9th Annual Teen Graffiti Art Contest - Updated!

We'll be painting on Masonite board in the staff lot (off of Williams) at the Downtown library this Friday, July 22, 11 AM - 1 PM. We'll supply paint, the boards, easels and cold water; you provide the creativity. All art work will be in a summer exhibit at the Downtown Library from July 26 - August 30. Three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies ($75, $50 and $25). Grades 6-12. Local artist Joanie Newberry will be our Judge this year.

Check out the winners from previous years.

Thirty artists showed up on a hot day to express themselves and turned out fine pieces of art that will be on display at the downtown library until Tuesday, August 31st. All paintings will be in the Multi-Purpose Room and also on display on the third floor.

1st Place - 'Ocean Sunset' - artist Drew Hirzel
2nd Place - 'Untitled' - artist Lillian Xie
3rd Place - 'Rose' - artist Deanna Shih
Honorable Mention - 'Heart on Fire' - artist Popi Vorias
Honorable Mention - 'Thinking 4 Art' - Grace Tanvi

Our Judge this year is Joanie Newberry local visual artist and the top three winners will receive gift certificates for art supplies from Michigan Book and Supply, ($75,$50 and $25)

July Gaming Weekend

This Month is packed with all sorts of games! We've got Madden, Marvel vs. Capcom, Smash Bros. Brawl, Mushroom Wars and Mario Kart Wii, Not to mention THE ARCADE MASTER SERIES! The Arcade Master Series is a retro gaming high-score contest with a new retro game to play at each AADL-GT event. Come to different gaming events throughout the season and rack up high scores to earn an invitation to the Arcade Master Tournament in January.

Friday July 22 6:00pm-8:30pm @ the Downtown Branch

Madden Grid Iron Throwdown: Coach your favorite NFL team to victory in our Madden 2011 tournament for PS3.
Marvel vs. Capcom: You think you've got the skills to reign supreme? Time to show what you've got!

Saturday July 23 1:00pm-4:00pm @ the Downtown Branch

National Smash 2: Wanna play some Smash Bros. Brawl? Come to the Library and defend the AADL's national standing. This event will include both a national tournament against other libraries all over America and a House rules tournament.

Sunday July 24 1:00pm-4:00pm @ the Downtown Branch

All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament: prizes in novice and pro brackets!
Mushroom Wars: We've also got a crazy fun take on the speed risk genre of games, Mushroom Wars!

Monday July 25 1:00pm-4:00pm @ the Downtown Branch

PokeMonday: As always you'll need to bring your Nintendo DS or DSi and a copy of your Pokemon game(Black and White won't work Sorry.) Big screen and Union Rooms battles are used for admittance into the finals, so be sure to have Pokemon of all levels trained for battle!

Juggler Jason Kollum at AADL!

It's going to be a very exciting week in Ann Arbor. Along with the Art Fair there are always many interesting activities. We're going to provide you with one of them. On Tuesday, July 19 Juggler Jason Kollum will be coming from Chicago to the Library for two shows. At 2:00 p.m. he'll be performing at the Pittsfield Branch. At 7:00 p.m. he'll be at the Downtown Library.

These shows will be fun to watch!!

To learn how to juggle yourself, click here.

Sensory Art Experiences for Little Ones

You are never too young to be an artist! Join us on Saturday, July 16 at the Downtown Library Multipurpose Room from 10:30-11a for Little Ones and Creative Fun. This sensory art experience is designed for 0-2 year olds and their caregivers, and provides a bonding experience through art that allows for early expression of creativity. Michelle Freund and Kelly Zechmeister of UM Child Care will guide us through the activities.

Chess Strategies and Tips

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Come to this strategy session, led by chess expert, Jennifer Skidmore! Learn key tips to master the chess board, and then, play some chess!

This event compliments the Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World exhibit (which will be on display at the Downtown Library until July 8. According to Ben Franklin, "The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it."

Thursday, June 23 | 7 - 8:30 PM | Downtown-Multi-Purpose Room | Grades 4-Adult

Accessible Wild Swan

Wild Swan Theater has been delighting young audiences by staging original versions of classic myths and tales for 31 years! A big reason it is so loved, besides their awesome energy and talent, is because they integrate American Sign Language, audio descriptions and touch tours as key components of everything they present. AADL invites everyone, grade 4 and up, to experience how this is done on Thursday, June 2, 7-8:30 pm at the Downtown Library. Artistic Directors Hilary Cohen and Sandy Ryder will give an interactive workshop on how they weave accessibility into all their productions to create inclusive, live theater at its best.

Author Patrick Jones Discusses His Work and Announces the Winners of the 2011 AADL Short Story Writing Contest

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Patrick's first novel for teens, Things Change, was named by the Young Adult Library Services Association as a best book for reluctant readers. He will announce the winners of It's All Write, the teen short story contest held annually at AADL. This year, 340 teens entered stories, which were judged by topnotch authors for teens.

All Finalists have been notified and will be honored at Saturday's program. The top three winners will receive $250 for 1st Place, $150 for 2nd Place, and $100 for 3rd Place in 3 grade categories. All finalists will receive certificates honoring their achievement. For those of you interested in tips and resources check out this fact sheet. We hope to continue to see lots of stories from this talented bunch of writers!
Saturday, May 21 | 1:30-3:00 pm | Downtown Library-Multi-Purpose Room

Johnny Cupcakes Event this Friday! T-shirts WILL be for SALE!

Friday, May 13 @ 7:00 PM Johnny Earle of the Johnny Cupcakes T-shirt empire will be at the Downtown Library to talk about his self-made business! Learn how he resisted the temptations of cooperate interests and did it his own way and found himself ranked by Business Week Magazine a top entrepreneur under 25 in 2008. Johnny also just opened his first store across the pond in London! T-shirts will be for sale and Johnny will be signing them and meeting with fans after his talk. Johnny Cupcakes2Johnny Cupcakes2

3 more Weeks with Circle K Tutors for May 2011!!

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Looking for help with your homework?.
Tutors from The University of Michigan Chapter of Circle K have scheduled 3 more sessions in May for students in grades K-12.
You will find tutors on Mondays between 4 and 8pm, .... May 9, May 16, and May 23, 2011, in the DownTown Library Youth Department Story Corner.

AADL also provides access to Brainfuse. Live tutors are available online from 2-11 pm every day through the Library website!
This is a unique subscription service the Library provides for you.

Finish your homework !
Then you're ready for Summer Festival and Summer Library action.
Keep watching our site.
here's lots more to come.

Morningstar: How Are Your Investments Performing?

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Thursday April 28, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Computer Training Center

Take some time now that tax season is out of the way to learn how to use the Morningstar investment research database. It will help you track, analyze and make intelligent decisions about your investments.

One of the most trusted names in the investment industry, Barron's and Forbes
rank Morningstar among the top investing sites.

Take advantage of this premier database that the Library offers because now, more than ever, it pays to have solid, unbiased information to make investment decisions.

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