Comic-Drawing with Ruth McNally Barshaw

Thursday February 18, 2016: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Learn the art of story creation, draw characters, and brainstorm settings, story problems, friends and enemies with Ruth McNally Barshaw, author of the popular Ellie McDoodle Diaries book series!

Books will be for sale courtesy of Literati Bookstore

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!

2015 Badge Drop #6

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??


2015 Badge Drop #5

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!

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!

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!

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!

Summer Reading - It's Elementary

Maggi Idzikowski, School Media Specialist with Bryant Elementary School and Pittsfield Elementary School has published an excellent packet for elementary summer reading

Of course, Ann Arbor District Library and Ann Arbor Public Schools support reading all year 'round.
When school is out for summer, there's lots of time to enjoy.
Get 'em reading and keep on reading.

Pick up your AADL Summer Reading Cards at any Library Location after June 12, 2015.
Find kid-centered Library events at the official AADL JUMP children's website
Join AADL concerts during Summer Festival. The first Kids Rock @ Top will be the TRUMMYTONES.
Continue exciting web activities at the official AADL Summer Games website.

Try it.
You'll ALL like it!


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:


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, 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 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!


Award-Winning Mystery Author Allison Leotta Discusses Her Detroit-Based New Novel "A Good Killing"

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May 15, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Allison Leotta is a former federal sex-crimes prosecutor who creates compelling and thrilling fiction based on her real-life experience. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington DC, where she handled sex crimes, domestic violence, and crimes against children.

In her latest novel, A Good Killing, Leotta turns her eye toward small-town secrets hidden in a big football program. Drawing inspiration from the Steubenville rape case and the Jerry Sandusky trial, this novel features a strong female protagonist, a gripping premise, and heart-wrenching suspense that will keep you hooked until the last page.

A graduate of Michigan State University and Harvard Law School, Allison Leotta has provided legal commentary for outlets such as CNN, PBS, Reuters TV, and MSNBC. Other novels include Law of Attraction, Discretion, and Speak of the Devil. Allison also runs an award-winning blog called The Prime-Time Crime Review, where she reality-checks TV crime dramas.

This event was cosponsored by Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore.

Length: 00:45:45
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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