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

Dr. Paul Farmer in Ann Arbor

Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, Founding Director of Partners In Health and the subject of Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, will present a lecture, “Building a Health Care Movement: From Haiti to Rwanda,” on Monday, February 12 from 5-6 pm at Rackham Auditorium, hosted by the William Davidson Institute of the UM Ross School of Business. This event is sold out. Due to the high level of public interest, the Davidson Institute has arranged for a live video simulcast of Dr. Farmer's lecture.

The event will be simulcast at two locations of the Ann Arbor District Library: the Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave, in the lower level multi-purpose room, and the Malletts Creek Branch program room, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. The simulcasts are open to the public and free of charge.

For a complete list of simulcast locations, click here.

New Website Enhancements

We're pleased to announce some new and exciting features here on the AADL website.

First, we are happy to announce that we can now accept credit card payments online for fines and fees. All payment is done through a secure, encrypted connection and will allow you to pay down account balances from the comfort of your own home. There is a $1.00 minimum for all online payments.

The payment system can be accessed from the "My Account" section of the website.

Second, you will notice that the catalog screen has changed a little. We have added the ability to rate and review items. Other members of our community can then comment on those reviews, fostering discussion on the material in our collection.

In addition, users may tag catalog items with keywords. This lets users organize items while also providing a mechanism for others to discover new and exciting material.

You must be a registered web-site user in order to write reviews and tag items, though you do not need to be a card-holder. Registered users have also been given tools to manage their reviews, comments, and tags under the "My Account" section of the website.

We hope you enjoy these new features. We are pleased to offer them and anticipate that they will enhance your online library experience.

Help Shape Michigan's Transportation Future, Part II

The Michigan Department of Transportation and the State Library of Michigan, in conjunction with public libraries around the state, are giving you the opportunity to help MDOT set its priorities for transportation infrastructure development through 2030. You can take the MI Transportation Plan's short, one-page survey from January 3 through January 31. MDOT is hoping to gather thousands of opinions from the public to plan a future transportation system that is responsive to the needs of all transportation users, especially those who walk, bike and ride buses. This is your opportunity to let MDOT know what you think about road improvements, expansion, mass transit, safety, and more.

The on-line questionnaire and additional information will be available through any Internet connection, 24-hours a day on the MI Transportation Plan Web site at http://michigan.gov/slrp. This is the second of three, four-week sessions that MDOT will conduct during the next 10 months to involve the public in its planning process; the first survey session took place in June 2006.

Please note that your personal information is not required to participate in the survey, and be sure to tell them how you usually get to the library. Thanks for your participation!

Library Issues RFP for Downtown Library Space Needs/Facility Study

The Ann Arbor District Library is soliciting proposals from interested and qualified consultants for a space needs and facility feasibility study of the Downtown (Central) Library located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

The AADL Board adopted a strategic plan in 2004 that includes a facilities goal to replace or renovate the Downtown Library. This RFP 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.

The Library anticipates award of this consulting contract within 30 days of the bid deadline of January 22, 2007. The consultant should be prepared to initiate work by March 1, 2007 with an expected completion date of no later than June 1, 2007.

Interested parties should contact Lisa Pollock at pollockl@aadl.org or call 734.327.8311 to receive a copy of the RFP document.

Catalog back up; upgrades successful

OK, the third time was a charm, as the upgrade was successful. Thanks for your patience, everything should be working now. Please contact us if you have any further questions or trouble.

Pittsfield Branch Phone Problem

AADL is having difficulty with the telephones at the Pittsfield Branch this afternoon. The phones will be fixed as soon as possible. Please call 327 4200 for assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Groundbreaking for New Branch Library Monday, December 18 at 4:00 PM

Please join us on Monday, December 18, at 4:00 PM at the site of the new branch at Traverwood and Huron Parkway for a groundbreaking ceremony. This branch will replace the current Northeast Branch located in Plymouth Mall. We anticipate opening the new library in early Summer, 2008. This Library was designed by VanTine|Guthrie Studio in Northville, MI and will be constructed by ONeal Construction of Ann Arbor.

Located .5 mile west of the current library branch, the new 16,000 square foot facility will include a quiet reading room, meeting room, larger children's space with more computers designated for children, a casual study area with vending, computer lab, and is being built sustainably. The success we've enjoyed with the lighting quality and general comfort of Malletts Creek and Pittsfield will be present in this new building. The collection will be larger and will feature traditional and emerging formats.

A unique feature of this northeast area library will be the utilization of ash trees harvested directly from the site. The wood will be used as structural elements, as well as, in the flooring, walls, and in some areas of the ceiling.

We will also enjoy more parking at this location than at either of the other branches. 89 total spaces will be available on the street, under the building, and in an open lot to the south.

Please come and participate in this important milestone in the history of AADL.

Pittsfield Branch Closed for the Day

Pittsfield Branch has closed early, 4:00 PM, on Saturday, December 9. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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