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!

ACT Plus Writing Test Tips with Kaplan Experts

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Thursday, January 19 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | Grades 9-12

In March, 2012 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.

Test Taking 101 With Kaplan

Thursday, January 12 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Traverwood Branch | Grades 9-12

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.

How to Achieve Student Success

Wednesday, January 11 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Multipurpose Room-Downtown Library

It's that time in the school year - some students may need to hone their learning strategies to succeed. Tips will be discussed to help middle and high school students with language-based learning disabilities, including dyslexia.

Learn how students can improve the way they tackle reading and writing assignments, as well as organize themselves and prepare for tests. Presented by Karen Wasco, M.S., CCC-SLP. Cosponsored by the UM Institute for Human Adjustment.

Building Bridges Therapy Center Discusses: Kids Falling Through The Cracks And How Technology Can Hinder Or Advance Skills

Monday December 19, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

How can technology assist young children? And when is technology time just too much?

Join us for this informative evening as Occupational Therapist Stephanie Ramser and Speech Pathologist Janice Pagano from Building Bridges Therapy Center discuss the influences technology has on social skills, handwriting, and ADHD in young children - and also how it can help (or hinder) children in those formative school years.

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).

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