Ben Franklin: Self-Taught Multi-Linguist!

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One of the many fascinating facts I've learned about Ben Franklin is that he taught himself to read French, Spanish, Latin, and Italian. You can teach yourself a wide range of languages just like Ben. Maybe not just like Ben as he surely didn't have the kinds of social networking options that we have now! Byki offers a free mobile app for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and Android where you can brush up on the language of your choice. There are also social networking components to assist in your language learning on Facebook, Twitter, and various blogs written by native speakers. For links to language learning materials, and books, movies, magazines, and CDs available in various languages through AADL click here!

June 25th--Act of Grace: A Conversation with Karen Simpson and Robbie Ransom

On Saturday, June 25th authors Karen Simpson and Robbie Ransom will discuss their new book Act of Grace from 5:00 to 6:30 PM at the University of Michigan's North Quad, room 2435. Act of Grace explores the story of Grace Johnson, an African American from Michigan who saves the life of a Klan member named Jonathan Gilmore--and the controversy which follows. Simpson and Ransom are both Michigan residents and graduates of Eastern Michigan University well known for their work in gender and cultural studies. The discussion is free and open to the public, and is presented by the Author’s Forum, a collaboration between the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival. Don't miss the discussion on this amazing story of forgiveness!

For the official UM Library event posting, click here.

Park & Read Passes Have Arrived!

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Now's your chance to get a free one-day pass into any Michigan State Park or recreation area with a Park & Read Pass from AADL this summer! How does it work?

  • A limited number of passes are available at each AADL branch. Passes are available on a first come, first serve basis and can not be reserved. Only one pass may be checked out to a single library card holder at one time. Each pass is good for the free entrance and parking of one car (bring the whole family if they'll fit!) at a State Park or recreation area.
  • When checking out a pass, you'll be given a printed admission card and brochure by the Circulation desk. This admission card is your pass and is turned in at the park on arrival. You don't have to return anything to the library! Passes must be used within seven days of checkout, and can only be used once.
  • For a list of parks and areas you can visit, click here!
  • Park & Read Passes are available this year until October 1st, 2011. Get your pass today and enjoy summer in Michigan at the park!

    2011 Nichols Arboretum Peony Festival

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    It's almost time to stop and smell the peonies at the Arboretum! The Peony Gardens will be in bloom during this year's Peony festival June 4th to June 12th, and there's lots to see and do. Peonies will be available for sale on June 4th and 5th, with proceeds benefiting the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. There will be live music Saturday June 4th from 11 to 1pm, and guided lunchtime tours at noon June 4th through June 10th. Click here for the official event listing, where you can learn about the festival's Peony Photo Contest, more about the Peony Garden, hours and directions for the Arboretum, and more! Want to start your own flower garden? Check out the AADL's flower gardening resources!

    Building Bridges Workshop for Parents

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    On Monday May, 23 at 6pm, College Nannies and Tutors, in partnership with Building Bridges Therapy Center, will be hosting a workshop for parents at the Learning Center at 3907 Jackson Road. In this one hour event, a speech therapist will discuss speech and language development and another professional in the field will be discussing general development and sensory processing. These topics will cover all ages of children. If you are interested in this, please call 734-761-8393 to reserve a seat.

    Healthy Vision Month: Vision Screenings & More for All Ages

    Vision ScreeningsVision Screenings Come to the Downtown library on Sunday, May 22, 1 - 4 PM for vision screenings. The screenings are available at no charge for all ages: babies through adults. At 1 PM, enjoy opening remarks by Dr. John Barletta of Huron Ophthalmology. At 2 PM, co-authors Madison and Malia will read their short story, “The Blind Porcupine”. The sisters were born blind and now have sight thanks to cornea tissue donors and the efforts of the Michigan Eye-Bank. At 3 PM, meet Paws With A Cause® Assistance Dogs. The Healthy Vision Month programs above are cosponsored by the Ann Arbor Host Lions Club, Michigan Eye-Bank and University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library.

    Corrections and Security Career Fair

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    Washtenaw Michigan Works is hosting a Corrections & Security Career Fair on Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 10 am to 2 pm. The Michigan Department of Corrections and Securitas are recruiting for a a wide range of positions in several areas of employment. All attendees of the career fair must be registered at the Washtenaw County Michigan Works Career Transition Center. If not registered, plan to arrive one hour prior to the event to register. Remember to bring your resume and dress for success! For additional information, call 734-544-3053.

    June/July Computer Classes

    June July BrochureJune July Brochure The June/July computer class schedule is available! You can check out the schedule online or pick up the brochure at any library location.

    We'll offer a new class for June and July named Etsy. What's Etsy? Etsy is a hip online marketplace for vintage goods, handmade crafts, and supplies. Etsy will be instructed by local artist Kate Kehoe, owner of Chicalookate.

    All computer classes are open to the public. In other words, you don't have to have a Ann Arbor District Library card to attend a class. Registration is not required and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

    See you in class!

    3 more Weeks with Circle K Tutors for May 2011!!

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    Looking for help with your homework?.
    Tutors from The University of Michigan Chapter of Circle K have scheduled 3 more sessions in May for students in grades K-12.
    You will find tutors on Mondays between 4 and 8pm, .... May 9, May 16, and May 23, 2011, in the DownTown Library Youth Department Story Corner.

    AADL also provides access to Brainfuse. Live tutors are available online from 2-11 pm every day through the Library website!
    This is a unique subscription service the Library provides for you.

    Finish your homework !
    Then you're ready for Summer Festival and Summer Library action.
    Keep watching our site.
    here's lots more to come.

    Award Winning Journalist Eugene Robinson to Speak at U of M

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    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson will be speaking Friday, April 29th from 1:00 to 2:30pm at the Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery Room. A former U of M student, Robinson was the first African American co-editor-in-chief of the Michigan Daily. He has since written for the San Francisco Chronicle and later the Washington Post as both foreign correspondent and foreign editor. Robinson was honored with a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for Commentary for his work and insight on political and social movement. He currently appears on MSNBC as a Political Analyst. Sponsored by the University of Michigan's Center for Afroamerican & African Studies and The Michigan Daily, the event is free and open to the public. For the University's listing of the event, click here. For books by Eugene Robinson held by the AADL, click here.

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