A Little Book of Sloth: A great book if you startle easily

Have you ever come across something so hideous it is adorable? That is how I feel about sloths. I love them. I love everything from their quiet and reserved nature to their fabulous hair (just look here to see what I’m talking about). So, when I stumbled across A Little Book of Sloth in the AADL catalog, I immediately knew I had to get my hands on it and once I did, it did not disappoint me. This book chronicles the efforts of the Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica, but mainly focuses on its inhabitants and their varying personalities. Highlighting the two different species of sloths, this book contains many fun little facts about these very, very slow creatures. For example, did you know that no one really knows how long a sloth can live? Or that the sloth has extra neck vertebrae so they can turn their heads up to 270 degrees? Amazing!

The author of this book is the zoologist Lucy Cooke who has a passion for those creatures that most people would not think of as cute or lovable. You can check out some of Lucy Cooke’s older blog posts at The Amphibian Avenger, which highlight some unlovable creatures she has worked with in the past, but be advised that she is writing for an adult audience so some of the content might not be appropriate for younger readers. If you want to follow her current adventures you can check out her Facebook page.

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.

Today: Happy Birthday, America!

Let's make decorations for America's birthday party. Come to the Pittsfield Branch on Wednesday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. for some star-spangled fun. We'll be making red, white and blue wreaths and other festive things in celebration of this national holiday. This is for preschoolers - grade 5 but everybody is welcome. All supplies will be provided.

For materials on this holiday, click here.

Hold on to your Pupae, Summer Game Players, it's a BADGE DROP!

ONE WEEK IN to the 2013 Summer Game and you players are OFF AND RUNNING! With 1500 players scoring in just 7 days, and earning an astounding 4.2 MILLION POINTS ALREADY and over 4400 badges awards, it's clear that SUMMER GAME 2013 has leveled up... BIG TIME! And it's Friday night... you know what that means... BADGE DROP!
Summer Game 2013 Badge Drop #2

But that's not all! KIDS READ COMICS is this weekend, and KRC Badges are still in production! Check back soon, early adopters, to see all the BIG BADGES and BIG POINTS you can earn at Ann Arbor's best Comics Con this weekend at the Downtown Library! THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Summer Reading 2013

Just some reading resources to get you started:

My favorite: NPR's Critics' Lists.

Publishers Weekly's Best Books Summer Reads.

Slate Magazine's Summer 2013 Staff Picks - brilliant and quirky.

This is the 5th year that the smart librarians over at Swarthmore college ask the faculty & staff to recommend a book read in the past year, or one they plan to read during the upcoming summer. You will find a wonderful mix of fiction and non-fiction, new and old classics, comedy and drama. Here is the 2013 list.

If you are one who'd rather work on your mind than your tan, here is The Washington Post's The innovator’s 2013 summer reading list: Eight books to make you smarter. Actually, you could work on both at the same time...

What's in my beach bag? I am taking the cue from the LA Times' Summer Reading Guide, with a total of 156 picks. Some are the hottest titles to hit the shelves this summer. Don't miss out.

You don't need me to remind you, Summer Game 2013 has started. Here is the info. to play.

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.

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