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?)

Science Tools to Borrow

EarthEarthEarthEarthDid you know AADL has some really cool science tools available for cardholders to borrow? We have globes of the Earth and Mars; there are dinosaur and other prehistoric animal kits. There are several meters available such as an environmental, UV, sound, microwave and EMF . We also have stereo and digital microscopes and Dobsonian telescopes.

With summer almost here, plan a quiet evening stargazing with one of the telescopes or reserve one of the dinosaur kits to share with your little ones on a rainy day. If you are runner, consider borrowing the neulog pulse meter to compare your active and resting heart rate. With so many geeky-cool fun things to try, it may take all summer to try them all.

Games People Play

Just in time for summer, we have added games to our list of Unusual Stuff to Borrow. But, not just any ol' games! We now have giant-sized versions of small games and small-sized versions of giant games. Available only Downtown, we have giant lawn Checkers, giant Dominos, a mini Ping Pong table, Kubb and more, available for all AADL cardholders to check out.

The games are limited in quantity, and are on a first-come first-serve basis; they may not be renewed or requested. You can see the full catalog list of games here.

Join us for Chesstastic this Sunday at Traverwood!

Whether you are already a talented chess player or you barely know the rules of the game, whether you're retired or still in elementary school, the Chesstastic program is a great way to hone your chess skills, learn more about the game, and meet new people of all ages.

This Sunday will be our last Chesstastic event before the summer (don't worry; they'll resume again in September) so it's a great opportunity to come see what it's all about. Chesstastic goes from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Traverwood branch on Sunday, May 18th, and you can feel free to come for all or any part of the program. Chess sets, as well as refreshments, are provided for the players.

Avatar, the Last Airbender

If your looking for a fun TV show that appeals to both kids and adults, check out Avatar, the Last Airbender. This cartoon has a great plot that will keep you interested until the very end.

The wold is divided into four nations (Earth, Water, Fire, and Air). Each nation’s people are able to manipulate their specific element. This manipulation is called “bending” and each nation’s bending is based off of a specific martial art (for example, water bending is based on tai chi, and fire bending is based on Northern Shaolin). There is one person who is born with the ability to bend all of the elements called the “Avatar,” this person is also in charge of keeping peace between the nations. However, when the Fire Nation decides to attack, the Avatar disappears.

A hundred years later, the Fire nation is now on the verge of dominating the entire world. But two siblings from the water tribe, Katara and Sokka, have just found the missing Avatar, a twelve-year-old boy named Aang, and his flying bison frozen in an iceberg. But can Aang learn to master all four elements and restore peace in time?

While this cartoon is not technically considered anime, it is heavily influenced by anime in it’s character designs. The fighting sequences are incredibly entertaining to watch and there are plenty of humorous moments which makes this cartoon a hit with the young and not-so-young.

If you enjoy the TV show, you should also check out the books, graphic novels, or even The Last Airbender movie that was directed by M. Night Shyamalan (disclaimer, if you are a big fan of the cartoon, this movie may miss the mark).

AADL at the Earth Day Festival this Sunday

Come visit the Ann Arbor Distrct Library table at the 43rd Annual Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival this Sunday, April 27th from 12:00 to 4:00pm! Coordinated by the Environmental Education Network of Washtenaw and hosted at the Leslie Science and Nature Center, the Earth Day Festival is a fun-filled afternoon of exploration, activities and education for all ages. Over 40 local environmental, governmental and nonprofit organizations will have tables at the festival covering a wide range of topics including live animal demonstrations, sustainable agriculture, environmental quality testing and more. There will also be local food vendors at the festival.The AADL table will have a number of our science tools available for people to try out, including our portable digital microscope.

Admission to the festival is free, and the festival is a zero waste event. Lots of recycling bins will be available and patrons are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles. You can read more about the festival here.

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