Construction Closure - Downtown Library

The Downtown Library will be closed beginning Friday, May 29 due to the Front Porch Construction Project. The length of the closure is undetermined at this time.

In expectation of the closure, no Library items are due after May 29 and before June 12, however, the Downtown Library dropbox on William Street will be available. Downtown Library hold items will be available at Traverwood Branch.

Updates will be posted on We apologize for the inconvenience.


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 or post them to this message.


What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events!

PANEL DISCUSSION: A panel of leading educators and business people discuss the education system in Michigan on Wednesday May 27 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.


TASTE OF ANN ARBOR: Stop by the AADL Booth on Liberty Street on Sunday May 31 at Taste of Ann Arbor from 11 am to 5 pm for hula-hooping, sidewalk art and an early preview of the Summer Game.

LEGO OPEN PLAY: Kids can have an afternoon of LEGO fun on Sunday May 31 at 1:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

MINECRAFT WORKSHOP: Kids and teens can create programming code to help them battle Minecraft monsters on Sunday May 31 at 2:00 pm at Traverwood Branch.

CRAFTS: Adults and teens can learn to make a clay cactus garden on Saturday May 30 at 2:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch and create beautiful candle holders on Sunday May 31 at 2:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch.

Download of the Day: May 26

How to Write a Letter - Cecilia Minden and Kate Roth

Want to write to your penpal, but don't know how? You need this book!

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!

Michigan Activity Pass - Check Out Free Passes to Michigan Attractions

Looking for adventure this summer? The Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is newly expanded, offering free or discounted entry to more than 360 attractions across the state. Library card holders can log in to the MAP site to explore opportunities close to home or farther afield. Use the Advanced Search option to narrow your results by area of interest, such as art, historical sites, maritime, children's activities, campgrounds, and many more.

Use MAP to get free or discounted entry to some of the historic lighthouses dotting Michigan's coast, to art museums such as the Detroit Institute of Arts or the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, to history museums like the Yankee Air Museum, the Michigan Firehouse Museum, and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, as well as to state parks and campgrounds throughout Michigan,

Find MAP on the library's website under Unusual Stuff and explore your options for making this summer a non-stop Michigan adventure!

Check out the program brochure for a complete listing of participating locations.

Suggest A Title For Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2016

Read a good book lately?

Suggest a good book to the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads planning committees and your suggestion might be selected for the upcoming Read (which will take place in January & February 2016). Committees will be meeting over the summer to consider hundreds of possible titles – and they want your help!

You can suggest a title by visiting the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads website. Suggest a title by June 15 and it will be considered for selection in the Fall.

Launched in 2003, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Help make the 2016 Read the best ever!

Odyssey Award 2015 Winner- H.O.R.S.E.: A game of basketball and imagination by Christopher Myers

This year the winner of the ALA and YALSA's Odyssey Award is H.O.R.S.E.: A game of basketball and imaginationby Christopher Myers. H.O.R.S.E. is a story about two young children playing a game pick-up basketball and trying to outdo each other with absurd and imaginative plays.

The award is given to audiobooks that have great production values and this book is no exception with sound effects for hoop swishes and even horse whinnies!

If you are interested in the honors audiobooks for this years Odyssey Award check out this list.

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday May 27, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am --

Baby Playgroups

Wednesday May 27, 2015: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm --

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday May 27, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am --

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday May 27, 2015: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm --

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Wednesday May 27, 2015: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm --

The Status of Michigan Education

Wednesday May 27, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm --

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

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