Age in America

The concept of seniority has changed a lot in recent decades, one result of far fewer Americans belonging to labor unions. In Aged by Culture, Margaret Gullette recounts that in the six years her son worked for a temporary employment agency, after graduating from Harvard, he received 1099 forms from more than one hundred companies, none of which paid Social Security, health or pension benefits. She states that thirty percent of Americans are now doing similar kinds of nonstandard work. Other implications of aging in a global economy, are addressed in several books at the Ann Arbor District Library, such as Gray Dawn, Aging and Old Age, Age Power, and My Life in the Middle Ages.

New Class - iPhoto

On Friday, March 23 at 1:00 pm, another class in the iLife series "iPhoto" will be offered. This is for Mac users that want to edit, store, and organize their photos. The iPhoto class will explain the options of slide show, professionally bound books and custom greetings for special events.

New Class - Digital Camera Drop-In

Digital Camera Drop-In will be offered on Monday, March 12 at 3:00 pm. This is an opportunity for those who have completed Digital Camera 101 to clarify any unanswered questions reguarding their camera or software associated with digital camera development.

Please note, registration is still required for this class.

New Class - Buying a Digital Camera

On Friday, January 12 at 3:00 pm a new class "Buying a Digital Camera" will be offered. The technology of taking pictures has changed drastically in the past few years. This class will take the mystery out of buying a digital camera.

Upcoming Computer Class Registration

On December 15 registration will begin for the January, February, and March 2007 classes. Computer class schedule

Starting December 15 registration will be taken at any branch of the library. Registrants can request a hard copy of their class registration.

Registration by phone will also be taken starting on December 15 at 327-8367. The registration phone line will ask you for your name, your library card number, if you are a cardholder, the classes you are requesting, and the location of the classes.

Phone registrants will receive a phone call confirming their registration.

What is Assisted Living?

With many people considering alternative housing for their loved ones, the catagory of "assisted living" turns out to be less clearly defined than many people would think. Linda Lawther, President and CEO of Michigan Center for Assisted Living, said it's only a marketing term in this state. It could refer to several types of housing, such as adult foster care, independent senior apartments, or homes for the aged. The Michigan Department of Human Services regulates licensed sites. Books like Elder Care and Choose the Right Long Term Care can help better educate consumers about this very important family and financial decision.

Zines for Seniors

Ann Arbor District Library subscribes to 680 periodicals for youth, teen, adult and staff, covering a variety of different interests. Folks 50+ will find many of them fascinating, but let's mention just a few. Cruising by Bust, do! Out and Ode, we come to Trailer Life, revved up for an RV journey. Each monthly issue contains ideas for enhancing your RV camper, along with articles and photos on great places to visit. Next choice is Where to Retire, a bimonthly full of photos and information on retirement housing in great locations.

If you want to learn about making a lighter footprint on the planet in retirement, try E: The Environmental Magazine for lots of intersting examples of places and projects you can get involved with. If you're a nostalgia buff, check out Reminisce, packed with high quality vintage photos and light hearted stories about life in the good old days.

Our two large print subcriptions are a special weekly edition of the New York Times, and the monthly Reader's Digest. Among many health related magazines is Arthritis Today, offering information about the condition, and how to live life to the fullest.

New Art and Sports Books Downtown

AADL has an outstanding collection of new Art and Sports books. To highlight this collection they are now moved to the 1st floor next to the DVDs. The Art books feature beautiful Art photographs and illustrations. The Sports books are the most current in print to help your game and to read of contempory and historical sports heros.

Starting a New Business? The MSBTDC may be able to help you

If you're thinking of starting a new business and are looking for information, counseling, resources and other help, the Michigan Small Business & Technology Development Center may be able to assist you. The organization, part of a national and state network, has offices in Ypsilanti and at Washtenaw Community College. Their knowledgable staff presents regular workshops on starting a business called 'Vision to Reality' at several area locations, as well as other special programs on topics such as marketing, business planning, home-based businesses, business taxes and financing. Some programs are free of charge, for others there is a small fee. Just click on the 'Calendar of Training' button to see details about their upcoming schedule.

Animated e-audio Story Books and Games

Animated Story Books for kids of all ages! AADL has acquired e-audio learning activites, puzzles, and e-audio from the publisher TumbleBook Library in Spanish, French, and English. Go to our research page and select Tumblebooks Library from the list of available databases. This product will also become available at all of our locations on Youth computers shortly but available today for customers at home.

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