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.

Downtown Library will Open Wednesday at 1:00 PM

The Downtown library will re-open today, Wednesday, June 7 at 1:00 PM. All programs and events scheduled for this afternoon and evening will occur as planned.

Holds ready for pickup on Tuesday and Wednesday will be extended until Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9.

Fines will not accrue on items returned in dropboxes Downtown while the Library was closed.

This closure was a significant inconvenience for many, and we do apologize.

We are very happy to be able to open the doors today!

Josie

AADL on NPR

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Hear a podcast and see photos of the March 7 clearing of the ash trees from the construction site of the new branch library at Traverwood Drive and Huron Parkway on The Environment Report of the Great Lakes Radio Consortium on National Public Radio.

On Wed., March 7, Rex and Andy, two beautiful, black draft horses, pulled dead ash logs from the construction site of the new branch. The event was covered by Lester Graham, producer of The Environment Report. The purpose of the horses' work was threefold: they had much less of an impact on the forest floor than machinery; the wood Rex and Andy hauled will be used as building material and support beams in the new branch library; and the visible support beams will serve as a valuable environmental lesson of the devastation of the emerald ash borer. Nice work, boys!

The Award-winning JUMP!

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The ADDY Awards are the world's largest and arguably toughest advertising competition, with over 60,000 entries nationally each year. The Library is proud to announce that the AADL youth events brochure Jump has received two ADDY Awards for event schedules, bookmarks, and illustrations in the categories of Advertising for the Arts & Sciences Campaign and Elements of Advertising (Illustration).

Designed by graphic designer Heidi Sheffield, Jump is a favorite publication around the Library for parents, kids and staff! Heidi also won Best of Show for the 2006 Ann Arbor Book Festival advertising campaign. Congratulations, Heidi!

A Team of Horses To Remove Ash Trees From New Branch Library Site

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Individuals passing by Traverwood Drive at Huron Parkway next Wednesday will see an unusual sight. A sturdy team of draft horses will be assisting in the tree removal process as site construction for Ann Arbor’s newest branch library continues.

Early next week, some of the dead ash trees remaining on the site will be cut down. Wednesday, March 7 at 9:00 am, (weather permitting) a team of draft horses from the firm of Johnson Hardwood Floors will arrive. At 10 am, the horses will be begin to pull the dead logs from the site.

The process, which should take several hours, is in keeping with the Library’s pledge of sustainable practices. Removing the dead logs in this way limits root damage to the remaining trees on the site. The ash trees will then be milled and used as building material for the new branch.

The construction manager for the new branch library is O‘Neal Construction, Inc. The architects for the building are Van Tine|Guthrie Studio and the landscape architects are Grissim Metz Andriese Associates.

The new library is being constructed on 4.34 acres of vacant land, located on the southwest corner of Traverwood Drive and Huron Parkway in Ann Arbor, and will be a one-story building of approximately 16,500 square feet. It will serve as a community-based learning center that delivers superior customer service, primarily to the residents of the northeast quadrant of Ann Arbor.

Paul Farmer Lecture Online

The February 12 lecture by Paul Farmer, MD, Founding Director of Partners In Health and the subject of Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, may now be viewed on the website of the University of Michigan William Davidson Institute.

Dr. Farmer is one of the world’s foremost medical anthropologists and physicians and has been working in Rwanda for nearly two years. His lecture was entitled “Building a Health Care Movement: From Haiti to Rwanda.”

The website also includes a one-on-one interview with Dr. Farmer

Dr. Paul Farmer in Ann Arbor

Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, Founding Director of Partners In Health and the subject of Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, will present a lecture, “Building a Health Care Movement: From Haiti to Rwanda,” on Monday, February 12 from 5-6 pm at Rackham Auditorium, hosted by the William Davidson Institute of the UM Ross School of Business. This event is sold out. Due to the high level of public interest, the Davidson Institute has arranged for a live video simulcast of Dr. Farmer's lecture.

The event will be simulcast at two locations of the Ann Arbor District Library: the Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave, in the lower level multi-purpose room, and the Malletts Creek Branch program room, 3090 E. Eisenhower Pkwy. The simulcasts are open to the public and free of charge.

For a complete list of simulcast locations, click here.

New Website Enhancements

We're pleased to announce some new and exciting features here on the AADL website.

First, we are happy to announce that we can now accept credit card payments online for fines and fees. All payment is done through a secure, encrypted connection and will allow you to pay down account balances from the comfort of your own home. There is a $1.00 minimum for all online payments.

The payment system can be accessed from the "My Account" section of the website.

Second, you will notice that the catalog screen has changed a little. We have added the ability to rate and review items. Other members of our community can then comment on those reviews, fostering discussion on the material in our collection.

In addition, users may tag catalog items with keywords. This lets users organize items while also providing a mechanism for others to discover new and exciting material.

You must be a registered web-site user in order to write reviews and tag items, though you do not need to be a card-holder. Registered users have also been given tools to manage their reviews, comments, and tags under the "My Account" section of the website.

We hope you enjoy these new features. We are pleased to offer them and anticipate that they will enhance your online library experience.

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