Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Finalists

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area has a decade-long history of successful community reads programs which encourage all of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to read one book. University, Library, bookstore and community representatives from both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have now been busily planning Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012.

In 2012, the program will encourage readers of all ages to explore the subject of Language: How We Communicate.

A screening committee has narrowed book choices covering this theme down to three titles:

Eva Hoffman, Lost In Translation: A Life In A New Language. New York: E.P Dutton, 1989.
Susan Schaller, A Man Without Words. New York: Summit Books, 1991.
Daniel Tammet, Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Extraordinary Mind Of An Autistic Savant. New York: Free Press, 2007.

Visit the finalists page and read more about the books. The site also acts as a platform for the public to post comments about which book they would be the most excited for the selection committee to choose. Books are available in our catalog - check them out or place a hold on them!

2 Weeks to go: SUPER HUGE SUMMER GAME SHOP NEWS! and even more NEW BADGES!

With just 2 weeks to go in the 2011 Summer Game, we've got another BONANZA of new stuff for all you dedicated players! First the score report; total score has now passed the 30 MILLION point mark with 4800 players completing an ASTONISHING 490,000 actions! And now, the news you've all been waiting for: THE GIGA CHOCOLATE VICTORY PACKAGE has been RESTOCKED! There are 20 more AADL Chocolate Logos now available in the Summer Game Shop, and in addition to that, we've got 6 NEW ITEMS this week! But first, our second-to-last crop of code seeking badges, then keep on reading to find out about this week's EXCITING Shop News!

AADL Summer Game Begins!

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Get Started playing AADL's all new Summer Game for All Ages today! Earn points for using YOUR library, going to events, reading/listening to books, watching movies, posting reviews! Get prizes for completion (kids get a mid-way prize, too). Get the details at play.aadl.org!

AADL Used Equipment Sale! This Saturday, 9 AM - 1 PM!

Here at AADL, we work hard to keep the best, most up-to-date equipment on the floor for our users. That means stuff wears out quickly, and periodically, we round it all up and have a HUGE equipment sale with great stuff at amazing prices! This Saturday, 6/11, from 9 AM to 1 PM, come to the multipurpose room in the lower level of the downtown library for some AMAZING bargains on computer equipment and furniture. All sales are final, as-is, cash and carry only. We will have a test bench set up for you to test things before you buy, but we can't help with that. Here are just a few of the items available at this year's sale: check our twitter at http://twitter.com/aadl for pictures! Come early for the best deals!

- TONS of 15" LCD monitors, $5
- LCD touchscreen monitors, $10
- OODLES of cables, drives, mice, keyboards, printers, and other peripherals, $1
- a CYBEX 8-channel, 2-headed KVM with cable sets for only $10
- Digital Cameras of Yore, $5
- upholstered sled-base chairs, $5
- Steel filing cabinets, $10
- The old Malletts Locker System, $40
- old-school steel desk, $20
- Pop-up power & ethernet drops for table mounting, $1 each.
- Wyse winterms, $1 each
- DEC VT420 monochrome (orange) serial terminal, works great, $10
- 1997 DEC Alpha Server, no HDD, with tape backup & OS CD, $50
- HP procurve network switch, $40
- HP Proliant Rackmount server, no HDD, $40
- Handspring Visor proto-PDA, $1
- Rackmount hubs & switches, $10
- Misc Servers, No HDD, $20
- TONS of Desktop PCs of varying vintages, no HDD, $10

Plus other surprises. Don't miss this rare opportunity to pick up some great stuff for a song! 9 AM this Saturday at the Downtown Library. Cash only!

Malletts Creek Branch Opens On Monday, April 18

Malletts Creek Branch will open on Monday, April 18 at 10:00 am. The Branch will be closed until that time for maintenance.

Library materials may still be returned to Malletts Creek Branch or any other Library location during this period.

Holds ready for pickup through Sunday, April 17 at the Malletts Creek Branch will be held at the Downtown Library through 6 pm. that evening.

These holds will then be returned to Malletts Creek, to be available when the branch reopens on Monday, April 18 at 10:00 am. Those holds that would have expired on April 17 or April 18 will then remain ready for pickup through Tuesday, April 19, at 9 p.m.

New feature: Magazines are now Requestable!

Good News, Everyone! AADL's mammoth collection of over 25,000 magazine issues is now requestable! That means you can search our collection of over 600 magazine titles and request a specific issue to be held for pickup for you at any of our locations, just like any other library item. The only difference is that after you choose your pickup location, you'll be asked which issue of the magazine you'd like to request.

The newest issue of each magazine is not requestable to keep them on the shelf while they're new, but as soon as the next issue arrives, the previous issue becomes requestable too. Maybe Giant Robot is what you're looking for, or the new Home Power Magazine, or maybe you're seeking one of our 100+ issues of National Geographic. No matter what you're looking for, getting your hands on magazine issues at your library just got a lot easier. Try it out and let us know what you think, either by commenting on this post or contacting us!

National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Celebrates 80th Anniversary!

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On March 3, 2011, the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), the Library of Congress’ talking-book and braille program, celebrated 80 years of helping visually impaired and physically handicapped individuals enjoy reading their favorite books and magazines.

This free library program brings reading materials in digital audio and braille formats straight to the homes of patrons from preschoolers to centenarians. Books on digital cartridge, digital talking-book players and braille books are sent to patrons via the U.S. mail at no cost to users. People who sign up with the program also have the option of downloading books and magazines over the Internet in audio or braille format.

"The NLS collection of more than 400,000 titles of bestsellers, classics, biographies, romance, and other genres delights even the most selective readers. Magazine-lovers enjoy free subscriptions to more than 40 periodicals in audio format, including Consumer Reports, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated for Kids, and 30 periodicals in braille, such as Ladies Home Journal, ESPN: The Magazine and the New York Times Large-Print Weekly."

For more information on eligibility and to apply for this service through the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled @ AADL, please visit our website at: wlbpd.aadl.org.

1040 Instruction Booklets are here!

The time we've all been waiting for is here, the 1040 Instruction Booklets have arrived at the Ann Arbor District Library! Come Downtown or to any of the branch libraries to pick one up! Happy Tax Season, everyone!

Thank You Library Users! AADL again awarded 5 stars in Library Journal's Star Libraries Report!

Thanks to the patrons of the Ann Arbor District Library who continue to use their library in astonishing numbers, AADL has once again been named by Library Journal as one of the top libraries in the country!

The journal’s annual survey, America’s Star Libraries, recognizing the libraries that are the most heavily used by their communities, has again awarded its top ranking – 5 stars – to the Ann Arbor District Library. AADL was one of only two libraries in Michigan receiving kudos by the journal (Kent County received 3 stars) and was one of only 85 libraries throughout the U.S. to receive the highest 5 star ranking. This is the third time that AADL has received this honor.

High patron usage per capita - circulation transactions (checkouts and renewals); visits to library buildings; public Internet terminal usage and program attendance – form the basis for America’s Star Libraries rankings, and AADL would like to take this opportunity to thank its patrons for their enthusiastic use and continued support.

Traditionally, many public library decision-makers have focused on circulation alone as the performance indicator for a successful library. Today, the full range of library services now includes electronic access, facilities use, and programming. Recognizing this, Library Journal uses these statistics in calculating America’s Star Libraries. Top libraries are organized into star tiers, much like the Michelin guide, for example, with five, four, or three stars. Libraries are scored in key service areas in relation to other peer libraries based on total operating expenditures for the library rather than on population.

The 2010 survey was based on data reported to Institute of Museum and Library Services for 2008 and, since this data was collected, AADL’s service statistics have risen dramatically.

AADL had total checkouts and renewals that year of 8.2 million (rising to 9.1 million this past year – an 11 % increase); visits to library buildings of 1.6 million (1.8 million this past year – a 7.5 % increase); public Internet terminal usage of 259,338 (281,310 this past year – an 8.5 % increase) and attendance at programs of 52,891 (62,584 this past year – an 18.3 % increase).

AADL patrons truly support their library and the services that it offers – the statistics attest to this fact – and this outstanding support has made AADL one of the top libraries in the country.

For more information about Library Journal’s, America’s Star Libraries, visit http://libraryjournal.com.

Introducing the Wishlist!

You've asked for it, and waited patiently, and now it's here! Our most-requested patron feature, a Wishlist that you can use to keep track of items you're interested in but not yet ready to request, is now a part of the AADL catalog. Here's what you need to know:

* A Wishlist is created for you the first time you add an item to your Wishlist in the catalog
* You can add any item to your Wishlist, where it will stay until you request or delete it
* You can see what items on your Wishlist are currently available
* You can also make other lists with whatever name you'd like
* Lists, including the Wishlist, are private unless you check the box to make them public
* Requesting is also much simpler requiring fewer clicks and allowing you to stay on your list of items

In short, if you want something but not right now, just add it to your Wishlist instead of requesting it and you can see it under My Lists on your my account page. There's lots of potential for this new feature, and there may be some glitches here or there, but just let us know if you see anything strange or have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about Lists, either by commenting on this post or by contacting us. Thanks very much for your patience as we've worked on this, enjoy it, and thanks for using the Library!

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