New aadl.org features, including Video On Demand!

As you may have noticed, we've added a few new features to aadl.org today. First, we are delighted to offer Video On Demand, which provides instant access to video of past library events and other library productions, such as our Annual Report, presented in video format for the first time! You can also download high-quality or iPod versions of each video, or subscribe to a video or audio podcast through iTunes that will automatically download new video of library productions as they are added to the collection. You can find the new Video On Demand page at http://aadl.org/video, or on the events page.

We've also added links at the top of the page that allow visitors to aadl.org to have the site automatically translated into one of 6 languages: Arabic, Chinese Simplified, Japanese, Korean, Russian or Spanish. Please note that this is machine translation, which means that the quality of the translation will not be as good as if a human had translated the content. However, our polyglot patrons are encouraged to point their mouse at translations that they think could be better; a pop-up balloon with the original text and a link to suggest an improved translation will appear. You can also access the translated versions of the site directly using international language codes like so:

ar.aadl.org (Arabic)
zh-cn.aadl.org (Chinese Simplified)
ja.aadl.org (Japanese)
ko.aadl.org (Korean)
ru.aadl.org (Russian)
es.aadl.org (Spanish)

Our services brochure is also available in these 6 languages at any AADL location.

Finally, pictureAnnArbor, our collection of images contributed by patrons, also has a new feature. aadl.org users can now sign up online to get their own gallery within pictureAnnArbor, and then upload pictures to their gallery over the web. Browse pictureAnnArbor now to see what other have already contributed, and sign up today to join the project!

Thanks for using aadl.org, and please feel free to comment on this post or contact us if you have questions or feedback about these new products!

Attention Comcast Customers: AADL Emails Fixed!

Thanks to a quick response from Comcast, email from AADL to Comcast email subscribers is again going through. However, some emails sent on 11/28 and 11/29 may have been missed and cannot be resent, so if you're a comcast subscriber, please be sure to check your myaccount page for the most up-to-date account information.

Thanks for your patience, and as always, please feel free to contactus or comment on this post if you have any questions.

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Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2008 Book Chosen

The Eighth Promise: An American Son's Tribute To His Toisanese Mother by William Poy Lee has been selected as the focus of the 2008 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads. An eleven-member selection team, composed of community members, eduators, students and librarians from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area chose The Eighth Promise (Rodale, 2007) from a group of three books, all of which centered on the theme China and America: Bridging Two Worlds.

Lee's memoir gives a rare view of the Chinese-American experience from a mother-son perspective. The story is told in two voices -- the author's and that of his mother. His moving and complex story unfolds simultaneously in his mother's war-torn childhood of China of the 1930s-40s and amidst the housing projects of San Francisco Chinatown of the 1960s-70s.

Ann Arbor Cooks

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AADL is proud to present Ann Arbor Cooks, a new online database of local historical cookbooks and heirloom recipes, created in partnership with the Washtenaw County Historical Society, the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor and Ann Arbor Hadassah. The Washtenaw County Historical Society provided the core collection of cookbooks from their archives at the Museum on Main Street and will play a continuing role in enhancing the online collection with more items from their archives. Ann Arbor Cooks also presents a complete set of digital copies of Repast, a publication of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. So dig in! You can search or browse the entire collection of recipies; read the cookbooks cover to cover; or send us recipes of your own.

Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads 2008 To Focus On China

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area has a five-year 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 been planning Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2008 for several months.

In 2008, the program will encourage readers of all ages to explore the theme China and America: Bridging Two Worlds. A screening committee, which met throughout the summer, chose three titles for this year’s consideration:

Ha Jin, The Bridegroom: Stories. New York: Pantheon Books, 2000.

William Poy Lee, The Eighth Promise: An American Son's Tribute to His Toisanese Mother. Emmaus, Pa.: Rodale, c2007.

Anchee Min, Red Azalea. New York: Pantheon Books, 1994.

More information about these titles may be found on the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads website at aareads.org – and there is an opportunity for individuals to blog their comments for each title on that site. In late October, a selection committee will choose one of these titles to be the focus of the Read.

Library Will Be Closed For Labor Day

The Downtown Library and all Library Branches will be closed on Monday, September 3 for Labor Day. Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 4.

Malletts Creek Branch Now Open

Power has been restored, and Malletts Creek Branch is again open for business until 9 PM Wednesday. Regular hours will resume on Thursday. Thanks for your patience!

West Branch will open at 12:00 P.M. today

Last evening around 9:00 PM someone released a chemical agent inside a restroom at the Westgate Branch and at the nearby Kroger store. The buildings were evacuated and closed. While there are suspects, no one has been apprehended. Several people were transported to UM Hospital, treated and released.

The library has been cleared to open by health department and law enforcement officials, and will be open at Noon today, Thursday, July 26.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Josie

Celebrate Our History! Opening Reception for the Downtown Library 50th Anniversary Exhibit

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Wednesday July 25, 2007: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

All are invited to an opening reception for the Downtown Library 50th Anniversary Exhibit. The reception will honor past and current staff, Boards of Directors, Friends of the AADL and the public for their support during the half-century of the Downtown Library's existence. Enjoy light refreshments and the music of classical guitarist Matthew Ardizzone as you view this historical exhibit, on display in the lower level display cases from July 18 - August 30. Celebrate our history!

Using archival photographs, Library memorabilia and historical text, this exhibit, created by AADL staff, highlights the changes the Downtown Library has undergone during its half-century history. Milestones are displayed decade by decade in this special exhibit, from the construction of the Downtown location, through two major building renovations, the introduction of personal computers and the Internet, to the current branch expansion program.

Jonestown Film Cancelled

Due to today's closure of the Downtown Library, the event featuring the film "Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple" has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled at a later date.

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