There’s a lot more to do at the Ann Arbor Library than just rent books
If you’re looking for something entertaining to do, the library may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but you may want to give that another thought. That’s because libraries are not what they used to be, there are all kinds of things to check out and enjoy, beyond the great books.
Ann Arbor named among top charming small US cities by TravelMag
ANN ARBOR – Here’s a ranking that doesn’t surprise us. TravelMag recently released its 30 Most Charming Small Cities in the USA list and Ann Arbor appears along other famed small cities -- and college towns -- like Annapolis, Maryland, Charleston, South Carolina and Bloomington, Indiana. “Home to the University of Michigan, it has long been a seat of higher education, forward-thinking, technology and progressive ideas,” wrote TravelMag. “You can see echoes of these elements everywhere, including at the numerous annual events held in the city, including expos, airshows, and the annual film festival that has been running for decades. “In the city’s lively dining scene, this same balance of tradition and modernity is reflected by Ann Arbor mainstays such as Zingerman’s Deli, right through to the trendy international cuisine from across five continents.”AdWith the award-winning Ann Arbor District Library, 161 beautiful public parks and educational and cultural events abound, it certainly is a wonderful place to live.
Racial profiling focus of 2021 Washtenaw Reads book
ANN ARBOR – The Washtenaw Reads program is an initiative by local public libraries to encourage reading and civic dialogue. One book is selected each year and participating libraries include Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Dexter, Milan, Salem-South Lyon, Saline and Ypsilanti. This year’s Washtenaw Read is “All American Boys” by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. For more information about the book, to see the authors’ websites and to discover related titles for people of all ages, click here. According to the Ann Arbor District Library’s website, Washtenaw Reads books should meet the following criteria:
Here are Ann Arbor District Library’s most requested items of 2020
ANN ARBOR – 2020 was certainly a year for the books -- and many, many other things at Ann Arbor District Library. Each year, the library releases its most requested items and it’s always interesting to see what people sought out the most. I personally enjoy seeing which tools were checked out the most. Below are the top five items requested in each category. FictionNon-FictionMoviesTV and MiniseriesMusicToolsArt PrintsTo see the full list of AADL’s most requested items for 2020, click here.
Ann Arbor District Library announces new Winter Game
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor District Library has announced the return of its online community game platform, but with a new name and a few twists. Through the Winter Game, players create an account, solve puzzles, collect codes and earn points all from the comfort of home. Points players accrue during the Winter Game will roll over to the AADL’s 2021 Summer Game 2021, the AADL said. New content will be released until March 12 but players can continue playing until the end of the 2021 Summer Game, according to the AADL. Read: Ann Arbor District Library named five star library for 13th consecutive year𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚆𝚒𝚗𝚝𝚎𝚛 𝙶𝚊𝚖𝚎 𝚒𝚜 𝙲𝚘𝚖𝚒𝚗𝚐!
Ann Arbor District Library named five star library for 13th consecutive year
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor District Library earned five stars in Library Journal’s annual national ratings of public libraries for the 13th year in a row. Library Journal has been releasing its America Star Libraries ratings since 2008. Total scores and star ratings for 2020 were determined based on the following factors:Circulation of physical materialsCirculation of electronic materialsLibrary visitsLibrary program attendancePublic internet usersWiFi sessionsE-retrievals (usage of online content like databases)To develop its ratings, Library Journal sources FY18 data on per capita output measures from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Public Library Survey. Kent District Library joined AADL on this year’s list with a four star rating. See Library Journal’s full list of rankings here.
Michigan Medicine limits visitors; Thanksgiving takeout in Ann Arbor; tour U-M’s (LEGO) campus
(A4)✋ Five new Ann Arbor City Councilmembers were sworn in last Friday in a socially distanced, outdoor ceremony. (MLive)🏠 On Nov. 3, Ann Arbor residents approved the Prop C affordable housing millage with roughly 73% of the vote. (A4)Good to know:❤️️ The downtown Ann Arbor area associations launched a new campaign called “Show Your Love A2″ to boost support for local businesses. (A4)♻️ Recycle Ann Arbor will reopen with a new state-of-the-art facility thanks to recent investments by the beverage industry and the state of Michigan. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ann Arbor District Library closes after staff members test positive for COVID-19
ANN ARBOR – All Ann Arbor District Library locations closed on Sunday after some staff members tested positive for COVID-19. This means that all lobbies will be closed and all scheduled pick ups have been canceled. While AADL’s outdoor drop boxes are still open, library staff will not be checking in materials at this time. “No fees are being charged,” wrote Parker. “Don’t worry if you picked up items from the library recently; there was no exposure risk related to contactless pickups,” wrote Parker.
Ann Arbor District Library’s Tiny Expo goes online this year
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Already trying to find the perfect present? Ann Arbor District Library can help. Every year the library system holds its annual Tiny Expo in the lobby of its downtown branch. Starting on Monday, the indie handcraft online expo will bring together more than 50 artists who have sold their wares at the expo previously. Check out crafters representing various arts and disciplines including:apparelfiber artshealth and beautyceramicshome goodsjewelrypaper goodssewn goodstoys and kids itemsLearn more about the handicraft expo through the Tiny Expo website or Facebook page.
COVID-19 reaches high school football; Washtenaw Free Mask Program; Michigan, State theaters reopen
The Michigan Theater will reopen on Sunday, and the theaters will only be showing one film a day to allow for cleaning. The two iconic Ann Arbor establishments have been closed since mid-March. (A4)Feature interview of the week:“The hard part in a town like Ann Arbor, that just has so much to offer, was to narrow it down to 100.”- Patricia Majher, author of “100 Things To Do In Ann Arbor Before You Die”✉️ Have something to share? Know someone who loves Ann Arbor? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ann Arbor District Library expands services in October
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ann Arbor District Library is expanding its public services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Although it’s closed to in-person book browsing, the library system has been offering contactless services, digital community events and virtual services over the past months. Bookable Zoom Meeting RoomsNo Zoom account? The AADL is now offering bookable Zoom meeting rooms so meetings don’t have to be cut short. The library system will also resume using the MeLCat service which brings in books from other libraries in Michigan.
U-M, Ann Arbor District Library to host forum on misinformation, fake news on Friday
ANN ARBOR – Michigan’s AI lab is partnering with the Ann Arbor District Library to present “AI to Address Misinformation and Fake News” on Friday. With the upcoming federal elections and ongoing coronavirus pandemic, misinformation is flooding social media feeds, blogs and news outlets. The event’s speakers will discuss how Artificial Intelligence can be used to identify and potentially curb the spread of misinformation and fake news. Her research interests lie in the area of computational social science. Her research interests are in computational linguistics, with a focus on lexical semantics, multilingual natural language processing, and computational social sciences.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival to broadcast three Not Too Close events this week
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Missed Ann Arbor Summer Festivals Not Too Close summer concerts? At 8 p.m. from Thursday, Aug. 20, to Saturday, Aug. 22, A2SF will broadcast three concerts on its social media pages. Each performance has been recorded and edited by the Ann Arbor District Library. In an email, A2SF said that concerts from the Aug. 13 Not Too Close events will be broadcast next week but details have not been announced. In July, A2SF announced that it would host a series of limited capacity outdoor events at different locations around Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor District Library, University of Michigan Library ask for community submitted mail art
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The University of Michigan Librarys Book Arts Studio and the Ann Arbor District Library are asking community members for art. The project will act as a physical artifact of the current times by capturing community experiences and feelings about the pandemic or recent events. Mail art is typically sent between artists but the Book Arts Studio and AADL are asking community members to submit their postcard-sized works of art that will be turned into a digital exhibit. Community members should explore their emotions and create art based on how they currently experience the world around them. Submit art to the Ann Arbor District Library by Sept. 30.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival announces new Not Too Close summer events
A new round of free events have been announced by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival as part of its Not Too Close event series. The series kicked off at the end of July and offers socially distanced concerts and movies at locations around Ann Arbor. Heres what is scheduled so far:Concerts3 p.m. on Aug. 13 -- LaRon Williams5:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 -- Sumkali7:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 -- Dani DarlingMovies10.p.m. Participants at Not Too Close events are required to wear masks unless in their assigned area. The Not Too Close events are offered as part of the Ann Arbor District Librarys Summer Game and sponsored by KLA.
Ann Arbor District Library Downtown branch to temporarily close for two weeks
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor District Library announced on Thursday that its downtown Ann Arbor branch would be closed between Friday, July 31, and Aug. 13. The library branch is closing so that staff can quarantine for two weeks after a downtown library staff member tested positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released by AADL Director Josie Parker. Items scheduled for pickup at the branch will be unavailable during the two-week closure. Items cannot be moved to other branches and will become available again once the downtown branch reopens. The four other AADL branches will remain open for contactless pickup for library items.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival to host live concerts, movies
ANN ARBOR Its usual roster of events may have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is kicking off live summer concerts and movies on Thursday. Working with the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation Department, AASF is introducing its limited capacity Not Too Close events. Each event is limited to 100 people who will be socially distanced. The Not Too Close live concerts and movies are offered as part of the Ann Arbor District Librarys Summer Game. Learn more about the Not Too Close events here.
Ann Arbor District Library launches new community initiatives addressing racism
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor District Library has launched three new initiatives intended to address anti-Black racism in the Ann Arbor community and add to community history. Through the initiatives, the library system is seeking stories from community members, will put out of a call for artwork from Black artists and will engage community members with discussion materials. The new initiatives join two ongoing projects from the library system; the African-American Cultural and Historical Museum Living Oral History Project and weekly newsletter recommendations. Here are the new initiatives:Black Lives Matter Discussion SeriesThe series is intended to support community members engaging with materials related to anti-Black racism. Call for Stories: Anti-Black RacismIn order to further document community history in Ann Arbor, AADL Archives to is asking for community members who has been affected by racism to share their stories.
These Ann Arbor Summer Festival #a2chalkday submissions will make you smile
The Ann Arbor Summer Festival recently released a fresh new round of programming, which included Sundays #a2chalkday. We've partnered with @davidzinn_art and the @AASummerFest to provide prizes for the best chalk art done across Ann Arbor today. More info: https://t.co/evlpb33oiC pic.twitter.com/Ku6rHI9GRF Ann Arbor District Library (@aadl) June 14, 2020 Like what youre reading? @aadl pic.twitter.com/LHRWxVqwSS Meg Hixon (@MegDaLibrarian) June 13, 2020We miss Top of the Park but still love Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Part of the A2District Library Summer Game 2020 #a2chalkday @AASummerFest @aadl pic.twitter.com/v54usaOZS1 Kathleen M. Wright (@kidpeoplewrite) June 15, 2020#A2CHALKDAY!
Ann Arbor District Library kicks-off tenth annual Summer Game today
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Today, the Ann Arbor District Library kicked-off the tenth annual Summer Game, the librarys summer reading challenge and scavenger hunt. Those who complete the 10 anythings challenge receive extra Summer Game points. Players do not need an AADL library card in order to play the Summer Game or to collect prizes. Download the Classic Summer Reading Game card for your 10 anythings or log them through an online account. Players can also receive points for logging daily reading or listening activities on their Summer Game accounts.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival announces five new programs
ANN ARBOR While the Ann Arbor Summer Festival has canceled its traditional indoor events and outdoor Top of the Park, it is adapting to the times and announced Friday new programming for the local community to enjoy. Music Hikes & Story WalksTop Music Hikes & Story Walks is presented in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Librarys Summer Game. The activity geo-tags music and audio stories to trails around Ann Arbor. At the end of the month, a fictionalized story set in downtown Ann Arbor featuring shops and landmarks will be available to audiences. As part of its Summer Game, the Ann Arbor District Library will select winners.
Police chief, Harbaugh march in local protest; Ann Arbor District Library to reopen; Afternoon Delight owner retires
- Meredith (@meredith_A4)Whats been happening: The Ann Arbor District Library will open in phases starting June 15. (A4) Although its been open since May, the Ann Arbor Farmers Market now allows on-site shopping with restrictions. (A4) Ann Arbor City Council voted to put off a water rate hike until 2021 due to the health crisis. (A4) The first Fisher House in Michigan opened in Ann Arbor this week to serve families and caregivers of veterans hospitalized at VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Either way, youll want to look at this epic fort an Ann Arbor family of artists built in their basement.
Metro Detroit libraries prepare to reopen
TROY, Mich. – As Michigan slowly eases restrictions and businesses open back up, local libraries are rushing to get ready. But with all the books, it’s going to be a lot of work to keep everything clean. Related: Ann Arbor District Library announces reopening plansCathy Russ, the director of the Troy Public Library, could barely contain her excitement when she heard libraries across the state would reopen. Read more: Reopening MichiganThere were 40,000 library books checked out when the quarantine began. Russ said she’s excited to welcome people back inside and get them reading some of their favorite books again -- while staying health.
Ann Arbor District Library announces reopening plans
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor District Library has Tuesday it will begin opening in phases starting on June 15, in accordance with Gov. Heres a timeline the library provided for reopening phases:June 15: Open for returns and pick up of requests filed prior to the closureJune 22: All locations open noon to 8 p.m. daily for scheduled locker or lobby pick up. July: Public computing opens by appointment at the Downtown LibraryMaterials checked out prior to the closure are not due until after July 1. While the Summer Game will go on as planned online and in outside venues, in-person programming will take many months to resume. Everyone at AADL extends our gratitude to you for your patience with the library closure during this sad and difficult time, read a news release.
Ann Arbor District Library launches Pandemic Log
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor District Library wants to hear from you for a new project. The AADL Archives has launched the Pandemic Log in order to document life during the coronavirus pandemic. Anyone can submit materials to the Pandemic Log via the following methods:Here are some Frequently Asked Questions from AADL:What types of submissions are you looking for? Since we are looking to document whatever we can, we are looking for any way you think is best to document. What's the thing you will tell people 40 years from now when you are all talking about what you did during the 2020 pandemic?
Tune into Ann Arbor District Library TV on Saturdays for new show
ANN ARBOR, Mich. The Ann Arbor District Library has come up with another new way of entertaining its smallest patrons (and their families). Having closed its doors in March for the unknown future, the Ann Arbor District Library turned to YouTube to offer its public programming through a digital platform. AADL.TV has weekly programs for children, teens and adults ranging from storytime to cooking shows and trivia. Like what youre reading? Related: Build, explore Ann Arbor on Minecraft with Ann Arbor District Library
Feeling creative? Submit your drawings to Ann Arbor Summer Festivals community art project
ANN ARBOR The Ann Arbor Summer Festival, in partnership with the Ann Arbor District Library, has launched a collaborative community art project and hopes residents of all ages will participate. Kooky Kreatures is now taking doodle submissions - the quirkier the better. Theres still time to grab a pencil or tablet and create some drawings to submit to Kooky Kreatures! pic.twitter.com/i2WdtAHsrD Ann Arbor Summer Festival (@AASummerFest) May 7, 2020Are you playing the AADL Bummer Game? Enter KREATUREFEATURE at PLAY.AADL.ORG to earn the KREATURES OF SUMMER FESTIVAL badge.
Ann Arbor District Library joins community effort to print face shields for frontline workers
ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor District Library announced this week that it has joined forces with Operation Face Shield Ann Arbor to print protective gear for those on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Operation Face Shield Ann Arbor is a public Facebook group that was launched less than two weeks ago. The three hole punch model that Operation Face Shield Ann Arbor is printing was modified by an engineering student at Skyline High School. A permanent drive-up donation site has been established in the parking lot of Ann Arbor Distilling Company. Ann Arbor Distilling Company is at 220 Felch St.For more information, join the Facebook group or visit its website.
Combine your senses at Ann Arbor District Library for Smell & Tell inspired by Helen Keller
ANN ARBOR – Join scent expert Michelle Krell Kydd at the Ann Arbor District Library’s Pittsfield Branch on Dec. 18 for a one-of-a-kind Smell & Tell inspired by Helen Keller. During her lifetime, Keller, the American deaf-blind lecturer, author and activist, utilized her senses that were still intact to the fullest, including her sense of smell. In 1950, Keller attended a smelling session with perfumer Michel Pasquier in Westport, Connecticut, in which she and a small group of women were tasked with identifying which flower inspired eight different unidentified perfumes. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and lasts just over two hours. Just bring yourself, and a curious nose and mind.
Experience the smell of mummies at Ann Arbor District Library
ANN ARBOR - Before you say "gross" -- it's not what you think. Kydd recently sniffed mummies in the basement of the University of Michigan's Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and came to this conclusion: "Mummies don't smell like decomposition, but they don't smell like Chanel No. About Smell & TellThe Smell & Tell series explores the art + science connection in flavors and fragrance. The Smell & Tell series celebrates its seventh anniversary year at the Ann Arbor District Library and is ongoing. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Ignite Ann Arbor speakers to present big ideas in little bit of time Nov. 7
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - On Nov. 7, Ignite Ann Arbor will fill the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library with big ideas. Ignite Ann Arbor 12 will be held at the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown branch on Nov. 7. Photo | Ann Arbor District LibraryHaving started in 2009, Ignite Ann Arbor has held 11 previous events over the course of the past decade. For more information about the speakers and Ignite Ann Arbor 12, visit the Ignite Ann Arbor website. The Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch is at 343 S. Fifth Ave.All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Help solve a crime at the Ann Arbor District Library this month
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Help the Ann Arbor District Library crack the case and solve the mysterious murder of Lazlo Burge. Taking place in the imaginary town of Treton, artist Lazlo Burge has been murdered by a falling sculpture. His family and friends all had reasons to dislike him, and they each have their own motives, but who actually did the deed? The Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch is at 343 S. 5th Ave. Like what you're reading? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Seven events at the Ann Arbor District Library to spice up your October
A look inside the Pittsfield branch of the Ann Arbor District Library. Phot | Sarah M. ParletteANN ARBOR, Mich. - This month the Ann Arbor District Library is offering some "spooktacular" programming and fun community finds. Photo | Ann Arbor District LibraryAuthor Event | Garth Nix: 'Angel Mage'Oct. 7 -- 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The author event with Jon Milan and Gail Offen will be on Oct. 14 in Ann Arbor. Participants need to be seen by the judges between 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and the award ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. Target gift cards will be awarded for best kids costume, best teen costume, best adult costume and best family costume.
New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone to come to Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR - Best-selling author Nic Stone is coming to the Ann Arbor District Library on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. as she releases her new novel "Jackpot." Stone is the award-winning author of "Dear Martin," which tackled issues of race relations and social justice, and has made its way into classrooms around the U.S. She said her little boys inspired her to write "Dear Martin," a story about a black teenager who is racially profiled by police. "Dear Martin" was not only popular among teens, it became a best-seller for adult readers as well. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Living Oral History Project mapping local African American history to release new videos Sunday
Gerald Edwards and Audrey Monagan tell their stories in phase six of of the African American Cultural and Historical Museum's Living Oral History Project. (Credit: Ann Arbor District Library)ANN ARBOR - The Living Oral History Project, presented in partnership by the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County and the Ann Arbor District Library, will be debuting its sixth series of videos on Sunday. Topics like race, equality, work, faith, education, employment, housing and more are discussed as each interview unpacks the realities and experiences African Americans faced in the area. Phase VI of the Living Oral History Project includes stories from a Korean War veteran, a pediatric nurse who worked at the Willow Run Bomber Plant during WWII, an entrepreneur who got his start at Ford Motor Company, a singer who performed at local events and sororities and a General Motors inspector. For more information about the African American Cultural and Historical Museum of Washtenaw County, visit www.aachm.org.
U-M experts to weigh in on artificial intelligence, mental health in Ann Arbor Sept. 27
ANN ARBOR - Two University of Michigan experts in the field of artificial intelligence and mental health will be presenting "Artificial Intelligence, Personalized Technology, and Mental Health" in a special edition of "Friday Night AI" at the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown branch on Sept. 27. Are we heading toward an AI-based mental health care system? What are the benefits of using AI for mental health? But, can it completely transform the mental health system? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Annual Wayzgoose & Printing Festival to take over Ann Arbor District Library mid-October
Photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor District Library. Join the Ann Arbor District Library downtown branch as it hosts a two-day festival full of art and local printing vendors, a speaker series and hands-on printmaking sessions. Voices in Print Speaker SeriesAnn Arbor District Library -- multipurpose room10:30 a.m. to noonListen to printmakers through a series of short talks. Street InkAnn Arbor District Library -- Youth Story CornerNoon -- 3:30 p.m.Make a print of one of Ann Arbor's historic manhole covers. Ann Arbor District Library is at 343 S. Fifth Ave.Read: Underground Printing: The story behind Ann Arbor's custom T-shirt companyAll About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Meet Hikonyan, Ann Arbor's Japanese sister city's mascot Saturday
ANN ARBOR - Hikone, Japan's adorable mascot, is coming to the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown branch on Saturday. Created in 2007 to commemorate the founding of Hikone Castle, Hikonyan has become a Japanese phenomenon and has boosted tourism to the area, including tens of millions of dollars spent on Hikonyan merchandise. Mayor Christopher Taylor was in Japan this summer and visited the central Japanese city, whose officials reportedly have encouraged Taylor to develop an Ann Arbor mascot. The event is a partnership between Ann Arbor and Hikone. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.
Annual RASA Festival to kick off this week in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Kicking off this Thursday at the downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library, the annual Rasa Festival will offer a range of events in Ann Arbor. Tomorrow, Rasa Festival will commence with an interactive talk about ritual floor paintings from India by Renu Malhotra and Meena Khashnabish. However, the biggest event of this year's Rasa Festival will be an exciting performance at Washtenaw Community College's Towsley Auditorium on Sept. 21. For more information about Akshara or the Rasa Festival, visit its website. All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.