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.

DVD Bits - Finding Movies with a "G Rating"

Teachers and Parents ask "how do I find the movies with a G Rating"?
You can get a list of G-Rated Movies for Kids on the internet. The nice thing about the list is that it begins with 2005 movies and gets older. This means the movies would be on DVD, and perhaps the kids haven't seen them yet.

View YOUR Sample Ballot Now

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Your sample ballot, from President of the United States right down to your City Council Ward candidates, is available now from Michigan Votes. Once you fill in the info on the opening screen you'll go to a page with a purple "View My Sample Ballot" button. There's a handy print feature on the sample ballot page too. Need more info on the candidates and proposals? Check out the League of Women Voters of Michigan Statewide Voter Guide and the MLive local candidate guide.

Parent Bits - Kids and Self-Esteem

There's more than one way to help kids grow up healthy and competent. In addition to books on Self-Esteem like Stick Up For Yourself!, there are websites that can be useful. The October 2008 issue of Library Sparks provides suggested websites:
Kid's Health: Self-Esteem offers easy-to-use information by age levels, and a "fun and games" section section for kids 6-12 years old.
Kids Health For Kids: The Story Of Self-Esteem offers information in both English and Spanish language.

I Want My CTV

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Want to watch the local candidate debates on your time? Head over to the CTN Video on Demand page and watch the debates you want when you want them. The new service runs 24/7 and will be expanded to include much of the Channel 19 programming.

Voter Guides Are Here

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The Michigan League of Women Voters 2008 Nonpartisan Voter Guide is now available at all AADL branches. The Guide covers all statewide elections and ballot proposals. The Guide also includes biographies and answers to questions for all candidates who responded. The League offers an online version of the Guide that includes the handy Clip & Take to Polls list. Polls open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4th. Click here for more information on voting in Michigan.

Terrible Beauty Underfoot

It's a great time of year for hiking at any of the delightful Ann Arbor city parks, as the leaves are changing color and the blood-thirsty insects finally die off. But don't forget about the terrible beauty underfoot: poison ivy, oak, and sumac. These silent pests are some of the first plants to change color, and they thrive where many a "step had trodden black." You can find poison ivy at the edge of footpaths, on the barks of trees, along fences, or at its most vicious, as autonomous shrubs that branch out laterally.

Although not everyone is allergic to the urushiol oil that causes the weepy, itchy blisters, it's important to be able to recognize the three leaf plants on sight, for the oil can seep into the skin within three minutes of contact. All parts of the plant -- including the roots and berries -- contain the poisonous oil, so be careful when digging in the garden as well. If you do make that unfortunate contact, it's best to wash the area immediately with plenty of soap and water. For more information on the poisonous trio, try the Health and Wellness Resource Center database available on aadl.org.

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