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.

Westgate Branch Open

The Westgate Branch reopens, today, Saturday, December 9 at 9:00 AM. Thank you for your patience. We are pleased with the result of the recarpeting project. This time also allowed us to install computers and relocate shelving so that we will be able to offer our patrons two new services: self pickup of Hold items and self-check out.

Enjoy!

Public Workshop to Discuss Downtown Parking

The Ann Arbor DDA and the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce are hosting a public workshop for the community on Wednesday, December 6th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the DTE Building Community Room, 425 S. Main Street, Ann Arbor to discuss downtown parking conditions.

All members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Contact the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority at dda@a2dda.org or call 734.994.6697 for more information.

Bookshop Opens on Saturday, December 2

I am pleased to announce that the Friends of the AADL have entered into an interim agreement with the Board of the Ann Arbor District Library that allows the sales of used books to resume in all library locations.

Used books are already available for purchase in the lobby Downtown and will be available in the branch libraries by Monday afternoon, November 27. The bookshop in the Downtown Library opens with a Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3. The shop will be open in December on Saturday, December 9, Sunday, December 10, Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17. Hours are 10-4 on Saturdays and 1-4 on Sundays. The shop will reopen on Saturday, January 6, 2007.

Please contact the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library for more information on sales, pricing, and opportunities to volunteer by calling 734-302-7774 or by visiting their website www.hvcn.org/info/faadl.

Google Visits the Library

What's new with Google? What are their plans for the Ann Arbor area? Find out on Thursday, November 30 when Grady Burnett, head of Online Sales and Operations for Google's Ann Arbor office, discusses Google's plans for growth and their decision to open this local office. What will this mean for Ann Arbor? For Google? Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library and find out!

Update from Louisiana Libraries

The Ann Arbor community generously supported an effort by AADL to send financial aid to public libraries damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Below is an update from the staff of the Jefferson Parish Public Library system. AADL generated funds were designated to the Belle Terre Branch.

"Good afternoon, everyone. Here at the Jefferson Parish Library things are steadily moving along. Lots of things have been going on since the New Orleans ALA conference when I last checked in with you. We have been working with our local Lowe’s to get 4 of our libraries painted. We are planning to re-open our Live Oak branch on November 20th, 2006. That will now make 10 of our 15 libraries re-opened since the storm: East Bank Regional, Grand Isle, Harahan, Live Oak, North Kenner, Old Metairie, Rosedale, Terrytown, West Bank Regional, and Westwego. Unfortunately, our Lafitte branch has been taken over by the local police department down there, and we can not rebuild it at this time. We have had to put plans to reinstate library service to that area on hold for now. You can view more details of our recovery by visiting our up-to-date Library Recovery Progam.

Our Friends group is still accepting financial donations for all branches, and we are still holding designated funds for libraries that have yet to re-open: Belle Terre, Gretna, Lafitte, Lakeshore, and Wagner. Thank you all for your support so far!! Though, we still have a great need…slowly, but surely, we are rebuilding back a better library system for the New Orleans metro area. We could not have done it without you!!

Irene Lunkin is the contact person for donations, adopt-a-library, and information needs. Her email is ilunkin@jefferson.lib.la.us and her phone number is 504-838-1100 ext. 222.

Thank you all for your support!"

Urban Fairies Move into the Downtown Library!

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It was only a matter of time....Local fairy expert Jonathan B. Wright discovered yesterday that some Urban Fairies have moved into the Downtown library, creating a lovely reading room of their own in--where else?--the Folklore and Fairy Tale collection in the Youth department on the first floor. Jonathan has already updated the tourable fairy door map and explained why the fairy chairs have duck feet. We simply must greet our new residents with a reception on Sunday November 26 at 2:00 pm in the Youth Department downtown. There will be an official welcome by Josie Parker, a story, treats and other surprises!

Anthony Shadid Visits AADL

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid will visit the Downtown Library on Sunday, October 29 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm to discuss his book Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War. The program will include a booksigning with ample opportunity for discussion.

Shadid has a remarkable body of work as a reporter from Iraq - and this should be an exceptional event.

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