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!

Tiny Expo: Indie Arts & Craft Fair

Saturday December 13, 2014: 11:00 am to 5:30 pm -- Downtown Library Lobby

Ann Arbor's biggest little indie arts & craft fair is back! After a few years of hopping around to different locales, Tiny Expo will land at the Downtown Library.

Just what IS Tiny Expo? It's a fun local, and handmade shopping experience that began with a small group of artists in 2010. As the initial group of creative folks banded together to hold a fun, informal little fair, expo-goers responded, and the show grew just a teeny bit each year. Finding a location that could fit everyone was a perennial challenge, though, and so Tiny Expo jumped around town — from Kerrytown to Felch Street and back again.

Join us for Tiny Expo Saturday, December 13 from 11-5:30, and shop from 38 artists and crafters selling their wares in a festive library space where you can shop local and handmade! It's a great way to support your community and find unique gifts. Check out the vendor list!

Fresh brewed, local coffee will also be on sale by Roos Roast!

Science Fun with FEMMES

Saturday January 24, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 4 - 8

The University of Michigan student group F.E.M.M.E.S (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science) will bring a variety of hands-on, engaging events for young students interested in learning more about S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. During this event, common household items will be used to demonstrate experiments. One or more of the following hands-on activities will be available:

• Squishy Circuits (using Play-Doh and LED lights to demonstrate electrical circuits)
• States of Matter demo (make Oobleck out of corn starch and water and make Silly Putty out of borax and glue)
• DNA (made of marshmallows and toothpicks) as well as a ribosome-RNA-protein relay
• Magnetism demonstration
• Acid/Base demonstration

The U-M F.E.M.M.E.S. group is dedicated to closing gender and racial divides in computer science and science, technology, engineering and math (CS/STEM) fields. Working specifically in diverse, underserved communities, FEMMES creates collaborative teaching and learning environments to promote leadership development, technical skills and self-confidence in women of all ages.

Construct a Catapult

Saturday March 28, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Explore different ways of building catapults and see how far you can launch mini pom-poms!

Dia De La Familia Latina

Latino FamLatino Fam

Join us Sunday October 5th at the downtown library of AADL, as we unite with The U of M Comprehensive Cancer Center to bring Dia de la Familia Latina. This event is aimed at raising awareness of cancer & other health issues among Latinos. We will be featuring the countries of Mexico and Chile. This informational activity - which takes place during National Hispanic Heritage Month - will include health information and resources from local community agencies & organizations. There will also be fun crafts, face painters & activities for children as well as refreshments & entertainment for all! Join us Sunday from 2:30-5:00 pm!

DIY Paper Circuits

Saturday March 14, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades 4-8.

Make a safe and simple paper circuit to light up a greeting card of your creation!

Mardi Gras Masks

Tuesday February 17, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for grades K-5

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Decorate masks with sequins, feathers,and other fun stuff and celebrate Mardi Gras!

Nature Walk @ Barton Nature Area

Thursday May 7, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Barton Nature Area

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade K and up).

Join staff members of AADL and the City of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation for an informative nature walk in the beautiful 102-acre Barton Nature Area.

Learn about native plants and animals, and about the diverse natural features of the area.

Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather. Meet in the parking lot off Huron Drive, just north of the Bird Road intersection.

Marvelous Monet

Tuesday May 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Learn about Impressionism, the style of Claude Monet’s art, and see prints of his famous work.

Then, create a painting in the style of Monet!

Film Screening: The Michigan Beer Film

Sunday October 5, 2014: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm -- Bill's Beer Garden - 218 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Join us at Bill's Beer Garden in downtown Ann Arbor for an evening screening of The Michigan Beer Film. The film explores Michigan's thriving craft beer industry through entertaining interviews and visits to breweries and venues.

The Michigan Beer Film visits brewers like Scott Sullivan, Ryan Sylvester, Eric Kuhnhenn, Joe Short; Hop growers like Brian Tennis, Joel Mulder, Jeff and Bonnie Steinman; Entrepreneurs like Ben Fleckenstein, Michael Kiser and Stephen Roginson. The Dark Horse Brewery stars of The History Channel’s new reality series Dark Horse Nation are also featured.

Bill's Beer Garden is an open-air venue, so grab a sweater if it's chilly, then come on down, watch the movie, and enjoy a good beer! This event is free to the public.

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