Summer Food and Fun: Cobblestone Farm Market

If you’re looking for something fun and healthy to do this summer, check out Cobblestone Farm Market, open Tuesdays 4-7 pm. To see the events calendar, click here. The market is in Buhr Park, 2751 Packard Road, off Packard near where Packard meets Eisenhower.

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!

2014 Badge Drop #5



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...
THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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!

2014 Badge Drop #4



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!

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Amazing Magazines!

Whether you call them periodicals, zines or just plain magazines you will find some cool selections in the aadl magazine collection which, except for the current issue, can be put on hold with your library card and borrowed for two weeks. Titles like Michigan Riparian, Pointe, Bee Culture, Brick Journal, Treasures, Babybug, Cheng Ming, Scrapbooking & Beyond, G.I. jobs, or a multitude of popular glossies can be browsed at the library or at aadl.org. That’s also where you can click on Research and use the General Reference Center Gold database for magazines that we no longer carry. No matter what you call them, AADL has a magazine for everyone!

Summer Reading Lists

Instead of the lists and lists that the NPR staff put together each year to launch your summer reading, this year they tried something utterly ingenious. They focused on literary travel - by train, plane, car, bike, boat, foot, city transit, horse, balloon, rocketship, time machine and even a giant peach. It is called Book Your Trip. Try it out.

Librarian Extraordinaire Nancy Pearl shared her favorites in Maps Out A Plan For Your Summer Reading.

LA Times Summer Books Preview 2014 has just about everything to tickle your reading fancy - from Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, SF & Fantasy, Biography & Memoir, Sports, Pop Culture, to Science and Lifestyle. There are lists for the young readers in your life.

Publishers Weekly's Best Summer Books.

Confounded by too many choices? Glamour Magazine has The 10 Best Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List.

Looking ahead, you could get a jump on the Fall movie tie-ins.

Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association offers lists of book titles to keep children engaged in reading all summer. BONUS : Each list is available to download for free in color and black and white. Bring them on your next trip to the library.

The LEGO Movie on DVD & Blu-ray

Everything is awesome! The LEGO Movie is released today! It was an absolute thrill to see this on the big screen and I can’t wait to watch it again and again. All of the adults I know who saw the film liked it way more than they thought they would. It’s not just a kids movie! It is full of adventure with kind-hearted, funny and amazing characters to build with.

Be sure to also check out the awesome LEGO Movie books we now have in the collection! Here's a list of all the awesome LEGO Movie stuff at your library.

And for the LEGO super fans, mark your calendars for AADL’s 9th annual LEGO Contest on August 7th! Folks of all ages can enter amazing creations for cool prizes. Even if you don’t plan to enter a project, is it an absolute treat to walk into a large room with hundreds of amazing LEGO creations.

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....

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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.

Bibliocraft - A Crafter/Library Lover's Dream

An honest question here: Do you love your library? If you're here, on this page, reading this, then I can pretty much guess that you do. I'm not surprised; your library has so much to offer! Books, and games, and science-y things--and now, for all of you library-loving crafters out there, a book that can help you combine your crafting talents and your undying love of all things LIBRARY.

Bibliocraft. How perfect is that? A book that tells its reader all about how to harvest crafting inspiration from the endless potential on the library shelves. It starts you out slow and steady, walking you through some library basics, like how to find what you want in a library catalog and some important points about copyright in library books.

And then it gets real. Part 2: THE CRAFTS.

The rest of the book is a smorgasbord of amazing projects inspired by library resources like, oh, perhaps, the ones you might find here. Historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, votive holders, pendants made from quilled paper, and, my personal favorite, instructions for making a pocketed kitty-kat apron. With...wait for it...additional instructions for making actual knitted kittens to put in those pockets. Because why not?

You had me at "kitties", Bibliocraft.

And don't forget, along with this biblio-gem, the library has dozens of other awesome craft books and crafting programs, so make sure to check them out! (...see what I did there?)

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