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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!

The Summer Game Shop GRAND OPENING will be announced in its own post at, like, 8 pm!  So WATCH THIS SPACE!

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!

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All About the All-New Summer Game Shop!

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:17am by eli

Summer Game 2018 is going strong with more players, more points, and more things to do than ever! And we've reached that point in the summer where Inquiring Minds want to know: WHERE IS THE SUMMER GAME SHOP?!

Well, it's coming very soon, with this year's new items appearing this Friday Night, July 20th! There is a possibility that we will need to hold off on placing orders over the weekend if we run into any software "surprises", but hopefully that won't be an issue.

BUT, that's not what we're here to talk about. We've completely changed the way that the Summer Game Shop works to get more prizes into the hands of more players, and hopefully take (most) of the stress out of the Summer Game Shopping Season! We don't want getting free premia (thanks to our Amazing Friends of the AADL) to be a time of anxiety and woe, and we think this set of changes, while a big change from how the shop has worked up to now, will make for a better, and fairer experience for everyone! SO! Read on for full details!

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LUCKY YOU! It's Badge Drop #5!

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 4:58pm by nicole

Some say Friday the 13th is a superstitious day, but we don't believe it. After all, it's been a very lucky four weeks of Summer Game so far and the point total is ASTRONOMICAL! With seven stellar days a week to review, log, rate, and travel around your town, there's plenty of good luck (and good points) to be had--and would you believe it? FRIDAY THE 13TH MAY BE YOUR LUCKIEST DAY OF ALL!

Because not only is it BADGE DROP DAY, but this week we'll be dropping a SPECTACULAR series of badges that are all for our SUMMER GAME SPECTACULAR! This Saturday, July 14th from 1-4pm at Veterans Memorial Park (350 N Maple Rd)there will be points and games galore! Play lawn games! See the circus! Get your face painted! Chow down at the delicious food trucks and more!

Badges away!

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Downtown Discoverer Malletts Creek Collector Pittsfield Perambulator Traverwood Traverser Westgate Wayfarer Ursus Maritimus Go, Go, Goliathus! Meet Wallace! Construction Craving Primate Pioneer'? Crakow You Doin'? True Nat Han Drama-sty Speed of Sound Fab-u-Lost Orion Vehicle Big Bag Badge Above Board Summer Game Spectator Summer Game Spectacrobat Summer Game Spectacular Mini-Gamer ummer Game Spectacular Mega-Gamer Summer Game Spectacular Scoresweeper Goblins In The Library Goblins At The Gate Goblins By The Creek Goblins In The Wood Goblins In The Pitts


This week also features the sudden and mysterious appearance of THE GOBLIN GAME--5 games of treasure, codes, and riddles just waiting to be found! Head to any or all of the branches before August 31st to play!

So, if you were looking for something to do this weekend, you LUCKED OUT! There's lots to do and lots to get done, so get on with it! Oh, and...


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Incoming: BIG POINTS WEEKEND! Book Sales, Board Meetings and MORE

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 7:33pm by eli

Summer Game is going strong, and this weekend just might be THE MOST POINTS-LADEN WEEKEND EVER! (Especially if you include Monday.) So much so that we just had to drop a few badges EARLY just to give you an extra HEADS UP!

Of course you know all about Saturday's Impending SUMMER GAME SPECTACULAR, where literally THOUSANDS of points will be on offer for those who experience the event in fullness, so don't miss that on Saturday at Vets Park, starting at 1 PM... but did you know that the FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY are also having a book sale this weekend? NOW YOU DO! And if you check out the book sale at the Downtown Library, Saturday from 10 to 4, and Sunday from 1 to 4, you can get ANOTHER very special badge that is only earnable this weekend!

But that's not all... extend your REVELRY into Monday Night for this summer's last opportunity to earn the ABOVE BOARD badge, available only to those who make a PUBLIC COMMENT to the AADL Board of Trustees! This badge is worth 1500 points total, and with the long-awaited return of the SUMMER GAME SHOP just around the corner on July 20th, you won't want to pass up these points... to say NOTHING of the innate power of CIVIC ENGAGEMENT!

SO! Badge Drop Friday! Book Sale Downtown Saturday and Sunday! Summer Game Spectacular at Vets on Saturday! Then wrap up your MEGA POINTS WEEKEND with a public comment at the Board Meeting Monday night, and you'll be ROLLING IN POINTS heading into the triumphant return of the all-new SUMMER GAME SHOP!


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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!

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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...


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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:


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!


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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.


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


(Answer: True!!!)

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Zingerman's Summer of Food Tasting Fun! Bonus Badges on a Monday!

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 2:06pm by erin

If you love tasty food and playing the game, well, this is the kick-off of a seriously delicious Summer Game badge series! First, you want to find the deli bear we have hidden in the FRONT window of Zingerman's Deli on Detroit St. - find the bear and his code and you will earn the Zingerman's Deli Bear Where badge! He's hanging out in a small, clear box. The installation is in their window and viewable 24/7, but you may as well go during their open hours (7 days a week 7am-10PM) because then you can TASTE some delicious foods and earn the Zingerman's Deli Tasting Passport badge! Ask any Zingerman's staff member for a Passport and begin your journey!

More gamecodes will be coming to other Zingerman's business partners to hunt for this Friday's badge drop too! Then, if you're in town on Tuesday, July 3 attend the Zingerman's Summer Game Food Tasting event from 2-4PM at the Downtown Library. Attendees will get to try different foods, do fun activities and more - all ages!

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Zingerman's Deli Tasting Passport
Zingermam's Deli Bear Where

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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:

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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
Doll Aboard
Michigan ZoomIn
County Farm Adventure

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Badge Drop #1: The Countdown ENDS!

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 5:15pm by nicole

It's here, it's here, it's finally HERE! Summer Game 2018 is off and running!

Can you hear the sound of puns rolling off the conveyer belt?

Can you smell the smell of scavenger-hunting shoe soles burning up the hot pavement?

Can you feel the enthusiasm? CAN YOU TASTE THE CAPS LOCK?

GOOD, because the GAME is ON! A lot is changing this summer--including (but not limited to):

-The Summer Game SHOP, which will be CHANGING  PROFOUNDLY.

-TEXT CODES, which this year can be texted to our regular phone number (734) 327-4200!

-LOGGING, which will  get you 50 cool points for each day that you log something NO MATTER HOW MUCH TIME OR PAGES YOU SPEND! Plus, a future badge series for people who log a lot throughout the summer!

-POINTS-O-MATIC, which will be back this summer, and for the first time, POINTS-O-MATIC POINTS will count towards your Summer Game Shop Balance!



All this, so that we can improve the WAY YOU PLAY!

We know you're thoroughly modern people. You're hip to the times. You're up for a change. But we also know what you've been waiting for. ALL. YEAR. LONG.

They're small. They're round. They start with B and end with you rolling in a pile of pretend points!

And honestly, what could possibly be more modern than investing your REAL TIME into a MADE-UP CURRENCY on the INTERNET?

NOTHING, that's what!

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The Ride Stuff
Spot the Ride
Ride The Ride
A2CAF 2018 Alley Catcher
A2CAF 2018 Megafan
The Lunch Room
Black Bear Bonanza
Bee My Honey
Meet Todd!
Tractor Factor
Macaroni Style
Primates, Phyla, and Prawn Gobies
Avengers Assemble
Roman Empire
Mind Over Manor
Amazon Dot Gone
Amble Through The Arb
Wonka Mile In Hatcher Library


So come spend some time doing made-up things with us! Have some fictional fun, learn some far-out facts, and then, of course, GET THE STUFF!

Still STUMPED  over GETTING STARTED? Try ANY or ALL OF these options:

-Visit each AADL location and collect codes!

-Head to the AADL catalog and review some things that kept you busy this winter!

-Check stuff out, read books, watch movies, listen to music, or USE YOUR LIBRARY any way you wanna! 

-Get started with our GETTING STARTED badge series! 

Now pick a direction, stop your waiting and your hybernating, and GET GOING! THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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Summer Game 2018: Go Time!

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 11:07am by andrewjmac

It's time, IT'S TIME!  Some of you have waited 9 1/2 months for this and some of you have no idea what the rest of us are so EXCITED about!  Well, I'll tell you...


And this year's Summer Game has all of the great things you remember from previous games like CODES and BADGES and POINTS and BANNERS and EVENTS and SCAVENGER HUNTS and ALL THAT JAZZ.  How should YOU go about GETTING STARTED?

-Visit every AADL location and collect the copious codes! Westgate, Malletts Creek, Pittsfield, and Traverwood all have 10 codes hidden around the building, Downtown has 15 codes PLUS every building has a BIG code on the banner outside (all banners are going up as we speak)! 

-Head to the AADL catalog and get reviewing everything you can think of! 

-Read books, watch movies, listen to music, anything at all!  Just log the item you enjoyed (or didn't enjoy, in which case come to the Library, we'd be happy to recommend something) and get your points once per day! 

-Start getting started by starting with our GETTING STARTED series! 

Getting Started Badge Series

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Go! A Guide to Conquering the Catalog Badge badge image
Super Summer Reader badge image
Bannerama badge image
Tell Us What You Really Think badge image
Log Jammer badge image

Are you EXCITED? Are you PUMPED? Are you even still reading this blog post or are you gone and playing? WELL YOU SHOULD BE!! Unless you still have NO IDEA what we are talking about, in which case you should head over to the Get Started page to figure out how YOU *ahem*

And this year's Summer Game has LOTS more in store down the road, including: -Changes to the Summer Game shop! -New ways to EARN POINTS! -Great new GAME MODES!

So what are you still hanging around here reading for? GO PLAY!