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
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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!

iLearn: iDVD & iPhone

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Drop by the downtown library this Friday, January 15th to learn about iDVD and iPhone.

iDVD - bring some digital photos with you on a memory stick and your favorite music cd and we'll show you how to create a DVD slideshow with music using iTunes, iPhoto and iDVD. If you don't have your own photos, that's O.K., we'll have some digital photos for you to use.

iPhone - you don't have to have an iPhone to come to this class... but curiosity is required. We'll demonstrate the features of the iPhone and answer questions like: What's the difference between an iPhone and an iTouch? What's a cellular data network? What's the difference between model 3G and the 3Gs?

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

See you in class!

Need Support in Your Job Search?

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The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living is holding weekly Job Talk Career Development Workshops every Thursday, starting January 14, from 10 am to 12 pm. Join others currently searching for jobs to discuss the challenges of unemployment, get new ideas to help you on your way, and get news, tips, and networking skills to help you land a job. Come support and be supported! To sign-up, contact Julia@aacil.org or (734) 971-0277 ext. 21.

Buhr Park Outdoor Ice Arena opens again!

Sharpen those skates…. After delay, Buhr Park’s outdoor ice rink opens tomorrow! The rink will be open for the season, January 9 – April 1. There was a delayed rink opening because a new cooled subfloor was constructed, which allows ice skating during temps over 50 degrees. See here for full schedule of hours and pricing! Skate rental is available.skatingskating

Tutors Needed in 2010

Have you resolved to volunteer this year? A one-hour ABCs of Washtenaw Literacy session is a great way to start. You will learn about volunteer opportunities and the many training options through Washtenaw Literacy. Volunteering can look great on your resumé, too. Sessions this month are: Wednesday, January 6, 7-8 pm at the Ypsilanti District Library or Tuesday, January 12, 7-8 pm, at the NEW Center.

Keep Michigan Working

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Are you job searching? Try using the website Keep Michigan Working. You can check out the high demand occupations in our area, get information on unemployment insurance benefits, and access the Michigan Talent Bank and more! Also, be sure to check out the AADL's current materials that will help you get the most out of your search. Good luck!

Mittenfest is coming to Ypsilanti

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The fourth annual Mittenfest will be happening this weekend at the Elbow Room in Ypsilanti on Dec 31, Jan 1, Jan 2, and Jan 3. Its fourth year expands to four days in length, and this year there is another great line up of nearly 40 local bands and DJs playing each night, including Chris Bathgate, Frontier Ruckus, Timothy Monger, and Drunken Barn Dance, to name a few. All proceeds from Mittenfest benefit the local non-profit 826Michigan. This event is a sure-to-sell-out happening event that raises a lot of money for a good cause. Hearing live music and supporting free tutoring and workshops for kids? You can’t go wrong.

Here is a great interview with Brandon Zwagerman, the organizer of Mittenfest. He talks about how he plans it and discusses everything from why certain bands play to why it benefits 826Michigan.

The event is 18+, doors open at 4pm each night, New Year’s Eve is $9 cover, all other nights are $7 each night. See here for a full schedule of bands.

Purple Rose: Escanaba extended through Jan. 23

By popular demand, Purple Rose has extended Escanaba, a world premiere play by Jeff Daniels through Jan 23. This is the latest installment and origin story in the wildly popular Yooper trilogy (Escanaba in da Moonlight, Escanaba in Love). Even if you haven't seen earlier shows, apparently the latest is nonetheless very enjoyable. You could also check out our DVD Escanaba in da Moonlight and do some catching up at home.

Christmas Carol'd at Performance Network through Dec. 27

For holiday entertainment, consider Christmas Carol'd at Performance Network Theatre. In this adaptation by Joseph Zettelmaier, five actors play all the parts. Sounds fun. To get into the spirit, you could read the classic story, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens, on which the play is based -- or just some words spoken in the original story by Scrooge's nephew, calling Christmas "a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time, the only time ... when men and women seem by common consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow travellers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys."

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