AADL Newsletter,
Fall 2014


AADL Newsletter,
Summer 2014

Tax Increment Financing Development Erodes Library Millages

If public libraries are to continue to exist beyond the first half of this century, we all need to make that decision and we need to make it right now. I’m not talking about an emotional decision that “libraries are good”, and “we all loved story time”, and “what’s not to like about libraries?”

I’m talking about money and civic priorities. Many libraries in Michigan and across the country will survive the current annihilation of public library funding by state and local politicians, but a good number of them will not. Those that do will still contend with eroding tax bases: sometimes the enemy appears friendly. The best example on the local level is Tax Increment Financing Authority, or TIFA, diversions on property taxes captured by local taxing authorities. District Library millages are eroded by these tax diversion structures and in a poor economy the use of TIFA diversions increase. Common TIFA authorities are Downtown Development Authorities, Brownfield Redevelopment Authorities, Historical Neighborhood Authorities, Corridor Improvement Authorities and several others in Michigan. Sometimes public library Boards can opt-out of a TIFA diversion, but most of the time opt-out is not permitted by statute. The long and short of it is this: When a community votes a millage into effect for their local library, TIFA diversions in that community take taxes off the top of the Library millage and that money does not go to the purpose it was originally voted to support. There is great good in Brownfield Redevelopment, and Downtown Development Authorities provide important infrastructure and economic development support for communities. The cost can be too high, though, for tax supported public institutions. Legislation providing TIFA opt-in or opt-out language needs to be adopted. Libraries can only use taxes for library purposes. Libraries have no other taxing options available to support themselves. Library Boards are responsible for providing certain services with voted millages, and expectations for those services do not decrease with the tax base.

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.

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