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Library Closed On Easter Sunday

Thu, 03/31/2016 - 1:56pm by TimG

All AADL locations will be closed on Easter Sunday, March 27.

Regular Library hours will resume on Monday, March 28.

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Pulp: Arts Around Ann Arbor

Wed, 03/30/2016 - 2:20pm by TimG

Where can you find out more about arts & culture in Ann Arbor?

Where can you get updates on music? Visual art? Author and book events? Film & video? Theater & dance?

With AADL's new arts blog, Pulp, you'll find excitement and appreciation for the Ann Arbor area arts & culture scene and all it has to offer. Visit Pulp for previews, thoughts, critiques, reviews, dorky puns, opinions, and observations from professional journalists, community contributors, and, of course, your very own AADL staffers.

Learn about a new art exhibit at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, read a review of a film currently playing in Ann Arbor theaters, and even get a head start on summer plans with a preview of offerings at the Stratford Festival.

Find out more at A2pulp.org!

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AADL on MetaFilter

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 10:53am by valerieclaires

The community weblog MetaFilter invites members to contribute to discussions through links and comments. Common threads on the site run the range from advice to news stories, all the way to the Internet’s favorite: cat videos.

One recent thread brought out Ann Arborites and Ann Arbor District Library fans with mentions of our Tools Collections. Commenters were especially excited about our Music Tools, raving over the OP-1 synthesizer and controller and Local Musician Dave Menzo’s album Shhh…, made using only instruments checked out from AADL. The thread also mentions some unusual collections at other libraries across the country.

You can check out our tools for yourself in the library catalog, and read the full thread on MetaFilter.

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AADL in the Michigan Daily

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 4:47pm by valerieclaires

This week in the Michigan Daily, columnist Susan LaMoreaux shares her fondness for the Ann Arbor District Library. She highlights AADL programs, services, and community partnerships, including our ever-popular Tools Collections and PALMA: Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association, run through the University’s Residential College.

She interviews our own Laura Raynor, who explains how AADL looks at the community when developing new services and collections.

What sticks out most throughout the piece, though, is Susan LaMoreaux’s love of the library. She writes:

“In many ways, I did much of my growing up between the old brick walls and metal shelves, and among the thousands of pages and stories contained in just the downtown branch alone. I don’t intend to stop using this collection, even with all the resources on campus that are made available to me because of my student status. That may be partly because, even for those with no library card, it’s always free to walk down William Street and step through those doors.”

You can see her full column on the Michigan Daily website.

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AADL in Synthtopia

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 2:07pm by valerieclaires

Online electronic music site Synthtopia typically covers all things electronica: electronic music gear, new releases, artists, and synthesizers, but this week they’re covering something a little closer to home: The Ann Arbor District Library!

Synthtopia profiles our Music Tools collection and mentions our wide range of synthesizers, effects pedals, amps, and uncommon musical instruments.

Interested in checking out this equipment for yourself?

Visit aadl.org/musictools to see all our music gear, and see aadl.org/tools for our full range of Tools collections, including Art Tools, Home Tools, Science Tools, and more!

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AADL Welcomes Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea to Westgate Branch!

Fri, 02/19/2016 - 5:37pm by eli

Library patrons will soon be able to enjoy a delicious cup of fresh coffee or tea as they browse new collections at the expanded Westgate Branch Library!




Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea signed a sublease this week to operate a café adjacent to the Branch when it re-opens in late summer. Lisa Bee, Sweetwaters owner and founder, says, “We are so excited and thrilled to join the AADL family and Westgate. To be a part of the first Ann Arbor library where patrons can enjoy a treat with their favorite book is a great honor.”



According to Library Director Josie Parker, “The Ann Arbor District Library's opportunity to expand in place at the Westgate Shopping Center allows the Library to consider and develop a new and different type of partnership. We are pleased to launch this public/private partnership between the Library and Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea. Sweetwaters opening will coincide with the reopening of the expanded Library in late summer 2016.”



Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea was founded in 1993 by Lisa and Wei Bee in downtown Ann Arbor. Both Wei and Lisa are UM graduates who decided to stay in Ann Arbor, continue their families’ hospitality tradition, and become a part of the Ann Arbor business community.



Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea is a warm, comfortable, coffeehouse that offers a blend of traditional European espresso drinks, globally inspired beverages, beautiful Asian teas, delicious desserts, pastries, and savory treats.



Library Board President Jan Barney Newman adds, “It is with great anticipation that the Trustees of the Library look forward to Sweetwaters presence in the expansion of the Westgate Branch. A gathering place on its own, Sweetwaters will be a great asset to the Library and the Westgate Community. “



The new Westgate Branch expansion adds 16,500 square feet to create a branch with 21,000 square feet for its users. The Branch closed in late November and construction is now underway.



Updates on this project can be found on the library website. For more information, visit westgate.

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AADL Highlights 2014-2015

Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:33am by troyanth

Did you know? AADL held 1,465 events last year, including appearances by:

• nationally-known authors Louise Penny, Kathy Reichs, Gary Shteyngart, and David Oshinsky;
• climate activist Tom Hayden;
• Rosa Parks’ niece Sheila McCauley Keys;
• Award-winning Chef Takashi Yagihashi;
• local musician Dave Menzo, who used the AADL music tools collection to create his new album

A lot more happened at AADL this past year.

Check out our full annual report to find out more!

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Westgate Branch has Closed for Expansion!

Tue, 12/01/2015 - 2:51pm by TimG

Westgate Branch, the smallest and oldest of AADL branches, closed for expansion on Friday, November 20 at 9:00 pm. It will reopen in mid-2016 with 21,000 square feet, creating a new, modern branch for the community.

Item Requests for West Branch pickup will be sent to Pittsfield. You can call the renewal line at 734-327-4219 to have your items moved to another branch if you prefer.

Drop boxes will not be available at West Branch until the project is complete. Items can always be returned at any other AADL location.

For more information about the upcoming expansion, visit westgate . Thanks for your patience as we work to bring you an amazing new Library!

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Westgate Branch to Expand

Mon, 09/21/2015 - 8:37pm by eli

Good news, Everyone! The Westgate Branch, the smallest and oldest of the Ann Arbor District Library branches, is about to expand.

Although AADL Library services have increased and expanded over the last decade, Westgate Branch has not been remodeled for over 21 years. The branch originally opened in Maple Village Shopping Center in 1977, moved to Westgate Shopping Center in 1983 and was remodeled ten years later in 1994, adding 2,314 square feet.

Westgate Branch, which currently has 5,500 square feet, is still approximately only 1/3 of the size of the other AADL branches. Its circulation figures match and even surpass some of the other branches, and the current Westgate space has no room for events and youth storytimes, popular and important features at all other locations.

The new expansion will add 16,500 square feet to create a branch with 21,000 square feet for its users. New features will include:
• 2 new public entrances, allowing for additional parking access from the rear Westgate parking lot
• A Kids area with story space for preschool and baby storytimes
• Additional space for books and other library materials
• 5 open study rooms for use by adults, teens and youth
• A community meeting and event space for authors, lectures, performances and other events
• 2 small group meeting rooms
• A comfortable reading room with a fireplace
• Additional seating and workspaces with additional wiring for computers and other electronic devices
• A café operated by a local business

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Earlier this year, Westgate Branch neighbor Sun & Snow relocated out of the Westgate Mall. Pictures Plus will also relocate to a new Westgate location at the end of this month. These vacancies provide AADL with an opportunity to expand a popular branch location that already experiences over 200,000 visits per year.

AADL Trustees have signed a lease to expand the Branch and construction is expected to begin in November 2015 with an expected opening in summer 2016. Westgate Branch will close November 20 so that construction can begin, and staff working at that location will be re-assigned to alternate locations during the construction period. Construction costs will be paid upfront by Westgate Management and AADL will reimburse Westgate Management up to 1.2 million of the construction costs over the first 8 years of the lease.

In addition to expanding the Library for the convenience of current users, AADL is looking forward to welcoming many new patrons. AADL’s past openings of Malletts Creek, Pittsfield and Traverwood Branches all saw remarkable increases in use at each new branch, as well as across the Library system.

Updates on this project will be posted on the library website. For more information, visit westgate.

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AADL in the New York Times

Wed, 09/16/2015 - 6:38pm by valerieclaires

This week, The Ann Arbor District Library and our tools collection were featured in the New York Times in an article about non-traditional library collections. Several libraries around the country, including AADL, are profiled, each with a unique collection to share. The article can be read on the New York Times website or on page A12 of the Tuesday, September 15 edition of the Times.

If you’d like to check out a tool, from a Spinning Wheel to a Telescope, or a Giant Checkers Set and a Thermal Camera, visit aadl.org/tools!