Cross the Border with Michigan's New Enhanced Driver's License

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Planning a trip to the Stratford Festival or the Shaw Festival? There's an alternative to the U.S. passport now required for border crossings, the Enhanced Driver's License. The EDL eliminates the need to carry multiple ID documents when returning to the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean. The cost is $45, far less than a passport and it arrives in 2 - 3 weeks. Be sure to bring proof of a valid Social Security number and U.S. citizenship in addition to your driver's license to any of the designated Secretary of State offices.

City of Ann Arbor Town Hall Meeting

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The City of Ann Arbor's annual Town Hall Meeting will be held Tuesday, April 14, 7-9 p.m. at the Community Television Network's new facilities on S. Industrial. Mayor Hieftje and City Administrator Roger Fraser will be on hand to answer questions after the State of the City presentation. Want to do some homework before the meeting? Check out the latest 2010 and 2011 budget info online. The Town Hall Meeting will be rebroadcast on CTN Channel 16.

"O Frabjous Day! Callooh! Callay!"

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The AADL now subscribes to The Columbia Granger’s World of Poetry with the full text of 250,000 poems.

Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky is one. 149 Robert Frost poems are available.

Get a daily dose of poetry by visiting The Columbia Granger’s and reading the featured poem of the day.

Poems can be searched by author, title, first line, words in the poem, and subject.

You can browse by eras (for example, Augustan Era or Romantic Era), schools of poetry (for example, the Beats or the Harlem Renaissance), or language (15 languages).

Browse also offers the Top 500 Poems (the 500 most frequently anthologized poems).

The Listening Room offers audio versions of 101 poems.

Brief biographies and commentaries are provided for some poets and poems.

The Columbia Granger's may be found among the databases on the AADL Research page.

New eLibrary Elementary Goodies

Does your child only want to play or learn on the computer? Check out the new Weekly Reader series at elibrary Elementary on our website. There are biographies and histories in graphic novel format. The illustrations will captivate and the stories will spark interest in subjects that are sometimes just beyond a child’s reach. While you are at the research page on our website, click on AADL Select Sites for Kids and see what the library has to offer. Then lure them away with hands-on science activities.

How Did We Get to Now?

With a mouse click on the aadl.org Research tab you can read basic articles on American and World history and biography. Two of the databases there are History Resource Center: US & World, and Biography Resource Center. These can be searched even without a library card from any AADL building, or with your library card number from anywhere else. You will have free access to articles about things of interest to you from the past; give it a try and you’ll get hooked on history! Also, check out the other free databases for finance, genealogy, literature, popular magazines, historical photographs, and other topics.

Kid Bits - Federal Guidelines for Fitness

"The Feds have unveiled their first-ever physical activity guidelines for kids". Take a look at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website. It's very straight-forward and useful.
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines For Americans
Then GET ACTIVE with:
Fit 4 U With Twirly Sue And Crew
Shana Banana Yoga
Food And Fitness Matter
Fitty Cap Hip-Hop Dancexercise For Kids

Something About The Author Online is here!

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Not just for Children's Lit. students! AADL has recently added the Something About The Author Online database, a product from Gale Cengage Learning. This valuable resource compiles biographical profiles of authors and illustrators of books for kids and teens from the over 200 volume print set. Each profile includes information regarding the individual's personal life, contact details, career highlights, complete bibliography, and works in progress. Samples of illustrations are also included. You will find citations for other biographical and critical sources. Also included are all profiles from the Autobiography series of Something About The Author, providing rare first-person perspective about the author's career and works.

You can search this database by author, illustrator, title, or keyword, as well as combine terms and browse a complete list of included individuals.

This is one-stop shopping for info about your favorite author for kids or teens!

Teen Reading Habits and Perceptions Survey - take it now!

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Love to read? Hate to read? Maybe you're somewhere in the middle? Please TELL US WHAT YOU THINK! You are invited to take a quick survey to let the authors of the forthcoming book, Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, 4th edition, know about your reading habits and your perception of reading in general. So if you read willingly and often, reluctantly and rarely, or have a more challenging relationship with reading - we encourage you to share your experiences. The authors are Michele Gorman and Tricia Suellentrop. Take the survey here.

Every Child Ready To Read

The NATIONAL INSTITUTE For LITERACY is a government agency promoting early Literacy practices for families. You can find activities and testamonials in their booklets. The booklets are by age level as follows:
KINDERGARTEN: Kindergartners Learn To Read.
FIRST Grade: First Graders Learn To Read.
SECOND and THIRD Grade: Second And Third Graders Learn To Read.

Election Results

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Nov. 4th unofficial statewide results from the Secretary of State and county and local results from the Washtenaw County Clerk are online. Unofficial results for other Michigan counties are also available. For 2008 nationwide results with an historical perspective, check out the Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.

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