Prevent Grandparents Scam

All grandparents should know about a recent telephone scam that tries to persuade them to send thousands of dollars to their distressed grandchildren. Michigan’s Attorney General Mike Cox provides information on how to avoid this deception. Everyone wants to help family in trouble, but it's important to know who you're sending money to. Sid Kirchheimer’s book and his AARP Bulletin column Scam Alert will inform you how to handle many rip-offs out there.

More Energy Meters Available!

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Are you curious about how much energy your appliances are using? You can borrow one of our 19 Energy Meters to find out. The City of Ann Arbor has given AADL 7 meters for our patrons to use. You can borrow these kits for 4 weeks or longer if there are no holds on them. Need to research new appliances? Nothing beats Consumer Reports for unbiased information about products on the market. Even better: You can access this info from home with your aadl log in by going to our Research Page and clicking on Magazine articles!

More Energy Meters Available!

energy meterenergy meter

Are you curious about how much energy your appliances are using? You can borrow one of our Energy Meters to find out. The City of Ann Arbor has given AADL 7 new meters for our patrons to use. You can borrow these kits for 4 weeks or longer if there are no holds on them. Need to research new appliances? Nothing beats Consumer Reports for unbiased information about products on the market. Even better: You can access this info from home with your aadl log in by going to our Research Page and clicking on Magazine articles!

A Helping Hand from the State of Michigan

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Michigan citizens have a new one-stop site for assistance with job searching, job training, health care, unemployment benefits, housing, family support and much more at Helping Hand. The site is easy to navigate and gets you quickly to the right state agency. Looking to improve your job-seeking closer to home? The Library's One Hour to Better Resumes class offers hands-on training for print and online resumes. Then proceed to our One Hour to Better Cover Letters and Employer Research and One Hour to Better Job Interviews with Manpower classes for a job search makeover!

Don't be a victim to Fraud!

The Better Business Bureau has realeased a DVD titled Know fraud:don't be a victim to show us all how NOT to fall prey to common schemes of fraud. In this Dvd you will learn about common telemarketing and mail frauds. You will learn why these scams work, and how con artist pick their potential victims. This Dvd will discuss all the red flags to look for when dealing with the public so you can be on the lookout for fraud.

Unemployment Filing: Let's Be Careful Out There!

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There is only ONE official website for filing for unemployment benefits in Michigan, the Unemployment Insurance Agency. And there is NO charge for filing for unemployment benefits in Michigan. The State is warning residents against using websites that charge fees to file claims for unemployment benefits. These companies are advertising on search engines and generating emails and they will attempt to get access to bank accounts, credit cards, and personal information from consumers. They may look "official" but they are NOT, so steer clear and stay safe!

Find out where your food comes from! Eat local, stay healthy!

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With the recent scandals over food safety, knowing who produces your food and how it's produced has become ever more attractive. Many Ann Arborites, myself among them, eagerly await the return of the growing season and the Kerrytown Farmer's Market. Stone-Buhr, a major flour and wheat supplier in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho has introduced Find the Farmer which allows you to enter the lot number on your flour bag to find out which farm it came from. You can ask questions, see a list of producers and profiles on each, and access the Find the Farmer Blog. The New York Times caught the story and places Find the Farmer within the larger context of food safety and companies' accountability for safe production practices.

Pulp

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In the September 2008 issue of Scientific American:
Page 72 "RFID TAG - You're it"

I didn't know that RFID tags were used in WWII to identify allied aircraft...so maybe the Brits call it the RAFID. :)

RFID tags are embedded in the electronic U.S. passports. China is using the RFID tag in the national ID.

Read a related blog from 2006.

Finally! It IS easy to be green!

If you are like me, you are interested in being more socially responsible, like going beyond simple recycling and doing your part to help save our planet for future generations, but you don't have lots of money and time to devote to "going green". Sound familiar? If so, then you need to get yourself a copy of Renee Loux's Easy green living : the ultimate guide to simple, eco-friendly choices for you and your home. This lifestyle guide is PACKED with information about the simple, affordable choices we can make to avoid toxins, conserve natural resources and generally be more eco-smart. Whether you choose to take tiny baby steps or completely overhaul your wasteful self, you will find the answers you need. One of my favorite easy eco-tips is the following: "About 100 million trees and 28 billion gallons of water are used annually to produce the 5.8 million tons of catalogs and unsolicited wads of preapproved credit card offers and other junk that arrive at our homes - 44 percent of which are thrown away unopened....Stop credit card offers. Go to www.optoutprescreen.com, where the consumer credit report industry lets you opt out of receiving preapproved and prescreened credit card offers." Now imagine if we all did that!

Beijing Olympics

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If you are heading to Beijing to support our atheletes, you might want to check out this blog site before packing your bags. Globespotters offers urban advice from reporters who live there.

Beijing Basics are for smart travelers who plan ahead - with information from airports, getting into town, using the subways, to finding an English-speaking doctor.

If your travel plans include other equally exotic locales such as Mumbai, Bangkok, Moscow or Istanbul, you will be glad you did you homework. Travel safe.

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