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AADL Receives National Award At The Library Of Congress

Fri, 06/19/2015 - 2:43pm by TimG

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) received the prestigious National Award for Subregional Library of the Year today during a luncheon ceremony at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Library Director Josie Parker and Terry Soave, AADL Manager of Outreach and Neighborhood Services accepted the award on behalf of WLBPD@AADL, now completing its sixth year of serving blind and physically handicapped individuals throughout Washtenaw County.

The other award presented at the luncheon ceremony, the Network Library of the Year Award, was given to the The Michigan Braille and Talking Book Library located in Lansing.

Both awards carry a $1,000 cash prize and a framed certificate for each library and its parent agency.

Karen Keninger, Director of the National Library Service For The Blind and Physically Handicapped, stated, “Today we commend these two libraries for their exceptional creativity and responsiveness in removing barriers to reading for people who are blind or are unable to use print materials.”

The Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled at Ann Arbor District Library (WLBPD@AADL) serves approximately 500 patrons and circulates talking books and magazines on 15,949 digital cartridges. All public services staff of the Ann Arbor District Library are trained and available to provide WLBPD services.

For more information about WLBPD@AADL services, visit or call (888) 460-0680 or (734) 327-4224.


Excellent news - congratulations AADL! We are so very lucky to have such a wonderful library system in Ann Arbor.

Congratulations! It is great to see that the WLBPD is providing such important library services to members of our community who might be easy for some to overlook.

This is a wonderful program. My cousin received her books in the mail and really enjoyed listening to the books sent to her by this program. Congrats!

That's great news! Congratulations AADL for your excellent service to the community.

I'm very proud of the WLBPD service we provide. We couldn't do it without our supportive, forward thinking Administration, Board of Directors and all the staff of AADL!

Congratulations! These are very valuable services and to have them done so well and thoroughly here is wonderful and much appreciated locally as well.

This a great service that the people of Washtenaw County should be proud of. One of the many things that sets the AADL above other libraries.

Congratulations! I'm not surprised that AADL won since Ann Arbor has the best library in the country! Bravo!

This is fantastic! I'm glad to see this program getting more publicity and recognition.

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