The 2017 Summer Game Shop is NOW OPEN! New items coming almost EVERY WEEK!

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OH MY WOW! It's the moment that your fevered dreams have circled around for weeks -- the culmination of nine months' worth of ANTICIPATION and SLACK-JAWED WONDER.... the 2017 Summer Game Shop is NOW OPEN for an activity that models the basic tenets but eschews the fundamental underlayment of BUSINESS! We've got some of our brand-new 2017 items in there now, with many more to come as the summer goes on, including some great prices on older items and even some legendary GOLDEN BUNDLES for you Summer Game Plutocrats.

While there are no limits on purchases from the Summer Game Shop, it is possible for your orders to be edited and points refunded during the fulfillment process, so remember that Summer Game is all about the fact that LIBRARIES ARE POWERED BY SHARING, and not so much about PANIC! At the COSTCO.

Orders are filled weekly, on Fridays, and you'll get a notice when your order is ready for pickup. Remember that all Summer Game Shop orders are Final, and if you have any questions about your order or anything else, why just Contact Us! It's the fastest way to get the answers you crave.

Thanks as always to the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library for providing the funding that powers the Summer Game, and stay tuned for more great Summer Game Shop items all summer long!


Badge Drop #4: Drop til you SHOP!

The world is full of pesky price tags, but we believe that there are some things in the world so BONKERS AWESOME that money just can't buy 'em! Like SPACESHIPS, SUPERNOVAS, SHINY POKEMON, BASICALLY ALL CATS and a whole mess of other things that are PRICELESS and IMPOSSIBLE TO CATCH!

You see, here in the Official Summer-Game-Bubble-of-Bonkers-Awesomeness (working title) we don't think you need to have FUNDS to have FUN, so put away your wallets! Toss out your tender! Because NOW for a LIMITED TIME ONLY you can feast your eyes on this excellent selection of deluxe edition, top-of-the-line, high quality, grass-fed, free range, featherlight, waterproof, weatherproof, whatever-forever-and-ever-proof BADGES!

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For the low, low price of ABSOLUTELY NOTHING these beautiful badges could be YOURS, shopper! Branch Explorer Badges are on SALE for just ten quick-and-easy payments of ZIPTY-TWO doubloons! Monsters and majestic cakes and high-flying females are half-off of ZILCH MONIES! And this fine selection of Spectacular Event Badges that you can get just for horsing around outdoors at our SUMMER GAME SPECTACULAR on July 15th, well those are ALL ON CLEARANCE and you can have 'em, you clever bargain-hunting haggler, you, for just BUPKIS PLUS TAX!


This Friday also marks the momentous and much-awaited SUMMER GAME SHOP OPENING DAY--an event that is SURE to happen at a RANDOM FUTURE TIME that has yet to be determined but might almost certainly possibly totally be TODAY!

So earn yourself some POINTS, then point yourself toward the shop (or the Get Started page if you're a newbie) for AMAZING AADL PRIZES!


Badge Drop #3: Raindrops Keep Falling on our GAMES

We here at Summer Game Headquarters have been raising out periscopes periodically this afternoon and have repeatedly discovered a disturbing fact: IT'S RAINING. Now we are not, as a rule, anti-rain here. Some of us rather like it (puddles and coolness and lifegiving), and most of us prefer it to awful, oppressive heat. But it can be a bummer when you're in the middle of a thing called the Summer Game to not have anything even resembling summer weather. But instead of letting it stop our fun, we decided there's just one thing to do: BADGE DROP!

See, rather than let the rain get us DOWN, we decided to step UP and we've spent the last few days creating--nay, CRAFTING the FINEST set of badges in at least a WEEK!! What kinds of badges? Oh, just your usual assortment of STUPENDOUSLY INTERESTING and DEEPLY ENTERTAINING badges!! We've got some HOT SPRINGS and some LADIES WITH SNAKY HAIR. We've got some DELICIOUS BREAD and some GREAT MICHIGAN INVENTIONS. Some GHOSTLY PHOTOGRAPHS and some UTTERLY UNNECESSARY SEQUELS. AND AND AND (if it ever stops raining) we've got the very first ever ANN ARBOR STORIES WALKING TOUR badge and the first of this year's ARBOR EXPLORERS: Ponder Barton Dam! TAKE A LOOK!!

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So until this rain lets up, get to work on these shiny new badges! And don't forget to tag/rate/review everything you've ever loved/hated (hopefully mostly loved) in the catalog! And when the DROPS DO STOP, get out there for the walking tour and check out Barton Dam! And, rain or shine...


Badge Drop #2: IT'S OVER!

THAT WAS QUICK! I can't believe summer has come and gone already!! Seems like JUST LAST WEEK that we were dropping the first badges of summer! Well, GREAT JOB, everyone! Happy Summer Game! See you in 2018 and...


*checks calendar*

Oh dear.


Guess with ALL the excitement of last week, with the BADGES and the A2CAFs, and the CODES CODES CODES on BUILDINGS, and BANNERS, and BUSES, we got a little ahead of ourselves. LUCKY FOR US, the ol' AADL badge factory never stops working! So here you are, Summer Gamers, another set of HOT and FRESH BADGES!!!

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Explore the catalog! Ride TheRide!! Visit the branches!!! Listen to Ann Arbor Stories, the ABSOLUTE BEST local history podcast that AADL has EVER sponsored!!!! Just SUMMER GAME IT UP IN EVERY WAY!!!!!

Oh wait, are you new? HI! You're just in time! Head over to our Get Started page to get your Summer Game on!



Done with this week's badge drop already? WHAT? NO? YES? PERHAPS? AFTER LUNCH? Well, we are stereotypically DELIGHTED to bring you even MORE BADGES as we KICK OFF SUMMER GAME 2017!

Because, this weekend is A2CAF, the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival! 11-5:30 on Saturday, and 12-5:30 on Sunday, we've got SCADS of CARTOONISTS, COMICS, and all-around HILARIOUS PEEPS descending upon the downtown library for UNRIVALED GOOD TIMEZ!

And it wouldn't be A2CAF without a literal DELUGE of POINTS and BADGES! You can get 5000 points just for completing the ALLEY CATCHER BADGE! And a 1000 point bonus if you acheive the rare and challenging A2CAF MEGAFAN BADGE, which only 31 players managed to obtain last year! A2CAF is a delight for all ages, so get on downtown this weekend and grab a handy A2CAF CODE SHEET to help you CATCH THEM ALL!

A2CAF Badges

A2CAF only comes around once a year, so start your Summer Game off with a POINTS-INFUSED RUSH and SAMPLE THE DELIGHTS here with us at A2CAF!

Thanks for playing! SEE YOU AT THE LIBRARY!

Badge Drop #1: Summer Game 2017 ARRIVES IN STYLE!!!

There's something to be said for being FASHIONABLY LATE, don't you think? Up here at Summer Game HQ we usually take our PUNCTUALITY pretty seriously. ON THE DOT? We INVENTED the phrase! RIGHT ON TIME? That's a thing people say to us with ALMOST NO SARCASM on a SEMI-REGULAR BASIS! TARDY? WHAT EVEN IS THAT? Is it a snack, a drink, an app--how could we POSSIBLY know when we're ALWAYS SO ON TIME!!!

But there's just something COOL and SLICK and STYLISH about making a GRAND, GRATUITOUSLY BEHIND-SCHEDULE entrance to a party... SUMMER GAME 2017 is KICKING DOWN the door to this party at HALF-PAST NOT-QUITE-THE-RIGHT-TIME O'CLOCK!!!

We'll pick that up later. Right now it's time to pick up this other thing we're putting down: SOME FASTIDIOUS and FASHIONABLE BADGES!!

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You've waited LONG ENOUGH and THERE THEY ARE, so get into it, gamers, and start digging for those POINTLESS FACTS so you can win those NOT-POINTLESS POINTS! If you're new to the Summer Game, head over to our Get Started page to get your feet wet!

Now off you go! You don't want to be LATE, do you??? Then start the clock and GO!!!!


Summer Game 2017 - Let's-a Go!

Okey-dokey, here we go! Time for SUMMER GAME 2017!!!

Time for codes and badges and points and reading and exploring and all around LIBRARYING EVERY WHICH WAY YOU CAN! This year's Summer Game is HOT-HOT-HOT with more things to do than ever! Wondering how you can get going? How about:

-Visit every AADL location and collect the copious codes! Westgate, 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)!

-Head to the AADL catalog and get tagging, rating, and reviewing everything you can think of!

-Leave a comment on any post on (this one included)!

-Read books, watch movies, listen to music, anything at all! Remember, you get up to 1000 points a day for every minute/page you read, watch, or listen to! It all counts!

-Start getting started by starting with our GETTING STARTED series!

Getting Started

Ready to go? WAHOO!! If not--if you don't even have a clue what this Summer Game biz even Summer Game iz--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 opens in July!

Let's do this! Do your best to top the leaderboard! Number one! Hoho!

(By the way, this post has at least 8 quotes from a certain video game hero. If you're looking for another place to start your Summer Game, try searching the catalog for the solo outing he has coming out later this year!)

Thanks for playing! Way to GO!

AADL & TheRide Offer Free Ride Saturdays With Your Library Card

AADL and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) are partnering this summer to provide Free Ride Saturdays during the AADL Summer Game!

Every Saturday from June 17 - August 26, library cardholders can ride any of TheRide local fixed-route buses for free. All you need to do is show the driver your library card when boarding the bus!

While riding, look for the AADL Summer Game code sign inside the bus and win 1,000 points to trade in for awesome Summer Game Shop prizes. Each bus has the same code inside the bus, so it's easy to find! When you see it, text the code to 4AADL (42235) or visit to enter the code and get 1,000 points.

TheRide and AADL have created fun ways to get even more Summer Game prizes:
• Find the code featured on the outside of several buses for 500 points.
• Find the code hidden on on the MyAlerts Service page (which you can get to by clicking on "All Alerts" directly from the homepage) for 500 points.

Find all the codes to earn the Ride Master Badge and a 500 point bonus!

The AADL Summer Game is a great way to enjoy your summer and to ride TheRide for free! For more information on TheRide's routes and schedules, pick up a Ride Guide or visit

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 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!

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:

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!

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!!!

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.

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!

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!!

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!

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)!

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!!!

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