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Your 5 Star Library

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 1:19pm by TimG

The Ann Arbor District Library has again been awarded the highest ranking a library can achieve in Library Journal’s annual ratings systems of libraries nationwide, and was named a 5 Star library in LJ’s just-released Annual Index of Public Library Service.

AADL has been ranked a 5 Star library since the rating system began in 2008 and currently ranks fourth of ten 5 Star libraries within its operating expenditure category.

Four other Michigan libraries received star rankings this year. Richland Community Library was named a 5 Star library within its category, West Bloomfield Township Public Library received 4 stars, and Kalkaska County Library and Pentwater Township Library received 3 stars. Congratulations to our fellow Michigan libraries!

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AADL Closed On Labor Day

Mon, 08/29/2016 - 5:02pm by TimG

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 5.

Regular Library hours will resume on Tuesday, September 6.

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AADL & TheRide Summer Game Bonus: Free Ride Fridays In August With Your AADL Library Card

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 8:55am by TimG

AADL and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) are partnering this summer for a fun, new addition to this year’s summer game!

Every Friday in August, AADL cardholders can ride any of TheRide’s local fixed-route buses for free. The only item you need to take out of your wallet is your AADL Library card.
Show the driver your card and ride for free!

While you ride, look for the summer game code sign inside the bus and win 1,000 points to trade in for great Summer Game Shop prizes. It’s easy – there’s only one code to find, repeated on every single bus. When you see it, text the code to 4AADL (42235) or visit to enter the code and get 1,000 points.

TheRide and AADL have created even more ways to get summer game points:
• Find the code featured on the outside of several buses for 500 points.
• Find the codes at bus stops nearest to any AADL location for 500 points.
• Codes are also hidden on TheRide’s website -

Find all the codes to earn the Ride Master Badge and a 500 point bonus!

It’s a great way to end the summer – ride TheRide for free, and get points to trade in for excellent prizes at the Summer Game Shop. For more information about TheRide’s buses and schedules, visit

New to the AADL summer game? Last year, there were 5,476 active summer game players who were awarded 85,850 badges and selected 7,227 prizes. Will you be a player this year?

Visit or text NEW PLAYER to 4AADL (42235) to get started.

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Public Event

Public Conversation on the 2016 - 2019 Strategic Plan & Trustee Candidate Information Night

Thursday July 14, 2016: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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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.