ages 11-18

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #19

Dean Bakopoulos whose Please Don't Come Back from the Moon is one of only three first novels selected as one of 100 Notable Books of 2005 by The New York Times.

A Michigan native, Dean set the novel in fictitious Maple Rock, based on a stretch of Michigan Avenue between Lonyo and Livernois (in Detroit), where his family went to church, and the Warrendale neighborhood, where his grandparents lived.

This debut novel is ”A beautifully smart, comic, and moving narrative about the fathers who disappear and the sons who take their place”. (Charles Baxter).

Meet Dean on May 13th at the Ann Arbor Book Festival, Young Writers’ panel. In the meantime, here is Dean’s personal list of recommendations.

Hip Knits

Knitgrrl: Learn to Knit With 15 Fun and Funky Patterns, (starred review in School Library Journal), and the new Knitgrrl 2 are decidedly not your grandmother's knitting books. They are designed for teens and tweens, but is appropriate for beginning knitters of all ages.

The author, Shannon Okey's blog and website are chatty and loads of fun. Check them out.

She will join fellow knitter Jillian Moreno at the Ann Arbor Book Festival, May 13, at 11:00 a.m. for a program, followed by signing.

Stick around the Festival and come cheer for Shannon at 4 p.m. at the Library Pavilion for the 3rd Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee. We expect great things from this past district champ.

Knitting for Real Women with Real Curves

O.k. Don't trust me. However, listen to what Sally Melville has to say about Big Girl Knits by Ann Arbor author Jillian Moreno.

"I love this book! It brought tears to my eyes—both with its delicious humor and its loving attention to the subject. The technical stuff is handled wonderfully—with intelligence and clarity and a big heart. The variety in the patterns that follow is a delight."

Debbie Stoller, author of the Stitch ’n Bitch series "...guarantee(s) that (with Big Girl Knit) you’ll never again knit a sweater that makes your big top look like The Big Top."

Jillian will join another hip knitter, Shannon Okey at the Lifestyle Pavilion on May 13th, 11:00 a.m. at the Ann Arbor Book Festival. You can check out Jillian's blog in the meantime.

Completely Random Trivia!

Monty Python: Great Enchanter Tim

Trivia time..
I get back from my Medieval Conference at Kalamazoo and find that a hush has fallen upon the blog.. So it looks like I need to liven it up.

NEW Question: In Monty Python and the Holy Grail How does King Arthur defeat the [edit] Bridge Keeper? (Great Enchanter Tim is not, I repeat, not the Bridge Keeper!)

For Naruto Fans.. What does one get a ninja who has everything? (Note: this is not an AMV. Its just funny)
Ask a Ninja

Be Dressed for Prom!

Are you looking for a new dress for prom? Are you tired of your old dance dresses cluttering up your closet? Give someone else a chance to wear them and come pick out a new dress of your own. The Prom Dress Exchange is on Sunday, April 30 at Malletts Creek branch from 2pm to 4pm. The library has collected lots of dresses so don’t worry about having to bring a dress to be able to take one away.

Celebrate the opening of the first movie theater

On April 23, 1896, the first movie that was shown in a theater was seen at the Koster and Bials Music Hall in New York City. Until this time, people only saw films individually by using a kinetoscope.

Movies have dramatically changed over the years. As evidence, explore our diverse video and dvd collection including the dvd set, Treasures from American Film Archives, a four dvd set of fifty films that represent the breadth of American film making in its first one hundred years. Winner of the 2000 Film Heritage Award from the National Society of Film Critics and hailed by one critic as "...a bottomless bottle of blue tequila..," the series includes silent films, avant-garde works, documentaries and some of the earliest American films.

DT Otakon: InuYasha Festival!

Anime Inu Yasha

Wednesday, MAY 10, 1-5pm DT/MP

Mark your calendar! There's a day off of school, so come in to the Downtown Library May 10th and play InuYasha: Feudal Combat, watch episodes of the anime, and take part in Anime quiz contests for random stuff! And there will be brownies. ^_^

Author Sarah Dessen at Nicola's Books this Saturday

Are you a fan of Sarah Dessen, author of Someone Like You, Dreamland, This Lullaby, and The Truth About Forever? If so, drop by Nicola’s Books at 7 pm this Saturday, April 22. She’ll talk about her new book, Just Listen, answer questions and sign books.

Cosplay Contest and DDR Expo APRIL 20!

Anime Convention

Thursday April 20, 6:30-8:30pm Downtown Multipurpose Room

Its the 2nd Annual Cosplay Contest! Come dressed at your favorite anime, manga or video game character to win prizes, or come just to see the show and dance to those fabulous J-pop tracks.

Costumes will be judged based on enthusiasm, knowledge of your character, costume quality and execution.

2006 Thumbs Up! Nominee

Sandpiper -- Vote for me!
As Sandpiper becomes fascinated by and befriends a mysterious loner, her existing relationships with her peers undergo irreversible transformations. Dramatic changes at home and uncertainty in her life force Sandpiper to reevaluate who she is.

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