AADL Newsletter,
Fall 2014


AADL Newsletter,
Summer 2014

A Great Year at AADL

This past year at the Library marked some important milestones including the 10th Anniversary of the opening of Malletts Creek, and the 5th anniversary of the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled@aadl. The AADL was named, once again, a Five Star Library and we encourage you to watch our annual report to see how you and your family figure into what can only be described as astonishing use by this community of its public library.

It is an honor to be one of the 200 or so persons who work each day to provide library services in our community, and we all thank you for your support.

Josie

Annual Report 2013-2014

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AADL Songsters in the news!

This week, the AADL was featured in the Ann Arbor Public Schools News when students from Clague Middle School performed in the Multi-Purpose Room as part of our AADL Songsters program.

With their teacher Jeff Gaynor and local musician Nan Nelson, students learned to dance the Troika and perform two songs as part of a World Cultures and geography unit on Russia. Круто! Клево!

Malletts Creek Is Open

Power has been restored in the Malletts Creek area, and the library branch is now open. We are sorry for any inconvenience this late opening today at Malletts Creek may have caused you or your family.

Josie

Malletts Creek and Pittsfield Closed due to Power Outages; will reopen 9 AM Tuesday

Due to power outages Malletts Creek and Pittsfield Branches are closed for the remainder of Monday, and will reopen at 9 AM Tuesday. Drop Boxes are still usable and today's items on the hold shelf will still be available all day Tuesday. Thanks for your patience!

Pittsfield Branch is Closed Wednesday, November 19

The Pittsfield Branch is closed today, Wednesday November 19, due to problems with the HVAC system. Events and programs scheduled for today will be cancelled or rescheduled. Check the Events listing for updates.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Josie

Our Stars Are YOUR Stars

AADL has again been named a 5 Star Library in the Annual Index of Public Library Service. We remain the only 5 Star Library in MI, and we congratulate the West Bloomfield Public Library on its 4 Star achievement this year. This effort led by Library Journal since 2008 collects data that all public libraries are required to compile and then sorts and ranks within expenditure categories. Hundreds of libraries are included in this ranking. AADL is fifth of ten with 5 Stars in its expenditure category.

Annual visits, circulation, programming attendance, and computer usage per capita are the measures. It is the outcome of those numbers that we most care about, and those measures are yours. They tell us of your quick trip in to pick up an item on hold. That you think it is worth it to get a squirming toddler into a pumpkin suit for a rainy and cold Halloween event at the Library. The numbers tell us that you attend some of the hundreds of events or programs occurring in library buildings each year. They tell us that sometimes sitting in front of a fire with the paper in a place that is not home, but like home, is where you wish to be. Without you AADL would not have the highest per capita rate of circulation in the US in a public library with a budget over $9 million. That alone is an important statement about this community.

The AADL exists to provide library service to its citizens. While we know that we need to work every day to achieve that for you, and while we know these numbers do not tell the whole story, it is a good beginning and we thank you for the opportunity.

Congratulations. Our stars are YOUR stars.

Josie

Friends of AADL Bookshop in New Location Downtown

Join us in welcoming the Book Shop back to business and in a new location in the Downtown Library. The shop is located in the northwest corner of the First Floor where the Teen space has been for the past decade. Teens are now "under the atrium" on the Third Floor.

The FAADL Shop will be open 7 days a week and offers great buys on used books in a warm and bright space. Visit their website for complete info on the shop and updates on their offerings.

Join the Friends of AADL and support the Library!

Josie

African Royalty Visits AADL

Wednesday, September 24, AADL hosted two very prestigious visitors from Ghana. Nana Afia Adoma II, Queen of Antoa-Krobo in the Asnate Kingdom and Nana Kwadwo Nyantakyi III, Chief of the Treasury in the Asante Kingdom were at the Downtown Library discussing African culture.

They spoke, through a translator, about their customs and traditions, such as how their royal garments are made, sharing that garment patterns hold special meaning. It can take weeks to weave the cloth.

They also explained that drumming is an integral part of the culture and that drumming is used as a form of communication.

The Royal couple will be back to the Downtown AADL on Wednesday, October 8 at 7 pm to discuss Royal instruments and West African Music.

The event was cosponsored by the U-M Center for World Performance Studies and the U-M Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments.

"Fast Company" Features AADL

Fast Company, the award-winning national business magazine focusing on technology, business, and design, just released an online article about public libraries, highlighting AADL and its unique collections.

In the publication's Elasticity section, highlighting innovative businesses using the cloud and big data to stay in sync, the article Taking A Long-Overdue Sledgehammer To The Public Library describes how libraries are "lending tools you can't 3-D print -- awls, hammers hacksaws, mood synthesizers and human skeletons -- to keep pace with the times."

Deputy Director Eli Neiburger describes AADL's Unusual Stuff to Borrow collection and how "Ann Arbor launched its collection of objects three years ago with 30 telescopes. Soon, the waiting list grew to more than 100 people. Encouraged by the telescopes' success, the library added tools, giant-sized games, musical instruments" and more.

"Libraries have always been a place to access rare, hard-to-find objects." Eli states. "Commercial books aren't rare, hard-to-find objects anymore, so library collections are being used in different ways."

Downtown Elevator Repair Update: Downtown Library Is Open

The work to replace casings for a new jack for the Downtown public elevator is completed, and the Downtown Library is open. The last phase of the work is scheduled for next week, and we anticipate another closure for the installation of the new jack. That work is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, August 27. The public elevator is not functioning, and those visiting the Library who are not able to use the stairs should ask for assistance. Staff will escort them through the building using the freight elevator.

Any HOLD items remaining at Traverwood that originated Downtown, have been returned to Downtown and are available Downtown. The period for picking up these items will be extended through Friday, August 29. We realize this has been an inconvenience for many, and we do apologize.

The elevator work is nearing completion, but another closure will occur and while we expect that to happen on Wednesday, August 27, one thing we have learned is that things can change. Please check back here for updates and an announcement about next week's closure.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Josie

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