ages 11-18

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.

Calling all Summer Babysitters

Summer Childcare Training for Teens - Saturday, June 9th, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Neutral Zone

Are you hiring a teen this summer to watch your kids? Or is your older child cruise director for the next three months for your younger kids? You can send them to the library for babysitting books but this might be the perfect program for your teen to get ready for their summer job.

Many teens provide childcare during the summer months, and many of them could benefit from some skill development and support. This training will be active and fun and will focus on child development, safety and positive daily activities. Teens of all ages are encouraged to attend, and they will receive gift certificate incentives for their participation. Training will be followed up with support through a website centered support program.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #66

If you love adventures, steamy romance, political intrigues, religious passion, a bit of history painted in vivid colors, or simply a good story well told, you wouldn’t want to miss Tim Willock’s The Religion*.

First of a planned trilogy, it is set against the backdrop of the 1565 Great Siege of Malta. Roguish and disarmingly handsome Mattias Tannhauser, kidnapped by Muslim raiders as a child and trained as a holy warrior is now a soldier of fortune. What he does not bargain for is the charming Contessa Carla La Penautier to complicate his wild and boozy ways.
On the eve of the Turkish blockage of the island - the last strong hold of The Knight of St. John (a.k.a. The Religion), Carla agrees to marry Tannhauser (thus making him a Lord) if he would travel to Malta with her to rescue her son abandoned at birth. With the largest ever Ottoman armada on their tail and a vicious battle imminent, their quest is made even more overwhelming when the Pope’s brutal inquisitor with a secret agenda is working against them.

The story moves at a break-necked pace with non-stop action, without sacrificing good character development, historical details and a complex plot. Remarkable. Sure to become this summer’s blockbuster.

* = Starred Reviews

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