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Have you ever suggested a book or an author to a friend? Why not take the next step and write a book review on You will help add to the Library's online reviews, and who knows, you might even introduce someone to their next great read! There are CDs and DVDs to review as well. It’s easy and fun to do. Login to your online Library account My Account. Go to the Catalog and find the item you want to review. Click "Write a Review" and inspire someone today!

Great Adventures With Your Camera


Whether you spend your vacation traveling across the country or in your own back yard, there are always opportunities to take photos. Digital cameras provide new options for taking close-up photos of your favorite gardening project and also those bright light pictures you may want to take at the beach. If you'd like to learn more about digital cameras and photos, check out our Digital Camera 101 and Digital Camera 102 classes being offered this fall. Registration for classes will begin in mid-August, and there is no charge to attend.

Waiting For You

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Did you know the Traverwood Branch has two wonderful features not offered at our other branches? Parking is available underneath the branch. This includes handicapped parking and bike racks. The entrance for the underground lot is on Huron Parkway. An elevator as well as stairs are available to take you from the parking area to the Library’s lobby. Not only does the underground parking give you easy access to the Library, but it also provides shelter for you in inclement weather. Come to the Traverwood Branch and check out these new features waiting for you.

A Cool Place To Be

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Whether it’s a steamy July afternoon or a cold January morning, the Ann Arbor District Library is always a cool place to be. Escape from the heat with your laptop to any of our locations and hookup to our Wifi. Relax and read a newspaper in a cozy chair in the reading room at our Malletts Creek Branch. Browse the latest dvds in our collection. Enjoy the woodsy atmosphere of our new Traverwood Branch. It’s all there for you to enjoy year round at the Ann Arbor District Library.

John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007

The Campbell Award (and a list of previous winners) named In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan the Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007. The award was created to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (now called Analog). Many writers and scholars call Campbell, who edited the magazine from 1937 until his death in 1971, the father of modern science fiction.

You might remember back in January 2008, In War Times was picked as the best 2007 SF novel by the American Library Association's Reading List Council Genre Fiction Awards. For a list of the major literary award winners, check out our new service : BookLetters.

Summer Tutor Training with Washtenaw Literacy

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Need something to fill these lazy days of summer? How about putting tutoring at the top of your to do list. Adults interested in tutoring other adults in reading, writing or English as another language can participate in five two-hour sessions this month, generously sponsored by Comcast. Your time will be well spent and make a difference in someone's life in a way you'd never imagine. Visit Washtenaw Literacy for more information.

Teen Summer Reading Game: Flexible and Fun

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There has been a bit of confusion about the Teen Summer Reading Game.

The Teen Summer Reading Game offers a variety of activities that 6-12 graders can do in order to finish the game and be entered into the grand prize drawings. This list of activities is meant as a suggestion, to give teens ideas for completing the Summer Reading Game. Our hope is to make the game fun and flexible.

Teens, we want you to be able to enjoy the game whether reading "great novels", or rocking out to Guitar Hero (or both) is your idea of a good time.

So, can you play the game by reading 10 books? Sure you can.

Can you play the game by coming to 10 library programs? Sure you can.

Can you come up with the best combination for you? Of course.

AADL Video on Demand

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For years, thousands of people have enjoyed the variety and quality of programming at the Ann Arbor District Library. But who has the time or energy to attend all of the interesting looking events? Fret no longer, because Video on Demand is up and running! Just browse the extensive list of programs, and select one to view on your computer or download to an iPod anytime at no charge. To cite just a few of the presentations: people like Nancy Pearl, Cokie Roberts, Anthony Shadid, Yarn Harlot, or informative panel discussions are available for video or audio feed. So relax and enjoy great AADL programming whenever you choose.


Book clubs are for readers of all ages. The flowering of tween and teen lit offers many possibilites for terrific social and educational group activities. Whether your book group is for adults or adolescents, has excellent books and data bases that will assist you in your quest for great reads. Just click on Research at the top of this page, choose Research Databases by Subject, then Arts & Literature to see what we have. You may also attend the June 24 1:30-3:00 pm program at Malletts Creek Branch, How to Get the Most from to learn how to use our databases and several other user friendly features of our Website.

Free and Easy Interlibrary Loan

If you want to obtain the covers of available children's titles described in Harold Darling's From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss, AADL interlibrary loan can order them for you at no charge. In fact, any title that is not listed in this catalog can be searched and requested by clicking on Request ILL from the Catalog page. It is quicker to order books from MeLCat in Michigan, otherwise WorldCat will scour the country for your title. It's another great service from

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