Easy English News For You

Are you an adult who is learning to read or is becoming an English Language Learner? AADL has a couple magazines that should get your attention.

The Easy English News is available at all of our branches. It contains current events written at a fourth grade reading level. It's written in a way to build your vocabulary and help you read for meaning. There's also News for You, which you can find at our downtown location or put a hold on a copy and have it sent to the location most convenient for you. Both publications have vocabulary words, puzzles and interactive websites. Spread the word!

Log On to Brainfuse!

AADL subscribes to a live online tutoring service called "Help Now" by Brainfuse, also known simply as "Brainfuse", and is available to anybody accessing it from inside any AADL location, or to cardholders from home or elsewhere.

There are several facets to Brainfuse that not only help with homework & study skills, but skill building and writing support.

Users can log on to Brainfuse to access EXPERT help in a variety of ways: live tutoring any time from 2:00 PM-11:00 PM except on Federal Holidays. Simply choose the grade or age level that suits the user’s needs, be it elementary, middle or high school, ESL or even computers and technology.

SkillSurfer is a learning library that contains thousands of lessons, quizzes, & tests to help users master academic concepts. Check out the STUDY portal and look at FLASHBULB, which is a library full of flashcards & self-tests for a huge array of subjects! Go to the COLLABORATE portal to schedule meetings with friends in their private virtual study rooms. There’s a writing lab where users can upload documents to a teacher and have them edit/critique their work within 24 hours. Brainfuse's "Send a Question" gives users the opportunity to ask a question any time of day and get a written response from one of their tutors within one business day.

Whether you are an English Language Learner, a student of any age or an adult trying to get back into the workforce, Brainfuse may have just the answer to your academic and technical questions.

Bat Festival: Stellaluna author is coming!

Mark your calendars for Sept. 27, when the 13th annual Great Lakes Bat Festival will happen 10 am - 5 pm at Washtenaw Community College. This festival is presented by the Organization for Bat Conservation and Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. Among authors and speakers will be Janell Cannon, who wrote and illustrated the classic picture book Stellaluna. The festival offers families a chance to learn about the fascinating world of bats. Check it out!

Nicola's Books: Meet Julie Lawson Timmer

If you're wanting to meet Ann Arbor-based author Julie Lawson Timmer, she'll be signing books at Nicolas Books in Westgate Shopping Center on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Her debut novel is Five Days Left. From the publisher's description: "Mara is a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and mother. Struggling with a devastating illness, she has set herself five days to make the ultimate decision for her family. Scott lives a thousand miles away, and is a foster parent to a troubled eight-year-old. Scott is facing his own five day countdown until his beloved foster son is returned to his biological mother. The two connect through an online forum, and find a friendship to help guide them through the most difficult, and momentous, week of their lives. . . "

Artisans and Herbs and Food Trucks, oh my!

The Food Truck movement has taken over the U.S., and Ann Arbor is gettin’ in on the action! Head down to the Wednesday evening Ann Arbor Farmers Market on September 3rd for this seasons' second food truck rally, and get a taste of some local, mobile munchies.

Missed out so far on the food truck craze? AADL has insights on how to get your own mobile business started, as well as books from chefs like Roy Choi, who is best known for changing the food truck game. Looking to stay local? Tune in to a great interview with Michigan native and Top Chef winner Kristin Kish, along with cookbooks from local restaurateur Eve Aronoff.

A Sober Shindig for All

The U/M Students for Recovery present “Old Hollywood Recovery Dance 2014” – a sober end-of-summer dance with an opportunity to dress up, dance, and flaunt how fabulous you are. The theme is OLD HOLLYWOOD, so dress up in formal attire, and be ready to dance and have a CLASSIC TIME. This event has free admission and is open to the community – all ages are welcome. This fun fete will be held at the Michigan Union Ballroom, 530 South State Street on Friday, August 22, 9pm-Midnight. This is a substance-free event, and attendees are asked to be respectful of those who want to have a fun, sober experience.

Easy English News For You

Are you an adult who is learning to read or is becoming an English Language Learner? AADL has a couple magazines that should get your attention. The Easy English News is available at all of our branches. It contains current events written at a fourth grade reading level. It's written in a way to build your vocabulary and help you read for meaning. There's also News for You, which you can find at our downtown location or put a hold on a copy and have it sent to the location most convenient for you. Both publications have vocabulary words, puzzles and interactive websites. Spread the word! There's also a 500 point code in the byline of this blog.

Let's Talk About MeL, Baby!

We frequently refer patrons to the MeLCat when we don't have a book on our shelves that they are looking for; but I never knew about this awesome portal for educators till now. Developed and maintained by educators for educators, parents, and students, it is a one-stop collection of assessments, lesson plans, online interactive sessions, and videos, all aligned to the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) and the Michigan standards. Interested? Visit M.O.R.E. by clicking on the Teachers tab at MeL.org and register for a free account to be able to use all the tools available in the portal.

Best Picture Oscar Winners on DVD & Blu-Ray

If you've got the urge to see more (or all) Academy Award Best Picture Winners, then AADL can help. The library owns nearly every film on DVD (and some on Blu-Ray) from Wings, the first winner to 12 Years a Slave, the latest.

Sample all the winners in between: famous films such as It Happened One Night, Gone With the Wind, Casablanca, An American in Paris, On the Waterfront, Ben-Hur, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather, and Amadeus; lesser-known but deserving films like The Life of Emile Zola, The Best Years of Our Lives, Gentlemen's Agreement, All the King's Men, Marty, and The Apartment, or overrated movies like... insert your own list here.

You don't have to track down the films by yourself. Go to the Catalog and click on the Best Picture Oscar link in the Awards list. Or click on the link here.

New Developments

New DevelopmentsNew Developments The local, primary elections may be over, but there are plenty of opportunities to have your voice be heard in the community!

Washtenaw County and the development team for the Platt Road project site, formerly the home of a juvenile center, want to hear your thoughts! Join them August 26th, 27th and 28th for three days of brainstorming, design exploration and presentations as these 13.5 acres find a new purpose.

If you're interested in other community based activities, go to the events page for the latest goings-on!

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