Outreach

The WLBPD@AADL strives to educate the community about the National Library Service’s Talking Books services and identify eligible patrons. Our Outreach & Neighborhood Services staff are available to: give presentations and demonstrations; attend meetings and support groups; host booths at expos and information fairs; and visit local libraries, schools, and institutions. If you, or your organization, are interested in having a staff member schedule a visit, or if your group would like to visit the WLBPD@AADL for an informational session and a tour, please call (734) 327-8327, or email bookit@aadl.org.


Demonstration Sites

Washtenaw County libraries can help raise public awareness of the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled by acting as a demonstration site. By providing demonstrations of WLBPD equipment and materials, demonstration sites make the WLBPD’s services known to Washtenaw County residents who otherwise might not have been aware of them. While demonstration sites do not circulate materials, they do have machines and materials on-site to show what is available through the WLBPD.

The following libraries in Washtenaw County serve as WLBPD demonstration sites: Chelsea District Library, Dexter Public Library, Manchester District Library, Milan Public Library, Northfield Township Area Library, Salem-South Lyon District Library, Saline District Library, and Ypsilanti District Library.


Institutional Accounts

Institutions and agencies whose clientele may include those who are blind, low vision, or physically disabled are eligible for a WLBPD institutional account. An institutional account allows an agency to check out materials and keep equipment for demonstrations and group activities, or to loan to clients who do not want or may not be able to manage their own WLBPD account.


WLBPD@AADL Promotional Materials

If your group or organization is interested in receiving any of our promotional materials, please call (734) 327-4224 or email wlbpd@aadl.org.

WLBPD@AADL Poster (horizontal)
WLBPD@AADL Poster (vertical)
These customizable posters contain information about our services, a full-color image, and information on how to contact WLBPD@AADL. They can be produced either vertically or horizontally in a number of different sizes. Available to anybody wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.

WLBPD@AADL Large Print Book Label
These 4” x 6” black and white large print stickers come in rolls of 250 and are intended to be placed on the inside cover of large print books to help promote WLBPD@AADL services. Available to all libraries and institutions wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.

WLBPD@AADL Bookmark
These 4” x 9” blue and white large print bookmarks contain WLBPD@AADL contact information. Available to anybody wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.

WLBPD Magnet
These 5 ¾” x 4 ¼” blue and white large print magnets contain WLBPD@AADL contact information. Available to anybody wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.

WLBPD@AADL Services Flyer
These 8 ½” x 11” black and white double-sided large print flyers provide an overview of WLBPD@AADL services. Available to anybody wanting to promote WLBPD@AADL services.


Outreach Best Practices

WLBPD@AADL's outreach efforts recognized as "Best Practices" from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Best Practices from the Network: Spreading the Word about NLS, August 1, 2012
Best Practices from the Network: Spreading the Word about NLS, December 27, 2012


Services

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Events

Click here for information on all upcoming Events at the AADL!

 

Malletts Creek Branch 10th Anniversary

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March, 2014

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A lot has happened at the library in the last ten years!

In honor of the 10th anniversary of Malletts Creek Branch, AADL has assembled a short film of highlights. From new branch openings to website advances to collection additions to awards received to memorable programs and appearances, 10 Years Since Malletts Creek will give you a taste of what's gone before and the kinds of things to expect in the future.

And don't forget the all-day celebration at Malletts Creek on Saturday, March 22!

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Ann Arbor District Library
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ACT Plus Writing Tips With Kaplan Experts

Tuesday January 14, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for teens (grades 9-12).

A Kaplan expert will guide you through the process of preparing to write an essay for the March ACT Plus Writing.

Steampunk Gearrings

Saturday April 26, 2014: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room AB

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

Use mechanical parts to make a pair of completely unique, steampunk-style earrings.

Use Yoga to Detoxify the Body, Mind and Emotions

Monday March 31, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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

Bring a mat or towel and dress comfortably for a workout with yoga instructor Victoria Duranona.

This session will help detoxify the body, mind and emotions, cleansing the blood through breathing and movement. Get some yogic tips!

Take a Hike @ Argo Nature Area

Thursday June 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Argo Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages

On World Environment Day, take a hike in this 22-acre linear park on the east side of the Huron River. An unpaved trail runs the length of the park along the river. The trail travels through two types of woods: basswood and willow in the southern half and black oak and shagbark hickory (and spring wildflowers!) in the northern half. The entire trail offers beautiful views of the river. A staff naturalist from Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) will discuss native plants and trees, ecological restoration, and more.

Meet in the parking lot north of the Argo Canoe Livery, off Longshore Drive.

The Fundamentals of Plot

Saturday January 18, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Adults and teens (grade 6 and up)

Many beginning writers are confused about plot and how to put all of their thoughts into a coherent novel. Many writing classes ignore plot altogether. But it is actually the plot—what happens next?—that keeps the pages turning.

Local science fiction writer Margaret Yang discusses how to structure a novel or shorter work; how to see the “big picture” story arc; how to start and end a story in the right place; and how to avoid common writing traps like infodumps and other dull spots.

Participants will make a five-sentence outline that will provide a blueprint for a story. Once writers understand the fundamentals of story structure, they will never again be stuck or wonder “what happens next?”

Controlled Burns In Ann Arbor's Natural Areas

Tuesday February 25, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

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

Natural Area Preservation (City of Ann Arbor) staff will explain what controlled burns are and why they are used in natural areas. This event is for anyone interested in helping with burns or those who are interested in learning more about them.

Prescribed or controlled burning is sometimes used in forest management, farming, or prairie restoration. Controlled burning stimulates the germination of some desirable forest trees, thus renewing the forest.

An Evening of Winter Jazz with the Rob Crozier Trio

Monday December 2, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Get in the winter mood with this delightful evening of jazz, as the Rob Crozier Trio plays a combination of winter-themed music and jazz standards.

The trio features some of the area’s best talent. Bassist, leader Rob Crozier has been working as a musician in the area for 15 years and holds a BFA in Jazz Studies from U-M. He is joined by the formidable drummer Pete Siers, and keyboardist Keaton Royer. The concert also features a special guest appearance by flutist/vocalist Kelly McDermott with rare seasonal songs from around the globe!

Take a Hike@ Barton Nature Area

Thursday May 8, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Barton Nature Area

This event is intended for all ages

The City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation staff will lead a Spring nature walk in Barton Nature Area, a 102 acre park with wonderfully diverse natural features.

The park is in two sections: the larger is known locally as the oxbow, and connects to Argo Nature Area; the smaller is known as Foster, and is accessible only by boat from Barton Pond. The main trail in the oxbow is wood-chipped, and connects the two bridges that lead to the parking area. Most of this area is open field, but some areas are shrubby, and lower wet areas support sedges and marsh plants. Foster has a small trail through a relatively open woodland on its eastern side.

We'll meet in the parking lot off of Huron Drive just north of the intersection with Bird Road.

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