ages 11-18

Bird droppings survive space launch!

Bird Poop

Forgive my skepticism but what kind of bird could produce droppings that are impervious to Florida downpours and the shuttle launch?!? Check out this story.

Pirates or Superheroes?

Who said the library isn’t hip and cool? We change with the times and have the perfect books to go along with the popular movies in the box office. Are you interested in getting clued in on insider information on Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean? Check out the Pirates of the Caribbean Visual Guide. If you are more of a superhero fan and camped outside to see the new superman movie, Superman Returns, you should spend time browsing the Superman graphic novels. So the question is: Who would win, Jack Sparrow or Superman, in a fight to the death?

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #27

One of the hottest trends in reading is urban fiction. It’s a sure sign that it is no longer just a fad when The New York Times wrote about it. Alternately called street lit, hip-hop, gangsta lit, or urban fiction, it depicts life on the mean streets, and often prides itself in the authenticity and gritty details of drugs, crimes and violence. Lurid book jackets, profanities, explicit sex, and the lifestyle fueled by easy money add to its appeal.

I met T.J. Williams this week. A Princeton University student, he is not your typical street lit author writing in prison, but maybe that is why his debut novel 5 minutes and 42 seconds was so accessible for my first dip into this genre.

Oh, have no doubt, all the gritty elements are there (the drug-dealing, the illicit sex and the street culture) but it is also a thoughtful and often humorous exploration of the meaning of family and sexuality. Give it a try and check out this reading list for other suggestions.

LEGO Contest Guidelines RELEASED!

Lego

AADL's 1st Annual LEGO Contest launches on Wed. August 9 - the guidelines have been released and can be picked up at ANY location. Prizes will be given in 3 categories:
Grades 3-5; Grades 6-8; Grades 9-12 and the special Parent/Child category. Ribbons will be given out in each category for the following: Best Motorized project, Best Architectural/Engineering project, Coolest Robot, Best Vehicle, Most Creative, Most Sophisticated and the ultimate AADL's Lego Master Builder! Winners will get gift certificates for Toys R Us! Get your copy of the guidelines today!

Final Post: Edith at Random

Librarian Edith: Edith, courtesy of AmberLibrarian Edith: Edith, courtesy of Amber

For my final post on the blog (I'm going to be a youth/teen librarian in Chelsea), I thought I would just put some funny stuff up for the purpose of entertaining you. Have a great summer! ^_^

The D&D Song
What if the iPod was a Microsoft product...

Mortal Peep Fight
VGCats.. just because

Teens Trapped - in your e-mail

Summertime encourages lighter reading, and for some teens, Underworld by Catherine MacPhail may be a good choice. Sign up at DearReader.com to get excerpts by e-mail - or check out the book from the library. The story is intriguing: Zesh, Liam, Fiona, Angie, and Axel hate each other at school, but when they are trapped together by a rock slide, well, changes happen. MacPhail is a prize-winning author who lives in Scotland. When her book came out last year, it received mixed reviews. School

Meet the Notebook Girls

Meet Sophie, Courtney, Lindsey, and Julia, four teens that began a shared notebook that served as a joint diary during their freshman year at Manhattan’s Stuyvesant High School. Reproduced from the girls’ notebook with handwritten entries as well as photocopied snapshots, sketches, etc., The Notebook Girls reveals with raw honesty what it’s like to grow up female in today’s world. A fascinating nonfiction read.

Catch an interview with three of the notebook girls (now college freshmen) as they talk about how their diary became a book.

Calling All Manga Fans

It is nearing that time of year again where we at the library are thinking about programming for the fall.

Okay I have a few questions for you:
Did you like that the Animanga Club met on a Saturday?
Is a weekend meeting best for during the school year?
What anime/manga do you want to see/discuss at Animanga Club?
Did you like DDR at the meeting?

I know summer just started and you all are thinking about going on vacation and which prize you want to win in the summer reading game, but let me know what you think.
P.S. Who has a great trip planned for this summer?

Can your Tuba do this?

Flaming Tuba

David Silverman, director of the Simpsons, has created a sousaphone that spurts flames when you play it. Video

I wonder what Mr. Leach would say...
Via BoingBoing

Stay strong and tone up for the Summer!

Michigan Football

Don't miss out, this Saturday, June 24 at the Downtown Library, Multi-Purpose Room for Grades 6-8, there will be U of M athletes and local fitness experts to answer your questions about training and fitness. A fitness trainer from the Ann Arbor Y, the Chelsea Health and Fitness Center, a Jazzercise demo, and the U of M athletes round out our experts.

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