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.

Creativity Camp Theme of the Week: Sculpture

Every week the AADL has been creating displays for the Ann Arbor Art Center Creativity Camp's theme of the week on the back of the new books shelf in the Youth Department. These books are for anyone interested in the theme to check out. This week's theme is sculpture. Do you know who created the sculpture on the cover of the book pictured here? It's a favorite of mine. Come find out at the library!

One Good Movie

Check out the Story of One. I loved the fact that I learned stuff while being entertained with silly animation. A few stories cover Arabic Numerals, the mathematician Fibonacci, and how binary code works (the last illustrated using hard boiled eggs...huh?). The movie is full diversions like a story about the greek mathematician Pythagoras and a skit with Roman Numerals and the Abacus competing against Arabic/Indian Numbers to see who can calculate compound interest the fastest...and the most correct. Another diversion was a visit to the British computer named "Colossus" which used binary code to break German code in WWII. What a cool movie.

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!

iPhoto to the Rescue

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Do you have so many digital photos saved on your Mac’s hard drive that you can’t find the right one when you need it? Explore the many ways to organize your collection by taking our next iPhoto class in the Downtown Library’s computer lab. Registration is required.

iPhoto is just one of the growing number of computer classes available for Mac based software. Check our computer class listing or our computer class brochure for dates and times.

ACT/SAT Test Practice on Saturday, March 22

Learn how to access Learning Express Library to take practice tests for either the ACT or SAT. Join us from 10:30-12:00 p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center.

I heard it on NPR…and found it at AADL

Heard a great interview on NPR? Want to use a news story in your research paper?

Transcripts and audio files from NPR shows, like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, are available in our Academic OneFile database.

When you’re searching, enter the program name in the 'publication title' field to find transcripts from a particular show. If you’re searching for content by keyword or subject, choose the 'multimedia' tab to see any NPR results.

Library cardholders can access the database from home.

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