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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.

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Badge Drop #2: Too Many To Believe

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 6:36pm by andrewjmac

It's the second badge drop but it might already be too much!  As we are writing this post, you have already earned 17,374,510 points in this year's Summer Game!  And we've only been in the second week of Summer Game 2018 for couple of hours!  There've been over 1.1 MILLION points scored JUST TODAY!  If that doesn't make you do a double-take, we don't know what will!

You might be tempted to think that a couple of players just decided to double their efforts or grew another pair of hands, but it isn't just that!  4,337 players have scored points so far this year.  That's not double digits, that DOUBLE double digits!  Again, let me say it a second time, THE SECOND WEEK OF SUMMER GAME 2018 HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN.  

And what a second week it is!  We've doubled-down on a whole bunch of your favorite badge series this week!  AVENGERS and EMPIRES and BUGS and BUSES!  Let's take a look:

Badge Drop #2

So-Called Ladybug
No Scare Grizzly Bear
Meet Kiki!
The Wheels on the Bus
Arsenic Attire
Scar-Spangled Banner
International Space Station
Bye Bye Byzantine
Music Goes Round and Round
Roa-Nope
Doll Aboard
Michigan ZoomIn
County Farm Adventure

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AAATA Free Ride Weekends—Just Show Your Library Card

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:07am by richretyi

 

AAATA Free Ride Weekends: Just Show Your Library Card

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) and the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) are partnering this summer to provide Free Ride Weekends during the AADL Summer Game!

Every Saturday and Sunday from June 16 to August 26, library cardholders can ride any of TheRide local fixed-route buses for free. All you need to do is show the driver your library card when boarding the bus!

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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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Suggest a title for the 2019 Washtenaw Reads!

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 8:56am by eapearce

**Suggestions for the 2019 Washtenaw Read are now closed. Thank you for your suggestions!**

The Washtenaw Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti.

Each year, a committee of librarians, teachers, bookstore owners, and members of the public gathers to read a variety of suggested titles and select one to be that year's Washtenaw Read. This year's theme is again simply "A Very Good Read," and can be fiction or non-fiction. The Read will take place in January and February 2019 and typically culminates in a visit from the author of the selected book.

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Library Closed On Easter Sunday, April 1

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 11:59am by TimG

All AADL locations will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 1. Regular Library hours will resume on Monday, April 2.

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New Features, and a new Bookable Room!

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 9:10pm by eli

The end of February is nigh, and we've been hard at work building more new features for the new aadl.org!

Downtown Freespace now Bookable Online

In addition to the Whiffletree and Lamplighter rooms on the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library, we've now made the AADL Freespace on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library bookable online! You can book this room that seats about 32 at aadl.org/rooms after logging in with your library card. You can book it for 2 hours per day per card, up to 12 times per 365-day period. And, while this room used to require 2 weeks advance notice, now you can book it for tomorrow onward!  However, unlike our smaller meeting rooms, no same-day walk-in usage of AADL Freespace is available. Advance booking only!

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Library Closed On Friday, February 9

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 4:42pm by TimG

Due to a National Weather Service travel advisory, all locations of the Ann Arbor District Library will be closed on Friday, February 9.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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New Feature: Freezable Requests!

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 5:54pm by eli

Thanks for all your patience throughout this week as we got the last data out of the old system! Requests have now been loaded and enabled, and we're thrilled to introduce a long-awaited feature, entirely appropriate for the weather we've been having: FREEZABLE REQUESTS!

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What is a Frozen Request?

When you freeze a request, you'll keep moving up the line, but a copy will not be put on the holdshelf for you until you unfreeze the request. That means you can avoid too many things coming in at once, or freeze all your requests when you go on vacation!

When can Requests be Frozen?

You can freeze and unfreeze any of your requests at any time, except for requests which are in transit, or ready for pickup on the hold shelf. Once your request has hit the hold shelf, it's too late to freeze it.

How do I Freeze my Requests?

On your my account page, you can freeze or unfreeze any or all of your requests using the modify button. You'll see a spinner while your command goes through, and then the status will change to Frozen or Unfrozen.

How do I know what place in line I am when a request is Frozen?

For now, you can't see what place in line you are when a request is frozen. You can unfreeze and reload to check if you want to know. We'll be working on this as we see how patrons are using this feature!

I was #15 of 18 requests, but now it's ready for pickup, what happened?

What happened was that requests 1-14 were all frozen, so you were next! We expect this sort of thing may happen a lot for popular items with lots of outstanding frozen requests. We'll be working on ways to display this better and give you a better idea how close you are to the top of the queue once we have more data on how this is used by our patrons.

Just Contact Us if you have any questions about this new feature or run into any trouble! It's a whole new way to use your library, and we're excited to see how you make use of it!