Take a Hike @ Dolph and Lakewood Nature Areas

Thursday, August 15 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Dolph Nature Area | All Ages

Go on a nature walk with a staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) that will loop through both Dolph Nature Area and Lakewood.

Learn about native plants and trees, invasive plants, ecological restoration, and volunteer activities in Ann Arbor Parks.

Dress comfortably to walk and enjoy nature! Meet in the parking lot off Wagner Road, between Jackson Road and Liberty Street. This event is for all ages.

Comic Con 2013!

San Diego Comic Con, arguably the biggest event in comics, is in full swing and if like us, you couldn't make it this year, that can be quite the bummer! While we can't send you there or replicate the experience, you can still get a little taste of Comic Con here at AADL. If you've never been and want a look at the kinds of events, costumes, celebrities and creators that come to SDCC, check out Comic Con: Episode IV: A Fan's Hope. Or, while we wait for this year's Eisner Awards winners to be announced, you can read some of the past years' winners.

This year, SDCC has a lot of artists' spotlights, ranging from relative newcomers like Faith Erin Hicks and Vera Brosgol, to favorites like Chris Samnee and J.H. Williams III, to legends like Jeff Smith and Neil Gaiman. Give their work a look in our graphic novel collection!

And if all the news coming from the convention has put you in a creative mood, why not come out to the Super Comics Challenge and make some comics of your own? Like SDCC, the Super Comics Challenge involves the possibility of prizes and freebies, including Summer Game codes!

Get ready to STAR IT UP; it's another BADGE DROP!


5 weeks down, 7 weeks to go, and SUMMER GAME just KEEPS ON GETTING BIGGER! Now with over 20 MILLION points and 18,000 badges earned by 2800+ players, we're just hitting our stride; so we've prepared yet another amazing BADGE DROP for you this week!

Featuring the first set of CONTRIBUTOR'S TROPHIES for this Summer with the STAR GIVER series, you can now get badges and big points the more items you give star ratings to in the AADL catalog! So get starring and get POINTS!

We're also thrilled to announce that today, we're launching an ALL-NEW section of aadl.org just for Parents of young kids: you've surely heard of our JUMP events brochure, so say hello to JUMP.AADL.ORG! We've pulled together all the information for Parents about great stuff for kids at your library, and made it easier than ever for you to find great stuff to see, do, find, and get at your libraries! To help welcome everybody into this new section, we've got 4 new JUMP-THEMED BADGES to help you find your way around! So take a look, and please let us know what you think!

And don't forget MOCHI MOCHI MADNESS with artist Anna Hrachovec this Sunday at 2 PM Downtown, plus you can still get MEGA BEAUCOUP POINTS by finding Josie's Catfish or making a public comment to the AADL Board of Trustees at the July 15th, 7pm Board Meeting at Pittsfield! There are still more shop items yet to be revealed and more surprises yet to come as SUMMER GAME 2013 keeps on rolling, so STAY TUNED and as always.....

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Summer Game 2013 Badge Drop #5

Free Health Screenings!

The Mobil Health Fair with activities for children and families will take place on Thusday, August 1, 2013, 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ypsilanti, 300 N. Washington St. Cost: Free. Health Care Screenings will include blood pressure, BMI, vision, hearing, oral, glucose, skin cancer, lice, and HIV. There will also be Health Care Education Stations, Health Kits to take home, and you will receive a list of area providers if there is a need to follow up. For more information call Lily Guzman at 734-544-2983.

Described Video Service/DVS

AADL continues to grow its collection of films that have a Descriptive Video Service or DVS feature. More films are being produced for children and adults that are Described Video Recordings for L Card users to borrow. There are comedies, action, animation, horror and science fiction films available. Many can be sent by mail to our WLBPD patrons as Free Matter for the Blind. If there's a member of your family who has been missing out on movies due to low-vision, look at our list of described videos that you can watch together!

“There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!”

In the mood for a throw back cartoon that will transport you to your days of youth? “There’s no need to fear, Underdog is here!” Underdog is an American animated TV series that ran from 1964-1973. It featured the mild mannered Shoeshine boy (dog!) who transforms himself into a super hero canine by eating a super energy pill he keeps in his ring. (Incidentally, when the series re-ran on the Nickelodeon channel the network chose to edit out the pill popping part.) Revisit this gem and watch Underdog fight villains the likes of Riff Raff and Simon Bar Sinister, all in the defense of his love, Sweet Polly Purebred. For a more modern version, check out the 2007 live action movie released by Disney that features Jason Lee, Peter Dinklage and Amy Adams.

Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney for All Ages

Sunday, July 28 | 1:00 to 4:00 pm | Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room | All Ages

Take a family vacation to Wuhu Island and the Wii Sports Resort! Bring friends and family to play your way through Wii Sports Resort's twelve awesome games, from swordplay to frisbee, from golf to power cruising! We'll have prizes for the winning teams!

Pure Imagination Magic Show

There's nothing like a wacky magic show to liven up a summer day. Magician Chris Linn will bring his Pure Imagination show to Ann Arbor for two performances on Tuesday, July 16. He will be at the Pittsfield Branch at 2:00 p.m. and at the Traverwood Branch at 7:00 p.m.

This is a program for the whole family. All ages are welcome.

Try your own magic tricks by looking here.

Want a Fun Activity to Try This Summer? How About a Scavenger Hunt!

If you’re looking for something fun to do while exploring a new city (or even your hometown), then try an Alphabet City scavenger hunt!

This scavenger hunt is inspired by Stephen T. Johnson’s Caldecott-Honor-winning picture book Alphabet City. As the author explains, “The idea for Alphabet City came to me while I was walking along a city street. I noticed an ornamental keystone that looked like the letter S. Then suddenly I saw the letter A in a construction sawhorse and the letter Z in a fire-escape. At that moment, it became clear that in urban composition I could discover the elements that form the letters of the alphabet.”

To try an Alphabet City scavenger hunt of your own, simply look around for alphabet letters made out of everyday city sights. Is there a K in that sidewalk crack? Can you spot an L in that flower bed? See if you can find all the letters from A to Z. You can even take pictures of all the letters you find. What a fun vacation souvenir!

The 2013 Summer Game Shop is NOW OPEN!

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Are you playing the SUMMER GAME at your library? If so, the 2013 SUMMER GAME SHOP is now open for you to spend your points on great AADL stuff! If not, well, what are you waiting for? Players of ALL AGES can have fun earning points by reading, attending events, finding codes hidden in library buildings, and solving puzzles hidden in the AADL catalog, plus tagging, reviewing, and rating items ALL SUMMER LONG! GET STARTED today and see what all the fuss is about with Ann Arbor's most rewarding way to spend your summer! Any questions? Just Contact Us and we'll help you out! Find some codes, read some books, play some games, get some points and trade them in for great stuff like this, delivered to the branch of your choice! It's super fun all summer... DON'T MISS IT!

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