Math Is Fun! Seriously!

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School has rolled around again, and with school a plague worse than colds or flu ... math anxiety! Well, fear no more -- the cure has arrived. The October issue of Scholastic's "Dyna Math" magazine is here, with puzzles and articles to boost math skills painlessly.

"Dyna Math" combines mathematical puzzles with interesting stories from the news, real life and the authors' zany imaginations to help math make sense. An article about texting helps to teach graph reading, for example, and a story about a bizarre birthday party helps teach rounding and estimation.

As a former student, I can say without a doubt that the puzzles in this magazine are at least five times more interesting than any math problems I had in school. This magazine is a great resource for anyone who wants to get better at math and have fun at the same time.

Following the crowds to Nora Roberts

Just for fun, I typed Nora Roberts into our catalog--245 hits. More than Stephen King! Wow, I thought, maybe I will read one of these in our Summer Reading Game. Then, for more fun, I searched J.D. Robb, the name under which Roberts writes police procedurals. Whoa, another 72 hits! Clearly Roberts is beyond prolific, and you can learn (lots) more about this bestselling phenom in Lauren Collins’ wonderful profile in the June 22 New Yorker. As many as 27 Nora Roberts books are sold every minute, the article suggests.

Rockin' and Readin' with LaRon Williams

What a learning fest, when Storyteller LaRon Williams talked about Juneteenth and racial history at our Traverwood branch last night! I knew his reputation--but had not actually watched him spin history and tales. Lucky me, and lucky all of us, because not only did Williams give a great show, he also shared a reading list on racial hierarchy and transcending prejudice. Prominent is Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, the 2004 Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti Reads book. Other titles include “Every Day Anti-Racism,” by Mica Pollock and The Color of Wealth.

AADL Productions Podcast: John Hilton, editor of The Ann Arbor Observer

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Last month, we had the privilege of talking with Ann Arbor Observer editor, John Hilton, about the origins and development of the Observer, how Ann Arbor has changed over the past three decades, and the current state of the newspaper industry. John also recently joined us along with local historian and author Grace Shackman to talk about Ann Arbor history and help us launch an online collection of local history articles from the Observer dating back to 1982. You can read all of Grace's articles from the Observer online now in Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now.

(Due to technical difficulties, the quality of the audio isn't quite what it should be, but please listen in as John has many interesting things to say about Ann Arbor!)

Love, Sex, and Vampires

If you devour Stephenie Meyer, then check out similar books in our database NoveList. Or you may want to peruse the article by Caitlin Flanagan in Atlantic magazine called What Girls Want--A series of vampire novels illuminates the complexities of female adolescent desire. Very much worth sinking your teeth into.

AADL Blogs

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I’m sure many aadl.org visitors are familiar with the staff written blogs that show up on the main catalog page. If you don’t wish to read through them all and just want to read ones on music, magazines, or perhaps movies, with a few clicks you can. Blogs are accessible on various pages of aadl.org, under Services, Events, Research, etc. (You can also see a refined list by clicking on the blog’s categories.) Did you know there is a Local History blog and a Developer’s blog? Have a peek! Here is a quick list of the blogs, with a quick link so you can easily RSS them and stay on top of AADL and community happenings.

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Horticulture April 2009

Page 22 Mixed-Up Magic
Pick up some great ideas on how to mix spring bulbs and a perennial garden.

Page 36 Veg Out
Only have a small wedge of space in which to grow your veggies this summer? If you think you have to have lots of sun and a southern exposure to grow good veggies, you're wrong. All you need is at least 3 hours of sun a day for a great container vegetable garden.

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Jet - March 16 issue

Page 14 Black History
March 11th 1959: Lorraine Hansberry was the first Black woman to premiere her play, A Raisin in the Sun, on Broadway.
March 15 1999: Maurice Ashley was the first Black man to attain the coveted chess rank of "Grand Master".

Page 26 Where Are Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.?
The lead singers of the group 5th Dimension have made an album to celebrate 40 years of marraige entitled The Many Faces of Love.

Check out a recent Black History publication:
The African American experience : black history and culture through speeches, letters, editorials, poems, songs, and stories

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Entrepreneur March 2009 Issue

Page 62 8 gadgets to green your office
Some of the environmentally friendly products include: soy toner cartridges, LED lights, motion sensor light switches and a box that will link your communications, web, security, and data storage for up to 300 employees.

Page 42 Thinking inside the box
Read about Spencer Brown, the man who recycled plastic trash to create the "Rent a Green Box" business with over 5 million in sales this year. So what else is in the trash?

Related reading:
Screw it, let's do it : 14 lessons on making it to the top while having fun and growing greener

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Bicycling The Buyers Guide April 2009 Issue
If you're not a hard core biker like this guy, your bike is hanging in your garage. It's that time of year to get your bike ready to go...or you could just buy a new bike. Yeah, that's the ticket...you could buy a new bike and donate your old bike to the Recycle Reuse Center. Or sell your old bike and donate the cash to a program that gives bikes to children in financially struggling families like the Greater Grace Temple's Bicycle Christmas Giveaway Program in Detroit.
Page 112 - How to Buy a Bike
This bit gives you a conceptual understanding of the technology of a bike.
Page 114 - What You Get for Your Dollar
Road bikes can roll past 10,000 dollars. Read this feature to understand what your paying for.

And remember to participate in the Ann Arbor Commuter Challenge initiative in May.

Related reading:
Bicycle! : a repair and maintenance manifesto
Bike repair & maintenance for dummies

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