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Animanga Club July 15

Animanga Club July 15 6:30-8:45 
Join us for more D.Gray-man, followed, as always, by our 'mystery' anime. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints! Come hang out, eat pocky, and let your inner otaku run free...

New Shojo Anime!

The high energy magic and mischief of Gakuen Alice is now here in anime form! Also, check out Hayate the Combat Bulter for an over the top, slapstick, fourth-wall breaking, romantic comedy...on its way for the end of July.

Books to Movies

Some new photos from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland have just been released. Are you as geeked about this movie as I am? Check out this shot of Johhny Depp as the Mad Hatter. That's not the only book to movie on the horizon: The Princess and the Frog based off E. D. Baker's Frog Princess, and, of course, Percy Jackson and the Olympians both hit early 2010. Next year is going to be a good year....

Into Board Games? This Sat. Jun 27

Teen / Adult Open Board Gaming This Saturday, June 27, 1:00-4:00pm
We’ve got the hottest games like Carcassonne, Settlers, Ticket to Ride…plus a ton more you probably haven’t heard of but should. Teens and adults can stop in for some intense gaming action with a few new folks. No registration required.

Animanga Club June 24

Animanga Club June 24 6:30-8:45 
This month we watch more D.Gray-man, followed, as always, by our 'mystery' anime. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints! Come hang out, eat pocky, and let your inner otaku run free...

PX!

Just your ordinary story about a girl and her nuclear powered robot panda. PX! has enough attitude, witty one-liners, and, well, samurais on roller skates to keep you entertained for hours... Take a peek at the webcomic, or check out the collected books.

Final Crisis Is Here!

Final Crisis is here! You've heard the rumors: Batman dies?! Heroes are reborn?! Complex? Yes.  Confusing even? At times, yeah. But, you have to give Grant Morrison credit, this series is epic! The DC universe will never be the same.  See Morrison's interviews on the topic here.

Sword of the Stranger

You want beautiful animation? Check. You want something you can watch in 2 hours, not 8 seasons of TV? Check. You want awesome sword fighting action that makes your draw drop? Double check. Check out Sword of the Stranger for some good old martial arts fun.

Flygirl

It's a little known fact that during World War II the government recruited women to fly 'non-combat' missions. 'Tis true. In Flygirl, Ida Mae, an African American so light skinned she can pass for 'white', manages to enlist and does dangerous flying missions in a world set against her being black and being a woman.

Shugo Chara!

O.k., confession time: Yes, I'm totally addicted to Shugo Chara! Yeah, I'm a guy; what of it? The tiny Charas are just so....cute. Seriously, have you seen them? We just got Volume 6 of the manga in. Check it out. And, if you didn't know, you can watch the anime free (and legally-woohoo!) online at www.crunchyroll.com.

Gunnerkrigg court

Publishers Weekly calls Gunnnerkrigg Court the British boarding school version of Lost. The award winning webcomic is now in printed form! Check it out for a little mystery; it's a mix of magical school adventures akin to Harry Potter mixed with something like the gloomy, gothic, quirkiness of the Adams Family. We've got the book, or visit the webcomic's home online.

Need

O.k., so yes, it does borrow some elements from Twilight, but that being said, Carrie Jones' Need is still a sizzling, page turner. If you're looking for a quick, guilty pleasure to fill the gap after Twilight, give this a try. Well developed characters; clever chapter titles (each one is a different phobia); dangerous pixie king looking for a queen; mysterious, handsome werewolf. You get the idea. Need I go on; you're already hooked, I can tell.

Animanga Club May 6

Animanga Club May 6 6:30-8:45
Come join us as we present D.Gray-man! There will be pocky, trivia, a raffle, and, of course...a mystery anime showing! Let the anime craziness begin!

 

Teen Volunteers Wanted

We are now accepting applications for teen volunteers! The deadline for applications is May 18. This is a great experience-building opportunity, and a peek into the inner workings of a public library!  For more info visit here.

Annotated Pearls

Pearls Before Swine Treasuries: Hilarious, irreverent, funny. The best thing about these treasuries, though, is the author's annotations. See what inspired each strip, wacky stories of reader feedback, and what Stephan Pastis thinks of his own work looking back. Includes 'never before printed' strips, sort of like deleted scenes, with the reasons why. It's a great insight into a comic artist's mind.