A Look @ SUPERHEROES with Jeff Kass and Curtis Sullivan

Celebrate Teen Read Week and its theme "Picture It @ Your Library." Join us to picture, discuss, and write about Superheroes with Jeff Kass, local teacher, performance poet and author of Knuckleheads. Joining Jeff is Curtis Sullivan, owner of Ann Arbor's nationally-recognized comic book store, Vault of Midnight. Special guests Ray McDaniel and Van Jordan, renowned poets from the University of Michigan faculty, will also contribute to the discussion of Superheroes.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 22 | 2-3:30 pm | Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room | Grades 6-Adult

Teen Stuff: It’s for adults too?

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Teen Read Week is here! Have you been participating? The week is to encourage teens to read and visit the library. This year’s theme is “books with beat,” highlighting audio books, poetry, and music books, which there are plenty of. ( Dark Sons, Music Lust: Recommended Listening For Every Mood, Moment, And Reason, and Just Listen, to name a few.)

I happen to read more teen fiction now as an adult than I did as a teen. Why read it now? Many reasons:

1. They are usually quicker to read. 2. Thoughtful characters coming of age. 3. Reminds you that teenagers are complex people too. 4. There is more to Young Adult books than Twilight-esque vampire romances. 5. Some have light content, some cover topical issues. 6. There are still mystery, romance, realistic fiction, science fiction, and fantasy genres to choose from.

Did Harry Potter make it cool for adults to read YA books? How many parents read The Hunger Games after their child did? I know several folks who read YA for pleasure, and it’s not just teens and teen librarians! AADL's teen collection is very browsable both online and in person. If you don't know where to start, award winners are a good place. (There is even an award just for books written for teens that appeal to adults!)

Whether you choose to read teen fiction or not, the important thing is to be reading books you enjoy! But sometimes it’s nice to read something outside your comfort zone… as you never know what you might end up liking.

Celebrate Teen Read Week with Books With Beat

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This year the Teen Read Theme is "Books with Beat." Celebrate @AADL October 17-23. Drop by and read something for fun, in honor of Teen Read Week. You might try, Fat Kid Rules the World by K L Going, or recently released, Sorta Like a Rockstar by Matthew Quick, definitely 'books with beat.'

We hope to see you during Teen Read Week at one of these special events!

Tuesday Shrinky Dink Craft Sensation - October 19 | 7-8:30pm | MC | Grade 4-Adult

Wednesday Duct Tape Re-Dux - October 20 | 7-8:30pm | MC | Grade 6-12

Wednesday Finding Funding for a College Education with Dr. Karen Downing - October 20 | 7-8:30pm | PF | Grade 9-Adult

Thursday Film and Discussion: The Philosopher Kings - October 21 | 6:30-8:30pm | DT/MPR | Grade 9-Adult

Friday Axis Coffeehouse - October 22 | 6-8:30pm | MC | Grades 6-12 - If you read @ the mic you'll get a $5 fine forgiveness coupon!

Happy Teen Read Week!

Teen Read Week 2009!

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Read Beyond Reality @ your library®! October 18-24. Check out materials to change your world, take yourself somewhere unlike your world, or just read for the fun of it! In support of Teen Read Week, readergirlz hosts author chats with many Teens’ Top Ten Nominees for 2009. Teens are also visiting the YALSA website to vote for their favorite books from a list of the nominees. Cool program choices at AADL this week are, the Tonks and the Aurors concert on Tuesday, the 20th, downtown; Find Funding for a College Education on Wednesday, the 21st at Pittsfield; Duct Tape Redux on Thursday, the 22nd at Pittsfield; Nigerian Gele Head Wrapping Workshop, Saturday, the 24th at Traverwood; and finally Jim Ottaviani, author of 'T-Minus: The Race to the Moon will be talking about his graphic novel - there will be books on sale for the signing. For complete information about these events check out the Teen Read Week page.

Are You Ready To Wrock?!

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Calling all Harry Potter fans! Local favorite Tonks and The Aurors returns to the Downtown Library on Tuesday, October 20, 7pm, for a concert held in conjunction with AADL's celebration of Teen Read Week (October 18 -24) and the theme of Read Beyond Reality @ Your Library. Fronted by Stephanie Anderson, Tonks and The Aurors play songs from the perspective of Nymphadora Tonks. Get ready for a loud and wrockin' evening!

Books With Bite

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It's all about reading for the FUN of it. You really don't need to pick a week, a single week?, to give yourself time to read anything you're interested in. It's still pretty cool that there were 4,800 public and school libraries last year that signed up to participate in Teen Read Week. Not so surprising this year's theme, if you read it that way, has a vampire slant to it, with the interest in the Stephenie Meyer series. November 21 just may be marked on some of your calendars, but anyway, the Thumbs Up! list is one place to find some great titles. My favorites these past few weeks have been, Red Glass by Laura Resau, and Cures for Heartbreak by Margo Rabb.
Take this survey Teen's Top Ten, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books.

Drama! Jealousy & Ugly Betty Stylings! Telenovela Writing Workshop!

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Saturday, October 11 & Saturday, October 18 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ the Malletts Creek Branch. For TEENS in grades 6-12.

Teens: do you have a flair for the dramatic? Do you love stories filled with greed, jealousy and deception? Entonces, the telenovela style of entertainment is just for you! The popular show, Ugly Betty is based on a Colombian telenovela called "Betty la Fea." In these two writing workshops we will write our own telenovela and film it. Si hablas Espanol, fantastico! If you know a little Spanish, that's great - if you don't know any, that's ok too. We'll write in both English and Spanish. Complimentary lunch will be served. Attendance at both workshops is encouraged, but your must register separately for each. Registration is required - call 327-8301, or visit any information desk.

LOL @ Your Library

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Anytime is a good time to read just for the fun of it, but, in particular, this week is designated as LOL @ Your Library, Teen Read Week, October 14-20.

Go ahead and vote for what you'd like to see as Teens' Top Ten
or if you've got an opinion and would like to vote for next year's theme click here.

There are 8! programs planned during Teen Read Week. Check out your AXIS newsletter for details: Doll Making, Create Humor in Your Comics, Pumpkin Painting & Decorating Contest, Rhythm Master Tournament, AXIS Coffeehouse, AADL-GT Super Smash Double Dash Championship Series, Wii Sports Tournament, and Lend a Helping Hand: Knit Your Bit For Others.
For more information, please call 327-8301.

Teen Read Week Prize Winner Chosen!

Last week's Teen Read Week was a success! We had a great group of ACTIVE events and many of you entered to win the $50 Borders gift certificate in the TEEN areas of all our locations. The winner has been chosen, and *she* has been notified. Her identity is a secret, but rest assured many great things will be purchased at Borders. Thanks for playing!

Teen Read Week - Enter to Win!

Teen Read Week starts today! Enter to win a gift certificate for $50 for Borders Books and Music in the Teen area at any AADL location! You can enter to win every day during the week to improve your chances. GET ACTIVE is the theme this year and AADL has a week of great programs planned. Starting today with the Knit Your Bit for Others event at Pittsfield @ 2:00, continuing on Tuesday with the MTV MADE event Downtown @ 7:00, Wednesday @ 6:30 Downtown with Dating Violence and ending with DDR @ the Animanga Club on Friday night, Downtown @ 7:00 - we have a FULL week of active things to keep you busy!

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