Homes With Visitability

Americans are not accustomed to designing single-family homes for the probability that someone close to them will have mobility problems in the future. At a recent meeting of Senior Advocates of Washtenaw (SAW), a workgroup of Blueprint for Aging, Carolyn Grawi, Sue Hart and David Esau introduced the concept of visitablility. The goal is for anyone living in or visiting your home to be able to enter, move about, and use the bathroom.

AADL is barrier-free, and has books that address this concept: Design for Assisted Living, Design for Dignity, Beautiful Barrier-Free, and Building Design for Handicapped and Aged Persons. Go to concretechange.org for more information.

New Source for Nonprofit Information

The Nonprofit Resources Center is a new collection at AADL that focuses on nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit expertise in the areas of fundraising, governance, administration, and employment is now collected together and available for circulation. The Nonprofit Resources Center contains approximately 400 items and is located on the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library. The Nonprofit Resources Center is a collaboration between the NEW Center and Ann Arbor District Library to facilitate the use of these books and to make them available to the widest audience possible. We wish to thank Borders which generously made these materials available.

Welcome PALMA!

This month Proyecto Avance: Latino Mentoring Association, or PALMA, will begin holding English language tutoring sessions at the Downtown Library. PALMA is the brainchild of Cristhian Espinoza, a Spanish professor at the University of Michigan’s Residential College. The organization pairs UM students with native Spanish speakers in the community who are interested in learning English. Participants range in age from infants and preschoolers to adults, and many attend as families.

While PALMA currently has a waiting list, the library has lots of materials for patrons looking to learn English, from DVDs and CDs to books written specifically for adult English learners.

Please join us in welcoming PALMA to the Ann Arbor District Library!

I'm Dreaming of a White Yankee Doodle Stagolee!

One of the Ann Arbor District Library's outreach programs is Library Songsters, where a musician teaches K-12 students to how to write songs using information they learn in history or geography class. The students start to understand why the traditional songs they grew up singing are still popular a century or two after they were written.

There are whole books about one song: the seasonal White Christmas, the early American tune, Yankee Doodle, the ballad of a St. Louis barroom brawl, Stagolee, the folk/blues classic John Henry. New York, our most famous city, has more songs written about it than any other metropolis in America. The folk process itself is examined in volumes like American Roots Music and Making People's Music.

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.

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