ages 11-18

An American Story

National Public Radio's Story Corps seeks oral histories from ordinary folks "as a record of the way we live today--and how we got here." In the case of Blanca Alvarez this is very literally a story of how she got here. In the Story Corps interview with her daughter, Connie, Alvarez describes crossing the border from Mexico to the United States over thirty years ago and the jobs she held to support her family in those difficult early years.

Writing Tips from Judith Dewoskin

Creative Catharsis: Writing with Judith Dewoskin

Community High School's well-known creative writing teacher extraordinaire will talk about the writing process and offer tips to aspiring writers.
Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Don't miss an opportunity to ask questions and get advice from one of Ann Arbor's best creative writing teachers. Get some insights that might help you finish that short story and get it turned in for the Short Story Writing Contest deadline March 20th.
No registration required.
Call 827-8301 for any questions.

Animanga Blog Trivia Challenge

Having just gotten back from Disney World, I'm interested in seeing if you know more about Asia than Epcot. Really fabulous prizes will be awarded March 15, 7pm at NEB for the most truthy, and perhaps factual answers.

Question number 6: What is important about the Edo period in Japan?

Past questions:
5: What or when is Edo?
4: What is a "kitsune"?
3: Is Xellos Good or Evil? Explain.
2: What is the Japanese name for Japan?
1: What is the difference between a Japanese and Chinese Pagoda?

"Gold Soundz" from the slacker kings

Looking for something that's a little off the beaten path (or at least off the current pop charts)? Take a stroll through the charming little collection of alternative rock selections we've got. There are some beauties from the eighties and ninties, such as Pavement's 1997 Brighten the Corners and the Jesus and Mary Chain's singles. I have a particular soft spot for Pavement, as well as their ex-singer's new solo work, since it has that slacker quality of sounding both lazy and intense.

For some hints on searching for music by genre in the catalog, follow the "read more..."

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #9

A former researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Bioethics and currently a student at Stanford Medical School, Josh Spanogle’s debut medical thriller will bring to mind The Andromeda Strain; written by another young medical student named Michael Crichton some years back.

…"(F)rightening, scalpel-sharp, surprising, challenging," Isolation Ward takes hold of you immediately when young, brash Dr. McCormick must race against time to identify the baffling and unstoppable virus that racked the bodies of three female mentally impaired patients in a Baltimore hospital, and threatens to become an epidemic.

Starred review in Kirkus. A sure bet from a promising newcomer. Read an excerpt

Aquamarine: Another Movie Based on a Book

This Friday Aquamarine will hit theaters. This movie based on the book by the same name by Alice Hoffman and is toted as a Fish-Out-Of-Water comedy. A love-struck mermaid played by Sara Paxton is discovered in a swimming pool by two twelve-year old best friends, played by Emma Roberts of Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous and singer JoJo.

If you like Hip Hop...

...then you might already know what's crackin this weekend. Common will perform at theMichigan Theater this Friday March 3rd at 7:30pm . From classic albums like Resurrection to the more recent success of his Grammy-nominated album Be, Common’s socially conscious lyrics have long been a staple for Hip Hop “heads” across the globe.

If you like Common you might also enjoy these artists and albums:
Mos DefThe New Danger
Little Brother - The Minstrel Show
Talib Kweli - Right About Now
Digable Planets - Beyond the Spectrum
Jean Grae - This Week
The Roots - The Tipping Point

History Bits - Flint, MI.

LUTHER T. FARRELL has got to get out of Flint, Michigan. He would rather be known as a Philosopher, rather than "The Sarge's Son". Michigan author Christopher Paul Curtis (website) tells another great story in Bucking The Sarge.

Help us select the 2006 Thumbs Up award winner!

Thumbs Up

Pick up the green Thumbs Up! brochure in the teen section of your favorite AADL branch. Read all 20 nominated titles (or as many as you want) then select the ONE that you think is best.

To vote do one of the following:
- Hand in your marked ballot to your school or public librarian
- Email your choice to
- Mail your vote using the brochure mailer. Include a $.39 stamp.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists!

There once was a guitarist named Ted
Who turned to a Pharmacist and said
“I shall come to the Pig
And dance such a jig
That they’ll cheer ‘til we all go to bed.”

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. Live at the Blind Pig on Wednesday, March 8. All ages show, $10 cover, with special guests The Duke Spirit and Les Aus. Jigs not guaranteed... but if we can get him to play “Me and Mia” or “The High Party” he usually does. (Incidentally, that’s the same night as the Pioneer High School career fair. Professionals such as yours truly will be there to talk about what we do. Hope to see you there! )

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