Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy

Every day, Huron Valley Ambulance provides Emergency Medical Services for people in need in our community. If you are interested in learning about how this service works, then check out the HVA Citizens Academy, a free eight week program that meets on Wednesday evenings (6 - 9 p.m.) from Feb. 18th - Apr 6th. The program is filled on a first come, first served basis for residents of Washtenaw County who are 18 years of age or older. Registration is required, and forms can be found at www.hva.org, or you can contact their Community Relations coordinator by email or by phone.

This is an interactive learning program where you will explore HVA operations, view demonstrations of skills performed in the field, receive first aid and CPR certifications, and listen to guest speakers from fire departments, police departments, and special operations.

If you can't make this program, you might want to check out the AADL's CPR and first aid collection, including both books and videos, on your next trip to the library.

Preschool Expo is on Sunday, January 30th, 1-4p!

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Do you dread the thought of calling a bunch of preschools individually to learn more about them? You are in luck! The Preschool Expo is this Sunday, and representatives from many area preschools will be available to answer your questions about their programs, and help you determine what might be the right preschool setting for your child. Preschool Expo takes place this Sunday, January 30th, 2011 from 1-4p at Palmer Commons, on the U of M Campus. Palmer Commons is at 100 Washtenaw Drive across from the Hill Dorms, and has ample free parking in the structure across Palmer Drive.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library, Washtenaw Success by Six, Child Care Network, and the U of M Work/Life Resource Center.

Subtraction in Action!

Lakeshore Learning Material's Subtraction Machine is a new addition to our line-up of fun and educational toys for children's use during their visit to the Ann Arbor District Library! The subtraction machine gives kids a hands-on way to practice their math skills with immediate feedback on their answers. The toy features a grid of 81 subtraction problems; when you press on the equation button, the answer pops up! The equations reinforce whole-number, single-digit subtraction. The library provides a variety of toys and manipulatives at each location. These tools aren't just fun, they help young people learn.

For more ideas about having math experiences with young people you might visit PBS Kids, Online Schools which has compiled a list of math resources, or this site which is dedicated to math games.Subtraction ToySubtraction Toy

25th Annual MLK Day Symposium, January 14th &15th

Dr. Bob Moses and the Young People's Project will be speaking at the University of Michigan's 25th annual MLK Day Symposium next Friday, January 14th and Saturday, January 15th. This year's symposium is titled "We the People: Creating a Grassroots Movement to Transform Public Education." Lectures and discussions will focus on quality education as a constitutional right, and exploring and building strategies for the promotion of quality education for all children. Dr. Moses is a noted Civil Rights Veteran, and is leading a national campaign to build support for a constitutional amendment to guarantee a quality education for all American children.

On January 14 from, 5:00-6:30 PM at the University of Michigan, Palmer Commons-Great Lakes Room, Dr. Moses will speak and lead a discussion about quality education and how it can be achieved for all American youth.

On January 15 from 10:00am-3:00PM at the Washtenaw Community College, Student Center Building, Dr. Moses along with representatives of the Young People's Project will facilitate a community forum on quality education—highlighting reform efforts that consider the student perspective. Participants will share their experiences, ideas & visions in a workshop format.

For more information, see the University of Michigan's event announcement.

New Toys at AADL--Snap-Together Letter Blocks!

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Introducing Snap-Together Letter Blocks: one of many new toys at the AADL this season! Who needs flash cards when tots can learn letters and spelling with fun, colorful letter blocks that snap together! Plus, each block features the uppercase and lowercase version of one letter—so they reinforce letter recognition, too! The blocks are at the youth department in the Downtown branch now, but they'll move to another AADL location soon! Come check out the blocks, and all our new toys!

Test Taking 101 with Kaplan Experts

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Approach ACT or SAT test day with confidence! Kaplan instructors will present strategies for preparing for the tests and guide you through some questions, demonstrating how to arrive at the correct answer.

Test Taking 101 | Wednesday, January 5 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch | Grades 9-12

ACT Plus Writing Test Tips with Kaplan Experts

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In March, 2011 you get just one shot at the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). One of the MME components is the ACT Plus Writing Test. During the test you have 30 minutes to read a question, think, and then organize and write a short essay. Intimidating? Yes, but Kaplan instructors will provide you a road map for getting ready to write a dynamic response.

ACT Plus Writing Test Tips | Wednesday, January 12 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch | Grades 9-12

Thinkfinity.org: Free Online Resources for Educators

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Who develops the resources?

Led by Verizon, Thinkfinity brings together a diverse group of content partners, including ARTSEDGE of the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, EconEdLink from the Council for Economic Education, Illuminations from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and Literacy Network from the National Center for Family Literacy and ProLiteracy.

These participants contribute lesson plans, games, interactive activities, and skill-building activities for collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical-thinking for Pre-K through adult learners. These resources are aligned to state and national standards.

In Michigan, the Thinkfinity State Education partner is the Michigan Department of Education.

What resources are available?

Straight Talk About Sending Your Kid to College

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Need Funding for College?

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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 Karen Downing and colleague, Jennifer Bonnet. They 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.

Find Funding for a College Education | Wednesday, October 20 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Pittsfield

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