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Library Closed on Memorial Day

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 2:21pm by TimG

All AADL locations will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 29.

 

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Badge Drop #9: Finally!! A Badge Drop Post with REAL and IMPORTANT CONTENT!

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 4:35pm by nicole

It's crazy to think that this time two months ago, Summer Game was just a twinkle in our eye and now we are ALL THE WAY IN at badge drop NINE!

And we know that by the time badge brop number NINE rolls around, many of you have run out of energy to read these EXCESSIVELY ENTHUSIASTIC posts! We're GRATEFUL for this, because we have almost run out of energy to WRITE these posts! We tapped our reserves of BEAR and TREE and WOOD JOKES weeks ago, but THAT'S OKAY because we know that it's incredibly unlikely that you'll even bother to glance at this OBNOXIOUSLY DENSE paragraph before you commence CLICKING FRANTICALLY through the catalog in search of CODES! We're pretty sure that by AUGUST no one will BOTHER TO CHECK whether we write real words or, for example, just a series of nonsense phrases, like LOG your UNDERWEAR! REVIEWS are WALLABIES! PANTS for CANADA!!! As long as we display the RIGHT amount of UPPER CASE ENTHUSIASM, we are ALMOST POSITIVE that no one will even NOTICE that we have said NEXT TO NOTHING in this ENTIRE POST! In fact, we hope if we keep BOMBARDING YOU with EXCLAMATION POINTS that you will simply GIVE UP on finishing this LONG-WINDED NOVELLA and HAPPILY SETTLE for a THINLY-VEILED DISTRACTION!!

Hey, look over there! It's BADGES!

 

Sloth Bear the AnteaterMan Oh MantisMeet Amanda! Riding ShotbunPowdered Wig PowerWanda WomanFailblazersDriving on MarsSingled Out

 

That's IT! I mean, we would be HAPPY to write more nonsense things for you--like, RATE your DALAI LAMA! CODES are MAYONNAISE! SHOP plus SOUP equals SHOUP!--but we are pretty sure our EXCELLENT distraction has worked and you are already in the CATALOG, searching for CODES and thinking about how ADORABLE it is that your Summer Game Makers are still bothering to write stuff in their badge drop posts AT ALL!

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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It's CLASSIC SHOP DROP #2: TOYS!

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 7:00pm by eli

It's Friday at 7 PM, and that means another CLASSIC SHOP DROP! We've got a handful of great toys from the DEEP and MEANINGFUL history of the Summer Game Shop for you to spend your CLASSIC SHOP BALANCE on! Plus, items from Classic Shop Drop #1 that are still available have been INCREMENTALLY MARKED DOWN! Whether you draw inferences about future events from this ocurrence is entirely up to you. (Inferences not included.) So, head over to the very bottom of the Summer Game Shop, and GET SHOPPING!

 

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Badge Drop #8: Let's Review!

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 4:45pm by Sara W

What, dear Summer Gamers, has this summer brought us? Let's review!

There's been BUNCHES of badges, PILES of points, prizes of ALL sizes, pun FUN, games with GOBLINS, and LOADS of codes!!! 

It's also brought REAMS of reviews, and next week, it will bring us something new!!!

The Review Reviewer!

This AMAZING tool will allow you - YES, YOU - to rate other players' reviews to help us determine what's HELPFUL and also to weed out the rubbish. Should we REVIEW what makes a review helpful?

Here's some sample reviews of the Summer Game:

A GOOD review:

Title: Summer Game, Heck Yes!

Review: The Summer Game is so great! I like finding codes at the branches but the badges are super fun too!

And now for a RUBBISH review:  

Title: Summer Game

Review: asdf;

or 

Review: go0000d

or

Review: avocado

Here's the best review advice of all - if you're not sure if your review is good and helpful, just WRITE SOME MORE! More helps!

And now, let's get to those badges!!

Super Review MasterMega Review MasterGiga Review MasterUltra Review MasterSupreme Review MasterBeary TastyAnts Go Marching...EverywhereMeet HelenChopine BlockCoral CorralLang Story ShortWu-thless RulerDisappearing InkThe SCRAPBoxHeroes Without CapesSurf Zingerman's Deli WebTabby of the Whiskervilles

Stay tuned for a SHOP DROP this evening! We'll see you in the comments, and the reviews, and the Review Reviewer (coming next week!), and the libraries, Summer Gamers!

And as always, THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!!!!! 

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2019 Washtenaw Reads Finalists have been announced!

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 12:29pm by howarde

The Washtenaw Reads Screening Committee has chosen two titles as finalists for the 2019 Washtenaw Read: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (fiction) and Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo (nonfiction.) One of these two books will be chosen as the 2019 Washtenaw Read by a panel of local judges from communities around Washtenaw County.

What is Washtenaw Reads?

Washtenaw Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book.  

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Badge Drop #7: Downtown

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 5:26pm by andrewjmac

When you need points and summertime seems so pointless you can always go DOWNTOWN!  When you need points, all the codes in the joints seem to help, I know.  DOWNTOWN.

Just look for a new badge from Vault of Midnight in the city!  Linger at the UMMA where artwork is so pretty.  HOW CAN YOU LOSE?  The points are so shiny there; you can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares and go:

DOWNTOWN!  Things will be GREAT when you're DOWNTOWN! No finer place for sure: DOWNTOWN!  EVERYTHING'S WAITING FOR YOU!

Don't hang around and let your problems surround you, there's Stamps Gallery DOWNTOWN!  Maybe you know some little places to go to like the Art Center DOWNTOWN!

Water You Bearing At?Drag RacingMeet Julie! Locomotion CommotionStiff and DetachedHuman Body Theater Take 2Wakanda Wild SideUnfortunate UmayyadCarrying a TuneWonder WhereNASA Turns 60Framed Bear at UMMADon't Be TardisBeary Blue PeriodDraw Bridge BearOff The Starboard HowLinguist Sticks

Just come and grab the codes from Zingerman's and also Hatcher!  At the Robot Shop or Literati, you'll be a code-catcher!  Happy again!  And head to the Library.  You can forget your malaise, make summer not so lazy and go:

DOWNTOWN!  Take a quick walk around DOWNTOWN!  Where all the codes are found!  DOWNTOWN!  This joke has run aground...DOWNTOWN! DOWNTOWN! DOWNTOWN!

[Editors note: It's possible that by Badge Drop #7, the staff of the summer game have gotten a little loopy and have started to run out of dumb jokes to make in their posts.  It's also possible that this entire post can lead you to a nice bonus code if you are willing to go...well, you know.  THANKS FOR PLAYING!]

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Badge Drop #6: Pre-Shop Drop!

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 2:07pm by Sara W

It's SHOP DAY! Not like, right this second, but SOON! It will be GRAND! It will be OPEN! It will be a GRAND OPENING!

Dying to know what to expect in the new and improved Summer Game Shop? Enjoy this handy-dandy post that just happens to be All About the All-New Summer Game Shop!

Please enjoy some fresh-baked BADGES while you wait!

Super Star MasterMega Star MasterGiga Star MasterUltra Star MasterSupreme Star MasterWoolly AwesomeSpark It Right HereMeet Jared!Afloat BoatBombast or BUSTGo Get GutsyCaptain MarvelousMongolian TakeoverSkipped a GrooveOn a MissionRobots & Bears Dance

And don't forget that the Goblin Game is AFOOT! Visit any (or all!) of the branches to take on the challenge and untangle those goblin riddles!

So hang in there, Summer Gamers, the Summer Game Shop is nigh! In the meantime, and always, 

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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Badge Drop #4: Make Like a Lumberjack and GET LOGGING

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 5:36pm by andrewjmac

Wood you believe we're already a quarter of the way through the game?  It's NUTS!  It seems like we just embarked on Summer Game 2018 but here we are at Badge Drop #4.  And we know you must be a shade curious about what we have in store for you this time around.  Well...

This week features the all-new LOG MASTER series!  With the Log Master series, you get a badge and a bump for every 10 days you log something.  

You HAVE been visiting your My Player page every day and logging your reading, watching, and listening (and getting your 50 daily bonus points), right?  NO??  IT'S OKAY, no need to start pining for earlier days of summer and wishing you'd started logging sooner: you've still got time to log enough days to make it to SUPREME LOG MASTER status!  We know you can do it!  You just need to find your log-a-rhythm and then you can really get your grove on and start scoring!!

And, as a bonus this week, CATALOG RATINGS HAVE MADE THEIR TRIUMPHANT RETURN!!  Time for all players to branch out from writing reviews and get to rating all of those things you loved (or things you only kinda liked).  Stumped on what to rate?  Try rooting through your checkout history!

Let's take a look at the drop!

Badge Drop #4

Super Log Master image
Mega Log Master image
Giga Log Master image
Ultra Log Master image
Supreme Log Master image
Star Giver image
Koalaty Fun image
Butterfly in the Sky image
Meet Hans image
Plane and Simple image
Cap'n Trade image
Donald the Asgardian image
Hobble Around Town image
People Behind the Astronauts image
Gone Gupta image
Talking Machines image
Hit List image
Where Be Celeste image
Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean image
UMMA Explorer image
Stamps Gallery Explorer: Ellen Wilt image
Typing Bear at Literati image

 

Maybe some of you have started to feel like Summer Game 2018 is just a day at the beech, sitting at your plum spots atop the leaderboard.  Our advice to you is: don't be a sap! With a badge drop like this, other players can start running rings around you anytime and where would THAT leave you? 

So Get LOGGING!  Get RATING!  Grab a bud and get ARBOR EXPLORING!  And...

THANKS FIR PLAYING!

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Badge Drop #3: POP QUIZ, HOT SHOTS

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 5:03pm by Sara W

WHAT'S UP, SUMMER GAMERS?? Seriously, what is up? This is a test, and yes, spelling counts. Luckily, it's multiple choice. So, spelling won't really count.

Question: What's up?

A) The sun!
B) The temperature!
C) Badges!
D) Beautiful banners borne by branch buildings! 

And the answer, intrepid gamers? Ah HA! You guessed it. You are too clever!

It is:

E) ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!!!

Let us return for a moment to multiple choice option C: Badges! A brand new batch of brilliant badges are ready and waiting for you to DECIPHER their riddles, ABSORB their unusual facts, and CHORTLE at their wordplay. This week's badge drop brings you PANDAS! PUFFERS! PARKS!

This week's badge drop also gives you PURPOSE. No, not a reason to live (though Summer Game is an excellent reason to live) but a PURPOSE to go visit Zingerman's Bakehouse and Food Gatherers!

 

Badge Drop #3

Eats Shoots and Leaves image
Worm Your Way In image
Meet Bob image
So Car So Good image
Black Teeth's Back image
Human Body Theater image
Aztec-nical Difficulties image
Cover Up to Cover Up image
Ghost Writers image
A Day in the Life image
Bandemer Hop image
Zingerman's Bakehouse Breeze In image
Swing Out to Food Gatherers image

 

Now then, let us return for another moment to the pop quiz. Multiple choice options A: The sun! and B: The temperature! are NO JOKE!

It's gonna be HOT, hot as the fury of a summer gamer who missed a program code by 10 minutes. Temperatures are rising like POINT TALLIES around here!

Enter multiple choice option D: Beautiful banners borne by branch buildings! No better time to make a grand tour of AADL buildings and COOL OFF COLLECTING CODES!!!!

Let's close things out with one last pop quiz.

Question:

True or false: THANKS FOR PLAYING!!!!!!!!!!!

 

(Answer: True!!!)

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AADL Closed on Wednesday, July 4

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 3:09pm by TimG

All AADL locations will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.

Regular Library hours will resume on Thursday, July 5.