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AADL's Summer Game Geocache
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The Ann Arbor District Library has hidden its first cache as part of the 2013 Summer Game!
You do not need to sign up for the Summer Game to participate, but there will be a game code hidden inside the cache for players who are signed up for the Summer Game. Information about AADL’s 2013 Summer Game can be found at play.aadl.org.
You will need to collect clues from four locations in order to calculate the final coordinates of the cache. Please bring along this description and a pen or pencil to write down the clues.
Part 1: The Secret Garden (N 42° 16.677’ W 083° 44.758’)
The first clue is hidden in a “secret garden” at this library location. To get to the garden, you will have to enter the library, then find one of the two doors leading out to the garden. Please note that the doors will only be unlocked from the time the library opens until one hour before the library closes. An alarm will sound if you try opening the locked doors, so please only look for this clue during these hours:
Sun 12 – 5
Mon 10 – 8
Tues 9 – 8
Wen 9 – 8
Thurs 9 – 8
Fri 9 – 8
Sat 9 – 5
You will see a plaque in this garden, on the wall near one of the doors. Record the date as “ABCD” (i.e. 2013 => A = 2, B = 0, C = 1, D = 3).
You may also be interested to learn that the library’s “secret garden” is not the first garden to be planted here. Before the library was built in 1957, the 15-room Beal mansion stood on this spot, the home of publisher and U-M regent Junius Beal. It boasted a lovely garden of magnolia trees, wildflowers and some unusual plantings, including an elm tree that was grown from a cutting of a tree planted by George Washington on the Capitol grounds.
You can learn more about our local history by visiting the library’s online collection of digitized newspapers, Old News, or any of our collection of Ann Arbor Databases.
Part 2: A Tree Grows in Michigan (N 42° 18.467’ W 083° 42.881’)
The second clue is hidden at another library location. You will see a traffic sign at the given coordinates. Record the number on this sign as “E.” (And if you're having trouble locating the sign, keep in mind that the number may be spelled out instead of a numeral.)
This library location, the newest of all our branches, was built in 2007. During construction, they used draft horses to help keep damage to the site at a minimum.
During the latter part of the 19th century, there was a huge boom in the lumber business. Men from all over the state would head up north in the winter to lumber camps to work as lumberjacks. Thanks to draft horses, not only were Michigan lumberjacks of yesteryear able to move timber, but the builders of today were able to move and use the timber to build this library branch.
You can learn more about trees, animals and more with our library’s collection of Fandex Family Field Guides, and check out this Michigan-made DVD about life during the timber boom, Michigan’s Lumbering Days and Camp Life: When the Big Trees Fell.
Part 3: Plan Of Green Gables (N 42°14.615’ W 083° 43.046’)
The third clue is located at a third library location. Look for the “Everything’s Connected” sign at the coordinates, and record the number mentioned in the sign as “FG” (do not record the date in the corner of this sign).
And while you’re here, look up! Did you know that this library location has a garden on the roof? The garden plays an important role in preventing run off from rain water and insulating heat. It was built in order to provide a sustainable design, trying to reduce the amount of impact the building has on the natural world. This branch also has a natural water filtration system in its parking lots, as you can see diagrammed below.
If you’re interested in the science of sustainability, our collection provides a wealth of information for all ages, and if your interested in other science topics, be sure to check out our telescopes and our brand-new collection of Science Tools. We'll be added lots of items to our Science Tools collection throughout the summer, so stay tuned for more.
Part 4: Tannery Row (N 42° 16.742’ W 083° 46.964’)
The fourth clue is at a fourth library location. Count the number of drop-boxes in front of this location, and record the number as “H.”
You may have noticed that this branch is located in a shopping center. The trading of goods is nothing new to this area. Michiganders have been trading goods way before Michigan was even a state. Native American tribes specific to this area were the Potowatami, Ojibwe and Ottawa. They originally traded among each other and with French traders. Originally, tribes would trade beads, made out of precious shells and fur skins with the French traders. By the 18th century, markets and trading posts were bustling with trade goods like corn, woven baskets, silver and much more!
You can explore the library’s page on Native Americans, which has links to numerous interesting websites, or view the items available in our collection . If you are interested in creating your own goods, you should also check our library’s brand-new collection of Art Tools, which will be available for check out later this summer. Stayed tuned to learn more.
Last Part: Treasure Island
The library’s cache is hidden at a fifth library location. You can calculate the final coordinates as follows: N 42° F5.E7H’ W 08D° 46.66B’.
Please note, you won’t need to disturb any creatures’ homes to access this cache.
From wildflowers to birds and bugs, this cache location is humming and buzzing with all sorts of interesting wildlife. And if all that music gets you interested in making melodies of your own, be sure to check out our collection of Music Tools.
Make sure to sign the logbook, and if you are playing as part of the 2013 Summer Game, don’t forget to record the code so you can enter it at play.aadl.org.
Thanks for participating in AADL’s first geocache event!
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Last Updated: on 2/3/2017 5:13:44 PM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (1:13 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum