ages 11-18

Edo-era Japan + Hip-Hop = Samurai Champloo

Samurai ChamplooSamurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo follows the journey of an unlikely trio through Edo-era Japan. After Fuu, a young waitress, saves Jin and Mugen, two wandering swordsmen, from execution at the hands of a corrupt magistrate, she ropes them into becoming her bodyguards during her search for the mysterious samurai who smells of sunflowers.

“Champloo” is an Okinawan word that means to mix or to blend, and that’s exactly what this series does: it combines historical detail and samurai swordplay with music by Japanese and American hip-hop artists. The show’s creative use of anachronism goes well beyond the score, influencing everything from the characters’ attitudes to their wardrobes.

If you’ve already watched the series, you might also be interested in the companion manga.

Teen Read Week Prize Winner Chosen!

Last week's Teen Read Week was a success! We had a great group of ACTIVE events and many of you entered to win the $50 Borders gift certificate in the TEEN areas of all our locations. The winner has been chosen, and *she* has been notified. Her identity is a secret, but rest assured many great things will be purchased at Borders. Thanks for playing!

A Timeless Tale

Don't ask why. Serendipity.
The stories are timeless; the issues perennial; simple parables, and I share them here. A book, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, was written in 1959. It resonates as if written today. A movie, Black and White in Color, was produced in 1976. This story happens, wherever people and power exist.

Massive police hunt in England! Two children vanish!

An encounter with an anti-gravity machine catapults Peter and Kate back to the 18th century and sets in motion a calamitous chain of events. While a massive police hunt gets underway to find the missing children in the 21st century – in 1763 a hardened criminal, the Tar Man, steals the anti-gravity machine and disappears into the London underworld.

Stranded in another time and forced to chase the Tar Man to his lair, Peter and Kate find a friend and guide in reformed cutpurse, Gideon Seymour. Gideon does every thing he can to help them, but will his dark past catch up with him before the machine is recovered?

Read Gideon the Cutpurse or listen to it on CD. Above description taken from the book's web site.

AADL-GT Round 3 Results: WAH wins again (thanks to Funzo's Folly?)

AADL-GT Pad Logo

The 2006 Super Smash Double Dash Championship season continued last weekend with Round 3 at the Downtown Library. Many events came down to standoffs between our top players, and with only 1 round remaining in the regular season, the competition for a precious spot in the Grand Championships is heating up. The Round 3 Clan battle was once again won by emerging supertitans We Are Hard, who handily defeated the dubiously-chosen representatives of Bro's & Co. More on that later, but first read on for full event details.

Hey contest lovers!

Come up with a creative theme and logo for American Library Association’s 2007 National Legislative Day. The teen whose theme and logo are chosen will win a trip for two to Washington, D.C.

Read the contest rules and enter. The deadline is midnight October 29!

Sweetheart of the Month- Bela Lugosi

Friday, October 20 is the birthday of Bela Lugosi, classic horror hero who stole our hearts in the original film production of Dracula. Lugosi was born on October 20, 1882 in Lugos, Hungary. Most of his acting career was in Germany before he came to the U.S. in 1921. Best known for his roles in horror movies, Lugosi started out playing more traditional roles, including Shakespeare.

Check out our great horror movie collection at AADL for a truly spooky Halloween night.

Animanga Club Vintage Night!

Spend your Friday night watching Anime, and playing DDR. October 20th from 7-8:30pm, we will be celebrating Vintage Night in the Multipurpose room at the Downtown library. On the docket so far are Urusei Yatsura and Kimagure Orange Road. Give a shout out for your favorite oldies but goodies and we can watch them. There will be a DVD and a VCR player set up, so there will be no discrimination of technology. Plus, the laminator is coming out to make all your best manga drawings into cool bookmarks and signs to decorate your bedroom.

Teen Read Week - Enter to Win!

Teen Read Week starts today! Enter to win a gift certificate for $50 for Borders Books and Music in the Teen area at any AADL location! You can enter to win every day during the week to improve your chances. GET ACTIVE is the theme this year and AADL has a week of great programs planned. Starting today with the Knit Your Bit for Others event at Pittsfield @ 2:00, continuing on Tuesday with the MTV MADE event Downtown @ 7:00, Wednesday @ 6:30 Downtown with Dating Violence and ending with DDR @ the Animanga Club on Friday night, Downtown @ 7:00 - we have a FULL week of active things to keep you busy!

Do you want to be Made?!

Do you want to be Made?!
Come kick off Teen Read Week with Huron High student Dylan Wood talking about his experiences as the star of the reality show MTV Made. Dylan will show clips, share what really happens behind the scenes, and answer questions from the audience. Join Dylan Tuesday October 17th 7:00-8:30 pm in the Multipurpose room at the Downtown library, and see if he still wants to be a fashion designer. For more information about this and other Teen Events check out the latest AXIS magazine!

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