New e-Program Helps Unemployed Michigan Workers Find New Careers

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With Michigan's high unemployment rate, many are scrambling to find new career paths and a way to transfer skill sets from one industry to the next. Now, there is a solution! A free online program called LEARN. A collaboration of Michigan-based Maria Madeline Project, Inc., the UM Ross School of Business, AADL and 4 other library systems, and WJBK, Fox 2, Detroit; LEARN provides university-level e-learning and career re-branding courses for unemployed Michigan workers with the goal of preparing more than 100,000 unemployed Michiganders to re-enter the workforce in a new career. LEARN's initial online class, "Redefining You Through a Career in Health Care" is available now at www.50plusprime.com. LEARN career re-branding courses are free and will focus on the following industries: health care, government and non-profit, emerging technologies, and entrepreneurship. LEARN courses are developed by Lynn Perry Wooten, PH.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy, Management and Organizations at the UM Ross School of Business in collaboration with Maria Madeline Project, Inc.

Ignite Ann Arbor 3: This Thursday!

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5 minutes, 20 slides; what would you say? Come find out what some passionate locals are most passionate about at Ignite Ann Arbor 3, this Thursday, 3/4, at the Blau Auditorium at the UM Ross School of Business at 7 PM. Ignite was started in Seattle by Brady Forrest, and has been promoted and expanded by the O'Reilly Media Group. Ignite is an evening of short, fast, fun talks on any and every subject sure to ignite your interest in some exciting ideas. Ignite Ann Arbor 3 takes place during Global Ignite Week, when Ignite events have been planned in over 60 cities on 6 continents. AADL gets in on the action by offering Ignite Second Stage, an opportunity for the best 5-minute talks to be expanded into longer programs at the library. Our first Second Stage event just happenend this past weekend, but we've got our eyes on some of the Ignite Ann Arbor 3 talks coming this week, so read more, drop us a comment and let us know which of these talks you'd like to learn more about, and don't miss Ignite Ann Arbor 3 this Thursday at Blau!

Ignite Ann Arbor 2: This Friday!

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Five minutes; twenty slides. What would you say? Ignite Ann Arbor 2 is coming up this Friday, 11/6 at 7 PM at Blau Auditorium at the Ross School of Business on campus. Ignite is a series of events that began in Seattle and has spread all over the world that invites members of the community up on stage and gives them 5 minutes and 20 slides to talk about their passions. Ignite Ann Arbor 1 included talks on building your own weather balloon, DIY camping equipment, the Golden Mean, the future of News in Ann Arbor, the under-representation of Women in technology, and many more cool things; Ignite Ann Arbor 2 has an amazing lineup including estimating how many licks it does take to get to the center of a tootsie pop, Rosicrucians and Barber-orators, How to Spin A Rope, Why Sex is Great, Wildcrafting, Gelato, Librarianship, Wood, and many other amazing, exciting, inspiring talks.

Also, the best presenters of Ignite Ann Arbor 2 will be invited to the Library over the next few months to give expanded versions of their talks and get deeper into the subject matter. Ignite is an illuminating, entertaining evening that showcases some of the most exciting things going on in town. RSVP for free now and don't miss it this Friday 11/6; then come back to http://aadl.org/ignite to let us know which talks you'd most like to see expanded at AADL!

Parenting on Your Own?

Join The MSU Extension at The Hope Center for a weekly parenting session for single parents. Sessions are EVERY Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and are free . Come to six sessions and receive a certificate of completion. Registration is requested. Oh, and AADL has a large collection of parenting books and there's plenty to peruse on the Parenting Shelf in the youth Department, too.

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What makes an interesting work of art?

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Fiber artist and EMU art professor Brooks Harris Stevens will tell you what, in her estimation, constitutes an interesting work of art as she leads a guided tour of the Art of the 2010 Ann Arbor Women Artists' Exhibit on Monday, March 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. Stevens, juror for the AAWA's 2010 exhibition (which will be on display at AADL from the time of this event through April 14), will also announce the winners of this year's show.

March Computer Classes & eBay101

aadl.org The March class schedule is available! We'll have a new class in March called eBay101. Learn how to create an eBay account to sell your stuff online. Why pay a third-party to sell your stuff on eBay when you can do it yourself. This class will review selling tips and explain some of the important features of eBay such as the PayPal account, eBay listings, and shipping. This class will also cover computer requirements, such as internet access and macromedia flash player, photos, etc. Basic computer skills and an email account are required.

Registration is required. Register online, visit any AADL location, or call 734-327-4555.

See you in class!

Great Lakes, Great Times Reading Series

Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to the host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The February reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Blake Nelson (Author of teen titles, Girl, They Came From below, and Gender Blender, among others), Kevin Sampsell, and Chelsea Martin.

Check here to see which authors are up next in the series. So many authors are visiting! I hear January’s event had quite the turn-out.

The monthly event is geared towards adults, admission is FREE, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, February 27, 7pm at 826michigan/ The Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

Bridges to Success

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The Ann Arbor Public School Adult Education is offering a free class to assist in job searching and career development called Bridges to Success. In the class, you will create a resume, explore goals and career possibilities, plan for your future success, get comfortable with computers, and learn how to apply online for jobs, college, and financial aid. You'll also hear from guest speakers who will share with you how they got their GEDs and used them to change their lives. Classes begin Tuesday, March 2nd and will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 pm at Stone School. You can register at Stone School in room 406 on Thursdays between 6 and 8 pm. If you have questions, call 997-1250 or 216-0365.

Public Hearing Notice: Tonight

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The Ann Arbor City Council will devote some of their meeting time tonight soliciting non-profit providers and community participation for input on the 2010-11 Annual Action Plan for the General Fund budgets for Housing and Human Services. In other words: If you have an interest in hearing about Federal Funding for affordable housing in our community or have something to say, come early and sign up to share your comment tonight.

Film & Discussion: Of Civil Wrongs and Rights

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This Emmy-winning documentary, Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story is the story of a forty-year legal fight to vindicate Fred Korematsu, a shipyard welder, who refused to obey an Executive Order sending thousands of Americans of Japanese ancestry into internment camps.
Discussion after the film will be led by May Watanabe, internee; David Yamamoto, internee; and Lori Saginaw, daughter of May Watanabe and third generation Japanese American. This event is for Grade 9-Adult, and is cosponsored by the UM Community Scholars Program.

Thursday, February 18 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Downtown Multi-Purpose Room | Grade9-Adult

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