One thing we’ve noticed after two years of our Supporter of the Month program is how often we find ourselves writing about how grateful we are to be in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and now Detroit. Our Supporters of the Month have been businesses, individuals, and fellow nonprofit organizations — and what unites them all are their contributions not only to what we do here at 826michigan, but also to the quality of life in this area generally.
Through that lens, there’s really no topping the Ann Arbor District Library. Sure, we’re proud Ann Arbor-ites inclined to love our library no matter what, but the Ann Arbor District Library is just objectively a great library. With five branches, programs ranging from story hours to video game tournaments to book discussion groups, and a huge selection of books, DVDs, CDs, and musical instruments (like a theremin!) to check out, the library really does have something for everyone.
As individuals, we at 826michigan appreciate having the downtown branch of the library right around the corner from our office. As an organization, we can’t really overstate how much we appreciate the support we’ve received from the Ann Arbor District Library over many years.
The library has partnered with 826michigan in many important ways — we certainly can’t leave out our annual robot-costume-building workshop in anticipation of Festifools — but perhaps the most significant is our current partnership. We’re very pleased to announce that several of our most recent major publications, including 2013’s All I Could Do Was Look Up and perennial favorite Don’t Stay Up So Late, are now digitally archived and available for instant download to AADL cardholders! At 826michigan we’re all about helping our students experience the magic of publishing, and this is the magic of publishing in a whole new way.
We sometimes, in more grandiose moments, fancy ourselves to be warriors for literacy. If that’s the case, then the Ann Arbor District Library is the BEST ally we could imagine — an ally that clearly has our back and (we hope) will for many years to come.