ages 11-18

Sign-Up Now for the FINAL High School Book Discussion Group!

Register now and get 2 FREE books for the next book discussion group on Monday, May 7 from 6:30-8:00 PM @ the Downtown Library. We'll be reading and discussing two books by Ron Koertge - Stoner and Spaz and Margaux with an X. Then you will get to meet Ron, and have him sign your book during the Ann Arbor Book Festival on Saturday, May 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 in the Modern Languages Building on campus. Ron will be the featured speaker at our Short Story Writing Contest Award Ceremony. We will have pizza, drinks and snacks at the book discussion group too. Call or visit the Downtown Library Youth Department desk to register now - 327-8301.

2007 Thumbs Up! Award - Vote!

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Help choose the best teen book published in 2006. Select from the list of Thumbs Up! Award nominees for best teen literature. You can find them on the Thumbs Up! page or in hot pink brochures on teen shelves in all the branch libraries.

Read all the books (or as many as you want) and select the ONE that you think is best. Vote for your choice by using the hot pink ballot and give it to the librarian, or e-mail your choice to aeheidemann@gmail.com.

Spring Break Tourneys: Guitar Hero, DDR, Wii Sports and More!

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It's spring break in Ann Arbor, although you sure wouldn't know it by looking outside. Avoid feeling depressed about the miserable weather this week by sequestering yourself in a windowless room filled with noise and flashing lights as we set up our gaming kit for a week of Open Play and Tournaments!

The action starts with three afternoons full of Open Play and DS Fest for all Ages, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 4/11-4/13, from 1-4 PM in the Multipurpose room of the Downtown Library. Come play Mario Kart, DDR, Wario Ware, Monkey Ball, Retro Collections, and more, or bring your own Gameboy or DS and square off against your friends on your favorite games.

Then, we've got a tournament-filled weekend, starting with a Guitar Hero 2 tournament Friday Night, 4/13, from 6-8:30 PM. We'll provide the guitars and the big screen, so show up and be ready to shred...

On Saturday, 4/14, from 1-4 PM, we'll have an All-Ages DDR Tournament, including a special prize for the best Adult/Child team, plus more open play.

We'll wind up the weekend with our first ever Wii Sports Tournament on Sunday, 4/15, from 1-4 PM, for Adult/Child Teams! We'll start with Tennis, and the winners will advance to Baseball or Bowling if time allows... so find an adult and drag them in to expose them firsthand to the Wii phenomenon. Bring your Wiimote with your Mii loaded if you've got one!

It's a busy gaming weekend at AADL... hope to see you all there!

Beaded Bracelets

Make a fabulous bracelet using simple patterns and beads galore.
It's happening at Northeast, Thursday, April 12, from 2:00-4:00 pm.

Avatar @ Animanga Club Thursday, April 12!

What's the coolest type of airbending? Join us this Thursday @ the Northeast Branch from 7-8:30 as we discuss an American spin on anime, Avatar The Last Airbender. We'll watch the DVD of Book 1: Water. Not a fan of Avatar? Come anyway! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, Japan - etc. Snacks and drinks will also be served. See you there!

Tween Scene—Cup Stack Attack

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Stop by the Pittsfield Branch between 2 PM and 3 PM with your cups on Monday, April 9th and get a little practice in, working on your best time. We’ve got speed stacks to borrow if you don’t have your own or want to see what cup stacking is like.

We’ll run through some practice drills and for those that feel competitive, there will be a mini tournament with prizes for the top three winners in the light or heavy brackets. Come and have fun and relax during your spring break!
For Ages 9 +

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

Fans of Project Runway should head to the Downtown Library this Friday at 6 to check out the Project Design Fashion Show featuring the work of local high school and college students. Still need convincing? The models will take the runway to the sounds of DJ Jacoby, and a reception with light food and drinks caps off the evening.

Meet Patricia Smith, Poet and author of Teahouse of the Almighty!

Meet journalist, poet and author, Patricia Smith at the Neutral Zone, Tuesday, April 3 @ 7:00 PM. Patricia is a four-time national poetry slam champion and was featured in the film Slamnation. She is the author of four poetry collections - including Teahouse of the Almighty. The evening will kick-off with some local slam poets - a great evening for sure!

Plastic Man is Back!

Kyle Baker has re-visited the Golden Age Plastic Man in his Eisner Award winning series. First released in 2004, issues 1-6 have been collected into one volume Plastic Man: On the Lam. Follow Patrick “Eel” Obrien from his days of crime to his transformation into Plastic Man and then see what happens when his former identity is framed for murder. Baker’s wonderfully energetic style and sense of humor translate beautifully to this character. Be on the lookout for surprise characters from Plastic Man’s past and members of the Justice League acting a bit out of character.

The trials of an immigrant family

Forteen year old Nadira is the narrator of Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos. She and her sister, Aisha and their parents, all from Bangladesh, are on their way to Canada because their visas have expired. The government has cracked down on immigrants since 9/11. Their illegal status is discovered at the border, their father is detained and his wife stays nearby. He tells the girls to return to New York to stay with an aunt and uncle. Aisha has always been the golden girl, bright, beautiful and ambitious. She worries that now all her dreams for college are just that- dreams. She retreats into her own world and Nadira, always seen as the average one, takes charge to find a way to keep her family from being deported. Budhos, also the author of Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers, knows her subject well and brngs the struggles and heartbreak of immigrant families to life through her characters and suspenseful plot.

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