Help Shape Michigan's Transportation Future, Part II

The Michigan Department of Transportation and the State Library of Michigan, in conjunction with public libraries around the state, are giving you the opportunity to help MDOT set its priorities for transportation infrastructure development through 2030. You can take the MI Transportation Plan's short, one-page survey from January 3 through January 31. MDOT is hoping to gather thousands of opinions from the public to plan a future transportation system that is responsive to the needs of all transportation users, especially those who walk, bike and ride buses. This is your opportunity to let MDOT know what you think about road improvements, expansion, mass transit, safety, and more.

The on-line questionnaire and additional information will be available through any Internet connection, 24-hours a day on the MI Transportation Plan Web site at http://michigan.gov/slrp. This is the second of three, four-week sessions that MDOT will conduct during the next 10 months to involve the public in its planning process; the first survey session took place in June 2006.

Please note that your personal information is not required to participate in the survey, and be sure to tell them how you usually get to the library. Thanks for your participation!

Library Issues RFP for Downtown Library Space Needs/Facility Study

The Ann Arbor District Library is soliciting proposals from interested and qualified consultants for a space needs and facility feasibility study of the Downtown (Central) Library located at 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

The AADL Board adopted a strategic plan in 2004 that includes a facilities goal to replace or renovate the Downtown Library. This RFP is the beginning of what is likely to be a year long process to determine the future size, scope of services, and location of the Downtown Library.

The Library anticipates award of this consulting contract within 30 days of the bid deadline of January 22, 2007. The consultant should be prepared to initiate work by March 1, 2007 with an expected completion date of no later than June 1, 2007.

Interested parties should contact Lisa Pollock at pollockl@aadl.org or call 734.327.8311 to receive a copy of the RFP document.

Catalog back up; upgrades successful

OK, the third time was a charm, as the upgrade was successful. Thanks for your patience, everything should be working now. Please contact us if you have any further questions or trouble.

Pittsfield Branch Phone Problem

AADL is having difficulty with the telephones at the Pittsfield Branch this afternoon. The phones will be fixed as soon as possible. Please call 327 4200 for assistance. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Groundbreaking for New Branch Library Monday, December 18 at 4:00 PM

Please join us on Monday, December 18, at 4:00 PM at the site of the new branch at Traverwood and Huron Parkway for a groundbreaking ceremony. This branch will replace the current Northeast Branch located in Plymouth Mall. We anticipate opening the new library in early Summer, 2008. This Library was designed by VanTine|Guthrie Studio in Northville, MI and will be constructed by ONeal Construction of Ann Arbor.

Located .5 mile west of the current library branch, the new 16,000 square foot facility will include a quiet reading room, meeting room, larger children's space with more computers designated for children, a casual study area with vending, computer lab, and is being built sustainably. The success we've enjoyed with the lighting quality and general comfort of Malletts Creek and Pittsfield will be present in this new building. The collection will be larger and will feature traditional and emerging formats.

A unique feature of this northeast area library will be the utilization of ash trees harvested directly from the site. The wood will be used as structural elements, as well as, in the flooring, walls, and in some areas of the ceiling.

We will also enjoy more parking at this location than at either of the other branches. 89 total spaces will be available on the street, under the building, and in an open lot to the south.

Please come and participate in this important milestone in the history of AADL.

Google Visits the Library

What's new with Google? What are their plans for the Ann Arbor area? Find out on Thursday, November 30 when Grady Burnett, head of Online Sales and Operations for Google's Ann Arbor office, discusses Google's plans for growth and their decision to open this local office. What will this mean for Ann Arbor? For Google? Join us from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Library and find out!

Urban Fairies Move into the Downtown Library!

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It was only a matter of time....Local fairy expert Jonathan B. Wright discovered yesterday that some Urban Fairies have moved into the Downtown library, creating a lovely reading room of their own in--where else?--the Folklore and Fairy Tale collection in the Youth department on the first floor. Jonathan has already updated the tourable fairy door map and explained why the fairy chairs have duck feet. We simply must greet our new residents with a reception on Sunday November 26 at 2:00 pm in the Youth Department downtown. There will be an official welcome by Josie Parker, a story, treats and other surprises!

Anthony Shadid Visits AADL

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Anthony Shadid will visit the Downtown Library on Sunday, October 29 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm to discuss his book Night Draws Near: Iraq's People in the Shadow of America's War. The program will include a booksigning with ample opportunity for discussion.

Shadid has a remarkable body of work as a reporter from Iraq - and this should be an exceptional event.

Temporary Checkout History problem

We're experiencing a small problem with display of checkout history for users of this feature. Rest assured, all your checkouts (if you've chosen to have them recorded) are completely safe, we've just disabled checkout history display until we get the problem solved. Thanks for your patience, and please let us know if you have any other questions or trouble. We should have access to your history restored soon.

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MeLCat is here!

The Ann Arbor District Library is pleased to announce the return of patron-initiated interlibrary loan service through the Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MeLCat), a statewide-shared catalog.

You may request interlibrary loans directly by going to MeLCat. There is also a link to MeLCat from the Request ILL page on our website.

All requests will require your name and library barcode (found on the back of your library card) and a pickup location of your choice.

When a book is ready for pickup you will receive a message similar to the one you receive now for AADL holds ready to be picked up. Books will be checked out at your pickup location for three weeks and be available for one three week renewal unless there is a request at the owning library. Renewals may be done through your online account, at any Circulation Desk, or by calling 327-4219.

Please let us know if you need more information about this service by going to Contact Us or asking at any of our public service desks.

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