ages 11-18

Double Dash Duo Derby Dinner

Saturday July 27 | 1:00 to 4:00 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6 to Adult

What could be better than pizza, prizes, and Mario Kart? Join us for dinner and driving Saturday, July 27th. It's Double Dash on a GameCube -- one screen/team! Bring a cart-mate for an afternoon of competition! And did we mention pizza?

This event is for teens (grade 6 and up) and adults.

Today: Race to Space: Mun Landing Race to Space: Mun Landing

Friday July 26 | 1:00 to 3:00 pm | Downtown Library: Training Center | Grades 6 to 12

You have complete control of your nation's space program, from building the ships to managing the landings. You've made it to space and into orbit – way to go! – but can you land your Kerbal craft on the Mun? Try to break orbit in your ship and make your way to other planetoids with us on July 26th.

Kerbal Space Program is a multi-genre game where players create their own space program. Codes for Summer Game space badges will be included if you attend the entire event!

Today: Race to Space: Building a Ship and the Basics of Orbit

Friday July 26 |11:00 am to 12:00 pm | Downtown Library: Training Center | Grades 6 to 12

You have complete control of your nation's space program, from building the ships to managing the landings. Can you design a ship that will make it in the air, much less survive blasting through the atmosphere? There's only one way to find out - join us July 26th see if you have what it takes to make it to space!

Kerbal Space Program is a multi-genre game where players create their own space program. Codes for Summer Game space badges will be included if you attend the entire event!

Comics Character Challenge at AADL

Monday, July 15 | 6-8 PM | Malletts Creek

This week in the SUPER COMICS CHALLENGE get ready to conjure up some awesome heroes and lugubrious villains! Yes indeedy, cartoonist and teaching artist Jerzy Drozd’s challenges will loosen up both your brain and drawing arm.

Come every week to collect a special series of video challenges! Become the supreme master of visual storytelling! ALSO, each week there’ll be a drawing for awesome items donated by 2013 Kids Read Comics artists!

Meet Mochimochi Land Creator & Fiber Artist, Anna Hrachovec!

Sunday July 14 | 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | Grade 6 – Adult

Spend the afternoon with Anna Hrachovec - famous Brooklyn knitter, fiber artist and creator of the amazing Mochimochi Land world of tiny knitted toys, creatures and spectacular installations.

Anna will do a fun slideshow presentation, answer questions, and talk about the amazing world of tiny knitting she has created. Anna finds inspiration in Hello Kitty, Pee-Wee's Playhouse, and illustrators like Dr Seuss and Mary Blair, and in 2007, launched Mochimochi Land as a place where knitted toys and people can live together in a spirit of tolerance. Anna's knitted toys have been featured on The Martha Stewart Show, all around the web, and in print. You can find Anna's books, kits, and downloadable knitting and cross-stitch patterns on the mochimochiland.com website .

Anna's three books will be on sale from Literati Bookstoreand she will be signing after her presentation.

Summer Game Players take note: the 1st Mochimochi Land exhibit is UP in the Downtown Youth Department case! And it includes a gamecode!

Late breaking news flash! The next Mochimochi Land installation is UP! Take a trip Downtown to Liberty between Main and 4th and stop and look at the new window display at 826MI's Robot Supply & Repair store. You will find a wonderful world of kawaii and a game code!

WORLD SIGHT DAY - Oct. 10, 2013

World Sight Day (WSD) is an annual global event, on the second Thursday of October that brings attention to blindness and vision impairment as a major international public health issue. The World Health Organization and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness help coordinate events and activities for this important day of awareness, and Lions Clubs International very actively promotes WSD through their many local organizations. Other WSD goals are to influence governments to be involved and to designate funds to treat this problem. They also hope to educate target audiences about blindness prevention. Locally, the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled housed at the Ann Arbor District Library, loans books, magazines, and videos in alternative formats (digital cartridge, digital download, large print, Braille, and descriptive video) to individuals of all ages who are certified as unable to read or use standard printed materials as a result of temporary or permanent visual or physical limitations. For more information about this service, call 734-327-4224.

Meet Top Chef Season 10 Seattle Winner, Kristen Kish!

Sunday July 21, 2013: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Spend the afternoon with Kristen Kish - the winner of Top Chef Season 10!

Kristen is the chef de cuisine at Menton Boston and is the second female winner in Top Chef history! Hear about her Michigan roots, her culinary journey, her Top Chef experience, and her chef career in Boston.

Born in South Korea and adopted into a family in Kentwood, MI, Kristen's love for cooking began at the young age of six years old as she watched Great Chefs of the World on the Discovery channel. While in college, her mother suggested she go to culinary school. She graduated from Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago and has never looked back.

After culinary school, Kristen worked for numerous world-renowned chefs, including Michelin-star chef Guy Martin, and she currently works for James Beard Award Winner and Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef Barbara Lynch. Most recently, Kristen took home the winning title of Top Chef on "Top Chef: Seattle," fighting her way back to the finale through the Last Chance Kitchen after elimination earlier in the season.

Do not miss this chance to meet the most recent Top Chef winner!

Worldbuilding in Comics

Monday, July 22 | 6-8 PM | Malletts Creek

Worldbuilding is the challenge in this week's session. You will face four different challenges in creating the world that fits your characters and storyline. From imagining a fortress to an entire universe, these challenges will have your synapses firing like mad!

Come every week to collect a special series of video challenges! Become the supreme master of visual storytelling! ALSO, each week there will be a drawing for awesome items donated by 2013 Kids Read Comics artists!

Planet Rock Climbing 101 : Friday July 26, 1:00-3:00 PM @ Planet Rock

If you have been dying to try out the climbing walls at Planet Rock or you're interested in developing your rock climbing skills, you're invited to meet us for an afternoon at Planet Rock (82 Aprill Dr., #B off Jackson Road).

Teens who are beginners or experienced are invited to attend. Parents must sign a waiver at Planet Rock when they arrive. Or please feel free to print it out and have your child bring it with them.

Registration is required and is limited to 50 attendees. Register by sending an email to registrations@aadl.org, in person at any location or by calling 327-8301. Email registration details: please include the teen's name, grade they are entering in the fall (6-12) and a phone #. We will be calling everyone to remind them of the event and to confirm their spot closer to the event. If the list exceeds 50 you will receive a message indicating you are on the waiting list. As we get closer if spots open up we will call people from the waiting list. You will get an automatic reply to your email once submitted.

This event is for teens (grade 6 - 12).

Block Printing Workshop

Wednesday, July 10 | Pittsfield Branch | 6:30-8:30pm | Grade 6 - Adult

At this block printing workshop you will create a design, carve the design into a soft linoleum block with the proper tools, and then print the image onto paper and/or note cards. This is your chance to create wall art, or perhaps design a card.

We will supply all the tools necessary, you supply the creativity! If you have a design you want to carve please bring a sketch along, or if you have your own tools, feel free to bring those as well. If not, no worries, we’ve got you covered. No younger siblings please, we're using sharp tools.

Don't forget to check out some of AADL’s books on block printing for a spark of ideas.

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