AADL & TheRide Offer Free Ride Saturdays With Your Library Card

AADL and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority (TheRide) are partnering this summer to provide Free Ride Saturdays during the AADL Summer Game!

Every Saturday from June 17 - August 26, library cardholders can ride any of TheRide local fixed-route buses for free. All you need to do is show the driver your library card when boarding the bus!

While riding, look for the AADL Summer Game code sign inside the bus and win 1,000 points to trade in for awesome Summer Game Shop prizes. Each bus has the same code inside the bus, so it's easy to find! When you see it, text the code to 4AADL (42235) or visit play.aadl.org to enter the code and get 1,000 points.

TheRide and AADL have created fun ways to get even more Summer Game prizes:
• Find the code featured on the outside of several buses for 500 points.
• Find the code hidden on TheRide.org on the MyAlerts Service page (which you can get to by clicking on "All Alerts" directly from the homepage) for 500 points.

Find all the codes to earn the Ride Master Badge and a 500 point bonus!

The AADL Summer Game is a great way to enjoy your summer and to ride TheRide for free! For more information on TheRide's routes and schedules, pick up a Ride Guide or visit TheRide.org.

View Points

Now through July 27, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Paintings in various media from the UM Faculty Women’s Club Painting Section

This fifth annual exhibition at the Mallets Creek Library features paintings from the Painting Section members of the University of Michigan’s Faculty Women’s Club, covering a large variety of styles and media. Each artist represents her own unique “View Point” on what she sees in the world.

The group started in 1929, creating award winning pieces. The artists learn from each other at weekly paint gatherings in their homes. Shows of their works have been displayed for the past 45 years at venues in the greater Ann Arbor area, including art fairs, UM art galleries, banks, churches, and libraries.

The members of this group strive to enrich the cultural life of the Ann Arbor area by raising awareness of, and by encouraging active participation in, the visual arts.

Nickels Arcade Celebrates 100 Years

Now through July 13, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

Photographs, maps, and ephemera from Nickels Arcade and AADL

Nickels Arcade was constructed in downtown Ann Arbor in 1917. AADL is pleased to host a special exhibit in celebration of its centennial year. The AADL exhibit will feature a collection of architectural photography, historic photographs, maps, and objects from this beloved Ann Arbor landmark.

This exhibit runs in conjunction with a companion exhibit at the Nickels Arcade as well as within the businesses that call the Arcade home.

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 3, 2017: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby

This event is intended for all ages.

The Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire presents demonstrations and hands-on activities by makers of all types including roboticists, crafters, artists working with technology, and students.

Try your hand at demonstrations, interact with makers from all over the Ann Arbor area, and check out exhibits of all kinds, from soldering to sewing.

2017 AIA Honors Award Exhibit

Now through June 14, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

The 2017 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-five projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted to an independent jury for consideration. Five of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional, and technical requirements, and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

Ann Arbor Public Schools 2017 Student Art Exhibit

Now through May 28, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit and Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases and Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room Exhibit

Each year Ann Arbor Public Schools showcases the work and developing artistic talents of their students.

Two-dimensional and three-dimensional art of various media will be on display. Come enjoy the wonderfully creative projects of the students of the kindergarten through fifth grade art classes.

The artwork is located all over the building - including in the youth department!

African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County Living Oral History

Now through April 27, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Find out more about our community’s history as the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County unveils their “Living History” exhibit.

This panel exhibition is part of a collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library and the Living Oral History Project, a collection of interviews illustrating what local African-Americans witnessed, experienced, and contributed to building the community we share today.

The project covered such topics as race; gender; education; equality, faith, housing, employment, community building activities, and social infrastructure. Each topic provided a spectrum of perspectives relevant to the issues and concerns of the African-American community in the history of 20th century Washtenaw County.

The panel exhibit, made possible with funding from The Michigan Humanities Council, features a selection of AACHM participants from the AACHM Living Oral History interviews along with additional interviews that will include residents from Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.

A public reception for the exhibit opening will take place from 3–5 pm on Sunday, March 26. The reception will also be an opportunity for a participatory experience for visitors through examination of the exhibit and sharing stories. The event includes refreshments and is cosponsored by the African American Cultural & Historical Museum of Washtenaw County.

Real and Surreal: Art Teachers As Artists

Now through March 16, 2017 -- Malletts Creek Branch: Exhibits

Ann Arbor Art Teachers, current and retired, present their annual group show. The work takes many directions, from large luminous surreal spaces to plein air views--locally and beyond--to intimate and delicate still lifes.

We invite you engage with and enjoy the approximately twenty-five 2-D works in paint and pencil, photos and mixed media in this eclectic exhibit.

Rotary Club of Ann Arbor: Celebrating 100 Years

Now through February 27, 2017 -- Downtown Library: Lower Level Display Cases

The Rotary Club of Ann Arbor invites you to celebrate their 100th anniversary through this Downtown Library exhibit.

Founded in 1916, the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor (RCAA) has played a significant role in the life and activities of Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, and the world. Often identified as a town and gown club, the original group of 15 Charter members was comprised of citizens from the town and the University of Michigan. Currently, RCAA has 320 members, the largest Rotary Club in the state of Michigan. This current exhibit showcases its activities over the years, its growth of programs and membership, and highlights the universal access playground to be built in Gallup Park in 2017—a gift to the city of Ann Arbor in honor of RCAA’s 100-year celebration.

2017 AIA Honors Award Exhibit

Now through February 27, 2017 -- Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Exhibit

The 2017 AIA Honor Awards exhibit consists of twenty-five projects displayed on photo panels, designed by registered Architects practicing in the Huron Valley Chapter area (Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw Counties) that were submitted to an independent jury for consideration. Five of the projects were selected by the jury to receive a merit-based Honor Award for the demonstration of skill and sensitivity in the resolution of aesthetic, functional, and technical requirements, and/or the advancement of the contemporary understanding of architecture.

The goal of the Honor Awards Program is to enhance public awareness of architecture through the advocacy of quality design and to recognize excellence and leadership of architects in the Huron Valley area.

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