Create "censored" poetry tonight in honor of Banned Books Week!

Tonight, Tuesday September 23, from 7:00 to 8:30pm at the Traverwood branch of the AADL, come create your own poetry out of used book pages! Using colored pencils, attendees can artistically highlight certain words on torn out book pages and black out others to create unique poems. Participants will also have the chance to affix their work to a canvas to take home. This event is intended for grades 6-adult, and all supplies will be provided. See you there!

Calligraphy Workshop Tonight!

Join us at the Traverwood branch of AADL tonight from 6:30 to 8:00pm for a calligraphy class with instructor Scott Wettlaufer! Attendees will be given information and instructions about calligraphy and will have the opportunity to use real calligraphy pens and paper to practice the art.

Author Reading: Photographing the Giant Squid

At Literati bookstore, 124 E. Washington St. in downtown Ann Arbor, they're preparing to host a reading by author Matthew Gavin Frank on Aug. 4 at 7 pm. Frank will read from his book Preparing the Ghost: An essay concerning the giant squid and its first photographer. The author teaches creative writing and lives in Marquette, Michigan.

Library resources to help with the college application process

If you are a high school senior (or anyone!) who will be working on applying to colleges this fall, the library has some wonderful resources that can help you excel at the application process. Fiske real college essays that work outlines how to write an excellent college application essay and provides real examples of successful essays. It also emphasizes common mistakes in college application essays, so that you can know what to avoid during the writing process.

In the Scholarship handbook (2015 edition), the College Board provides information on awards, scholarships, and loans that may be available to you. This book offers tips on how to go about applying for student aid, and is extremely helpful if you are wondering about the various options that may be available to you to help pay for college. Along this same vein is Peterson’s scholarships, grants and prizes, 2015, which is useful for those applying to graduate school as well.

If you’re not even sure yet where you might want to apply to college, we have resources to help with that too! Try The Insider’s Guide to the Colleges, 2015 and the Fiske guide to colleges, both of which offer profiles and information about a huge range of schools, public and private. And, if you are planning to visit some of the schools that you are interested in, Campus visits and college interviews: a complete guide for college-bound students and their families could also be helpful for you!

3rd-5th Grade Short Story Challenge- All Submissions 2014

2014 submissions were accepted for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. The following are all the students and the work they submitted for this year's Short Story Challenge. The winning stories can be viewed here.

Third Grade

Hiraku Aso, "Planetarium"
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Abby Bowers, "Harry on the High Seas"
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Caitlyn Cupitt, "My Ordinary Day"
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Connor Fischer, "Captain Pickel Pants and the Time Machine"
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Jadon Fischer, "Niko de Angelo's Adventure"
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Madeline Hendriksma, "Suri Story"
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Joe Hickman, "Ghost in the House"
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Anniyah Hinton, "Girls Night"
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Salsabeel Hodge, "Three Kids Three Different Lives"
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Michael Howard, "Without a Sun"
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Emily Jiao, "The Magic Rug"
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Joe Juarez, "Quacky Duck"
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Thomas Kaechele, "Mystery of River Creek"
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Brigit Keiter, "Vampire Girl"
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Sophie Kriz, "The Original Adventures of Emily"
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Amy Lei, "The Story of Nancy Silk"
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Emma Li, "Dragon Friends!"
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Peyton Manning, "Sled Ride"
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Shannon McKay, "My Birthday"
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Julia Mei, "The Start of Skating"
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Sydney Richardson, "Mackinac Island"
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Jane Ryu, "Benjamin"
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Alexandra Salazar-Esquivel, "My Turtle"
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Kureha Shibuya, "My Trip to Japan"
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Mica Sims, "The Surprise"
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Niko Stamadianos, "Ted"
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Justin Su, "The Land Nobody Knew"
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Meena J. Suresh, "The Ghost of the West"
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Kaden Thornton, "The Magical Book"
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Eliza Ann VanEe, "Save the Slaves!"
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Jack Vlasak, "Snow Boarding"
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Tyler Waller, "The Day I Got My Horse"
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Fourth Grade:

Rokaya Benloucif, "My Diary"
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Georgie Branch, "Pop"
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Anna Clingenpeel, "The Best and Worst Times of Life"
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Suri Doepfer, "Untitled"
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Becca Kingham, "The Epic of King's Adventure"
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Fionnuala MacKercher, "The White Wolf"
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Alma Moga, "Lupa and the Pie"
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Mandy Pritts, "The Mystery of the Missing Cookies"
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Jennifer Shim, "I'm Always Here for You"
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Kendall Spink, "Princess"
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Karinne Tennenbaum, "One Thought After Another"
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Katrina Walbridge, "My Marvelous Friend"
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Amy Xiu, "The Dangers of Pollution"
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Eric Huayi Zhang, "The Gum Story"
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Fifth Grade:

Ahmed Adudiab, "The Winter of 2014"
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Zaina Al Habash, "Two Giraffes, One Big Story"
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Zakariya Alem, "Zomz"
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Luna Alkassem, "That Jaguar"
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Huda Al-Regib, "The Man in the Woods"
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Romaissa Ameziane, "The Amulet of Vadla"
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Nina Ang, "Bram's Quest"
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Abigail Anne Tejero Babila, "Carol the Hero"
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Samuel Bechar, "Traveling Through Time"
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Kira Brehob, "King of the Clouds"
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Evelyn Carroll, "Ivy and the Brain Wave Scooter"
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Myra Davis, "Nicole's Mermaid Adventure"
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Abby Dobson, "The Penguin Who Wanted to Fly"
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Nathaniel Dodge, "Resc-alcon"
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Rachel Amanda Eglinton, "The Impossible"
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Muneer Elshaikh, "Monday Midnight"
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Noor Elshaikh, "Iris"
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Niv Fisher-Pinsker, "Stuck in Time"
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Grace Franklin, "Josephine's Canyon"
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Aarush Goel, "WhiteJill"
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Lirit Green, "The Worst Day of My Life"
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Shoshana Green, "Mystery at Midnight"
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Gracie Greenberg, "Be Careful What You Wish For"
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Nadra Harbali, "The Demon Dragon and the Gem"
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Makayla Harris, "Hutch McLaw: The Case of the Sparkling Torch"
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Luka Hecht, "Misplaced"
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Hajawr Khan, "The Magic Mirror"
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Max Klarman, "Falling"­­
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Sarah Larson, "Lenny the Leprechaun"
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Ari Leflein, "The Door to Happiness or Despair"
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Aishah Mahmood, "The Cipher Competition"
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Asieh Mohammed-Azizi, "The Lightning Girl"
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Aafaf Moustafa, "The Magic of Magena"
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Zach Newpol, "The House in the Woods"
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Adi Orlyanchik, "Kwiko the Dragon"
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Evan Rago, "I am a Deity"
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Marisa Redding, "The Meadow Song"
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Saphira Samuels, "A Tale of Two Sisters"
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Jessica Schwalb, "The Squirrels"
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Laibah Siddiqui, "The Journey"
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Nathan Strauss, "Falling from an Airplane"
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Joann Sun, "The Stolen Glasses"
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Brendan Sutton, "Mission Possibility"
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Zayd Tanbour, "The Broken Arm"
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Aakarsh Verma, "Mines of Ashland"
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Kinneret Weiss, "Jake the Handyman"
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Layla Youssef, "The Postcard"
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Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday October 16, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects. Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources. These open houses complement the Emerging Writers Workshops. These events feature perspectives from both traditional publishing and indie publishing.

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday September 18, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects. Local authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang will be on hand to offer encouragement, answer questions, and point writers to resources. Emerging Writers Workshops feature perspectives from traditional and indie publishing.

Emerging Writer's Workshop: What To Talk About When You Talk About Your Book

Thursday October 2, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Teens in Grades 6-12 and Adults

How do you tell others about your book? Is there a way to sum up an entire book without getting bogged down in detail or leaving out the main point? In “What To Talk About When You Talk About Your Book,” authors Margaret Yang and Lara Zielin will cover the essential documents every writer needs: query letters, synopses, log lines and blurbs. Join us for this Emerging Writers Workshop, featuring perspectives from indie and traditional publishing.

Emerging Writers Workshop: The Art of Writing What You Know

Thursday September 4, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 6 - adult.

Do you have deep knowledge of and passion for a particular subject? How can you turn that into a nonfiction book that publishers will want? Authors Margaret Yang and Lara Zielin discuss how to turn your expertise into a nonfiction book, with special contributions from a bestselling (and local) nonfiction author.

Banned Books Week: Create "Censored" Poetry

Tuesday September 23, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6-adult.

Using old book pages, teens and adults will use markers and colored pencils to create their own poems by artistically highlighting certain words and blacking out others.

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