Computer Class Registration begins August 15

The September, October and November class schedule is now available online. Registration will begin August 15, 2006 at any library location or by calling 327-8367. If you call the registration phone line, please leave a message with your name, phone number, name of class, location, and card number (optional). You will receive a phone call confirming your registration.

There will be a charge of $10.00 per class for non-card holders. The six week Seniors' Time Online class is $20.00 for non-card holders. Classes are approximately two hours long unless otherwise indicated.

Useful Advice in a Flash

Pediatrician and best-selling author Melvin D. Levine penned the popular book Ready or Not, Here Life Comes, which examines the young-adult transition from academics to work. This week the book is the non-fiction pick at DearReader.com, the AADL service that e-mails you five-minute daily excerpts. We currently have two copies of the book available, one Downtown and one at Pittsfield.

World of Reading Shines with Kids' Reviews

Ann Arbor kids are writing some amazing book reviews at World of Reading, an open collection of reviews written by children from around the world. Angell, Slauson and AADL are represented, and a big variety of titles are showing up, such as Into the Land of the Unicorns, by Bruce Coville. This very cool AADL site lets you search book reviews and browse reviews by hometown. Tip for teachers: E-mail support@aadl.org (list name, school, town, state, country) and list what books students will be reviewing this fall (if you know). The AADL staff can arrange for most reviews to show up right away! World of Reading was originally created by Mary Pat Timmons as a project for the Internet Public Library at the U-M School of Information.

Databases are information gold mines

Let’s say you’re trying to locate an old article from The New York Times. Go to www.aadl.org, click on the research tab, and there it is: New York Times Historical, with stories and images from 1851 to 2001. Or maybe you’re moving to a new house, and you’d like to get a list of new neighbors. Reference USA can help. Those two databases are on a long list to which AADL subscribes, providing library users with gold mines of information about magazines, newspapers, arts, literature, biography, business and investment, college, careers, and education, genealogy, health, history, kids and teens, legal resources, and science and technology. And here’s a tip: You can access these databases from home, business, or school, through the library’s web site.

Library Takeout

No, we don’t put the books in Styrofoam containers, and no, you can’t have fries with that. But in other respects the Library’s hold system works quite a bit like restaurant carryout. You get in touch with us—in person at the library, by phone, or through your online account—and place an order for items from the “menu,” the library catalog. When each item is ready you’ll be notified by mail or e-mail and you have seven days to pick it up. All you have to do is...

Teens Trapped - in your e-mail

Summertime encourages lighter reading, and for some teens, Underworld by Catherine MacPhail may be a good choice. Sign up at DearReader.com to get excerpts by e-mail - or check out the book from the library. The story is intriguing: Zesh, Liam, Fiona, Angie, and Axel hate each other at school, but when they are trapped together by a rock slide, well, changes happen. MacPhail is a prize-winning author who lives in Scotland. When her book came out last year, it received mixed reviews. School

Lists Lead to Summer Reading

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For help putting together your own personal best 2006 Summer Beach Reading List, here's an option: Click the Research tab above, choose AADL Select Sites on the left, then pick Books and Reading. Presto - lots of links to lists of books you very well may want to read this summer. Use these lists to make your own list. Remember, if you check these books out from the library, you can set up your account to keep track of your personal reading history. Very easy, very fun, very likely to keep you making more lists and reading more books in our Summer Reading program, which starts June 19.

Meet Facebook, Myspace, and Other Online Friends

Amazing how many people love to network socially on sites such as Facebook and Myspace - millions of you. John Cassidy nails this trend - and the companies it supports - in his article "The Online Life: Me Media: How hanging out on the Internet became big business," in the May 15 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Read this article - virtually - from General Reference Center Gold electronic database, or actually from the actual May 15 issue of The New Yorker magazine at the library.

Check it out - or sign up at DearReader.com

With graduation season upon us, here's a good book to read or recommend: Character is Destiny: Inspiring Stories Every Young Person Should Know and Every Adult Should Remember, by Sen. John McCain, with Mark Salter. We have this book in the library or you can receive five-minute excerpts in your e-mail through DearReader.com where this book is the current teen pick. The book offers 34 stories about diverse inspirational characters including Thomas More, Joan of Arc, Gandhi, and Dwight Eisenhower.

The Library's CPI Table

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The Consumer Price Index [CPI], published by the United States Department of Labor, is the most widely used measure of price changes and inflation. It represents a weighted index of a fixed market basket of goods and services and is published monthly for the Unites States and bi-monthly for the Detroit-Ann Arbor Area. There's a lot more information about the CPI at the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics website. For your convenience, the format of the CPI table on the AADL website enables users to compare price changes over a ten-year period in an easy-to-use one-page format.

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