ages 11-18

Retro Octathalon, DDR, and Karaoke: This Weekend!

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AADL-GT: Ann Arbor District Library Game Tournaments

This Friday April 14, AADL-GT is proud to present the first ever Retro Octathalon, an 8-game tour of videogame history with prizes for high scorers of all ages! We'll start off with qualifying rounds for each age bracket, with kids qualifiers from 1-3 PM, Teen qualifiers from 3-6 PM, and Adult qualifiers from 6-8 PM. Players will cycle through all 8 games, and the top 3 scores in each age bracket will win cool Retro Nintendo prizes from Wizzywig.

From 8-9 PM, the top scorers from each age bracket will face off against each other for a shot at a gamestop giftcard: $40 for first place, $30 for second, and $20 for third. Adult qualifiers and the finals will also be broadcast live on Comcast channel 18, so tune in if you can't make it!

We'll also have all-ages DDR on Saturday, 4/15 from Noon - 3 and all-ages Karaoke Revolution on Saturday, 4/15 from 3-5, plus open play on Monday! Come to the downtown library for some great gaming this weekend, and read on for details...

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Twilight -- Vote For Me!
Bella leaves sunny Phoenix to live in gloomy Washington and is drawn to fellow student Edward, a distractingly handsome but aloof and angry boy. Bella falls dangerously in love – a danger magnified by Edward’s secret life as a vampire.

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Inexcusable -- Vote For Me!
Senior Keir Sarafian is a good guy: a loving son and brother, a loyal friend, and an excellent teammate. He can’t understand why Gigi Boudakian, his friend since kindergarten and the love of his life, would accuse him of something so...inexcusable.

The Silent Spring

On Thursday, April 13, 1962, The Silent Spring by Rachel Carson was published. The book sounded an alarm about the use of chemicals, especially pesticides, and the harm they caused to humans and the environment. The book's publication heralded the beginning of the environmental movement. Carson, an ecologist, took great pleasure in her natural surroundings, and in her observations saw disturbing signs of the effects of these pollutants.

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Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie--Vote For Me!
Scott hilariously documents in his journal (not a diary!) the trials and tribulations of his first year in high school – falling in love, drifting apart from his friends, dealing with his mother’s pregnancy, and learning more about himself than he expected.

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Day of Tears -- Vote For Me!
Her master promised Emma that she would never be sold, but in 1859 she and over 400 other slaves were sold during a two-day auction know as “the weeping time.” Based on a heart wrenching true moment in history.

Multiple voices [master, slaves, runaways, adult, child] combine to create a horrific tale of slavery. In many ways this book is more powerful than reading a historic account. If this book is your choice for the best of 2005, vote for it by using the green ballot available at the library and put it in the box posted in the teen area, or give it to the librarian, or e-mail your choice to .

Animanga Club: Naruto vs. Full Metal Alchemist

Anime Full Metal Alchemist Ed

They're short. They're blond. One is cursed with a fox spirit, the other is missing limbs. Who would prevail in an all out contest? UPDATE: Ed is winning.. and check out the AMVs!

Two of the hottest anime/manga series go head to head on May 11th at Malletts Creek. Be there to have your say, see episodes from both series, and eat lots of brownies. Bring your fan art, DVDs(if you have a fav ep), books, etc. Blog responses to this and related threads will get prizes!



Look for Hoot, based on the novel by Carl Hiaasen, which should be coming to AA theaters sometime soon. I'm going to try to make it to the free screening tonight and I'll let you know if I think its any good. I really loved the book, so I hope so.

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Magic or Madness -- Vote For Me!
When her rational, magic-hating mother suffers a mental breakdown, Reason is taken to live with her grandmother, Esmerelda, where she discovers that something as simple as opening a door can bring forth a world of danger. Review after the break.

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Heavy Metal and You -- --Vote For Me!
Sam really, really loves heavy metal music and the head-banging lifestyle. Sam is falling in love with Melissa, a “straightedge” who tries, but doesn’t quite understand his passion. Sam must choose between the two.

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