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.

Life In Ghana With Dina Nyarko, Programs Director For AFS Intercultural Exchange Programs in Ghana

Tuesday March 13, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Have you ever considered hosting an exchange student from abroad? Join us as Dina Nyarko, Programs Director for AFS (American Field Service) Intercultural Exchange Programs in Ghana discusses what an American host family could expect from a high school aged exchange student from Ghana.

Dina will also share information with the audience about her country including, culture, tourism, and a bit of history and discuss why exchange programs with Ghana are so important.

She is being hosted for one week here in Ann Arbor to learn more about US schools, American families, and AFS local operations.

Brainfuse Is Here To Help

Get help with homework or get ahead of the curve with Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. Live tutors are available from 2-11pm everyday to teach students in the subject areas of math, english, science, and social studies. You can even submit papers for comments before they get turned in for grades. This is a truly incredible resource for students from Kindergarten to college. Adult tutoring is offered as well through their Adult Learning Center. Everyone student can benefit from the use of Brainfuse.

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 Brainfuse, go to the research page, and select Brainfuse from the Student Papers category.

Use Brainfuse for Brownie Points!

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Remember last year's Summer Game and how geeked you were to win prizes just for using our website? Well you can continue to (sorta/kinda) win points by using our website, specifically if you log onto Brainfuse Tutoring. OK, not points per se, but you would be sure to win points from your parents and teachers. (Can I hear a collective "Cool!" being uttered by the masses)? Brainfuse has on-line learning options that are sure to enhance your study experience. The HelpNow 3.0 upgrade Study Suite will offer study tools for an array of Standardized Tests.

Preschool Expo

Are you in the market for a preschool? Are you looking for a good place to start your search? Then you should come to the Preschool Expo on January 29th! What is the Preschool Expo? It’s an event that brings representatives from many area preschools to one location, on one date. That way, it’s easy to gather information on preschools and talk with the representatives in order to find a good fit for your child! This free event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success by Six, Child Care Network, and U-M Work/Life Resource Center. Come explore your options at the Preschool Expo!

Date: Sunday, January 29th
Time: 1:00 – 4:00p.m.
Place: Palmer Commons on the U-M Campus
100 Washtenaw Ave.
(Located at the intersection of Central and Medical Campuses)
Parking: Free parking available in the structure across the street from Palmer Commons

Stretch Your Math Noodle with Mathnasium Coaches

Sunday, January 22 | 1:00-3:00 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room | Grades K-5

Have a blast pumping up your math muscles. Mathnasium staff will help you practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division skills through fun games and team competitions. Plus, learn about geometry through FUN Tangram puzzles!

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