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Date Received: 2014-07-24
Type: other
Regarding: other

Patron Comment: Does the AADL accept used DVD's as a donation? If so, how would I go about making that type of donation? I have 15 to 20 titles I'm looking to give away. Thanks!

AADL Reply: Donations are accepted, but are processed by the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library and are placed in their Book Shop. Donations may be brought to the back of the Downtown Library (343 S. Fifth Avenue) during library business hours (http://www.aadl.org/aboutus/hours). Enter the Staff Parking lot off William Street, ring intercom buzzer at door and tell receptionist that you have materials to donate. Donation bins are directly inside the door. The Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library will then process your donation. For more information on material accepted visit http://www.faadl.org/ and follow the "How to Donate" link. Thank you. Karen Wilson, Administrative Assistant


Date Received: 2014-07-22
Type: complaint
Regarding: other

Patron Comment: Has anyone in management, higher up ever walked around the entire library (inside)? I would not even give you a 1 star at all, let alone a 5 star!!!!! The homeless are daily/hourly allowed to take over the computer lab. I do contribute to charity, but this is a LIBRARY! not a social hall where they can spread their germs/illnesses/rudeness/loudness...people talk extremely loudly on their cell phones, cursing and swearing!!! Not 1 library attendant has EVER asked them to hush or at least take the call outside! I pay my mortgage, my taxes, everything and I am almost homeless. This is NO excuse for those of us who are considerate, use Clorox wipes, cover our mouths with our inside elbows when we are sneezing thousands of germs into the air. Why isn't this library like most? Inside voices, no use of cell phone in the computer lab, ........... It is appalling and not worth a 5 star at all. Then....the people who sit around on all levels of the library and talk so loud that it echoes throughout the building......When will the common rules be made?! Please help bring this library up from a 1..... a very frustrated resident who cant afford a computer......

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Date Received: 2014-07-18
Type: programs and events
Regarding: - NONE SELECTED -

Patron Comment: As a former youth librarian at AADL, I take exception to the response concerning reading and the Summer Game at the Library. When the librarians went to the schools in the past for a presentation of the Summer Game, they included a balanced program of activities that the game offered, book talks and in some cases stories and skits.. We contacted the school librarians well before the presentation, so that they could have the books being discussed on hand. The young people were enthusiastically asking for the books during and after the presentation. The emphasis was on the enjoyment that reading books can bring. I understand the Summer Game has changed and that there are many more options for children to complete the game. I am sure they are excited about many of the activities the game offers. But your decision to exclude books because children might feel “pushed” to read them in the Summer Game is unjustified. Please reconsider including books as a fun and welcome addition to your presentations.

AADL Reply: Hi Sherry - Hope you are having a great summer. Sorry it has taken me so long to reply - but I was on vacation last week and am just going through my email. I have read your email several times - since I am the one who received it - and here are my thoughts (as an old timer who has worked here for a very long time). I cannot, unfortunately, really speak about school visits and how staff in the past encouraged kids to read at those visits (because, as you know, I did not go out on school visits). I can tell you, as someone who has been involved in the overall game for well over a decade - that this particular year, I purchased more books than ever as a completion prize for kids finishing the reading portion of the game. It really does seem like many more kids are reading and completing the game than ever before - and the game still has one month to go. In addition to completion prizes, we have also had to reprint both the youth and the teen/adult reading logs - the logs for number of books read over the summer. While I did have to reprint youth logs last year - it is not something that has been done much (if ever) in the past. It is true that kids are participating in many more ways and can get points by writing reviews, visiting the Library and branches and attending events, but the overall completion of the reading portion of the game, from my viewpoint of budgeting for the completion prizes and being responsible for the printing of actual reading logs, is up to numbers that I have not seen since I began working at this Library. I honestly do believe that area kids are reading and completing the game in record-breaking numbers. I also know that the completion prize for each child for their summer reading efforts is a brand new book - so we are putting new books in the hands of many, many more area youth. Again, I can't comment much on pre-summer game school visits or what was done at the visits to encourage area youth to read, but I do honestly think that many many more area kids than ever are completing their reading logs (through summer reading) and getting an extra book to enjoy as a result. Anyway - hope these thoughts from an old timer are helpful. Tim Grimes Manager, Community Relations and Marketing Dept. Ann Arbor District Library 343 South Fifth Avenue Ann Arbor, MI 48104 734-327-4265 grimest@aadl.org


Date Received: 2014-07-17
Type: compliment
Regarding: compliment

Patron Comment: Thank you so very much for the AADL Summer Game! My family has been enjoying it all summer, particularly the Park Explorer and the Branch Explorer badges. The game is bringing us together on those "I'm BORed" days, and taking us out to explore corners of Ann Arbor that we'd never seen before. We look forward to the badge drops to see what we're going to explore and/or learn each week. The sense of humor running through the clues, the hints, and the game codes is not lost on us, either. Like Bugs Bunny or the Beatles, the humor and content can appeal to all ages. When I tell friends in other cities and towns about our Summer Game, they are amazed that our library offers such a cool program. And then I tell them that we get PRIZES for playing it! I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate the work, the thought, and the humor that goes into the Summer Game. Truly and outstanding addition to our already outstanding library system. Thank you again, Sue Smith

AADL Reply: Thank you so very much for such a great email. I've shared it with the entire staff. It made my day, and I'm sure it will be welcome news. We love the summer game, and are having fun, too. Regards, Josie


Date Received: 2014-07-15
Type: Summer Game
Regarding: - NONE SELECTED -

Patron Comment: Thank you for your presentation at Ann Arbor Open School for the Library’s Summer Game. The children and teachers were grateful for the information about the many activities the library offers and I am sure that many of our children will participate in the program. In past presentations both book talks and reading importance were a strong part of the program. I was surprised and disappointed that there was no mention of either. In my classroom there is an emphasis on books and reading throughout the year and especially during the summer months. Please consider adding book talks and an emphasis on the importance of reading in future presentations.

AADL Reply: Hello there, thanks for your comment. We've found over the past few years that by pushing less on reading and books, summer game players read and write a lot more. We changed the focus in response to parent feedback, which said that our 10-book classic game was causing their children to read less, by being overly prescriptive, and setting a single goal that attempted to fit all readers. Now, reported reading has exploded, kids are writing book reviews freely all summer -- without being assigned to do so -- and they're researching new areas independently, instead of just reading their 10 favorite books again in a rush to a prize. Last summer, over 5 million pages were read by Summer Game players -- we've found that kids choosing to read is much more powerful than when they're told to read. So rest assured that the change in the focus of the limited time we get at schools is in strategic support of reading and learning, and not in any way deemphasizing reading. Let us know if you have any other questions, and thanks again for taking the time to send in your feedback! -eli Eli Neiburger Deputy Director Ann Arbor District Library


Date Received: 2014-07-06
Type: other
Regarding: branch building

Patron Comment: Just wondering if there is any talk or plans to rebuild the downtown branch of the library? As we look around us here during our many visits, it is apparent that things are falling down around us". We love the access to everything and hope there are plans for the future or perhaps sooner? A concerned and loyal user.

AADL Reply: A bond initiative to rebuild the Downtown library failed in November 2012. Currently, the public elevator has failed a routine inspection and will be repaired, and work to upgrade the entry will begin later in July or early August. Routine maintenance continues and necessary upgrades and repairs are made as needed. If there is something specific that you would have us address, please let me know. I am very glad that you are a concerned and loyal user of the Downtown library. Regards, Josie Parker Director


Date Received: 2014-07-02
Type: other
Regarding: other

Patron Comment: I would like to be in your mailing list for possible book sale events in the future. Thank.

AADL Reply: Book sales held at the Downtown Library are organized by the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library. Please note: The Friends Book Shop has closed its doors for the season, due to the elevator repairs at the Downtown Library. They however, have a Mini-Book Shop on the first floor of the Downtown Library. All books are $2 and can be purchased at the checkout counter, during regular Library hours. For more information on Friends Book Shop and their fall opening/sale please visit their website at: http://faadl.org/book_shop.html Karen Wilson, Administrative Assistant


Date Received: 2014-07-02
Type: other
Regarding: collection

Patron Comment: How can I find out what books are available to borrow for book club use please? thanks

AADL Reply: Please visit our webpage: http://www.aadl.org/bctg Titles and helpful hints can be found there!


Date Received: 2014-06-30
Type: programs and events
Regarding: - NONE SELECTED -

Patron Comment: I have enjoyed and benefitted from the computer classes you previously offered. I look foreword to having them available again. Thank you.

AADL Reply: Thanks for the feedback. We're glad to know you had such a positive experience with computer classes previously offered at AADL! Sincerely, Terry Soave | 734/327-8327 | soavet@aadl.org | Manager of Outreach & Neighborhood Services


Date Received: 2014-06-30
Type: complaint
Regarding: other

Patron Comment: I am deeply distressed by the removal of the New Books section in the downtown library. This simply lowers my quality of life; I have probably been looking through the new books an average of once every two weeks for the thirty years I have lived in Ann Arbor. The catalog is in no way a substitute (and the librarian's offer to show my how to browse the catalog was an insullt); it is much less efficient than looking at the books. For example, I read a lot of mysteries from the library (I get my research reading at U of M). If I search for "Mysteries, Books, Just added," there may or may not be additional information on a particular title, there is no way for me to check whether the prose is acceptable, and juvenile titles are mixed in. Did the library ask patrons whether they wanted the New Books section removed?

AADL Reply: I am very sorry that the temporary removal of the New books shelf has distressed you. The shelf should be back in place by early next week. While I understand your reaction to an offer to help search the catalog, it was not meant to be insulting. I am also sorry that you were insulted by any action made by anyone at AADL. Thanks for letting us know how much you use the New books shelf. Sincerely, Josie Parker Director