Keeping an eye on the ‘nesting boxes’ at the Pittsfield

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My son, Bill, led the construction and installation of a dozen “nesting boxes” for birds and bats on the east side of the Pittsfield branch last summer as one of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. Library director Josie Parker supported the project as a reflection of the AADL’s commitment to capitalize on environmental principles...to operate more in harmony with the ecosystem. I'm keeping an eye on the project now that Bill’s off at college, and with spring coming, I hope other library patrons would post a comment if they see birds (or bats) actually occupying the boxes.

Speeding ticket campaign is hoax

A Michigan “speeding ticket campaign” is a hoax, maybe even an urban legend. Check your e-mail for this: "Beware all you lead foots!!! Spring is Coming! . . . and so is Operation Yellow Jacket. Look out for MI-DOT trucks parked along the road or suddenly appearing behind you pacing you - it could be a Trooper driving the truck. Called 'Operation Yellow Jacket', each Michigan State Police District has a truck cleaned up and ready to go! These trucks have specially modified engines that can virtually catapult the truck from snow-plow speed to intercept speed in seconds. And when the engine boost kicks in, the warning lights automatically change from flashing yellow to the dreaded red and blue! . . . “

Dream Seeding for a Better World Art Show

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The public is invited to a reception of the Dream Seeding for a Better World art show on Saturday, March 7th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Michigan Union (530 South State Street). There will be music, storytelling and food. Free.

The show is organized by dreamseeding.org and showcases creative work that helps us visualize and create a more peaceful and ecologically healthy community.

Looking for a Job?

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When you are looking for a job, the Michigan Talent Bank is the place to be. You can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. Find jobs in accounting, human resources, manufacturing and much more! You can also find up to date information on local job fairs. Best of all, it’s free for all users. Also be sure to check out these helpful tips on what to do when you're unemployed. Good luck in your job search!

Jumpstart

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Jumpstart is reading to children at AADL! If you seek to provide your child another opportunity to hear stories, this is a service that might be right for your family. University of Michigan students read to children one-on-one or in small groups and provide a small craft or activity.

Jumpstart is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, supervises, and supports college students to work with early childhood programs.

Take advantage of this opportunity at a branch near you!

Saturday, February 28, Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, March 14, Traverwood Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, March 28, Pittsfield Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30
Saturday, April 3, Traverwood Branch: Program Room, 1:00-2:30

Looking for something fun to do?

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Head on over to The Dossin Great Lakes Museum! The museum, a flagship of the Midwest’s inland lakes maritime heritage museums, stands on the shore of Detroit’s historic Belle Isle, one of America’s grandest city parks. You, your family and your friends will take in a panoramic view of the Detroit River and experience many rare artifacts, including the reconstructed pilot house of the Great Lakes freighter S.S. William Clay Ford, the Miss Pepsi championship hydroplane, and one of the largest known collection of scale model ships in the world. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. As an added bonus, check out a Museum Adventure Pass and receive 10% off your purchases in the museum shop!

Feb. 5th Morningstar Part 2 Class Canceled; Rescheduled For Feb. 25th at 7pm

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The February 5th class on Morningstar has been canceled and rescheduled for registered participants for Wednesday, February 25th at 7pm.

Looking for a Job?

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If you are looking for a job, the Michigan Talent Bank is the place to be. You can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. Best of all, it’s free for all users. Also check out the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook. Finding—and getting—a job you want can be a challenging process, but knowing more about job search methods and application techniques can increase your chances of success. And knowing how to judge the job offers you receive makes it more likely that you will end up with the best possible job. Good luck in your search!

Career Development Workshop for Students with Disabilities

There are two excellent opportunities for students with disabilities who are concerned that their disability will prevent them from getting a job or whether they should disclose their limitation. You will also learn about what is the best type of work experience and opportunities with Michigan's AmeriCorps and state corporations. The workshops will take place on these dates and locations:

Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 4:00 - 7:00pm Oakland Community College – Royal Oak Campus
739 Washington, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Register: Ms. Marcia Kosovec; (248) 246-2480; mmkosove@oaklandcc.edu

Thursday, April 2, 2009 at 3:00 – 6:00pm Wayne State University – Faculty Administration Building, Room 1139
656 W. Kirby (Reuther Mall), Detroit, MI 48202
Register: Ms. Randie Kruman; (313) 577-2570; rskruman@wayne.edu PRESENTERS Cathy McAdam, Consultant, DiverseAbility LLC John Lapetz, Retired Manager, Ford Motor Company

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Event: Timothy Ferris

On Thurs., Jan. 29, Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads author Timothy Ferris will speak at 7:30 pm at the Morris Lawrence Building at Washtenaw Community College. The author of Seeing in the Dark will talk about the contributions of amateurs in the field of astronomy, both in the past and today, and share his thoughts on the universe around us. Ferris has won numerous awards for his astronomical writing, including being a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He has also created several PBS documentaries, including one based on Seeing in the Dark.

Join our online discussion of the 2009 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads title today to get warmed up for the talk.

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