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

Middle Ages History Lectures Worth Listening To

Recently, I listened to two very good lectures series by Thomas F. Madden on the Middle Ages. First I listened to One, Holy, and Apostolic A History of the Church in the Middle Ages. I followed up with "God Wills It!": Understanding the Crusades. One, Holy, and Apostolic provides a very nice overview of the history of the Catholic church during the Middle Ages. You learn about how the church grew and thrived during the time, including various heresies, the Black Death, and the Great Schism. "God Wills It!" expands upon the Crusades, discussing the various crusades in Europe and Middle East, including the most commonly know, Third Crusade. The lectures series can be listed to seperately, but I recommend listening to them in the order I did.

A Man Named Luther

Did you know Martin Luther supported the seperation of church and state? Have you ever wondered what the 95 Theses were and how they influence Western Civilization? Would you be surprised that Martin Luther helped to introduce the Modern Era and end the Middle Ages? The Teaching Company produced a two-part lecture series called Luther: Gospel, Law, and Reformation. Part One covers Luther's early life and the beginning of his teachings Part Two goes deeper into Luther's writings, covering topics like Luther and the Bible and Luther and Politics.

ACT / SAT Test Practice 10:30-Noon Saturday, January 13

Test time draws near again! LearningExpress Library can help you get ready. Join us in the Pittsfield Computer Training Center and take an e-practice test.

Gold Mine for Teachers at the UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History

If you are looking for fun and educational field trips for your class, check into what the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History has to offer. There are guided tours exploring how fossils form and the cultures of Native Americans indigenous to the Michigan area. The museum also has planetarium shows, with shows specific for a wide age range of students. Located on the museum website are links to teacher and student resources with scavenger hunts and crossword puzzles, as well as the schedule of current program offerings.

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