ages 11-18

Looking for Prom Dresses!

The Youth Department is hosting a teen program called Mission: Prom on April 14 from 2-4 PM at the Malletts Creek branch. The program will include a dress exchange, as well as make-up tips and DIY shoe embellishments.

We don't want to exclude anyone doesn’t have a dress to exchange or shoes to embellish, so we are looking for dresses in various sizes, as well as formal shoes. Don't worry about the dresses being outdated. Some very imaginative teens will be able to create something great and prom-worthy from our old dresses. Please help us clothe these teens for Prom! Drop off any dresses to the Youth Department at the Downtown library. Call the Youth Department at 327-8301 with questions. Thank you for your support!

Search for the Jewel of Four Souls

Psst, anime fans! The library’s just purchased the first season of the Inuyasha television series. This is the story of Kagome, who is just your average teenager until a demon pulls her into an ancient well. On the other end of the well she finds herself 500 years in the past, where she meets Inuyasha, a half-demon, and learns she is the reincarnation of an ancient priestess who guarded the sacred Jewel of Four Souls. There’s just one problem: the jewel’s been shattered, and Kagome will only be able to retrieve the shards with Inuyasha’s help—and Inuyasha wants the jewel for himself.

Laurie Halse Anderson to appear @ Nicola's!

With her new book Twisted ready to hit shelves Laurie Halse Anderson is hitting the road. Laurie will be at Nicola's Books next Tuesday, March 27 @ 7:00 PM. Laurie is best known for her award-winning, bestseller, Speak - as well as Prom and Fever 1793. Laurie visited AADL in 2005 - she's a fabulous speaker - be sure to check her out!

2nd Tuesday – Meet Julie Orringer @ Mallets Creek Wed., March 21, 7 pm

Hear Julie Orringer read from her short story collection, How to Breathe Underwater, a New York Times Notable Book and the winner of the Northern California Book Award. Julie is the Helen Herzog Zell Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.

Last Exile

Visit the mysterious world of Prester in the steampunk anime Last Exile. The warring nations of Prester somewhat resemble Victorian England, but their skies are filled with flying ships: giant airships and smaller, faster vanships. Claus (a pilot) and Lavie (a navigator) are freelance vanship couriers whose lives become unexpectedly complicated when they agree to complete a dying pilot’s last mission: the delivery of a young girl to the fabled airship Silvana.

Make MySpace Yours

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Hang out at the library and work on your MySpace page. Find out how to get those cool backgrounds or how to upload your favorite pictures. Drop in to the third floor computer room at the Downtown library between 3:30 and 5:30 PM. Program for grades 9-12. Friend the library’s MySpace page while your working on yours and stay up on the all the cool programs at the library.

Hooked by the end of the first paragraph...

It is amazing how the honest language and direct approach of certain authors grabs you immediately. Alabama Moon by Watt Key is a first novel and a great ride. Ten year old Moon has lived in the forest with his government-hating father his whole life. When he is forced into civilization and encounters jail, bullies and other troubling experiences, he survives by using the instinct and intelligence that helped him in his former life. Moon is a spitfire and this is a fun and moving adventure read for teenagers.

Season 4 Ideas: Qualifying Pools

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Ok, based on some of the ideas we talked about at the planning meeting and our experience with pools at the throwdown, I'd like to propose an alternate qualifying system for the 2007 Super Smash / Double Dash Championship Season, based on set qualifying pools instead of randomized qualifying heats. Read on to find out what I've got in mind.

It’s Not Easy Being Mean (Clique Series)

If you thought The Plastics from Mean Girls were especially callous, watch out for The Clique in Lisi Harrison's Clique Series. The latest It’s Not Easy Being Mean is on Amazon.com Teen Top Sellers list.

Clique Series (Books 1 - 7)
The Clique
Best Friends For Never
Revenge of the Wannabes
Invasion of the Boy Snatchers
The Pretty Committee Strikes Back
Dial L for Loser
It’s Not Easy Being Mean

It's All Write! Deadline for Submissions March 19

Now's the time to put the finishing touches on your short story entry. Deadline for entries is March 19th. Area teens (Grades 6-12) are submitting entries to a short story contest with generous prizes (1st Place $250, 2nd Place $150, 3rd Place $100) The Awards Program is held at the Ann Arbor Book Festival, May 19, featuring teen book author, Ron Koertge.
If you need suggestions for those last few changes, maybe Writing Magic-Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine may be helpful.

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Good Luck!

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