New Microsoft Word Classes in October!

Microsoft Word Draw: Explore the drawing toolbar
Thursday October 8, 2009: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Training Center

Microsoft Word Insert: Learn about inserting tables, footnotes, hyperlinks and more into word documents
Tuesday October 20, 2009: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Training Center

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

New Computer Class: Overdrive Basics, Download Digital Content

Register for Overdrive Basics to learn how to use Overdrive to download digital content such as ebooks, eaudio, and evideo.

Monday, October 5, 7 - 9 pm Downtown
Monday, October 12, 7 - 9 pm Downtown

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555

Drop-In Tutoring for English Language Learners, Ages 8-18


826Michigan has a new workshop happening at their lab on Liberty Street this fall, made just for English language learners! The workshop, Drop-in for English Language Learners, is geared towards beginning to intermediate English language learners aged 8-18. Every Saturday from 12-1pm from September 19 through November 21, a crew of knowledgeable volunteers will be ready with activities to help with grammar, pronunciation, and conversation skills. The workshop is drop-in and requires no registration. Visit 826’s website for more information regarding this workshop.

Job Hunters: Resume Workshop

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If creating a resume and learning how to e-mail it to a prospective employer is on your To-Do list, join us Tuesday, September 15th and Wednesday, September 16th for a resume workshop with the experts from MichiganWorks! and the Ann Arbor District Library.

At the first session you'll learn how to create an online resume at MichiganWorks! and all about the employment services they offer. In the second session you'll learn how to create a resume and a free e-mail account with universal access.

Please note: You must be registered for the first session to attend the second session. Register Online or by calling 327-4555.

Upcoming Concerts at The Ark


The Ark always has a variety of interesting shows happening throughout the year, so be sure to check out the fall schedule. Upcoming acts include The Proclaimers, who will play The Ark tonight, Monday, September 14, 2009 at 8pm. You won’t have to walk 500 miles to get here, unless they move the show to St. Louis. Grab a copy of Life With You and The Best Of CD at AADL.

Next weekend, Michelle Shocked will be rocking at The Ark as well, on Sunday, September 20th, at 7:30pm. Her website bio boasts, “I’m the most sophisticated hillbilly you’ll ever meet.” Born in Texas, she’s had quite the life. She’s lived everything from mormonism, political activism, homelessness, and institutionalization before landing into the world of music recording and performing. With a 23 year career she has a number of albums under her belt. Hear her newest album, Soul of My Soul, live at The Ark.

Windows to the soul...and body


This coming Wednesday, September 16, at 7 p.m. at the Downtown Library, holistic health practitioner, Cindy Klement, will be speaking about iridology, a technique that proponents claim can determine your current and future health through the examination of the iris of the eye. Ms. Klement has lectured widely both on iridology and other holistic health related topics. She is also a nutritional consultant and herbalist. Come hear this popular speaker whose presentation will be lively and informative.

Kid Bits - Tricky Troubles

There was a "T" in Ms. Rachel's letter box this week for Tricky and Trouble and Tigers. You can find the stories from Storytime and remember where the tricks and troubles and tigers come in:

Sam And The Tigers: a new telling of little black Sambo by Julius Lester and pictures by Jerry Pinkney.
Anansi And The Moss-Covered Rock by Janet Stevens.
You may be interested in the original text of Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman, with new illustrations by Christopher Bing.

The most memorable part is not the trick or the trouble ... the best part is the tigers turning into delicious tiger butter and being spread on pancakes for dinner. Yumm!

Fifth Avenue Fun!

Shouldn’t bear be home by now? Could he be out in the storm? We are bearly hanging in there at the Tuesday 10 am and Wednesday 11 am storytimes at the Downtown Library next week as big bumbling bears get into all kinds of trouble.

Where the Wild Things Are: Not Just a Book

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The film adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s beloved Where the Wild Things Are will be released in theaters on October 16th. You can catch a sneak preview of the film on October 6th at the Michigan Theater, and tickets go on sale this Thursday, September 10th here and at the LSRS&R Shop on 115 E. Liberty. All proceeds will benefit 826Michigan, who is putting together the screening, which will also feature a post-film Q&A session with Dave Eggers. The week leading up to the screening will also include various Wild Things events around town.

The film is co-written by 826 founder & author Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze, who is also the director. Spike Jonze and Dave Eggers and monsters? Amazing! (Apparently Jonze was approached by Sendak to do the adaptation. Here is an interesting NYT article on Jonze.) The story stars young Max, who is rather mischievous, and after getting into trouble he sets off on an adventure to the land of Wild Things, where one is free to do as he pleases. The film features a blend of live puppetry, actors, and computer animation to bring Max and the monsters to life. Be sure to reread the book before you go!

The HomeGrown Festival is this Saturday!


Ann Arbor’s Homegrown Festival is headed to the Kerrytown market on Saturday, September 12, from 5-10pm. The festival’s website boasts, “The HomeGrown Festival celebrates local food and community and seeks to focus broad mainstream attention on the community-wide benefits (and pleasure!) of eating from our own foodshed.”

In addition to the wonderful food vendors who will be there, there will also be a number of other activities to partake in, including tomato tasting, a beer garden, chef demos, kids’ activities, non-profit booths, and live music. Sounds like good times! Admission is free, food is available for purchase.

Ann Arbor has such a wonderful community with great support in local food efforts. (Think Slow Food Huron Valley.) Celebrate wonderful food and wonderful Michigan farms at this event!

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