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Safe Driving for Teens

Is your teen going through driver education? Relax. Checkpoints is a new site dedicated to giving parents all the info they need to help keep their teen safe behind the wheel. Included are facts, videos, and a parent-teen driving agreement.

2011 Manga Drawing Contest Winners

We had over 60 people enter our 2011 contest with some amazing, beautiful art! This year's theme was "World Cultures", and kudos to everyone who incorporated it into their drawings! So many people deserved recognition, but we had to limit ourselves to 3 winners for each age group and a few honorable mentions. Take a look at all of 2011 manga entries to see the honorable mentions and all the other fantastic artwork! Here are the winners:

5-6 Grade

1st Place — Daydreaming by sydney Jiang, grade 6

Adult Animanga Club

Adults have asked for it, so here it is — your very own anime club! Saturday August 20th, 2:00-4:00PM. Watch the hottest new shows/films and enjoy japanophilia together.

Harry Potter Read Alikes

If you liked Harry Potter, then give these a try:

Stolen by Sarah Prineas; illustrations by Antonio Javier Caparo

The hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff

The lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones

New Shonen Series

Looking for some good action/comedy manga, then check these out:

Blue exorcist. 1 by Kazue Kato

Toriko. Vol. 1. Gourmet hunter Toriko!! by Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro

Tegami bachi: Letter Bee. Vol. 1. Letter and Letter Bee by Hiroyuki Asada

Animal Fantasy Fiction

If you liked books like the Warriors series, then try these:

The capture by Kathryn Lasky

Varjak Paw by S.F. Said; illustrated by Dave McKean

Redwall by Brian Jacques; illustrated by Gary Chalk

Free, Legal, Online Manga

To compete with illegal sites, Japanese manga publishers have gathered together to create jmanga.com, a site for English readers to get manga online legally. Some content will be for purchase, and some will be free (it has both). It's going to go live Aug. 17, but there's a beta site up now. Check it out.

Backyard Games for the Whole Family

Join us Thursday, July 28, 1:00-3:00PM for Backyard Games! We'll have badminton, bocce ball, croquet, lawn bowling, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, hula hoops, and a bunch more. Bring back the joy of summer with this all ages event!

[Photo by Rachel Monroe on flickr]

Manga Drawing Contest, World Cultures Edition

This year’s Manga Drawing Contest theme is "world cultures". For a chance to win great prizes, visit the entry form and instructions. Last day to enter is July 31.

Fantasy Adventure With a Hint of Romance

Have you enjoyed such books as Beautiful Creatures, Gone, and Graceling? If you like creative storylines, adventure, and just a dash of romance, then here's a list for you:

City of bones by Cassandra Clare

Need by Carrie Jones

A great and terrible beauty by Libba Bray

Poison study by Maria V. Snyder

Superfan Celebration


Want to see yourself in Shonen Jump magazine? Viz is giving fans a chance to send in cosplay photos, art, stories, even haiku (really, all kinds of stuff) to appear in their December issue. Check out the details of their superfan celebration.

What's the Word?

Here are some folks who earned their Entertainment Badge by playing Giant Scrabble! Whether stopping by to play one word or many, these folks dazzled us with their mastery of vocabulary. We'll be doing this program again on August 11, 11:00AM-1:00PM, so keep an eye out.

For Those Who Like Maximum Ride...

For those who like the high-octane action of Maximum Ride, here's some other books to try:

Gone by Michael Grant

Double helix by Nancy Werlin

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

For those who like Percy Jackson…

Here's a list of books for those who like Percy Jackson and are looking for another good series to read:

The ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

The merchant of death by D.J. MacHale

Magyk by Angie Sage; illustrations by Mark Zug