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AADL Presents The 2013 German-American Gaming League International Championships!

Wed, 05/08/2013 - 9:25am by hillary dorwart

Saturday May 18, 2013: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

AADL is teaming up with the U.S. State Department and Germany's Zukunftswerkstatt (Future Workshop) to present this special event, matching three of Ann Arbor's best gamers with three winners of the German Library Gaming League to pursue ultimate LIBRARY GAMING VICTORY!

Three German Teens, ages 13, 15, and 18, are traveling to the US to compete at this May 18 tournament at the Downtown Library. They won their trips to the US at the Finals.

Cheer on your hometown gamers or our visiting German friends in a madcap sequence of video game contests, from the familiar to the bizarre, with INTERNATIONAL GLORY on the line!

This event is for teens (grades 6 - 12).


To the head of the AADL and the board: What precisely does your international gaming event have to do with the library's mission of study, learning, and the life of the mind? You have turned my tax-payer supported facility into an entertainment center for the most frivolous and mind-numbing pursuits. I suspect that this turn is a strategy to avoid obsolesence in the digital age. I doubt it will work; the result will be the association of learning with fun and games, not serious thinking. Daniel Peters

Kids are growing up in a different environment and technology, games, tablets, etc are simply a part of that life. While there are cases of couch potatoes wasting away playing games all day there are plenty of well rounded kids who will enjoy this event. We wouldn't want to waste tax money luring kids into the library during the summer... Let's dump more money into Liberty Plaza where Ann Arbor's finest can lounge around all day.

While I rarely play video games these days, I do still go to the library. I think the gaming tournaments I participated in at the library are a large reason as to why I am still a patron of AADL. Among the many benefits I received from playing in these tournaments was that it got me in the habit of going to the library at a young age. A habit I have retained.

So maybe the youth going to these events will not be expanding their vocabulary, but I can assure you that their minds are not being numbed. I suggest you go down to the library sometime and check this or other non-book related events at the library. You might be surprised to see the good that is being done.

Also, I believe you may have misstated the library's mission, this link should fill you in.

On a different note it is great to see that AADL-GT is alive and well, I have great memories from those tournaments.

-Bad driver

What a fun event! Great to see so many teens being drawn into the library for these events, and now they get to meet people their age from a whole other country. I hope the Germans have a great time here. Wish I could be there!

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