New Documentary, "Up From Ashes," Chronicles the Construction of the Traverwood Branch

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What goes into building a library? See the behind-the-scenes process that went into the construction of the Traverwood Branch in the new documentary, "Up From Ashes." The developers of Ann Arbor District Library’s Traverwood Branch took a unique approach to the building process by harvesting hundreds of ash trees devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer and reusing the trees in the construction of the building. Since opening in June 2008, Traverwood has become one of the busiest branches in the Ann Arbor District Library system and recently won a 2009 AIA Michigan Building Design Award.

The hour-long documentary "Up From Ashes" will be broadcast on Detroit Public Television (channel 56) on Thursday, June 11 from 8 to 9:00 p.m. A special viewing of the film, with an audience discussion led by Director and Cinematographer Bill Kubota, will take place at Traverwood Branch on Tuesday, July 21 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Chelsea Comics Con - June 12 and 13

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Hey comics fans and budding artists! There's a FREE Kids Read Comics convention Friday, June 12- Saturday, June 13 at Chelsea District Library. Mingle with tons of great comics artists during an opening reception at the River Gallery and also in the workshops. Free comics will be handed out at the convention courtesy of generous publishers.

To register e-mail Edith Burney, Chelsea Youth/Teen Librarian at burneye@gmail.com.

Hope Dental New Patient Day

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Hope Dental Clinic is offering an opportunity to become a new patient of theirs. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday June 9 at Hope Center 518 Harriet Street, Ypsilanti. They will be registering 100 new patients, so come early and bring one of the following for Proof of Income: 2008 1040 Tax Form, 2 Most recent pay stubs, Proof of government funding you may be receiving, Bridge Card, and Proof of Income from anyone who is supporting you.

Computer Classes on Saturdays

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Did you ever wish that the library offered computer classes on Saturday? Your wish is granted.

On Saturday June 6th we have three classes scheduled with plenty of room for you!
Beginning Email at the Downtown Library 10 am - 12 pm
Craigslist at the Pittsfield branch 10 am -12 pm
Microsoft Mail Merge at the Malletts Creek branch 1 - 3 pm

Washtenaw County Older Michiganians Rally

Attend this gathering on Monday, June 1, 10 am - 12 pm for updates on key issues affecting seniors, such as health care options, affordable housing, in-home care, transportation, protection from elder abuse and financial exploitation. Speakers will include Jill Kind from Blueprint for Aging, Terri Blackmore, Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, Chris White, AATA, financial issues with John Crotteau and Josh Ard, and Michigan legislators Sen. Liz Brater and Rep. Pam Byrnes. The Older Michiganians Rally will take place at St. Joseph Senior Health Building, Lower Level, 5361 McCauley Dr., Ypsilanti. Call Amy Smyth at 800-852-7795 with questions. Refreshments will be provided.

The Westside Farmers' Market Is Back In Action

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Due to zoning restrictions the status of the 2009 season for the Westside Farmers’ Market was in limbo. The City of Ann Arbor has resolved the issue and the Market will run from June 18th – Sept 24th in the Zingerman’s Roadhouse parking lot each Thursday from 3-7pm. For an inside scoop of the larger Kerrytown market, check out Ann Arbor Fresh: recipes and stories from the Ann Arbor Farmer's Market and the Kerrytown Historic District. Hooray for local produce!

Parks in Washtenaw County

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Memorial Day weekend signifies more than just the remembrance of departed veterans, but also as a non-meterological beginning to Summer. Most students are making their way through their final weeks of school, daydreaming about the possibilites this Summer offers. This is also the time when County Parks and Preserves open to the public. Soon, AADL will be offering a program called "Park and Read," which is simlar to the Museum Adventure Passes, that will be good for a free one-day admission to any Michigan State Park. Fortunately, Washtenaw County proudly boasts 12 parks and 16 preserves, including the ever popular Rolling Hills Water Park, which supplies the County with a great place to cool off, get together with friends and even play a round of disc golf.

Come and visit one of Washtenaw County's Parks or Preserves today!

Why Ann Arbor needs a photowalk?

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... and Why you should be there?

Since this is my first post on the AADL blog, I contemplated on what would be the best way to catch your attention. And that was all I came up with. Instead, lets talk about the idea of a photowalk.

Describing the photowalk is as simple as breaking the words apart. Walking is a part of our daily routines. And for some, photography is too. The simple act of walking brings us in contact with what we see around us. Try and carry a camera, the next time you're taking a coffee break and see if you end up capturing a city about its way.

Capturing the place I am in gives me the feeling of a visual connection with it. I stop slightly longer to observe it but the wait is all but a drop in the ocean. I'm now slightly more aware of the intricacies of the city, I've come to love. Walk down East Liberty Street, venture down the Alley of Art and ponder at the verse by Carl Sandburg. See if you can make any sense of it or just enjoy the pure reasoning of having a beautiful verse hidden from sight.

2009 Short Story Teen Writing Contest WINNERS!

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CONGRATULATIONS and applause to all 216 teens who used their creativity, talent and courage and entered this year's short story writing contest. Below are listed the top three winning writers in the 3 grade categories:
(stay tuned for the list of finalists and bio's of this year's judges. . .)

MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNERS:
1st Place - Christy Choi - "Stynkchro Boy"
2nd Place - Christina Bartson - "Four Rolls of Toilet Paper"
3rd Place - Hannah Clague - "Brothers, Calendars, and Lies"

Air handlers have arrived downtown

Get ready to feel more comfortable when using the downtown library.

Our contractors have a portable crane set up on the city parking lot next to the library. They have just about finished removing the old air handlers from the building, depositing the pieces in a large roll-off container in the parking lot. The parts had to come out of the basement through a large pit on the north side of building that provides access to the basement through wide double-doors--intended for just such purposes. Those two pieces of equipment have been heating and cooling the building since it was originally constructed in the 1950s; the new units are expected to do a better job.

The library had a total of five air handlers, but the others are of more recent vintage.

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