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.

New Look for 1st Floor Downtown

There are some changes on the 1st floor Downtown. The Books on CD are located now behind the Fiction and Media desk and are better organized for better browsing. Additional music CD shelving has been added and all 10,000 CDs are available for selection. The New Nonfiction from the 2nd floor is moved to the 1st floor for your convenience.

Zoom Lends DVDs now available at all AADL locations

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Now you don't have to get in line to see the hottest movies! Beginning Friday, October 20, a selection of popular DVD titles will be available for rental at all AADL locations for $1 per week. All Zoom Lends copies are available on a first come, first served basis.

Ann Arbor Police Department Online Exhibit Debuts

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The Ann Arbor District library's web site is now home to an online pictorial exhibit and history of the Ann Arbor Police Department. The exhibit, one of four local history collections on the library's research page, features a large assemblage of images of the police department and its officers, police vehicles, artifacts and documents. The pictorial collection is accompanied by the complete text of Lieutenant Michael Logghe's True Crimes and the History of the Ann Arbor Police Department which traces the history of the department from its beginnings in the 1870s to the late 1990s. The narrative is filled with fascinating accounts of the organization, development, and controversial issues which faced the department, as well as inside information on the large array of major criminal investigations which have been part of that history, such as the 1908 student riot at the Star Theater, the murder and aftermath of Officer Clifford Stang in 1935, the student unrest of the 1960s and and 1970s, the shocking co-ed murders, and numerous others.

Value Line

Value Line is now available from a computer at any Library branch. Value Line is an investment advisory service that rates hundreds of stocks as to safety, timeliness and projected price performance. It's best known for the Value Line Investment Survey, a comprehensive source of information and advice on approximately 1,700 stocks, more than 90 industries, the stock market, and the economy.

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