Badge Drop #4: THE PRIZES ARE COMING, THE PRIZES ARE COMING!


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.

KERRRRSPLOOOOOOONK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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!

Badge Drop #3: MAY THE FOURTH BADGE WITH YOU


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!!?!??!

Today's drop is BADGE-TASTIC. It's BADGE-UTIFUL. It's... THE THIRD BADGE DROP OF SUMMER GAME!!!!

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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...

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Badge Drop #2: The RE-BADGERING


Can you believe it's only been a WEEK since Summer Game opened and we're ALREADY back for ROUND TWO???

Clearly we're NUTS, but we couldn't be happier because Summer Game has gotten BIGGER THAN EVER this year! Can't you feel the energy of THOUSANDS of code-hunters CLAMORING? Can't you smell the BURNING RUBBER of squillions of RUBBER-SOLED SNEAKERS? Can't you hear the NERVOUS GROANING of the AADL WEBSITE as it processes BAJILLIONS of GAME CODES??

Well if you can't hear that, how about the sound of a bunch of NEW BADGES dropping like a ton of bricks? Wait for it.

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WHUMPF.

There it is. Isn't that a nice sound?

This week marks the drop of one of the most IMPORTANT badges of the summer--JOSIE'S BADGE! For those of you who don't know, that's your LIBRARY DIRECTOR'S badge and it's located in your LIBRARY DIRECTOR'S office, so DIRECT yourself to the Downtown LIBRARY to get the oodles of points that this badge is worth!

On top of that, we're rolling out more, more, MOAR of your FAVORITES! MOAR DINOSAURS! MOAR TROUBLESOME TRAINS! MOAR VIDEO GAMES! MOAR PARKS! And this badge drop also features the first of this year's ever-so-popular ARBOR EXPLORER badges so that you can get out and get some sun as you explore your INCREDIBLE TOWN!

And DON'T FORGET: the VERY LAST TOP OF THE PARK that AADL is hosting happens THIS SUNDAY, so stop by the AADL tent at TOP to get a code worth 500 POINTS! In the meantime, don't forget to TAG, RATE, REVIEW, and HUNT for those codes hidden around the libraries and in the catalog! And if you're just jumping in, make sure to stop by our GET STARTED page to find out what's what!

With SO MUCH to do and see this week, it would be a CRIME to make you wait even one more second so, see you next week and...

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Badge Drop #1 COMING IN HOT!!!


Oh, hey guys. How's it going? How ya been? How's your family? Your pets doing okay? Is the weather nice where you are?

That's nice.

Now that we've gotten the pleasantries out of the way...

IT'S TIME FOR THE VERY FIRST BADGE DROP OF 2016!! And we're pretty sure you're all ready to COMBUST, so let's skip the small talk and get right down to BUSINESS! Because as you all know SUMMER GAME is the most SERIOUS BUSINESS out there and we're laying it on you IMMEDIATELY RIGHT NOW! PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF!

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WOW. I mean, look at those BADGE-TO-THE-BONE badges just waiting to get EARNIFIED! To be RECEIVERATED! To be ALL-LIT-UP-ON-YOUR-BADGE-PAGE-ERIZED!

This very first badge drop brings you ALL the goodness you've come to know and love! Badges about DAHL, DINOSAURS, and DANGEROUS TRAINS! Badges about MUPPETS and NARWHALS and WITCHES!

But this year we're also bringing you a WHOLE NEW, BETTER-THAN-EVER badge-getting EXPERIENCE! Now each badge series comes complete with its very own DIFFICULTY LEVEL, for those of you who like to take it nice and easy, or for those of you who are SO EXCITED that your brains have LOST THE ABILITY TO CAN. Difficulty levels are marked by handy-dandy QUESTION marks, from one to four and NOTHING MORE because anything higher would be ROCKET SCIENCE.

And not only that, but BADGES THEMSELVES have been given levels of their own! You never know when one of those badge series might have a ROGUE BADGE that's just a bit harder or easier than the rest, so check the badge levels to find a badge that works for YOU!

What this all means is that now you can decide just how INTENSE you want your Summer Game to be!

Now, if you have NO CLUE, what's going on (maybe you're just wandering around on the regular aadl.org site and you are ALARMED by the amount of CAPS LOCK you see), head over to the GET STARTED page for clarification and possibly even SNACKS*!!!

(*There are no snacks.)

PHEW. That's a lot of talking right? Maybe it's time to just get on with it, yes?

...

...

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Well. What are you waiting for??? GET TO IT and...

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Summer Game 2016 - All Systems Go!


You've been waiting, mostly patiently. You've fretted a bit, sure. You may have bitten your fingernails down to nubs waiting and worrying. But wait no longer...

SUMMER GAME 2016 IS HERE!!!

And when I say HERE, I mean EVERYWHERE! If you look, you'll find great codes both inside and outside every AADL branch, all over the AADL catalog, onstage at TOP OF THE PARK, at events around town, in the parks, in the museums, IN YOUR HEAD! The only question is: Where will you START? Here's a few suggestions:

-Visit every AADL location and collect the copious codes! Malletts Creek, Pittsfield, and Traverwood all have 10 codes hidden around the building, Downtown has 15 codes PLUS every building has a BIG code on the banner outside (all banners are going up as we speak)!

-Revisit everything you've read, watched, and listened to since last September and tag, rate, and review them in the catalog!

-Join the conversation and comment on any post on aadl.org (including this one)!

-Just sit down and read a book or watch a movie! Remember, you get up to 1000 points a day for every minute/page you read, watch, or listen to! It all counts!

-Try the first round of badges, our GETTING STARTED series!

Getting Started



If you don't have any idea what ANY OF THIS is about, don't worry! Head over to the Get Started page to learn how YOU can join in on the fun and start earning points to spend on AMAZING PRIZES in the Summer Game Shop starting on JULY 8!

And the rest of you? Well, what are you waiting for? GO!

Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl

Saturday September 17, 2016: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Secret Lab

This event is intended for preschool - grade 5

Come join us in a Birthday Celebration for children's author Roald Dahl!

We'll have scrumdiddlyumptious treats, jumpsquiffling crafts, and overall general gloriumptious fun!

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Thursday November 17, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6 - adult

Come with questions, a work in progress, 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 considered for the library’s new imprint, Fifth Avenue Press.fifthavenue.press

Emerging Writers: Writing and Review Meet-Up

Thursday October 20, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program 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

Thursday September 22, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program 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

Thursday August 18, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program 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.

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