ages 11-18

Name That Character!

Anime Mystery #6

I'm a bit irritated that you don't know me.. Who am I?

Cecil Castellucci - Short Story Awards Speaker

Cecil Castellucci's in town to be the guest speaker for the Awards Ceremony of the short story writing contest, It's All Write! #140 stories were submitted to the contest, and all Finalists have been notified. Congratulations to ALL writers who turned in a story.
Cecil is the author of Boy Proof and her upcoming novel Queen of Cool. She will be discussing the craft of writing and presenting awards to the winenrs. 1:00 - 1:45 pm Modern Language Building on Thayer Street, Lecture Room 1.

Looking for some live emo?

Short for “emotion”, emo is a term used to describe emotionally-charged hardcore punk music. From quiet ballads to high-pitched guitar licks, poetic lyrics to a unique style of dress, emo is alive and well and coming to Ann Arbor!

Rainer Maria, an emo rock band, will play Sunday, May 14th at the Blind Pig. If you like a little pop with your punk or just want to try something new, check out this trio from Madison, Wisconsin. Named after the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the band has been on the music scene since 1995 and has released four albums. Catastrophe Keeps Us Together is their latest album and was released just last month.

If you like Rainer Maria you might also enjoy:

Crimson by Alkaline Trio
From Under the Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy
Louder Now by Taking Back Sunday

ANIME EVENTS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

Anime Full Metal Alchemist Ed

UPDATE: Mission accomplished! Thank you to everyone who came!
Oh, and someone asked me to post the Zuko AMV, from Avatar: the Last Airbender. I love the series, and youtube happily has an endless supply of AMVs.

InuYasha: The books are in!

Anime Inu Yasha

Books 1-25 are in!. They have already been put on the shelf, so if you want the new InuYasha books, place your holds now!

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.

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