It’s Time To Register For Classes!

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Check it out! The Library’s computer classes in January, February and March are available for registration. See a complete list of classes on our computer class page or in a computer brochure which can be found at any of the Library branch locations. We are offering classes for beginners as well as the more advanced computer users. You can also learn more about using a Mac or a digital camera, blogging and craigslist. We have Beginning Computer Labs too for individual help. Register on line, at any AADL location or by calling 734-327-4555. Classes fill quickly so register today!

Looking to get out of the cold?

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Don’t forget about the University of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History! The Museum offers a host of programs and exhibits that both adults and kids can enjoy. Look into the Winter Family Reading and Science program where the Museum offers a coordinated series of topical hands-on workshops, family reading programs, and a Discovery Day designed to facilitate science learning within families. Free public tours of the dinosaur exhibits are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm for the first 15 people to sign up. And so much more! And as an added bonus, be sure to check out a Museum Adventure Pass for a 10% discount in the Museum Store!dinosaurdinosaur

Great Magazine Databases at aadl.org

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Another wonderful AADL service is an online selection of databases, which allows library cardholders speedy access to a variety of magazine articles on almost any topic. People ask how long the library keeps its magazines on the shelves, and where it stores the older ones? Each branch location keeps magazines for the last six months, while the Downtown Library holds the current year plus the two previous year’s issues. For online access, go to the Research tab at aadl.org, click on magazine articles and have fun exploring!

Join us for one of the upcoming Discussion Leader Training Sessions

Learn how to start a discussion of Seeing in the Dark in your organization, church, neighborhood or just with friends by attending one of the two community Discussion Leader Training Sessions. Wednesday January 7, 2009: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: aadlfreespace. Register online to join the training session at the Ann Arbor District Library or call 327-4555.

A second Discussion Leader Training Session will be held Monday, Jan.12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Ypsilanti District Library - Community Meeting Room, 5577 Whittaker Road in Ypsilanti. To register, call the Ypsilanti District Library at 482-4110 ext. 1303.

AATA Introduces a New Route

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The Ride (a.k.a. the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti bus system) has introduced a new route just in time for the holidays. On December 1, AATA began service on Route 17; Amtrak-Depot St. This route starts and ends at Blake Transit Center and offers service to City Hall, Community High School, Kerrytown, and the Amtrak station on Depot St. For people like myself, who are planning to take the Amtrak train out of the city for the holidays and who have light baggage, this route offers convenient access to the train station for $1 (or less) per trip. For more details on Route 17 and other services of The Ride, visit their website or call at (734) 996-0400.

Ann Arbor-style Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens' classic "A Christmas Carol" will be brought to life on the stage of the Performance Network in true Ann Arbor fashion soon. Included in the cast will be former Ann Arbor mayor Ingrid Sheldon, Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Susan Pollay, WUOM on-air host Charity Nebbe and University of Michigan Professor Malcolm Tulip as well as Performance Network Executive Director Carla Milarch. This special offering will be held only on Sunday, December 21 at 7pm. A reception will follow with tempting homemade holiday treats. Tickets are tax deductible and can be reserved by calling 734-663-0861. See Ann Arbor’s ghosts of Christmas past, present and future come to life during this unique reading at Performance Network.

Recently Unemployed? Need a Job?

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Check out the top ten things to do when you become unemployed.
Also be sure to keep your eye on job postings on the Michigan Talent Bank website. You can search more than 15,000 new job openings monthly and post your resume so more than 40,000 employers can find it. You can also find information on local job fairs. The range of employers is diverse so the site is useful whether you are looking for your first career or a new career. And remember to stay positive!

Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count

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Looking for a break from the holiday hustle and bustle? Try a more relaxing weekend this Saturday, December 20th by joining up with the Washtenaw Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Each year for over a century the Audubon Society has organized local groups of birdwatchers to compile a list of all the birds spotted across the continent. The results help researchers track bird populations and identify habitats at risk. You can be a part of this international effort (and hone your bird identification skills) by signing up with the local chapter of the National Audubon Society.

Lookback Time: The Detroit Observatory

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In Seeing In The Dark, author Timothy Ferris writes, "Peering far into space means looking deep into time gone by. This phenomenon, known as 'lookback time,' makes historians of stargazers." Historians and stargazers alike can enjoy a look back in time to 1854 by visiting the Detroit Observatory at 1398 E. Ann St. In its day, the Observatory housed the first large telescope constructed in the United States, for years the third largest refractor in the world. It was the training ground for many 19th century astronomers, saw the discovery of 21 asteroids and 2 comets, and remains the most important physical legacy of the University's early scientific preeminence. "I cannot speak of the Observatory without emotion," said former UM president Henry Tappan. "No one will deny that it was a creation of my own." (Historic Buildings, Ann Arbor, MI)

Although the dome is currently not operational, rendering the telescope unusable, the Observatory was fully restored in 1998 and the astronomical instruments remain intact and operational. Read more about the Observatory's legacy and watch for upcoming open houses in conjunction with UM's winter theme semester.

Homebound With Nothing To Read?

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Being stuck at home because of bad weather can be frustrating. Think of how frustrating it would be to be homebound due to a long term illness or an injury with nothing to read, no CDs to listen to and not one DVD to watch. Did you know that the Friends of the Ann Arbor District Library will deliver and pickup library materials to library card holders who are homebound for these reasons? A volunteer from the Friends of AADL will work with the homebound individual to select as well as deliver and pick up library materials. If you or someone you know is homebound and would like homebound delivery, then call 327-4220 for more information.

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