Text Books & Other Materials for Print Impaired Students

Here's an exciting announcement from Bookshare: They now serve over 150,000 student members & have over 125,000 books in their collection. Of these, 80,000 are educational titles that continue tostream into the library from publishers, as well as hundreds of student textbook requests that are fulfilled every month!

These major milestones have been achieved a year ahead of schedule as part of the 5-year Bookshare for Education (B4E) award from the U.S. Department of Education,Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

To this end, Benetech, the parent nonprofit for Bookshare, has received a new 1-year award from OSEP for a project called Leveraging Impact Through Technology (LIT).

Michigan College Access Portal (MichiganCAP) Online Training

The Michigan College Access Portal (MichiganCAP) is a statewide initiative that provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career. MichiganCAP offers students, parents, counselors and adult learners easy-to-use web-based, personalized tools to insure that each step in the process of choosing and applying for college is completed successfully.

Learn how to use MichiganCAP. Register for the session below you want by clicking the link:

Tuesday, November 8, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Register here.

Wednesday, November 9, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Middle School Counselors Register here.

Thursday, November 10, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Register here.

Tuesday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon Register here.

Thursday, November 17, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Register here.

Questions? Please email michigancap@michigan.gov or call 517-373-6051.

New at your Library: Brain Quest and Fandex Family Field Guides

CHECK OUT OUR NEW COLLECTION OF BRAIN QUEST QUESTION AND ANSWER CARD DECKS.
Each set contains decks of cards, held together at the bottom with a grommet. Questions are on one side of the card, and the answers are on the next card, so kids can play it alone or with friends. In this fast-paced world, it's a way to take a brain break with your children, have some quiet time, and make learning fun. “It’s Fun to Be Smart!” is the slogan and philosophy behind these fast-paced, curriculum-based educational games that challenge kids on the stuff they need to know. Choose from 20 different sets, for preschoolers on up to 7th graders.

ANOTHER NEW COLLECTION: FANDEX FAMILY FIELD GUIDES
50 full color die-cut cards, bound together, put knowledge at your fingertips. In the Dinosaurs deck, each dinosaur is illustrated in amazingly life-like detail, accompanied by information on size, diet, and lifestyle. This deck also includes key paleontologists, fossil-finding methods, and a glossary. Or try The Wonders of the World, for an introduction to our most magnificent buildings and monuments. From Egyptian pyramids to the International Space Station (the only man-made wonder not on earth), it covers 4,500 years of world history. There are 22 family-friendly sets available.

You'll find both Brain Quest and Fandex in the Youth sections at all Branches and Downtown. Look for the bright green bags, hanging near the red Book-and-CD Kits.

Seeking Funding for College?

Finding Funding for a College Education | Wednesday, October 19 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Pittsfield

Want a college education but don’t know how you’ll pay for it? Get the funding scoop from University of Michigan Foundation and Grants Librarian Dr. Karen Downing. She 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.

AADL College Night this Wednesday

College Night | Wednesday, October 5 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Downtown Multipurpose Room | Grade 9-Adult

Finding the right college and getting admitted is easily a multi-year project for teens and their parents. Make the process easier by listening to advice from some local experts. College application experts John Boshoven, Community High’s premier college prep counselor, and Debbie Merion, founder of Essay Coaching will be joined by performance coach Geraldine Markel at this event for parents and teens. Seating will be limited, so arrive early.

Community Forum: The Federal Role In Public Education: Pre-K Through Grade 12

Thursday October 6, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Do you have opinions on the topic of what you are taught in school and how the federal government impacts the curriculum? The League of Women Voters of the U.S. has undertaken a new study on the federal role in public education, pre-K through grade 12.

Issues of equity, funding, and standards/assessment will be the focus of the discussions, as well as how the new standards called Common Core State Standards will be used by the federal government. A panel discussion with area specialists in these fields of education will get you more information and a chance to express your thoughts.

Free Community Family Math Night hosted by Mathnasium of Ann Arbor and the Clonlara Campus School

Tuesday, September 27 | 6:00-8:00 PM | Clonlara – 1289 Jewett Ave. | Grades K-8

Math is fun and the staff of Mathnasium will prove it at the Family Math Night at Clonlara Campus School. Come have fun, and play games with a chance to win great prizes. This event is free and open to the entire Ann Arbor community. Don’t miss it!

Summer Math?

What lies ahead for you for this fall?

Is it Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Trigonometry or Calculus?

The Ann Arbor Public Schools math requirement to graduate is now a four year sequence for the class of 2014.

Many studies have demonstrated that students lose hard-gained math skills over summer vacation.

If you become skilled at math and problem-solving you will find more career and employment opportunities ahead of you in life. Why shut doors to opportunity now? Do the math and the rest will follow!!

Don't despair because the Ann Arbor District Library has lots to help your math skills stay fine-tuned over the summer!

Here are books and dvd's on Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and Calculus.

Learning Express Library is a fantastic online service that will help you review at your own pace any math level and offers practice exams and tutorials for the SAT, ACT, and other college entrance exams, civil service, TOEFL and AP exams.

Brainfuse is an incredible online tutoring service with real live human tutors available from 2-11pm every day of the week.

Finally, click on π to find the name of this mathematical symbol and use it as a code for points in the AADL Summer Game 2011.

Free Software Tutorials!

Check out the LearningExpress Library @ AADL research for free Software Tutorials in Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Corel WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Visio.

Enjoy free online computer training at GCF Learn Free and research career training at CareerOneStop

Or take a computer class @ AADL, the complete schedule is available at aadl.org/classes. Registration is not required!

Spy School: Continuing Education

Crafting, sending, and decoding your own spy letters can be a great way to practice writing, reading, and counting skills with an exciting twist! If you were interested by the recent Spy School and Revolutionary War Spycraft events, the exploration and learning can continue through these engaging resources:

First, check out the public lists Codes and Ciphers and Renaissance Kid - Spycraft!. On these lists, you will find a range of items available at AADL. There are books for youth and adults as well as videos for youth.

Next, head to the William L. Clements Library's online exhibit, Spy Letters of the American Revolution. Browse through real spy letters from the 1700s, and learn about the methods of invisible ink, codes, mask letters, and quill letters! Find out the stories of the people behind these fascinating letters, including men and women who spied for and against the American cause. Learn about the history and geography of this time period and the famous and lesser known heroes involved.

For some hands-on fun, practice your own spy letter skills with recipes for invisible ink, instructions for using a dictionary code similar to the code used by the Culper Gang, and a guide to make your own St. Cyr slide (and scroll up and down that page for many more types of codes!). Try sending a Morse code message with a flashlight in the middle of the night. There are forty more codes and spy activities to try in this book! And don't forget, inventing your own code after practicing some of these examples is a great way to stretch your brain and creativity!SpySchoolSpySchool

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