Learning Express Library

Study for the ACTs! Practice for the United States citizenship test! Job seekers, teach yourself important career building skills that help you land that job! Students of all ages, improve your math, reading, and writing skills through easy to follow lesson plans! All this and much, much more is available to you through Learning Express Library. Make it your first stop on your educational self-improvement path.

Access to this and any of our other reference databases and resources is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card. For access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access Learning Express Library, go to the Research page and select Test Prep from the subject listings.

To Learn, To Know, And To Be Together: An Introduction To Indonesia With Peisy Alamsjah

Tuesday June 26, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Travel with us for an inside look at Indonesia as Ann Arbor resident Peisy Alamsjah shares her love of her native country. Join us as she discusses Indonesian cultures, history, geography, and some unique local customs and habits from the perspective of Western culture.

Men's Health Awareness Month: Top Men's Health Issues, Tests And Treatment Options

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

June is Men's Health Month!

Join an expert medical panel as we learn more about several top health issues for men - and new, emerging treatment options that YOU need to know.

Panelists and their topics include: Annette Schork, RN, BSN, OCN: General Men's Health Topics and Tests: Heart Disease and Diabetes (what to look for and testing guidelines); Marwan Fakih, MD: Colon Cancer & Jeffrey S. Montgomery, MD: Prostate Cancer. This event is cosponsored by the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Music Expert Richard LeSueur Discusses Puccini's Famous Opera "La Bohème"

Sunday June 10, 2012: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace

Richard LeSueur, opera lover extraordinaire, will discuss the reasons that Puccini's La Bohème is one of the world's most popular operas. Listen to recordings of performance highlights and learn more about this epic love story.

This event is held in conjunction with Arbor Opera Theater's production of La Bohème at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, June 14-17

Free MiniMaker Faire this Saturday, June 2


Saturday, June 2 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Saline Fairgrounds

The Ann Arbor MiniMaker Faire returns this Saturday! The fourth annual free event will be held this Saturday, June 2, at the Saline Fairgrounds. There will be exhibits and demonstrations by builders, artists, students, and Makers covering a range of subjects: robotics, learn to solder, and mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, wood, metal, glass, paper, microcontroller, and radio-controlled devices of all sorts.
More information is available at the a2makerfaire.com.

High Schoolers: Infotrac Student Edition is for you!

Working on a research paper? Check out Infotrac Student Edition for articles from magazines, newspapers, podcasts, and reference books. This database is great for current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports, and more. Historical images and maps are there, too. For cross-searching, this database is linked to others -- including eBooks -- to help you find the best sources.

Access to this database is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card, or since this is also a MeL database, a Michigan driver's license number can be used instead. For L-card holder access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access Infotrac Student Edition, go to the research page, and choose to Browse by Name H-M: and click on Infotrac Student Edition.

Michigan residents without a valid library card can gain access to this and the many other MeL databases by visiting MeL and entering your driver's license number.

Parent's Corner: Resources for special needs children

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from phonics to tantrums to potty training to diet. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

On the parent shelf, and in the regular collection, the library has a slew of books that may answer questions that parents, teachers, and caregivers may have about working with children with special needs. See here for a list of titles in the regular collection, or check out these Parent Shelf titles to get you going:

Positive discipline for children with special needs

No longer a secret: Unique common sense strategies for children with sensory or motor challenges

The learning tree: Overcoming learning disabilities from the ground up

The complete guide to special education: Proven advice on evaluations, IEPs, and helping kids succeed

ABCs Of Early Literacy: From Babbling To Books - A Workshop For Parents, Caregivers And Professionals Working With Young Children

Friday April 13, 2012: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This workshop, provided by MSU Extension, is directed at parents and professionals working with young children, whether in a public library or childcare setting. A second workshop on school readiness will be offered at 1:00 pm.

Learn more about the sights and sounds of emergent literacy, the precursor to formal reading. These reading readiness skills include oral language development, experimental writing, print awareness, phonological awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and alphabetic principle.

What Children Need to Know to Start School - A Workshop For Parents, Caregivers And Professionals Working With Young Children

Friday April 13, 2012: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This workshop, provided by MSU Extension, is directed at parents and professionals working with young children, whether in a public library or childcare setting.

By the end of kindergarten a child will have been in class for 700 hours; but before kindergarten even begins, parents, grandparents, day-care providers, aunts, uncles, churches, businesses, libraries, and communities will have had the child for 52,000 hours. This is the time frame when children are learning important skills that can provide them with the cornerstones needed for the development of later academic success.

Grief 101: What To Expect When Grieving

Tuesday March 27, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Presented by Arbor Hospice's Grief Support Services, this one-hour educational meeting will provide you with the resources and information you are looking for when coping with the loss of a loved one. The session will help examine what is normal during the grief process, strategies for coping, suggestions for self-care, and what support is available to you. There will also be time for questions at the end.

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