Library Closed On Saturday, July 4

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

Regular Library hours will resume on Sunday, July 5.


AADL Receives National Award At The Library Of Congress

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) received the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year today during a luncheon ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Library Director Josie Parker and Terry Soave, AADL Manager of Outreach and Neighborhood Services accepted the award on behalf of WLBPD@AADL, now completing its sixth year of serving blind and physically handicapped individuals throughout Washtenaw County.

The other award presented at the luncheon ceremony, the Network Library of the Year Award, was given to the The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library located in Lansing.

Both awards carry a $1,000 cash prize and a framed certificate for each library and its parent agency.

Karen Keninger, Director of the National Library Service For The Blind and Physically Handicapped, stated, “Today we commend these two libraries for their exceptional creativity and responsiveness in removing barriers to reading for people who are blind or are unable to use print materials.”

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) serves approximately 500 patrons and circulates talking books and magazines on 15,949 digital cartridges. All public services staff of the Ann Arbor District Library are trained and available to provide WLBPD services.

For more information about WLBPD@AADL services, visit or call (888) 460-0680 or (734) 327-4224.


Downtown Construction Update June 22: Pedestrian Access is from the South from William Street Only for the Duration of the Project

The renovation of the front entry Downtown has begun, and the Library is open regular hours during construction. Access from the north walking south on Fifth Avenue or approaching from Library Lane is not possible during this final phase of the project. Signs re-directing pedestrians will be up during open hours at various intersections around the block surrounding the Downtown Library. The parking on Fifth Avenue will be unavailable. We expect the work to result in a great deal of noise and to produce quite a bit of dust during the excavation of the sidewalks.

The Library will be open and accessible through the front doors regular library hours of operation going forward. All other library locations are open regular hours during the renovation Downtown.

The following will be accomplished in this project:
The sidewalks will be removed and repoured, eliminating the step at the curb on Fifth Avenue.
New inclines will be poured from the south and from the north eliminating the steps at the north end of the porch.
New steps will be added in front of the library entry leading down to the sidewalk on Fifth Avenue.
New, lighter doors will replace the rusted out doors at the front entry.
Handrails will be added on both sides of both inclines and at the steps.
The rusted ceramic coated metal tiles that form the fascia around the 1958 portion of the building will be removed and replaced.

We appreciate the support of the City of Ann Arbor, the DDA, and particularly members of the City of AA Commission on Disability Issues for their input and support on the design of this renovation.

We expect this to be a dusty and loud mess and thank you in advance for your patience, and apologize for the inconvenience. If you have questions or concerns, please contact me directly at or post them to this message.


What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events!

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS: Kids can design a rolling car creation for Adventure Time heroes on Thursday July 2 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Kids and teens can use Unity to customize a racing game on Sunday July 5, at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.


LECTURE: Janice L Blixt, Producing Artistic Director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, uses history, literary criticism, and pop culture for a delightful discussion of Shakespeare on Monday July 6 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library

CRAFTS AND ART PROJECTS: Kids can make their very own fairy doll on Monday July 6 at 2:00 pm at Traverwood Branch. Kids and teens

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS: Kids and pre-teens can learn how to use Face Paint to create designs for stage or for fun on Tuesday July 7 at 1:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

TEEN VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP: Teens who are interested in serving as a library volunteer for summer programs, working behind the scenes and stocking Summer Game orders can attend a Teen Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday July 7 at 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

Download of the Day: July 1

Never a Bystander

Ann Arbor filmmaker Evelyn Neuhaus explores the life of Irene Butter, who survived two Nazi concentration camps, and has dedicated herself to sharing the lessons she learned as a Holocaust survivor and develop an understanding and appreciation of human rights in others.

Looking for more great things to download? Try going to our Downloads page for music, books, videos, podcasts, even patterns! And check out the Download of the Day every day for more great recommendations from AADL!

Want to find out about next week's Download of the Day TODAY? And get a whole heap of bonus DotD points in the process? Start playing the Lowdown of the Day! Follow the clues to figure out the item ahead of time. And the first find gets the most points, so move fast!

2015 Morris Award Winner and finalists!

Every year the Young Adult Library Services Association (YASLA) awards the William C. Morris Young Adult Debut Award for first time authors writing for teens.

This year the winner of the Morris Award was Gabi, a girl in pieces by Isabel Quintero. It is a story about a girl, Gabi, who is having a complicated senior year. From her best friend getting pregnant to another friend coming out, to looking for her own romance and trying to get into college. All while writing poetry and trying to forge her identity. There's a good reason this book won the award, it's great. The characters don't fall flat as can happen sometimes and the struggles that Gabi faces are ones that are easily identifiable (even if you've never experienced them yourself).

The other finalists in the award were

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley a story about Maggie Lynch who is moved from Chicago to Ireland when her mother gets suddenly married. The story follows Maggie as she deals with life and death, love and loss.

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by C.K Johnston is a story about an alternate world where dragons abound and cause massive destruction. The story follows Owen a slayer in training, his bard Siobhan (pronounced She-vaughn) as they face a dragon in Canada.

The Scar Boys by Len. Vlahos is a story about Harry Jones who in a college admission essay reveals a childhood defined by his physical and psychological scars and the solace that he found in friendship and punk music.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender is a story about a girl who is born with wings, to a family that is unwise in love. After a young man becomes convinced she is an angel it is uncertain if she will survive this strange obsession.

To see previous years winners check out These lists

Library Lists: Introducing Fine Art to Kids!

We know that kids love to create their own art, and children can recognize and be influenced by different artistic styles from a very young age. Learning about fine art can seem dry, but there are lots of great books geared towards younger ages that introduce famous artists and their work in fun and unique ways. Here are a few suggestions:

In the family-oriented An Eye For Art, children are introduced to over 50 famous artists and their work representing a huge range of styles and techniques. Related activities ranging from focused looking to creative writing and the child’s own artistic development accompany the information and images about each artist.

Learning Through Art, published by the Guggenheim Museum, offers art and art appreciation exercises based on well-known 20th century paintings and pieces from the Guggenheim.

Art Up Close: From Ancient to Modern is a beautiful book that emphasizes the finer points of various masterpieces by turning them into an “I Spy”-like game. In the same series, and just as well-done, are the Louvre Up Close and Masterpieces Up Close.

In Modern Art Adventures, kids are introduced to the fresh and unusual artistic styles of the past three centuries, then let loose to create their own art inspired by the techniques they’ve learned. Over 35 hands-on projects make sure that there’s something for everyone in this book.

Linnea in Monet’s Garden is an adorable introduction to Monet, his family, his garden at Giverny and his work. Readers will join a young girl as she visits the home and garden of Monet, and the illustrations include photographs from the painter’s life and of his work.

Ooh! Matisse is the most basic of introductions to fine art for the youngest readers. Portions of Matisse’s cut-out paper art are splashed brightly across the pages, and young readers will learn to recognize both the art and the words that describe it (“flower,” “square,” “figure,” etc.)

The Collins Big Book of Art opens with a useful timeline of the history of art: when different styles were developed and where, and what artists were doing around the world at different points in time. This collection is great for kids interested in artistic variety: from cave art to pop art, it has it all.

If you’re interested in other cool fine art books for children, check out the suggestions on this list.


AADL Talks to Mark Clague: Jimi's Banners

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June 26, 2015 at the Downtown Netcasting Studio


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In celebration of the 200th anniversary year of The Star Spangled Banner, UM School of Music, Theatre & Dance Professor Mark Clague talks with us about Jimi Hendrix and his personal relationship with our nation anthem.

The celebration continues at your downtown library with Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life - an exhibit that illustrates through interpretive panels, historical documents and photographs, the cultural 200-year history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” from June 14, 2015 through August 30, 2015 in the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Length: 00:27:27
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
Related Event:
Banner Moments: The National Anthem in American Life


gogoSUMMER GAME 2015 has been ACTIVATED (can you hear its engine revving?), and is READY TO GO!

This year brings you:
- Simplified BRANCH MASTER BADGES. ALL codes required for these big time badges are already placed branches — so you'll have the ENTIRE SUMMER to get all the codes. Nice, right? You could even start TODAY! Though, remember, Downtown doesn’t re-open ’til tomorrow at 9am!

- 2000 POINTS for COMPLETING THE PAPER GAME (Summer Game Classic)! 1000 for the completion code, another 1000 for the badge you’ll earn!

- Plenty of GREAT NEW BADGES starting with BADGE DROP #1 coming around 5 PM today! Eeeeee!

- TOTALLY RAD PRIZES — including BIG LEGO banks, to-go tea tumblers, SUPER SPECIAL “sketch” bags (custom-designed by four cartoonists!), and of course, the RETURN of a few faves: the popular picnic blanket, quality coffee and chocolate! Plus, more, more, more…STAY TUNED!

Just WHEN will you be able to get your hands (or at least your eyes) on some of our super-stellar prizes? The SUMMER GAME SHOP will open July 7.

We’ve got a WHOLE MONTH+ between THIS VERY MOMENT and then, so you’ve got plenty of time to TAG, RATE, and REVIEW items in the AADL Catalog for points! Haven’t played before, but ready now? SIGN UP ONLINE!

Dig all this excitement, but have NO IDEA what we’re talking about? NO PROBLEM — glad you’re here! Here’s a quick video to clue you in!

Questions? Excited comments? Good/bad puns to share? Post here (for points!) or drop us a Contact Us anytime.


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Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Thursday July 2, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am --

Adventure Time Zipline Engineering

Thursday July 2, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm --

Baby Playgroups

Thursday July 2, 2015: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm --

Preschool Storytimes

Thursday July 2, 2015: 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm --

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

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