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 http://aadl.org/westgate.

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!

FILM & DISCUSSION: An FBI investigation into the 1975 mysterious deaths of 11 patients at Ann Arbor's Veterans Administration Hospital is the subject of the documentary That Strange Summer. Director Geri Alumit Zeldes leads the post-film discussion at this event, which takes place on Wednesday October 14 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

CONCERT: Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music and folklore with Siusan O'Rourke And Zig Zeitler on Thursday October 15 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

ART ACTIVITIES AND CRAFTS: Teens can create a Vampire's Kiss Necklace on Wednesday October 14 at 7:00 pm at Pittsfield Branch. Adults can enjoy the 'new' craze of coloring books for adults on Wednesday October 14 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

HANDS-ON WORKSHOPS AND MEET-UPS: Lyz Luidens of Riopelle Studio leads a session for adults and teens on using a hand-operated letterpress on Wednesday October 14 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library. Adult and teen writers can connect with other writers and work on their projects at the Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup on Thursday October 15 at 7:00 pm at theTraverwood Branch.

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 13

The Dark Side II: Highway of Horror with Bestselling Horror Authors Andrew Pyper and Nick Cutter

A pair of horror authors read from their spine-tingling works and share stories about finding inspiration, their writing processes, and getting published.

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!


Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin interviews Tony Barrell, author of Born to Drum: The Truth About the World’s Greatest Drummers

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August 11, 2015


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From John Bonham and Keith Moon to Sheila E. and Dave Grohl, the pulse of rock’n’roll—the drummer—finally gets its due in this unique, all-encompassing inside look at the history, artists, instruments, and culture of drumming. Playing a drum kit is hard, sweaty, demanding work. Yet instead of being showered with respect, drummers are often viewed with derision—stereotyped as crazy, borderline psychotic, or just plain dumb. But as every musician knows, to have a great band you need a great drummer: Ginger Baker. John Bonham. Chad Smith. Stewart Copeland. Mitch Mitchell, Bill Bruford. British journalist Tony Barrell shines a long overdue spotlight on these musicians, offering an exciting look into their world, their art, and their personalities. In Born to Drum, Barrell explores the extraordinary history of the world’s most primitive instrument and the musicians who have made it legend. He interviews some of the most famous and revered and well-known drummers of our time—including Chad Smith, Ginger Baker, Clem Burke, Sheila E, Phil Collins, Nick Mason, Butch Vig, and Omar Hakim—who share astonishing truths about their work and lives. He investigates the stories of late, great drummers such as Keith Moon and John Bonham, analyzes many of the greatest drum tracks ever recorded, and introduces us to the world’s fastest drummer, the world’s loudest drummer, and the first musician to pilot a “flying drum kit” on stage.

The interview with Tony Barrell was originally recorded on August 11, 2015.

Length: 00:18:32
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library

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

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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

Watch Bo Schembechler's first season unfold in real time!

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How can this Wolverine football season get any more exciting? We found a way! Now you can revisit one of the University of Michigan's most exciting seasons ever - Bo Schembechler's first campaign as head coach in 1969 - in real time as reported in the Ann Arbor News.

From pre-season coverage and that thrilling first game against Vanderbilt University, through the shocking Ohio State upset and the trip to the Rose Bowl in January, who knows what treats await? We've already uncovered Millie Schembechler's famous crab dip for your tailgate party!

Follow our coverage of Bo's entire 1969 football season via twitter or tumblr and ... GO BLUE!

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Preschool Storytime

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am --

Baby Playgroups

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm --

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am --

Circle K Homework Help

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm --

English as a Second Language Conversation Group - CANCELLED

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm --

Preschool Storytimes

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm --

Vampire's Kiss Necklace

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm --

Zen & The Art of Coloring: for ADULTS

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm --

Letterpress Printing Workshop

Wednesday October 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm --

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