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.

Geek Pride Day

"Towel Day", "Glorious 25th of May", or "Star Wars Day", whatever you prefer to call it, May 25th is Geek Pride Day and what better way to celebrate it than by visiting your local library? You don't have to be a Sci-Fi geek, or a math geek to celebrate Geek Pride Day, just celebrate whatever you "geek". "Whatever you geek, the public library supports you." Geek The Library reminds us that "No matter who you are, there are things you are passionate about—things you geek. The Geek the Library project is a community public awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word about the vital and growing role of your public library, and to raise awareness about the critical funding issues many U.S. public libraries face." Think of all the resources your library has to offer, be they entertainment like Star Wars or Douglas Adams books or movies, Homework Help or Test Prep, Foreign Language Materials or Foreign Language Learning from our Services and Research pages that you have access to through our website, our super nifty new Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro Reflector Dobsonian Telescope, or one of our neat Science To Go Kits from our Unusual Stuff to Borrow collection.

Minecraft: Ann Arbor

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Saturday May 26, 2012: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Join in celebrating the launch of Minecraft@AADL! We are hosting our own Minecraft server and we need you to help us build it. Be one of the first to lay the virtual bricks for this cool addition to your Library! Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine!

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

Documentary Filmmaker, Digital Historian And Archive Team Founder Jason Scott Discusses Preservation Activism

Wednesday May 23, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

There's a lot of information floating around on the Web - can it be saved from distinction and obscurity? Discover how digital information is preserved and archived when Jason Scott visits the AADL. Jason is the founder of the Archive Team, a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage.

At this special event, Jason will discuss the Archive Team's efforts to preserve early Internet content from extinction. He will also screen and discuss a lost episode from his 2010 film Get Lamp: The Text Adventure Documentary.

Geek Academy: SCRATCH DAY!!! And Contest

Saturday May 19, 2012: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

It's Scratch Day @ AADL! Ready for some friendly competition? Fine tune your Scratch lab project here at the AADL or get your home-made project working on an official contest computer. Please note that all entries must be turned in and functioning by 3:00 PM for evaluation and judging.

Later in the afternoon, there will be an award ceremony followed by a most elegant pizza dinner where you can dine and talk geek!

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

Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire: Call for contributors!

We are excited to announce the Call for Makers for the 4th Ann Arbor “Mini” Maker Faire, to be held Saturday June 2, 2012, at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Faire features exhibits and activities in robots, green tech, science, radio, rocketry, unusual tools/techniques, fixing and/or taking things apart, and other areas, all with an emphasis on “do it yourself.” Last year’s Faire drew over 1,400 people to engage in activities such as learning to solder and silk screening t-shirts, and saw exhibits such as hearing the neural activity of a cockroach leg, a giant “Simon Says” game, a DIY satellite to test an ion engine in space, pop-up books with a master of paper folding, gigantic vortex cannon, robots galore, computer vision, and much more.

Apply now to be an exhibitor! Additional information and an online application form are at http://www.a2makerfaire.com. The application deadline is May 13, 2012.

The Faire is free to exhibitors and visitors alike. It is organized by the group a2 geeks (http://www.a2geeks.org), a newly organized Ann Arbor area non-profit foundation promoting the informal technology cuA2 MMFA2 MMFlture in the greater Ann Arbor area. The Faire is a local, community version of the major Maker Faires in the Bay area and in New York City.

The mission of the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire is to present interesting or unique exhibits, individuals, and demonstrations in DIY science, technology, engineering, and art that excite, motivate, and educate. The emphasis is on cool things, skills, and knowledge. As a shorthand, the exhibits should be the kind of thing you’d see in Make Magazine.

Fitness Resources on the Web

Do you enjoy swimming, biking, running, or other fitness activities? Learn about online resources for training, racing, and athlete communities at Fitness Resources on the Web.

As temperatures continue to rise, so will the number of people out exercising. If you're looking for ways to track your fitness progress, find a good running or biking route, find a race to try, or meet up with other people in our community that enjoy the same activities that you do, then come to the computer class, Fitness Resources on the Web, on Tuesday, April 3 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Traverwood Branch library.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classrooms will open 15 minutes before the class start times. Class handouts are here.

Podcasting: 101

Saturday March 24, 2012: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Do you like to listen to/watch podcasts? Want to know how they're made? More importantly do you want to know how to make your own?

One of AADL's podcast producers presents this basic workshop on what it takes to produce your very own audio or video podcast. Listen to aadl.org podcasts and AADL's comic podcasts.

This workshop is for teens (grade 9 and up) and adults.

Computer Database

Use the Computer Database to find technology articles on topics such as telecommunications, computer software and hardware, business and industry, and consumer advice on technological products. This database contains articles, including peer-reviewed, full text, and those with images, that have been published from 1980 to present.

The database is fully searchable by subject, and you can also search for specific publications.
Popular search topics include viruses, hacking, spam, and electronics.

Access to this database is available at every branch of the AADL, as well as from outside the library with a valid AADL library card, or since this is a MeL Database, a Michigan driver's license number can be used instead.

For L-card holder access from an outside location, please sign in to your library account, visit our reference database page, and navigate to the desired resource. To access the Computer Database, go to the research page, and choose to Browse by Name A-Z: A-C, and click on Computer Database. Michigan residents without a valid library card can gain access to this and the many other MeL databases by visiting MeL.org and entering your driver's license number.

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