A to Z Database

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Try the new A to Z Databases for phone numbers and addresses for individuals and businesses. You can also search for jobs, search for healthcare professionals, do background checks on individuals, and create email lists for such things as family reunions. It also gives you the ability to download 1,000 records per search. Additional features of this database can be found here. To access it from home, you must first login in to our site using your online account or create one by going to Log In located at the top right of our website. You need a library card to create an online account. It is accessible to anyone if you are in our library. So start searching! With the many benefits to having this database, the library will no longer subscribe to the similar database, ReferenceUSA, as of June 30.

Recipes For the Holidays

CookbookCookbook'Tis the time of year for digging out old recipes and hunting for new ones! It is also the perfect season for checking out AADL's database Ann Arbor Cooks. This collection of over 5000 hierloom and modern recipes from local sources spans everything from cookies and breads, to sauces and main dishes. Everything you might need for cooking inspiration this holiday season.

Get Out and Vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

We're only one day away from the General Election for Local Offices. You can view your sample ballot, check your polling location and much more at Michigan Votes.

Here's a few tips for making voting easy:
-Don’t forget to bring your photo ID to vote. Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID will be required to sign an affidavit in order to vote.
-Polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are standing in line by 8 p.m. then you are eligible to vote.
-Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed on Election Day. Polling places located within schools are open.

Washtenaw County election results are televised on Community Television Network’s CitiTV Channel 19 beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015—after the polls close—and will continue throughout the night.

Register to Vote Day @ AADL ~ Tuesday, Sept. 22

Tuesday, September 22nd is National Register to Vote Day and volunteers from the League of Women Voters will assist you in getting registered at the Downtown Library from 10 am- 8 pm.

The next general election is Tuesday, Nov. 2nd and the City Clerk and County Clerk have all the info on the election online. Wondering if you're already registered? Check online at Michigan Votes.

Magazines On Flipster

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Enjoy reading magazines like Time, Fine Cooking, Forbes, People, Rolling Stone? Well now these and many other popular titles for kids and adults can be read online with our new database called Flipster. For the kids, there's Ladybug, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks, and more! New issues as well as some back issues are available now to read on your computer and other electronic devices. So sit back, relax, and read a magazine !

Basic ESL Courses: Learn English Online

Introducing Basic ESL®! Enter by way of "Instant Access" provided by AADL!

Basic ESL® is an online system built to help students learn English as a second language. This learning system is built with the basic building blocks of the English language including the basic vocabulary of around 2,800 words as well as the basic sentence structures that people use in their daily lives. It consists of 4 courses. Each course is a level in the language learning system. Each level consists of 5 chapters that contain 3 lessons each. The courses are geared to elementary, intermediate, high school and adult education students. You can find this resource in the language section of AADL's research databases.

Looking for more practice? The Easy English News is available at all of our branches. It contains current events written at a fourth grade reading level. It's written in a way to build your vocabulary and help you read for meaning. There's also News for You, which you can find at AADL's downtown location or put a hold on a copy and have it sent to the location most convenient for you. Both publications have vocabulary words, puzzles and interactive websites.

Additional ET Rover Pipeline Maps Available for Washtenaw County

Additional maps are now available of the proposed pipeline through Washtenaw County.

View them online here:
August 2014 Maps
March 2015 Maps
Alternate Route 1 (February 2015)
Alternate Route 2 (February 2015)

These are also available at the Downtown Library 2nd floor Reference Desk.

ET Rover Pipeline Company LLC (a division of Energy Transfer) announced a 42” diameter high pressure natural gas pipeline project that is proposed to run through Washtenaw County. The approximately 810-mile natural gas pipeline will connect the rapidly expanding Marcellus and Utica Shale production areas to markets serving the Midwest, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions of the United States, or for export to Canada.

50th Anniversary of Tornadoes That Swept Through Milan

On Palm Sunday, April 11, 1965, tornadoes and severe weather tore through the Milan area. Considering that more than 270 lives were lost in the Midwest and 42 in Michigan, it was phenomenal that Milan reported only two injuries and no fatalities. Residents described strange clouds and whistling sounds while the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department reported a collapsed bridge and damage to several businesses. The most typical scenes were crushed cars, damaged homes and destroyed buildings. The News got a first-hand account of the damage to Coldwater from a former reporter. Cleanup began immediately but it was years before Milan fully recovered.

HeritageQuest Database Upgrade

Attention family history buffs and genealogy sleuths! The HeritageQuest database got a makeover on March 4th!

Now powered by Ancestry, HeritageQuest's new look and feel is more streamlined, functions similarly to Ancestry, and has powerful new search options that allow for greater specificity and control. In addition to the cosmetic and functional upgrades, they've also added a wealth of new content. For example, the 1790-1940 federal census now includes complete every-name indexes, 20,000 titles have been added to the family and local history books collection (almost doubling its content), and the revolutionary war collection has also been expanded.

With so many new, user-friendly features, you don't want to miss out on exploring it for yourself. Best of all, you can still access HeritageQuest remotely with your valid online library account login.

For more details about new content/changes, and for great tips, take a peek at HeritageQuest's helpful LibGuide. Happy sleuthing!

Access Common Legal Forms Online

We often get questions at the library about finding legal forms for a variety of purposes. If you find yourself needing forms, the library offers access to the Legal Forms Library - a database of common legal forms. You can search for specific forms or browse by popular categories. Popular categories include:

Divorce
Bankruptcy
Power of Attorney
Wills and Estates
Landlord Tenant
Name Change
Real Estate
Sample Letters
Incorporation

You can access the database from here (then choose Legal Forms Library from the list). Forms are available for download and printing in Microsoft Word, Rich text, and PDF formats (depending on the individual form). The database is updated regularly and also includes a legal dictionary and a Q & A section. A great resource with a wealth of information!

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