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AADL Reopening Plans

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 2:20pm by josie

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Everyone at AADL extends our gratitude to you for your patience with the library closure during this sad and difficult time. We also extend our condolences to anyone who has lost a loved one to COVID-19, and it is our fervent hope that you continue to be well and safe as we move through the next months.

Now that the stay-at-home order has been lifted, we are moving into Stage 4 of the Governor's Michigan Safe Start plan. We outlined our plan on May 18, at the monthly meeting of the Library Board. After June 8th, AADL staff can return to the buildings and begin preparing to resume checkout service. Our priority will be to clear the backlog of returned materials, and to provide access to items still on the Hold Shelves from before the closure. Then we will begin filling requests and offer daily time slots for Locker or Lobby pickup.  This allows us the ability to bring staff back into the buildings with appropriate distancing and PPE, and to ready the buildings to allow for contactless pickup. We will not be providing curbside services.

Nothing currently checked out of the AADL is due before mid-July, and no fines will accrue on materials for several months. Check your my account page to see when your items are due.

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Phone Wallpapers: The Ann Arbor District Library

Wed, 05/06/2020 - 11:13am by richretyi

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This set of phone wallpapers will let you show your AADL love on all your devices!

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Phone Wallpapers: The Downtown Library Through the Years

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 2:51pm by richretyi

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Enjoy this set of phone wallpapers that celebrate the Downtown Library through history.

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Welcome back to Minecraft Ann Arbor!

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 4:10pm by eli

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Back many years after its mysterious disappearance, we're pleased to relaunch MINECRAFT ANN ARBOR! On the server, you'll find a huge flat map of the Ann Arbor area, where players have been building their own homes or their favorite buildings! You can connect to it from the most recent version of Minecraft Java Edition using Multiplayer Direct Connect to minecraft.aadl.org . Note: we're sorry, but this server is not compatible with Minecraft Pocket Edition on mobile devices or Minecraft on Game Consoles.

Most of the Downtown Area in Minecraft Ann Arbor was built by local legend Jan Wolter, who put a ton of time into the server. He passed away in 2015, but his work on this server has been preserved so you can still enjoy a bit of Downtown Ann Arbor while socially distancing!

Part of the idea is to make the outsides of buildings as real as possible, but the insides can be whatever you want, whether just like they are, or what you always hoped they would be. A mix between the real and the fantasy worlds is fun for everyone!

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Need a Library Card? We've Got You Covered!

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 2:54pm by eli

Note: The AADL is currently offering contactless lobby pickup appointments. Click for more details.

The AADL offers the ability to get a new Library card or renew your card remotely!

WHO'S ELIGIBLE FOR AN AADL CARD
If you live within the Ann Arbor Public Schools boundaries (with the exception of Northfield Township), or if you are a student or teacher at AAPS, you may obtain a resident library card with no fee

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AADL Seeks Proposals for Mechanical and Janitorial Contractors

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 4:59pm by eli

AADL is seeking proposals from qualified Janitorial and Mechanical Contractors to provide Janitorial or Mechanical services to all AADL locations. The Request For Proposal Documents are attached here. Responses are due May 8, 2020 by Noon. For questions contact AADL Facilities Manager Len Lemorie at lemoriel@aadl.org .

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Mechanical RFP

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How to Use Libby, by OverDrive

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 3:08pm by katie-dudek

While the library's physical locations may be closed for now, check out Libby. Libby is a free app offered through AADL that lets you download audiobooks and kindle books straight to your phone. I've created step-by-step instructions for using Libby along with screenshots! You will need your library card to create a Libby account.

Happy Reading!

Installing Libby

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Introducing.... THE BUMMER GAME

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 10:22am by eli

New to the Summer Game / Bummer Game? Watch This Video for a walkthrough of the first three badges!

Everything's closed! We're all hunkered down! Everything is canceled! We're all doing our part to FLATTEN THAT CURVE....

And WHAT A BUMMER!

But SURELY, you knew that your very own AADL STAFFERS, once safely ENSCONCED in their own homes, would not be content to just leave you to SIT ON YOUR HANDS for an UNKNOWN NUMBER OF WEEKS.

And so... we are proud to offer to you several new THINGS TO DO, first and foremost of which is a little diversion called THE BUMMER GAME!

It's the BUMMER GAME!

Building on our WILDLY SUCCESSFUL Summer Game, each day at Noon we'll release 3 new Badges! WHAT'S A BADGE you ask, an ember of hope catching alight? Well, they're like PUZZLES you can solve online, across the web and through our catalog, and when you find game codes and complete badges, you get POINTS.

BUT WHAT ARE POINTS you ask, as a manifold of new POSSIBILITIES unfolds before you? Well, when you find BUMMER GAME codes and complete BUMMER GAME badges, you'll earn points for the upcoming SUMMER GAME 2020! That's right! ADVANCE BONUS!

BUT WHAT DO I DO WITH POINTS, you wonder, as a vision of yourself after this is all over appears, strutting down Fifth Avenue throwing handfuls of points at passersby with BOTH HANDS. Well, In July, the SUMMER GAME SHOP will open, and you'll be able to SPEND THOSE POINTS on amazing Library Merch!

All you need to do to play is log in to (or create) an aadl.org account, no library card required. Then visit play.aadl.org and you'll see all the badges as we release them, a leaderboard, and more fun opportunities as we go. Starting with our very first BUMMER GAME BADGE DROP Monday 3/16 at Noon!

Got any questions? Don't hesitate to contact us or text us at 734-327-4200.

So, Stay Tuned, Stay Safe, and as always... THANKS FOR PLAYING!

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All AADL Locations Closed as of 6 PM Friday

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 8:30am by josie

The AADL will close today, Friday March 13, 2020, at 6:00 PM for an indefinite period. This closure is our effort to join in reducing the spread of Covid-19 in our community.

Details about your library account and services follow in this message. We are all sorry about closing the Library, but it is more important for us all to be safe and healthy during this difficult time.

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New Meeting Rooms at Pittsfield and Traverwood!

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 9:18am by eli

We're delighted to announce the opening of 4 new meeting rooms you can book yourself with your library card!

4 new bookable meeting rooms: 3 at Pittsfield Branch, and 1 at Traverwood Branch!

  • The Emerald Room at Traverwood Branch seats up to 8.
  • The Muskrat Room at Pittsfield Branch seats up to 35.
  • The Painted Turtle Room at Pittsfield Branch seats up to 8.