Library Closed On Monday October 12 For Staff Training

All AADL locations will be closed on Monday, October 12 for Library staff training.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, October 13.

Westgate Branch to Expand

Good news, Everyone! The Westgate Branch, the smallest and oldest of the Ann Arbor District Library branches, is about to expand.

Although AADL Library services have increased and expanded over the last decade, Westgate Branch has not been remodeled for over 21 years. The branch originally opened in Maple Village Shopping Center in 1977, moved to Westgate Shopping Center in 1983 and was remodeled ten years later in 1994, adding 2,314 square feet.

Westgate Branch, which currently has 5,500 square feet, is still approximately only 1/3 of the size of the other AADL branches. Its circulation figures match and even surpass some of the other branches, and the current Westgate space has no room for events and youth storytimes, popular and important features at all other locations.

The new expansion will add 16,500 square feet to create a branch with 21,000 square feet for its users. New features will include:
• 2 new public entrances, allowing for additional parking access from the rear Westgate parking lot
• A Kids area with story space for preschool and baby storytimes
• Additional space for books and other library materials
• 5 open study rooms for use by adults, teens and youth
• A community meeting and event space for authors, lectures, performances and other events
• 2 small group meeting rooms
• A comfortable reading room with a fireplace
• Additional seating and workspaces with additional wiring for computers and other electronic devices
• A café operated by a local business

Earlier this year, Westgate Branch neighbor Sun & Snow relocated out of the Westgate Mall. Pictures Plus will also relocate to a new Westgate location at the end of this month. These vacancies provide AADL with an opportunity to expand a popular branch location that already experiences over 200,000 visits per year.

AADL Trustees have signed a lease to expand the Branch and construction is expected to begin in November 2015 with an expected opening in summer 2016. Westgate Branch will close November 20 so that construction can begin, and staff working at that location will be re-assigned to alternate locations during the construction period. Construction costs will be paid upfront by Westgate Management and AADL will reimburse Westgate Management up to 1.2 million of the construction costs over the first 8 years of the lease.

In addition to expanding the Library for the convenience of current users, AADL is looking forward to welcoming many new patrons. AADL’s past openings of Malletts Creek, Pittsfield and Traverwood Branches all saw remarkable increases in use at each new branch, as well as across the Library system.

Updates on this project will be posted on the library website. For more information, visit

Malletts Creek Closing at 6:00 PM

Due to a malfunction in the lighting system at Malletts Creek, there is no outdoor lighting of the parking lot and dropbox area. For the safety of everyone using the branch, we are closing at 6:00 PM, and expect to be closing at 6:00 PM until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. All other locations are open regular hours.

We thank you in advance for your patience. We will get things lit and back to normal as soon as possible.


What's Happening This Week!

Don't miss these upcoming events!

ART ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS: Kids can celebrate Star Wars Reads Day with out-of-this-galaxy crafts on Saturday October 10 at noon at Pittsfield Branch; can learn how to draw underwater creatures at the Saturday October 10 Young Rembrandts session at 1:00 pm at the Downtown Library; and can make a tiny alien on Sunday October 11 at 1:00 pm at Malletts Creek Branch.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS: Adults and teens can make and decorate cake pops on Sunday October 11 at 1:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch. Kids can learn how to make a video game on Sunday October 11 at 2:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

EVENTS FOR BABIES: Denise Owens leads the Saturday October 10 Dancing Babies session at 10:00 am at Malletts Creek Branch.


AUTHOR EVENTS : U-M Football experts Ken Magee and Jon Stevens discuss their new book The Game, The Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry on Tuesday October 13 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

SCI-TECH : Adults and teens can learn more about 3D Printing on Tuesday October 13 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library

Night of Notable Authors

Saturday October 24, 2015: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

The Ann Arbor District Library, the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation are pleased to present this special event, Night Of Notable Authors, featuring 15 authors who were awarded the distinction of having their work selected as a Michigan Notable Book.

The program room of the Library will remain open after 6 pm for this special evening, which includes a panel discussion by 4 distinguished notable authors, followed by an elegant reception in the Library lobby with music, refreshments, a book signing and the chance to mingle with all 15 authors at this event.

Every year, the Library of Michigan selects up to twenty of the most notable books, either written by a Michigan resident or about Michigan or the Great Lakes. The selected books are honored in the year after their publication or copyright date. Each selected title speaks to our state's rich cultural, historical, and literary heritage and proves without a doubt that some of the greatest stories are found in the Great Lakes State.

The Night Of Notable Authors features:

6 – 7:30 pm Panel Discussion

Moderated by Anna Clark (A Detroit Anthology, a 2015 Michigan Notable Book). Panelists include:
Michigan Outdoor Writer and Poet Jerry Dennis (several Michigan Notable Book titles, including The Living Great Lakes: Searching For The Heart Of The Inland Seas, a 2004 Michigan Notable Book)
Mystery Author Loren Estleman (Nicotine Kiss: An Amos Walker Novel, a 2007 Michigan Notable Book)
Memoirist and True Crime Author Mardi Jo Link (two Michigan Notable Book titles, including Bootstrapper: From Broke To Badass On A Northern Michigan Farm, a 2014 Michigan Notable Book)

7:30 – 8:30 pm Reception and Booksigning

Enjoy exquisite music by harpist Deborah Gabrion, elegant refreshments, and the chance to mingle with 15 Michigan Notable Authors:
Steve Amick
Anna Clark
Jack Dempsey
Jerry Dennis
Loren Estleman
Don Faber
Larry Glazer
Lolita Hernandez
Michael Hodges
Sally Howell
Sharon Kegerries
Mardi Jo Link
Donald Lystra
Anne-Marie Oomen
Barbara Rylko-Bauer

Books will be for sale at the event, courtesy of Literati Bookstore and Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookshop

Download of the Day: October 8

Death in the Dolomites - David Wagner

A ski trip in the Italian Alps becomes deadly when a body turns up and two college pals get swept up in the investigation.

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!

Rustic Baking Books

Autumn is here! It’s time to unpack your coziest sweater and curl up with a good read. After you’ve turned a few pages, perhaps your appetite could be further satisfied with homemade apple-scented baked goods. These books: Brown Eggs and Jam Jars : Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites and Honey and Jam : Seasonal Baking from my Kitchen in the Mountains are perfect.

Both books feature rustic cooking and baking, and are organized seasonally, featuring the best recipes for Autumn, such as “Apple Cider Doughnut Cake” and “Maple-Sriracha Toasted Pumpkin Seeds.” These books have beautiful photographs, often sharing the author’s homesteads and rural lifestyles, which make them great for casual browsing. Imagine your glorius weekend, fingering through a few cookbooks while lounging in your comfiest clothes, and then pushing those sleeves up and getting to work on an autumn-spiced treat. Amazing!

And if you’re interested in more baking titles, see this list.


Kids Read Comics 2015: Kickoff Event with Kean Soo and Tory Woollcott

Media Player

June 20, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Join KRC special guests Kean Soo (Jellaby, March Grand Prix) and Tory Woollcott (Mirror Mind) for a discussion on how a cartoonist draws from life and experience to create characters and stories that readers care about!

Length: 00:43:14
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
Related Event:
Comic Convention: Kids Read Comics 2015

Shakespeare at his finest, or at least at his shortest!

There is something to be said about Shakespeare, and that something might possibly be that it is not possible to get an understanding of the plot of a Shakespearean play in fewer than 10 seconds. Well, now it is, thanks to Brevity is the Soul of Wit!

Want to know what happens to Henry VI in Henry VI part 2? This book breaks it down!

Need to know what Hamlet does in Hamlet? This book gets you the answer you are seeking!

Want to know what happens Cymbeline? Wait...Shakespeare wrote a play called Cymbeline...? Well, not only do know now know the Bard's lesser-known titles, you can also know the overall arc of the main plot!

The art isn't breath-taking, and the prose isn't overwrought, and short and sweet is a whole new way to appreciate Shakespeare's work! If you are a fan of Shakespeare, you'll laugh at the extremely summarized style. The artist clearly loves the work of Shakespeare and it shines throughout the book. This is a great, and quick read and very much worth the time!

Crossover Graphic Novels: October Edition!

Another month, another three graphic novels perfect for comic lovers whether you are 5 or 500!

The first is a graphic novel based on the hit TV show Steven Universe and imaginatively named Steven Universe Volume 1. If you're not familiar with the TV show Steven Universe, it's about a boy named Steven who is half human/half Crystal Gem. The Crystal Gems are an advanced alien race with superpowers and extended lifespans. Steven and the Crystal Gems work hard to save Beach City and the Earth from gem monsters and other disasters. This comic is a great adaptation of the show and manages to capture the feel of the show while being its own unique entity. It's a must-read for any fans of the show and if you've never seen it, it'll give you a window into one of the current hot trends!

The second is another adaptation, though this time from newspaper comic strips to monthly comics. Peanuts is produced by KaBOOM, the same company behind the hit comic Lumberjanes. Peanuts is great, and you can tell that the team behind it really loved the original series by Charles Schultz. The humor is very similar and the characters are every bit as lovable as they were in the classic strip! Now with the new Peanuts movie coming out later this year, it's the perfect time to check out some great new strips with your favorite characters.

The third graphic novel is Space Dumplins. This book is seriously great, it has everything from the the excitement of space and the drama of family, to the joy of space whale poop harvesting. The book follows Violet Marlocke, daughter of a lumberjack (the people who harvest said space whale poop). When her dad goes missing and the government takes no action, Marlocke and her friends set off on a rescue adventure.


Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytimes

Friday October 9, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am --

Baby Playgroups

Friday October 9, 2015: 10:30 am to 11:30 am --

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Friday October 9, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm --

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