ages 11-18

More new Spanish children's books at the library!

There are new children's books in Spanish in the foreign language collection at the library. There are new books at every branch and the selection varies. Take the time to browse the shelves at each branch and look for the new stickers on books. Any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

Apártate de Mississipi! por Cornelia Funke
By the popular German author of Inkheart and Dragon Rider
Matias y los imposibles
A children's book by Peruvian author and winner of the 2006 Alfaguara Prize, Santiago Roncagliolo.
El cartero que se convirtió en carta
See the results as the village postman tells a friendly witch how envious he is of the letters he carries as they can travel and he cannot.
Clifford: Huevos de pascua
A Spanish translation of Clifford and the Big Egg Hunt. More Clifford books in Spanish coming soon.

Designer T-Shirts

Turn an ordinary T-Shirt into a masterpiece, with fabric paint, stencils, and scissors. Teen program at Northeast, Thursday, August 2, from 2:00-4:00pm.

Cosplay Contest, DDR & Naruto!

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Don't forget to break out your best in anime, manga, videogame character finery to enter the Cosplay Contest this Thursday, August 2 @ 7:00 PM at the Downtown Library. Prizes will be given in 2 categories: Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12 - in the form of gift certificates to Wizzywig in the amounts of $35, $25 and $15 respectively. Play DDR in character or come and watch the contest and play DDR.

Mark your calendar for the final Animanga Club of the summer on Monday, August 13 | 2:00-4:00 PM @ the Downtown Library. Make an authentic Naruto headband eat food/drink and have a chance to win cool Naruto merch and a $10 Wizzywig gift certificate based on your Naruto knowledge...

Boys over Flowers

The manga Boys over Flowers (also known as Hana Yori Dango) is the story of Makino Tsukushi, who transfers into an elite high school and promptly gets on the wrong side of the F4, the most popular group of boys. But when the F4 try to make her life miserable, she decides that she won’t take their bullying lying down. Fans of the manga also won’t want to miss the anime adaptation in the library’s DVD collection. Wondering what to read next? Try Kare Kano.

New Spanish Children's Books!

There are new children's books in Spanish in the foreign language collection at the library. There are new books at every branch and the selection varies. Take the time to browse the shelves at each branch and look for the new stickers on books. Any questions, comments or suggestions, please e-mail stantont@aadl.org

A selection of new children's books:

Nochecita por Yuyi Morales
Beautiful pastel-like illustrations.
El jardin del dragon purpura por Carole Wilkinson
Translation of Dragonkeeper, 2004 winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year award.
Es dia de feria, Ambar Dorado por Paula Danziger
A translation of "It's a Fair Day, Amber Brown", part of the popular Amber Brown series.
Juan Ramon Jimenez: Dónde cantan los pájaros que cantan?

Courtney Crumrin

Not sure what to read now that you've finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (or while you wait for your copy)? Still haven't had your fill of magical creatures and spells? Then Courtney Crumrin might be for you. Courtney's family moves to Hillsborough to care for her eccentric Great Uncle Aloysius and she soon finds that things are not what they seem. Uncle Aloysius is far from decrepit and mysterious creatures are lurking in the nearby forest. Courtney learns that knowledge of witchcraft runs in her family and Uncle Aloysius has plans for her education. Courtney is a bit more pessimistic than Harry, but Ted Naifeh has done a wonderful job of taking the edge off of darker moments by mixing stylized characters (such as cute and noseless Courtney) with some more realistically rendered designs--reminiscent of Arthur Rackham.

Harry is Tops!

Here are some of Amazon.com's Teen Top Sellers and as you might have guessed, Harry is numero uno. All of the HP excitement brings a song to mind, "Check it out now, the funk soul brother..."

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver
and the His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass
The Subtle Knife
The Amber Spyglass

Graffiti Art Contest

The 5th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest will be held Friday, July 20, from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, at the Downtown Library's Staff Parking Lot.
We'll provide the paint, supplies, paint boards, and easels. The top three winners will receive gift certifcates for art supplies from Michigan Book & Supply.

Skullduggery at its Finest!

Still looking for a great read for the summer? Perhaps you need a good book to take your mind off Art Fair? Look no further than Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. Skulduggery Pleasant = Ace Detective, Snappy Dresser, Razor–tongued Wit, Crackerjack Sorcerer and Walking, Talking, Fire-throwing Skeleton —as well as ally, protector, and mentor of Stephanie Edgley, a very unusual and darkly talented twelve-year-old. These two alone must defeat an all-consuming ancient evil. The end of the world? Over his dead body.

This week: Pokémon, Super Smash, and Mario Kart Tournaments, plus DDR at the Art Fair!

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It's late July in Ann Arbor, and that means (at least) two things; the Art Fair, and the return of the Super Smash Double Dash Championship Season! It will be a busy week at the library, and it all starts off with Pokémondays, this time at Malletts Creek Branch on Monday, 7/16, from 1-5 PM for players of all ages and Pokémon level 51 & up.

Then, come see us at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair main stage next to the Belltower for DDR on Wednesday 7/18 and Friday 7/20 from 1-4 PM. There will be some prizes for the very best players, but you can also just come to show off in front of the crowd. You know you want to.

Finally, it's the end of the arduous off-season, as the clans converge on the Downtown Library on Saturday, 7/21, from Noon - 5 PM for the long-awaited Super Smash Double Dash Preseason Event! We'll have single and team kart and smash, and an opportunity to try out some new methods, recruit members for your clan, and size up the competition, and eat pizza. Hope to see you all there!

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