New Book Clubs to Go - April 2012

Over the next few weeks, we will be rolling out a large number of new Book Clubs to Go. It is a mix of classics (you asked for them), literary and popular fiction, among them a couple of award winners. We did not forget our nonfiction readers either.

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Traces the fortunes of four generations of one family as they attempt to build a life for themselves in the American West. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1971, Angle of Repose has also been selected by the editorial board of the Modern Library as one of the hundred best novels of the twentieth century.

Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Forging a deep friendship with a Wampanoag chieftain's son on the Great Harbor settlement where her minister father is working to convert the tribe, Bethia follows his subsequent ivy league education and efforts to bridge cultures among the colonial elite. New York Times bestselling tale of passion and belief, magic and adventure from the Pulitzer Prize winning author.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Chronicles the author's year spent testing the edicts of conventional wisdom to assess their potential for improving life, describing various activities ranging from getting more sleep and singing to her children to starting a blog and imitating a spiritual master.

The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Harrison William Shepherd, a highly observant writer, is caught between two worlds--in Mexico, working for communists Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Leon Trotsky, and later in America, where he is caught up in the patriotism of World War II.

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann
In 1974 Manhattan, a radical young Irish monk struggles with personal demons while making his home among Bronx prostitutes, a group of mothers shares grief over their lost Vietnam soldier sons, and a young grandmother attempts to prove her worth. The 2009 National Book Award for Fiction, and the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
Descending on a family beach house won in a bet years earlier, three generations of women gradually impart difficult respective secrets including a pregnancy, a terrible crush and a deeply held resentment for past misdeeds.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
Discovering in childhood a supernatural ability to taste the emotions of others in their cooking, Rose Edelstein grows up to regard food as a curse when it reveals everyone's secret realities.

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Ten years of infertility issues culminate in the destruction of music therapist Zoe Baxter's marriage, after which she falls in love with another woman and wants to start a family, but her ex-husband, Max, stands in the way.

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
A researcher at a pharmaceutical company, Marina Singh must step out of her comfort zone when she is sent into the heart of the Amazonian delta to check on a field team that has been silent for two years--a dangerous assignment that forces Marina to confront the ghosts of her past.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A novel that circles the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. It is about the interplay of time and music, about survival, about the stirrings and transformations set inexorably in motion by even the most passing conjunction of our fates. The 2011 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and The National Book Critics Circle 2010 prize for fiction.

U-M Memory Connection phone line offers memory loss and dementia advice

To better assist patients and their families and friends, the University of Michigan Health System has created a phone line to help connect people to memory loss and dementia services and information. The phone number for this new service, the U-M Memory Connection, is (734) 936-8803. Trained professionals who understand conditions related to memory and/or thinking changes such as Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy Body disease and vascular dementia are available to answer calls Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Check Out Our Large Print Materials!

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You think large print is for when you’re old?
Not when you talk to the folks we’ve polled
Large print type’s great for reading outside
It lowers the glare so you’re not glass-eyed

For readers who don’t like to read too much
You can read large type while you do thus and such
16 point font if you have to ask
Is ideal for those who multi-task

Use Brainfuse for Brownie Points!

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Remember last year's Summer Game and how geeked you were to win prizes just for using our website? Well you can continue to (sorta/kinda) win points by using our website, specifically if you log onto Brainfuse Tutoring. OK, not points per se, but you would be sure to win points from your parents and teachers. (Can I hear a collective "Cool!" being uttered by the masses)? Brainfuse has on-line learning options that are sure to enhance your study experience. The HelpNow 3.0 upgrade Study Suite will offer study tools for an array of Standardized Tests.

How To Get The News at AADL!

This may be refresher for some of you, but for many it will be a bit of NEWS! At all of our branches, we get several newspapers every day. Some newspapers, however, only come a few times a week or even just a few times a month.

We also have a steady supply of backdated newspapers available on microfilm at our Downtown branch, on the second floor. By clicking this newspapers link, you can see all of the newspapers that the AADL owns.

To search even more newspapers - including the Ann Arbor News, Detroit News, and New York Times, just to name a few - you can visit our newspaper database collection if you are have an AADL library card. Some of these newspapers go all the way back to 1831! You can always access this collection of databases and many others from the research tab, located at the top of aadl.org.

Washtenaw Homeless Veterans Stand Down

The Ann Arbor VA Medical Center is hosting the Homeless Veterans Stand Down & Resource Fair on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the medical center auditorium. The Washtenaw Stand Down is a community-based initiative designed to connect Washtenaw homeless veterans with the resources needed to begin rebuilding their lives. The resource fair will provide health assistance, clothes, blankets, personal hygiene supplies, housing assistance, refreshments, snacks, VA benefits enrollment, job assistance, and much more.

Learn @ AADL

You can pick up a new class brochure at any library location or review the schedule online.

Tuesday February 7, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Downtown Library - New Class! Wall Street Demystified: If you've ever wanted to get a clear picture of your investments and qualified unbiased advice, take this class! Get independent and trusted stock and mutual fund analysis, research and ratings. Morningstar experts will be on hand.

Wednesday February 8, 7 - 9 pm, Downtown Library - eMedia: Learn how to download eMedia at aadl.org. Download audiobooks using Overdrive, eBooks using Adobe Digital Editions or Mobipocket, and MP3 songs using Magnatune.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. See you in class!

Writers' Resources on the Web

Tuesday January 24, 2012: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Training Center

Are you an aspiring writer? Learn about online resources for writing contests, periodical submissions, and support groups.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here for the complete class schedule.

Small Business Marketing Guide on Webopedia

Check out the free web marketing tools and strategies for small businesses on Webopedia. Get tips for email, social media, search engine optimization, blogging, and mobile marketing. Webopedia is brought to you by The IT Business Edge Network, an Internet and Technology news and information network.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect: www.mitalent.org

Are you currently looking for a job, or know someone who is? Check out this new State of Michigan website called Pure Michigan Talent Connect developed to connect job seekers with employers at www.mitalent.org. You can search for jobs, post your resume, and learn about upcoming career events and job fairs. Find out which careers you're most suited for and calculate investments that will be made on your career path. Good luck in your search!

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