Free Tax Preparation Assistance in Washtenaw County

This tax season AADL is serving as a site for the Washtenaw County Asset Building Coalition (WABC) to provide free tax preparation assistance to the low to moderate income-eligible residents of Washtenaw County. The Washtenaw County Asset Building Coalition is organized to help individuals increase and protect their financial assets and has trained volunteers who are ready to assist with tax returns. There are several dates to choose from, however scheduled appointments are required. You may schedule an appointment by calling the WABC directly at (734) 780-1891. Volunteers are available to assist in languages other than English, such has Farsi, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Ukranian, and Vietnamese. If you require assistance in one of these languages, let the WABC know when scheduling your appointment.

Click here for a list of what to bring to your appointment. Appointments will be held in the 3rd Floor Training Lab at the Downtown Library on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, February 13, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, February 23, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, March 30, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday, April 3, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Wednesday, April 10, 2013: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Saturday, April 13, 2013: 10:00am - 4:00pm

Other sites throughout Washtenaw County offering tax assistance are listed here: 2013 Washtenaw County Tax Preparation Sites.

eMedia @ AADL

Wednesday January 2, 2013: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Come learn how to:
- Log in and search for ebooks and audiobooks using the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services,
- Use Adobe Digital Editions and the Overdrive Media Console,
- Get library books for your Kindle, Nook, or iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch,
- Listen to AADL Podcasts and download music, and
- Watch AADL Video on Demand.

Please bring your library card, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device. Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to aadl.org/classes for the complete schedule.

See you in class!

Make Your Dollars Work For You

Need some help with your personal financial planning? Join MSU Extension for Dollar Works, a four part workshop series that focuses on basic money management. Topics covered include creating financial goals, creating a spending plan, using credit wisely, and pumping up savings. This ongoing basic money management course is offered weekly and repeats every four weeks. The next workshop is on January 3 from 9 to 10 am at the Hope Center in Ypsilanti. The class is free and participants will receive a certificate of completion once they complete the four classes. Email Terry Jones at clarkjon@anr.msu.edu, or call 734-222-3943 to register.

Drop-In Homework Help will resume on January 13th

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Tutoring sessions will resume on Sunday afternoons and Monday and Wednesday evenings on January 13. Homework Help will continue throughout the spring. Please read on for more details about homework help at AADL.

Looking for help with your homework? Look no further than AADL’s Downtown Library. The University of Michigan Chapter of Circle K is once again providing tutoring for students in grades K-12. Stop by the Youth Department Story Corner Mondays and Wednesdays between 4:00 and 8:00 pm and Sundays between 3:00 and 5:00 pm to take advantage of this great service!

AADL also provides access to Brainfuse, an online tutoring service. Live tutors are available from 2:00 -11:00 pm every day!

On Demand Tutoring with Brainfuse & MORE!

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The scope of Brainfuse Tutoring available to AADL users has grown since we began subscribing to this service. Brainfuse has on-line learning options that are sure to enhance your study experience. The HelpNow 3.0 upgrade Study Suite offers study tools for an array of Standardized Tests. The interactive Flashbulb will give students access to an extensive library of online flashcard sets in hundreds of subjects. Check out the Test Center for students to practice test themselves in core subjects. Plus there's still the Expert Help you can get from a live tutor from 2:00-11:00 EVERY day except posted holidays. Tutors are available for students from grade school to college. Please take a look at Brainfuse on our website, scroll down & get acquainted with these awesome features!

Meet the Mac

Meet the MacMeet the Mac Monday | November 5 | 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm | Downtown Library | Third Floor Training Center

Do you have a Mac and want to learn more about how to use it? Are you curious about Macs? Come to our class and we'll teach you how to use the Dock, Spotlight, Finder, Dashboard, and Widgets. You'll also learn how to launch applications and quit them. You'll leave the class equipped with new words like Alias, Spotlight, Spaces, Expose, and more. Registration is not required and the classroom will open 15 minutes before the class begins. View the complete class schedule at aadl.org/classes.

Unable to attend the class? Check out these great video tutorials.

Recommended books at the library:
Teach yourself visually OS X Mountain Lion
Switching to the Mac: the missing manual
The little Mac book

See you in class!

Tonight: Books and Beyond Presents Overnight America Host Jon Grayson

Join the online community of Books and Beyond at 8:00 pm tonight, Wednesday October 10, to listen and learn about Jon Grayson, the host of Overnight America, based in St. Louis and heard on a number of stations throughout the U.S. How did this multifaceted program get its start? To whom does it appeal? Why is St. Louis the home base? Is it necessary that a show come from New York or Los Angeles? To what does Grayson attribute his success? Approximately 15 minutes prior to the event start time go to The Books and Beyond Room or, alternatively, select The Books and Beyond Room at: www.accessibleworld.org and enter your first and last name on the sign-in screen. If you are a first-time user of the Talking Communities online conferencing software, there is a small, safe software program that you need to download and then run. A link to the software is available on the Books and Beyond entry page.

Braille and Talking Book Library Book Club

The next Michigan Commission for the Blind Braille and Talking Book Library Book Club meeting will be held on October 13 at 1:30 p.m. in Lansing at the Library of Michigan in the BTBL public service area located on the first floor across from the elevators. This month's book is DB60225, Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. The meeting can be attended in person or via the OPAL online meeting room. The meeting site is accessible. Individuals attending the meeting are requested to refrain from using heavily scented personal care products in order to enhance accessibility for everyone. People with disabilities requiring additional accommodations (such as materials in alternative format) in order to participate in the meeting, or those seeking more information, should call Scott Norris at (517) 373-5516 at least five business days prior to the meeting.

Need Help Helping with Homework?

What do you do when you don't know the solutions to your teens' math homework? We can help! Join us on Wednesday, September 26 from 6 to 8 pm at the Malletts Creek branch for Homework Resources for Teens, Parents and Caregivers. AADL staff will demonstrate how to take advantage of online skill-building tools, homework help, and other resources, including those available on aadl.org.

Muzzy Language Learning for Kids


The library has a new children's language learning database called Muzzy. Currently there are 8 different languages to choose from: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian. You can use it at home or at the library. The Muzzy animated story and games are a captivating way for kids to learn another language. It was originally a BBC program so those from Europe may recognize it. Learn more about this database here. We also offer the Muzzy multilingual series (it includes a choice of learning English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish) and the separate traditional Chinese language learning version for checkout.

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