School Board Candidates: Get to Know Them!

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CitiTV Channel 19 will televise the Ann Arbor Public Schools Candidate Forum live from the new CTN studios on Monday, April 20, at 7 p.m.. Unopposed candidates Glenn Nelson and Irene Patalan and new candidate Ravi Nigam will answer questions posed by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area. And where will the questions come from? From YOU. Send your questions to the League at their Contact Page. The School Board election will be held on May 5, 2009.

Ann Arbor Public Schools Budget Forum

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AAPS Superintendant Todd Roberts' presentation of the 2009/2010 schools budget will be broadcast on CTN Channel 18 on March 12 @ 11:00 a.m. and five subsequent dates. These difficult economic times are impacting all governmental bodies and this budget overview will provide the community with important information on the future of education in Ann Arbor.

Celebrate Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. In honor of the tremendous achievements of women worldwide, Gale Publishing Group which offers numerous databases and other resources to libraries, has put together some great free resources. Based on the theme, "Get to Know the Women Who've Changed Our World," you can access activities, quizzes, biographies, a timeline and more at their special website. A great resource for teachers, activities by topic include history, geography music, science and literature. You can also download bookmarks, a calendar and screensaver. Biographies of famous women up to and including Hilary Clinton and Michelle Obama are available.

You can also check out the Library's rich collection of books and dvds on women's history including a new book, Ad Women by Juliann Sivulka on the history of women in advertising and how they influence consumer habits.

Career Development Workshop for Students with Disabilities

There are two excellent opportunities for students with disabilities who are concerned that their disability will prevent them from getting a job or whether they should disclose their limitation. You will also learn about what is the best type of work experience and opportunities with Michigan's AmeriCorps and state corporations. The workshops will take place on these dates and locations:

Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 4:00 - 7:00pm Oakland Community College – Royal Oak Campus
739 Washington, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Register: Ms. Marcia Kosovec; (248) 246-2480; mmkosove@oaklandcc.edu

Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 3:00 – 6:00pm Wayne State University – Faculty Administration Building, Room 1139
656 W. Kirby (Reuther Mall), Detroit, MI 48202
Register: Ms. Randie Kruman; (313) 577-2570; rskruman@wayne.edu PRESENTERS Cathy McAdam, Consultant, DiverseAbility LLC John Lapetz, Retired Manager, Ford Motor Company

The Basics of Microsoft Word

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Have you taken some basic computer classes and are ready to learn more? Improve your computer skills by learning how to use Microsoft Word. In our Microsoft Word Basics class you will be introduced to menu options including how to copy and paste text. You will learn how to modify text so you can create more interesting documents. Microsoft Word's spell and grammar check can help make your documents error-free. Space is limited so reserve your place in a Microsoft Word Basics class today!

Begin Your Email Experience

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Did you make a New Year's resolution to learn how to use an email account? It’s time to take a step towards your goal and learn how to use email. Sign up today for one of our Beginning Email classes this winter and learn how to send, open, reply, and forward email with confidence. Our classes for beginners are slower paced and smaller so you won’t get left behind. Classes are available at most library locations and at various times of the day. Find a time and location convenient to you and sign up today.

Farewell to a Good Man

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He authored legislation that allowed hundreds of thousands of us to attend college through the Pell Grant, that established the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Read the complete New York Times obituary on Senator Claiborne Pell. The Thom McAn story alone is worth the read.

National Federation of the Blind Celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Louis Braille

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The National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the nation's largest and oldest organization of blind people, will hold events nationwide on Sunday, January 4, 2009, to promote Braille literacy and help celebrate the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille (1809-1852), the inventor of the reading and writing code for the blind that bears his name. In over one hundred bookstores, libraries, and other venues all across the nation, National Federation of the Blind representatives will demonstrate Braille and the power of Braille literacy.

It’s Time To Register For Classes!

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Check it out! The Library’s computer classes in January, February and March are available for registration. See a complete list of classes on our computer class page or in a computer brochure which can be found at any of the Library branch locations. We are offering classes for beginners as well as the more advanced computer users. You can also learn more about using a Mac or a digital camera, blogging and craigslist. We have Beginning Computer Labs too for individual help. Register on line, at any AADL location or by calling 734-327-4555. Classes fill quickly so register today!

Learn More About aadl.org

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Did you know you can register for Library computer classes online? Have you explored the many databases available via the web site? You can even pay fines online by using My Account. Learn more about the many features of the Ann Arbor District Library’s web site and how to put them to use by coming to an aadl.org class. There is no fee. Class size is limited. Register online, by visiting any AADL location or by calling 327-4560.

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