book therapy.



a wonderful note during these challenging times, from our local library:

ann arbor district library

Today, you checked out 30,622 items from the AADL.
Last Friday, that number was 5,067.


Seriously, please keep everything until we ask for it back.

We promise, we’ll let you know when.

More information on our system-wide closure:


โ€œthe only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.โ€

โ€• albert einstein

credits: robert mccloskly, illustrator (blueberries for sal, make way for ducklings),

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  1. I couldn’t agree more. Spoke with my mum yesterday. She is blind and I worried about how she cd spend her days. Her seniors’ residence has a 100% shutdown, not even family visits are allowed any longer. They have no chance of even going for a walk. I asked if I sd read to her on the phone ๐Ÿ“– and she consoled ME by saying: You know, I’m just going to listen to all my CDs again, to my audio books and I am by far not in the worst position… ๐ŸŽง๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ฟ

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  2. I am interested in how your library is handling our crisis, Beth. Is this a clever way of saying they are closing until further notice? My library is still figuring out the challenges with doors open. There is still yet no one right way …

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    • mark – sorry, i didn’t make that clear, yes, you are right. here’s what they’re doing –

      All AADL Locations Closed as of 6 PM Friday
      Fri, 03/13/2020 – 8:30am by josie

      The AADL will close today, Friday March 13, 2020, at 6:00 PM for an indefinite period. This closure is our effort to join in reducing the spread of Covid-19 in our community.

      Details about your library account and services follow in this message. We are all sorry about closing the Library, but it is more important for us all to be safe and healthy during this difficult time.


      Don’t worry about your items on your hold shelf. Anything that’s on the hold shelves when we close will still be there when we reopen.


      Don’t worry about your items you have out. We are in the process of changing all due dates to April 30 for nowโ€”including MeLCat!. Please don’t return any items you have to the drop box until we reopen.


      You’ll still be able to place requests during the closure, but no items will be pulled to fill requests during the closure.


      We’ll continue to be available to you via text at 734-327-4200 and email at or using our contact us form throughout the closure. We do plan to provide some phone service but we don’t yet know the hours that the service will be available, so stay tuned for that.


      AADL is committed to keeping you entertained and informed throughout this difficult time. For now, you can get started just by searching our catalog for things you can download; just choose “Downloads” from the search drop down to find things you can watch, listen to, or read right away. We have lots more ideas of things to keep you busy, so stay tuned to and aadl on twitter, instagram, and facebook to see what we’re up to.


      Thank you for worrying about us, but don’t worry about us! All AADL staff are being paid throughout this closure, and many of us will be working for you every day.

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  3. Library is closed. How strange to even say that. I didn’t even think about the return books. I guess we have to think in new ways now, which isn’t always easy, since we often live by habit. I find it strange that schools and libraries are closed for a couple of weeks and not until “further notice.” I hope they’re right and that in those couple of weeks, things can start going back to normal.

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  4. Thatโ€™s awesome! Iโ€™ve heard of people having to sanitize returned books, at schools. Good gracious. Perhaps time for the digital, though I hate to say that.

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  5. mine just closed but luckily before it did I checked out some children’s books to do some videos to read some stories to kids and I also recently made a YouTube video on how we can still get books while under quarantine here is the link to how to get books if anyone is intrested ๐Ÿ™‚ I also wrote a blog post on what i’ve been reading during this time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m happy your library is doing good though.

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