Packard Health West Opening Soon!

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Now West-siders can reap the benefit of the Packard Health Clinic closer to home. Celebrate the Grand Opening of Packard Health West at the corner of Dexter & Maple on October 23rd. There will be a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at noon as well as Blood Pressure Screening & Sports Physicals from 3-5. Prizes too! Print this flier for a chance to win in an hourly drawing. Please bring a can of food to donate to Food Gatherers, too!

Secrets of the Library: Brainfuse Online Tutoring

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With the school year well underway, now is the perfect time to check out Brainfuse, the online tutoring service offering free help any day of the week from 2 – 11pm. Brainfuse allows your student to chat live online with trained instructors for real-time assistance, no appointment is necessary. Every tutor has a specialty area and is trained in online teaching techniques to help explain the tough subjects for grades 3 and up. Available in Spanish and English. Click here to get started or take Brainfuse for a test drive at one of our upcoming sessions in the Malletts Creek computer lab.

ASPARAGUS! Stalking the American Life

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On Thursday, October 15 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, in the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose room, the Library will present Asparagus!, the award-winning documentary film by Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly. The 53 minute film (not rated) tells the story of Oceana County, Michigan, whose residents built their identity and economic survival on asparagus, but now find themselves struggling to save their beloved 'roots.' This event, for adults and teens (grades 9 and up), is co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Community Scholars Program, where students strive to model an ideal community in terms of friendship, responsibility, and diversity. ASPARAGUS! Stalking the American Life is a featured part of the Michigan Eats Exhibit at Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing now through November 2009. Discussions will be led by the film's co-director, Anne de Mare.

National Depression Screening Day

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Thursday, October 8 is National Depression Screening Day. The University of Michigan's Institute for Human Adjustment and the U-M Depression Center are partnering with Rackham Graduate School to offer free, confidential mental health screenings. These screenings are completely free and open to any member of the community; no affiliation with the University of Michigan is required. No appointment is necessary for this event.

The confidential screenings will take place at two locations on campus: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the U-M Psychological Clinic, 530 Church Street, East Hall, Suite 2463 and 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Rackham Graduate School Building at 915 East Washington Street. If you have any questions, please call the Psychological Clinic at 734-764-3471.

Brainfuse Test Drive in October

Need help with homework? Drop in and test drive Brainfuse Online Homework Help. You will receive a handout telling you how to connect with Brainfuse on the aadl.org website. Once you are in you’ll be free to explore all the menu items including three that connect you to a tutor: Homework Help, Live Skills Building: and the Foreign Language Lab. Check out other features like the Writing Lab, 24/7 Help, and the Test Center. Youth in grades 3 and up, teens and interested family members are welcome.

Brainfuse Test Drive | Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 20 & 27 | 7:00-8:00 PM | Malletts Creek Computer Training Center

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Check out a Museum Adventure Pass!

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Looking for something fun and educational to do? Check out a Museum Adventure Pass. One of the many places you can visit using the pass is the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. Current exhibits include a tribute to Joe Louis, photography of women of Detroit, mixed media artist Timothy Orikri and more!! While you're there, swing by the gift shop and get 10% off with your pass!

Sign up for the Journey to Freedom tour

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On Sunday, October 18, from 2-5:00 p.m., the African American Cultural & Historical Museum (AACHM) will host a special "Journey to Freedom" bus tour. This popular tour of historical points of interest on the Underground Railroad--an official tour of the National Park Service--is led by Deborah Meadows of the AACHM. The bus departs from the front of the Industrial Technology Building on the campus of Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron Drive. (map) and tickets are $15. To reserve a seat, call 734-476-3158 or email deborahmeadows2@msn.com. This special tour accompanies the launch of The Signal of Liberty online, Saturday, October 17, from 2-4:00 p.m.

The Signal of Liberty, Ann Arbor's 1840s-era abolitionist newspaper, goes online

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Join us at the Traverwood branch on Saturday, October 17, 2-4:00 p.m. to help us launch the online version of Ann Arbor's Signal of Liberty newspaper. The full text of this abolitionist newspaper, published in Ann Arbor in the 1840s, will be available online for the first time. Carol Mull, local historian of the Underground Railroad in Michigan, will be on hand at the launch to talk about some of the unique content in the Signal of Liberty and its role in her research; and Library staff will demonstrate browsing and full text access to over 12,000 articles and 312 issues of the newspaper. This project was done in partnership with the Bentley Historical Library and Digital Library Productions Services.

On Sunday, October 18, from 2-5:00 p.m., the African American Cultural and Historical Museum will host a related "Journey to Freedom" bus tour of local stops on the Underground Railroad. Click here for additional information about the tour.

Unleash Your Firefox!

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Did you know about Firefox Add-ons? Firefox is an internet browser that offers you thousands of ways to customize your web experience. For example, you can use Add-ons to show the latest headlines, block ads, or have local weather in one click. Register for Introduction to Firefox Add-ons to learn more.

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

See you in class!

Download eBooks and Audiobooks!

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Register for Overdrive Basics 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 October 5, 2009: 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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