Jonestown Film Cancelled

Due to today's closure of the Downtown Library, the event featuring the film "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

Downtown Library will Open Wednesday at 1:00 PM

The Downtown library will re-open today, Wednesday, June 7 at 1:00 PM. All programs and events scheduled for this afternoon and evening will occur as planned.

Holds ready for pickup on Tuesday and Wednesday will be extended until Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

Fines will not accrue on items returned in dropboxes Downtown while the Library was closed.

This closure was a significant inconvenience for many, and we do apologize.

We are very happy to be able to open the doors today!

Josie

Malletts Creek to Close June 4-10

The Malletts Creek Branch will be closed from Monday, June 4th through Sunday, June 10th for repair work to interior floors. Outside drop boxes will be available for the return of materials although the processing of returned materials may be delayed while the branch is closed. We appreciate your patience if it takes a little longer for materials to be removed from your account. Any fines caused by this delay will, of course, be waived.

Holds that have not been picked up at Malletts Creek by 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 3rd, will be moved to the Pittsfield Branch and will be available for pick up at Pittsfield Branch on Monday morning. Please contact us or call 327-4219 if another location would be more convenient for your “Ready for pickup” holds. Holds not picked up from the Pittsfield Branch will be returned to Malletts Creek when it re-opens and held through Wednesday, June 13th.

Thank you for your understanding; we apologize for this necessary disruption in service at Malletts Creek.

Downtown Library Space Needs and Facility Study is Underway

The Ann Arbor District Library Board has awarded a contract to Providence Associates, LLC for a space needs and facility study of the Downtown Library located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue. The work began March 1 and has included 11 focus group sessions with the public and staff.

A final focus group session is scheduled for Sunday, April 22, from 2:00-3:30 PM in the Multi-Purpose Room in the Downtown Library. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this event. The opportunity to tell us what works for you and what could be better at our Downtown location is the culminating event of National Library Week. Come celebrate the existence and future of public libraries with us on Sunday, April 22, at 2:00 PM.

This facility study will be completed by June 1, 2007, and is the beginning of what is likely to be a year long process to determine the future size, scope of services, and location of the Downtown Library.

AADL on NPR

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Hear a podcast and see photos of the March 7 clearing of the ash trees from the construction site of the new branch library at Traverwood Drive and Huron Parkway on The Environment Report of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium on National Public Radio.

On Wed., March 7, Rex and Andy, two beautiful, black draft horses, pulled dead ash logs from the construction site of the new branch. The event was covered by Lester Graham, producer of The Environment Report. The purpose of the horses' work was threefold: they had much less of an impact on the forest floor than machinery; the wood Rex and Andy hauled will be used as building material and support beams in the new branch library; and the visible support beams will serve as a valuable environmental lesson of the devastation of the emerald ash borer. Nice work, boys!

AADL Launches a Branch Library at MySpace.com

It did not cost in the millions, has no staff, and is not reachable by car, bus, bike, or sidewalk, but it is our newest branch and it opened today!

Need more friends? Join us on our *friendly* mission to connect with youth, teens and young adults alike. AADL is pleased to introduce our new AADL MySpace page. View pics and videos, post blogs, check out events, search the catalog for books, DVDs and CDs, send us a message, but most importantly, add us to your Friends list!

The Award-winning JUMP!

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The ADDY Awards are the world's largest and arguably toughest advertising competition, with over 60,000 entries nationally each year. The Library is proud to announce that the AADL youth events brochure Jump has received two ADDY Awards for event schedules, bookmarks, and illustrations in the categories of Advertising for the Arts & Sciences Campaign and Elements of Advertising (Illustration).

Designed by graphic designer Heidi Sheffield, Jump is a favorite publication around the Library for parents, kids and staff! Heidi also won Best of Show for the 2006 Ann Arbor Book Festival advertising campaign. Congratulations, Heidi!

West branch is now open

The Westgate Branch was closed due to a sewer line backup. We are now open for business as of Monday afternoon. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Items on Hold will be extended, so that you are not further inconvenienced.

Thank you for your patience.

Josie Parker
Director

A Team of Horses To Remove Ash Trees From New Branch Library Site

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Individuals passing by Traverwood Drive at Huron Parkway next Wednesday will see an unusual sight. A sturdy team of draft horses will be assisting in the tree removal process as site construction for Ann Arbor’s newest branch library continues.

Early next week, some of the dead ash trees remaining on the site will be cut down. Wednesday, March 7 at 9:00 am, (weather permitting) a team of draft horses from the firm of Johnson Hardwood Floors will arrive. At 10 am, the horses will be begin to pull the dead logs from the site.

The process, which should take several hours, is in keeping with the Library’s pledge of sustainable practices. Removing the dead logs in this way limits root damage to the remaining trees on the site. The ash trees will then be milled and used as building material for the new branch.

The construction manager for the new branch library is O‘Neal Construction, Inc. The architects for the building are Van Tine|Guthrie Studio and the landscape architects are Grissim Metz Andriese Associates.

The new library is being constructed on 4.34 acres of vacant land, located on the southwest corner of Traverwood Drive and Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor, and will be a one-story building of approximately 16,500 square feet. It will serve as a community-based learning center that delivers superior customer service, primarily to the residents of the northeast quadrant of Ann Arbor.

Paul Farmer Lecture Online

The February 12 lecture by Paul Farmer, MD, Founding Director of Partners In Health and the subject of Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, may now be viewed on the website of the University of Michigan William Davidson Institute.

Dr. Farmer is one of the world’s foremost medical anthropologists and physicians and has been working in Rwanda for nearly two years. His lecture was entitled “Building a Health Care Movement: From Haiti to Rwanda.”

The website also includes a one-on-one interview with Dr. Farmer

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