Author Caitlin Horrocks Discusses her Work and Announces the Winners of the 20th Annual Teen Short Story Contest

Winning the Teen Short Story contest in 1997, Caitlin Horrocks will be back as a guest speaker at this 20th Year Celebration of teen writers. Caitlin's stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories 2011, and The PEN/O.Henry Prize Stories 2009, among others. Released in June 2011, This Is Not Your City a debut collection of short stories received praise, ". . .impressively sharp" and "appealingly rugged-hearted" (New York Times)

350 submissions were received this year from teens in grades 6th through 12th. All finalists have been notified and will be honored at an Awards Ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 1:30-3:00 pm in the downtown library's, Multi-Purpose Room. The top three winners will receive $250 for 1st Place, $150 for 2nd Place, and $100 for 3rd Place in three grade categories. All finalists will receive certificates honoring their achievement. Stories were judges by an impressive team of authors for teens.
We applaud all the teen writers for their creativity and talent!

Introducing Judge #6 for the Teen Short Story Writing Contest

Bluefish is the fourth teen novel for Pat Schmatz. This latest book received a starred review from Horn Book Magazine, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and School Library Journal. In Bluefish, everything changes for thirteen-year-old Travis, a new student who is trying to hide his illiteracy, when he meets a sassy classmate with her own secrets and a remarkable teacher. Pat currently lives in rural Wisconsin.

She is also a Judge for this year's It's All Write Teen short story writing contest. The panel of 10 judges will look at the finalists in three grade categories of 6-7-8 (Middle School), 9-10 (High School) and 11-12 (High School) and select the winners who will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on May 12, 2012.

Magic Carpet Theatre

Celebrate Children's Book Week by watching the Magic Carpet Theatre bring some classic children's stories to life. They will be performing at the Downtown Library, in the downstairs multi-purpose room on Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. Featured stories include Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches and Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.

This is for children in grades K - 5 and their grown-ups.

¡El Dia de Los Ninos, El Dia de Los Libros!

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Join AADL and YDL Sunday April 29 for Día from 1:30-4:30 downtown. There will be super-fun crafts for kids to make; tasty refreshments and we'll feature the festive sounds of Mariachi Mexico 2000, so come on down! This event is for all ages to enjoy, and parking is free on Sundays. ¡El Día de Los Niños, El Día de los Libros!

Drop-In Homework Help will resume on April 30th

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Tutoring sessions will resume on Monday and Wednesday evenings on April 30. Homework Help will continue throughout the spring. Please read on for more details about homework help at AADL.

Looking for help with your homework? Look no further than AADL’s Downtown Library. The University of Michigan Chapter of Circle K is once again providing tutoring for students in grades K-12. Stop by the Youth Department Story Corner Mondays and Wednesdays between 4:00 and 8:00 pm to take advantage of this great service!

AADL also provides access to Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. Live tutors are available from 2:00 -11:00 pm every day!

Explore Health Care Reform

Josh Fangmeier, a policy consultant with UM Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, will provide us with an overview of the Affordable Care Act and how it is playing out in our lives since it became law in 2010. The talk on April 11 will be a great opportunity to cut through the sometimes confusing rhetoric that clouds the media discussion of this vital issue for all Americans. Prior to joining CHRT, Josh Fangmeier was a health policy intern at the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Health Care Reform: Its Contents and Challenges | Wednesday, April 11 | 7:00-8:30 pm |
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Titanic Centennial Event: Meet a Shipwreck Survivor

It's the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Learn about another catastrophic shipwreck, the 1956 collision of the
SS Andrea Doria and the MS Stockholm. Survivor Pierette Domenica Simpson who was nine years old at the time, shares her personal and harrowing account of the event when she visits the Downtown Library on Monday, April 16 at 7 pm.

She is the only survivor in history to write a complete account of the disaster, Alive on the Andrea Doria!: The Greatest Sea Rescue in History. Pierette's new young adult novel is I Was Shipwrecked on the Andrea Doria!: The Titanic of the 1950s. Books will be for sale.

National Library Week Concert: Grammy-Winner Peter Madcat Ruth

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Tuesday April 10, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation and is a champion of the long-standing tradition of the one-man band. He sings and plays harmonica, guitar, high-hat, ukulele, jaw harp, banjo, kalimba, penny-whistle and pretty much anything else he can get his hands on.

Madcat's repertoire of songs, which he has written or collected over the last 50 years, is quite eclectic. Blues and American Roots Music songs predominate, but elements of Jazz and World Music are also part of the mix.

Madcat's enthusiasm is unpretentious and contagious. His audiences, from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, delight in his performances. Check out or place holds on his albums!

You can also listen to our podcast with Madcat from 2009, where he talks about his career and musical influences...and treats us to his own indelible harmonica rendition of "Take 5."

Beaded Macrame Bracelets

Make a cool bracelet using simple knots and colorful beads. A couple books that may give you some ideas to try at home are New Macrame Contemporary Knotted Jewelry & Accessories or Hemp Jewelry Hope to see you on April 5, Thursday at the Downtown library from 2-3 pm. Grades 6-Adult are welcome.

AADL Staff Picks Goes to the Movies

The Staff Picks shelf is downtown on the first floor. Why not get ready for the holiday weekend with a few movies? Here are a few new for April.

Trekkies: “Interviewing hundreds of devoted fans and such Star Trek cast members as Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Michelle Nichols, Walter Koenig, Kate Mulgrew and Brent Spiner, the film creates an entertaining and endearing portrait of the landmark series that has touched the lives of people around the world. Thumbs Up"—Roger Ebert

Two in the Wave: “Directors Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut changed the face of cinema forever as members of the French New Wave. A present-tense essay that is both time capsule and collage…a powerful reminder of just how exciting that work remains.”—NYT. Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, NYT Critic’s Pick.

Paper Moon: “The year is 1936. Orphaned Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal, in her film debut) is left in the care of unethical travelling Bible salesman Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal, Tatum's dad), who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team -- which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn).—Rotten Tomatoes “Tatum O'Neal creates a character out of thin air, makes us watch her every moment and literally makes the movie work.”—Roger Ebert, Sun Times

Darwin’s Nightmare: “Forty years ago, a voracious predator is introduced into the waters of Tanzania’s Lake Victoria where it quickly extinguishes the entire stock of native fish. Its ecological impact aside, the Nile Perch becomes highly prized for its tender, plump fillets, barely meeting the demand at elegant 4-star restaurants. Harrowing…indispensable…an extraordinary work”—NYT. Winner Venice Film Festival, Best Documentary European Film Awards

Lenny Bruce, Performance Film: “Bursting with an indignation that remains freshly irreverent and blackly funny.”—NYT

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