® contest was a blast! Families dropped off their entries on Tuesday night and all day Wednesday, the judges deliberated for almost 3(!) hours and then we packed the house with people wanting to look! This year we had over 130 projects entered into the contest - making it tougher for the judges to decide. Thanks to our judges Eli Neiburger, AADL Associate Director of IT and Product Development, Eric Klooster, AADL IT Component Developer and finally Duane Collicott, local LEGO® enthusiast and Brick Bash Master. Those that placed 1st Place, Runner-Up and Honorable Mention each got gift cards to Toys R Us, plus an award medal. Award medals were also given to those who placed in the special categories. NEW this year! Stay tuned later this summer for the LEGO® Contest Photo Gallery of every project submitted!

Without further ado behold the winners!

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Famous Artists

From Da Vinci to Warhol kids can check out the back of the new materials shelf in the youth department for lots of cool information on master artists and their masterpieces!

An Enchanted Afternoon

Float through fairy dust to the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library on Sunday, July 27th at 2:00 pm for fairytale storytime and fairy treats. You can make a sparkly bookmark and create a fanciful garden for the wee folk but whatever you do, don't forget to stop at the fairy door and see the new sign the fairies put up!

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Sculpture

Every week the AADL has been creating displays for the Ann Arbor Art Center Creativity Camp's theme of the week on the back of the new books shelf in the Youth Department. These books are for anyone interested in the theme to check out. This week's theme is sculpture. Do you know who created the sculpture on the cover of the book pictured here? It's a favorite of mine. Come find out at the library!

Bridge to Terabithia

In Katherine Patterson's Newberry award winning novel, "Bridge to Terabithia," two 5th grade kids dream up a magical land where they can escape from the pressures of everyday life. Jesse and Leslie don't quite fit in with the rest of the kids in their rural community. Their friendship and their imaginary kingdom provide them with a safe place to be themselves.

Trickster's Choice: Audiobook

Alianne of Pirate's Swoop is in for a trouble when a trickster god makes a wager with her. Her adventures take her far from home and everything she knows, but Aly's quick wits and special skills will be needed to save her life and the lives of others.

This follow-up to Tamora Pierce's original Alanna series is even better than the previous series. I loved Aly's spunk and mischevious nature that made it clear why she was chosen by a trickster. There's a cool little musical intro and outro to the novel and Trini Alvarado, who read the original Alanna adventures on audiobook, reads these as well with just as much warmth and talent.

The Lacemaker and the Princess

This book explores the life of a young lacemaker, Isabelle Bonnard, living in 18th century Versailles. Isabelle's world changes forever when she bumps into Queen Marie Antoinette and becomes the friend of her daughter, Princess Thérèse. But the changes are not all good and their unlikely friendship is soon threatened by the rise of the French Revolution.

At first I was skeptical of a book about the French Revolution being appropriate for kids if it was not entirely historically inaccurate. But I want to assure both parents and historians that the author managed to stay true to the turmoil of the period without going into too much gory detail. There is some blood but surprisingly little, all things considered, and the exact charges leveled against Marie Antoinette are very broadly described and narrated from the perspective of an eleven year old. Still, it does not in any way candy-coat the real strife of the times. There is the raiding of the Bastille and the Women's March on Versailles demanding bread. Meanwhile, the story focuses on the main character, Isabella's, struggle to stay loyal to her friend when all around her are rising up against the monarchy. It is inevitably a sad story since it is generally accurate, but it's also an engrossing page-turner (I finished it in one day)! The end felt a bit abrupt to me, but otherwise it's an excellent novel, particularly for girls into historical fiction.

Construction Junction

A marshmallow toothpick tower, a Q-Tip ramp or a castle out of cups? It's amazing what unique creations you can come up with from simple objects, a visit to the Scrap Box and your imagination! Children five and up are invited to join us on June 19th at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch for Construction Junction. Don't eat too many marshmallows!

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