New Toys at AADL--Snap-Together Letter Blocks!

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Introducing Snap-Together Letter Blocks: one of many new toys at the AADL this season! Who needs flash cards when tots can learn letters and spelling with fun, colorful letter blocks that snap together! Plus, each block features the uppercase and lowercase version of one letter—so they reinforce letter recognition, too! The blocks are at the youth department in the Downtown branch now, but they'll move to another AADL location soon! Come check out the blocks, and all our new toys!

Small Business and Job Search Toolkit

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Do you know about our Small Business and Job Search Toolkit? If you're looking for a job, thinking about starting a small business, or just interested in local employment trends, it's a great place to get started! One of the best sites for local jobs is the Michigan Talent Bank, so be sure to check it out. Good luck in finding a career you love!

Winter Break Computer Classes

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Why wait until the New Year to take a computer class when you can get started right now? The following classes are scheduled during the last week of December.

Digital Camera 101 - Do you find your digital camera to be a little confusing? Are there buttons you avoid because you aren't sure what they do? Do you want to feel more confident about using the camera menu? Come to the Digital Camera class and we'll help you locate the menu, understand some of the camera and photo settings, turn on and off the flash, and more camera basics. Bring your camera!
Wednesday December 29, 2010: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch

Microsoft Word Insert - Find out why using a Page Break to move the blinking cursor to the top of the next page is a good idea. Explore inserting Columns, Tables, Footnotes, Indexes, and Symbols.
Wednesday December 29, 2010: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch

Microsoft Word Drawing - You'll want to sit and play with the Microsoft Word program all day long after you take this class. Learn how to insert objects (Shapes, Squares, Circles, Charts, WordArt, Diagrams, Clip Art and more) into a Microsoft Word document and format the object color and border. Once you're comfortable inserting objects you'll learn how to wrap text around objects, layer the objects behind the text, and more.
Thursday December 30, 2010: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and registration is not required. Classrooms will open 15 minutes before the start of class.

Looking for a Job?

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Job searching is a full time job. Be sure to keep your eye on job postings on the Michigan Talent Bank website. You can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. You can also find information on local job fairs. The range of employers is diverse so the site is useful whether you are looking for your first career or a new career. If you're interested in volunteer opportunities (aka resume boosters), you can browse those as well! If you need some help with your resume or cover letter, you can find help at our computer classes that are geared towards job searching. You’ll be well on your way to getting the job you want!

Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass!

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Looking for some indoor fun this winter? Come to any of our branches and check out a Museum Adventure Pass! There are over 30 museums you can visit, and the passes admit 2 or 4 depending on where you're headed. A new participant this year is the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, where you can explore the exhibitions of contemporary art in a renovated auto dealership. MOCAD also offers public programs including lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for children.

Brainfuse Homework Help

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With the end of the semester right around the corner, final tests and papers loom on the horizon. Get help any day of the week from 2 – 11pm with the online tutoring service, Brainfuse. Brainfuse allows you to chat live with trained instructors for real-time assistance. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge. Every tutor has a specialty area as well as being trained in online teaching techniques to help explain the tough subjects for grades 3 and up. Available in Spanish and English. Click here to get started.

Hands On With Photoshop Elements!

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Monday November 22, 2010: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Join us in class Monday night for an introduction to Photoshop Elements. We teach the class on Mac computers and include tips for PC users. We'll show you simple photo edits like rotate and crop and then move on to tools such as the magnetic lasso and the magic wand. You'll learn how to remove blemishes, apply filters and much more!

We hope to see you in class! Just bring yourself. We'll supply the photos.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classrooms will open 15 minutes before the class start times. Registration is not required. The complete list of computer classes is available here.

Ace That Job Interview

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Washtenaw Community College Employment Services presents Speed Interviewing! Described as sort of like speed dating for learning interview skills, this event will allow you to get quick, helpful interview tips from Human Resource managers as well as other career professionals. Speed Interviewing will be held on Wednesday, November 17 from 3 to 5 pm in room 211 of the Student Center. To register, please call Employment Services at (734) 677-5155.

Mail Merge Will Help You Create Holiday Letters

Don't think you have the time to create personalized holiday letters? Come to the Microsoft Word Mail Merge class to learn the fast and efficient method to create, print, and send personalized letters to a list of contacts.

Microsoft Word Mail Merge, Tuesday, November 9th, 7 - 9 pm, West Branch.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first served basis and registration is not required. Click here to see a complete list of the upcoming classes. See you in class!

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Need Help With Your Resume?

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Washtenaw Community College Employment Services presents Resume-O-Rama! Described as sort of like speed dating for your resume, this event will allow you to get quick, helpful critiquing of your resume from Human Resource managers as well as other career professionals. Resume-O-Rama will be held on Thursday, November 11 from 3 to 5 pm in room 211 of the Student Center. To register, please call Employment Services at (734) 677-5155.

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