Library Closed On Wednesday, July 4

All AADL Library locations will be closed on Wednesday, July 4.

Regular Library hours will resume on Thursday, July 5.

Looking Forward to SUMMER GAME 2012!

You've waited patiently all winter long. You've played the POINTS-O-MATIC CLICK-O-TRON and TREASURE QUEST to tide you over. Now, the plants are budding, the weather is nicer, and you feel it coming: Summer Game 2012!

But what will Summer Game 2012 be this year? Could there be codes hidden in the catalog and around the library? Could there still be badges to earn by hunting deep in the library website? Points for reading, listening, or watching media? Or for going to events, tagging and reviewing items in the catalog, or even just for checking out library items?


This year's Summer Game will have all the great things about last year's game, with a healthy dose of new stuff thrown in: all new codes, all new badges, all new items in the Summer Game Shop, all new ways to earn points! AND this year there will be some new features, too: Teams! Tokens! What can those be?

You'll find out soon: Summer Game 2012 starts June 15! Be sure to get on the website the first day to start earning points, make your way to the top of the leaderboard, and try to stay king of the mountain until the game ends August 31! Earning enough points will get you ready to make purchases from the Summer Game Shop when it opens on July 2 (and for everybody who played last year, you still have all of your leftover points to spend, too). And if you missed last year's game, don't worry: you can still earn some of last year's badges and get some of last year's points when Summer Game 2012 starts.

Summer Game 2012! It's a whole new ball game! PLAY!

Got a new eReader? Get started with OverDrive at AADL!

Is there a new Kindle, Nook, or other eBook viewer at your house? If so, you're probably wondering "How exactly can I get library books on this thing?" AADL offers eBooks through a product called OverDrive, and while it can be a little tricky to get through the process the first time, after you've been through it once it gets a lot easier. You can take a guided tour of the service, or look through the Quick Start Guide. If you have something other than a Kindle or a Nook, you also can check to see if your device is supported.

A few things to know about this service: first, some publishers don't offer their most popular titles to this service, and some don't offer any titles at all. So, the titles you're looking for may unfortunately not be available to libraries in ebook form. Second, publishers want ebooks to be handled the same way as print books, so only one person can have a "copy" of an ebook checked out at a time, meaning that you may have to place a request and wait for your turn on popular titles. You'll get an email when it's your turn to download the eBooks you've requested.

If you run into any trouble or have any questions getting library books onto your new eReader, you might start with OverDrive's My Help, or as always, feel free to contact us with any other questions.

Enjoy your new eReader, and thanks for using your library!

Library Closed On Thursday, November 24

All AADL Library locations will be closed on Thanksgiving - Thursday, November 24.

Regular Library hours will resume on Friday, November 25.

Downtown Library Open Saturday morning 9 am

On Friday, November 4, the Downtown Library was closed all day due to water main work but opened Saturday, November 5, at 9 am.

Holds that would have expired at 9 pm on Friday will remain on the hold shelves until 6 pm on Sunday, November 6th. Overdue fines for the Friday closure will not be charged.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Finalists

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area has a decade-long history of successful community reads programs which encourage all of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti to read one book. University, Library, bookstore and community representatives from both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti have now been busily planning Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2012.

In 2012, the program will encourage readers of all ages to explore the subject of Language: How We Communicate.

A screening committee has narrowed book choices covering this theme down to three titles:

Eva Hoffman, Lost In Translation: A Life In A New Language. New York: E.P Dutton, 1989.
Susan Schaller, A Man Without Words. New York: Summit Books, 1991.
Daniel Tammet, Born On A Blue Day: Inside The Extraordinary Mind Of An Autistic Savant. New York: Free Press, 2007.

Visit the finalists page and read more about the books. The site also acts as a platform for the public to post comments about which book they would be the most excited for the selection committee to choose. Books are available in our catalog - check them out or place a hold on them!

2 Weeks to go: SUPER HUGE SUMMER GAME SHOP NEWS! and even more NEW BADGES!

With just 2 weeks to go in the 2011 Summer Game, we've got another BONANZA of new stuff for all you dedicated players! First the score report; total score has now passed the 30 MILLION point mark with 4800 players completing an ASTONISHING 490,000 actions! And now, the news you've all been waiting for: THE GIGA CHOCOLATE VICTORY PACKAGE has been RESTOCKED! There are 20 more AADL Chocolate Logos now available in the Summer Game Shop, and in addition to that, we've got 6 NEW ITEMS this week! But first, our second-to-last crop of code seeking badges, then keep on reading to find out about this week's EXCITING Shop News!

AADL Summer Game Begins!

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Get Started playing AADL's all new Summer Game for All Ages today! Earn points for using YOUR library, going to events, reading/listening to books, watching movies, posting reviews! Get prizes for completion (kids get a mid-way prize, too). Get the details at!

AADL Used Equipment Sale! This Saturday, 9 AM - 1 PM!

Here at AADL, we work hard to keep the best, most up-to-date equipment on the floor for our users. That means stuff wears out quickly, and periodically, we round it all up and have a HUGE equipment sale with great stuff at amazing prices! This Saturday, 6/11, from 9 AM to 1 PM, come to the multipurpose room in the lower level of the downtown library for some AMAZING bargains on computer equipment and furniture. All sales are final, as-is, cash and carry only. We will have a test bench set up for you to test things before you buy, but we can't help with that. Here are just a few of the items available at this year's sale: check our twitter at for pictures! Come early for the best deals!

- TONS of 15" LCD monitors, $5
- LCD touchscreen monitors, $10
- OODLES of cables, drives, mice, keyboards, printers, and other peripherals, $1
- a CYBEX 8-channel, 2-headed KVM with cable sets for only $10
- Digital Cameras of Yore, $5
- upholstered sled-base chairs, $5
- Steel filing cabinets, $10
- The old Malletts Locker System, $40
- old-school steel desk, $20
- Pop-up power & ethernet drops for table mounting, $1 each.
- Wyse winterms, $1 each
- DEC VT420 monochrome (orange) serial terminal, works great, $10
- 1997 DEC Alpha Server, no HDD, with tape backup & OS CD, $50
- HP procurve network switch, $40
- HP Proliant Rackmount server, no HDD, $40
- Handspring Visor proto-PDA, $1
- Rackmount hubs & switches, $10
- Misc Servers, No HDD, $20
- TONS of Desktop PCs of varying vintages, no HDD, $10

Plus other surprises. Don't miss this rare opportunity to pick up some great stuff for a song! 9 AM this Saturday at the Downtown Library. Cash only!

Malletts Creek Branch Opens On Monday, April 18

Malletts Creek Branch will open on Monday, April 18 at 10:00 am. The Branch will be closed until that time for maintenance.

Library materials may still be returned to Malletts Creek Branch or any other Library location during this period.

Holds ready for pickup through Sunday, April 17 at the Malletts Creek Branch will be held at the Downtown Library through 6 pm. that evening.

These holds will then be returned to Malletts Creek, to be available when the branch reopens on Monday, April 18 at 10:00 am. Those holds that would have expired on April 17 or April 18 will then remain ready for pickup through Tuesday, April 19, at 9 p.m.

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