Get Homework Help with a Live Tutor

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The Library is pleased to offer Brainfuse, a new online tutoring service that matches students with a live tutor for personalized homework help. Just log on to chat one-on-one with a tutor in real time for individual help answering homework questions, building skills in specific subject areas, or writing a better research paper. Tutors (including Spanish-speakers) are available from 2-11 p.m. 7 days a week and help is available for all students, from elementary school through high school and beyond. No appointment is necessary.

Another Time Saving Device

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Looking for ways to save time? The Library is here to help. Now you can sign up for a computer class or an event that requires registration without making a phone call or walking away from your computer. Simply login to your Library account on the My Account page and find the program or class you want to register for. Click “Register Now” and follow the directions. My Account keeps a handy list of your registrations, and you can cancel registrations through My Account too. Check it out and save some time!

Make Your Own Earth-Friendly Cleaning Products

If you're tired of flushing toxic substances and money down the drain, consider making your own earth-friendly cleaning products at the Building a Green Life event on Wednesday, August 27, from 7:00-8:30 at the Malletts Creek branch. Recycle Ann Arbor's Jason Bing, director of the En-House, will lead a hands-on workshop where you'll have the opportunity to put together a non-toxic cleaning kit to take home. The Library also has a variety of materials you can check out on buying, using, and making natural products to clean your home.

Save Cash With go!pass Dash

The Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce, through getDowntown, is always coming up with new ways to promote the use of public transport. The latest push is for go!pass dash, where anyone who rides a bus or the Link (even just once!), parks at a Park and Ride lot and buses to town, uses Nightride or the a2Chelsea Express, is eligible to enter drawings for great prizes from local businesses. Our city is pushing green living and we're lucky to have such a variety of transportation choices. So try one or more of these AATA services during Sept. 7-12, and register for prizes that week at TheRide.org.

True Confessions of an Ann Arbor Historian

History is boring. Local history is even worse. You must be a spectacular geek to be interested in, much less involved with, the local history scene.

Well, that might be true, but here I am anyway. I have loved this town for as long as I can remember and, like the people I love, I want to know Ann Arbor's whole story. That's all historians do. Fall in love with a place, person or era and find out all they can about it.

For example, what did Ann Arbor look like when she was a baby? How about as a teenager? I look at the book Historic buildings, Ann Arbor, Michigan, by Marjorie Reade and Susan Wineberg like an old family album. I study it and try to recognize something of the past in the town I know today. (FYI, if you click here you can look at this book online.)

I also like to hang around people who will tell me stories about when Ann Arbor was young. So imagine my delight when I heard that Kempf House is having a big ol' party in September. I imagine there will be plenty of folks there who would be more than willing to share a tale or two. There will also be food and beer so count me in!

See you there?

SEPTEMBERFEST

Date: Sun 7 Sep 2008
Time: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Kempf House Museum Garden
Description: Beer and brats! Four flavors of beer from Arbor Brewing, brats on a bun with sauerkraut and mustard, hot pretzels baked specially by the ladies at Bethlehem Church, and ice cream and toppings from the Washtenaw Dairy - all for $40 ($30 for members)!
Contact: 734-994-4898

Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down

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Have you ever suggested a book or an author to a friend? Why not take the next step and write a book review on aadl.org? You will help add to the Library's online reviews, and who knows, you might even introduce someone to their next great read! There are CDs and DVDs to review as well. It’s easy and fun to do. Login to your online Library account My Account. Go to the Catalog and find the item you want to review. Click "Write a Review" and inspire someone today!

Jump Up, Double Dutch!

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We've got Chinese, Double-Dutch and standard jump ropes ready to go for all levels of jump roping this Saturday, August 16, 1:00-4:00 pm at the Malletts Creek branch. Look for a section of the parking lot blocked off with orange cones. Come ready for a good time.

Check out the movie Jump In! or the Jump In! soundtrack or, if you're training for a fall sport, try the book Jump Rope Training which covers some great speed and quickness drills to get you ready for any sport. If you're still not inspired to jump, check out any of the Rope Masters videos on YouTube.

Housing Counseling 101

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Have you considered meeting with a housing counselor to discuss critical issues related to keeping your home? Come to the Ypsilanti District Library on Saturday August 16 from 10:00 a.m. till noon for a morning of information and conversation about housing foreclosure. Meet with area experts in housing, banking and loss mitigation. This is free but RSVP required: 734-483-8152. Sponsored by the Vision in Action LLC, New Horizon Resources and the MSU Extension office.

Great Adventures With Your Camera

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Whether you spend your vacation traveling across the country or in your own back yard, there are always opportunities to take photos. Digital cameras provide new options for taking close-up photos of your favorite gardening project and also those bright light pictures you may want to take at the beach. If you'd like to learn more about digital cameras and photos, check out our Digital Camera 101 and Digital Camera 102 classes being offered this fall. Registration for classes will begin in mid-August, and there is no charge to attend.

S-C-R-A-B-B-L-E

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An 11 year old boy recently took top honors at the National Scrabble Championship tourney.
He was the youngest in a group of 700. National Scrabble Association has a website with tournament updates, as well as a word of the day. Today's word is "cushaw", a variety of squash. Check out Word Freak or Word Wars to satisfy your curiosity about words.

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