First Time Camper Program

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Have you been meaning to give camping a try? If so, the “First Time Camper” Program might be for you. This program, sponsored by Gander Mountain, aims to provide an opportunity for new campers to experience both campers and the outdoors. Equipment, instructions, gear and information are provided at an economic rate.

In order to help new campers prepare for their experience, each group receives a welcome kit that outlines what to expect, pack and wear. After check-in, DNR staff help participants through the process of setting up camp and settling in.

For more information about the program, including a list of participating parks and recreation areas click here.

Happy camping!

Summer Reading Program 2009: Local Motion

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Summer reading time is here!

This year the theme for AADL’s summer reading program is Local Motion. All summer long we will offer a variety of programs around this theme including nature walks, jump roping, dancing, and rock climbing. Whether you’re hoping to learn more about health topics and being active or would like to participate as an audience member, there is something here for you.

All ages are invited to play the summer reading game (June 12-August 14). You can even register online. The youth game includes incentive stamps and prizes along the way to reading or listening to 10 books. Teens have many choices of activities to complete the game and become eligible for a prize drawing. Adults, yes, there is something for you too.

Join us at for our Summer Reading Kick-off concert at The Ark! Local act, Gemini, will get kids moving to rousing music from around the world. Families will have the opportunity to register for the summer reading program at this concert. We hope to see you there Tuesday, June 16, 6:30-8:30 PM.

The popular Lego Contest, Graffiti Art Contest and Manga Drawing Contest are back this year, and this year's details are available now.

At the end of the day, we hope you have fun this summer, and we want to be a part of that fun! We hope to see you this summer.

Take a hike @ Lakewood Nature Area

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Join us for a botanical walk at this lovely 7-acre park on the west side of town. Your guide will be one of Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation staff members. Hike up and down the hills blanketed by oak-hickory woodlands; enjoy views of streams and ravines cutting through the park. Bring your camera and take a photo to submit in the Natural Area Preservation’s 4th Annual Photo Contest.

Meet in the parking lot of Lakewood School, 344 Gralake, rain or shine.

Thursday, June 18 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Lakewood Nature Area | All Ages

Housing Counseling 101

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Join a panel of experts from Housing Bureau for Seniors, Washtenaw County Treasurer's office and MSU Extension for a Town Hall style meeting Tuesday June 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Ypsilanti District Library . The panel will include housing counselors, bankers and loss mitigation experts to discuss the housing crisis and strategies to deal with it. There is no charge but registration is required by calling 997-1678.

Lost in Library Land?

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Are you new to Ann Arbor or the USA? We would be happy to give you or your group a library tour. Call 327-8311 at least two weeks before your requested date. These tours can be very helpful for English language learners who want to utilize what Ann Arbor District Library has to offer, like My Account and our awesome Research Pages. We offer five types of tours including the Malletts Creek Green Tour and a Class Research Tour. Take a look and check out a book!

New Documentary, "Up From Ashes," Chronicles the Construction of the Traverwood Branch

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What goes into building a library? See the behind-the-scenes process that went into the construction of the Traverwood Branch in the new documentary, "Up From Ashes." The developers of Ann Arbor District Library’s Traverwood Branch took a unique approach to the building process by harvesting hundreds of ash trees devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer and reusing the trees in the construction of the building. Since opening in June 2008, Traverwood has become one of the busiest branches in the Ann Arbor District Library system and recently won a 2009 AIA Michigan Building Design Award.

The hour-long documentary "Up From Ashes" will be broadcast on Detroit Public Television (channel 56) on Thursday, June 11 from 8 to 9:00 p.m. A special viewing of the film, with an audience discussion led by Director and Cinematographer Bill Kubota, will take place at Traverwood Branch on Tuesday, July 21 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.

Need more Education or Training?

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Washtenaw County etcs is hosting and Educational Fair on Monday, June 8 from 1pm to 3pm at the Michigan Works! Service Center in Ypsilanti. The attending schools will be University of Phoenix, International Truck Driving School, Washtenaw Community College, and Cleary University. AFLAC will also be attending as a featured employer.

Chelsea Comics Con - June 12 and 13

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Hey comics fans and budding artists! There's a FREE Kids Read Comics convention Friday, June 12- Saturday, June 13 at Chelsea District Library. Mingle with tons of great comics artists during an opening reception at the River Gallery and also in the workshops. Free comics will be handed out at the convention courtesy of generous publishers.

To register e-mail Edith Burney, Chelsea Youth/Teen Librarian at burneye@gmail.com.

Improve Your Job Search with Better Cover Letters and Employer Research: Nuts & Bolts Lab

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Tuesday June 9, 2009: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Downtown Library: Training Center
*Registration required:
Want to outshine your competition when you apply for a job? At the first session of this workshop (Tuesday, June 9th, 10-11 am), you will learn the secrets to a great cover letter. This class will cover formatting, style and most importantly--content! Learn how doing just a little research about your potential employer will put you ahead of the rest!

Hope Dental New Patient Day

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Hope Dental Clinic is offering an opportunity to become a new patient of theirs. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday June 9 at Hope Center 518 Harriet Street, Ypsilanti. They will be registering 100 new patients, so come early and bring one of the following for Proof of Income: 2008 1040 Tax Form, 2 Most recent pay stubs, Proof of government funding you may be receiving, Bridge Card, and Proof of Income from anyone who is supporting you.

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