Gene Wilson

The Ann Arbor District Library Board and staff acknowledge with sadness the passing of former Library Director and Board Member Gene Wilson.

Gene served as Director of the Ann Arbor Public Library from 1977 to 1983 and later served the community on the first elected Board of the newly formed Ann Arbor District Library. He remained on the AADL Board for four years, from July, 1996 - June, 2000.

Gene's career began at the Library in 1951 when he joined the Ann Arbor Public Library staff as a reference librarian. Prior to his appointment as Library Director, he held positions as Head of the Reference Department and Assistant Director.

We deeply regret his passing and offer our sincere condolences to his family. We admire and appreciate Gene's hard work and many years of dedication and service to the Ann Arbor community.

You can read articles from the Ann Arbor News about Gene's time at the library over on Old News.

Tom Hayden at AADL

The Downtown Meeting Room was packed for Tom Hayden's lecture Monday evening, September 15.

Hayden, a former student at U-M was in Ann Arbor because U-M has recently purchased papers, photos and documents which detail his life as an activist. He stated that "history repeats itself if all parties aren't involved, even dissenters," in creating the future. He will be visiting the area once a year for 4-5 years to decipher his hand-written notes accurately because they include so many primary sources.

MLive reporter Janet Miller wrote a detailed story on his lecture you can find here.

Art Table: Leaf Rubbings

The next time you’re at the Downtown Library, pop into the Youth Department and check out the new art project at the art table.

This month we're making leaf rubbings in fall colors! Celebrate fall with this easy and fun project.

At the library we'll be using plastic leaf rubbing plates, but did you know you can make your own leaf rubbings at home using real leaves?! Try it! It's pretty fun. Happy Fall!

2014 Young People's National Book Award Longlist Announced!

It's that time of year again - book award season! This year the National Book Award for Young People has listed ten youth and teen fiction and non-fiction titles in the running for the 2014 National Book Awards. The titles in contention are:
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Girls Like Us by Gail Giles
Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin
100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two by Deborah Wiles
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
A few of these titles are on order and should appear in our catalog shortly so that holds may be placed.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library



Monday September 22, 2014: 10:30 am to 11:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Monday September 22, 2014: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Circle K Homework Help

Monday September 22, 2014: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Workshop: Portal 2 Puzzle Maker

Monday September 22, 2014: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

New Art Prints from the AADL Collection

Now through September 30, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Kerrytown Bookfest: The Art of the Book

Now through October 12, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

Equilibrium: Paintings By Cathy Barry

October 3, 2014 through October 30, 2014 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Women Artists – Fall 2014 Juried Exhibition

October 16, 2014 through November 24, 2014 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit, Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Artist Margaret Carney Discusses 'Demystifying Women and Dinnerware'

Friday October 17, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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