September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

A library card is one of the most important cards you can carry in your wallet and September is the month to celebrate it! The library offers a multitude of educational, fun, and interesting resources and is filled with staff who are eager and willing to help you use them. Never had a library card? Has it been a while since you've last visited us? That's ok! There's always time to come in and discover all that we have to offer. Do you already have a library card? Take some time to see just what is possible here and you may learn something new.

So, just what can you do with an AADL library card?

*Check out some art. Are you only living in town for a short period of time and don't want to constantly move your favorite pieces of art? Or simply can't make up your mind about the decor in your living room? The AADL has a large selection of art prints available for check-out to bring a little life to your home.

*Start a book club. The library offers Book Clubs to Go, which include 10 copies of a selected book and author information, discussion questions, and tips for starting a book club.

*Can't find the book you want at the AADL? You can request an inter-library loan and if another library in Michigan (or even in another state!) has the book available for request, we will bring it to the AADL for you to borrow.

*Want to know how much energy one of your appliances is using? We have energy meters available for check out!

*If English isn't your first language or you want to immerse yourself in a foreign language, check out our large selection of world language offerings.

*You can visit local museums by checking out a Museum Adventure Pass.

*You can also check out a book, a CD, a DVD, or Blu-Ray.

Interested in getting a library card? Just bring in a photo ID, proof of residence, and desire to learn and have fun to any one of our locations.

If you are not eligible for a card, you still have access to our free wireless, public internet stations, all of our events, and computer classes. And, as always, please feel free to speak to any library employee you see or call (734) 327-4200 if you have any questions about what the library can do for you.


Opportunity for Teen Writers!

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Community House a non-profit organization in Birmingham, is putting together the first annual Elmore Leonard Literary Arts and Film Festival. Included is a competition for screenwriters and filmmakers as well as a separate teen short story contest for students, ages 13-18 years. AADL has it's own creative writing contest which kicks off in the winter months with an open-ended theme, however, for the Elmore Leonard contest there is a specific theme, 'Swag: A Crime and Mystery Fiction.' Questions? Call 248-554-6596
Cash prizes awarded and no entry fee is required. Good Luck!

Cinema Nightly starts this week


Cinema Nightly is a local grassroots project that aims to bring filmmakers, actors, producers, directors and bands together for a chance to meet and enjoy the art of film and music. Friday, September 3, is the first in a series of free form video screenings and music performances to be held at the Downtown Library. From 6:30-9:00 p.m., you'll see "Sunday," "Andy: The Ballad of the Karoke King," "I will hurt you," "25 Cent," and "Time as it takes". The musical guest is John Hurlahe. Admission is free!

Read more about Cinema Nightly Project and find out how to submit your film.

Purple Rose Theatre: All new, all Michigan line-up

This week there’s an awesome chance for a sneak preview of the fall season of Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea. On Tuesday Aug. 31 from 6-9 p.m. at the Downtown Library, the company will present a concert reading of ‘Best of Friends‘ -- a new world-premiere comedy by Jeff Daniels. Come watch cast members and director Guy Sanville. If you can’t make it, plan to attend 'Best of Friends' at PRT Oct. 14 - Dec. 18. And when you get a minute, check out the All New, All Michigan line-up, including three additional world premiere plays by Michigan playwrights to celebrate the 20th anniversary season of Purple Rose.

The Art Book Today

Anyone with interest in books and art should consider going to the upcoming History of Art 2010 Fall Symposium The Art Book Today: Print Projects in the Digital Age. This fascinating sounding event is coming up Sept. 11 from 1-5 p.m. at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Knowledgeable panelists will talk about designing, publishing, and distributing art books and books on art when the publishing industry seems to be changing daily. Ways to move forward in this exciting field also will be on the table.

Today is National Youth Literacy Day!

826National is dubbing August 26 (8/26) National Youth Literacy Day. That’s today!! “826 writing centers provide totally free literacy instruction to 22,000 students every year.” There are eight nonprofit chapters across the country, including 826Michigan right here in Ann Arbor.

Did you know that there is a writing/tutoring lab in the back of that wacky Robot Shop on Liberty Street? Behind that red curtain is totally FREE tutoring, drop-in writing, workshops, fieldtrips, and other goodness going on for kids age 6-18. Need help with math? Drop in afterschool, as tutoring starts Sept. 20. Want to drop the kids off for an amazing writing workshop one evening while you grab coffee next door? Stay tuned here for the fall schedule, which gets posted on Sept. 6! Register fast, as spaces fill up quickly. (There are even workshops for adults!) I know for a fact that the kids and adults around there have oodles of fun while teaching/learning.

Some of the works the children write get published in anthologies, and the beautiful books are sold at the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop, and some are available for check out right here at AADL. Neat, right?

Have 5 Minutes to help TheRide develop a Transit Master Plan?


TheRide is developing a Transit Master Plan for Washtenaw County to set the direction for how the transit network will be developed over the next 10, 20 and 30 years. The plan will be monitored and adjusted periodically, and although it will focus on transit, it will also address alternative and complementary transportation modes such as walking and cycling.

Help inform the direction of the new Transit Master Plan by completing this questionnaire on your vision for transit across the county. You can also request an alternative format either by email at or by phone at 1-734-794-1880.

Read more about the questionnaire and the Master Plan process at and in this July 3 article from The Ann Arbor Chronicle.

Washtenaw County Community Day!

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On Saturday, August 14th, Washtenaw County residents will have the opportunity to connect with over 35 human service providers & non-profit agencies. Washtenaw County ETCS, together with local non-profits & other county departments to bring FREE services to county residents. Look for Michigan Works!; the Department of Human Services; Ann Arbor Spark; Washtenaw County Public Health; Habitat for Humanity; The Business Side of Youth (B-Side), and the WLBPD among others. There will be FREE food, games, live entertainment, and plenty of giveaways. The event is from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. on Ferris Street in the lot next to Key Bank in Ypsi.

Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester and Saline: Then & Now

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Thanks to local historian Grace Shackman, we've recently added to Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now dozens of past articles from the Community Observer tracking the histories of our neighboring communities Dexter, Chelsea, Manchester and Saline. Some articles, including one about the origins of area libraries, another on the county's one-room schoolhouses, and a third detailing Christmases past cover the history of the subject in all four locations. You can also read many feature-length articles about the architectural landmarks, businesses and people that characterize the towns, from the Chelsea Private Hospital and the Dexter Underpass to the Manchester Mill and Saline Valley Farms. Grace has also written about the smaller villages of Dixboro and Delhi.

Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing

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If you are currently homeless or have lost your home to foreclosure, check this out: There's a federally-funded financial assistance program that may help. The Homeless Prevention & Rapid Re-Housing program, serves Washtenaw County residents who are homeless, facing eviction or whose housing has been condemned. The process begins with a completed State Emergency Relief application; income documentation & photo ID's for everyone over 18 in the household. There are several local partners who can assist as well, just mention HPRP when you call Jewish family Services, Catholic Social Services or SOS Community Services, among other agencies. You can also call the HPRP Team at 734- 662-2829, ext. 232.

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