New Website Launch Affects MelCat Service

In January 2018, we'll be launching an all-new aadl.org. This new site will offer powerful new features, including the ability to freeze your requests without losing your place in line, notifications about new items from your favorite authors or series, a way to request entire series in order, and much more. You'll be hearing more about this project, and have an opportunity to try out the new site, as we get closer to launch.

This project will also include a new catalog and checkout system behind the scenes, and migrating to that new system will unfortunately require some service interruptions as we approach the cut over. MeLCat Interlibrary loan users will be the most affected by this, as we need to clear out all MeLCat checkouts from our system before we can cut over to the new system in January. After the new system comes up we can begin the process of rejoining MeLCat. Requesting items via MelCat Interlibrary loan will be suspended as of Monday, October 2. You can still place requests via MeLCat for the next month, and any requests placed between now and then will still come in as usual.

Other libraries that have suspended MeLCat for system migrations have rejoined within about 6 months. We hope to resume MelCat requests in Spring of 2018. We are sorry for this extended service outage, and the disruption and inconvenience that results. We are one of the busiest MeLCat lenders and borrowers in the state, and it is a complicated and time-consuming process. During this suspension of MelCat, we will still offer traditional Interlibrary Loan services, and more details about that will be coming later this month.

Thanks again for your steady use of MelCat, a valuable statewide lending service, and thanks in advance for your patience as we work to bring a more responsive experience to you at aadl.org.

Josie

Pittsfield Branch Is Open Today

Pittsfield Branch, which had been closed for a carpet installation project, resumes normal hours today, opening at 10:00 AM.

Pittsfield Branch Closure for Carpet Installation: May 15-22

The Pittsfield Branch will close on Monday, May 15 for the installation of new carpeting. It is expected to reopen on Monday, May 22.

All Hold items ready for pick up at closing on Sunday, May 14, will be relocated to the Westgate Branch. All Pittsfield holds will be available at Westgate for the duration of the project.

We apologize for the inconvenience. The Pittsfield Branch opened in the Spring of 2006, and is a busy and well used location. We know this closure will be a disruption, but we hope the improvements will make it understandable and worth it.

Josie

Traverwood Branch Closure Extended through Thursday April 20

The Traverwood Branch will be closed Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday April 17, 18, 19 and 20th for routine maintenance of the wood floors.

All Traverwood hold items remaining on the hold shelf Saturday evening at 6:00 PM will be moved to Downtown and returned by opening on Friday, April 21 at 9:00 AM. Items on the hold shelves when Traverwood reopens will be held over the weekend to allow extra time for pickup. Items may still be returned to the Traverwood drop boxes during the closure.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to keep the buildings clean and functioning at their best.

Josie

Westgate Branch is Open

The Westgate Branch opened Tuesday, September 6! There is plenty of parking in the rear of the shopping center, and the best access is from the Rite Aid end of the center. Just drive around, park behind the Library, and enter through the new rear doors.

As of today, holds may be placed for pick up at Westgate, and if you have outstanding items on a request list, please go to aadl.org/contactus and send a message asking to have your holds relocated to West for pickup. All outstanding holds waiting on Pittsfield shelves for Westgate will be available today at Westgate.

It has been almost 10 months since Westgate closed for renovations, and we are very pleased to be reopening in four times the space, with a new rear entry, a Reading Room, two small meeting rooms, a large program room, dedicated space for youth, a Sweetwaters Cafe, and books, books, books!

We look forward to seeing you sometime soon in the new Westgate!

Josie

Westgate Will Open on Tuesday, September 6

The Westgate branch of the AADL will open on Tuesday, September 6 at 9:00 AM. We invite you to visit this newly renovated location, and to join us there for a public celebration on Sunday, September 18, at 12:00 PM. We will have music, food, and fun for all ages at this celebration of a new library in a familiar place.

Josie

Malletts Creek Normal Hours Have Resumed

We thank you for your patience, and are pleased to be able to resume normal hours at Malletts Creek, today, October 19.

Josie

Construction Update: The Fence is Down!

The front entry construction is complete. Please come on downtown to the Library and let us know what you think.

Josie

Downtown Construction Update: Downtown Library Opens on Saturday, June 13

The Downtown Library will reopen on Saturday, June 13, at 9:00 AM. Access will remain limited to the north, and we strongly caution pedestrians to not walk in traffic on Fifth Avenue. We are midpoint in the construction process for the work on the front of the building. There is still a lot of demolition work to be done, so the noise and dust are with us for a few more weeks.

We took advantage of the necessary closure to have new carpeting installed in the Children's Room and on the Third Floor. We also moved many collections to different floors so that room for expansion in most collections is now possible. Maps will be posted at each floor and available at all service desks. No collections were reduced in size or eliminated. Please ask us if you cannot find what you are looking for on Saturday.

Until Saturday,

Josie

Construction Closure - Downtown Library Closed for Approximately Two Weeks

The Downtown Library will be closed beginning Friday, May 29 due to the Front Porch Construction Project. The length of the closure is undetermined at this time but estimated at two weeks. The front entry doors and all of the concrete on the current porch to the north are being replaced during this phase of the project. In addition, carpeting is being replaced on two floors and several collections are being shifted to allow for growth in the collection. The public stairway is also being sanded and painted, and a new programming space is being outfitted in the Lower Level. We realize how inconvenient this is for the hundreds of people who use the Downtown Library each day, but it will be a much better environment from the outside in when the work is completed. We hope that you will continue to use the Library at one of the four branch locations while Downtown is closed.

In expectation of the closure, no Library items are due after May 29 and before June 12, however, the Downtown Library dropbox on William Street will be available. Downtown Library hold items will be available at Traverwood Branch at opening on Friday, May 29.

Book donations to the FAADL, usually made at the loading dock off William Street, cannot be accepted on May 29, 30, or 31.

Josie

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