Michigan Activity Pass - Fun for the Family!

Spending time with my grandkids is something I enjoy regardless of the activity or season. I try to make it a point to expose them to as many cultural activities that I can over summer vacation. Whether it is visiting a museum, attending live music performances, or seeing a historical site, summer seems like the perfect opportunity to broaden their learning experiences in a fun, organic way.

This is why the Michigan Activity Pass (MAP) is one of my favorite services offered by AADL. MAP allows cardholders complimentary/reduced admission, or entitles them to other exclusive offers for over 70 participating cultural facilities all across Michigan. The AADL has five passes per week for every participating organization. Library cardholders can print a pass from the AADL website either from home or the library. From the website, click on the "Services" tab, and then click on "Michigan Activity Pass" on the list of "Unusual Stuff to Borrow".

I always to suggest to patrons who are going on vacation to see if there are any venues listed in MAP either on their route, or near their destination to add to their itinerary. MAP is great tool to get more acquainted with our great state! You can search for the participating attractions here.

YOU DON'T STOP! Neither do THE BADGES! Your SECOND WAVE of badges for 2014!

Whoa. You guys are just UNSTOPPABLE. I mean, really, we thought that maybe Summer Game just had a SUPER STRONG START this year, and maybe things would get a little sleepy. But no, no, NO, all of you hardcore SG players aren't the least bit tired. In fact, we're having trouble figuring out just when you are even fitting in sleep with all the massive READING, LISTENING, WATCHING, GOING-TO-FUN-STUFF and BADGE EARNING you've been doing!

I mean really, HOW DO YOU DO IT? You're fired up, and so are we! We can see your enthusiasm in the fact that MULTIPLE badges have already been earned by 300+ PLAYERS. I mean really, you guys are burning up the badge board!

We're happy to be dropping SIXTEEN FRESH SHINY BADGES for your playing pleasure today. And that doesn't even COUNT all the KIDS READ COMICS badges that we'll be releasing tomorrow for the KRC festivities. Whoa!

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Of course, if you haven't had the chance to earn last week's badges, you can hop on those too. And, all you pro players, it's been great to see you lending a helping hand to SG new folks in the comments, too. Keep up the AWESOME WORK, and, as always... THANKS FOR PLAYING!

Summer GED Test Preparation Class

Ann Arbor Public Schools Adult Education offers a GED test preparation class at the Malletts Creek Branch Library this summer. Required registration will be July 2 from 1 - 4 pm at Malletts Creek. Classes will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1 - 4 pm. You must be 18 or older to enroll, but you do not need to live in the Ann Arbor school district. If you have any questions, call the adult education office at 734-997-1250. The office is currently open part-time, so please leave a message with your name and phone number if no one answers, and your call will be returned.

If you're studying to take the GED test, check out the many materials the library has to help!

IT HAS BEGUN! And here comes your first BADGE DROP of 2014!

HOLY COW, GUYS! Summer game started 10 hours ago and it's off to a ROARING start! Over 700,000 points already scored, 1800 game codes entered, and 530 badges earned! 10 HOURS! And it's not just the most hardcore players, there are 500 players playing already! I know that's 5 exclamation points in a row, but you have to understand how AMAZING this is!(!)

The thing is, we had a feeling this might happen, so we came prepared: this year's first badge drop is the biggest first badge drop ever with 20 BADGES in all: 7 starter badges, 12 scavenger hunt badges, and Josie's Chickens, a special badge that requires a trip to the Downtown Library and a visit to the library director's office:
2014 Badge Drop #1

SOOOO...what's your next move? Earning badges? Planning which events you will go to? Finding codes in the catalog and on Old News? Rating items writing reviews tagging items making lists?? Visiting libraries to get codes?

Oh, speaking of codes, did I mention that there are already 174 codes waiting to be found by YOU at libraries, in the catalog, and at library events? How on earth can you do it?! Dedication, that's how! Go to those events! Complete those badges! GET THOSE CODES!!! DISMISSED!!!

Science Tools to Borrow

EarthEarthEarthEarthDid you know AADL has some really cool science tools available for cardholders to borrow? We have globes of the Earth and Mars; there are dinosaur and other prehistoric animal kits. There are several meters available such as an environmental, UV, sound, microwave and EMF . We also have stereo and digital microscopes and Dobsonian telescopes.

With summer almost here, plan a quiet evening stargazing with one of the telescopes or reserve one of the dinosaur kits to share with your little ones on a rainy day. If you are runner, consider borrowing the neulog pulse meter to compare your active and resting heart rate. With so many geeky-cool fun things to try, it may take all summer to try them all.

Small Business Support for You

Small Business Support for YouSmall Business Support for YouStarting a new business for the first time can be daunting. There are so many things to learn which have nothing to do with the product or service you will be selling. Luckily, we have thought of all of the potential questions you may have, and compiled a list of resources to help you relax a bit when it comes to organizing your new business.

The AADL Small Business and Entrepreneur Resources page has links for help with every step of the way in setting up a small business. There are resources for finding a mentor, and a list of organizations that can help you get started. You will find information on the difference between a for-profit verses a non-profit business model, and links to check the availability of potential business names in Washtenaw County.

If your business includes packaging food, we have a link to the MSU Product Center who specializes in working with small businesses and helping them package their products. Many of their clients have gone on to win awards for their innovative packaging.

Also included is a list of U.S. government important links about tax laws and IRS information.

Finally, once you get all of the preliminary groundwork out of the way and well on your way to getting your business off the ground, visit our site again. Once you start to meet with clients, or you need to hold meetings, don't forget AADL has rooms available for rent. If you need an ongoing space, in our resource list, we also have local options for shared office spaces.

From Obstacles to Opportunities

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living invites you to an event for International Coaching Week- From Obstacles to Opportunities! Coaching for Improved Employment Outcomes: Using your strengths as building blocks for your best self. The event will be on Wednesday, May 21, from 10 am – 12 pm at the Ann Arbor CIL. Geraldine Markel, Ph.D. will speak about managing your mind for learning and performance and there will be mini-speed coaching sessions by career and abilities coaches from around the community. RSVP and request accommodations at: careerservices@aacil.org or (734) 971-0277 x 27.

Let Your Library Help You Find Your Dream Job

GraduationGraduationGraduation is an exciting time in life. But, if you don't have a job lined up, it can to lead to frustration and make you yearn for your homework days. The competition can be fierce, with employers having so many candidates for so few positions, job-seekers really need to know how to market their skill-set. That's where AADL can help!

The AADL Job Search Toolkit is at your service with whatever job seeking questions you may have. There are articles on how to write resumes and cover letters - there is even a link to a resume grader that lets you know how your resume stacks up to others' in your field.

You can also find articles on where to find job postings, salary calculators, common interview questions, negotiating salary and other valuable information.

Visit AADL virtually, or person, and jump-start your career today.
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WCC Information Technology Career Fair

Washtenaw Community College is holding an Information Technology Career Fair for WCC students, alumni, and community members. The fair will be on May 22 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Morris Lawrence Building. About 30 employers will be there looking for IT professionals to join their team. To register, follow this link. Bring copies of your resume, and dress to impress!

Need help writing your resume? Take a look at the AADL's collection of books that can do just that!

Global Accessibility Awareness Day

May 15th is Global Accessibility Awareness Day!

Stemming from a seemingly innocuous blog post in 2011 by a Los Angeles based web developer, Global Accessibility Awareness Day is now an international event with efforts to draw attention to digital accessibility, or lack there of. Challenge yourself any time at a computer by changing your digital habits: go mouse-less for an hour and use only key strokes to navigate your favorite website, or try re-sizing the text on your browser to 200% and check for any losses in content or functionality. You can also learn more about joining an in-person international or local event.

And don't forget about resources and assistive technology offered through the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at AADL, and the large print books available for check-out in the catalog!

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