SUMMER GAME HAS BEGUN!

School is out! The weather is gorgeous! Summer Festival begins tonight! And on top, over, around and through all of it is your favorite thing to do ALL SUMMER LONG.... AADL'S SUMMER GAME at PLAY.AADL.ORG!

Get Started, Read Books, Watch Movies, Listen to Music, Go to Events, Find Codes, Solve Puzzles, Experience new things and get SUMMER GAME POINTS all along the way! And it's not just Online... you can also play the CLASSIC PAPER GAMES for Kids, Teens, or Adults, and win free new books, courtesy of the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library and the Scott and Marcy Westerman Fund, plus Temporary Tattoo sheets, mini gardening sets, coupons for free Cookies, Burritos, Bowling or AADL Zoom Lends... AND THAT'S JUST THE BEGINNING!

On July 5th, the 2013 SUMMER GAME SHOP will open, filled with amazing new SUPER USEFUL products, including Picnic Blankets, Coolers, THE NICEST MESSENGER BAG WE'VE EVER OFFERED, and many more surprises throughout the summer! Earn points, climb the leaderboard, get stuff and have fun all summer AT YOUR LIBRARY!

The biggest new feature this year is RECRUITMENT BONUSES! On your Player Page, you can generate a Recruitment code you can give to friends and family who aren't summer game players! If a new player with a library card attached enters your code, YOU get a 500 point bonus, and THEY DO TOO! That's a big step up and it will surely be interesting to see as the summer goes on which players recruit the biggest networks! Just remember, to get the bonus, your recruit has to be a NEW PLAYER with an AADL LIBRARY CARD on their account!

We've also tweaked some other points values and will be rolling out changes during the day today. So hardcore players, stay tuned! And new players, dive in and just post a comment here for the expert players if you have any questions!

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Summer Game 2013 Starts June 14th! ARE YOU READY?


CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! Summer is almost here, and SUMMER GAME 2013 is just around the corner! Get ready for new badges, new items, new challenges, and NEW WAYS TO EARN POINTS to keep you moving ALL SUMMER LONG! It is the triumphant return of Ann Arbor's hottest bucket of chuckles, the AADL SUMMER GAME!

You can pick up your CLASSIC paper reading log starting Friday, June 14th at any AADL location, or print one yourself, or just play online! Complete the paper game for 1000 points and the Super Summer Reader Badge, then keep playing online, earning badges, finding codes, attending events, and using your library for MORE POINTS! Then, starting July 5th, you can spend those points in the ALMOST ENTIRELY NEW AADL SUMMER GAME SHOP, filled with amazing new items you can order and pick up at your favorite library branch.

Plus, don't miss the SUMMER GAME KICKOFF CONCERT on Sunday June 16th at Top of the Park, featuring Chicago kid-friendly rockers ICE CREAM VENDORS! Come see us at the AADL tent for a special game code, and come back the next two sundays for even more, featuring crazy activities like LIFE-SIZE CANDYLAND, JOHANN SEBASTIAN JOUST, and more, including AADL's presentation of tower-sized one-of-a-kind experience SUPERHERO at TOP June 28-30!

Then, the points JUST KEEP ON COMING with AADL events, codes, points, and challenges hidden ALL OVER TOWN and new badges dropping EVERY FRIDAY! It all starts FRIDAY JUNE 14th and wraps up on FRIDAY AUGUST 30th! Stay tuned right here to PLAY.AADL.ORG to get all the latest Summer Game news and have fun at your library ALL SUMMER LONG!

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Happy Summer! It's time for the 8th Annual LEGO Contest!

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 8, 2013! Preschoolers, Kids, Teens & Adults are all invited to enter this year's LEGO contest. The top winners receive custom made LEGO Trophies, medals and Target GIft Cards. Like in 2012 the contest will be at the Kensington Court Hotel (@ Briarwood Mall). Everyone is invited to come and view the entries between 6:00-8:00PM. For all the details and full guidelines for participants see the 2013 LEGO Contest Guidelines. If you're planning to enter and have your eyes on the prize here's a tip: look closely at the photos of projects that have won in past years - what did they do that caught the judge's eye? Good luck!

Two Local Authors Launch Their New Titles

Two local authors will be launching their new books on July 9, 2013 at Nicola's Books.
Shutta Crum will be showing her new title, Dozens of Cousins. This book is illustrated by David Catrow. It will be released July 2, 2013. AADL will get many copies as soon as it's available.

Shanda Trent's picture book, Farmer's Market Day, illustrated by Jan Dippold is already available at the Library and the bookstore.
Both authors will be appearing at Nicola's Books on Tuesday, July 9th at 7:00 p.m. Come hear them talk about their books and enjoy some refreshments and prizes.

Samantha Brown's Asia

If you are like me and cannot get away to far away destinations but enjoy learning about them, you may enjoy watching travel shows. A few years ago I discovered Samantha Brown’s travel program on the Travel Channel and her show quickly became my favorite. She has a bubbly personality that wins people over no matter where she goes. This is proven every time she randomly approaches a stranger and makes a joke or asks them a question. She seems fearless, but she has the charm to make anyone feel at ease, including the viewer.

The library has recently added Samantha Brown’s Asia disc 1 and disc 2 to our collection. In these two DVDs Brown takes us on a tour of Thailand, Hong Kong, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, and Bali. Meeting up with natives who then show her around their home, Brown provides viewers with practical advice and insight into the individually unique cultures of these different locations.

If you breeze through these two discs and want more, AADL does own quite a few Anthony Bourdain DVDs that will keep you occupied for a while.

Make a Father's Day Card

Make a Father's Day CardMake a Father's Day Card

This Sunday is the day we honor dads, grandpas, and uncles.
Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Saturday, June 15 at 11:00 a.m. and make a card
for those special people in your life. This is for preschoolers through 5th graders but
everyone is welcome. All supplies will be provided.

For books on this summer holiday, click here.

Take a Hike @ Mary Beth Doyle Nature Area

Thursday, June 13 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Mary Beth Doyle Park | All Ages

Join us on a walk on the unpaved trail that meanders along Malletts Creek and through woods and wetlands of this 81.4-acre park. A staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) will discuss native plants and trees, invasive plants, ecological restoration, volunteer activities in Ann Arbor Parks, and much more.

The walk will start at the park entrance off Packard Rd., just east of Cobblestone Farm (south side of the road). Parking at the entrance is limited; additional parking is available at the Malletts Creek Branch (3090 E. Eisenhower) with a half-mile walk east along Eisenhower and Packard to the park entrance.

KRC Kickoff with Ben Hatke 11 a.m. this Saturday

Saturday, June 22 | 11:00 a.m.-Noon | Downtown Library – Multipurpose Room

Special guests at Kids Read Comics (KRC) are Ben Hatke, creator of fan-favorite Zita of Zita the Spacegirl, and 10-year-old cartoonist Angelica Hatke! And this is your chance to make comics with them!

Ben will be leading our annual kickoff event Saturday, June 22, at 11 am. During this interactive talk Ben will walk through his process of making comics and share how to create characters readers care about, worlds that readers believe in, and dangers that set readers on the edge of their seats!

Then he and Angelica will lead two workshops over the course of the weekend where he’ll share the 3 secrets to making great comics! These sessions will start with an interactive talk, after which Ben will work with you to create a short comics story of your own.

The sessions will run Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm in the Multi-Purpose room at the Downtown Library. To see the full weekend of programming check out the program brochure!

Kids Read Comics event June 22-23 at the Downtown Library

The free Kids Read Comics convention is just around the corner and promises tons of comics fun. Running both Saturday and Sunday, the convention will open with fun comics crafts at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Downtown Library. Everything really kicks off @ 11 a.m. when special guest Ben Hatke, creator of Zita the Spacegirl, will make a presentation. At 12 Noon the Artists Alley (3rd Floor) along with fun programming and hilarious Quick Draws get under way! Program details and the guest cartoonist list available at Kids Read Comics.

There will be a FREE photo booth (with a game code!) outside the Teen Room from 12:30-4:30! Bring your friends and get a strip of pictures!

FREE comic books will be given out of the 3rd Floor where all of the artists will be exhibiting!

Don't forget! AADL Summer gamers who come to KRC can collect a bucketful of game codes!

National Missing Children's Day

With the recent recovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight, the topic of missing children is just as important as ever. On May 25th, 1979 six year old Etan Patz disappeared in New York while walking to school. Though he still has not been found, his disappearance sparked a larger awareness of growing instances of missing children. In 1983 President Ronald Regan designated May 25th as National Missing Children’s Day in commemoration of Etan and other missing children. Every administration since has used May 25th “to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families, remember those who are still missing, and make child safety a national priority.”

One of the challenges posed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is their Take 25 program. This program encourages parents to take 25 minutes to talk to their children and promote child safety. Wonder how to address such a topic with your child? The NCMEC has a page with some ideas for how to start the conversation.

Another way to promote child safety is to host an event or find and event near you. A Take 25 event is “any opportunity to begin a conversation around the issue of child safety.” If you register your event Take 25 will send you free materials to distribute. Ready to host an event? Click here.

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