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More Than a Good Read: The Ann Arbor District Library

Traverwood Branch | AADL

Traverwood Branch | AADL

The Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) locations are not only hip, welcoming places for people of all ages, they have also kicked up their services like we never could have imagined just a couple of decades ago. Read on to discover what the AADL has to offer residents of the city and surrounding area.


Location, Location, Location

With five public library locations to serve residents of Ann Arbor and area, the AADL is an incredible resource where most everything is free and the atmosphere is welcoming. With more than just books (although there are vast numbers of them, too), the AADL offers tremendous borrowing options for many resources that you might not have expected, such as:

         DVDs: From major motion pictures to television series to documentaries, you can find an extensive collection to help you pass a Saturday night with a bowl of popcorn

         CDs: Hate to commit but like to mix up your tunes? Borrow cds from the library for your favorite bands, new music that interests you, language learning, and more.

         AUDIOBOOKS: Listen to a book being read to you! Yes, it’s that easy. Some are books on cd, and others are electronic versions. Discover which works best for you and begin learning.

         MAGAZINES: An extensive collection and no subscription required! Whether you just want to see what the magazine is like before you commit, or read this month’s (or a past) issue of one in particular, the library offers a vast collection of magazines for every interest.

         BOOK CLUB TO GO KITS: An excellent way to start (or continue) a book club without the cost of each person purchasing the book is by borrowing the kit from the library. A large collection of titles to choose from, and when your club completes the book, simply return the kit and avoid having to store another book on your own shelf.

         ART PRINTS: An exceptional opportunity to borrow art prints for eight weeks at a time!

         DOWNLOADS: Music, podcasts, books and other downloadable materials are also available



Special Events for Adults, Teens

Known as a haven for people of all ages and all interests, AADL strives to offer special events and activities for every age group. Some recent events for adults and teens have included:

         SCI-TECH: Hands-on events in the Electronics Lab.

         STORYTELLING:  A special visit from Schoolfolk and the Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild.

         COOKS AND COOKING: Discovering the secrets of chocolate and how to make the perfect pie dough.

         ARTS & CRAFTS: Experimenting with sewing, origami and more.

         DANISH HYGGE: Hygge means cozy in Danish, and the library is hosting an evening of hygge to help you reconnect with all things cozy in the dead of winter which includes relaxing music, sweet treats, fireplaces, homespun crafts and all things fuzzy and comfy.

         LANGUAGE: English as a Second Language conversation groups are regularly available.

CLICK HERE for the AADL’s events blog and mark your calendar!



Ann Arbor Library’s Special Events for Kids

The kids, of course, have special spaces devoted just to them at each of the five branches of the library that are fun, creative, and comfortable. And, they can also enjoy special library events created just for them, like:

         LEGO CONNECTION: Come and build whatever you want!

         GROUPS: Baby Playgroup, Preschool Storytime, Circle K Homework Help.

         CRAFTS: Make clay figures,

         SCIENCE FUN: Among the science fun, make a constellation or try your hand at paleontology.

         CONTESTS: From LEGO building to writing short stories and everything in between!

         MUSIC: Musical guests regularly visit the library for scheduled events, featuring various genres, allowing kids to learn and explore the joy of music.

To discover all of the many and varied opportunities for kids at Ann Arbor District Library branches, CLICK HERE.


Tools & Games

It’s true: tools and games are available to borrow from the library! What kind of tools? Some very unexpected items, and many electronic devices.

         Sewing machine

         Art Tablets

         Indoor Air Quality Meter

         Die Cutters

         Portable Desktop Screen and M4 Portable LED Projector

         Sound Meter

         UV Light Meter

         Temperature and Pressure Meters

         A Human Skeleton

         Games, including Giant Checkers and Chess and Disc Golf Baskets

         And so, so many more!

See the full catalog of tools and games available by CLICKING HERE.


Other Services

The AADL also offers field trips (registration required) and additional services, including access to the Washtenaw Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled (call 734.327.4224) and inter-library and state-wide MeLCat sharing to help you get what you need, wherever it is in Michigan.


How to Get a Library Card in Ann Arbor

AADL provides services free of charge to anyone who owns or rents a property in the City of Ann Arbor, as well as some who are just outside the city limits but within the library service area boundary. CLICK HERE to see the AAPL service area, and CLICK HERE to learn how to get a free library card and take advantage of this incredible Ann Arbor resource. Although services are free for residents, there is a fee for non-residents who would like a card. And, yes, overdue fines still exist, but with email notifications to remind patrons of upcoming due dates, it’s better than you having to keep track.

According to the library’s website, almost 9 million items have circulated throughout the system in recent years, which speaks to the importance of the library in the Ann Arbor Michigan community. It’s yet another gem that helps to make living here even more pleasurable by helping us be better educated and informed members of the community. CLICK HERE  to learn more about the Ann Arbor District Library.

Do you have questions about the AADL or other services in Ann Arbor? If so, fill out the form below or give us a call at (734)845-9700. We’d be happy to share some of our experience and knowledge about the Ann Arbor area.

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