Family Time at the Film Festival

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Looking for some family fun at the upcoming Ann Arbor Film Festival? We have a discount code set up for the AADL community to receive $2 off advance online tickets for the For Kids of All Ages program on Saturday, 3/28 at 1pm at the Michigan Theater. Order advance tickets on the Festival website by entering the discount code AADL2009. For Kids of All Ages will feature a colorful mix of shorts that will engage even the youngest film-goer with high-caliber indie films.

Inauguration Day 2009

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The 2009 Presidential Inauguration will take place Tuesday, January 20 in Washington, D.C. All are invited to view the televised live broadcast of the events of the day from 10 am – 5 pm in the 4th Floor Meeting Room of the Downtown Library.

As specified by the 20th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, presidential terms of office begin and end at 12:00 noon on January 20. President-Elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office at 12:00 noon and then give his inaugural address as the 44th President of the United States.

Remember, wireless Internet access is available throughout AADL. Use your laptop while you watch Inauguration Day festivities!

Annual Report Video Now Online

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What are people saying about AADL?

Watch the 2007-2008 annual report video now available online. See for yourself!

Holiday Hours

All Locations of the Ann Arbor District Library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, December 24 & 25. Regular hours will resume on Friday, December 26.

On Wednesday, December 31, all Library locations will close at 6 pm. Locations will also be closed on Thursday, January 1. Regular hours will resume on Friday, January 2.

Library Board Votes To Suspend Downtown Library Project

This morning the Board of the Ann Arbor District Library voted unanimously to suspend work on the project to renovate, or tear down and rebuild, the Downtown Library at 5th and Division.

The Library's 2004-2010 Strategic Plan called for this project, but with more bad economic news expected for Michigan, Board members agreed that continuing this project now would be inappropriate. The AADL will instead focus its attention on maintaining the Downtown Library.

We will embark on the maintenance, repairs, and renovations necessary to continue to provide outstanding library service to our community at our Downtown location, as well as from our four branch locations.

Huge idle equipment and furniture sale

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Come to the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 9, 2008, from noon - 6 p.m. for this huge sale. We've got tons (literally) of idle equipment and furniture we'd like to move from our basement to yours. Some of it is obsolete, some is surplus, and some has been salvaged from various library projects. Among the items for sale are chairs, tables, lots of steel bookshelves, computers, networking equipment, cubicle and office system walls and desks and much more. Everything is cash and carry and sold as-is at very low prices.

Delivery Update

The AADL delivery truck experienced mechanical problems Friday morning and is being repaired. Evening deliveries were made with a temporary truck. Due to safety and access concerns, the materials loaded on AADL's truck may be unavailable until the truck is repaired. AADL staff would be happy to check the shelves for items that are listed as 'available' in the catalog before you arrive in person to pick them up. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you and appreciate your patience in this matter.

Update: the truck has been repaired and the materials that were on the truck have reached their destinations.

Book Finalists Chosen for Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2009

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The theme of the 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads program is The Universe: Yours to Discover. Three books have been chosen as finalists for the community read and are available at AADL. Request the books online or visit the display in the lobby of the Downtown Library.

The three book finalists are available in alternative formats for those who are unable to read or use printed materials due to a physical disability (blindness, macular degeneration, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, dyslexia, etc.). Please contact the Library of Michigan Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 1-800-992-9012 for more information.

The finalists are:

Timothy Ferris, Seeing In The Dark: How Amateur Astonomers Are Discovering the Wonders of the Universe. New York: Simon & Schuster, c2002.

Homer Hickam, Rocket Boys: A Memoir. New York: Delacorte Pres, 1998.

Dava Sobel, The Planets. New York: Viking, 2005.

Traverwood Branch Closed Friday

We apologize for the inconvenience, but the Traverwood branch is closed for the rest of Friday 8/22 due to a sewage backup. The branch will reopen Saturday Morning at 9 AM. Thanks for your patience.

Get to Know Your New CD Genres

The AADL is pleased to offer you a completely new way to search for music.

With our new CD genres you can now browse the CDs at all locations just as easily as at the music store. Whether you're into Country, Jazz, Chamber Music, or Rap, we've got you covered. For those of you who prefer to do your browsing virtually, and to see a list of all the new genres, check out our CD Browsing page. You can seek out old favorites, discover new ones, and place holds on them all from the comfort of your own computer.

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