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when books fly.

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thanks to artist david zinn, for his lovely sidewalk chalk ode to the library 

the day has arrived at last

the library has reopened

after what seemed like such a long, long time

our community couldn’t be happier

it has been so greatly missed by so many. 

‘Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul.’

—Library at Thebes, inscription over the door

you say cicada, i say cicado.

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it’s been 17 years and they’re back!

they been sitting around underground

patiently waiting

for a dramatic return

no reason to stress

instead

our library has created a city-wide bingo game in their honor

what could be more fun?

and i’ve already got my free spot filled.

 

Cicada Summer

Brood X has ARRIV- er, EMERGED from the depths to see YOU!!!! 

But have YOU seen THEM? HEARD them?? READ ABOUT THEM??? FOUND THEIR SHELLS???? 

If you have, you may have one or more boxes checked off on our CICADA SUMMER BINGO!!! 

From your friends at the Ann Arbor Public Libraries

“i work even in the middle of the day, in the full sunshine, and i enjoy it like a cicada.”

-vincent van gogh

source and photo credits: ann arbor district library, cicada@aadl.org

off to see the wizard.

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(picture me as the one in the dress without braids, sparkly shoes, or little dog)

when going to the library

to pick up books i had ordered

i walked into the lobby

to grab them off the shelf

 the rest of the library was still closed

it was dead silent

no other people were around

but i swear that i heard someone talking to me

i looked in all directions and didn’t see anyone

i heard someone speak once again

 looked up to see a giant head on a screen

 asking if i was there for a book

my eyes got huge (and i possibly jumped a bit)

so unexpected – talking to a head on a screen

i then knew how dorothy must have felt in the wizard of oz

when she saw the wizard’s head projected on the big curtain

i thanked the giant head, grabbed my books, and walked down the street

thinking about how much i love being surprised by life.

happy 81st anniversary to the wizard of oz

(i now have a new appreciation for it)

“be unprepared, that’s my motto. let life surprise you.”

-marty rubin

image credit: metro goldwyn mayer

book therapy.

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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.

NOW PLEASE, DON’T BRING ANY OF IT BACK!
NONE OF IT!
NO JOKE!

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: https://aadl.org/covidclosure

 

“the only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”

― albert einstein

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

get ahead.

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“libraries literally aren’t just places to obtain books for free.

they’re one of the few public spaces left in our society

where you’re allowed to exist without spending any money.”

-a. killian

 

 

 

 

image credit: ala (american library archives poster, circa 1921)

treasure trove.

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Turkish Garbage Collectors Open Library Full of Discarded Books

Turkish garbage collectors in the country’s capital city of Ankara have opened a public library that is full of books that were originally destined to be put into landfill. The workers began collecting discarded books and opened the new library in the Çankaya district of Ankara. News of the library has spread and now people have begun donating books directly to the library, rather than throwing them away.

As CNN reports, the library was originally created for the use of the employees friends and family but, as it grew in size, the library was officially opened to the public in September of last year. “We started to discuss the idea of creating a library from these books. And when everyone supported it, this project happened,” said Çankaya Mayor Alper Tasdelen, whose local government spearheaded the opening of the library.

The library now has over 6,000 fiction and non-fiction books and includes a children’s section, an area dedicated to scientific research books, and a number of English and French language books for those who are bilingual. The library building itself used to be a brick factory and is located at the sanitation department HQ. The building featured long corridors and an aged brick facade and transformed perfectly into a library.

Books can be withdrawn for two weeks at a time, with an extension available if required. The library’s collection has now become so vast that it loans many of the books to schools, educational programs, and even prisons.“Village schoolteachers from all over Turkey are requesting books,” Tasdelen said. The library has also created new job opportunities as it requires full time staff to run and support it.

The library has proven to be a huge hit with the community. Children of the employees often enjoy reading there and local school children visit to study. Local cyclists who pedal through the nearby valley often take a break there and enjoy the lounge area and chess boards. “Before, I wished that I had a library in my house. Now we have a library here,” Serhat Baytemur, a 32-year-old garbage collector, told state media.

“ours is a culture and a time immensely rich in trash as it is in treasures.”
― ray bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

 

credits: kerrytown bookfest, forreadingaddicts.co.uk,cnn

 

amnesty.

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New Year, New You!

Everyone starts fresh in 2018 with all late fees waived.

POOF!

what a generous surprise gift from our library! 

another reason why our community loves and supports them. 

 

 

“amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it.

it has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides. “

-victor hugo

 

knowledge is power.

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a great day spent in detroit

exploring the main library

built by andrew carnegie

in the last year of the civil war

to bring knowledge to the people

1 of 21 remaining in detroit

not forgetting the children

where stories were told in front of the fire

and careful attention

was paid to every detail

a beautiful oasis created and restored

beating in the heart of the city.

“a city isn’t so unlike a person.

they both have the marks to show

they have many stories to tell.

they see many faces.

they tear things down and make new again.”

― rasmenia massoud