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!

FILM: The Oscar-Nominated Documentary Finding Vivian Maier (pictured above) is the story of a mysterious career nanny whose secret cache of 100,000 photographs earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished photographers. The film will be screened on Wednesday May 6, at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

SHOW & TELL FOR ADULTS: Bring a treasured object, new or old to the Malletts Creek Branch on Tuesday May 5 at 6:30 pm and tell us the story behind the object. We will create a short video of you telling your item's story and post it to the website.

NATURE WALK: Adults, teens and youth can discover the beauty of Barton Nature Area with a Thursday May 7 nature walk at 7 pm, led by the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation staff.

WRITERS AND PUBLISHING: Adult and teen writers can learn how to build their writing community at the Thursday May 7 Emerging Writers Workshop at 7:00 pm Traverwood Branch. As part of Children's Book Week, local author Cindy Shaw discusses how she self-published her book "Mr. Red's Balloon" on Thursday May 7 at 7:00 pm at the Downtown Library.

Library Camp: An Unconference

Friday May 8, 2015: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room and Downtown Library: aadlfreespace and Downtown Library: Conference Room A and Downtown Library: Training Center

This event is intended for information professionals and graduate students with an interest in libraries

Library Camp doesn't mean burned marshmallows, mosquito bites, or popsicle stick-based art projects. Library Camp is an informal unconference gathering to share ideas, technologies, and discussions. This event is free to attend and will be held at the Downtown Library. Click here to register.

The goal is to get a bunch of people together, and let them talk about whatever they'd like to talk about, within the rough purview of libraries and library technology. We'll start with a blank schedule and get together to talk about what we'd like to talk about and fill in a few slots on the agenda. We've got time for four sessions and room for at least 4 concurrent sessions, so there could easily be 10-12 different things to talk about during the day.

To help focus the conversation, we're proposing 4 tracks: Nontraditional Collections, Ebooks & Licensing, Special Events, Summer & Gaming. AADL staff will be on hand to talk a bit about these things at AADL, but like any unconference, the event is led by whoever shows up! Here's a rough schedule:

Doors open and Bagel Breakfast: 9:30-10:00am

Welcome: 10:00-11:00am

Session 1: 10:30-11:30am
Session 2: 11:30-12:30am

Lunch on your own: 12:30-2:00pm

Session 3: 2:00-3:00pm
Session 4: 3:00-4:00pm

Wrap up and Farewell: 4:00-4:30pm

Download of the Day: May 4

The Way Things Fall - Adult.

Detroit-based husband-and-wife duo blending electro, techno, punk, and darkwave into kinetic, unsettling, and playful music.

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!

RIP Ruth Rendell, Mystery Author

Ruth Rendell, author of the popular Inspector Wexford mystery series, has passed away at age 85. Rendell wrote more than 60 novels in her 50-year writing career, publishing mysteries under the name Ruth Rendell as well as under a pen name, Barbara Vine. Some of her mysteries were also adapted into TV series in Britain.

In Rendell's New York Times obituary, it is noted that the author was among a small group of writers who elevated the formulaic mystery genre to new heights by introducing creative storytelling methods, characters on the fringes of society, and unusual perspectives. Her final book, Dark Corners is slated for publication in October.

New Marvel Graphic Novels @ AADL

For fans of comic books, graphic novels, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe this weekend is sure to delight. Avengers: Age of Ultron debuts at theaters nationwide this Friday and Saturday is Free Comic Book Day at local comic book shops across the country. Before immersing yourself in this weekend’s festivities, take a second to check out these new Marvel books at AADL -- because once Ultron is over and your free comics have been read, you’ll need something to fill the void.

Avengers & X-Men: AXIS: When the Red Skull hijacks the brain of Professor Charles Xavier he is transformed into the Red Onslaught and World War Hate begins. Personalities, allegiances, and motivations become skewed and twisted and the Marvel Universe looks like nothing you’ve seen before.

Frank Miller’s Daredevil & Daredevil Vols. 1 and 2: Within eleven days of its Netflix release, Daredevil became the company’s most-watched original series. AADL has recently added the first two volumes of Marvel NOW’s Daredevil, and a three-volume set written by Frank Miller (300, Batman: Year One, Sin City). Drop in and spend some time with the defender of Hell's Kitchen.

Silver Surfer: Marvel relaunched this title in early 2014 with writer Dan Slott (Superior Spider-man) and artist Mike Allred bringing the cosmic traveler vividly to life. Allred’s art is the main attraction here; Allred’s pop-art style fits perfectly with the characters and landscape.

Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Keep up with Kamala Khan as she navigates being both a teen and a superhero. Super-cute, super-fun, super-Marvelous!

Ann Arbor Police Department: History On The Front Page

Old News has published another trove of photos and articles on the Ann Arbor Police Department that were digitally "ripped from the front pages" of the Ann Arbor News. In June, 1950, Haven Hall was set ablaze by arson. The AAPD investigation led to a graduate student, Robert H. Stacy. Fingered by a girlfriend (who briefly disappeared during trial), Stacy confessed in October, recanted, and was convicted in December, 1950. Many of the photos published on Old News never made it into the Ann Arbor News.

That's also the case with photos invovling the murder of nurse Pauline Ada Campbell in September, 1951. The brutal homicide shocked the community and put everyone on edge. It took the AAPD only three days and a good tip to arrest three youths for the slaying. Crowds gathered daily outside the courtroom and legendary News photographer Eck Stanger was granted photo privileges unheard of today.

The Ann Arbor Police Department Online History Exhibit houses hundreds of photos from the AAPD and Ann Arbor News including badges, weapons, and memorabilia from the men and women who were and are the AAPD. We're continually adding to the collection of Ann Arbor News articles about the department, the personnel and policing. There are three full-text histories including Mike Logghe's True Crimes and the History of the Ann Arbor Police Department.

"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!


Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin interviews Andrew Grant Jackson, author of 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music.

Media Player

April 8, 2015

During twelve unforgettable months, in the middle of the turbulent sixties, America saw the rise of innovative new sounds that would change popular music as we knew it. In his new book, music historian Andrew Grant Jackson chronicles a groundbreaking year of creativity fueled by rivalries between musicians and continents, as well as sweeping social and technological breakthroughs.

In 1965 there was incredible music being made by an incredibly wide variety of artists, including the Beatles, the Temptations, the Rolling Stones, John Coltrane, James Brown, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Marley, Johnny Cash, Vince Guaraldi, Otis Redding, and dozens of others. Andrew Grant Jackson’s comprehensive coverage of this unforgettable year in music is a terrific, fascinating read.

The interview with Andrew Grant Jackson was originally recorded on April 8, 2015.

Length: 00:20:17
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library

Today's Events at the Ann Arbor District Library


Baby Playgroups

Tuesday May 5, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am --

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday May 5, 2015: 10:00 am to 10:30 am --

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesday May 5, 2015: 11:00 am to 11:30 am --

Show & Tell for Grown-Ups

Tuesday May 5, 2015: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm --

English as a Second Language Conversation Group

Tuesday May 5, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm --

Current & Upcoming Exhibits at the Ann Arbor District Library

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