Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Monday January 23, 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? Check out our imprint, Fifth Avenue Press and stay tuned for a online submission form!


IT'S TIME, SUMMER GAMERS. We all knew it would come. The final badge drop of 2016. Guess it's all over...EXCEPT THAT IT'S NOT! Have YOU earned every badge? Every MASTER BADGE, too? Or is the badgelist a sea of grayed-out badge images, taunting you with their UNDONENESS? MOCKING YOU? Are you going to let them judge you that way? THEY CAN'T TREAT YOU LIKE THIS! THEY'RE ONLY PNGs, FOR GOD'S SAKE!!

It's time to regain your dignity! Your pride! Your point balance! That's right, you don't just get those beautifully opaque images filling up your computer screen. Once you've completed all of the badges in each series, you'll be awarded that series's('s) MASTER BADGE, worth 500 TO 1000 POINTS! That's on top of the points you got for the BADGES in the SERIES! And the points you got for the CODES in those BADGES! THAT'S A LOTTA POINTS, MAN!

Jeez, that's so many points, what would you even DO with them all? If only there were some kind of a SUMMER GAME SHOP where you could spend them all. And if only that shop had some NEW, INCREDIBLE PRIZES, the kind you might save for the VERY END OF SUMMER. Prizes like a BRAND-NEW, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN AADL T-SHIRT, available in THREE, count 'em THREE DIFFERENT COLORS!! Or a bag of YUMMY, SCRUMMY AADL-BRANDED CHOCOLATES, which you can get in MILK or DARK CHOCOLATE!! Or a TWISTY, TURNY, MIND-BENDY TANGLE TOY, guaranteed not to ever straighten out!! IF ONLY.

Now that your appetite is appropriately whetted for badges and points and prizes, feast your eyes on these 20 AMAZING MASTER BADGES:

2016 Badge Drop #11

(Remember, if you haven't received a Master Badge for a series you've already completed the other badges in DON'T FREAK OUT! Go do something to score some points and that MASTER BADGE will find its way to YOU!)

But then, after you've found all of those codes and earned all of those Master Badges and spent your points and gotten your prizes, there just won't be anything left..EXCEPT THAT THERE IS! Now isn't too soon to get out your finest AADL gear, brush off your friend code notebook, and make sure you have a ride to the SUMMER GAME 2016 GAME OVER GALA!!! We're taking this summer out in style with a one-night only BUILDING-WIDE SCAVENGER HUNT, a FREE PHOTOBOOTH, BADGE COLORING PAGES, and PROBABLY SOME PUNCH! Come meet other Summer Gamers and Gamemakers! Send off Summer Game 2016 the way it DESERVES!


Badge Drop #10 is the PENULTIMATE POST!!!

Can you BELIEVE it’s ALREADY (nearly) HERE? Is your mind BOGGLED that it’s FINALLY (almost) OVER? Are you AMAZED to hear that after a LONG and GLORIOUS summer, it’s finally, truly, really…the SECOND-TO-LAST BADGE DROP OF 2016?!?!?!?!

Okay, sure, it’s not the VERY LAST one. But who needs to be the ULTIMATE when the PENULTIMATE is so incredibly IMPORTANT?! Where would we be without the second-to-last rung on a ladder? FLAT ON OUR BUTTS in a STEW of EMBARRASSMENT, that’s where! And what would we do without the second-to-last PIECE of your “CATS AT PLAY” JIGSAW PUZZLE? You’d be left FRUSTRATED and FOREVER WONDERING if that cat on the right HAS A NOSE OR NOT!

And what on EARTH would we do without the PENULTIMATE LETTER in the ALPHABET? It would be MADNESS! The sun would be ELLOW! We’d all be pedaling around on BICCLES! And badges would all drop on FRIDA—which would be SUPER weird, not to mention UNCOMFORTABLE FOR FRIDA.

And speaking of Badge Drops, HERE IT IS!

Sorry, Frida.

2016 Badge Drop #10

There they are. The FINAL FANTASTIC FEW. Because while this may not be the VERY LAST Badge Drop of 2016, it certainly is the very last drop of ALL NEW seek-and-find badges before next week’s MASTER BADGE DROP!!! So if you want those lovely, shiny MASTER BADGES that proclaim to the world that you are an OBSESSIVE COMPLETIONIST and PROUD OF IT, you’ll have to BUCKLE DOWN and POWER UP your laptop or your phone or your feet to finish ALL THOSE BADGES that you’ve been saving for a rainy day!

We really hope you appreciate the PENULTIMATE-NESS of this post and other NOT-QUITE-LAST things--and how CONFUSED we’d be without them!

Good luck, gamers, and THANKS FOR PLAING!!!!

Badge Drop #9: Stop Us If You've Heard This One


Who's there?



No! Not badgers! BADGES! You know, BADGES?! As in, BADGES?

Oh! Well. That's great, then! Where?

RIGHT HERE! As always, every Friday, all summer, around, you know, dinner-time-ish!

2016 Badge Drop #9

YOU GET A BADGE! AND YOU GET A BADGE! All the badges you can earn until your fatigued fingers fail, friends.

We've got badges about OUTER SPACE! Badges about MUPPET MELODIES! Badges about STUPEFYING SNAKES! Badges that will make you power up and POWER ART! Badges about BADGERS - no, wait, sorry. No badgers.

And on Monday, August 15th, we've got MASSIVE POINT POTENTIAL. Attend the AADL Board of Trustees meeting and get POINTS!!! OR, attend the AADL Board of Trustees meeting and MAKE A PUBLIC COMMENT and get HUNDREDS OF POINTS!!!!!!

POINTS, you guys!!!!!!

Oh, and one more thing. KNOCK KNOCK!

Who's there?

NEW PRIZES!!!!!!!!!

...New prizes who?


Go crazy! Go wild! Buy a hat! Buy a bag! BUY AN APRON!!!! We've got COFFEE (AGAIN!!!!)!!!! And stay tuned...MORE NEW ITEMS ARE COMING, because like Team USA gold medals, they just KEEP COMING!

So badge away, badgers, and as always...


Badge Drop #8 Is Here To Push Your Buttons!!

There's a button for everything nowadays. Have you run out of detergent? THERE'S A BUTTON FOR THAT! Can't find your keys? THERE'S A BUTTON FOR THAT TOO! Is your dog like, "Hey, human, you have basically one job and that is to put FOOD into my MOUTH so WHERE'S MY DINNER?" There are at least 60 BUTTONS IN THE WORLD that will SOLVE THAT PROBLEM! (Probably. We don't have any actual evidence, but that's gotta exist somewhere, right?)

So let's just imagine for a moment that RIGHT HERE in Summer Game Headquarters there is a BUTTON that, when pressed, drops somewhere between 2 and 2,000 pounds of RIDDLING, PUZZLING, GAMIFIED awesomeness into your lap. Ready?



(Is the suspense killing you? It's killing you, isn't it?)


Oh jeez. LOOK OUT BELOW!!!

2016 Badge Drop #8

SEE?! Wasn't that SATISFYING?! And while we're making up IMAGINARY BUTTONS and throwing around UNSUPPORTED FACTS all willy-nilly, let's imagine a few more!!

THIS button lights up all the badges about DINOSAURS and DEEP SEA CITIES and DANCING COWBOYS! It's a feast for the eyeballs! THAT button makes all the badges that require SOME SORT OF LEG-MOVING ACTION spin around in DIZZYING CIRCLES! Hooray for queasiness! And the HUGE, WHITE button shaped like a TOILET produces HUGE, WHITE arrows that point to all the badges about POOP!

Ah. So, just the one then.

And THIS button....well, uh, we're not totally sure what that button does yet--either it will give you ALL THE CODES FOR EVERY BADGE...or it will launch you into space. In either case, EXCITING OUTCOMES AND TOTALLY WORTH IT!

And don't forget about the ALL-NEW-SUMMER-GAME-PRIZE-GETTING button! Since it's FRIDAY that button will soon be lit up in the shape of AADL'S MAGNIFICENT LOGO and just waiting to be pushed by POINT-WIELDING GAMERS! Remember, new prizes roll into the Summer Game Shop EVERY FRIDAY!

And if you haven't earned any points or you're a hungry pet dog looking for something to do while your human is frantically looking for their BEEPING KEYS, you can push THIS button right here to GET STARTED!

Have fun pushing those buttons, people (and pets) and...


Buckle Up, Gamers! Badge Drop #7 Puts the Pedal to the Metal!

Traveling is all the rage during summer. We know it. We're down with the trends. We've been doing a lot of traveling this summer and you've probably been doing a bit of traveling too, right? Traveling through the catalog for codes. Traveling to parks in the hothothot sun for glorious points. Traveling to your Aunt Gertrude's house for dignity-crushing cheek-pinches. And we're sure lots of you have been traveling around your neighborhood and walking into walls and falling off of docks playing a certain game that rhymes with Frokemon Shmo.

We know you're about ready to sit down and take a break and that's cool. Breaks are nice. But you know what's better?



2016 Badge Drop #7

So GET UP, gamer! Get out of that SWIVELLY COMPUTER CHAIR, abandon AUNT GERTRUDE'S PLASTIC-COVERED COUCH, pull YOURSELF and your DAMAGED PHONE out of whatever RIVER/LAKE/POND was at the end of that dock, and buckle those seat belts because this game is NON-STOP!

If you look to your right you'll see some brand new ARBOR EXPLORER badges! If you look to your left you'll spot CIV CITY, where the currency is CIVIC ENGAGEMENT and everyone is FILTHY RICH! And if you look right up ahead you'll probably have all kinds of comments to make because this week marks the drop of our COMMENT MASTER BADGES!!! "Whaaaaat?!" you might say! Or maybe "Wooooow!" Or possibly "Oooooooh!" and also "Aaaaaah!" It's really up to you what comments you make--that's the beauty of FREE WILL and THE SUMMER GAME!

Now, the Summer Game might not make any stops, but your LOCAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY is ALL ABOUT making stops and we've teamed up with them to bring you some BUS-A-RIFFIC, TRANSIT-TASTIC badges that will make all of these seat belt references seem ridiculous because BUSES ARE INHERENTLY SEAT BELTLESS.

And since it's Friday you can count on some pretty cool prizes rolling into the Summer Game Shop, so stay tuned for more on that!

Now it's time to get up, get out, and get going!

Happy travels, gamers, and THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Badge Drop #6: Summer Game by the Numbers

You know what Summer Gamers are always saying? They always say that the Summer Game needs more MATH. Sure, it's got BOOKS and MOVIES and MUSIC and TV and COMICS and ART and GOVERNMENTAL MEETINGS, but it rarely has enough HARD, SOLID NUMBERS. Because you know what they say: EVERYONE LOVES MATH. With that in mind, I've decided to bring you a badge drop post that is ALL ABOUT the numbers. I considered scrapping all of these badges in favor of calculus problems, but the other gamemakers convinced me this was just as good.

So let's talk NUMBERS. Just how much have you guys done so far in Summer Game 2016? A multitudinous
5,099 PLAYERS have received
39,909 BADGES and entered
240,160 CODES to earn them
67,511,795 POINTS!

DO YOU GUYS EVEN KNOW HOW MANY EVERYTHINGS THAT IS? We always know we can count on you guys to blow us away, and, yup, you sure have! We did one of these at this very same time last year and the number of points you had earned was a FRACTION of what you've gotten so far this year! For reference, that fraction is approximately 1/2 but I can't be more precise, I haven't got time to reduce fractions. And WHY haven't I got time to reduce fractions? I'VE GOT BADGES TO DROP:

2016 Badge Drop #6

This week has new installments of all of your favorite WEB SEARCH badges, an ARBOR EXPLORER trip to Gallup Park, the premier of the POWERART! series, and a fresh ANN ARBOR STORIES badge about one of the giants of Ann Arbor busking, Shakey Jake! This week also sees the debut of the REVIEW MASTER series. This one is all about what YOU like, so go share your opinions about what was good and bad in the catalog! Remember that if you are going to write a review, try to make it something meaningful that will really help someone figure out if they want to give that thing a shot or leave it on the shelf.

And don't forget that it's FRIDAY, and apart from being BADGE DROP day, it's also SHOP DROP day! New items hit the shop today and every Friday, guaranteed to be festooned with AADL logos! I'm sure there are people who aren't interested in things with the AADL logo, but those people are not us! Let's just say there's no accounting for taste and GET US SOME GREAT SHOP SWAG!

If the numerous badges and a call to review and logo-rific shop items aren't enough to keep you busy, you might see if you can root out a bonus code. There are four words in this blog post that are in italics for NO GOOD REASON. Combine those four to find the name of a band who made an album all about numbers, just like this post. Now's the tricky part: figure out the one digit that DOESN'T appear anywhere in this post and track down the song about it. If you can figure out the name of that song, put it in for your code and get an appropriate bonus!


Badge Drop #5: Running Hot and Cold

Boy, isn't summer great? You know my FAVORITE part of summer? The sweltering, oppressive heat that makes you want to die! Don't you just LOVE that? Actually, the only good thing about all that HEAT is coming into the cool, crisp air conditioning. And then when you get too cold (because you are only wearing shorts and a t-shirt and sandals due to the sweltering & oppressive & wanting to die), you can head back out into the heat which, just then, for that split second, feels pretty nice!

We here at Summer Game Headquarters felt that it was our duty to help you come in from the hot and out from the cold as many times as possible this week with BADGE DROP #5, the in-and-outinest badge drop that ever turned down the thermostat!

We've got the premiere of the BRANCH EXPLORER SERIES that sends you to all four library locations around town to search for codes! What could be better than THAT? How about three, count 'em THREE new Arbor Explorer badges! We've got Kerrytown Circuit to help you learn more about one of Ann Arbor's historic neighborhoods! We've got Briarwood Rows, the badge that asks you to hunt around the shopping mall to get codes WHILE YOU BUY SOCKS! Plus, the first in a series of badges that take you to super secret locations around town! This week also has the first badge in HINE'S QUEST that takes you to see the super-cool artwork of Hine Mizushima! First off is a trip to Vault of Midnight and it's definitely worth a visit (as though Vault isn't ALWAYS worth a visit)!

Is it getting HOT in here? Let's head to a Library Board meeting at 6 PM Monday July 18th to beat the heat, share some thoughts at the podium, and earn this year's stupendous Above Board badge, the badge you get for standing up and saying what you think! If you need any further help cooling off, take a dip under the sea and down into The Midnight Zone, smell the salty sea air and relax to the sound of the gulls with Murder Most Fowl (boy, that sounds like a LOT of gulls, doesn't it?), and pray for a summer shower with Singin Through the Pain!!

This week also sees the arrival of the TAG MASTER SERIES! Share your knowledge about library stuff by adding tags to the aadl.org catalog! It helps people find stuff. It also earns you tons of points and badges! Somehow, even with all of that, there're STILL more badges that I haven't mentioned! Let's go to the DROP:

2016 Badge Drop #5

Man oh man that's a lot of badges to earn! Can you do it? And if you do, what will you have to show for it (the answer is pride, pretty badges, a spot on the leaderboard, bragging rights, etc.)? I guess you'll just have a bunch of points...THAT YOU CAN SPEND IN THE TOTALLY STUPENDOUS SUMMER GAME SHOP! Even if you've seen everything in there, remember that every week on Friday there are HOT, NEW ITEMS added that can cover YOU in library logos and fill your life with joy (joy not guaranteed). What's that you say? TODAY is Friday?! Then get over there and get spending! This week's new items include a tiny robot, a singing cube, and the long awaited return of an AADL UMBRELLA!

Jeez, I need a cool glass of lemonade, this is just getting to be too much for me. Just give me a minute to...wait, you're not even still here, are you? You're all off earning badges, aren't you? OF COURSE YOU ARE! Get out there (and in there) and get those badges, players, and THANKS FOR PLAYING!


Oh, hey, game players. What's up? Aw, thanks, I'm pretty good. Actually... I could use your help if you've got a minute. I'm carrying ALL.THESE.BADGES. And I'd hate to DROP THEM.


Oh no!!! It's a badge-tastrophe!!!!! Well, now I really need some help. Some help COLLECTING ALL THESE BADGES!!! And who better to tackle this TREMENDOUS task then you, you gaming game players, you! Because these are not just any badges. They are the Muppetiest, Steveniest, National Parkiest, other miscellaneous-thingiest badges we've dropped all summer! We're dropping the first round of Contributor badges. We're introducing a brand new badge series, called Ann Arbor Stories which you will earn by listening to a podcast called, wait for it, ANN ARBOR STORIES. That's right. We can't be stopped!

2016 Badge Drop #4

It's badge drop #4, but who's counting? Oh, you are? Like, as closely as you are counting your points? Well, do you know what you're going to do with all those glorious points? ...Because I may have forgotten to mention that it's SUMMER GAME SHOP WEEK!!!!!!

That's right - the SUMMER GAME SHOP IS NOW OPEN!

Tell your mom! Tell your friends! Tell your cousin! Tell your barber! He'll be like, stop squirming around, kid. And you'll be like, I can't! I have to TELL EVERYONE! THE SUMMER GAME SHOP RIDES AGAIN!!!

So gear up to spend you some points - we've got another amazing, a-crazing selection of bonkers delights! A CUBE that tells TIME! A GLASS made of WONDER! A KITE for your POCKET! And new items coming with EVERY BADGE DROP THROUGH MID-AUGUST! WOW!

So go forth, Summer Gamers and game on! Oh, and might I also just say...

THANKS FOR PLAYING! P.S. If you want a SNEAK PEEK at some of the forthcoming summer game shop PRIZES visit the DOWNTOWN youth department and look for the DISPLAY case!


HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!!! *fireworks* *more fireworks* *ooh, i like the purple ones!* *fireworks again* *hang on, i'm eating a s'more* *fireworks*

What better way to celebrate America's favorite HOT DOG EATIN', FIREWORKS-WATCHIN', FLAG-WAVIN' day than with a BADGE DROP!!?!??!


2016 Badge Drop #3

This week brings a CIVIC ENGAGEMENT EXPLOSION with the release of CIVCITY BADGES!!!! There's nothing finer than making Ann Arbor finer, and that's what earnin' those badges does, my friends.

This week also brings us ONE WEEK CLOSER to the opening of the appealing, the appalling, the amusing, the amazing SUMMER GAME SHOP!!!!!!! The Shop opens next Friday, so please plan on going COMPLETELY BONKERS. Glorious, glorious STUFF IS BACK, point people!

Finally, this week brings something else. Something special. Something magical. Something TWICE AS GOOD AS IT WAS BEFORE.

It's the one, the only, the NEW AND IMPROVED AND EXPANDED LEADERBOARD!!!!!!!

Because all you summer gamers out there (especially you, you are my favorite) are not just five hundred good. Oh no. YOU ARE ONE THOUSAND GOOD, and now, SO IS THE LEADERBOARD!!! So lead on, leaders, and today as always...


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