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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, forcing businesses to close and many people to stay home, local libraries are seeing a spike in demand for their services.

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Libraries are about so much more than just books, so we bring you “Beyond Books,” here on 89.1 WEMU.

On our next segment, WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Rich Retyi and Jody Harnish of the Ann Arbor District Library about the upcoming "WAYZGOOSE" festival celebrating the art of printing.

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Your local public library has so much more than just books.  That's why we bring you "Beyond Books," a monthly conversation with the Ann Arbor District Library about all the activities and services they offer.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Library Communications and Marketing Manager Rich Retyi and Erin Helmrich about the library's book publishing program, and Rich talks about all the different activities the library has for the local community.

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We’re beginning a new feature here on WEMU called “Beyond Books,” connecting with the local library system to talk about how they’ve become a community space offering a multitude of services and activities.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with Josie Parker, the director of the Ann Arbor District Library, and Rich Retyi, Communications and Marketing Manager for the Ann Arbor library system, about all the different events and activities they offer.

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Ever notice something that looks like a standalone mailbox located in front of a business or community organizations around town?  Ever wondered what's inside?

89.1 WEMU'S Lisa Barry explains they're mini neighborhood book exchanges, hidden in plain sight around Washtenaw County.

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 It took two years and $55 million in renovations for the Taubman Health Sciences Library to re-open on the U of M campus.  The over 143,000 square foot library has gone digital and students can write on erasable walls and tables.