Want to improve your grades?

AADL has all sorts of things to help you. Check the Homework Help page for the following:

Brainfuse Live Homework Help: Available 2-11 p.m. every day. Students can connect with tutors who can help with skill development and assist with specific homework needs.

Drop-in Homework Help: Resumes the week of January 22. Sunday tutoring will be available 3:00-5:00 p.m. On Mondays and Wednesday tutoring will be available 4:00-8:00 p.m.

AADL Databases for research projects for kids, high school papers, or even for preparing for those tough college entrance exams.

AADL Select Sites offer some of the best information resources on the Internet. Librarians have carefully selected these sites so you can trust the information found here for your research project.

Reading Skills need a boost? Scroll down at Homework Help. If you’re a beginning reader that needs to practice, click on one of the A-Z Levels links for a list of books available at the library. If you’re a reader that needs to improve your reading but find it hard to get excited about long boring books, check the HiLo Books list and click the links to find some books that you’ll enjoy.

New Collection: Fandex Family Field Guides

Looking for entertaining yet educational activities for family car trips, snowy days stuck inside, or something to read on the bus? Check out a Fandex Family Field Guide from your neighborhood branch library. These full color, die-cut cards are great for upper elementary and middle schoolers for learning about a wide range of topics, such as Presidents, Mythology, Dinosaurs, Painters, and plenty more.

For example, the Presidents Fandex presents a chronological field guide to all 44 of America's chief executives. "Which President made the Louisiana Purchase? Which President won a Nobel Peace Prize? Which President also served as chief justice of the Supreme Court? Who was in office during the Teapot Dome scandal, and who endured the childhood nickname "Useless"? From the historic Founding Fathers (three of whom died on the Fourth of July) to the 19th-century forgettables (Fillmore, Tyler, Pierce, et al.) to our current leadership, Presidents lets you finally get it straight."

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.

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