New Badges! Now with BADGE BONUSES!

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Greetings players! We've got 10 new badges for you today, and these badges come with point bonuses... watch for those big points when you earn a badge!

As you pursue the review series badges, please make sure your reviews are helpful! Unhelpful reviews might be deleted, taking their points with them. If you just want to grind, grind stars!

More badges to come... what are your badge ideas?


Super Summer Game Update!Super Summer Game Update!

Thanks to everybody who's signed up for the Summer Game so far! We're off to a great start, and we've got a few updates for you today and more coming yet this week, including NEW BADGES and BADGE BONUSES! But first, an update to the points scoring page, and some news about much-needed MULTIPLE PLAYERS PER ACCOUNT!

So, as you can now see when you click the "I've read / watched / listened to etc" button on your player page, or click "I've finished this" button on an item in the catalog, we've made the points entry form able to optionally record time spent or pages read, plus a 100 point bonus when you finish an item. So, you can enter time or pages daily, or when you finish an item, or not bother with time and pages at all, just taking the 100 point finishing bonus per item. Let us know what you think about this approach by leaving a comment on this post!

Then, we're hard at work on adding an "add player" button to your player page, allowing you to add extra players on your account who can each earn their own points. There's one catch, though: extra players attached to your account won't be able to earn automatic contribution points for reviews, ratings, comments, or tags, as those are all keyed solely to the main player on the account. If you have extra players in your house who'd like to earn automatic contribution points, they can just create a new account (email isn't required) and signup for the game there to have all scoring options available. Don't forget, you can always click "log out" in the top right corner of any page to log out of your account and then log in to another. If you have any questions about this, ask away by leaving a comment, or as always, feel free to contact us.

Thanks again for playing the Summer Game! Keep the ideas and the points coming, and have fun with YOUR library this summer!

Beach Read 2011

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School is out and the longest day of the year is here. The sun is hot and the water is calling. Time to pack the beach bag. Want some suggestions?

Every year, I look forward to the NPR's recommendations of summer books. I especially like the Indie Booksellers Target Summer's Best Reads for an insider's take on what is good that might not hit the bestseller lists.

This year O's (Oprah) Summer Reading Lists go for wide appeal. You are bound to find something to your liking.

These are what the editor's of the New York Times Book Reviews are reading for pleasure this summer. Check out their recommendations in the great big Summer Reading issue.

New Yorker Magazine wades in with their own Beach Reads for (Almost) Everyone.

I also like this year's Summer Beach Reads from Goodhousekeeping. Great current titles.

Just to prove that writers are avid readers, here is Stephen King's month-by-month summer reading list. Boy, is he organized!

Hey, if you are going to spend a lot of time in the car, try Summer’s Best Audio Books recommended by the Washington Post, and Library Journal's Best Audiobooks. Want more? Here is a list of the Top 100 Audio Book Bestsellers.

One last thing..... don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Game. Here's how to get started. You can actually earn points and get stuff for having fun. Really. For grown-ups too.

AADL Summer Game Begins!

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Get Started playing AADL's all new Summer Game for All Ages today! Earn points for using YOUR library, going to events, reading/listening to books, watching movies, posting reviews! Get prizes for completion (kids get a mid-way prize, too). Get the details at!

Summer Reading Kick-off Concert At Top Of The Park Featuring The Board Of Education


Sunday June 19, 2011: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Top of the Park

Kick off the 2011 AADL Summer Reading Game at this family-friendly concert with the Seattle-based band, The Board Of Education, on the Rackham stage!

Sign up for the AADL Summer Reading Game at the concert, and learn how attending this event may put you in the lead for great summer reading prizes. This event is presented by AADL and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and is also the first in the Kids Rock Series@TOP - a Sunday series of concerts at Top of the Park, presented by AADL and the Summer Festival.

Enjoy The Board of Education's trademark encyclopedic silliness and irresistible hooks - perfect for ages 7-12 to rock out to with their parents!

Write Songs That Rock! With The Board Of Education

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Ever wanted to perform a song you wrote yourself? Learn the tricks of the trade from the Seattle-based band, The Board of Education. BOE lead singer, children's novelist Kevin Emerson and his bandmates will give you some great tips at this songwriting session.

After jamming with them here, be sure to catch their performance at the library's summer reading kick-off event at Top of the Park later that night!

This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and 826Michigan.

Sunday June 19, 2011: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

TEENS ages 14-18! New Volunteer Opportunities this Summer

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If you like meeting people and explaining new things, OR if you like assisting librarians with fun hands-on programs, OR if you like working behind the scenes packaging up special summer orders, then AADL has some work for you between June 20 and August 18.

What do you need to do? Stop by a branch starting May 19 to pick up an application and information sheet. NOTE: you MUST be age 14-18 and able to attend an orientation at the Downtown Library on 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 20. Complete the application and permission slip. Return it to the branch no later than June 10. Library staff will contact the adult references you list to be sure you are qualified to volunteer and let you know if you are part of the summer AADL volunteer crew.

This summer’s game is for all ages but only you, our teens, will get to help on the inside. Stop by today and pick up an application!

May School Visits for Summer Programs

Librarians are visiting schools in May to announce 2011 Summer Reading programs at the Library. You can find the titles Librarians are talking about in the Library website Public Lists.

Remember! When School ENDS, ... Summer Programs BEGIN !!
Let the Games begin.................

Great Listening: Sherman Alexie reading his young adult novel

The best part of the AADL Summer Reading Game for me was listening to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie who narrates the BOCD. I love Alexie’s teenage-sounding voice as he assumes the role of his character, 14-year-old Arnold Spirit, a Spokane Indian and the star of this semi-autobiographical novel. Arnold, who was born with water on the brain and is bullied on the reservation, loves to draw and says this about his cartoons: “I think the world is a series of broken dams and floods, and my cartoons are tiny lifeboats.“ When Arnold transfers from the reservation school to the white high school in a nearby town -- that is when I started driving longer routes and hoping for more red lights, so I could hear more of the story on my car CD player before arriving at my destination.

Kid Bits - Sidewalk GAMES

1 month left before "BACK to SCHOOL"
Forgot your games and rhymes?
Check these out to review and learn new ones:
Juba This And Juba That a “handy reference for home as well as schools, libraries, and day care centers.”
Miss Mary Mack and other Children’s Street Rhymes provides jump-rope rhyme, ball-bouncing rhymes, counting-out rhymes, and just-for-fun rhymes.
Sidewalk Games where everyone can join in the fun. “You won’t want to stop running around.”
Anna Banana: 101 Jump-Rope Rhymes traditional rhymes that “make rope-jumping challenging and fun.”
Now ... to the sidewalk for practice and fun.
Then teach your friends when you're back in school!

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