Badge Drop #8: Dropping Like a Ton of Bricks

IT'S HERE, EVERYBODY! This is the week the whole summer (and Summer Game) has been BUILDING to! The pieces are finally SET! NEXT THURSDAY: THE 10th ANNUAL LEGO CONTEST!!! So to celebrate, we've got a ton of LEGO-y goodness for you in this week's badge drop:

-the opening of the Staff LEGO Exhibit in the Downtown Library, featuring a special set of codes and a badge to go with it!
-all-new LEGO exhibits at Vault of Midnight and Literati!
-the reveal of the Bannerama badge, held over until this moment because THE BANNERS ARE FINALLY UP ON THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY!

Let's go to the badges!

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In addition to all of that amazing LEGO-ness, we've got a bunch of your favorites: Berenstain Bears, Bob's Burgers, TV detectives, Norse mythology, Nancy Drew, explorers--WHEW! I'm out of breath just listing it, wait to you get to them all! What else do we have in store? Check it out:

-the final two POWER ART badges of the year! Now's your chance to walk a few BLOCKS Downtown to collect them all at once!
-the release of the Comment Master series, which earns you points just for speaking your mind on any post or page on!
-AND an AWESOME chance to see democracy in action, help collect data about election results, and make some mondo points with the Pollcat badge!

Don't get so wrapped up in all of that democracy that you forget to make a great LEGO project to submit to the LEGO Contest! Drop off for projects is 9-3 at Kensington Court with public viewing open at 6 and awards handed out at 8pm! Check out the event listing for more details and START BUILDING!!! Comes show us what a STUD (or STUDette) you are!

Remember: nothing, not heat, nor CONSTRUCTION, not ANYTHING can stop the Summer Game! THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Badge Drop #7: Summer Game is really HEATING UP!

It's JULY guys, and in true Summer form it's getting hotter and hotter out. Like, where's-my-sunscreen, where're-my-pool-floaties, HOLY-COW-THAT-SIDEWALK-IS-HOT sort of heat. But Summer time's got nothing on the SUMMER GAME because, we assure you, things are JUST heating up! The amount of SCORING, SEARCHING, and CODE-COLLECTING you've all been doing has really lit a fire under us!

We thought you might need PROOF, so here it is!

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This week we've got LEGENDS, LORE, and LIARS--and with their on-fire-pants situation, well, it doesn't get much HOTTER than that! We also have a FANTASTIC Player's Pick badge made by Kathy D, so ENORMOUS thanks to her! Not to mention, we're dropping our REVIEW MASTER BADGES, for those of you BLAZING through the catalog and OPINIONING LIKE YOU'VE NEVER OPINIONED BEFORE.

We've also got a badge about 2 and a half MILLION gallons of HOT MOLASSES running rampant through city streets, so when that Ann Arbor humidity starts driving you NUTS, just think--it could always be worse!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL! We've got 2 BRAND NEW ITEMS in the Summer Game Shop... with more fabulous items yet to come! Check them out:

So, as you're wandering around HOT on the trail of Summer Game codes, BURNING the midnight oil looking through the catalog, or just sitting very still in front of a fan to keep from COMBUSTING, keep in mind that the Summer Game is braving the heat with you!


Badge Drop #6: It's Art AND it's Fair!

Hey, did you guys notice that there's some kind of thing going on downtown this week? Hello? Oh, did you all leave town? Well, whether you're running to pick up some art or practicing the art of running away, rest assured that your friendly neighborhood AADL has been busy with the FINE ART OF BADGEMAKING! And this badge drop is FILLED TO BURSTING with all kinds of handcrafted (okay, some computercrafted) goodness including 3 more amazing LEGO creations to check out around town, mashed up words, dam disasters, and wiki-goodness, PLUS two fresh new PowerArt! badges where you can get points for checking out the art that ISN'T going to pack up and leave come Sunday!

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OH WAIT! You guys probably want to hear how AMAZING you are doing this Summer Game! I'd better give you your stats fix! (Or is it MY stats fix? Do you guys even care about how AMAZING you are? Or are you too busy BEING AMAZING? How many more times do you think I can use the word AMAZING?) The 4609 PLAYERS playing have gotten 31,292 BADGES and earned 33,788,242 POINTS!!! Not impressed? What about if I tell you that that's more points than were earned in the ENTIRE SUMMER GAME 2014! And we're only halfway through! Would you call that...AMAZING?!!!

Debuting this week is the super snazzy Above Board badge, your chance to get a badge and MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD at an upcoming Ann Arbor District Library Board meeting! You can earn this one by attending and making a public comment at either the July 20th or the August 17th meetings, so mark those dates on your calendars!

If you weren't already going to come downtown this weekend, maybe you should think about it now that there are loads of LEGO and plenty of PowerArt! If you can't bring yourself to do that (or if you are currently holed up in your house, trying in vain to forget about $20 parking places and bowls made out of things that were not intended to be bowls), you can always check those things out later and just spend your time perusing the SUMMER GAME SHOP, purveyor of extremely tasteful items covered in the AADL logo!

Don't forget that even when tents have taken over your town, SUMMER GAME IS ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU! THANKS FOR PLAYING!

BADGE DROP #5 Rings In A Brand New Badge MILLENNIUM!!!

We'll admit it, you guys. Badge drop days can get a little bonkers around here, and last week we were so UNBEARABLY excited to roll out those brand new badges for ya that we BLEW RIGHT PAST OUR 1,000TH BADGE WITHOUT EVEN BLINKING!

I know that's a lot of caps lock guys, but 1,000 BADGES??? That's absolutely PREPOSTEROUS! If you were to try to count that high on your fingers and toes, you'd need....ten....twenty....squared...carry the one....A LOT of fingers and toes! That's a HALF TON of badges we've dropped on you over the years, if you can believe it!

And in light of this brand new badge millennium, we've stopped to do some real soul-searching. What does it all mean? What do we do now that we've reached 1,000? What could POSSIBLY beat the absolute AWESOMENESS of making 1,000 badges??


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If you didn't know, that up there is what our VICTORY DANCE looks like over in Badge Drop headquarters!

If you're trying to count on your fingers and toes, don't bother--that's 22 BADGES forging bravely ahead into this new badge era--including the HIGHLY ANTICIPATED BRANCH MASTER BADGES! If you haven't made it out to the branches yet, this is CLEARLY a sign from the COSMOS that you should GET RIGHT ON IT! And in the spirit of reaching for the STARS and all that jazz, we're also dropping the first of the CONTRIBUTOR'S TROPHY BADGES for those of you who have been rating like CRAZY!

Don't forget that the SUMMER GAME SHOP has officially opened, and now ALL THOSE POINTS can easily be traded in for ALL THOSE PRIZES!!

1,000 badges would mean NOTHING without all of your EPIC ENTHUSIASM, Summer Gamers, so thanks for sticking with us to 1,000 and beyond and THANKS FOR PLAYING!

The 2015 Summer Game Shop is NOW OPEN!

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OH MY WOW! All your patience has paid off... the 2015 SUMMER GAME SHOP is NOW OPEN! We've got a bunch of new items, returning favorites, and PLENTY MORE SURPRISES YET TO COME! But for now, PUT THOSE POINTS TO USE and get some USEFUL STUFF from YOUR LIBRARY! Visit the Shop NOW and see what's new!

Just in case this is your first time, you can only spend SUMMER GAME POINTS in the SUMMER GAME SHOP, although you can use points from ANY SUMMER GAME YEAR! When you place your order, be sure to let us know at which branch you'd like to pick up your order. Then, wait for a notification that your order is ready! Orders generally take at least a week to be filled, and may be longer for certain items. Once you get your notification, just go to the branch and tell them the name on the order to pick it up! Enjoy, and as always, THANKS FOR PLAYING!

It's a July 4th-tastic Badge Drop #4!

It's a great time to be citizens, patriots, and Summer Gamers! Independence Day weekend! FIREWORKS! PARADES! And what could be more American than BADGES!!

First, let's do the numbers:
Over 4000 PLAYERS playing already!
Over 16,550 BADGES earned!!
Over 26,915,459 POINTS awarded!!!

HOT DOG, THAT'S A LOT OF POINTS! So what can we do to help? More codes, more points, more badges? How about THIS: 21 shiny new badges this week, resplendent with America-riffic goodness! We've got badges about parade marchers, American heroes, early settlers, the finest American art form, and--to top it all off--4 civics-tacular CivCity badges that get you out seeing how YOUR government works! Plus: America's pastime, LEGO! (Note: LEGO is not currently America's pastime BUT IT DARN WELL SHOULD BE!) Badges, ho!

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Speaking of things that couldn't possibly be more American...THE SUMMER GAME SHOP OPENS THIS TUESDAY! What will YOU spend your points on? Something AMAZING! We've got another great set of prizes this year that will thrill and surprise you, so make sure to take a look on Tuesday at all the amazing stuff you can get!

And if you can find some time this weekend between EATING HOT DOGS and WATCHING PARADES and OOHING OVER FIREWORKS, make sure to get out there and play some Summer Game!

Only in America! What a country! THANKS FOR PLAYING!



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This past weekend, on Sunday June 28, at a special ceremony in San Francisco, AADL received the American Library Association's PR Xchange Award from the Association's Public Relations and Marketing Section.

AADL received this national award for the "What Is The Summer Game?" video, winning in the category highlighting Reading Programs. The video was produced by 7 Cylinders Studio for AADL.

View the video now for several secret summer game codes!!

AADL's breakthrough SUMMER GAME is the best way to have fun, explore your town, and keep busy ALL SUMMER LONG! Solve puzzles, earn points, and get useful stuff from the SUMMER GAME SHOP!

SUMMER GAME 2015 runs through Monday, August 31! The Summer Game Shop opens Tuesday, July 7.

Stay tuned to PLAY.AADL.ORG for full details, and don't miss the hottest game in town!

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ARBOR-atic, MUPPET-tastic, SHIP-notic--Hold On To Your Hats, Gamers, It's BADGE DROP #3!!!

Hold tight to your hats, Summer Gamers, because we here in Badge Drop Headquarters are about BLOW YOUR MINDS.

Do you have ANY IDEA what's in store for you guys? Can you even begin to comprehend the sort of AWESOMENESS that we're about to lay on you? We've watched you guys blow this game out of the WATER this year, racking up the points like they're currency (WHICH THEY WILL BE), and we've decided that such unbelievably diligent badge-hunting deserves a reward. Not just BRAND NEW BADGES, which we've spent all week polishing up nice and shiny, just for you, but with TWO COMPLETELY BRAND-SPANKING NEW BADGE SERIES!

I know, you're probably all shouting, "FOR US? Why, you shouldn't have!" But we did, so get into it!

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This week's delicious, home-cooked badge menu brings you your daily recommended doses of BEARS, SQUARES, and BOATS, along with double-helpings of ARBOR AWESOMENESS. And, of course, two NEW badge series with all the fresh 90's and LEGO nutrition you need to knock the SOCKS off the Summer Game this week.

If you're just getting started or have no clue what this post is about ("What is a badge? What is the Summer Game? What maniac is making all of these food metaphors???") just pop on over to our getting started page to (you guessed it) GET STARTED!

And before you dive in, here are few more Summer Game Nutrition Facts:
Swing by the library's tent at TOP OF THE PARK on Sunday to watch the Alphabet Rockers in action, get scads of points, and play DIAG GNOSIS! This is the VERY LAST WEEK to play the game so don't miss it!
And don't forget to STOCK UP those points because the opening of the SUMMER GAME SHOP is barely 11 DAYS AWAY!

Now that I've gotten you guys (and myself) all hungry, feel free to DIG IN to those brand new badges!

We'll see you same time(ish) next week with more and...THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Goats, Lizards, Comics, Bears -- It Could Only Be BADGE DROP #2!

So I'm not sure if you guys noticed, but the Summer Game is going on.

JUST KIDDING! OF COURSE you noticed, we can tell because of how many of you are scoring SO MANY POINTS and earning SO MANY BADGES! 2781 players playing! 6573 badges earned!! 10,051,623 points--I had to double-check that because it seems UNBELIEVABLE, but it's TRUE! So, as a special reward for being AWESOMELY AWESOME, the Summer Game team has decided to DROP SOME BADGES ON YOU! Also, it's Friday, and we don't know any other way to be.

We've also got a change to how you get points for downloading from our catalog. When you download a book, song, album, video, pattern, WHATEVER from our catalog, you'll get 100 points for the first 10, 90 points for the next 10 and so on. So your points for downloading top out at 5500 for the season. Hopefully this will give everyone a chance to ENJOY those downloads before moving on to the next one!

This week's Badge Drop has a CRAZY VARIETY of stuff for you, including little lizards, Josie's goats, and the very first Arbor Explorer badge of the year, courtesy of Summer Game player sara!

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WAIT, BEFORE YOU START THOSE BADGES! We've got so much other stuff to tell you about that will make your next week incredibly COMICS-FILLED, WIKI-TASTIC, TOP OF THE PARK-RIFFIC (okay, that one didn't really work)!

Stop by the library tent at TOP OF THE PARK to begin a special game called DIAG GNOSIS!
Come to our upcoming BLOGWARTS events and help your community (and get a boatload of points doing it)!
And come to KIDS READ COMICS this weekend at the Downtown Library for classes, signings, conversations with artists, quick draws, EVERYTHING and ANYTHING COMICS.... plus untold scads of SUMMER GAME POINT! 88 codes! 8 Badges! Points everywhere you look! We'll see you there.... and THANKS FOR PLAYING!


gogoSUMMER GAME 2015 has been ACTIVATED (can you hear its engine revving?), and is READY TO GO!

This year brings you:
- Simplified BRANCH MASTER BADGES. ALL codes required for these big time badges are already placed branches — so you'll have the ENTIRE SUMMER to get all the codes. Nice, right? You could even start TODAY! Though, remember, Downtown doesn’t re-open ’til tomorrow at 9am!

- 2000 POINTS for COMPLETING THE PAPER GAME (Summer Game Classic)! 1000 for the completion code, another 1000 for the badge you’ll earn!

- Plenty of GREAT NEW BADGES starting with BADGE DROP #1 coming around 5 PM today! Eeeeee!

- TOTALLY RAD PRIZES — including BIG LEGO banks, to-go tea tumblers, SUPER SPECIAL “sketch” bags (custom-designed by four cartoonists!), and of course, the RETURN of a few faves: the popular picnic blanket, quality coffee and chocolate! Plus, more, more, more…STAY TUNED!

Just WHEN will you be able to get your hands (or at least your eyes) on some of our super-stellar prizes? The SUMMER GAME SHOP will open July 7.

We’ve got a WHOLE MONTH+ between THIS VERY MOMENT and then, so you’ve got plenty of time to TAG, RATE, and REVIEW items in the AADL Catalog for points! Haven’t played before, but ready now? SIGN UP ONLINE!

Dig all this excitement, but have NO IDEA what we’re talking about? NO PROBLEM — glad you’re here! Here’s a quick video to clue you in!

Questions? Excited comments? Good/bad puns to share? Post here (for points!) or drop us a Contact Us anytime.


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