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Libraries, book stores, and their patrons. A weblog by Edward Vielmetti



Updated: 2016-02-13T15:35:54-05:00

 



VHS and audio cassette 50 cents each at Ann Arbor Downtown Kiwanis Sale

2016-02-13T15:36:50-05:00

Instead of paying full price for movies on Blu-ray or music on CD, you can pick up a very fine selection of VHS video and audio cassettes at the Ann Arbor Downtown Kiwanis sale. This event happens weekly on Saturdays...

(image) Instead of paying full price for movies on Blu-ray or music on CD, you can pick up a very fine selection of VHS video and audio cassettes at the Ann Arbor Downtown Kiwanis sale. This event happens weekly on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. til noon. There is also a fine selection of VCRs and cassette decks upstairs in the electronics section.

At 50c each how can you go wrong? 

We picked up Toy Story 1 and 2 for a total of $1, which compares very favorably even with Toy Story on VHS from Amazon. You can of course pick up Toy Story on DVD from the Ann Arbor District Library - there are 3 copies available at this writing.

1995 called, it wants to go to the movies!

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Emerging Writers meetup, third Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. at Traverwood branch, Ann Arbor District Library

2016-02-12T10:01:45-05:00

As part of the Ann Arbor District Library's Fifth Avenue Press, there is a new series of Emerging Writers workshops to be hosted on the third Thursdays of the month. Here's the annouccement of the first one. Fifth Avenue Press...

As part of the Ann Arbor District Library's Fifth Avenue Press, there is a new series of Emerging Writers workshops to be hosted on the third Thursdays of the month. Here's the annouccement of the first one.

Fifth Avenue Press is a promising development from AADL.

In an effort to support the local writing community and promote the production of original content, the library is looking for completed manuscripts for potential publication through our press. The library will provide editing, proofreading, and other assistance to the author and will ultimately publish selected finished works with on-demand print publishing as an option. The author will retain the copyright and all potential earnings for their work.

 

Emerging Writers: Writing & Review Meetup

Thursday February 18, 2016: 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults and teens grade 6 and up.

Come with questions, a work in progress, or an empty notebook. All writers are welcome in this casual, supportive environment. Authors Bethany Neal and Alex Kourvo will be on hand to answer questions and give encouragement. This is an excellent opportunity to meet your fellow Ann Arbor writers as well as get feedback from published authors. This is a monthly meet-up that welcomes all writers to ask questions, connect with other writers, or simply have a dedicated time and place to work on their projects.

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Newly requested: Isaac Asimov, I robot

2016-02-12T09:47:25-05:00

I picked up a copy of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation's Edge" at a Little Free Library in Ann Arbor, and figured that I would trade up for what I really wanted - Asimov's classic "I robot", a series of short stories...

(image) I picked up a copy of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation's Edge" at a Little Free Library in Ann Arbor, and figured that I would trade up for what I really wanted - Asimov's classic "I robot", a series of short stories about the evolution of robot consciousness.

I remember reading Asimov in middle school and high school, and reflecting on the Three Laws of Robotics and how they are imperfectly applied in today's age of artificial intelligences and virtual assistants.

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

If you have an Ann Arbor District Library card, I, robot is available for reserve (and you'll get your copy after i'm done reading it). Otherwise my recommendation is to order from Literati in Ann Arbor, or globally from Amazon. A copy is a perfect gift for your personal assistant!

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Ann Arbor District Library Summer Reading Game for 2014

2014-07-09T16:55:47-04:00

See http://play.aadl.org for the AADL Summer Reading Game for 2014. New this year is QR codes on game code posters, so if you have the right app you can snap photos of game codes and redeem them quickly. Let me...

See http://play.aadl.org for the AADL Summer Reading Game for 2014.

New this year is QR codes on game code posters, so if you have the right app you can snap photos of game codes and redeem them quickly. Let me see if I can't rig up something here to demonstrate that.

QR codes on Code Signs! If you have a smartphone, get a QR code reader, because we've actually found something QR codes are good for! You can still type in the codes too, it's just a shortcut.

Also new this year is that several members of library staff have their own game codes, which they will happily give you upon request (or better yet they'll volunteer that they have them.) I've done 2 at 500 points each so far!

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EveryLibrary: a political action committee (PAC) for libraries

2012-09-11T14:50:59-04:00

EveryLibrary is a newly formed political action committee formed to promote libraries, with the specific goal of promoting votes for the millages that support libraries. From their web site: In each campaign, EveryLibrary will engage with the local library community...

EveryLibrary is a newly formed political action committee formed to promote libraries, with the specific goal of promoting votes for the millages that support libraries. From their web site:

In each campaign, EveryLibrary will engage with the local library community to determine our best level and type of involvement.  We work best for you when we work with you.  Help make sure every type of library is supported at the ballot box. 

The Circulating Ideas podcast has an interview with John Chrastka, the executive director of EveryLibrary. [mp3]

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Our New Library: Ann Arbor District Library millage campaign to build a new downtown building

2012-09-05T15:49:51-04:00

The Ann Arbor District Library has a measure on the November 2012 ballot to vote in a millage to build a new downtown library building. I think it would be a great project and I'm wholeheartedly supporting it. The main...

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The Ann Arbor District Library has a measure on the November 2012 ballot to vote in a millage to build a new downtown library building. I think it would be a great project and I'm wholeheartedly supporting it.

The main pro-library campaign site is OurNewLibrary.com which lays out the costs of the new structure ($65 million to be paid for over 30 years) and the cost to the taxpayer (0.56 mills).

One of the big issues with the current library is just how underequipped it is to host functions and events. I squeezed Library Camp into the building in 2006, and it was a stretch even to get 40 or so people into the usable parts of the building for small group meetings. Downtown meeting space is scarce already - see the Arborwiki "Places to have a meeting" page to see just how hard it is to find a spot to gather a group together in a public space.

Library architecture has changed a lot since the 1950s, when the first part of the downtown AADL building was built. There have been two additions to the original building since then, but nothing to replace the aging mechanical systems. 

Look for more here as the vote date gets closer. The campaign has yard signs -- people can email ournewlibrary@gmail.com to request one.

 UPDATED with yard sign information and a graphic from the yard sign art.

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Because it's hard to download an analog synth with knobs

2012-08-24T00:25:26-04:00

The Ann Arbor District Library has a super-cool new music tools collection, and so I checked out a Korg Monotron Delay from the library today and was making frog and cricket and space-age noises tonight. They check out for a...The Ann Arbor District Library has a super-cool new music tools collection, and so I checked out a Korg Monotron Delay from the library today and was making frog and cricket and space-age noises tonight. They check out for a week. Fun!(image)



Click clack moo: cows that type

2012-07-30T01:17:42-04:00

By Doreen Cronin, as read by Youtube's Ginger12691 "Duck was a neutral party." via vielmetti.typepad.com What if there were a Youtube for books? This might be what it would look like.
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By Doreen Cronin, as read by Youtube's Ginger12691

"Duck was a neutral party."

via vielmetti.typepad.com

What if there were a Youtube for books? This might be what it would look like.

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Telescopes: Ann Arbor District Library's newest circulating item

2012-05-11T10:52:02-04:00

The latest item to circulate at the Ann Arbor District Library is telescopes. AADL, in partnership with the University Lowbrow Astronomers, is pleased to provide a circulating telescope collection! The Orion Starblast 4.5" Astro Reflector Telescope is the perfect family-friendly...

The latest item to circulate at the Ann Arbor District Library is telescopes.

AADL, in partnership with the University Lowbrow Astronomers, is pleased to provide a circulating telescope collection! The Orion Starblast 4.5" Astro Reflector Telescope is the perfect family-friendly scope for entry-level and intermediate astronomy enthusiasts. You can check out telescopes from (and return them to) any branch location. The telescopes circulate for two weeks, with an option for renewal if there are no outstanding requests. Check the AADL catalog for availability.

At the moment, there are "no copies available and 130 requests on 7 copies" - if the library is true to form, that means they will be getting a few more to circulate. The catalog record includes a quick start comic  with instructions, from Anne and Jerzy Drozd.

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