Discussing the Future of the Book

At this time next week (Saturday, October 10th, 9:30-4:45) a discussion about the future of the book will be in full swing in the Clements Library. Students from the University of Michigan's chapter of the Special Libraries Association will be hosting the 3 panel event, which will include AADL's own Eli Neiburger.

With the future of information creation, storage, and dissemination being such a popular and immense topic, nationally known authors like David Weinberger (Everything is Miscellaneous) and Clay Shirky (Here Comes Everybody) have been able to create full careers. But it is also a topic important to the local community, reflected by the University of Michigan's participation in the Google Books Search, the closing of the Ann Arbor News and the closing of the Shaman Drum bookstore.

Check out the full list of panelists and their bios. If you decide to join in the discussion next week registration is recommended.future of the bookfuture of the book

(Un)Natural History: The Museum Unveiled

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The exhibition (Un)Natural History: The Museum Unveiled on view now through December 6, 2009 @ UMMA, features Richard Barnes's series of photographs Animal Logic (catalog on order) that examines the role the museum plays in our understanding of ourselves through the acts of collecting, preservation, and display. Images from this large body of work include photographs of the collections from the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum of Comparative Anatomy in Paris, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and the California Academy of Science. (Un)Natural History focuses primarily on the natural history museum and by extension collecting institutions in general, providing a kind of behind-the-scenes look at museum practice and display.

This exhibition coincides with the University of Michigan LSA Theme Semester Meaningful Objects: Museums and the Academy.

Mac Curious?

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Have a new Mac computer? Curious about Mac? Register for the Meet the Mac computer class for hands-on experience. This is a great class for the Mac curious! You'll learn how to get around a Mac, using a Mac OS X desktop, hard drive, finder, menu bar, dock, and dashboard.

Saturday October 3, 2009: 9:15 am to 11:15 am -- Downtown Library: Training Center

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

See you in class!

Are You a Single Parent?

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Michigan State University Extension offers a session called Parenting On Your Own every Tuesday at Hope Center. The session is from 10:30 am to 11:30 am and is free of charge. Topics include managing stress, communication, building self esteem, discipline, parenting teenagers, and more! Call 734-484-2989 or 734-222-3943 for more information.

Use Microsoft Mail Merge to Create Letters, Envelopes and Labels!

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If you ever wanted to learn the easy way to mail form letters to clients, print addressed envelopes for your contacts, or create address labels for yourself or organization; Microsoft Mail Merge is the right class for you!

Monday October 19, 2009: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Training Center

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

See you in class!

Is NOW a Good time for you to Volunteer?

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Interested in making a lasting mark in the life of a non-reader or English Language Learner? Washtenaw Literacy is looking for one-on-one tutors. Volunteer training begins Thursday October 1st and will occur on the following 4 Mondays & Thursdays: 10/5, 10/8, 10/12 & 10/15. Training sessions will be held at 5585 Interface Drive behind Creekside Grill. Or go to Washtenaw Literacy for their training schedule and other information.

Bilal's Stand

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On Thursday, September 24, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, AADL presents the film Bilal's Stand at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room. This film focuses on the life of a Detroit high-school senior, Bilal, and his family's long-owned taxi stand - the source of all activity and income for the family for the last sixty years. Does Bilal take a chance at college or continue with his family business? After secretly submitting a college application and taking up ice carving in order to win a scholarship, he is forced to decide. This film is based on the true story of writer/director Sultan Sharrief, who will lead a discussion of the film with producer & UM Professor Terri Sarris. This event is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program.

Neighbors Day of Service

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Join an Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti volunteer action to collect and distribute warm clothes and blankets before winter arrives. In addition, used household batteries will be collected for proper disposal. Drop off days are September 23, 24, and 25. Items can be dropped off at Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty in Ann Arbor or First Congregational United Church of Christ, 218 N. Adams in Ypsilanti. To donate, put clean clothes in bags, sorted and labeled by size and "girls," "boys," "men" or "women." Put used batteries in sealed plastic bags. On September 26, "pick-up" day, individual families may select items free of charge starting at 2pm. Later in the day, local social service organizations will be invited to select items, and finally, the Salvation Army will retreve items remaining at the end of the day. If you are interested in volunteering your time, you can sign up here or email neighborsdayofservice@gmail.com.

New Microsoft Word Classes in October!

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Microsoft Word Draw: Explore the drawing toolbar
Thursday October 8, 2009: 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Training Center

Microsoft Word Insert: Learn about inserting tables, footnotes, hyperlinks and more into word documents
Tuesday October 20, 2009: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch: Training Center

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

New Computer Class: Overdrive Basics, Download Digital Content

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Register for Overdrive Basics to learn how to use Overdrive to download digital content such as ebooks, eaudio, and evideo.

Monday, October 5, 7 - 9 pm Downtown
Monday, October 12, 7 - 9 pm Downtown

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

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