AADL Newsletter,
Fall 2014


AADL Newsletter,
Summer 2014

AADL Board Candidate Information Events

The Library is hosting two Board Candidate Information Events for those interested in running for election to the Board of Trustees of the AADL. The events will be held from 6:00 PM-7:00PM in the aadlfreespace at the Downtown Library on Tuesday, July 27 and Wednesday, August 11, 2010.

Three 4-year terms and one 2-year term will be elected in November. Terms begin January 1, 2011 and information about the duties and responsibilities of library trustees can be found at AADL Board. For information on filing to run for public office please contact Matt Yankee, yankeem@ewashtenaw.org, the Interim Elections Director for Washtenaw county or visit ewashtenaw.

Special Note Regarding July 13 Events

logologoThe following events that were scheduled at the Downtown Library for July 13th will be moved to other locations:

Make Lab: Clothing! will be held on 7/13, 7:00 - 9:00 pm at the Traverwood Branch.
The AADL Catalog class will be held on 7/13, 3:30 - 5:30 pm at the West Branch.
The 10:00 Storytime at the Downtown Library will take place as usual.

Downtown Library Open During Street Construction

It may look impossible to get into the Downtown Library, but we are open. The construction on Fifth Avenue is loud and dusty, but the sidewalk from William to the front of the Library is open. Three lanes of Fifth are closed, and there is no left turn from Fifth to William today. Road closure and sidewalk rerouting will likely change daily, but the Downtown Library will not be closed during the construction. If you arrive Downtown by AATA bus, or park in the "Y" lot, it is necessary to cross William walking South, then cross Fifth going east, and back across William going north to get to the Library. The sidewalk from the south walking north on Fifth in front of Earthen Jar and Jerusalem Garden is also open.

Entering the Downtown Library will be made simpler when a new ramp and step entrance in front of the Library opens later today or tomorrow. Soon, the sidewalk north of the Library along Fifth will be closed until the new garage opens, and all pedestrian access to the Downtown Library will be from William. We are grateful to the DDA for working so hard to sequence their project so that the Downtown Library does not have to close during construction.

Josie

Family Time at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

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Looking for some family fun at the Ann Arbor Film Festival? We have a discount code set up for the AADL community to receive $2 off advance online tickets for the The Kids Are Alright program on Saturday, 3/27 at 11am at the Michigan Theater. Order advance tickets on the Festival website by entering the discount code 48AAFFAADL. The Kids Are Alright will feature a colorful mix of shorts that will engage engage film fans with a youthful spirit (recommended ages 6+). Includes a special live musical performance.

Friday at AADL: Bison Boys & Famous Monsters of Michigan!

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The Ann Arbor Film Festival, the longest running independent film festival in the U.S., will hold its 48th festival on March 23 - 28. At this pre-Festival event, Saginaw Valley State University Associate Professor Mike Mosher will discuss Bison Boys & Famous Monsters of Michigan: the 1970s Super-8mm Films of Jimm Juback and Cary Loren. Loren and Juback were teenagers in the early 1970s, as well as eager viewers of the Ann Arbor Film Festivals.

The discussion will take place in the Downtown library from 7:00-8:30 p.m. downstairs in the Multi-Purpose Room.

...and we're back!

Due to the construction next door, the fiber that connects the downtown library to our branches and to the internet (via the glass cabinet on the 2nd floor of the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum) needed to be rerouted to avoid the upcoming excavation. What was supposed to be a 15-minute splice actually took the contractor 5 hours to troubleshoot, but we're back up now! Thanks very much for your patience, and please contactus if you have any other questions or trouble.

Downtown Library Closed this Sunday, 1/17

Due to construction next door, the Downtown Library will be without power and will be closed this Sunday, January 17. The Senegal Family Cultural Celebration planned for Downtown will instead take place at Traverwood Branch and the Lecture on Mozart's Requiem has been moved to Pittsfield Branch. Due to the Downtown library being without power, branch computers will be out of order, and http://aadl.org and the library catalog will be down until power is restored to the server room. Wifi at the branches may be unavailable as well, although the branches will remain open and you'll still be able to check out items. We apologize for this inconvenience and thank you for your patience! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about this outage.

Annual Report Video Now Online

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50.5 million pageviews. 9.2 million transactions. Over 58,000 program attendees. See more library statistics from the past year in our Annual Report video.

An AADL card makes a wonderful gift!

Gift Certificates for AADL non-resident cards may be purchased at service desks at all AADL locations. The certificates are available for 3 months ($37.50), 6 months ($75.00), 9 months ($112.50) or one year ($150.00). The cost is the same whether the gift is for an individual or an entire family living at the same address. For those people you know who do not live in the Library district but would really love to be able to check out books, DVDs, CDs, art prints, and all of the other wonderful things available at the Ann Arbor District Library, consider this great gift idea. The certificate may be redeemed at any AADL location by filling out a short application and showing photo I.D. and proof of address. Certificates are available all year long and make wonderful gifts for many occasions.

Celebrate with AADL!

AADL received two recognitions this past week confirming that the presence of a strong and vital public library is important in our community. Once again your direct feedback to the International City and County/Management Association (ICMA) and the National Research Center (NRC) resulted in an award for Excellence for the AADL. The award honors jurisdictions nationwide with the highest rated services among all those surveyed. To win for Excellence, the rating for service quality must be one of the top three among all eligible jurisdictions and must reside in the top 10 percent among the over 500 jurisdictions in the NRC database of citizen surveys.

In addition, the AADL also received a ranking of 5 Stars from Library Journal. This ranking is based on data submitted each year to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 98 public libraries in the US reported in our budget category of 10M-29M, and AADL was ranked in the top 10. We are the only 5 star ranked library system in Michigan, and we wish to congratulate the public library in Canton, MI for receiving a 3 star rank in their budget category. The rankings are based on: circulation transactions per capita, including checkouts and renewals; visits to library buildings per capita; computer sessions per capita; and program attendance per capita.

The Board and staff of AADL thank you for both of these recognitions. Awards that are generated by those who are paying for library services, and that are unsolicited by the AADL, are the very best!

Josie

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