Facebook 101

Wednesday July 24, 2013, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Pittsfield Branch Training Center

We'll help you join Facebook, update your status, upload photos, find your friends and more. Registration is not required and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Can't make it to class? No problem, check out this tutorial from learnfree.org.

For a complete class schedule, go to aadl.org/classes.

See you in class!

Free Online Learning Resources from Everyoneon.org!

Go to EveryoneOn.org to learn, learn, learn! The site offers resources for students, educators, and parents. The student resources serve grades K-12 with beginning, intermediate and advanced skills using Power My Learning where students can learn and practice Math, Language, Social Studies and Science skills, Microsoft Office, Graphic Design programs such as Wordle and Inkscape, Computer Programming such as Scratch and Kodu Game Lab, and Life Skills such as finding a career, going to college, managing finances, and goal setting.

Check out more online learning resources at aadl.org/handouts.

Attention Genealogists! Your Ancestry Library Edition Has New Resources!

While new content is added, and updated regularly, in your Ancestry Library Edition database, the following new resources are especially noteworthy for 2013:

1. Public Member Trees
Public Member Trees have become the bridge between individual researchers and original records/sources to tell the family story. Many clues about family history can be found in these trees, which include photos, personal stories, etc. Nearly 40 million trees have been contributed by more than two million Ancestry.com members. Until now these trees were visible only to paying members of Ancestry.com (These members have indicated that their tree(s) can be viewed by all Ancestry members). The trees can change over time as users edit, remove, or otherwise modify the data.

The Fine Print: The trees in the Library Edition are read-only. Library patrons cannot edit the existing trees or add new trees. Information about living people is not shown. Each Public Member Tree is owned by the individual who put it on Ancestry.com. Ancestry.com does not verify that any tree or fact is correct, nor will they correct or edit a tree. Library patrons will not have the ability to contact the owner of the tree. Library patrons can submit anonymous comments about any tree.

2. U.S. City Directories
This new feature is a collection of directories for U.S. cities and counties in various years. The database currently contains directories for all states except Alaska. Coverage is 1821-1989. Original sources vary according to directory. The title of the specific directory being viewed is listed at the top of the image viewer page. Check the directory title page image for full title and publication information.The Gale City Directories Collection is included. Searching locally? The Ancestry Library Edition has Ann Arbor Directories from 1886 to 1960!
TIP: Use the Ancestry Card Catalog feature to go directly to U.S. City Directories.

Interested in more information? Join us for our upcoming Genealogy Online Research Class: Thursday March 14, 2013: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Malletts Creek Branch or check out our collection of Genealogy materials.

Genealogy Research

Thursday January 10, 2013: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Training Center

Join Darla Welshons for tips on how to use your local library along with other resources on the internet to perform genealogy research. If you're just beginning your genealogy journey, you may enjoy Mastering online genealogy or Mastering census & military records by Daniel Quillen. Meet locals who share your genealogy interests at the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County.

Registration is not required. The class is filled on a first-come, first-served basis and the classroom will open 15 minutes before the class begins. Check out the class schedule for more classes @ AADL.

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eMedia @ AADL

Wednesday January 2, 2013: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

Come learn how to:
- Log in and search for ebooks and audiobooks using the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services,
- Use Adobe Digital Editions and the Overdrive Media Console,
- Get library books for your Kindle, Nook, or iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch,
- Listen to AADL Podcasts and download music, and
- Watch AADL Video on Demand.

Please bring your library card, laptop, smartphone, tablet, or other device. Registration is not required. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to aadl.org/classes for the complete schedule.

See you in class!

PowerSchool @ Ann Arbor Public Schools

Tuesday | November 13 | 3:30 to 5:30 pm | Malletts Creek

PowerSchool is an Internet-based student information system that shares student performance between students, parents and teachers. Join Sally McAlinden from AAPS to learn how to use PowerSchool. Registration is not required and the classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Classrooms will open 15 minutes before the class begins.

Speaking of school, need a hand with your homework?

Meet the Mac

Meet the MacMeet the Mac Monday | November 5 | 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm | Downtown Library | Third Floor Training Center

Do you have a Mac and want to learn more about how to use it? Are you curious about Macs? Come to our class and we'll teach you how to use the Dock, Spotlight, Finder, Dashboard, and Widgets. You'll also learn how to launch applications and quit them. You'll leave the class equipped with new words like Alias, Spotlight, Spaces, Expose, and more. Registration is not required and the classroom will open 15 minutes before the class begins. View the complete class schedule at aadl.org/classes.

Unable to attend the class? Check out these great video tutorials.

Recommended books at the library:
Teach yourself visually OS X Mountain Lion
Switching to the Mac: the missing manual
The little Mac book

See you in class!

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.

Facebook 101

Wednesday July 25, 2012: 7 to 9 pm Pittsfield Branch

Join us for an introduction to Facebook. You'll walk out of the class knowing more about walls, status updates, pokes, news feeds, timelines, profile pictures, settings, and more. Registration is not required and the classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. See you in class!

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.

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