A Blog About Blogs

If the only AADL blogs you read are those on the home page, you may be missing out on items you'd enjoy. The blogs page offers categories to better pinpoint your particular interest whether it be AADL-GT for gaming, Axis for teens and tweens, books, magazines, audio, or video.

Library Director Josie Parker has a director's blog and there are blogs covering the community, AADL software development, local history and more.

You can subscribe to all of these pages through an RSS Feed found at the bottom left of each page so you need never miss out on the items you'd enjoy again.

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct?

A February 6 article in Pacific Standard traces the history of public libraries, examining their current state. Author Anna Clark points out that "the best-kept secret about America’s libraries is that they are wildly, deeply, and incontrovertibly popular. They are as actively used as ever, if not more."

Clark then mentions AADL's collections of music tools, telescopes, science tools and home tools, as an example of a library taking on a unique role in response to its community!

As the only 5-Star library in Michigan, with record-high use in circulation, library visits, public internet computer use, and program attendance, we thank our community for keeping us both strong and responsive to your needs.

Due dates available on your calendar of choice!

If you are the kind of person who depends on your electronic calendar to keep you up to date, AADL has a great feature for you. Due dates, automatically synced to your calendar!

Check it out: On the page where you check the status of your book (the My Account tab), under your current checkouts, there are two little buttons: "iCal" and "RSS". (Don't worry if your calendar of choice is not iCal, other calendars generally accept this format.)

If you have your calendar installed on your device, you should be able to just click the button and select your calendar program and it should load right away.

If you access your computer purely through the internet and don't have the program installed on your device, you will have to copy the URL. To do this, you would right click on the iCal button and press "Copy link location". Then you would find the location in your calendar where you can add calendars: It would be something like "Add by URL", probably on your calendars bar. Then copy the link into the box that asks for the URL and presto! You're in.

If you need help with this or any other tech problems, please feel free to ask at the reference desk or call in.

Our Stars Are YOUR Stars

The AADL enjoyed another 5-star year, and we have put together an annual report video highlighting the many moments, events, numbers, and milestones that together give us all a library that we can celebrate.

We thank you for the way you use and enjoy your public library. It is the best compliment that we can receive.

We count on your telling us how we can do better, and more at the AADL, and hope that you will spread the word about YOUR public library.

Josie

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Branch Closures Monday January 6

AADL will be closing three branches this evening at 6:00 PM due to staff shortages. Traverwood, West, and Pittsfield branches of the AADL will close this evening at 6:00 PM.

Malletts Creek and Downtown will remain open until 9:00 PM this evening. We will attempt to open tomorrow regular hours. We will post updates to this site, and on social media.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. It is cold out there!

Josie

AADL will Open At NOON on Monday, January 6

The Library will open at NOON on Monday, January 6, all locations. Fines have not accrued on items left in dropboxes, and holds expiring Sunday or Monday will remain available for a few days.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this closure. Please don't hesitate to ask us for assistance with matters related to your library account once we are back open tomorrow.

Travel with care.

Josie

Holiday Hours

On Tuesday, December 31, all Library locations will close at 6 pm. Locations will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1.

Regular hours will resume on Thursday, January 2.

AADL's Library Songsters Program Highlighted

Music EducatorMusic Educator For more than a decade, AADL's Library Songsters Program has brought area folk and blues musicians into classrooms though a partnership with the Ann Arbor Public Schools. The program teaches students, with the guidance of a professional musician, how to compose original songs, based on a unit of history or a related subject that students are studying in the classroom.

The just-published Fall 2013 issue of Michigan Music Educator highlights AADL's unique program, which has meant so much to hundreds of area youth.

Five Years and 5 Stars

The AADL has once again been named a 5 Star library in Library Journal's Index of Public Library Service. This ranking is not a competition, but is a reflection of how a public library within a budget category is used by its community. The AADL ranks fifth of eleven in the five star ranking for libraries in America with a budget of $10M - $29.9M.

AADL's experience has ranked us consistently in the top five in our budget category for five stars since 2009. In all of America, star libraries make up only 3.5% of all eligible public libraries across the country. We are the only 5 star library in MI, and while we wish there were more in our state, we are pleased that Ann Arbor uses its library so well and so obviously. We are measured per capita by how many times our libraries are visited each year, how many people attend our programs, the number of sessions logged on computers at the library, and how many items are borrowed.

These numbers are the evidence that you and your neighbors are coming in to attend storytimes, meet with tutors, use the assistive technology lab, speak at public meetings, visit an exhibit of local art, use a room for a neighborhood association meeting, meet an author, compete in a Lego contest, make something, or sit quietly before a fireplace and knit. These numbers tell us that you are using the computers at the library either out of necessity or convenience to search and apply for jobs, for college admissions, to register for the Affordable Care Act, or to keep up with friends and family on Facebook, and you are borrowing materials at a rate per capita that is astounding and outstanding.

You are living the mission of the Ann Arbor District Library, and we thank you for allowing us the privilege of holding up our end of the bargain.

See you at the Library.

Josie

C-SPAN In A2!

C-SPAN is in town this week exploring Ann Arbor's Literary Culture!

AADL Director Josie Parker highlighted the Library's contributions to the local literary scene at the Tuesday, October 22 opening press conference, held at Literati Bookstore. Joining her were C-SPAN Producer Deborah Lamb: Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President Mary Kerr; Literati Bookstore Owner Hilary Gustafson; Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Vice President for Government Relations Andy LaBarre; Comcast's Director of Community Investment Maria Holmes; and a distinguished audience of local writers, teachers and community and cultural leaders.

Coverage of C-SPAN's Ann Arbor visit will be aired on November 16 & 17 on C-SPAN's Book TV and American History TV.

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