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Washtenaw Literacy hopes to put an end to adult illiteracy and could use your help by considering becoming a volunteer..

The first step to becoming a volunteer tutor with Washtenaw Literacy is to attend a one-hour informational session, the ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy. These engaging sessions provide interested folks with all the information they need to decide how they would like to become a tutor. You can help change the world, one word at a time.You must register by emailing info@washtenawliteracy.org or by clicking here.
The next session takes place at the Ypsilanti District Library 5577 Whittaker Road Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Tuesday January 8 from 6:00-7:00 PM.

Jan. 21: Youth Will Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at U-M

Mark your calendar for Monday, Jan. 21, when the MLK 2013 Children and Youth Program at U-M will happen from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the U-M Modern Languages Building, 812 E. Washington Street. The program, which is turning 15, will celebrate and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Over the years the program has drawn a total of more than 8,000 K-12 students from schools around southeast Michigan, offering them entertainment, fun, creativity and dialogue through storytelling, discussions, group projects, skits, rap poetry, and music. To register for this year's event, click here.

On Demand Tutoring with Brainfuse & MORE!

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The scope of Brainfuse Tutoring available to AADL users has grown since we began subscribing to this service. Brainfuse has on-line learning options that are sure to enhance your study experience. The HelpNow 3.0 upgrade Study Suite offers study tools for an array of Standardized Tests. The interactive Flashbulb will give students access to an extensive library of online flashcard sets in hundreds of subjects. Check out the Test Center for students to practice test themselves in core subjects. Plus there's still the Expert Help you can get from a live tutor from 2:00-11:00 EVERY day except posted holidays. Tutors are available for students from grade school to college. Please take a look at Brainfuse on our website, scroll down & get acquainted with these awesome features!

TinkerHub Webcast - All Hands Active

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TinkerHub Webcast 1: All Hands Active
Tinkerhub is a webcast collaboration between Ann Arbor District Library and All Hands Active, Ann Arbor’s Makerspace. Recorded in Downtown Ann Arbor, TinkerHub webcasts connect learning, technology, and the Ann Arbor community. In this episode of the TinkerHub, Terence O’Neill of the AADL talks to Josh Williams, the shop manager at All Hands Active. They talk about what all happens in the technology club-house that is AHA and all about the crazy array of tech-progressive insitutions that exist in Ann Arbor. Tune in to learn about what a 3D Printer is, why Hacking isn’t a dirty word, and all about the world of Making-Hacking.

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College Planning Night With Award-Winning Counselor John Boshoven

Tuesday November 13, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Local college counselor John Boshoven, recently named one of the Counselors Who Change Lives, leads this panel consisting of educators, a career counselor, and a financial planner.

Join them for straight talk, valuable tips, a little humor, and the opportunity to get your college planning questions answered!

Hands-On Lab: Find Funding for a College Education

Monday, October 29 OR Tuesday, October 30 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Pittsfield Branch Training Center

UM Foundations and Grants Librarian Dr. Karen Downing and French Studies Librarian, Jennifer Bonnet present a hands-on workshop for high schoolers, their parents, and anyone seeking funding for college.

Karen will show you how to develop a strategy and introduce a variety of Web resources and several key Internet tools, including the Foundation Center and the Foundation Directory Online. Free Web resources and subscription-based services (U-M pays the subscription and provides free access) will be discussed and compared. Participants will have time to search for scholarships during the session.

Registration is required for this session and begins October 15 online at aadl.org, by phone 327-4555, or in person at any Information Desk.

Brain Quest Challenge

Thursday October 11, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Do you enjoy a good challenge? The staff of Brain Quest pays a special visit to AADL to present this fun and competitive quiz bowl using Brain Quest information decks! Participants will get special Brain Quest swag for participating, and our top finishers will get gift card prizes!

Brain Quest is America's #1 educational bestseller that challenges kids on the stuff they need to know, when they need to know it. Overseen by the Brain Quest Advisory Board, a panel of award-winning educators, Brain Quest is a curriculum-based question-and-answer game whose content reflects national and state standards. Beloved by kids, trusted by parents, and approved and used by teachers, it's the brand that says It's Fun to Be Smart!

This event is for Grades 3-8.

College Night on October 17

College Night | Wednesday, October 17 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room| Grade 9-Adult

If you are involved in the college selection process, make the process easier by listening to advice from three local experts at our 6th annual College Night. College application experts Community High's college prep counselor John Boshoven, Debbie Merion, the founder of Essay Coaching, and performance coach Geraldine Markel will share their wealth of knowledge at this event for parents and teens. They are also the co-authors of the book Solving the College Admissions Puzzle: A Guide For Students And Families About College Selection, Essay Writing And High-Stakes Testing.

Learn about the college selection and application process at this invaluable event: Part 1: Finding the College that Fits; Part 2: Dealing with College Entrance Essays; Part 3: Managing those College Entrance Exams. This event will include a book signing and copies of the book will also be available for purchase.

Muzzy Language Learning for Kids


The library has a new children's language learning database called Muzzy. Currently there are 8 different languages to choose from: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian. You can use it at home or at the library. The Muzzy animated story and games are a captivating way for kids to learn another language. It was originally a BBC program so those from Europe may recognize it. Learn more about this database here. We also offer the Muzzy multilingual series (it includes a choice of learning English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish) and the separate traditional Chinese language learning version for checkout.

US Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center

Wednesday, September 19, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey Great Lakes Science Center will discuss their research that takes place on the Great Lakes, including deep-water science, invasive species, coastal ecosystems, restoration ecology, and environmental health.

Headquartered in Ann Arbor, The Great Lakes Science Center exists to meet the Nation's need for scientific information for restoring, enhancing, managing, and protecting living resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 9 and up).

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