Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ann Arbor District Library, a great community resource

The Ann Arbor's District Library System is a fantastic community resource, and the five branches, including the main downtown library are conveniently located so one is sure to be near you. The library offers books and other media free of charge to patrons in the the district area. In fact, over 9.2 million items circulate throughout the library each year! In addition they offer a full calendar of events and programming, targeted for all audiences from preschool storytime, to high school homework help, to parenting classes.

The library was recently named one of the best libraries in the country by Library Journal, one of only 85 in the entire U.S., a testament to their commitment to serving our community.

Check out your local branch:
Main Library - Downtown Branch: 343 S. Fifth Ave
Located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, the main branch is a full service library that can accessed from several bus routes. Check it out next time you are exploring downtown Ann Arbor!

Pittsfield Branch - 2359 Oak Valley Drive
Visit the Pittsfield Branch if you live in the southwest side of Ann Arbor or in Pittsfield Township. The building was designed to preserve the surrounding wetlands, and is a great example of environmental stewardship at work!

Malletts Creek - 3090 East Eisenhower Parkway, located off Packard
Live on the southeast side of town? Then you need to head to the Malletts Creek Branch of the library ... and make sure you check out the green living that's been built into the property - it's a sustainable design features solar heating, natural day lighting, a vegetated green roof, convection cooling, in addition to other environmentally friendly features. This branch also features a dynamic community center with spaces available for many purposes.

West Branch Library - 2503 Jackson Ave., in the Westgate Shopping Center
Shopping on the west side? Drop in to the West Branch, conveinently located inside the Westgate Shopping Center. The branch is a full service library with over 30,000 books, 100 magazines, and 3,200 CDs.

Traverwood Branch - 333 Traverwood Drive, located off of Nixon Road
Make sure you visit the Traverwood Branch next time you are in the northeast quadrant of Ann Arbor. Continuing their commitment to environmental stewardship, this library sits on 4.34 acres and operates in harmony with the ecosystem and community it serves. This branch features a community center with spaces available for many settings.

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