Get Homework Help with a Live Tutor

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The Library is pleased to offer Brainfuse, a new online tutoring service that matches students with a live tutor for personalized homework help. Just log on to chat one-on-one with a tutor in real time for individual help answering homework questions, building skills in specific subject areas, or writing a better research paper. Tutors (including Spanish-speakers) are available from 2-11 p.m. 7 days a week and help is available for all students, from elementary school through high school and beyond. No appointment is necessary.

Kid Bits - Back To SCHOOL

Here are some "Back to School" books for young children: Ready, Set, Preschool!, It's Time For School With Tallilah, I Love School!, Bunny School: A Learning Fun-For-All, Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten, The Bus Stop, D.W.'s Guide To Preschool. If you'd like to know what professionals suggest for parents, you may explore the Discovery Education web site or, PBS Parents web site.

Check out our new Research page

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We've made a few changes to the AADL Research page for better access to our many magazine and research tools. You can browse a new subject listing at the top, quickly scroll through a more detailed ABC listing, or jump right to our most popular magazine database. We'll be featuring a selection of databases in the right-hand column, and from the left-hand menu you can now click on A2 Facts for links to interesting facts and statistics about Tree Town.

Choice Web Sites

Some of the best browsing you can find begins at aadl.org in the Research section. AADL Select Sites offers high quality Web sites on many topics, chosen by an AADL librarian. Click on the first topic that interests you. A great surprise for me was in History: Primary Sources, Making of America. It was a very readable digital copy of a June 1842 article, "Blindness and the Blind," in Southern Literary Messenger. I will be going back to this site a lot because there's something for everyone!

Parent Bits - New Baby Coming

When the BIG news is... a new child is coming, The Scholastic website offers parents very useful information, and it is very easy to use.
The Library offers books to read with young children in anticipation.
Try Waiting For Gregory;
We Belong Together: A Book About Adoption and Families;
Dear Baby: Letters From Your Big Brother;
Benny And Beautiful Baby Delilah; and
What To Expect When Mommy’s Having a Baby.

True Crimes of Ann Arbor

As crime dramas broadcast their final episodes of the season and channel surfing after 9pm proves fruitless, look no further than the Ann Arbor Police Department Online History Exhibit for murder mysteries that carry the added thrill of being true.

You can find this exhibit in our database collection, which can be accessed via the Research tab on this website. More than just a list of Ann Arbor marshals from the 1800s, the site also contains a history of some of the most notorious criminal cases in Ann Arbor history, including the 'Student Riot of 1908', 'The Murder of Officer Clifford Stang', 'The Co-ed Murders', and many others. Much of the history is written by Sergeant Michael Logghe, who published a book on the subject in 2002. The Library owns his book and the videorecording of his lecture at the Library in 2006 on DVD.

The Downtown library is also home to the Ann Arbor News on microfilm, where one can research the original news reports of these cases, and perhaps even be the first to write a screenplay based on these local events. Find these and other items on true crime here at the AADL.

Summer K-3 Math Bits - Online Practice

Bored? Need something to do?
If you are in Kindergarten-to-3rd Grades, you can KEEP your math skills "Under Construction" and visit IXL Math online. "Created by ed-tech outfit Quia, IXL involves a membership plan, but site visitors can answer 20 questions a day, free of charge". Math activities inspired by books can help too. Try Adding Puppies And Kittens; Measuring Puppies And Kittens; and Telling Time With Puppies And Kittens.

Quick Health Info

I have a confession to make. Nature is not my thing. I admire it at a distance and usually through a window. Yet, I felt pretty good about myself over the weekend when I took my dog for a walk in the woods at a nearby park. The joy faded when I discovered an insect on my skin a few hours later. It was a tick. Panic nearly overcame me as medical books as old as I am were sought and talk of lit matches was bandied about the room. Then, I thought of the Health and Wellness Resource Center on the research page on the library’s website. Typing tick in the search box brought up a wealth of recent information which included how to take care of the bite and when to contact a doctor. It also included prevention information. Apparently, it helps to tuck your shirt into your pants. Whoops. Searching for sunburns and cuts also brought up useful information. Remember, accessing the library’s databases from home requires a username and password.

Ace your AP Exams!

The LearningExpress Library database offers practice tests in AP Biology, English Literature, Calculus and more. Head to any of our branches to use our public computers - or, if you've got a library card, access the tests from home!

New Electronic Database: the Oxford English Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary is now available online at all library locations and to Ann Arbor District Library cardholders from home or office. The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary providing the meaning, etymology, pronunciation, and usage for over half a million words from across the English-speaking world.

The advanced search offers some useful features. You can use wildcards in your search. The question mark, “?”, can be used to replace any one single character. The asterisk, “*”, can be used to represent any number of characters (or no character at all). In the advanced search you can combine two or more words in your search. You can use “and”, “or”, “and not”, and “near” to combine words. With “near” you can choose whether your search words need to appear within 1, 2, 5, or 10 words of each other.

If you want to find a word for a lover of words, then you can enter “love*”, select “near” and enter “words”, then choose within 2 words from the pull-down menu on the right.

The eight search results include logophile, defined as a lover of words.

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