Thank Goodness It's Badge Drop!

Okay okay okay, time for Badge Drop #6! How could we possibly be at #6? Because #5 happened last week! And I'm freaking amazing at math, so I feel pretty sure this must be #6 (you should probably check me on that, I'm not really that great at math). But before we get to the badges, let's take a look at what you've done so far this Summer Game: you (this is the plural you, not you, personally) have gotten 29,117 badges, you've entered 160,421 codes, and you've earned 28,462,407 points! If that doesn't blow you away, here's a bonus stat for you: in all of Summer Game 2013, 12,043,920 points were earned. What does that mean? It means YOU'VE ALREADY MORE THAN DOUBLED THE POINTS YOU EARNED LAST YEAR!!! Take that, 2013 you! And there's so much left to do--like this week's badges, including a special 2500 point PUBLIC COMMENT MASTER badge, only available by making a public comment at the AADL Library Board Meeting at 7 PM on Monday July 21st at the Downtown Library!

2014 Badge Drop #6

But Badge Drop #6 means something else, something that will make you sit up and take notice, something that may shake you to your very core: this is the midway point of the Summer Game. This badge drop makes the game officially half over! "Say it ain't so!" you are all shouting at your computer screens where I luckily can't hear you. BUT...that also means we've got TWICE as many badges to earn as we've had so far, TWICE as many codes to get as we've gotten so far, and TWICE as many tagsreviewsratingscommentswhatevers to put on than we have so far! So there's lots of great Summer Game to come! And if you're desparate for shop news, you'll find some mystery items posted today, not yet available for order but giving you a hint about shop items yet to come! Stay tuned, and as always....


It's the FIFTH Badge Drop!

WHEW! You SUMMER GAMERS ARE DEDICATED! Even with a holiday weekend, you kept on EARNING BADGES, coming out to SUPER-FUN EVENTS, and LOGGING PLENTY OF POINTS for reading, listening and watching. We're happy to keep the badge train a'rolling just to keep up with y'all!

This week kicks off the first five in our Contributor's Trophies series. For those who don't recall, this is the first opportunity you'll have to see just how you're stacking up in STARRING items that you love (or don't love)... Are YOU are SUPER star master, or SUPREME? The difference is just in the magnitude of your STAR-GIVING STREAK, so get in there and rate up a storm!

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We're also happy to be dropping PLENTY of badges in various series that you've already been loving - from HOT DOGS to HORNED CONSTELLATIONS, from PICKLES to POP MUSIC, we've got FUN TO UNLEASH. So, have at it, get in there, and EARN THOSE BADGES, RACK UP THOSE POINTS, and save up for TOTALLY SWEET SUMMER GAME SHOP SWAG!

Ready, GO!

And as always...

SHOPPERS ARE GO!!!! The 2014 Summer Game Shop is NOW OPEN!

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The SUMMER GAME is the biggest game in town! And now, the 2014 SUMMER GAME SHOP is now open for you to spend your Summer Game Points on great AADL stuff! We've got Binoculars, Markers, Sunglasses, Pint Glasses, Bags, Frisbees, Gardening Pouches, and MUCH MORE! Check out this year's Opening Day Collection and come back every Friday for the rest of the summer for more! Contact us if you have any troubles or questions, Get started if you're not playing already, and have fun exploring your town and your library ALL SUMMER LONG! Have fun and THANKS FOR PLAYING!

It's the FOURTH Badge Drop!

OH MY WOW! Summer Game is BIGGER THAN EVER! The ever-growing momentum is such that NOT EVEN A FEDERAL HOLIDAY CAN STOP IT! Let's make like Kai Ryssdahl and do the numbers, which reveals an ASTOUNDING 3,265 players, scoring almost 23 MILLION POINTS and earning 17,500 BADGES! Can you even wrap your BRAIN around this? We're only a quarter of the way through summer, and we sure can't!

And even though it's Independence Day, we know that our most hardcore players are ENTIRELY DEPENDENT on these Friday Badge Drops, and we certainly wouldn't leave you hanging all weekend with only week-old content to entertain you. SO LET'S GET TO IT!

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If you missed any of our Kids Rock Concerts over the past three Sundays, it's too late now to earn TOP MASTER, but it's not too late to play TOPOPOLY for fun and BIG POINTS! Come to the Library on the Lawn tent at Top of the Park THIS SUNDAY JULY 6 from 4-8 PM to play TOPOPOLY, it's fun and challenging! And mark your calendars for Monday, July 21st; there will be a BIG BADGE associated with that night's Library Board meeting, so stay tuned for details in next friday's badge drop.

But of course, you're just here to see if we drop any hints about the long-awaited return of the SUMMER GAME SHOP, now only a few days away! Well, we'll tell you there are a TON of cool new items in the shop, and it will be opening for your SUMMER GAME SHOPPING pleasure sometime Monday Night! We've got plenty of supply to go around so no worries about missing out! (and if you're really desparate for a peek at summer game shop items past, present, and future, well, you might need to find a web geek, or at least look where one would look, to find a hidden clue in this post.)

SO, stay tuned, players, SUMMER GAME 2014 is just getting warmed up! Hang on tight with these new badges for your Holiday weekend, and come back Monday Night for the triumphant return of the SUMMER GAME SHOP!


School is OUT! And Summer Game 2014 is ON!

IT'S FINALLY HERE! Summer Game 2014 is now activated and READY TO PLAY! We've got some new features, new badges, and NEW PRIZES yet to come! Including:

- Points for Downloads. Get 100 points for downloading MUSIC from our collection.
- Easier Recruiting! Your recruits don't need library cards to get recruiting bonuses.
- QR codes on Code Signs! If you have a smartphone, get a QR code reader, because we've actually found something QR codes are good for! You can still type in the codes too, it's just a shortcut.
- NEW BADGES starting with BADGE DROP #1 coming around 5 PM today!
- NEW PRIZES including Binoculars, Sunglasses, Adorable inedible erasers, Glass Tumblers, AND MORE!
- BRANCH MASTER BADGES will drop August 1, and no new codes will be added to Library Buildings after August 1, so you'll have the whole month to get all the codes.
- COMPLETING THE PAPER GAME (Summer Game Classic) is now worth 2000 POINTS!
- A SUMMER GAME WRAP PARTY will be coming at the end of the summer, so stay tuned for that!

The SUMMER GAME SHOP opens Monday, July 7. For now, get hunting for codes, and start TAGGING, RATING, and REVIEWING items in the AADL Catalog for points! Or SIGN UP ONLINE if you haven't played before! Or WATCH THIS VIDEO if you have no idea what any of this is about!

Any questions? Post comments here (for points!) or drop us a Contact Us anytime, we're here to make your SUMMER FUN! Enjoy, and as always....


The Summer Game Begins Friday

SumGame_medSumGame_medGet ready for the summer's best game! Our Summer Game officially begins this Friday, June 13.

Sign up to play; it is truly an all-ages program. Participants collect points by reading books, watching movies, visiting the library, and attending events. Points can then be redeemed for cool prizes.

We will also be hosting a kick-off party at TOP on Sunday, June 15, 7 pm at Rackham Stage with The Dirty Sock Funtime Band.

SUMMER GAME 2013: Game Over!

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TIME IS UP PLAYERS! Summer Game has been turned off for 2013 and will be back on June 13th, 2014.

The SUMMER GAME SHOP will stay open for orders through SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15th, and any unused Summer Game points will roll over to next Summer's Summet Game Shop. Orders will be held for you until OCTOBER 11, 2013, after which they'll be returned to stock if not picked up.

If you have any questions, comments, or need any help transferring points or last-minute mishaps, just contact us and we'll get you set.

For now, Team Summer Game is going to take a little break, then stay tuned for some new features for Points-o-matic, and keep checking for the upcoming off-season game DOWNLOAD QUEST!

To all our amazing players, with all our hearts....



It's the LAST DAY OF SUMMER! Well, the last weekday, anyway. And the equinox is still a few weeks away. BUT STILL! SUMMER GAME 2013 ends tonight at midnight, when we uncheck one tiny little box, and ALL FUN DISAPPEARS FROM THE EARTH UNTIL JUNE 2014! Maybe we're just too close to it at the moment. BUT REGARDLESS! Summer Game 2013 has been AMAZING, with 56 MILLION points earned, 50,000 badges awarded, and an astounding 194,000 redemptions of over 800 different Game Codes! And while it all ends tonight at midnight, the Summer Game Shop will stay open through Sunday, September 15, for you to spend your points. And don't worry; if you don't spend them all, they'll still be right there in your account next year when the Summer Game begins again... on FRIDAY, JUNE 13, 2014... and that's only 287 days away! But for now, here's your final BADGE DROP of SUMMER GAME 2013!

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Let us also direct your attention to the Super Packages Section of the Summer Game Shop, where this year's FINAL PACKAGES have FINALLY BEEN ADDED!

And that's it for this year's badges... an even 200! You've got just a few hours left, until Midnight tonight, to earn those last few points; then stay tuned over the next few weeks for our new off-season games and your chance to help shape SUMMER GAME 2014!

Happy trails, players, and as always......


BE A MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE (or at least Summer Game)!

chat: chat iconchat: chat iconSummer Gamers! We're getting close to the end of the 2013 game. Close, but not quite done yet. You'll have until MIDNIGHT tonight to wrap things up, enter in any more read/watch/listen points, and yes... the EARN MORE BADGES!

We'll have a wrap-up post later today, but wanted to give all of you die-hard players a heads-up that we now have the MASTER BADGES up and running (and on the Badge Page). Yessir (or ma'am!), as before, if you've completed EVERY badge in a particular series, you'll automatically be dubbed a MASTER and awarded a badge befitting your mastery!

So if you're close to scoring a particular master badge, get in there and earn those remaining badges! By this evening you could be a LEGENDARY MASTER, a WILD KINGDOM MASTER, even a SQUEE! MASTER!

When ELSE will you be able to claim such FANTASTIC titles?!?

Get to it, help each other out, and see how MASTERFUL you can really be!

1 WEEK TO GO! But still time for NEW BADGES and NEW SHOP ITEMS!

OH MY WONDERS! There's only one week left in SUMMER GAME 2013! But that doesn't mean that we're out of ideas here at Summer Game Central... in fact, we've got a great crop of new badges, and even FIVE TOTALLY NEW SHOP ITEMS! These are all limited quantity, so please share nicely with other players:

Would you just LOOK at that new stuff? And if you're waiting for the big reveal of our final packages.... just a little longer! They'll all be posted next week so hang in there! And know that all 5 of these new items can be found spread across the final packages... in case you were wondering.

So, without further ado, here are your FINAL PUZZLE BADGES of the summer! There will be a badge drop next friday, but it will consist only of MASTER BADGES for each series, so if you're missing any badges, better earn them by next Friday!

Summer Game 2013 Badge Drop #11

Remember, SUMMER GAME 2013 ends at MIDNIGHT on FRIDAY AUGUST 30th! Then, you'll have until SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15th to place your orders before the shop closes. So, make these waning days of summer count, and as always....

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