Mentoring kids in need

Need help getting through to your teenagers? A mentor for your child may be just the answer. Mentors along with parents can provide support, answers and influence over kids. Consider reading A Fine Young Man: What Parents, Mentors, and Educators Can Do To Shape Adolescent Boys Into Exceptional Men by Michael Gurian for a better understanding of the mentoring process. If you are looking for a mentor or would like to become a mentor yourself, contact The Insite Project or the Washtenaw Youth Mentoring Coalition, an alliance of twenty mentoring and youth focused organizations.

Summer Parenting Classes

Five different parenting classes are being offered in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti this summer by the MSU Extension Family Consumer Science Programs. The Ann Arbor District Library and Ypsilanti District Library have large collections of books and DVDs on parenting, along with books to read and songs to sing to children, beginning before birth and for many years after.

Want to Be Friends?

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We’re down, we’ve got the 411… and a MySpace page! Have you visited us there? View photos from recent events, leave us comments, and read our blog. Should inspiration strike you, you can even search the catalog from our profile. Best of all, you can be friends with the dopest library around. Sweet!

Welcome to the Michigan Talent Bank

Michigan Talent Bank

Click here to access employment resources, opportunities and services in Michigan.

What's that Lurking in the Shadows?

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Why, the Shadow Art Fair, of course! Held biannually at the Corner Brewery in Ypsilanti, the fair is celebrating its first anniversary this summer. A smashing success, the first event boasted 1,000 visitors, and the second 1,500, all snuggled into the brewery to listen to music, enjoy the libations and buy art. This year, organizers plan to shift the musical acts outdoors, opening up more space inside for vendors and visitors. Not familiar with the indie crafts movement? Check out Bazaar Bizarre and the other cool stuff tagged DIY for some inspiration.

The Myths of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence isn't limited to physical abuse or to women. It takes many forms. The library offers books on the subject and has links on the AADL Favorite Sites to community sources of help such as Huron Valley Community Services. From there you can link to local agencies like SafeHouse Center for information and support. Check out these resources and become more fully aware.

Downtown Historical Street Exhibit On-line

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Are you a local history buff or simply interested in Ann Arbor's early days? Check out the on-line tour of permanent sidewalk exhibits located at sixteen landmark sites in our city. Locate the actual street exhibits by using a map provided on the site. You'll find the on-line tour and a look into the past at http://www.aadl.org/aastreets.

Sancho's Scene: Community Events that Wander off the Path

Saturday, July 7 is going to be a big day. According to theknot.com, more than twice the usual number of “knottie” weddings (12,000 on a typical July Saturday) are scheduled to take place. And, while couples around the world are snagging a pretty cool anniversary date, an organization called Live Earth plans to hold concerts on seven continents in an effort to combat the global climate crisis. A freshly minted Ann Arbor organization, Aero Global Warming is hosting an official Friend of Live Earth event at Palmer Field this 07/07/07. Check it out—bands will be playing from 1-9, and the event features a plasma screen display of the other concerts taking place all over the world.

Polish your school or job skills this summer

Summer is a good time to learn – and AADL has a great resource to help you: LearningExpressLibrary. This collection of interactive online practice tests and tutorials is designed to help students and adults pass academic and licensing tests. Categories include Advanced Placement, Math Skills, Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and SAT Preparation.

Sancho's Scene Goes Online!

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I’ve been trolling the Internet lately, doing research for a new AADL computer class (Ideas? Suggestions? Do share!), and there’s so much going on out there that’s cool, innovative, and fun, it’s enough to make me want to explode! Here’s the scoop on two projects that take advantage of web 2.0 technology.

Take, for instance, Podington Bear. Besides being perhaps the cutest name for a podcast, ever, Podington “makes songs with love and care, giving one to the world every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in 2007.” That’s 156 songs in a single year! Podington, not to be confused with Padington, also happens to sport an adorable bear logo that I couldn’t help ordering in t-shirt form.

Click "Read More" below for the scoop on Brotherhood 2.0!

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