ages 11-18

Paradise Kiss

Fashionistas won’t want to miss Paradise Kiss, one of the new series in the library’s anime collection. Adapted from the popular manga of the same name by Ai Yazawa, it’s the story of Yukari, a high school student focuses on preparing for her college entrance exams. By chance she meets a group of teens studying fashion design at an art high school. And when they ask her to be the model for their label, Paradise Kiss, in their school competition, Yukari has to decide what her priorities are-—and what she really wants to do with her future.

1st Annual Kid’s Art Fair

Youth in grades Kindergarten through 12th from Washtenaw County are invited to submit their artwork to be juried for the very first Kid’s Art Fair at the Townie Street Party on July 16.

Interested young artists should bring samples of their artwork to the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Saturday, June 16 between noon and 1 PM. Art jurors will score the work between 1 PM and 3 PM. Everyone is invited to watch the process.

Jurors will announce the young artists invited to exhibit their work at 4 PM. These artists will be allowed to sell their work at a booth at the Townie Street Party!

Check out the library's great art book collection to get some ideas!

Meeting the reclusive J.D. Salinger

What would it be like to meet the author of The Catcher in the Rye, someone who avoids the public eye at all costs? In this NPR article, a Wisconsin author describes a trip he took to meet J. D. Salinger, and his sucess at meeting a man of many written, but few spoken, words.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #69

In this About a Boy meets The Nanny Diaries, first-time novelist Holly Peterson hits the mark.

Manny (a nanny of the male persuasion) is the only thing that stands between busy Upper East Side TV producer Jamie Whitfield and a nervous breakdown. Between her high-powered and emotional distant lawyer husband, 9 year-old holy-terror of a son Dylan, and baby Gracie, she is in constant overdrive. She needs a nanny and better yet, a strong male presence in Dylan’s life.

The answer to her prayers arrives neatly packaged as Peter Bailey – a warm, sensitive, 29 year-old Internet entrepreneur waiting on funding. Things work out a lot better than she could have hoped for but she had not anticipated that “the help” will save her in more ways than one.

Smart, sexy, amusing and “a fabulous sharp skewering of the silly-rich in New York”, while it is not great literature, you will be entertained.

Breaking the Silence on Sexual Abuse – Sunday, June 10

In 2001, Angela Shelton was on a quest to find herself in an effort to heal from her past. The result of that quest is her 2004 film, Searching for Angela Shelton.

Join Ms. Shelton at the downtown Library this Sunday, June 10, from 1-4 pm in the 4th floor meeting room. She will introduce a screening of her award-winning film and afterwards lead a discussion. The film is not rated, but has strong language. Cosponsored by SafeHouse Center.

Anime Insider now available at four locations!

The library’s recently started subscribing to a new anime magazine, Anime Insider. It features articles on new series coming over from Japan, manga reviews, and other industry news. Visit them online for a sneak peak at their content. The magazine is available at our Downtown Teen section and our Malletts Creek, Northeast, and Pittsfield branches.

The library still gets Newtype USA; you can also browse the full list of magazines available at our locations here.

Listen to a Great Book while you RUN

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Might as well listen to a great story while you run and train this summer. Congrats to many high school runners who recently competed in state track meets across Michigan this past week-end. Track stats
As you continue to run this summer try taking along, Dessen's Just Listen, a bittersweet story of Annabel, self-assured and glamorous, or so it seems. Along comes Owen, music-obsessed, somewhat eccentric, and just has to tell the truth. A few others to also try are: Hip-Hop High School a companion story to Hoopster or Rash a futuristic story of Bo Marsten who is accused of causing a rash that plagues his high school.

GLBT Teen Top Sellers

Here are the most popular Gay, Lesbian, Bi and Transgender titles over at Amazon.com. I just started Between Mom and Jo and I’ve got Keeping You A Secret in my hold queue (I dig Julie Anne Peters). For books that also discuss issues of racial identity, check out The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson and A Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr.

Top Sellers

Split Screen: Attack of the Soul-Sucking Brain Zombies by Brent Hartinger
Totally Joe by James Howe
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
Empress of the World by Sara Ryan
Rainbow Road by Alex Sanchez
Getting It by Alex Sanchez
Keeping You A Secret by Julie Anne Peters
Between Mom and Jo by Julie Anne Peters
Geography Club by Brent Hartinger
Boy Girl Boy by Ron Koertge

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #67

Critics are calling Rebecca Stott’s academic thriller Ghostwalk* “hypnotic”, “intelligent”, and “stunning”, (where) “Isaac Newton joins Dracula and Leonardo da Vinci”. Curious? I was.

Elizabeth Vogelsang, a Cambridge University scholar at work on a potentially controversial biography of Isaac Newton is found drowned and clutching a prism in her hand (a clue?). Lydia Brooke, a successful screenwriter is asked by Cameron Brown, her former lover and Elizabeth’s son to ghostwrite the last chapter of Elizabeth’s manuscript.

Lydia soon finds that Elizabeth’s cottage might be haunted and she is drawn into solving two series of murders centuries apart, both connected to 17th Century alchemy and present-day animal rights.

This well-researched and intricately crafted debut novel by British historian Stott (bio.) is a clever whodunit that entertains and instructs - of such varied subjects as optics, neuroscience, and animal testing. More interesting trivia on 17th Century Cambridge could be found on her website.

* = Starred Reviews

Tsubasa @ Animanga Club, Tuesday, June 5th

Join us this Tuesday @ the Northeast Branch from 7:00 to 8:30 for the June meeting of the AADL’s Animanga club. We'll be watching episodes of the newly released Tsubasa anime, courtesy of Funimation, and doing a trivia quiz and a craft. If you’ve liked any manga series by CLAMP, you won’t want to miss this event, because Tsubasa features crossovers from all of CLAMP’s other series: even its main characters, Sakura and Syaoran, are new versions of characters from Cardcaptor Sakura. Learn more about the anime at its official website.

Not familiar with the series? Come anyway! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture. Snacks and drinks will also be served.

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