Resources for Students – World Book Online

Need an encyclopedia to finish that homework assignment, but can’t make it to the library? No problem!

Library cardholders can access the World Book Encyclopedia Online to find articles, use a dictionary, check an atlas, and more.

World Book Encyclopedia Online is listed in the Kids and Teens section of our Research page.

Calling All Yearbooks

high school

The Ann Arbor District Library is looking for a few good high school yearbooks. Donations of past yearbooks from old Ann Arbor High School, Clemente, Community, Huron, Pioneer and Stone for our Local History Collection would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Debbie Gallagher at 327-8332 or gallagherd@aadl.org to make a donation or for more information about the Local History Collection.

College Night - Monday, September 17

Choosing the college, writing the essays, preparing for the tests… it all gets a little overwhelming. Where do you start? Right here at the Downtown Library on Mon., Sept. 17 at 6:30 pm! John Boshoven, college prep counselor at Community High, and Deb Merion, founder of Essay Coaching, will be joined by performance coach Dr. Geraldine Markel at this event for teens and parents. They’ll cover it all, so bring your questions!

ACT/SAT Test Practice on Thursday, September 6

Taking the ACT or SAT soon? LearningExpressLibrary can help you get ready. Join us 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Quick facts about countries for students (and parents)

Looking for information about different countries? Find quick facts about geography, government, history, and more in the SIRS Discoverer database. See country flags and maps, too!

Find SIRS Discoverer in the Kids & Teens section of our Research page. Once you’re on the SIRS homepage, choose Countries from the Database Favorites menu on the right side.

You can access SIRS Discoverer from home with your library card.

SAT, GRE, and MCAT – oh my!

If college or graduate school is in your future, so are entrance exams.

While you’re studying for those tests, check out LearningExpressLibrary.com. This database offers online practice tests for the SAT, GRE, MCAT, and others, as well as general tutorials in math, reading, and writing skills. Best of all, AADL cardholders can access all the practice tests from home!

Find LearningExpressLibrary.com in the College, Careers, and Education section of our Research page.

Summer Parenting Classes

Five different parenting classes are being offered in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti this summer by the MSU Extension Family Consumer Science Programs. The Ann Arbor District Library and Ypsilanti District Library have large collections of books and DVDs on parenting, along with books to read and songs to sing to children, beginning before birth and for many years after.

Help for Foreign Language Learners

The Library can help you brush up on your language skills while school’s out this summer - or get you started learning a brand new language - all from the comfort of home!

Library card holders can access the Online Language Learning Center (sometimes known as Rosetta Stone), which provides learners with writing, reading, listening, and speaking lessons in a number of languages from Arabic to Japanese to Welsh.

Connect online through the College, Careers, & Education section of our Research Page. Complete a one-time registration at the Online Language Learning Center site so you can save your work, and you’re ready to go!

Good luck, bonne chance, buena suerte....

Polish your school or job skills this summer

Summer is a good time to learn – and AADL has a great resource to help you: LearningExpressLibrary. This collection of interactive online practice tests and tutorials is designed to help students and adults pass academic and licensing tests. Categories include Advanced Placement, Math Skills, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and SAT Preparation.

K-12 Educators: Get a classroom ePal

Looking for a safe and educational online environment for kids? Want to introduce your students to other cultures, the fundamentals of letter writing, and the joys of friendship? Why not get a pen pan? Wait, make that an e-Pal. ePals is the largest online classroom community. It provides a safe way for students to email other children around the world. Currently there are 191 countries, 7 million students and 123,851 classrooms trading short stories, practicing language and literacy skills and swapping classroom videos. Classrooms must register as a group. Join in!

If you prefer more traditional modes of correspondence, check out our books on letter writing for kids.

Messages in the Mailbox: How to Write a Letter
Putting it in Writing
Sincerely Yours: How to Write Great Letters
The Young Writer’s Handbook

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