Important Catalog News!

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There’s a new way to find foreign language materials at AADL. Let’s start by calling them World Languages. If you are looking for materials in Arabic, you would go to Advanced Search and click on call number & enter World-Ara. There's a new collection, too: Youth Lang-Learn. Wait! There’s more! The Basic Reading and ESL collections are now called Language Learning or Lang-Learn for short. You can even look for Lang-Learn Fiction with Reading Levels for adults. We look forward to searches becoming easier for you and everyone as we tweak our catalog and roll out a new one.

826michigan for adults!

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Did you know that for the first time ever, 826michigan is offering writing workshops for adults? Isn't that awesome!? The 826michigan 2009 adult workshop series is called How To Write Like I Do. Meet real-life writers, pick up a few of their trade secrets, and spend some time practicing your own writing with other local writers. The cost of the workshops includes coffee and Zingerman's treats and will help support 826michigan's free literacy programs for local kids. You can register here.

Rolling Sculptures

Stop by the Ann Arbor District Library’s tent from 2-8 pm on Friday, July 10th on Liberty St. between Fourth and Fifth Ave. to make a Rolling Sculpture out of goodies from the Scrap Box and meet Hillary Will, the fastest woman top fuel dragster driver in the world, who will also be speaking at the Downtown Library earlier in the week. The library is joining Main Street Area's Rolling Sculpture Car Show for the first time this year just for the pure fun of it! Use all your creativity to design a wild vehicle and you just might win a prize!

Photowalk: Capture the Beauty of Ann Arbor

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AADL is proud to be hosting our first Photowalk this Saturday! Start by joining us for a panel discussion featuring portrait and festival photographer Myra Klarman, fine arts photographer and Crappy Camera Club cofounder Michael Myers, and Ann Arbor News photojournalist Leisa Thompson at 10 am. Then, stick around as we go out in groups to find the interesting things in Ann Arbor and document them with our cameras. You can come back to the Downtown Library Training Center to edit your photos on our iMacs and upload them to your Flickr account or our pictureAnnArbor collection. Bring your camera and join us!

Music for a cause

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Help support the activities of the Huron River Watershed Council this Saturday, June 27 at 11300 Island Lake Rd. (off Dexter-Pinckney Rd. just west of downtown Dexter). "Black Train," a local roots band that features country vocal harmonies, will be playing. Bring a blanket or a chair. Gather round a huge bonfire after dark. Music starts at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Phone 769-5123, ext. 19 for more information.

826michigan Summer Workshops

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Registration for 826michigan's summer workshops is now open! Workshops are on a variety of subjects, including screenwriting, correspondence, poetry, puppetry, and more! There's even drop-in writing time for all ages. 826michigan's workshops are very popular- they fill up quickly so be sure to get your registration in early. Workshops are age specific, and each student can register for two workshops in the summer. Write on!

Eye Exams for Seniors

Between June 1 and August 31 Eyecare America’s Senior Eyecare Program is offering an opportunity for people 65 and older to get a no-cost eye exam and care for any disease detected in the initial visit for up to one year following the exam. You qualify if you have not seen an ophthalmologist in three or more years, and do not belong to an HMO or the VA. Those interested may call toll-free 800-222-EYES (3937) for referral to an ophthalmologist. This program is co-sponsored by the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.

A Jump Roping Blast

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Bring your ropes and rhymes to Jump Roping Blast for a jumpin' good time! We have Chinese, Double-Dutch and standard jump ropes to share. Rain? We'll jump inside. If you need some visuals to help inspire or check out some fancy footwork ahead of time, check out Jump In a movie that tells the story of a young boxer who discovers jump roping while training.

Tuesday, June 23 | 6:30-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek Parking Lot | Grades 4-12

July Computer Classes

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The July computer class schedule is available! July classes not offered in June:
Introduction to Google Documents - Introduction to Firefox Add-Ons - World Wide Web Tools - File Management - iPod Fever

Register online, call 734-327-4555 or visit any AADL location to register. See you in class!

The Photowalk and Twitter

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If I were to utter the word "Twitter", you will most probably quite certain be put off. What with all the barrage of 'twitter', 'tweets', 'tweeps', 'tweetups' and other lingo floating around. I managed to see CBS cover it too. The hype is definitely overkill but there are good stories to come out of this too.

The Photowalk is one such story. A simple 'tweet'(text message) out to my network on Twitter had the message picked up by Eli Neiburger (@ulotrichous) at AADL. After a brief meeting at AADL, the wheels began rolling and today I can't be happier. That is the power of social networking to me. The ability to reach out to somebody I don't know but may have common interests with. This has only increased the appeal of Twitter for me. Whereas in Facebook, I 'friend' people who I've actually met in real life, the case with Twitter is the opposite.

Today the amazing team at AADL has finally made my dream of a photowalk in Ann Arbor a reality. The opportunity to interact with people who enjoy photography is boundless. If you've ever been to Cafe Zola, be sure to check out the work of Myra Klarman from 'Top of the Park' last summer. The brilliant portrait photographer will be present as a panelist at the Photowalk. And so will be Leisa Thompson, whose sports photography features on Mlive.com and Michael C. Myers of the 'legendary' Ann Arbor Crappy Camera Club.

The event details are available for your network preference on: Yelp, Upcoming, Facebook and right here on AADL. Please tell everyone you know and bring more people to this event!

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