Library Closed On Memorial Day

All locations of the Ann Arbor District Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday May 25.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

More about the new air handlers

Air handler at bottom of the pit: These workers are at the bottom of the pit as a crane lowers a new air handler to basement level. The photographer is inside the basement. Photo by Ken Raynor.Air handler at bottom of the pit: These workers are at the bottom of the pit as a crane lowers a new air handler to basement level. The photographer is inside the basement. Photo by Ken Raynor.

Delivery of the library's new air handlers raised passing interest and even mild titillation among the characteristically blase citizens of this teeming sub-metropolis. For the first time in half a century, patrons on the west side of the downtown branch quaffed un-handled air. Ken Raynor snapped a series of photographs to record the event for posterity.

Teen Volunteers Needed at AADL

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AADL needs teen volunteers to help sign up summer reading participants June 12-26. Interested? You need to:

-be in grades 6-12 in the fall,
-attend training Friday, June 12, 2:00-3:00 p.m.,
-work both weeks (June 12-June 26).

Stop by the branch (West, Malletts Creek, Pittsfield, or Traverwood) at which you are interested in helping. Go to the reference desk, sign up, and take forms to complete. Return completed forms by Friday, June 5.

Traverwood Branch Reopened

The Traverwood Branch is again open today, Sunday 4/26, after a brief power outage. Thanks for your patience!

Family Time at the Film Festival

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Looking for some family fun at the upcoming Ann Arbor Film Festival? We have a discount code set up for the AADL community to receive $2 off advance online tickets for the For Kids of All Ages program on Saturday, 3/28 at 1pm at the Michigan Theater. Order advance tickets on the Festival website by entering the discount code AADL2009. For Kids of All Ages will feature a colorful mix of shorts that will engage even the youngest film-goer with high-caliber indie films.

AADL Celebrates 5 Star Ranking in Library Journal Survey of Public Libraries

The Ann Arbor District Library is one of the top libraries in the country, according to a new survey by Library Journal, America’s Star Libraries, published in its February 15 issue. Of the 7,115 libraries evaluated for the report, only 256 (3.5 %) received stars for their achievements. AADL was one of ten of 88 libraries nation-wide in its budget bracket (libraries with an annual budget of $10M – $29.9M) to receive the highest possible overall ranking of 5 stars. In Michigan, 376 libraries qualified for evaluation, with only two receiving stars - AADL with its 5-star ranking, and Canton Public Library which earned 3 stars in its budget bracket.

The survey was based on data reported to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for fiscal year 2005-2006 and since this data was collected, AADL’s service statistics have continued to rise. Traditionally, many public library decision-makers have focused on circulation alone as the performance indicator for a successful library. Today, the full range of services now includes electronic access, facilities use, and programming.

The inaugural LJ Index of Public Library Service, sponsored by Baker & Taylor's Bibliostat, is based on 2005-2006 data for:

• circulation transactions per capita, including checkouts and renewals;
• visits to library buildings per capita;
• computer sessions per capita;
• program attendance per capita,

as reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Top libraries are organized into star tiers, much like the Michelin guide, for example, with five, four, or three stars. Libraries are scored in relation to other peer libraries based on total operating expenditures rather than on community population.

These numbers and this ranking reflect YOUR use of YOUR public library. Enjoy!

AADL STATISTICS AND INCREASES
Based on the data reported to IMLS in fiscal year 2005-2006, AADL, with a service population of 155,000 had:

• 34.3 circulation transactions per capita
• 9.1 visits to library buildings per capita
• 1.6 computer sessions per capita
• 0.3 program attendees per capita

Since 2005-2006, growth has continued at AADL:

• Annual circulation transactions have increased 57% to 8,173,534
• Visits to library buildings rose 16.5 % to 1,642,078
• Computer sessions increased 6% to 259,338
• Event attendance increased 14% to 52,891

With an equally expanded projected service population of 165,000 AADL now boasts:

• 49.5 circulation transactions per capita
• 10 visits to library buildings per capita
• 1.6 computer sessions per capita
• .3 program attendees per capita

For more information about Library Journal’s 'America’s Star Libraries', visit the index at libraryjournal.com.

Josie

Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL

Today, February 2, the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled @ AADL opens across the library system. As a designated sub regional library of the National Library Service, AADL will serve all residents of Washtenaw County who are unable to read standard print either due to blindness or physical disability. Approximately, 500 persons are currently registered, but we believe that thousands are eligible, and we are hoping to see this service expand.

NLS is administered through a national network of cooperating libraries with the mission “that all may read”. The service provides a free library program of Braille and audio materials to eligible borrowers in the United States through postage free mail. This service was mandated by Congress through the Pratt-Smoot Act of 1931 and remains a service of the Library of Congress.

Please call 734.327.4224 for more information about eligibility, applications, and services.

Josie

Inauguration Day 2009

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The 2009 Presidential Inauguration will take place Tuesday, January 20 in Washington, D.C. All are invited to view the televised live broadcast of the events of the day from 10 am – 5 pm in the 4th Floor Meeting Room of the Downtown Library.

As specified by the 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, presidential terms of office begin and end at 12:00 noon on January 20. President-Elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office at 12:00 noon and then give his inaugural address as the 44th President of the United States.

Remember, wireless Internet access is available throughout AADL. Use your laptop while you watch Inauguration Day festivities!

Annual Report Video Now Online

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What are people saying about AADL?

Watch the 2007-2008 annual report video now available online. See for yourself!

Holiday Hours

All Locations of the Ann Arbor District Library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 & 25. Regular hours will resume on Friday, December 26.

On Wednesday, December 31, all Library locations will close at 6 pm. Locations will also be closed on Thursday, January 1. Regular hours will resume on Friday, January 2.

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