Pittsfield Branch is Closed Wednesday, November 19

The Pittsfield Branch is closed today, Wednesday November 19, due to problems with the HVAC system. Events and programs scheduled for today will be cancelled or rescheduled. Check the Events listing for updates.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Josie

Our Stars Are YOUR Stars

AADL has again been named a 5 Star Library in the Annual Index of Public Library Service. We remain the only 5 Star Library in MI, and we congratulate the West Bloomfield Public Library on its 4 Star achievement this year. This effort led by Library Journal since 2008 collects data that all public libraries are required to compile and then sorts and ranks within expenditure categories. Hundreds of libraries are included in this ranking. AADL is fifth of ten with 5 Stars in its expenditure category.

Annual visits, circulation, programming attendance, and computer usage per capita are the measures. It is the outcome of those numbers that we most care about, and those measures are yours. They tell us of your quick trip in to pick up an item on hold. That you think it is worth it to get a squirming toddler into a pumpkin suit for a rainy and cold Halloween event at the Library. The numbers tell us that you attend some of the hundreds of events or programs occurring in library buildings each year. They tell us that sometimes sitting in front of a fire with the paper in a place that is not home, but like home, is where you wish to be. Without you AADL would not have the highest per capita rate of circulation in the US in a public library with a budget over $9 million. That alone is an important statement about this community.

The AADL exists to provide library service to its citizens. While we know that we need to work every day to achieve that for you, and while we know these numbers do not tell the whole story, it is a good beginning and we thank you for the opportunity.

Congratulations. Our stars are YOUR stars.

Josie

Friends of AADL Bookshop in New Location Downtown

Join us in welcoming the Book Shop back to business and in a new location in the Downtown Library. The shop is located in the northwest corner of the First Floor where the Teen space has been for the past decade. Teens are now "under the atrium" on the Third Floor.

The FAADL Shop will be open 7 days a week and offers great buys on used books in a warm and bright space. Visit their website for complete info on the shop and updates on their offerings.

Join the Friends of AADL and support the Library!

Josie

Downtown Elevator Repair Update: Downtown Library Is Open

The work to replace casings for a new jack for the Downtown public elevator is completed, and the Downtown Library is open. The last phase of the work is scheduled for next week, and we anticipate another closure for the installation of the new jack. That work is scheduled to occur on Wednesday, August 27. The public elevator is not functioning, and those visiting the Library who are not able to use the stairs should ask for assistance. Staff will escort them through the building using the freight elevator.

Any HOLD items remaining at Traverwood that originated Downtown, have been returned to Downtown and are available Downtown. The period for picking up these items will be extended through Friday, August 29. We realize this has been an inconvenience for many, and we do apologize.

The elevator work is nearing completion, but another closure will occur and while we expect that to happen on Wednesday, August 27, one thing we have learned is that things can change. Please check back here for updates and an announcement about next week's closure.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Josie

Downtown Elevator Repair Update: Downtown Library Is Closed

Repair work for the public elevator requires the Downtown Library to be closed for an indefinite period. The repair requires casings that are concreted into the elevator shaft to be removed. A drilling rig was brought in on Thursday, and the work area is exposed. This makes it impossible for the Downtown library to be open to the public.

All other library branches are open, and it is possible to send Holds to those locations for pickup if you prefer to avoid the uncertainty of the open hours Downtown. We will extend Hold periods for those items on the Hold Shelf Downtown and those items have been relocated to Traverwood Branch. All programs scheduled for Downtown will be relocated or cancelled. Please check the Events listing for updates on programs.

Downtown play.aadl.org codes will be found by looking into the windows. Look for Josie's Chickens. They are worth 2, 000 points!

For more information see my previous post and please accept our apologies for the disruption.

Josie

Public Elevator at Downtown Library Out of Service

The public elevator in the Downtown Library failed a routine safety inspection earlier this month, and is out of service. The repairs needed will require that the elevator remain out of service for most of this summer. We are not planning on having the elevator back in operation before Labor Day weekend. If you are visiting the Downtown Library and are unable to use the stairway, please ask any AADL staff person for assistance. We will escort you through staff areas to the freight elevator in order to get you to your desired location in the Library.

The lower level of the Downtown Library will be closed to the public when the repairs are being made. We know that there will be noise and unpleasant fumes from the work. We expect work to begin soon after July 1. If at all possible the noisiest and most unpleasant work will be done mornings before the Library opens. The noise, vibration, and fumes may require that the Library be closed during regular hours and on short notice. We will do our best to make these decisions in a manner that is respectful of your time and your need for the services available in the Downtown location of the AADL.

We are very sorry for this inconvenience, and hopefully, it will remain merely an inconvenience. Please let me know if we need to do more for you while the public elevator is being repaired.

Josie

Our Stars Are YOUR Stars

The AADL enjoyed another 5-star year, and we have put together an annual report video highlighting the many moments, events, numbers, and milestones that together give us all a library that we can celebrate.

We thank you for the way you use and enjoy your public library. It is the best compliment that we can receive.

We count on your telling us how we can do better, and more at the AADL, and hope that you will spread the word about YOUR public library.

Josie

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Branch Closures Monday January 6

AADL will be closing three branches this evening at 6:00 PM due to staff shortages. Traverwood, West, and Pittsfield branches of the AADL will close this evening at 6:00 PM.

Malletts Creek and Downtown will remain open until 9:00 PM this evening. We will attempt to open tomorrow regular hours. We will post updates to this site, and on social media.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. It is cold out there!

Josie

AADL will Open At NOON on Monday, January 6

The Library will open at NOON on Monday, January 6, all locations. Fines have not accrued on items left in dropboxes, and holds expiring Sunday or Monday will remain available for a few days.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by this closure. Please don't hesitate to ask us for assistance with matters related to your library account once we are back open tomorrow.

Travel with care.

Josie

Five Years and 5 Stars

The AADL has once again been named a 5 Star library in Library Journal's Index of Public Library Service. This ranking is not a competition, but is a reflection of how a public library within a budget category is used by its community. The AADL ranks fifth of eleven in the five star ranking for libraries in America with a budget of $10M - $29.9M.

AADL's experience has ranked us consistently in the top five in our budget category for five stars since 2009. In all of America, star libraries make up only 3.5% of all eligible public libraries across the country. We are the only 5 star library in MI, and while we wish there were more in our state, we are pleased that Ann Arbor uses its library so well and so obviously. We are measured per capita by how many times our libraries are visited each year, how many people attend our programs, the number of sessions logged on computers at the library, and how many items are borrowed.

These numbers are the evidence that you and your neighbors are coming in to attend storytimes, meet with tutors, use the assistive technology lab, speak at public meetings, visit an exhibit of local art, use a room for a neighborhood association meeting, meet an author, compete in a Lego contest, make something, or sit quietly before a fireplace and knit. These numbers tell us that you are using the computers at the library either out of necessity or convenience to search and apply for jobs, for college admissions, to register for the Affordable Care Act, or to keep up with friends and family on Facebook, and you are borrowing materials at a rate per capita that is astounding and outstanding.

You are living the mission of the Ann Arbor District Library, and we thank you for allowing us the privilege of holding up our end of the bargain.

See you at the Library.

Josie

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