Kid Bits - Web Safety

The internet is a challenge and there are web sites that provide safety tips for parents raising kids to use the internet wisely. The following web site is from the American Library Services for Children (ALSC). GetNetWise offers "web sites for kids", "Tools for Families", and an "Online Safety Guide".

Tulips & Tune-ups

The flowers are sprouting! Spring is here! And now that the ice has melted, Michigan's potholes are also once again in full bloom…and along with the potholes come the sounds of spring: thumping, squeaking, and knocking from someplace inside my (and probably your) car.

If you're more competent than I am and you're looking for a repair guide to help you dis-thump, un-squeak, or de-knock, try using the Chilton Library Auto Repair database on the AADL's Research Databases Page. You'll find repair guides for cars and even lists of manufacturer bulletins to see if you can get that leaky sunroof fixed for free.

Parent Bits - Dads 101

WARNING! Don't go here if you are not, or do not intend to be, an involved Dad. The graphics are not intended for adults with no children.

If you are an expecting or new Dad, Daddy Brad and Daddy Clay will lead you through the pride and pitfalls of "Building a Good Dad" on their blog. Go to DadLabs.Com. If you are in range of a new birth, diaper pails, breast-feeding, or food faces, to name a few .... these real-life Dads have "Dadvice" for you. They are PROS. The evidence is lab coats WITH company logo on the chest, AND they wear goggles when necessary.
NOTE: Moms, this site can be a lift for you too. Enjoy!

Parent Bits - Web Sites for Parents

Parents need all the help they can get! looking for credibility? For blogging parents, the following recommendations were noted in the March 2007 issue of School Library Journal. Parenthacks provides "Sound practical advice served up in straightforward entries that still manage to be smart". Sample articles are "Email for the Underage", "Sleep (ours and theirs)", "Recording your kids promises with a digital camera". Parentography is a recently launched "online forum for families on the go, with excursion ideas, ratings, and family-friendly places".

Homework Success! - 6th Grade Report

QUESTION? ... A 6th grader needs information on the agate fossil beds in Nebraska.
ANSWER! ... We found the most information in "InfoTrac Student Edition" database on our RESEARCH page. We used keyword "agate fossils" and got a full-text article from

National Parks, Nov-Dec 1993 v67 n11-12 p42(3)
"Frozen in time: some of the world's most significant deposits of fossils are preserved in U.S. national parks".

Abstract: Fossil beds are found in many US national parks and provide an extraordinary history of millions of years of the US ecosystem. Five national monument locations are described: Hagerman Fossil Beds, ID; Florissant Fossil Beds, CO; John Day Fossil Beds, OR; Agate Fossils Beds, NE; and Fossil Butte, WY.

Make It a Michigan Career

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Look no further than the Michigan Career Portal for employment and training opportunities in Michigan. This one-stop-shopping site provides hundreds of links to job postings, career guidance, local labor market data and a wide range of services for job seekers who want to make their future here in Michigan.

Exam Bits - Test Prep

Preparing for school exams? Is everything checked out at the library? Try Learning Express Library on our website.

If your Library card is registered through "My Account" you have access to the databases from home. Login with your username and password. Choose "Research" file at the top of the page. Choose "Learning Express Library" by name. You will find practice exercises for TOEFL, Civil Service, Citizenship, GRE, SAT, and more. You will also find standardized testing for elementary, middle, and high school ages. Study Up!

Science Fair Resource Open House

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Stumped for ideas? Don't know if your idea will fly? Join us for an informational open house! Librarians will be on hand to assist you with our collections, show you resources you didn't know we had, and offer guidance on what's on the web that would be helpful. Dan Ezekiel and Maureen Michael, AAPS Science Teachers, will be on hand to talk about your project and give advice. See you on Monday, Jan. 29 from 6:30-8:30 at the Downtown Library in the Youth Department.

New Source for Nonprofit Information

The Nonprofit Resources Center is a new collection at AADL that focuses on nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit expertise in the areas of fundraising, governance, administration, and employment is now collected together and available for circulation. The Nonprofit Resources Center contains approximately 400 items and is located on the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library. The Nonprofit Resources Center is a collaboration between the NEW Center and Ann Arbor District Library to facilitate the use of these books and to make them available to the widest audience possible. We wish to thank Borders which generously made these materials available.

History Bits - African-American Artists

Introduce kids to African-American history through visual arts. Two books that overview African-American artists since slavery are In Praise Of Our Fathers And Our Mothers: A Black Family Treasury and Wake Up Our Souls. Three youth level biographies with color illustrations of the artist's work are Romare Bearden a collage artist; Don't Hold Me Back with poetry by Nikki Giovanni and art by Winfred Rembert; and Faith Ringgold.

If you wish to find names of African-American artists you can use our database called Biography Resource Center and use the "biographical facts search".

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