Summer Game 2017!!!!!!! (And West Side Story, I guess)

Could it be? Yes it could. Something's coming, something good, if you can wait! Something's coming, I don't know what it is--hold on, yes I do: IT'S THE SUMMER GAME! You know, your favorite summertime activity, the one that gives you PUZZLES to solve, CODES to find, BADGES to earn, POINTS to get, and AMAZING AADL STUFF in the Summer Game Shop! We know you want more because when you're a summer gamer, you're a summer gamer all the way! Well, it's back! The game you wait all year for and have started nervously watching the sun go down every day wondering how you can make it through the summer days and oh those summer nights--sorry, wrong musical--without it?! Are you telling me you're not as excited as I am? BECAUSE I FEEL PRETTY EXCITED!

Okay, where was I? Oh yeah: I don't know what it is, but it is gonna be great! LIKE SERIOUSLY GREAT. Did you LOVE the Summer Game last year? Then you're going to LOVE it this year too. How do I know? Because we are making it to be just as awesome (maybe AWESOMER, but don't hold us to that) as ever! All the great exploration of your own hometown! All the crazy Ann Arbor Stories you've never heard before! All the ridiculous information you didn't think you'd ever need to know but suddenly find yourself digging into Wikipedia to find! And this year we have fantastic illustrations by local artist Jeremy Wheeler to make sure the game is as MONSTROUSLY AMAZING as it can be!

Something's coming, don't know when--except that we DO know when: June 16! Sorry it can't be tonight, tonight, but it's only 10 days away! But how will you know the exact second it all begins? Summer gamers, fear not, there's a place for us! Just open play.aadl.org in your browser as soon as June 16 hits and then feverishly refresh every half second or so until that GO! post goes live and then little boy, you're a man, little man, you're a king!

Until then, just be cool boy!

Discuss "The Girl on the Train" Before Author Paula Hawkins Visits Ann Arbor!

Monday May 8, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

Paula Hawkins, author of the wildly popular thriller The Girl on the Train, will visit Ann Arbor on May 17. Hosted by Nicola's Books, she'll be doing a reading and Q&A session for her new book Into The Water at Nicola's.

Join us for a discussion of this bestseller at AADL before meeting her in person!

"The Girl On The Train" tells the story of a woman who is privy to the inner lives of a couple, as she passes their house on the train every morning. She becomes obsessed with the beautiful woman and her husband, and involves herself in the case when the woman turns up missing.

AADL staff will lead a discussion of this psychological mystery. This event is cosponsored by Nicola's Books.

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America"

Sunday February 12, 2017: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 9–adult

AADL staff lead a discussion of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, the book selected for Washtenaw Reads 2017.

After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before: households surviving on virtually no income, a level of destitution so deep as to be unthought-of in the world’s most advanced capitalist economy. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

The result of their investigative teamwork is this book, which received much critical acclaim. "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America" won the prestigious Hillman Prize for Book Journalism by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, was short-listed for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation and was named a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Copies of the book are available at area libraries and bookstores. For more information on Washtenaw Reads, visit the Reads website at wread.org.

Washtenaw Reads Book Discussion: "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America"

Wednesday January 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grade 9 - adult

AADL staff lead a discussion of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin & H. Luke Shaefer, the book selected for Washtenaw Reads 2017.

After two decades of groundbreaking research on American poverty, Kathryn Edin noticed something she hadn’t seen before: households surviving on virtually no income, a level of destitution so deep as to be unthought-of in the world’s most advanced capitalist economy. Edin teamed with Luke Shaefer, an expert on surveys of the incomes of the poor, to discover that the number of American families living on $2.00 per person, per day, has skyrocketed to one and a half million American households, including about three million children.

The result of their investigative teamwork is this book, which received much critical acclaim. "$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America" won the prestigious Hillman Prize for Book Journalism by the Sidney Hillman Foundation, was short-listed for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation and was named a New York Times Notable Book and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice.

Copies of the book are available at area libraries and bookstores. For more information on Washtenaw Reads, visit the Reads website at wread.org.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday September 25, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Bring your work to a meet-up to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday August 21, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Consider submitting it to the library's imprint: Fifth Avenue Press fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday July 24, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, come with a work in progress, or come with an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Bring your work to a meet-up to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint: Fifth Avenue Press fifthavenue.press.

Summer Game 2016: Crunch Time!


Greetings, Summer Gamers! We here at Summer Game Central Headquarters have woken up from our post-SG nap to bring you the thing you've been waiting for but never knew you needed: stats! We've crunched all of the numbers and discovered something not entirely unexpected: SUMMER GAME 2016 WAS THE BIGGEST YEAR EVER! More players, more badges, more codes, more points, more of almost everything! Let's take a closer look at:

Players
6,183 players scored points in Summer Game 2016! That's a 13.6% increase over last year, which had been bigger than any year before!

Badges
Players earned 90,310 Summer Game 2016 badges this summer, up 18.8% from last year! There were a total of 197 badges created that were possible to earn (which makes us sad, because we were SO CLOSE to a nice round number). That means that each badge was earned an average of 458 TIMES!! And, just in case you were wondering, the top three badges were the Super Traverwood Master badge (1,637 earns), the Super Malletts Master badge (1,743 earns), and the Super Summer Reader badge--which an astounding 2,867 players earned!!!

Codes
Players redeemed codes a total of 456,555 times in 2016! That's UPUPUP a WHOPPING 29.2% over last year! We created 993 codes this year that could have been redeemed (again, SO CLOSE to that round number!), which means that each code was typed in an average of 460 times! Having fully analyzed the data, we here in the Summer Game bunker have determined that YOU GUYS REALLY LIKE HUNTING FOR CODES!! We'll be sure to remember this next year.

Reviews
9,312 reviews were added to the AADL catalog this summer! That's an average of 1.5 reviews for each player, which doesn't seem like much right? But look what you all can do when you band together: NEARLY 10,000 REVIEWS IN 3 MONTHS!! That's a lot of opinions!

Ratings
81,820 items were rated by Summer Gamers this year, meaning each of you rated an average of 13.2 items! We're seeing STARS!!

Tags
157,299 tags were placed this summer on items in the AADL catalog! That comes out to an average of 25.4 tags from each of you! And for those of you who would ever doubt the intentions of your fellow players, on average 3.5 tags were placed per item--real, useful tags, not just point grinding!! All of this love for the AADL catalog warms our hearts!

Read/Watched/Listened
Players reported an average of 3,704 pages or minutes reading, watching, or listening to things this summer! Which is pretty good! But here's the amazing part: all of those 3,704s add up to a tremendous 22,902,128 PAGES/MINUTES THIS SUMMER!! If you guys don't watch out, Ann Arbor's going to end up one of the readingiest cities in the country--whoops, too late. And that nearly 23 MILLION doesn't even count all of the pages and minutes we forgot to report (especially here at SGHQ, boy did we forget)!

Points
A record 135,370,776 POINTS WERE EARNED THIS YEAR!! That comes out to an average of 21,894 points per player, plenty enough to get yourself TWO AADL T-SHIRTS! TWO!! Speaking of spending points in the shop, you spent 101,541,500 points this year. That's more than any other year BY A LOT, in fact 31% more than last year!! Guess you found some things you liked in there this year, huh? We'll keep that one in mind for next year, too!!

As we said, we've done the math and all of those tagsreviewsratingsrwlcodesbadges add up to ONE SERIOUSLY GREAT SUMMER GAME! We here at the Summer Game Command Center had a blast making the game this year and hope that YOU feel like it was the best year ever, whatever the numbers say! So now's your chance to pipe up and tell everyone what you thought was GREAT about this Summer Game: FAVORITE BADGES, GREATEST PRIZES, AWESOMEST PLACES TO GATHER CODES, it's all fair game in the comments!

And while you do that, the Summer Game settles in for its winter slumber. The tags and reviews are well nestled into their catalog items. The codes have all been typed in and tucked in. Badges have been dutifully hung on player pages with care. Even the SG Shop has been boarded up for the season. And we, your faithful gamemakers, will descend into our recharging pods deep in the bowels of the Summer Game Nerve Center, only to emerge next June to do it anew--except that we've got a library to run! Don't forget that just because the Summer Game stops, your library doesn't stop being awesome! Keep checking out all of the cool stuff, from books to movies to synthesizers to vinyl! Keep heading to great library programs! And keep visiting all of our locations around town, including the just-opened Westgate Branch!! AADL is here for you all year round, even if the Summer Game can't be!!!

That's probably enough of our nonsense for now, except to make sure we tell you THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT SUMMER GAME! THANKS FOR LOVING THIS AS MUCH AS WE DO!! AND THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday June 19, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

This is a monthly meetup that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Bring your work to a meet-up to be in consideration for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press: fifthavenue.press.

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday May 15, 2017: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Westgate Branch: West Side Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, come with a work in progress, or come with an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors.

Please note that the author and leader of the monthly workshop, Shutta Crum, will be at this month's meet-up to offer more hands-on help with writing for children.

This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

Do you have a completed manuscript? Bring your work to a meet-up to be in consideration for the Library’s new imprint Fifth Avenue Press fifthavenue.press.

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