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: 20 shiny new badges this week, resplendent with America-riffic goodness! We've got badges about parade marchers, American heroes, early settlers, and--to top it all off--4 civ-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!

2015 Badge Drop #4



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!

 

AADL VIDEO "WHAT IS THE SUMMER GAME?" WINS NATIONAL AWARD

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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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Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


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!

2015 Badge Drop #3



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!

2015 Badge Drop #2



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!

READY, SET…GO! 2015 SUMMER GAME IS ON!

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.

Team AADL is here to make sure EVERYTHING (SUMMER GAME) IS AWESOME!

as always....
THANKS FOR PLAYING!

DROP EVERYTHING! It's the VERY FIRST BADGE DROP of 2015!!!

OH. MY. GLOB. SUMMER GAME just got rolling mere HOURS ago and already it’s off to a MIND-BLOWING start!

Over 500 of you summer game SUPER-GENIUSES have scored points and there’s some absolutely INTENSE code-hunting going on at the branches! You guys are absolutely ASTONIGHING! Seriously STUPEFYING! Summer Game WIZARDS, that’s what you are! For the past 9 hours you guys have been TAGGING, REVIEWING, LISTING, and especially COMMENTING up a storm to let us know JUST how excited you are that SUMMER GAME 2015 is finally, finally (FINALLY) here!

And we TOTALLY hear you guys! We’re excited too! We know you can’t POSSIBLY HANDLE any more suspense, so without further ado: THE FIRST BADGE DROP OF 2015!!!

2015 Badge Drop #1



That’s right, guys. Take it ALL in. The NERDY, MYSTERIOUS, BEAR-COVERED BRILLIANCE! We pretty much CANNOT wait to see just how many of you CONQUER these badges!

And don’t forget for anyone just getting started, earning those GETTING STARTED badges is a CINCH! So WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GET TO IT!

And of course, as ALWAYS, and until FOREVER:

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Lowdown of the Day: June 10

Time for today's Lowdown! Lowdown on what, you say? The Lowdown that will lead you toward the Download of the Day for one week from now. The what? The item handpicked by AADL for exhibiting superior greatness and that should be on your device so you can read it, listen to it, watch it, whatever it. It also gets you amazing DotD points just for downloading it! Why do you want to get it a week early? To get even more of those shiny, shiny points! Bonus points are awarded if you find and download the item before the week is up AND the first person to download the item gets the most points so you've got to be quick!

Got an idea but not sure how to look for it? If you are looking for a catalog download, try doing a search in the catalog and selecting "Downloads" as your material! For podcasts, visit the AADL Podcasts page and for videos the AADL Videos page! No ideas at all? Try going to our Downloads page!

Today's Lowdown is found in the Catalog:

Check out the Book of Ecclesiastes 7:4 for the title of this Gilded Age classic. Find more daily LOTD's here!

Lowdown of the Day: June 9

Time for today's Lowdown! Lowdown on what, you say? The Lowdown that will lead you toward the Download of the Day for one week from now. The what? The item handpicked by AADL for exhibiting superior greatness and that should be on your device so you can read it, listen to it, watch it, whatever it. It also gets you amazing DotD points just for downloading it! Why do you want to get it a week early? To get even more of those shiny, shiny points! Bonus points are awarded if you find and download the item before the week is up AND the first person to download the item gets the most points so you've got to be quick!

Got an idea but not sure how to look for it? If you are looking for a catalog download, try doing a search in the catalog and selecting "Downloads" as your material! For podcasts, visit the AADL Podcasts page and for videos the AADL Videos page! No ideas at all? Try going to our Downloads page!

Today's Lowdown is a Video:

Love ice cream? Love bicycles? Then check out this video of a talk given by the founder of an Ypsi ice cream company that features fresh, local ingredients and a unique delivery service! Ready, set, GO!

Lowdown of the Day: June 8

Time for today's Lowdown! Lowdown on what, you say? The Lowdown that will lead you toward the Download of the Day for one week from now. The what? The item handpicked by AADL for exhibiting superior greatness and that should be on your device so you can read it, listen to it, watch it, whatever it. It also gets you amazing DotD points just for downloading it! Why do you want to get it a week early? To get even more of those shiny, shiny points! Bonus points are awarded if you find and download the item before the week is up AND the first person to download the item gets the most points so you've got to be quick!

Got an idea but not sure how to look for it? If you are looking for a catalog download, try doing a search in the catalog and selecting "Downloads" as your material! For podcasts, visit the AADL Podcasts page and for videos the AADL Videos page! No ideas at all? Try going to our Downloads page!

Today's Lowdown is found in the Catalog:

The telle-tale sign is that this album has some of Beethoven's works considered "trifles" for violin and cello.

Teens! Come volunteer at the AADL this summer!

Hey teens! Come volunteer at the AADL this summer! It’s a great way to meet people, see some cool behind-the-scenes stuff at the library, and earn volunteer hours! If you're between the ages of 14 and 18, all you need to do is fill out the form at www.aadl.org/teenvolunteer, have a parent or guardian sign the permission slip that you’ll link to via that page, and then come to any of the five orientations taking place throughout the summer. At these orientations, you’ll learn about what volunteering entails and have the chance to sign up for the opportunities you want to help with, including program prep work, stocking summer game orders, and assisting with a variety of programs themselves. If you’d like more information or have questions, email teenvolunteer@aadl.org. Hope to see you this summer!

Psst! It's also a great way to get lots and lots of summer game codes, since every program you help with will have its own code!

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