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Kids Read Comics

Kids Read Comics is June 18-19 at the Chelsea District Library. Kids Read Comics Convention is a totally free event that unites kids, teens, parents, teachers and librarians with professional artists and writers from the comics and animation fields.

Great Paper Airplane Contest of 2011

July 21, 11:00AM-Noon. Compete in contests from distance to tricks and win some prizes. Plus, learn some wicked new designs from our experts. Bring your own plane(s), or use our paper to create some.

Blue Exorcist

Blue Exorcist is like a cross between Bleach and a horror movie. Twin brothers with a mysterious past live with their adopted father, an exorcist priest, when all Hell breaks loose, literally. A large cast of characters, complex backstory, and creative fight scenes puts this series right up there with the best action mangas out today.

K-on! Bring it on!

Love offbeat series like Lucky Star, Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!? Then check out K-on! It follows the foibles of a high school music club (they've just enough people to form a pop band — nevermind some can't play instruments). Filled with lots of quirky, short, often non-sequitur gags, this is the perfect thing for anime/music lovers looking for a laugh.

Funny and Fighting

Enjoy humor? Enjoy Action? If you've read 39 clues, Percy Jackson, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and you're looking for more books that will either make you gasp, or make you laugh, check these out:

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull; illustrated by Brandon Dorman

The day my butt went psycho by Andy Griffiths

Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell

Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo

Zombiekins by Kevin Bolger; illustrated by Aaron Blecha

"Lunch and Learn" at the P-CEP

We're traveling to the high school to give teens some tips for getting that summer job. Need pointers on applications, resumes, interviews? Thursday, May 19, during A and B lunches, just bring your lunch to the Plymouth Career Center.
[Photo courtesy of flickr user woodleywonderworks]

Get Ready for Thor

Geeked about the new Thor movie? Well, take a look at the art of the movie, or prepare yourself by reading how Asgard dropped down in the middle of Oklahoma by Michael Straczynski, or start with the epic classic by Walter Simonson. Both authors will have a cameo in the movie, so keep an eye out!

A Bit of Romance

Looking for a book that has thrills, mystery, and, most importantly, a bit of love? check out this list:

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Beautiful creatures by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl

I'd tell you I love you, but then I'd have to kill you by Ally Carter

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Pathfinder

Orson Scott Card, writer of Ender's Game, delivers another brilliant teenager in Pathfinder. Rigg has a gift; he can see people's paths through history, much like an animal leaving its tracks. On the day his father dies he is mysteriously charged to seek the sister he never knew he had, and from there the plot weaves together fantasy adventure with hardcore science fiction. This book may be a little slower than Ender's Game, and even repetitive at times due to the nature of its plot, but for all of that it's deeply philosophical, and fun. For an adventure book with one of the most original takes on time travel out there, it's worth reading.

Paranormalcy

Parnormalcy stands out from the rest of the paranormal romance books out there in that it's got something of an attitude. Yes, romance junkies, you can be sure there's plenty there to make your heart 'a flutter', but it's the tongue in cheek humor — a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer — and the very likable, kick-butt heroine, with her pink taser and sarcastic commentary, that makes this worth reading. This book isn't afraid to poke fun at itself while at the same time dishing out top notch suspense. Definitely worth checking out.

VIZ Bakuman Fan Art Contest

Attention aspiring manga artists, Viz is running a contest to find the best Bakuman fan art. Check it out. If you win, not only could you end up with some top of the line art supplies, but you could get your art in Shonen Jump magazine. Seriously! So, get cracking…

Tiffany Aching series

If you’re a firstcomer to Pratchett, then Wee Free Men is an excellent place to start; if you're an old fan, then rest assured that all of the trademark wit you've come to love is here. I found this book hillarious. I could tell you about a girl trying to become a witch, lost baby brothers, and little blue men, but it's the clever dialogue that sells this book. Oh, and the audio book is excellent too!

Help for College

Looking to score some money to help with college? Here's tons of scholarships targeted specifically for Canton and Plymouth residents! Read all about it. Or maybe you need help writing that perfect admissions essay? Then check out our books on college applications.
[Photo courtesy of flickr user smemon87]

Show why you love the library, and you could win some $$$$

The American Library Association is running a contest. Check this out. If teens create and enter a video about why they need their  library, the library in question could earn up to $3,000, and the creators of the winning video get $50 gift certificates each to an online bookseller. So, aspiring, young video makers, now's your chance to show your library love!
[photo courtesy of j.gresham]

Legal Suspense Thrillers

If you enjoy books by authors like John Hart, then check out this list:

Reversible errors by Scott Turow

The rainmaker by John Grisham

False testimony by Rose Connors