Gene Wilson

The Ann Arbor District Library Board and staff acknowledge with sadness the passing of former Library Director and Board Member Gene Wilson.

Gene served as Director of the Ann Arbor Public Library from 1977 to 1983 and later served the community on the first elected Board of the newly formed Ann Arbor District Library. He remained on the AADL Board for four years, from July, 1996 - June, 2000.

Gene's career began at the Library in 1951 when he joined the Ann Arbor Public Library staff as a reference librarian. Prior to his appointment as Library Director, he held positions as Head of the Reference Department and Assistant Director.

We deeply regret his passing and offer our sincere condolences to his family. We admire and appreciate Gene's hard work and many years of dedication and service to the Ann Arbor community.

You can read articles from the Ann Arbor News about Gene's time at the library over on Old News.

Tom Hayden at AADL

The Downtown Meeting Room was packed for Tom Hayden's lecture Monday evening, September 15.

Hayden, a former student at U-M was in Ann Arbor because U-M has recently purchased papers, photos and documents which detail his life as an activist. He stated that "history repeats itself if all parties aren't involved, even dissenters," in creating the future. He will be visiting the area once a year for 4-5 years to decipher his hand-written notes accurately because they include so many primary sources.

MLive reporter Janet Miller wrote a detailed story on his lecture you can find here.

Art Table: Leaf Rubbings

The next time you’re at the Downtown Library, pop into the Youth Department and check out the new art project at the art table.

This month we're making leaf rubbings in fall colors! Celebrate fall with this easy and fun project.

At the library we'll be using plastic leaf rubbing plates, but did you know you can make your own leaf rubbings at home using real leaves?! Try it! It's pretty fun. Happy Fall!

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