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AADL Director Josie Parker Announces Retirement

Fri, 09/17/2021 - 9:30am by aadl-news

After nearly 22 years with the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL), Director Josie Parker announced her retirement effective February 28, 2022. Upon her retirement, Parker will have served as Library director for 20 years.

“It has been a joy and a privilege to serve the Ann Arbor community as Library Director for 20 years,” says Josie Parker. “I want to acknowledge the courage of all of the people who have served as elected Board members over these years. Without them, nothing was possible. The several hundred people who have worked with me as staff over two decades made the possible happen in amazing and astonishing ways. Lastly, but most importantly, all of the community members who responded to our efforts, challenged us to keep innovating and improving library services. I thank you all, and I will see you in the Library!”

The AADL Board of Trustees will conduct a national search for the next director beginning later this fall. 

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AADL Reopens July 12

Tue, 05/25/2021 - 10:00am by josie

The Ann Arbor District Library plans for a full reopening of all five locations on Monday, July 12 at noon. The Library's plans are intended to fully reopen the system with as few restrictions as possible, while also minimizing the chance of future re-closures. Library staff are already working to transition library spaces back to a browsing configuration, and preparing collections, services and software for the July reopening.

Updated 8/23/2021

  • All Locations now open for browsing & seating Noon - 8 PM, 7 days a week

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Request for Proposals: Lawn and Snow Services for AADL

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 11:40am by eli

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Project:                   Ann Arbor District Library Lawn and Snow services.

 

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Downtown Library closed 2/4; Reduced Hours starting 2/5

Wed, 02/03/2021 - 4:30pm by eli

Due to a positive COVID test among the staff in one of the Downtown Library staff teams, the Downtown Library will be closed Thursday February 4th.

Due to the staffing impact of quarantine, pickup hours at the Downtown library will be 2 PM - 8 PM daily, starting when we reopen on Friday February 5th. Stay tuned for the resumption of regular hours once quarantined staff are able to return to work.

If you had scheduled a pickup for Thursday, February 4th, it will be canceled and you can reschedule it. All items ready for pickup in the Downtown Lobby will stay right where they are until 2/15.

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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

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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