Front Entry Renovation Downtown

The renovation of the front entry Downtown has begun, and the Library is open regular hours during construction. Access from William Street walking north on the sidewalk is not possible during this phase of the project. Signs re-directing pedestrians will be up during open hours at various intersections around the block surrounding the Downtown Library. Except for Tuesday, May 5, when the Library is used as a voting precinct for the City, 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 project timeline is April 26 through early August and there will be a planned closure midway in the project. Once we know the exact dates of the closure I will post them. Except for the expected closure the Library will be open and accessible through the front doors. 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 josie@aadl.org or post them to this message.

Josie

What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events!

LOCAL HISTORY: Dale Leslie shares information about the residences and backgrounds of well-known writers and poets who lived in Ann Arbor on Tuesday April 28 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CONCERT: Boogie-woogie pianist Matthew Ball (pictured above) performs piano music from the 20’s 30’s & 40’s on Thursday April 30 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

ART FAIR CONTEST: Kids get another chance to submit their art for the 2015 Kids' Art Fair on Wednesday April 29 at 5:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

THIS WEEKEND:

STAR WARS FAN DAY CELEBRATION: Kids, teens and adults are invited to celebrate Star Wars with crafts, snacks, a photo booth, LEGO Star Wars animation and even special costumed Star Wars character appearances on Sunday May 3 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CRAFTS: Adults and teens can explore screen printing methods on Saturday May 2 at noon at Pittsfield Branch. Kids can make superhero masks and crime-fighting crafts on Saturday May 2 at 1:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

ART FAIR CONTEST: Kids get a final chance to submit their art for the 2015 Kids' Art Fair on Sunday May 3 at 1:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

HANDS-ON COMPUTER WORKSHOPS: Kids and teens can learn how to use Pygame to create arcade-style video games on Sunday May 3 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Arbor Hospice will hold a Memorial Gathering to honor memories of loved ones on Sunday May 3, at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

May the Fourth Be With You: Star Wars Fan Day Celebration

Sunday May 3, 2015: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby and Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room and Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

This event is intended for youth (grade K and up), teens and adults.

May Fourth has become Star Wars Day – the unofficial Star Wars holiday – thanks to its usage in “May the Fourth Be With You!”

Wear your favorite Star Wars character’s finest look and join us for an afternoon of Star Wars crafts, snacks, a photo booth, and LEGO Star Wars animation!

"It's All Write!" Finalists Posted!

The finalists of the 2015 "It's All Write!" Teen Short Story Contest are now officially posted! Thank you to all of the writers who participated. This year was the most competitive yet, with more entries than ever before and even better stories.

All writers are invited to the Awards Celebration on Sunday, June 7 with Rebecca Donovan for writing inspiration and delicious refreshments! Winners will be announced at the Awards Celebration and will be posted online on Monday, June 8.

Don't forget to keep on writing, writers of Ann Arbor and beyond! As Neil Gaiman so eloquently says, "The world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before." To keep up your skills all spring and summer long, check out AADL's list of writing resources and books for teens!

Library Lists: Nonfiction for Fiction Readers

I used to spend most of my time reading fiction and would often have to force myself to pick up a nonfiction book, even if it was about a subject I'm truly interested in. There’s so much great nonfiction out there though that sometimes I felt like I’m missing out (and indeed I was)! If you’re interested in reading more nonfiction but still crave the sweeping storylines and character development of novels, the books on this list are a great place to start your delve into the nonfiction world.

Devil in the White City combines the story of the planning and execution of the Chicago World’s Fair with that of a serial killer who targeted his victims throughout the duration of the Fair. The two stories complement one another well, making for a gripping story that reads just like a fictional murder mystery—with the added chills of being real!

Wild is Cheryl’s Strayed’s now famous account of her physical and personal journey hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. After a tough childhood and young adulthood, Strayed makes the decision to hike the PCT as a way to heal her mind and her heart, and to challenge her body. Her account of her journey is riveting and brutal, making for a fast-paced, breathtaking read.

The Tipping Point: Malcom Gladwell is known for his popular books on sociology and psychology. This was his first, and revolves around the psychology of the magical moment when a trend becomes a trend. Also try Outliers and David and Goliath, both also by Gladwell.

The Warren Commission Report: a graphic investigation into the Kennedy assassination is a well-researched and wonderfully designed non-fiction graphic novel. It clearly and concisely presents the all-too-often muddled details of the JFK assassination and ensuing investigation and is a great book for both readers who are generally unfamiliar with the event, and for those who know a great deal about it but want to see the subject presented in a unique manner.

Set in the fascinating, beautiful, mysterious Savannah, Georgia, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil has a cast of characters that are completely unforgettable. The book begins almost as a travel log, with author John Berendt describing unique details about Savannah and offering interesting historical facts about the city and surrounding area to readers. These chapters are so engrossing, that it’s easy to forget that the book actually becomes a true crime story. When that turning point does occur, it happens subtly and smoothly, and the book slides gracefully from a Southern narrative to a revealing look at a strange and unlikely murder mystery.

In I Wear the Black Hat, cultural critic Chuck Klosterman theorizes about how the modern world understands the concept of villainy. Why are some villains lauded as anti-heroes while others, who have often committed lesser crimes, destined to be hated by the masses until the end of time? Find out in this witty, culturally relevant analysis of mass media.

Since its publication in the late 1990s, The Boys of Summer has been a favorite of sports lovers everywhere. Roger Kahn, the “dean of American sports writers,” shares his stories of growing up down the street from Ebbets Field, and delves deeply into the history of the Brooklyn Dodgers leading up to their 1955 win of the World Series. Kahn then tracks the fascinating stories of the players as they age and move beyond their baseball-playing years. A great read for fans of baseball, history, Americana, or all of the above.

Women in Clothes is a unique, almost artistic piece. Compiled by four friends, the book includes advice and anecdotes from over six hundred women and dwells on not just what we wear but on all the elements of style. As the back cover reads, Women in Clothes is “an exploration into the questions we ask ourselves while getting dressed every day.”

Desert Solitaire is Edward Abbey’s classic recount of his time spent in the wilderness of the American southwest. The book is adventurous, passionate, poetic, and clever. Its ongoing popularity is a testament to its timelessness… and its ability to allow readers to experience a place that, for the most part, no longer exists.

A Short History of Nearly Everything is a scientific odyssey like no other by beloved author Bill Bryson. In this book, he attempts to understand everything—and impart his understanding to readers—from the Big Bang to the rise of civilizations. He takes challenging subjects: geology, physics, astronomy, paleontology… and does his best to make them understandable to people who, like himself, were rendered bored or terrified of science in school.

There are even more great books for the reluctant nonfiction reader on this more extensive list!

Download of the Day: April 27


Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery - Kerry Greenwood

This first entry in the series introduces a mystery-solving, globe-trotting Australian aristocrat with a nose for adventure in 1920s.

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!

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre Archive Launched on Old News

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The Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is celebrating 85 years and AADL has launched a new website detailing the history of this award-winning local theater company.

View hundreds photos from the rehearsals, backstages and performances of the plays including never before seen shots from noted photographer Fred Beutler as well as the staff photographers at the Ann Arbor News. The Archive also includes hundreds of posters and programs from plays and over a thousand articles from the Ann Arbor News.

Old News will be adding more programs, photos and documents from the extensive collection at the Civic Theatre in the coming months but we need your help . . . can you identify any of the people in the photos where we don't have names? Everyone knows someone in Ann Arbor who worked in or for a Civic Theatre play, so browse the photos and add your knowledge in the Add New Comment feature. We have identified the lady at your left, that's Gilda Radner.

 

Ann Arbor Elections: Exploring Options

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April 14, 2015 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) hosted this last of two public conversations on the current process of electing local public officials, with a look at how municipalities around the country elect their public officials.

Panelists include Professor John Chamberlin, Professor Emeritus, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Lawrence Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk; and Professor Joseph Ohren, Eastern Michigan University, Political Science Department.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization and the cosponsor of this event, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Length: 01:31:28
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
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Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library

Apr28

Baby Playgroups

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am -- Downtown Library: Youth Story Corner

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Local Historian Dale Leslie Discusses Where Notables Lived in A2

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday April 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

Ann Arbor Women Artists’ 2015 Spring Exhibit

Now through April 29, 2015 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Public Schools Annual Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 27, 2015 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit, Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases, Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

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