Free Software Tutorials!

Check out the LearningExpress Library @ AADL research for free Software Tutorials in Adobe Flash, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Corel WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft SharePoint, and Microsoft Visio.

Enjoy free online computer training at GCF Learn Free and research career training at CareerOneStop

Or take a computer class @ AADL, the complete schedule is available at aadl.org/classes. Registration is not required!

New Computer Classes in August and September!

umjobs.org: Join Kathleen McCollum, a Business Systems Analyst from the UM Human Resources office, to learn how to search and apply for jobs at the University of Michigan.
Thursday, August 11, 7 to 9 pm, Traverwood
Tuesday, September 20, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Malletts Creek

Research Database Training: Need to support an argument or write a paper for school? Need a primary source? Take advantage of the research databases available @ AADL. Learn how to gather information beyond your personal experiences and observations, and explore what other people have learned.
Tuesday, September 13, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Downtown
Tuesday, September 20, 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Pittsfield

Word Review & Edit: Learn how to track changes, add comments, compare two versions of a document, and restrict editing.
Friday, September 29, 1 - 3 pm, Pittsfield

Health Information on the Web - Finding the Good Stuff: Presented by UM Taubman Health Sciences Library. Learn which websites are the best resources for your health. From the library's databases to free online resources like the National Library of Medicine's Medline Plus, you will learn how to access this information and keep your family safe and healthy.
Wednesday, September 28, 1 - 3 pm, Malletts Creek

Pick up the latest computer class schedule at any library location, review the schedule online, or call 734-327-4555 for more information. Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and the classrooms will open 15 minutes before the class begins. See you in class!

Important Information You Need to Know NOW!

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Now that you have read our website front, back and sideways, you've GOT to get on the Brainfuse bandwagon! Check out the newest on-line learning options that are sure to enhance your study experience. The HelpNow 3.0 upgrade Study Suite offers study tools for an array of Standardized Tests. The interactive Flashbulb gives learners access to an extensive library of online flashcard sets in hundreds of subjects. Visit the Test Center for students to practice test themselves in core subjects. Plus there's still the Expert Help you can get from a live tutor from 2:00-11:00 EVERY day except posted holidays. Tutors are available for students from grade school to college. Please take a look at the demos on the Brainfuse website, scroll down & get acquainted with these awesome features!

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.

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