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Enjoy reading magazines like Time, Fine Cooking, Forbes, People, Rolling Stone? Well now these and many other popular titles for kids and adults can be read online with our new database called Flipster. For the kids, there's Ladybug, Ranger Rick, Zoobooks, and more! New issues as well as some back issues are available now to read on your computer and other electronic devices. So sit back, relax, and read a magazine !

The Girl's Guide: the handiest new book!

It has always seemed to me like there are a lot of “life guidebooks” out there, especially geared towards women. Some have good info, but are often focused on a single subject: housekeeping, fashion, love and romance, health or careers, but rarely all of the above. Life can be confusing and I’ve often wished for a book that has tips and suggestions about all of that stuff that I can just keep around the house. And now, we’ve got one! The Girl’s Guide, by Melissa Kirsch, covers all these subjects—and more—in a single, simply designed new book and I love it!

Chapters include Health and Body Image, Money and Finance, Careers and Work, Dating, Sex and Romance, Spirituality, Home Ec for Modern Times, and sections on fashion sense, friendship, and getting along with and navigating familial and other close relationships. The format of the book is incredibly handy. There are longer sections, but everything is summarized in short, bolded phrases, too, for those just scanning quickly for info. Particularly relevant or important information (for example, the difference between a credit report and a credit score, or what to do if you feel like you’re going to cry at work) is detailed in cute turquoise boxes throughout the book. There are even a few checklists in The Girl’s Guide, including one for outfitting your kitchen and another for things to make sure you check on before purchasing a home. This book is incredibly useful, comprehensive, and realistic, and is a must-read—and maybe even a must-own!—for women everywhere.

Get Money Smart at the Washtenaw County Resource Fair

Michigan State University Extension is hosting the Washtenaw County Resource Fair at the Michigan Works office in Ypsilanti on Saturday, April 18 from 10am to 1pm. At the fair you can discover what resources are available in Washtenaw County to help you become more financially secure. Venders will include: Ann Arbor State Bank, Flagstar Bank, DTE Energy, Habitat for Humanity of Huron Valley, Housing Bureau for Seniors, Michigan State University Extension, United Way of Washtenaw County, University Bank, University of Michigan Credit Union, Washtenaw County Michigan Works and more!

Presentations will be offered at the following times:

10:15 AM- Debit Cards: How to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Fraud

10:45 AM- Be Smart about Credit

11:15 AM- Dealing with Payday Lenders

11:45 AM- Employment Assistance through Michigan Works

12:15 PM- Dress for Success!

Money Smart- Money Management Course

This free four-week course is offered on an ongoing basis every Thursday at Hope Center by Michigan State University Extension. The topics that are covered include creating financial goals, creating a spending plan, using credit wisely and pumping up savings. The class is open to anyone interested. Pre-registration is requested by calling 734-222-3943.

Finding Wholesale Happiness in a Retail World With Jeff Yeager, NBC Today Show's "Ultimate Cheapskate"

Monday September 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

For this humor-filled presentation, Jeff will disclose how to live a happier, healthier, and fuller life …. but only if you’re NOT willing to pay the price. Based on his bestselling book, The Ultimate Cheapskate’s Road Map to True Riches: A Practical (and Fun) Guide to Enjoying Life More by Spending Less, this event will cover everything from how to decide what “enough” is for you (slaying your Enoughasaurus ) to tips for inoculating yourself against buyer’s remorse.

Yeager contends that for many Americans, the quality of their lives will increase and they’ll be happier if they spend and consume less, not more, as 5,000 commercial messages a day encourage us to do. A “cheapskate,” according to Yeager’s philosophy of life, is the polar opposite of a “conspicuous consumer.” Yeager encourages us to “Value time, and the things you can do with it, more than money, and the stuff you can buy with it.”

Jeff Yeager spent 24 years as a CEO and senior executive managing national nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC before launching his current career as a freelance writer, public speaker, and media personality in 2004. He specializes in an offbeat blend of original humor and practical advice for living a better life by spending and consuming less. He is AARP’s official Savings Expert, writing for AARP’s publications and hosting a weekly web show on YouTube — The Cheap Life — produced by AARP. He has also appeared on over 500 radio and TV shows on most major networks, and was an original cast member on TLC’s hit reality show Extreme Cheapskates.

He is the author of four popular books about frugal living, including his most recent, How to Retire the Cheapskate Way. This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

Brilliant Bankables

Sunday April 19, 2015: 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K-5.

Get in the spirit of Money Smart Week and make a personal piggy bank!

Use Library bucks to “shop” for your supplies, then build and decorate a home for your savings!

Wall Street Demystified

Wednesday May 7, 2014: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

If you've ever wanted to get a clear picture of your investments and qualified unbiased advice take this hands-on class! Learn how to get independent and trusted stock and mutual fund analysis, research and ratings.

AADL staff will give easy instructions on to use the Morningstar Investments database. Then, you can stay to practice what you’ve learned on our training center computers!

Wall Street Demystified: Learn to Use the Morningstar Database Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm

Ever wanted to find out the price/earnings ratio of a stock? Find growth or income mutual funds for your retirement account? Read a concise synopsis of the quarterly performance of various industry sectors?

Learn to use the Morningstar Investment database, a service provided by the Ann Arbor District Library. Morningstar is a respected and reliable source of independent investment analysis for all levels of fund and stock investors, ranging from inexperienced beginners to sophisticated experts.

Join us Tuesday, May 14th at 7pm in the Downtown Training Center located on the 3rd floor. We'll go over the basics of looking up a stock or mutual fund, create screens to find specific categories of stocks or mutual funds, and take a look at Morningstar's portfolio planning tools.

No registration necessary.

Free Tax Preparation Assistance in Washtenaw County

This tax season AADL is serving as a site for the Washtenaw County Asset Building Coalition (WABC) to provide free tax preparation assistance to the low to moderate income-eligible residents of Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Asset Building Coalition is organized to help individuals increase and protect their financial assets and has trained volunteers who are ready to assist with tax returns. There are several dates to choose from, however scheduled appointments are required. You may schedule an appointment by calling the WABC directly at (734) 780-1891. Volunteers are available to assist in languages other than English, such has Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. If you require assistance in one of these languages, let the WABC know when scheduling your appointment.

Click here for a list of what to bring to your appointment. Appointments will be held in the 3rd Floor Training Lab at the Downtown Library on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, February 23, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, March 30, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday, April 3, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, April 13, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Other sites throughout Washtenaw County offering tax assistance are listed here: 2013 Washtenaw County Tax Preparation Sites.

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