Need Financial Guidance?

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There are two workshops coming up in the area that you may be interested in. Michigan State University Extension is offering a free workshop titled Living On Less on Monday, February 8 from 6 to 9 pm at the Washtenaw County LRC. This workshop will explain how to develop a spending plan, reduce flexible expenses and reduce debt. You need to register by February 5 by calling 734-222-3943.

Financial Survival: Tips from the Budget Guru is a class being held at Washtenaw Community College on Thursday, February 11 from 6 to 9 pm. This class will focus on using a budget analysis form, paying off debt, and understanding and improving creditworthiness. The cost of this class is $15. You can register for the class here or call 734-973-3543.

33rd Annual Folk Festival @ The Ark

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January 29-30 is a great time to be at The Ark in Ann Arbor. The famous Folk Festival is going on again! Each night will feature a good mix of seasoned artists as well as up-and-coming musicians. “All funds raised through the Festival benefit The Ark, Ann Arbor's non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music.” See The Ark’s website for all details. This year’s line-up includes:

Friday, January 29
Iron & Wine, Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard, Band of Heathens, Hoots & Hellmouth, Po' Girl, Jer Coons, Nervous But Excited, and Patty Larkin, MC.

Saturday, January 30
Rosanne Cash, Richie Havens, Doc Watson, Raul Malo, Hot Club of Cowtown, Enter The Haggis, and Patty Larkin, MC.

Opportunity for school-aged English Language Learners

826michigan is offering a drop-in workshop for English Language Learners. This new workshop series is especially designed for English Language Learners between the ages of 6 and 18! A team of knowledgeable, passionate volunteers are working hard to create a fun and creative atmosphere for kids to learn and practice new English skills. The students will participate in activities designed to improve their pronunciation, grammar, and conversational skills in individual or group settings. This workshop is most suitable for beginning or intermediate ELL students.

Eric Canosa is an English teacher. He spent time in China teaching English in the WorldTeach program through Harvard's Center for International Development. More recently, he has taught Teen English classes for University of Michigan Family Housing.

This workshop will be on Saturday afternoons, 12:00-1:00 PM through March 27, 2010 (no session on February 27). This workshop takes place at 826michigan: 115 Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI. If you have questions, you may contact them at (734) 761-3463.

For other learning resources, you might try Brainfuse, an online homework help service, free to AADL cardholders and available 7 days a week between 2:00 and 11:00 PM. For in-person homework help, members of the University of Michigan chapter of Circle K are available on Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:00-8:00 PM, in the Youth Story Corner of the Downtown Library.

2010 It's All Write! Short Story Writing Contest

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Got an idea for a short story? The timing is perfect if you do, either have an idea you've been thinking about, or put an ending to a story that has a brilliant beginning but you just didn't know how to finish. The 2010 It's All Write short story writing contest for area teens has begun. The last day to turn in stories is Friday, March 19. Click here for complete guidelines.

1st Place ($250), 2nd Place ($150), and 3rd Place ($100) prizes will be awarded in the following categories : Grades 6-8, Grades 9-10, and Grades 11-12.

Need inspiration? You might want to check out last year's winning stories or any of the short story collections edited by Donald R. Gallo.

Free pap test screening!

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and if you are a woman aged 21 or older, have not had a pap test in the last two years and do not have medical coverage for a pap test, you can get one free on Saturday, January 30. Testing will take place at the U-M Health System, Briarwood Building 2, Suite B, 400 E. Eisenhower Parkway between 10:00AM and 2:00PM. This screening is sponsored by the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Women's Heath Program.

Cervical cancer is a serious disease that affects about 11,000 women each year. Cervical cancer has no symptoms at its earliest stages; however with early detection, the cancer can be cured. This test takes less than 10 minutes, and could be life-saving.

To schedule a free screening, call the Cancer AnswerLine at 1-800-865-1125. Registration is required.

Great Lakes, Great Times reading series

Great Lakes, Great Times is a monthly reading series that, according to this month’s host, “showcases the best established and up-and-coming writers working today.” The January reading will take place at 826Michigan, and will feature readings from authors Brian Evenson, Joanna Howard, and Blake Butler. (Find Evenson's The Open Curtain at AADL.)

The event is geared towards adults, admission is free, and anyone is welcome. It's all happening Saturday, January 23, 7pm at the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair Shop at 115 East Liberty.

U-M authors tackle germs, epidemics

Heads up for a fascinating conversation between U-M faculty members Laura Kasischke, poet and novelist, and medical historian Howard Markel at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20 in Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, 913 S. University. These prominent writers will "reflect on how their research methods, narrative styles, and sense of themselves as authors challenge our knowledge and sentiments about diseases and ourselves." Kasischke’s latest novel, In a Perfect World, is set in a time when Phoenix Flu is ravaging the country. Markel has written books including When Germs Travel. The event is presented by the Author’s Forum, a collaboration of the U-M Institute for the Humanities, University Library, Great Lakes Literary Arts Center, and the Ann Arbor Book Festival. Learn more here.

The Verve Pipe plays a “family show” at The Ark

Michigan’s own legendary rockers, The Verve Pipe, will bring some family fun to Ann Arbor on the morning of January 16.

After being asked to submit a song for a youth compilation CD, they ended up having more fun and creating more kids’ songs than necessary, which lead to the family-friendly songs becoming their new CD, "A Family Album.” If you’re interested in hearing the digital album, check out the band’s website. The show at The Ark starts at 11am this Saturday and all tickets are $10 and general admission. See The Ark’s listing for full event/ ticket info.
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Learn the Tricks and Tips of aadl.org

There's still time to register for our class on aadl.org. If you are available today from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Downtown Library Training Center, 3rd Floor
*Registration required: Register Now

A roadmap to searching for materials, information, and events on aadl.org. Participants will discover a variety of hidden gems within the site, including: the advantage of using My Account for placing holds, how to navigate the research tab, and how and why to tag items. Basic computer and mouse experience is required. You may register online, at any AADL location, or by calling 734-327-4555.

Ebook

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Register for Ebook and learn how to use your Ann Arbor District Library membership to connect to the Michigan Library Consortium to download eBooks, Audiobooks and Video.

Monday January 25, 2010: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

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

See you in class!

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