Parent's Corner: Kids + Technology

The Downtown library has a shelf in the Youth Department known as the Parent Shelf. On this shelf you’ll find a variety of parent-child related books on a multitude of topics- including everything from language to tantrums to potty training to homework. These books are available for checkout, and can be found in the catalog when searching “parent shelf,” if you’d like to have one sent to a branch of your choice.

The parent shelf features a few helpful books with information on kids and technology, which is a hot topic, as technolgoy is everwhere, with new devices being released constantly. We have a few titles dealing with cyber safety, such as: Cyber-safe kids, cyber-savvy teens: Helping young people learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly. It might also be worth checking out books on social media, such as Talking back to Facebook: A common sense guide to raising kids in the digital age and CyberSafe: Protecting and empowering kids in the digital world of texting, gaming, and social media. See here for additional items on similar topics.

Web App Boot Camp: Python Programming

Friday December 14, 2012: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Learn what computer programming is and why it is useful to learn - and gain an introductory knowledge of Python (a general purpose, high-level programming language) in this hands-on workshop (the second of three) suitable for beginners who have mouse and basic computer skills. While the first workshop gave a general overview, session two will cover Python programming in greater depth.

An additional workshop on related web app subjects will be offered at the same time and location on Friday, December 21. You are welcome to attend all three workshops - but it is not a requirement for participation.

Web App Boot Camp: Programming Fundamentals and Workspace Setup

Friday December 7, 2012: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Learn what computer programming is and why it is useful to learn - and gain an introductory knowledge of Python (a general purpose, high-level programming language) in this hands-on workshop (the 1st of three), suitable for beginners who have mouse and basic computer skills.

Additional workshops on related web app subjects will be offered at the same time and location on Friday, December 14 and Friday, December 21. You are welcome to attend all three workshops - but it is not a requirement for participation.

TinkerHub Webcast - All Hands Active

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TinkerHub Webcast 1: All Hands Active
Tinkerhub is a webcast collaboration between Ann Arbor District Library and All Hands Active, Ann Arbor’s Makerspace. Recorded in Downtown Ann Arbor, TinkerHub webcasts connect learning, technology, and the Ann Arbor community. In this episode of the TinkerHub, Terence O’Neill of the AADL talks to Josh Williams, the shop manager at All Hands Active. They talk about what all happens in the technology club-house that is AHA and all about the crazy array of tech-progressive insitutions that exist in Ann Arbor. Tune in to learn about what a 3D Printer is, why Hacking isn’t a dirty word, and all about the world of Making-Hacking.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Community Event: Open House at the UM 3DLab, October 9


Tuesday October 9, 2012: 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- University of Michigan North Campus, Duderstadt Center, Room 1365 First Floor

The UM3D Lab provides the University of Michigan community with access to high-end technologies and professional expertise on the topics of Rapid Prototyping, 3D Scanning, Advanced Visualization, Motion Capture, and more! On Tuesday, October 9, they'll be opening up their Lab to the larger Ann Arbor community. Drop in and see some of the most cutting edge equipment, right across town at the University of Michigan's North Campus.

The event will run from 12 pm to 6 pm at the Duderstadt Center on the North Campus of the University of Michigan. For more information, please visit [here|http://um3d.dc.umich.edu/].

Muzzy Language Learning for Kids


The library has a new children's language learning database called Muzzy. Currently there are 8 different languages to choose from: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, and Russian. You can use it at home or at the library. The Muzzy animated story and games are a captivating way for kids to learn another language. It was originally a BBC program so those from Europe may recognize it. Learn more about this database here. We also offer the Muzzy multilingual series (it includes a choice of learning English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish) and the separate traditional Chinese language learning version for checkout.

3D Printing with All Hands Active: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday September 22, 2012 -- Downtown Library

Our first 3D Printing Event in June was filled with eager printers of all ages, so we're giving people a chance to come that didn't get a chance the first time or want to learn more!

3D Printing has been featured on CNN, the Colbert Report, and in Time Magazine, and now this technology is coming to the AADL. Learn about how these machines turn computer sketches into objects, watch one work, and practice making and customizing designs.

Led by Ann Arbor's All Hands Active, this workshop will introduce participants to this quickly developing technology. We’ll see how a 3D Printer works to create objects before your eyes, and even experiment with designing some objects using the freely available Google Sketchup. Participants will be able to submit simple designs to be printed and picked up at a later date.

This event will be held in the Training Center on the third floor of the Downtown Library and is intended for all ages.

Minecraft Meetup

Saturday October 13, 2012: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

AADL's Minecraft server is up and running!

We're hosting our own Minecraft server and we need you to help us build "Ann Arbor."

Join us IRL (in real life) or in-game to discuss the future of "Ann Arbor" and the server @AADL. It's a great way to meet people you've seen on the server and coordinate new builds.

This event is for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Why Is My Computer So Slow? How To Remove Spyware And Perform Routine Preventive Maintenance

Monday July 16, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

Mateen Jaffer of Jafferson Computers returns to AADL to discuss ways to ensure online safety and security for your computer and boost performance. Learn how to tell if your computer is infected and what free programs are available to clean your computer and boost its performance and Internet speed.

3D Printing with All Hands Active: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm Saturday June 16, 2012 -- Downtown Library


3D Printing has been featured on CNN, the Colbert Report, and in Time Magazine, and now this technology is coming to the AADL! Learn about how these machines turn computer sketches into objects, watch one work, and practice making and customizing designs.

Led by Ann Arbor's All Hands Active, this workshop will introduce participants to this quickly developing technology. We’ll see how a 3D Printer works to create objects before your eyes, and even experiment with designing some objects using the freely available Google Sketchup. Participants will be able to submit simple designs to be printed and picked up at a later date.

This event will be held in the Training Center on the third floor of the Downtown Library and is intended for all ages.

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