Learn @ AADL

You can pick up a new class brochure at any library location or review the schedule online.

Tuesday February 7, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Downtown Library - New Class! Wall Street Demystified: If you've ever wanted to get a clear picture of your investments and qualified unbiased advice, take this class! Get independent and trusted stock and mutual fund analysis, research and ratings. Morningstar experts will be on hand.

Wednesday February 8, 7 - 9 pm, Downtown Library - eMedia: Learn how to download eMedia at aadl.org. Download audiobooks using Overdrive, eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions or Mobipocket, and MP3 songs using Magnatune.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. See you in class!

Writers' Resources on the Web

Tuesday January 24, 2012: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Training Center

Are you an aspiring writer? Learn about online resources for writing contests, periodical submissions, and support groups.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for the complete class schedule.

Small Business Marketing Guide on Webopedia

Check out the free web marketing tools and strategies for small businesses on Webopedia. Get tips for email, social media, search engine optimization, blogging, and mobile marketing. Webopedia is brought to you by The IT Business Edge Network, an Internet and Technology news and information network.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect: www.mitalent.org

Are you currently looking for a job, or know someone who is? Check out this new State of Michigan website called Pure Michigan Talent Connect developed to connect job seekers with employers at www.mitalent.org. You can search for jobs, post your resume, and learn about upcoming career events and job fairs. Find out which careers you're most suited for and calculate investments that will be made on your career path. Good luck in your search!

Home Buying Pre-Purchase Education

Are you interested in buying a home but feel that you need some education about the process? Michigan State University Extension offers two free Pre-purchase Education courses in January. The sessions are on January 16 & 23 from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Learning Resource Center. Pre-register by calling (734) 997-1678.

New Book Clubs to Go (January 2012)

The following new Book Clubs to Go kits have been added to our collection:

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Ralph Truitt, a wealthy businessman with a troubled past has advertised for a reliable wife; and his ad is answered by Catherine Land, a woman who makes every effort to hide her own dark secrets.

City of Thieves by David Benioff
A captivating novel about war, courage, survival-and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered in Seattle, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.

Room by Emma Donoghue
A 5-year-old narrates a riveting story about his life growing up in a single room where his mother aims to protect him from the man who has held her prisoner for seven years since she was a teenager.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Dagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's Disease, Harvard psychologist Alice Howland struggles to find meaning and purpose in her everyday life as her concept of self gradually slips away.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Abandoned on a 1913 voyage to Australia, Nell is raised by a dock master and his wife who do not tell her until she is an adult that she is not their child, leading Nell to return to England and eventually hand down her quest for answers to her granddaughter.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Henrietta Lacks, a poor Southern tobacco farmer, was buried in an unmarked grave sixty years ago. Yet her cells -- taken without her knowledge, grown in culture and bought and sold by the billions -- became one of the most important tools in medical research.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
The stories of a small Cape Cod postmistress and an American radio reporter stationed in London collide on the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II, a meeting that is shaped by a broken promise to deliver a letter.

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
When their seven-year-old daughter goes missing, Antonia evaluates her decision to stay in a loveless marriage that caused her child to withdraw into silence, while Martin confronts an uncomfortable aspect of his own personality.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Unwillingly brought together to care for their ailing mother, three sisters who were named after famous Shakespearean characters discover that everything they have been avoiding may prove more worthwhile than expected.

The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon
An alternate historical work based on a premise that Alaska became the Jewish homeland after World War II finds detective Meyer Landsman investigating a heroin-addicted chess prodigy's murder, a case with ties to an extremist Orthodox sect.

Living with Low Vision Support Group

Join the Living with Low Vision group each month at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Each meeting features a guest speaker or an activity for individuals with low vision. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 2pm to 4pm. The next meeting is January 10th. If you have questions, contact Gale Oren at (734) 763-9468 or goren@umich.edu.

Be Prepared for Flu Season!

It's that time of year again, and influenza is going around! You can educate yourself and your family about the flu, learn how to prevent getting the flu and even find a place near you to get a flu vaccination shot- all by using the resources found on the influenza section of AADL Select Sites. While you're at it, check out all the other topics for many valuable resources, selected for you by AADL staff!

Watching DVDs Over the Holidays?

How about doing us a big favor, as well as a favor for many of our patrons who benefit from watching films with Descriptive Video Service? Check the language settings at the beginning of the DVD menu to see if there is a described narration track, or see if it says "Described Narration" on the label. Then, add a comment to this blog indicating the name of the DVD & I will add it if it's not already on this list. Described narration can be on both youth & adult DVDs. More and more films are being produced with this feature. Some of these DVDs are now available by mail to our WLBPD patrons, too!

Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Pure Michigan Talent Connect provides a way for job seekers, employers, career explorers, entrepreneurs, and veterans to connect.
- Discover which industries need your skills with the Career Matchmaker.
- Calculate if a career change is worth the investment with the Career Investment Calculator.
- Find a job with the Job Portal.
- Post a job.

Some of the businesses that have pledged to participate in the Pure Michigan Talent Connect program are: Busch's Fresh Food Market, The Solar Specialist - Mechanical Energy Systems, Mid-America Machining, Merrill Technology Group, Cornerstone Staffing Solutions, and more.

You may also find a link to Pure Michigan Talent Connect in the Michigan Electronic Library Business and Jobs Gateway.

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