AADL Newsletter,
Summer 2015

AADL Newsletter,
Winter 2015

AADL Newsletter,
Fall 2014

AADL Newsletter,
Summer 2014

AADL Receives National Award At The Library Of Congress

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) received the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year today during a luncheon ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Library Director Josie Parker and Terry Soave, AADL Manager of Outreach and Neighborhood Services accepted the award on behalf of WLBPD@AADL, now completing its sixth year of serving blind and physically handicapped individuals throughout Washtenaw County.

The other award presented at the luncheon ceremony, the Network Library of the Year Award, was given to the The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library located in Lansing.

Both awards carry a $1,000 cash prize and a framed certificate for each library and its parent agency.

Karen Keninger, Director of the National Library Service For The Blind and Physically Handicapped, stated, “Today we commend these two libraries for their exceptional creativity and responsiveness in removing barriers to reading for people who are blind or are unable to use print materials.”

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) serves approximately 500 patrons and circulates talking books and magazines on 15,949 digital cartridges. All public services staff of the Ann Arbor District Library are trained and available to provide WLBPD services.

For more information about WLBPD@AADL services, visit wlbpd.aadl.org or call (888) 460-0680 or (734) 327-4224.

Downtown Construction Update: Downtown Library Opens on Saturday, June 13

The Downtown Library will reopen on Saturday, June 13, at 9:00 AM. Access will remain limited to the north, and we strongly caution pedestrians to not walk in traffic on Fifth Avenue. We are midpoint in the construction process for the work on the front of the building. There is still a lot of demolition work to be done, so the noise and dust are with us for a few more weeks.

We took advantage of the necessary closure to have new carpeting installed in the Children's Room and on the Third Floor. We also moved many collections to different floors so that room for expansion in most collections is now possible. Maps will be posted at each floor and available at all service desks. No collections were reduced in size or eliminated. Please ask us if you cannot find what you are looking for on Saturday.

Until Saturday,


Teens! Come volunteer at the AADL this summer!

Hey teens! Come volunteer at the AADL this summer! It’s a great way to meet people, see some cool behind-the-scenes stuff at the library, and earn volunteer hours! If you're between the ages of 14 and 18, all you need to do is fill out the form at www.aadl.org/teenvolunteer, have a parent or guardian sign the permission slip that you’ll link to via that page, and then come to any of the five orientations taking place throughout the summer. At these orientations, you’ll learn about what volunteering entails and have the chance to sign up for the opportunities you want to help with, including program prep work, stocking summer game orders, and assisting with a variety of programs themselves. If you’d like more information or have questions, email teenvolunteer@aadl.org. Hope to see you this summer!

Psst! It's also a great way to get lots and lots of summer game codes, since every program you help with will have its own code!

Library Closed On Monday, May 25

All AADL locations will be closed on Monday May 25 for Memorial Day.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

Construction Closure - Downtown Library Closed for Approximately Two Weeks

The Downtown Library will be closed beginning Friday, May 29 due to the Front Porch Construction Project. The length of the closure is undetermined at this time but estimated at two weeks. The front entry doors and all of the concrete on the current porch to the north are being replaced during this phase of the project. In addition, carpeting is being replaced on two floors and several collections are being shifted to allow for growth in the collection. The public stairway is also being sanded and painted, and a new programming space is being outfitted in the Lower Level. We realize how inconvenient this is for the hundreds of people who use the Downtown Library each day, but it will be a much better environment from the outside in when the work is completed. We hope that you will continue to use the Library at one of the four branch locations while Downtown is closed.

In expectation of the closure, no Library items are due after May 29 and before June 12, however, the Downtown Library dropbox on William Street will be available. Downtown Library hold items will be available at Traverwood Branch at opening on Friday, May 29.

Book donations to the FAADL, usually made at the loading dock off William Street, cannot be accepted on May 29, 30, or 31.


AADL will reopen at 9 AM Saturday

Due to a power outage at the Downtown Library, all AADL locations closed around 7 PM friday night. Power has been restored, and we're in the process of bringing servers and building systems back online. All locations will reopen as normal at 9 AM Saturday. Thanks for your patience!

AADL is an Ann Arbor Film Festival Community Partner

Ann Arbor Film Fest LogoAnn Arbor Film Fest LogoThe Ann Arbor Film Festival is here again, and with it comes another year of films, events, and community partnership. AADL will once again be an official AAFF community partner for Films in Competition 4, on Saturday March 28 at 11 am at the Michigan Theater, which features films especially for viewers and filmmakers age 6 and up.

You can check out the list of films playing and buy tickets on the Ann Arbor Film Fest’s website. Make sure to enter the code AAFF53_AADL for half off your advance ticket – normally $6!

When you come to the screening, you’ll even have a chance to hear the premieres of the film scores participants created in our Making Movie Music workshop, held in conjunction with the AAFF.

The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America. The 53rd AAFF takes place March 24-29, 2015 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.

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.


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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.


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