Growing Our Board of Directors

The Ann Arbor Book Society (AABS) is a young 501(c)3 nonprofit determined to grow a sustainable organization that celebrates and supports the Ann Arbor area’s unique book community for decades to come.  A dedicated and engaged board of directors is the key to a healthy and successful organization, and we are seeking individuals to join our board who have passion for our mission and are willing to put time and energy into supporting it. 


The Ann Arbor Book Society fosters an appreciation for and access to books for all. We celebrate and sustain Ann Arbor’s dynamic book culture through advocacy of its diverse book-related institutions and communities; connect local readers, and make Ann Arbor a book lover’s destination. 








 Since our founding in the summer of 2016, we have accomplished the following:

Distributed over 17,000 Booktown Maps to help local and visiting book lovers navigate the unique selection of bookstores and other places to find books in Ann Arbor

Sent monthly e-newsletters with a 75% open rate to our always growing list of email subscribers featuring the latest local book-related news

Launched a website featuring the following:

  • An all-inclusive monthly calendar of local book events
  • Bookstore Directory
  • Local Author Directory
  • Annual Local Book Events Directory
  • Bookstore Timeline
  • Pages dedicated to Ann Arbor book history, book reviews and other local book-related news of interest


In 2023 our goals are to:

  • Add a book forum to our website
  • Expand our board of directors
  • Recruit more sponsors for our Booktown Map so we may print and distribute 10,000 maps this year

Our board generally meets virtually for one hour once a month, with the intention of meeting in person for two or three meetings a year. Board terms are two years, with a three-term limit. Interested in learning more about becoming a board member of the Ann Arbor Book Society? 

Board and select volunteers at our Strategic Plan Retreat, Westgate AADL, January 2023.