Hands On With Photoshop Elements!

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Monday November 22, 2010: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Join us in class Monday night for an introduction to Photoshop Elements. We teach the class on Mac computers and include tips for PC users. We'll show you simple photo edits like rotate and crop and then move on to tools such as the magnetic lasso and the magic wand. You'll learn how to remove blemishes, apply filters and much more!

We hope to see you in class! Just bring yourself. We'll supply the photos.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classrooms will open 15 minutes before the class start times. Registration is not required. The complete list of computer classes is available here.

Mail Merge Will Help You Create Holiday Letters

Don't think you have the time to create personalized holiday letters? Come to the Microsoft Word Mail Merge class to learn the fast and efficient method to create, print, and send personalized letters to a list of contacts.

Microsoft Word Mail Merge, Tuesday, November 9th, 7 - 9 pm, West Branch.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first served basis and registration is not required. Click here to see a complete list of the upcoming classes. See you in class!

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Assistive Technology Available on Public Computer Stations

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A giant trackball mouse that requires less wrist and arm movement is available for use at all library locations. Other assistive technologies available on public computer stations are: JAWS - a text to speech software, a computer magnifier, and a text enlarger. Just ask at the reference desk and we'll be glad to help you get started. Click here to read more about assistive technology available at the Ann Arbor District Library and the Washtenaw Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled.

Fabulous Family-Friendly (Free) Flash Games

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Cyber-Safety Series -- Social Network Safety

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An ever-increasing number of people use social networks – Facebook for example boasts an impressive 60 million active users and 250,000 new registrations per day. As people integrate the internet and their social lives however, many are finding their personal lives become a little too public. Here are some tips and resources to help you keep your private life private on your favorite social networks.

1. Use a good password – A weak password (like ‘password’ for instance) is an invitation for someone to hack into your profile.

2. Don’t friend people you don’t actually know.

3. Check your privacy settings – Make sure you know exactly who can see what on your profile. You may be exposing more than you want to.
Facebook privacy tutorial.
MySpace safety page.

4. Don’t overexpose, literally or figuratively – Don’t display your full birthday, address, phone number or e-mail on your profile. Don’t say that you will be away from home, especially if you are on an extended vacation. Don’t post photos of yourself that you wouldn’t want to be seen by complete strangers. Don’t post anything that you wouldn’t say in front of a potential employer, because they may be watching.

5. Talk to your children about social network safety!

6. Read all about it.
Guides to the social web:
The Rough Guide to MySpace and Online Communities
MySpace for Dummies
Social Networking Spaces

Background on the issues:
Online Social Networking.
The Future of Reputation

For kids:
The Smart Kid’s Guide to Social Networking Online.

Follow a library on Twitter

To tweet or not to tweet, it’s a personal choice. Perhaps you’re one of the millions who are following Lady Gaga or Ashton Kutcher. Or perhaps you're more into following local goodness like the Ann Arbor News or the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.

October 1st is Follow a Library Day on Twitter. A day to celebrate libraries and let the Twitterverse know which libraries you love. Do you follow a library on twitter? Your own AADL has a twitter account, if you’re interested in keeping up with us. Or perhaps you’d like to show your love for the Canton Public Library, the Detroit Public Library, the Dexter District Library, or even the New York Public Library. Find your library online and follow it. Nearby libraries often promote their free public events on Twitter, so it’s a quick and easy way to see what’s coming up.

You can follow all the #followalibrary day buzz on their blog. Don’t forget to use #followalibrary as a hash tag! Which libraries do you follow?
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Celebrate the last week of September

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Celebrate the last few days of September by taking a computer class at the Ann Arbor District Library.

September 27th is Family Day - a day to eat dinner with your children. After dinner, your family may enjoy creating a slideshow together in the iDVD class at 7pm downtown.

September 28th is the birthday of Gwyneth Paltrow, an actress who received an Oscar for her performance in "Shakespeare in Love". If you love to write, learn how to create professional looking documents in the Microsoft Publisher class at the West branch at 7pm.

September 29th is the anniversary of the Dow Jones biggest drop, in 2008 it plunged 778 points. Come to Excel Basics at the Traverwood branch at 9:15am to learn how worksheets can help you track and manage data.

The last quarter phase of the moon begins at 11:52pm on September 30th. Learn how to insert the moon in your document in Microsoft Word Drawing at the West branch at 9:15am.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Review the complete schedule online, pick up a brochure at any branch location, or call 327-4555 for schedule information.

See you in class.

October / November Computer Classes

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The computer class schedule for October and November is now available! Review the schedule online, pick up a brochure at any AADL location, or call 327-4555 for more information.

We are excited to offer a Genealogy Research class in honor of Family History Month in October. Join Bobbie Snow, genealogy lecturer and teacher and long-time member of the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, to learn how to use the two genealogy specific databases offered by the Ann Arbor District Library.

Due to popular demand, we are glad to offer a new class called Mac Office, learn how to use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint on a Mac.

Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and the classrooms will open 15 minutes before the class start times. Can't make it to class? Many of the class handouts are available online.

About AADL Computer Classes

FAQ (and answers) about computer classes at AADL!

Q. What does it cost to attend a computer class? A. There is no charge to attend a computer class at AADL!
Q. Do I need a library card to attend a class? A. No, everybody is welcome!
Q. Is registration required? A. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, with the training center opening 15 minutes prior to class start time. There is no registration.
Q. Where are classes held? A. At all AADL locations!: Downtown, Pittsfield, Malletts Creek, West, and Traverwood
Q. Which classes should I take? A. If you're a beginner, you may like Beginning Computers, File Management or Beginning Email. If you're looking for a job, you may be interested in Applying for Jobs Online or Social Networking for Job Search. If you're interested in learning more about the Internet try World Wide Web Tools, Facebook 101, Flickr, or Introduction to Google Documents. Or, if you're considering buying or selling things online try Craigslist or eBay.
Q. How can I find out more information about computer classes? A. For more information, check out our website - classes, handouts, pick up a brochure at any of our locations, or call 327-4555.

Fabulous Fiction Firsts #220

Alright, this one is definitely not for you if you are heading for the airport.

The Crashers* - a crack-team of National Transportation Safety Board experts is assembled in haste to investigate when a passenger plane slams into the ground outside Portland, Oregon.

Led by Leonard "Tommy" Tomzak, a pathologist, the team needs to determine if it is a terrorist attack, or worse yet, a trial run for something more devastating to come very soon.

In the meantime, in LA, Daria Gibron, a former Israeli agent, spots a group of suspicious-looking men whom she is certain, are responsible for the plane crash.

"A fresh and utterly compelling thriller, an original mix of action, investigation and a brilliant cast of characters that grabs the reader in the way few novels can and fewer do." - A must-read debut by Dana Haynes, and will sure to please fans of the master of aviation thriller John J. Nance (Blackout) , and a readalike for Hard Fall by Ridley Pearson, the undisputed king of white-knuckle adventures.

A sequel is anticipated.

* = Starred reviews

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