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Katherine Dohm Gifts $45,000 to the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled

Mon, 01/18/2021 - 9:20am by richretyi

The Ann Arbor District Library and the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled are grateful to announce the generous gift of $45,000 from longtime patron Katherine M. Dohm, who passed away at the age of 99 years and nine months. The donation was made in appreciation of AADL's and WLBPD's service and kindness to her over the years.

She's remembered as being "such a lovely person," by Ann Arbor District Library and WLBPD staffer Beth Manuel. "It's touching that she'd leave this donation to the WLBPD.

AADL WLBPD staff member Katie Monkiewicz also remembers Kay fondly.

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January Service Update

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 3:00pm by richretyi

january service update

Happy New Year from AADL! Heading into the first month of 2021, we have a number of updates to share with you about Library services—new and resuming—along with some exciting projects we have planned!

Library lobbies remain open from noon to 8pm seven days a week for contactless pickup service, with contactless locker pickup also an option at all four AADL branches. We thank you for your patience as we adapt to changing public health conditions, and we look forward to resuming full service as soon as we safely can.

January 2021 Service Updates:

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New year, New Game! Introducing THE WINTER GAME!

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 11:00am by eli

Well SHIVER MY APPENDAGES! It's cold and snowy, and yet the AADL BADGE FORGE, located in the mysterious SECRET LAB ANNEX ANNEX, is glowy and bright, and bustling with activity!

HOW CAN THIS BE?

Well, if we're all to be SHUFFLING ABOUT IN OUR SLIPPERS for a few more months, sipping LUKEWARM DRINKS and staring longingly at APPLEBEES COMMERCIALS of all things, then your friendly badgesmiths at AADL said to each other, LET'S FIRE IT UP!

SO! We're shivering with anticipation to introduce you to THE WINTER GAME! New badges every day through March 12, featuring things to WATCH, things to LISTEN to, things to READ, things to DO, and things to SOLVE! All from the comfort of your own PAJAMAS! With Summer Game 2021 points behind every code and badge to get an early start on your POINTS HOARD!

In fact, today we've got SNOWY DOCUMENTARIES and SNOWIER PICTUREBOOKS, an ALARMING PODCAST, an adventure in LEGO and a spooky AFTER HOURS visit to MALLETTS CREEK... and that's just TODAY'S (snow) DROP! 

For you Summer Game pros, we're saving LOGGING, REVIEWS, RATINGS, and HOME CODES for the summer. But every day around Noon , we'll drop new badges... and stay tuned for some exciting and mysterious ways that YOU can connect with others through a long, cold winter! AND MAYBE EVEN SOME SPECIAL SHOP AUCTIONS!

So stay tuned for new badges and new details each day, let us know if you have any questions or run into any trouble, stay warm and as always....

THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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Games and Puzzles Now Available for Request

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 8:40am by richretyi

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It’s 2021, which means it is time for something completely new! We figured there wasn’t a better moment to introduce GAMES and PUZZLES. We’re adding all sorts of games to the collection from Betrayal at House on the Hill to Ticket to Ride. We’ve got lots of games you’ve heard of and some you haven’t. If you’re looking for a way to spice up game night, we’ve got your back. 

For those looking for a more cooperative, less rules-heavy experience, AADL is also offering jigsaw puzzles. Who doesn’t want more puzzles in their life? With 100, 500, and 1,000 piece puzzles available for checkout, we can meet any sort of puzzling demand, from those looking for a fun, low-key activity to more serious puzzlers who will solve alone, late into the night.

What’s that, you say? You’re a slow puzzler, it takes you days to learn the new rules of a game? That’s maybe the best part of these new additions: we’ll be circulating them for four weeks! That’s right, you’ll have four weeks to find those corner pieces! Four weeks to demonstrate your economic prowess vis a vis sheep trading to your awed family! Four whole weeks to revel in the delight of a new challenge (or more). And once your time is up, you can come back to AADL and start the process all over again.

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AADL's Most Requested Items of 2020

Thu, 12/31/2020 - 11:59pm by richretyi

most requested 2020

Fiction

  1. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet

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AADL Named Five Star Library for 13th Year in a Row

Tue, 12/22/2020 - 11:19am by richretyi

AADL Five Star Library 13 Years in a Row

For the 13th year in a row, the Ann Arbor District Library earned five stars in Library Journal’s annual ratings of public libraries across the nation. AADL has been a five star library since Library Journal created its America Star Libraries ratings in 2008.

LJ's ratings are based on per capita output measures based on FY18 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Public Library Survey. Seven measures determined total scores and star ratings in 2020:

Circulation of physical materials

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Holiday Hours: December 2020 and January 2021

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 10:00am by richretyi

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AADL holiday hours for all locations:

December 23: Noon-8pm
December 24: Closed

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December Service Update

Fri, 11/27/2020 - 1:00pm by josie

The AADL resumes contactless pickup service beginning Wednesday, December 9, at noon at all five AADL locations.

Library lobbies will remain open from noon to 8pm seven days a week for contactless pickup service, with contactless locker pickup also an option at four AADL branches.

Due to high numbers of new COVID cases in Washtenaw County, we are making some adjustments to enable service to continue with fewer staff in the buildings at the same time, to decrease the risk of spread among our staff. This means some services will be temporarily suspended in December. We thank you for your patience as we adapt to changing public health conditions, and we look forward to resuming full service as soon as we safely can.

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All AADL Locations Closed for at least 2 weeks starting 11/15

Sat, 11/14/2020 - 12:16pm by josie

Due to positive COVID tests among Library staff and family, all AADL locations will be closed for at least 2 weeks starting Sunday, November 15th.

All AADL Lobbies will be closed to the public and no pickups will be possible.

All items ready for pickup or waiting for a pickup to be scheduled will stay right where they are until we reopen. All scheduled pickups will be canceled and you'll be able to reschedule them after we reopen.

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AADL Remembers Trustee Barbara Murphy, 1945-2020

Wed, 10/28/2020 - 10:54am by josie

Barbara Murphy

It is with sadness and regret that the AADL acknowledges the passing of former Library Board member Barbara Murphy. Barbara served the AADL during a period of tremendous growth and change. Serving from December 2001 until December 2014, she participated in the hiring of the current Library Director, the building of three award-winning buildings, and the many innovations technology provided for better service.

She focused on the people always. An avid library user herself, she was keenly interested in how the AADL could best serve the community through its policies, collections, building design, but mostly through a welcoming and open culture. Her contributions will live long into AADL’s future.