Start planning & building your entry for the 7th Annual LEGO Contest!

2011 LEGO Contest2011 LEGO Contest
If it's summer it's LEGO Contest time! One of our largest and most anticipated events is scheduled for Thursday, August 2, at the Kensington Court Hotel, 610 Hilton Blvd., (near Briarwood Mall). Last year we had over 200 entries and we can be sure there will even more this year!. Preschoolers, Kid, Teens and Adults are invited to participate. New this year: PEOPLE'S CHOICE! Attendees of the contest may vote for one project in each age category. People's Choice winners will receive a special LEGO trophy. For all the details read the complete rules and guidelines, and then start building!

Jump Roping Blast!

Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20, and a Jump Roping Blast will be happening on this day too.
So start your summer off right at Malletts Creek, Wednesday, the 20th from 7:00 - 8:30pm. We'll be jumping outside at one
end of the parking lot, and have on hand Chinese Jump Ropes, Double Dutch Ropes, regular size jump ropes and
even a few hula hoops. Check out these rope skipping titles and sign up for the summer reading game while you're at it.
Grades 4 - 12.

Special guests, the St. Francis Heartbeats, will demo their skills. If it rains, we'll jump inside!

Looking Forward to SUMMER GAME 2012!

You've waited patiently all winter long. You've played the POINTS-O-MATIC CLICK-O-TRON and TREASURE QUEST to tide you over. Now, the plants are budding, the weather is nicer, and you feel it coming: Summer Game 2012!

But what will Summer Game 2012 be this year? Could there be codes hidden in the catalog and around the library? Could there still be badges to earn by hunting deep in the library website? Points for reading, listening, or watching media? Or for going to events, tagging and reviewing items in the catalog, or even just for checking out library items?

YOU BETTER BELIEVE THERE WILL BE!

This year's Summer Game will have all the great things about last year's game, with a healthy dose of new stuff thrown in: all new codes, all new badges, all new items in the Summer Game Shop, all new ways to earn points! AND this year there will be some new features, too: Teams! Tokens! What can those be?

You'll find out soon: Summer Game 2012 starts June 15! Be sure to get on the website the first day to start earning points, make your way to the top of the leaderboard, and try to stay king of the mountain until the game ends August 31! Earning enough points will get you ready to make purchases from the Summer Game Shop when it opens on July 2 (and for everybody who played last year, you still have all of your leftover points to spend, too). And if you missed last year's game, don't worry: you can still earn some of last year's badges and get some of last year's points when Summer Game 2012 starts.

Summer Game 2012! It's a whole new ball game! PLAY!

Treasure Quest rings in the New Year with the EXECUTIVE WASHROOM KEY!

Happy New Year! Hope you've got the day off, because you'll need it to discover the secrets of the EXECUTIVE WASHROOM KEY!

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~~~~~     THE EXECUTIVE WASHROOM KEY APPEARS!     ~~~~~~
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Look Closely!
What do you want to do?

1. Go to Treasure Quest Leaderboards
2. Visit the Key Gallery
3. See Your Character
4. Attempt to Enter a Key Code, Gate Code, or Treasure Code

As a vision of the EXECUTIVE WASHROOM appears before your eyes, you hear a hard-boiled newspaperman's voice say:

It's 1958. A Muncie boy, fresh-faced and bright,
walks right into the mailroom, under Waring's final flight.
The board thinks he's a patsy, and they plot their tiny bids,
But he's got something up his sleeve. His pitch: you know, for kids!

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Note: in the thread below, Questers are sharing info with each other and getting hints; if you want to solve this puzzle without any help, don't keep reading as there are SPOILERS below!

Treasure Quest continues: It's the MINIMOOG KEY!

We're already one third of the way through TREASURE QUEST, and with each key more challenging and more valuable than the last, it's still EVERYBODY'S QUEST! Remember, if you've got questions, or you're stuck, talk to the other Questers here in this thread or ask a question, you never know what might help!

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~~~~~     THE MINIMOOG KEY APPEARS!     ~~~~~~
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Look Closely!
What do you want to do?

1. Go to Treasure Quest Leaderboards
2. Visit the Key Gallery
3. See Your Character
4. Attempt to Enter a Key Code, Gate Code, or Treasure Code

As a vision of the MINIMOOG KEY appears before your eyes, you hear a Cantata and these words:

Before Walter was Wendy, Rachel helped to make a disc,
with tech not so well-tempered, every take was quite a risk.
They took the work of JSB and Robert's Keys and Tools;
then switched it on, and laid it down. The output simply RULES.

Note: in the thread below, Questers and sharing info with each other and getting hints; if you want to solve this puzzle without any help, don't keep reading as there are SPOILERS below!

Treasure Quest heats up: The BOOLEAN KEY appears!

Treasure Quest is rolling, with 17 players who successfully completed the challenges of the Chrono Key! But it's not too late; these codes won't expire anytime soon. Keep searching, and see if you're up to this next key! Remember, if you've got questions, or you're stuck, talk to the other Questers here in this thread or ask a question, you never know what might help!


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~~~~~     THE BOOLEAN KEY APPEARS!     ~~~~~~
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Look Closely!
What do you want to do?

1. Go to Treasure Quest Leaderboards
2. Visit the Key Gallery
3. See Your Character
4. Attempt to Enter a Key Code, Gate Code, or Treasure Code

As a vision of the BOOLEAN KEY appears before your eyes, you hear an Earl say:


Athenians in modern Greece have something for your shelf;
It's half about a brilliant man, and half about itself.
Comics help you find the way, but only when misspelled
Rustle up this complex set of theories built and felled.

Note: in the thread below, Questers and sharing info with each other and getting hints; if you want to solve this puzzle without any help, don't keep reading as there are SPOILERS below!

Final SUMMER GAME SHOP WEEKEND! Last chance to spend your points in 2011!

Just a quick note to remind you that the smash hit SUMMER GAME SHOP closes this Sunday, September 18th at Midnight. Any Summer Game points you have unspent will rollover to your account when Summer Game 2012 gets rolling, but this weekend is your last chance to order from this Summer's Shop!

Also, stay tuned for the appearance of another TREASURE QUEST KEY right here on October 1st!

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Final SHOP UPDATE: Restocked Chocolate, Silver Sets, Magic Bags, plus NEW ITEMS!

THIS IS IT! At midnight tonight, scoring for SUMMER GAME 2011 will come to a sudden end, but that doesn't mean we're OUT OF SURPRISES! First, it's the news you've all been waiting for, players; we've just stocked the Summer Game Shop with this summer's final shipment of stuff, including:

20 more PENULTIMATE SUMMER GAME SILVER SETS
20 more GIGA CHOCOLATE LOGO VICTORY PACKAGES
100 more AMAZING AADL MAGIC BAGS

Plus, our final 5 new items, leading off with the hotly demanded STANDALONE SILVER STAFF WATER BOTTLE! Yes, after demand that can only be described as INTENSE, we've been able to obtain an additional 20 of these SLICK and SHINY bottles, previously only available to AADL staff on their first day, or as part of that PENULTIMATE SUMMER GAME SILVER SET! But that's not all... we've also got the last 4 of this year's Classic Summer Reading Game Collector's Buttons, including some truly special and unusual items!

REMEMBER, the Summer Game Shop will stay open for orders through Sunday, September 18, so you'll have plenty of time to spend your Summer Game Points. Also, any unspent Summer Game Points in your player account will still be available when next summer's game rolls around!

One more note, we're having a bit of a supply problem with AARFIDS, so some of this week's orders, including a few silver sets, did not go out in this Friday's deliveries. We've got the stock sorted now though, so we should get caught up next week... but please allow 3 - 4 weeks for Magic Bag orders, as we work through the final weeks of shopping!

Finally, don't think we're out of surprises yet; there's some yet to come over the weekend, early next week, and then on the first of every month between now and next summer... what could they be? Stay tuned to play.aadl.org to find out!

Farewell, Little Caterpillars.


Sad news, everyone. After having completed their cocoons, the Cecropia Moth caterpillars will leave the Traverwood Branch library this Sunday, and return to the grounds of the Leslie Science and Nature Center. They will overwinter in their cocoons nestled safely in a secure outdoor enclosure, and will be released into the wild when they emerge as North America's largest native moths next spring. Thank you to all who visited them, and you still have a few more days if you want to check out the cocoons.

Summer Game 2011: ONE WEEK REMAINING! Make the most of it with NEW BADGES and NEW BUTTONS!

This is ALMOST IT, players! Only 7 days remain in AADL's Summer Game 2011! We've now crossed 5000 players and a truly staggering 37 MILLION points earned! With only one week to go, that doesn't mean that you're not hungry for one last crop of NEW BADGES, does it? We hope not, because here you go:

Take a look at the Badge Page for some clues on how to start hunting these badges down. If you need help getting started on the Smart Cookie badges, finding the only AADL local history product about food will really get you cooking with gas.

In addition, we've got another load of 5 Classic Summer Reading Game Buttons for the Summer Game Shop, and while the GIGA CHOCOLATE VICTORY PACKAGE is unfortunately SOLD OUT for this year, we will have another big load of the super-popular AMAZING_AADL_MAGIC_BAG restocking in the shop next Friday! And what will happen next friday, as scoring AS YOU KNOW IT comes to a sudden end? What will we all do with ourselves? There's only one way to find out, and that's wait until next Friday! You can stare at that clock if you'd like, but maybe you'd prefer to FIND THOSE NEW BADGES instead! Also, remember that the Summer Game Shop will stay open for orders until Sunday 9/18, so you'll have time to spend your points! Any unspent points will still be in your account when next Summer rolls around, so you won't lose them, or your hard-earned badges!

While you're waiting, check your badge page and make sure you've got that ALL-IMPORTANT Summer Reader Badge, as that's what qualifies you for the Summer Game GRAND PRIZE Drawing where you could win an iPad2, an iPod touch, or a Nintendo 3DS! You've only got until next friday to earn that badge, so make sure to complete your Classic Summer Reading Game and take it to an AADL desk to get your badge!

AADL's Biggest Summer Yet is almost over... and then what? Stay tuned to play.aadl.org to find out!

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