AADL's Summer Game Geocache

The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce its Summer Game Geocache! Use a GPS-enabled devise to visit coordinates at four library locations and collect clues to calculate the final location of the geocache. A game code and a small treasure are yours if you find it. You can sign up for a free account at www.geocaching.com and learn more with their Geocaching 101 guide.

If you’re new to geocaching, we’ll also be hosting an Introduction to Geocaching event on July 13th where you can learn more about this popular activity. You can check out the geocaching resources in our collection, and kids may also be interested to learn more about geocaching through The Boxcar Children mystery, The Box That Watch Found.

Jump Rope Blast

Friday June 21, 2013 | 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm | Malletts Creek Branch: Parking Lot | Grades 4-12

Bring your ropes, your rhymes for a jumpin' good time! We've got Chinese, Double-Dutch and standard jump ropes to share, as well as some good tunes to jump along to! Special guests, the St. Francis Heartbeats, will demo their skills. If it rains, we'll jump inside. And as usual, we'll have a special summer game code for our jumpers!

It's Bike to Work Week!

This week is Bike to Work Week, and this Friday May 17th is Bike to Work Day!

Celebrate with Ann Arbor by riding your bike to work and logging it in the commuter challenge. On your way home from work, stop in the library and check out a book about bicycle repair, building your own bicycle, staying safe while bicycling, the joy of bicycling, or a story about bikes to read to a child!

Ann Arbor's Get Downtown program also has a lot of helpful resources for the local biker, such as tips for commuting, maps of bicycle trails and places to park your bike.

For those of you who prefer to celebrate Bike to Work Week outside of downtown Ann Arbor, the library has plenty of books featuring maps of bike trails throughout southeast Michigan and Washtenaw county.

Paddle Now, Chores Later With Michigan Kayaking And Canoeing Expert Doc Fletcher

Wednesday May 15, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

PBS-featured author and life-long Michigan resident Doc Fletcher returns to the Library for a delightful discussion of Michigan canoeing and kayaking.

Among the rivers featured for this event will be Pere Marquette, the subject of Doc's new book Michigan's Pere Marquette River: Paddling Through Its History.

The event includes a book signing and copies of Doc's books on canoeing and kayaking in Michigan and Wisconsin will be for sale.

May is National Bike Month!

What better way to celebrate the return of warm weather than hopping on your bike and going somewhere? May is National Bike Month, so get your tires checked and peddle away!

Not sure where to go? Check out Washtenaw County Bike Rides : A Guide to Road Rides In and Around Ann Arbor for local trips. If you're a bicycle commuter, it's important to keep up with maintenance for those daily treks. Essential Bicycle Maintenance & Repair or The Urban Biking Handbook : The DIY Guide to Building, Rebuilding, Tinkering with, and Repairing Your Bicycle for City Living can help you with that. Looking for something comprehensive, covering maintenance, skill, and rules of the road? Try Effective Cycling. For the serious cyclist, take a look at Fifty Places to Bike Before You Die : Biking Experts Share the World's Greatest Destinations.

Commuters, don't forget to get involved with Ann Arbor's getDowntown program!

All-Stars Battle Royale

Friday April 26, 2013: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Up to four players battle in Sony's brand new All-Stars Battle Royale!

This event is for teens (grade 6 and up) and adults.

Leading a Healthy Lifestyle - Maintaining Motivation

Thursday, April 4 | 7 - 8:30 pm | Downtown Library | Grade 9 - Adult

John Farah and Nelson Williams, authors of Let's Pick It Up A Bit: A Guide To A Running Lifestyle, return to AADL to discuss fitness as a lifestyle, including ways to get in shape and get healthier. They will also review general run-training concepts and answer questions about the training plans in their book.

John and Nelson have been active in marathons for years. Let's Pick It Up A Bit is more than a collection of their tips for runners -- it is about creating a strong foundation to keep active, fit and healthy, not just physically but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. The challenge of life is to learn how to keep growing to keep getting better! Books will be on sale at this event, which will also include a book signing.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

Double Dash Duo Derby

Saturday December 22, 2012: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

It's the return of networked Mario Kart: Double Dash gameplay! This team event lets you experience Double Dash the way it was meant to be, played on a GameCube - one screen per team! Come with your cart-mate to enjoy some tense competition! We'll have prizes for champions!

This event is for teens (grade 6 and up) and adults.

Ready Player One: Gaming Challenge

Friday December 21, 2012: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Battle your way to the top, through some of the many classic games mentioned in Ernest Cline's hit book "Ready Player One", a novel where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots and entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner.

This event is for teens (grade 6 and up) and adults.

Battle Master Series

Friday October 26, 2012: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Each epoch has one true Battle Master. Do you have what it takes?

Fight for your birthright here in the basement of the Downtown Library. Three Herculean trials voted on by your peers will be what stands between you and true glory. This is SPARTA!

This event is for teens (grade 9 and up) and adults.

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