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Mott Family Network Donates Universal Gaming Carts

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 2:22pm by TimG

AADL Deputy Director Eli Neiburger with U-M student interns James Bueche, Chase Richmond, and Matt Jozefczyk

AADL Deputy Director Eli Neiburger with U-M student interns James Bueche, Chase Richmond, and Matt Jozefczyk.

In a ceremony this morning in the Downtown Library Lobby, AADL accepted a generous donation of two Universal Gaming Carts with adaptive game controllers. The carts provide people with disabilities a way of inclusion into the gaming world, using gaming equipment designed to make it easier for people with movement challenges to play regular commercial videogames. Funding was made possible from Mott Golf Classic in partnership with Mott Family Network.

The mobile gaming carts were assembled as an extension of the Mott Family Network’s Pediatric Gaming Project at Mott Children’s Hospital and named “Universal” rather than “Adaptive” Gaming Carts to make clear their inclusive approach. Mott Family Network envisions people with disabilities using these carts to play alongside non-disabled peers in healthy competitions and they will be used at future AADL tournaments.

The carts were donated in the names of Jamie Mayo (Senior Rehabilitation Engineer in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the U-M Hospital) and Dr. Ann Orr (Special Education Professor in the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University), in honor of their time and dedication provided to families and patients with assistive technology needs.

Mott Family Network is a non-profit, all volunteer organization funded by the Mott Golf Classic providing assistive technology to the U-M’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and its patients. Mott Family Network is in partnership with EMU and U-M. Through donations from Mott Golf Classic, student interns from both universities provide support for MFN initiatives.

AADL is greatly appreciative of this donation and looks forward to welcoming a broader audience into the Library's regular gaming events.

Mott Family Network Intern Jared Long contributed to this press release.

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AADL Closed On Monday May 30

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 9:54am by TimG

All Library locations will be closed on Memorial Day Monday, May 30.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday May 31.

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Come see the new fairy door in the Downtown youth area!

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 6:46pm by eapearce

Visitors to the Downtown Library in recent months might have noticed that the fairy door area was “under construction.” Just this week we installed a BRAND NEW fairy door and fairy door fans of all ages will definitely want to come check it out! Located in the same spot as the old fairy door, in the Downtown Youth Department, this new door is super special. You can peek inside to see an adorable scene with a tiny desk, fairy-sized chairs and pillows and little books. There’s even a cute hanging plant—in a thimble, of course! And, this fairy door has a special light that allows you to really see the details that make it so special. Each time you look inside, you’ll notice things that you hadn’t before—like how the walls are papered with dozens of images from old books. The new fairy door is really a treat—come see for yourself!

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Digitize Your Photo Collection with a Portable Scanner!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 11:05am by antdevee

The Magic Wand Portable Scanner is just one of many great Tools at the Ann Arbor District Library that you can check out with your library card.

With its easy to use functions this scanner is great for scanning large amounts of photos in minutes. Insert 4x6, 5x8 or 8x10 prints into the auto feeder and the scanner will do the rest. And anything larger can be scanned by hand; just detach the scanner from the docking station and you're instantly mobile!

Other features include color or monochromatic scan selection, 300/600/1050/1200 DPI scan quality selection and a color display to playback the scanned images. So instead of spending countless hours using a flatbed scanner for your next project use this one instead!

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Poetry on the Bus!

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 3:12pm by muskrat

To celebrate National Poetry Month, AADL has joined with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority for poetry on the bus!

In the spirit of the 2006 Poetry Bus and following in the footsteps of Vancouver's Poetry Moves and the Poetry Society of America's Poetry in Motion campaigns, AADL and AAATA have introduced two placards in each AATA bus with excerpts from great poems by John Keats, Li Po, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Claude McKay and others.

See if you can read them all! There are 8 placards and they will be up all month

Then head over to the library to check out more poetry!

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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!