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!

Emerging Writers Workshop: Making the Most of Your Writing Time

Thursday November 6, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult.

Whether you write full time, part time, or have no time, finding the place and time to finish your work is a struggle. Modern life pulls us in many directions, often away from the writing desk. Join authors Lara Zielin and Margaret Yang as they share tips, tricks, and strategies to make a place for writing in your life and make the most of the time you have. Join us for this Emerging Writers Workshop, featuring perspectives from indie and traditional publishing as well as considerations for both fiction and nonfiction writing.

"Write On!" 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest Begins!

Monday February 9, 2015: 12:00 am to 11:55 pm

Calling all third, fourth, and fifth graders for another year of writing fun! Write a short story and submit it from Monday, February 9 – Friday, February 27, to participate in the third annual writing contest! See aadl.org/events/writeon for more details.

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.

"Write On!" Story Contest Awards Celebration!

Sunday April 19, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for youth (grade 3 and up) teens and adults.

If you participated in the 3rd-5th Grade Short Story Contest this year, or want to support those who did, join us for the final awards celebration!

Author Bryan Chick of the Secret Zoo series will share his thoughts on writing and we'll have light refreshments!

Entries will be accepted from February 9 - 27. For more information about the contest and for the complete guidelines please visit the contest webpage!

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!

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Sunday November 23, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

Working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month?

Come join other writers for the third NaNoWriMo write-in session! Choose to work solo or brainstorm ideas with others. Power strips and outlets are provided. All aspiring authors are welcome.

The AADL freespace is on the 3rd floor of the Downtown branch next to the computer training lab.

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Sunday November 16, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult.

Working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month?

Come join other writers for the second NaNoWriMo write-in session! Choose to work solo or brainstorm ideas with others. Power strips and outlets are provided. All aspiring authors are welcome.

The AADL freespace is on the 3rd floor of the Downtown branch next to the computer training lab.

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Sunday November 9, 2014: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

This event is intended for Grade 9 - Adult

Working on a novel for National Novel Writing Month?

Come join other writers for the first NaNoWriMo write-in session! Choose to work solo or brainstorm ideas with others. Power strips and outlets are provided. All aspiring authors are welcome.

The AADL freespace is on the 3rd floor of the Downtown branch next to the computer training lab.

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