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AADL Closed On Labor Day

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 4.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 5.

AADL & TheRide Offer Free Ride Saturdays With Your Library Card

AADL and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) are partnering this summer to provide Free Ride Saturdays during the AADL Summer Game!

Every Saturday from June 17 - August 26, library cardholders can ride any of TheRide local fixed-route buses for free. All you need to do is show the driver your library card when boarding the bus!

While riding, look for the AADL Summer Game code sign inside the bus and win 1,000 points to trade in for awesome Summer Game Shop prizes. Each bus has the same code inside the bus, so it's easy to find! When you see it, text the code to 4AADL (42235) or visit play.aadl.org to enter the code and get 1,000 points.

TheRide and AADL have created fun ways to get even more Summer Game prizes:
• Find the code featured on the outside of several buses for 500 points.
• Find the code hidden on TheRide.org on the MyAlerts Service page (which you can get to by clicking on "All Alerts" directly from the homepage) for 500 points.

Find all the codes to earn the Ride Master Badge and a 500 point bonus!

The AADL Summer Game is a great way to enjoy your summer and to ride TheRide for free! For more information on TheRide's routes and schedules, pick up a Ride Guide or visit TheRide.org.

All AADL Locations will Open at 10 AM Tuesday

All AADL Locations will open one hour late Tuesday morning. We apologize for the inconvenience, and we thank you for your patience!

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens and Adults at AADL!

The Ann Arbor District Library now offers volunteer opportunities for teens and adults! Previous only available to teens during the summer, the volunteer program has expanded and is now available year-round to anyone 14 years old or older. Volunteer opportunities include assisting at various Library programs and helping behind the scenes with program preparations.

If you're interested in volunteering, please fill out an application form. Adults 18 years old and older will have a background check. Once applications are submitted and reviewed volunteers will receive instructions for how to register for a one-hour orientation. After volunteers attend orientation they will be able to browse and sign up for volunteer shifts online.

We will have heaps of volunteer opportunities throughout the summer, so if you're interested in serving with AADL sign up today!

If you have any questions, please direct them to the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@aadl.org.

Suggest a Title For Washtenaw Reads 2018

Read a good book lately? Suggest it for Washtenaw Reads 2018!

The Washtenaw Reads screening team is meeting throughout the summer to select finalist titles for the Read and they want your ideas!

The Washtenaw Reads program is a community initiative to promote reading and civic dialogue through the shared experience of reading and discussing a common book. Participating libraries and communities include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Northfield Township, Saline, and Ypsilanti.

To suggest a title visit Washtenaw Reads or the Washtenaw Reads Facebook page. Washtenaw Reads 2018 will take place January - February 2018.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Internet Down at Pittsfield Branch

Due to a fiber problem, Pittsfield Branch is currently without Internet connection. This affects public computers, wifi, and catalog searching at Pittsfield Branch. Staff can still assist with checkouts that will be processed later once connectivity is restored. Thanks for your patience, and stay tuned!

The 55th Ann Arbor Film Festival Begins Tonight!

AADL will once again be an official community partner for this year's Ann Arbor Film Fest, and will cosponsor Films in Competition 8: Almost All Ages on Saturday, March 25 at 11 am at the Michigan Theater. This special screening features 12 short, family-friendly films. Make sure to enter the code AAFF55_AADL for a discount on your advance ticket!

You can see the festival's entire schedule and buy tickets on the Ann Arbor Film Fest’s website.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. The 55th AAFF takes place March 21-26, 2017 and presents over 200 films from across the world with dozens of world premieres. For more information, please visit the Ann Arbor Film Festival’s website.

AADL Annual Report 2015-2016

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AADL ANNUAL REPORT 2015-2016

March 3, 2017

We're pleased to share these highlights from the AADL Annual Report for the 2015-2016 fiscal year with you. You're receiving this email as a user of aadl.org, and you will receive our annual reports via email each year. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Did you know that three out of four local households use the Ann Arbor District Library at least a few times a month? In our 2016 community survey we learned that 84% of households visited an AADL building in the past year and 73% of those surveyed were frequent AADL visitors.

There are many ways that people visited and interacted with AADL this year. Here are some highlights; just click through to the full Annual Report to find out more.

Household Visits

Our 2016 community survey sampled over 500 households in the district, finding a very high level of library usage
in the community.

Chart showing 84% of households visited library within last year and 73% were frequent visitors
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Experiencing Events

Total program attendance at AADL events surpassed 100,000 for the first time in the Library's history!

Chart showing 114,544 event attendees with 45% being kids and teen, and 55% being adult
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Visiting AADL Online

There were 80 million visits to aadl.org last year — an increase of 51% from the previous year.

Image highlighting over 79 million aadl.org page visits, a 51% increase over previous year
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Visits to Buildings

Even with Westgate Branch closed for renovation for most of the fiscal year, over 4,300 people came through our doors every day.

Picture link of patron describing her experiences of doing research at the library
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Other Highlights from the Year

We invite you to visit the full annual report to learn more about AADL's 2015-2016 fiscal year, including detailed financials, statistics for adult and youth collections, and information about gifts and memorials.

Thanks for your interest, and thanks for using your library!

All AADL locations will open at Noon today

Due to Inclement weather, all AADL Locations will delay opening until Noon today. Thanks for your patience and stay safe!

Your 5 Star Library

The Ann Arbor District Library has again been awarded the highest ranking a library can achieve in Library Journal’s annual ratings systems of libraries nationwide, and was named a 5 Star library in LJ’s just-released Annual Index of Public Library Service.

AADL has been ranked a 5 Star library since the rating system began in 2008 and currently ranks fourth of ten 5 Star libraries within its operating expenditure category.

Four other Michigan libraries received star rankings this year. Richland Community Library was named a 5 Star library within its category, West Bloomfield Township Public Library received 4 stars, and Kalkaska County Library and Pentwater Township Library received 3 stars. Congratulations to our fellow Michigan libraries!

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