Book Clubs To Go Kits

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If your book group has trouble getting enough copies for every member to read, the discussion is lackluster from time to time, or you're hard pressed for time reading the book--let alone researching author information and books reviews: The AADL's new service Book Clubs To Go is the answer.

In each of our attractively packaged Book Clubs to Go kits you will find:

* 10 copies of the book (many literary award winners and some in large print format)
* Book reviews and an author biography
* A list of thoughtful discussion questions (Believe me, our staff labored over these so you don't have to!)
* A list of "read alikes"
* and some helpful Book Group Tips to revive, revamp and revitalize any book group.

The kits can be borrowed for 6 weeks and may be picked up at all library locations. Holds should be placed by a representative of the group.

For those books-to-film titles, we have included DVDs to enhance your discussion. Some kits contain two titles to be discussed in tandem. More titles are being added to the collection every week.

Homework help at AADL

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Beginning this Wednesday, September 10, 2008, the Ann Arbor District Library will be partnering with the University of Michigan’s Circle K chapter to provide free homework help for school-aged children and teenagers. Circle K is an international service organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. College student volunteers will be available on Wednesdays, 4:00-8:00 PM, in the Downtown Youth Story Corner for drop-in homework help.

Additionally, AADL offers homework help through Brainfuse, an online resource that provides free, one-on-one homework help and skills building. This service is available between the hours of 2:00PM and 11:00PM, seven days a week. You may access this product remotely or at any of our locations.

Get Homework Help with a Live Tutor

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The Library is pleased to offer Brainfuse, a new online tutoring service that matches students with a live tutor for personalized homework help. Just log on to chat one-on-one with a tutor in real time for individual help answering homework questions, building skills in specific subject areas, or writing a better research paper. Tutors (including Spanish-speakers) are available from 2-11 p.m. 7 days a week and help is available for all students, from elementary school through high school and beyond. No appointment is necessary.

Another Time Saving Device

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Looking for ways to save time? The Library is here to help. Now you can sign up for a computer class or an event that requires registration without making a phone call or walking away from your computer. Simply login to your Library account on the My Account page and find the program or class you want to register for. Click “Register Now” and follow the directions. My Account keeps a handy list of your registrations, and you can cancel registrations through My Account too. Check it out and save some time!

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down

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Have you ever suggested a book or an author to a friend? Why not take the next step and write a book review on aadl.org? You will help add to the Library's online reviews, and who knows, you might even introduce someone to their next great read! There are CDs and DVDs to review as well. It’s easy and fun to do. Login to your online Library account My Account. Go to the Catalog and find the item you want to review. Click "Write a Review" and inspire someone today!

Great Adventures With Your Camera

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Whether you spend your vacation traveling across the country or in your own back yard, there are always opportunities to take photos. Digital cameras provide new options for taking close-up photos of your favorite gardening project and also those bright light pictures you may want to take at the beach. If you'd like to learn more about digital cameras and photos, check out our Digital Camera 101 and Digital Camera 102 classes being offered this fall. Registration for classes will begin in mid-August, and there is no charge to attend.

Waiting For You

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Did you know the Traverwood Branch has two wonderful features not offered at our other branches? Parking is available underneath the branch. This includes handicapped parking and bike racks. The entrance for the underground lot is on Huron Parkway. An elevator as well as stairs are available to take you from the parking area to the Library’s lobby. Not only does the underground parking give you easy access to the Library, but it also provides shelter for you in inclement weather. Come to the Traverwood Branch and check out these new features waiting for you.

A Cool Place To Be

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Whether it’s a steamy July afternoon or a cold January morning, the Ann Arbor District Library is always a cool place to be. Escape from the heat with your laptop to any of our locations and hookup to our Wifi. Relax and read a newspaper in a cozy chair in the reading room at our Malletts Creek Branch. Browse the latest dvds in our collection. Enjoy the woodsy atmosphere of our new Traverwood Branch. It’s all there for you to enjoy year round at the Ann Arbor District Library.

John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007

The Campbell Award (and a list of previous winners) named In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan the Best Science Fiction Novel of 2007. The award was created to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (now called Analog). Many writers and scholars call Campbell, who edited the magazine from 1937 until his death in 1971, the father of modern science fiction.

You might remember back in January 2008, In War Times was picked as the best 2007 SF novel by the American Library Association's Reading List Council Genre Fiction Awards. For a list of the major literary award winners, check out our new service : BookLetters.

Summer Tutor Training with Washtenaw Literacy

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Need something to fill these lazy days of summer? How about putting tutoring at the top of your to do list. Adults interested in tutoring other adults in reading, writing or English as another language can participate in five two-hour sessions this month, generously sponsored by Comcast. Your time will be well spent and make a difference in someone's life in a way you'd never imagine. Visit Washtenaw Literacy for more information.

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