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Friday & Saturday: Dance Off & Smash Kart!

Fri, 07/27/2012 - 9:00am by hillary dorwart

Just Dance! Dance Off!
Friday July 27, 2012: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Are you ready to cut up the rug in the Multi-Purpose Room? We'll be playing Just Dance! for the Wii. Prizes will be awarded for flyest threads, most swagger on the dance floor, and of course, to the winners of the dance-off. This event is for Grade 6 - Adult.

Then...gear up for Saturday's event!

AADL-GT Smash Kart: Summer Season Round 2
Saturday July 28, 2012: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The hottest tournament in town returns! Prizes will be awarded for Super Smash Brothers and Mario Kart Double Dash team and single player events, with new prizes for trivia, outrageous outfits, and more! The elegant pizza and soda dinner is back, too! This event is for Grade 6 - Adult.

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Wed, 06/06/2012 - 6:32pm by eli

MINECRAFT is the biggest thing to hit cubes since ice! AADL is proud to launch MINECRAFT ANN ARBOR, a Minecraft server for Ann Arbor, by Ann Arbor, and of Ann Arbor! We'll be working together in creative mode not just to make crazy Minecraft stuff, but also to make models of Ann Arbor as of now, 1950, 1900, and 1850, plus who knows what else!

You can reach MINECRAFT ANN ARBOR by pointing your home copy of Minecraft at ; you can also point your browser to to reach this blog, where we'll organize building projects, talk about server changes, and keep the community going!

Stay tuned for updates, discussion, and big projects.... and for Summer Game players, there will surely be some Summer Game badges and challenges you can only complete inside MINECRAFT ANN ARBOR!

Also, we are working on installing Minecraft on computers at the library, so if you don't have Minecraft, you can come play it at AADL locations without a Minecraft login. So stay tuned for that too!

Thanks for your interest in a blockier side of town, and THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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Don't miss the ARCADE MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS: coming this Friday!

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 5:29pm by dubaym

Image removed. If you've been Downtown this season for any of AADL-GT Gaming Events then you probably already know about the Arcade Master Series . But if you haven't, don't worry, there is still a chance to participate! The Arcade Master Series is an Old-school Hi-Score Contest (think "The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters") and each month we have had a different game. In August we took Ms. Pac-man out for a run. September had us battling space sprites in Galaga. Tapper in October taught us an important lesson about spending too much time at the bar. November was Frogger's 30th Anniversary, and with it came our first use of MAME in tournament play. This month is super special with Robotron.

To commemorate the big finish for this first-ever series, AADL and the UM Computer & Video Game Archive present the ARCADE MASTER CHAMPIONSHIPS, featuring LIVE MUSIC, OLD GAMES, and BIG PRIZES!

So how can you take part and fight for your chance to be crowned Arcade Master? not to mention win the grand prize: win an iPad2 with iCade mini arcade cabinet! Read on.

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July Gaming Weekend

Sat, 07/16/2011 - 3:01pm by dubaym

This Month is packed with all sorts of games! We've got Madden, Marvel vs. Capcom, Smash Bros. Brawl, Mushroom Wars and Mario Kart Wii, Not to mention THE ARCADE MASTER SERIES! The Arcade Master Series is a retro gaming high-score contest with a new retro game to play at each AADL-GT event. Come to different gaming events throughout the season and rack up high scores to earn an invitation to the Arcade Master Tournament in January.

Friday July 22 6:00pm-8:30pm @ the Downtown Branch

Madden Grid Iron Throwdown: Coach your favorite NFL team to victory in our Madden 2011 tournament for PS3.
Marvel vs. Capcom: You think you've got the skills to reign supreme? Time to show what you've got!

Saturday July 23 1:00pm-4:00pm @ the Downtown Branch

National Smash 2: Wanna play some Smash Bros. Brawl? Come to the Library and defend the AADL's national standing. This event will include both a national tournament against other libraries all over America and a House rules tournament.

Sunday July 24 1:00pm-4:00pm @ the Downtown Branch

All-Ages Mario Kart Tournament: prizes in novice and pro brackets!
Mushroom Wars: We've also got a crazy fun take on the speed risk genre of games, Mushroom Wars!

Monday July 25 1:00pm-4:00pm @ the Downtown Branch

PokeMonday: As always you'll need to bring your Nintendo DS or DSi and a copy of your Pokemon game(Black and White won't work Sorry.) Big screen and Union Rooms battles are used for admittance into the finals, so be sure to have Pokemon of all levels trained for battle!

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Arcade Master Series @ AADL

Sun, 05/01/2011 - 4:49pm by dubaym

This AADL-GT season marks the beginning of the Arcade Master Series! Each tournament will include an Arcade Master gaming challenge along side the main event. Points will be awarded to top finishes of each tournament and to winners of the gaming challenge. At the end of the season, points will be tallied and the finalists will be invited to the Arcade Master Cup and an Arcade master will be crowned. He or She will have their name added to Arcade Master Trophy, displayed in the library for all the n00bs to covet. In addition to bragging rights, the winner will receive an iCade and a Apple iPad 2! Do you have what it takes to be our first Arcade Master?!?

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February Gaming Weekend

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 11:51am by dubaym

Spend your winter vacation with us. This month is showcasing some newer games Wii Play, Madden 2011, and PS Move.

Friday, February 18
06:00 pm-08:30 pm Wii Party and PS Move Open Play at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Two great events in one!

Wii Party: This game is huge with 13 different game modes and 80 mini-games. Come by yourself or with a partner for single and team prizes.

PS MOVE Open Play: Tired of just exercising your thumbs? This is your chance try
Sony's new Move. Move is the next evolution in motion sensing game play.

Saturday, February 19

12:00 pm-03:00 pm Madden Open Play at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Come play and work for a spot in the afternoon Invitational

03:00 pm-05:30 pm Madden Invitational at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
The final showdown. Come watch a wild card and seeded tournament with prizes.

Sunday, February 20

01:00 pm-04:00 pm Wii Sports Resort Team Tourney for All Ages at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Take a vacation to Wuhu Island and the Wii Sports Resort. Bring friends, parents, grandparents, cousins, or whatever to play your way through Wii Sports Resort's 12 awesome games, with prizes for the winning teams!

Monday, February 21

01:00 pm-05:00 pm PokeMania! at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Bring your DS or DSi and a copy of Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold or SoulSilver. You'll also need to have some Pokemon under level 30 for the Union Room qualifying round.

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Music from Found Sounds

Wed, 08/04/2010 - 4:07pm by dubaym

Music From Found Sounds

Curtis Glatter is a musician who specializes in improvization, composition, and making music from found sounds. Learn about his process and tools, how to make music from junk, and get your chance to try out some of the techniques. Curtis will be at the Downtown Library on Sat., Aug. 7, 1 -3 PM, to demonstrate to all ages how he makes music from junk.

Curtis has just let me know if you bring your laptop to the event there will be time after the program for some one-on-one instruction.

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Grand Championship Weekend! End the Decade with a SMASH

Thu, 12/17/2009 - 12:32am by eli

The year is drawing to close. The days are almost as short as they're going to get. 2010 and that weird monolith space baby thing are right around the corner. So what should you do with yourself this weekend? Just escape the holiday madness and slush-drenched sidewalks with some serious competition at the Downtown Library!

It all begins with a Super Smash Bros. Brawl Regulation Throwdown for ages 13+ on Friday Night, 12/18, at 6 PM.. These events have become hotly contested, with some of the best players in the COUNTRY showing up, so show up and see how you fare. The action continues on Saturday with the 6th Annual AADL-GT Smash Kart Grand Championships for grades 6-12 starting at Noon with the Wildcard Tournament and rolling right on into the Grands themselves. I'm hoping to get a PS3, an iPod Touch, and a DSi to give away, so show up for a shot at some serious prizes!

Then, don't miss our 3rd annual GT Awards and Grudge Buffet, Sunday 12/20 at 1 PM, featuring lots of open play, the Clan Cup for the top clans of the season, the GT awards and hall of fame inductions, and.... TACO BAR.

Then, with school out, come on downtown for an All Ages Open Play Monday 12/21 from 1-5 PM and come back for our first-ever Wii Sports Resort Tournament for All Ages on 12/21 at 6 PM!

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE! The action continues on Tuesday with ANOTHER All Ages Open Play Tuesday 12/22 from 1-5 PM and then once again come back for something completely different: GAMECUBE Nostalgia Night! 12/22 at 6 PM for All Ages. Mini-tournaments in some of the best games from the mighty lunchbox... including, perhaps, our lost love Melee? Who knows? Just get to the library and CHECK IT OUT!

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November Gaming Weekend

Tue, 11/10/2009 - 8:51pm by dubaym

This month come to the Ann Arbor District Library's Downtown Branch for our November Gaming Weekend. This Month is Round Four of the Smash Kart Championship Series 2009. Smash Kart now tries something slightly different on National Gaming Day @ Your Library as AADL is once again the epicenter of a NATIONAL SMASH BRACKET - playing with Libraries from across the country! How's it going to work? Will AADL make it to the National Gaming Day finals? Come for the pizza but stay for the BRAWL!

Rock Revolution Rock Band & DDR Tourney
Friday, November 13 6pm to 9pm
All ages

Smash Kart Round 4
Saturday, November 14 12pm-5pm
Grades 6-12

MarioKart Wii Mario Kart Wii Tournament For All Ages
Sunday, November 15 1pm-5pm
All ages

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BRAWL on CAMPUS! Thursday Night 11/12 at the Michigan Union Ballroom

Wed, 11/04/2009 - 2:04pm by eli

It's time to get out of the basement and bring some BRAWL to the UofM CAMPUS! AADL-GT presents a very special event, Thursday, November 12, at 8 PM in the Michigan Union BRAWLROOM as we bring Super Smash Bros. Brawl out of the library and onto the campus scene. No items here; just you and your skills against the finest brawlers in town. Prizes to top finishers and the knowledge that you were there, in the BRAWLROOM when it all went down. BRAWL on CAMPUS: 8:00 PM on Thursday 11/12 in the Michigan Union Ballroom. Don't miss it!