Summer Reading = up, stress = down.

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Library summer reading programs evolved from studies that show that students who do not read during the summer lose some of the gains that they made during the previous academic year.

Translation: children who read during the summer do better in school in the fall.

First Time Camper Program

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Have you been meaning to give camping a try? If so, the “First Time Camper” Program might be for you. This program, sponsored by Gander Mountain, aims to provide an opportunity for new campers to experience both campers and the outdoors. Equipment, instructions, gear and information are provided at an economic rate.

In order to help new campers prepare for their experience, each group receives a welcome kit that outlines what to expect, pack and wear. After check-in, DNR staff help participants through the process of setting up camp and settling in.

For more information about the program, including a list of participating parks and recreation areas click here.

Happy camping!

Summer Reading Program 2009: Local Motion

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Summer reading time is here!

This year the theme for AADL’s summer reading program is Local Motion. All summer long we will offer a variety of programs around this theme including nature walks, jump roping, dancing, and rock climbing. Whether you’re hoping to learn more about health topics and being active or would like to participate as an audience member, there is something here for you.

All ages are invited to play the summer reading game (June 12-August 14). You can even register online. The youth game includes incentive stamps and prizes along the way to reading or listening to 10 books. Teens have many choices of activities to complete the game and become eligible for a prize drawing. Adults, yes, there is something for you too.

Join us at for our Summer Reading Kick-off concert at The Ark! Local act, Gemini, will get kids moving to rousing music from around the world. Families will have the opportunity to register for the summer reading program at this concert. We hope to see you there Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 PM.

The popular Lego Contest, Graffiti Art Contest and Manga Drawing Contest are back this year, and this year's details are available now.

At the end of the day, we hope you have fun this summer, and we want to be a part of that fun! We hope to see you this summer.

Lost in Library Land?

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Are you new to Ann Arbor or the USA? We would be happy to give you or your group a library tour. Call 327-8311 at least two weeks before your requested date. These tours can be very helpful for English language learners who want to utilize what Ann Arbor District Library has to offer, like My Account and our awesome Research Pages. We offer five types of tours including the Malletts Creek Green Tour and a Class Research Tour. Take a look and check out a book!

Need more Education or Training?

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Washtenaw County etcs is hosting and Educational Fair on Monday, June 8 from 1pm to 3pm at the Michigan Works! Service Center in Ypsilanti. The attending schools will be University of Phoenix, International Truck Driving School, Washtenaw Community College, and Cleary University. AFLAC will also be attending as a featured employer.

Improve Your Job Search with Better Cover Letters and Employer Research: Nuts & Bolts Lab

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Tuesday June 9, 2009: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Training Center
*Registration required:
Want to outshine your competition when you apply for a job? At the first session of this workshop (Tuesday, June 9th, 10-11 am), you will learn the secrets to a great cover letter. This class will cover formatting, style and most importantly--content! Learn how doing just a little research about your potential employer will put you ahead of the rest!

Computer Classes on Saturdays

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Did you ever wish that the library offered computer classes on Saturday? Your wish is granted.

On Saturday June 6th we have three classes scheduled with plenty of room for you!
Beginning Email at the Downtown Library 10 am - 12 pm
Craigslist at the Pittsfield branch 10 am -12 pm
Microsoft Mail Merge at the Malletts Creek branch 1 - 3 pm

Learning is a Family Thing!

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The "Learning is a Family Thing" (LIFT) Program is a series of interactive sessions designed to enhance family, health, financial, and workplace skills for everyone in the family. The upcoming session at AADL is called Dollars and Sense, which focuses on credit management, budgeting, and financial smarts for all ages. There will be activities for the whole family, prizes, raffles, and giveaways, and snacks and drinks will be provided. Join us on Sunday, June 7 from 2 to 4 pm on the fourth floor of the downtown library.

Job Searching??

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Consider attending Washtenaw Community College's "Winning the Job Search Race" employer panel on Tuesday, June 9 from noon to 1:20pm at the Cranes Liberal Art Building, room 175. The panel is made up of local employers who will give insights on what they look for in resumes, applications, and cover letters, as well as what they think is important in interviews, and much more! For more information and/or to register, please contact WCC Employment Services Center at 734-677-5155 or careers@wccnet.edu.

Need a Job?

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Check out these job searching tips and 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. You’ll be well on your way to getting the job you want!

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