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FAA Draft Environmental Assessment

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 8:53am

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration is releasing and making available for public review and comment a Draft Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) for the Cleveland-Detroit Metroplex. The CLE-DTW Project would improve the efficiency of airspace in the Cleveland-Detroit Metroplex by optimizing aircraft arrival and departure procedures to and from the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) and Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) as well as outlying satellite airports. The Project may involve changes in aircraft flight paths and altitudes in certain areas, but would not result in any ground disturbance or increase the number of aircraft operations within the Cleveland-Detroit area.

To evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the CLE-DTW Metroplex project, the FAA has established a General Study Area, consisting of areas around CLE-DTW and outlying satellite airports. The General Study Area will be used to evaluate the potential environmental impacts resulting from changes in aircraft routing proposed to occur below 10,000 feet above ground level (AGL).

Documents and additional information related to this assessment can be viewed here.

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Brainfuse and SAT/ACT prep

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 10:55am

Both the ACT and SAT take place the beginning of December, so now is a great time to get to studying! Brainfuse Helpnow is a database patrons may access from any AADL branch, or from your home computer when logged into your AADL account.

All practice tests are located in SkillSurfer. Simply click SkillSurfer from the homepage then choose College Entrance Test Prep to find the preparation guides and practice tests. Patrons can enhance their practice test experience by connecting to live tutors from 3 - 11 p.m., 7 days a week! Tutors are able to see the test feedback and can help with understanding specific test questions and building skills in various topics.

Be sure to browse the catalog for ACT and SAT test prep books, and check in with Circle K Homework Help session as well!

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Consumer Reports Online

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 9:04am

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[http://research.aadl.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?profile=crcro|Consumer Reports] database is now available to search online at the library or wherever you have access to the Internet, you just login to your online account. You can read reviews and ratings on products, cars, and various services as well as articles from current and past magazine issues (starting in 2012, located at the bottom of the page). So when you are in the market to buy a new washing machine, for example, just type that term in the search box at the top of the page and press enter. You will get ratings, recommendations, a buying guide, and a comparison of the top rated products.

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Deja Vu All Over Again? Record Turnout For 1964 Presidential Election In Ann Arbor

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 7:49am

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On November 3, 1964, the voters of Ann Arbor came to the [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0888_004|polls] to vote for President of the United States . . . and they [http://oldnews.aadl.org/N034_0888_008|came] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641103-city_voters_crowding_polling_places|they came]. When the City Clerk finished counting, a new [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641104-city_turnout_hits_29409|voter turnout] record was set at 29,409. The Ann Arbor News [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641104-washtenaw_vote_tallies_for_four_offices|tallies] for Washtenaw County showed a 16,000 vote advantage for President Johnson over Barry Goldwater, a trend that was mirrored nationwide. Ann Arbor and the County also set a record for ticket-splitting, handing Governor Romney a sizable victory over Ann Arbor's [http://oldnews.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/2299|Neil Staebler].

In the lead-up to the election, the News published a voter education guide, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p1|What You Should Know To Make Your Vote Count In 1964]. The Guide featured [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p5|profiles] of the federal candidates and statewide [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p5|candidates] for Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State and Attorney General. You'll see some very familiar names on the page. Included were civics lesson on [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p10|Courts] in Michigan, [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p3|local elections] and [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p2|general elections.] The 1964 election stood out for another reason: for the first time voters would elect the Governor and Lt. Governor as a team from the same political party. There was only one statewide [http://oldnews.aadl.org/aa_news_19641012-what_you_should_know_to_make_your_vote_count_p4|ballot proposal] and the question will be very familiar to voters in 2016.

Fast forwarding to 2016, the Michigan League of Women Voters has produced a non-partisan Voter Guide that is available at all [http://www.aadl.org/aboutus/hours|AADL] branches. The [http://www.lwvannarbor.org/|Ann Arbor League of Women Voters] has been conducting local candidate forums that are available from the CTN [https://a2ctn.viebit.com/|Video On Demand] page as well being rerun throughout the election cycle on Channel 19.

The [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Voting.aspx|Ann Arbor City Clerk] has a web site with all the info you'll need to vote. The last day to [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/MI%20Voter%20Registration%20Form%2097046%207.pdf|register to vote] is Tuesday, October 11, 2016. If you're not sure if you're registered or your voter information is up-to-date, check it out on the SOS [https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/MVIC/|Michigan Vote] site. If you'd like to vote absentee, you can print off the [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/Clerk_Absent_Voter_Ballot_Application%20AA%20NEW.pdf|Application for Absentee Ballot] directly or stop by one of AADL's branches and we'll be happy to print it out for you.

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Register to Vote Day @ AADL ~ Tuesday, Sept. 27

Sun, 09/25/2016 - 7:10am

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Tuesday, September 27th is [http://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/|National Register to Vote Day] and volunteers from the [http://www.lwvnet.org/lwv/mi/annarbor/index.html|League of Women Voters] will assist you in getting registered at the [http://www.aadl.org/aboutus/hours|Downtown Library] from 3 pm- 7 pm.

The next general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8th and the [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Elections.aspx|City Clerk] and [http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/elections|County Clerk] have all the info on the election online. Wondering if you're already registered? Check online at [https://services2.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/|Michigan Votes]. It's always a good idea to check and make sure your address and other information is up to date.

A heavy turnout is expected on Nov. 8th and Michigan County Clerks are encouraging voters to avoid the lines and vote via [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Pages/Voting.aspx#absentee|Absentee Ballot]. And it's so easy to do! The League will have the paperwork you need available on Sept. 27th or you can [http://www.a2gov.org/departments/city-clerk/Elections/Documents/Clerk_Absent_Voter_Ballot_Application%20AA%20NEW.pdf|download] the form directly from the City Clerk's office.

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AtoZdatabases

Tue, 03/22/2016 - 10:59am

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Try the new AtoZdatabases for phone numbers and addresses for individuals and businesses. You can also search for jobs, search for healthcare professionals, do background checks on individuals, and create email lists for such things as family reunions. It also gives you the ability to download 1,000 records per search. Additional features of this database can be found [http://www.atozdatabases.com/faqs|here]. To access it from home, you must first login in to our site using your online account or create one by going to Log In located at the top right of our website. You need a library card to create an online account. It is accessible to anyone if you are in our library. So start [http://www.aadl.org/research/browse/addresses|searching]! With the many benefits to having this database, the library will no longer subscribe to the similar database, ReferenceUSA, as of June 30.

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Recipes For the Holidays

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 4:13pm

[img_assist|nid=325442|title=Cookbook|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=142]'Tis the time of year for digging out old recipes and hunting for new ones! It is also the perfect season for checking out AADL's database [:http://cooks.aadl.org/|Ann Arbor Cooks]. This collection of over 5000 hierloom and modern recipes from local sources spans everything from cookies and breads, to sauces and main dishes. Everything you might need for cooking inspiration this holiday season.

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Get Out and Vote in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Mon, 11/02/2015 - 8:30am

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We're only one day away from the General Election for Local Offices. You can view your sample ballot, check your polling location and much more at [https://vote.michigan.gov/mvic/|Michigan Votes].

Here's a few tips for making voting easy:
-Don’t forget to bring your photo ID to vote. Voters who do not have acceptable photo ID will be required to sign an affidavit in order to vote.
-Polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are standing in line by 8 p.m. then you are eligible to vote.
-Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed on Election Day. Polling places located within schools are open.

Washtenaw County election results are televised on Community Television Network’s CitiTV Channel 19 beginning at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015—after the polls close—and will continue throughout the night.

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Basic ESL Courses: Learn English Online

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 11:13am

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Introducing [https://www.basicesl.com/request/libraries/access|Basic ESL®]! Enter by way of "Instant Access" provided by AADL!

[https://www.basicesl.com/request/libraries/access|Basic ESL®] is an online system built to help students learn [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1332376|English as a second language]. This learning system is built with the basic building blocks of the English language including the basic vocabulary of around 2,800 words as well as the basic sentence structures that people use in their daily lives. It consists of 4 courses. Each course is a level in the language learning system. Each level consists of 5 chapters that contain 3 lessons each. The courses are geared to elementary, intermediate, high school and adult education students. You can find this resource in the [http://www.aadl.org/node/40937|language section] of AADL's research databases.

Looking for more practice? The [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1347938|Easy English News] is available at all of our branches. It contains current events written at a fourth grade reading level. It's written in a way to build your vocabulary and help you read for meaning. There's also [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1105266|News for You], which you can find at AADL's [http://www.aadl.org/aboutus/downtown|downtown location] or put a hold on a copy and have it sent to the location most convenient for you. Both publications have [http://www.aadl.org/catalog/record/1325481|vocabulary words], puzzles and interactive websites.

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Additional ET Rover Pipeline Maps Available for Washtenaw County

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 4:07pm

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Additional maps are now available of the proposed pipeline through Washtenaw County.

View them online here:
[http://www.aadl.org/etrover|August 2014 Maps]
[http://www.aadl.org/etroverupdate|March 2015 Maps]
[http://www.aadl.org/etroverroutealt1|Alternate Route 1 (February 2015)]
[http://www.aadl.org/etroverroutealt2|Alternate Route 2 (February 2015)]

These are also available at the Downtown Library 2nd floor Reference Desk.

ET Rover Pipeline Company LLC (a division of Energy Transfer) announced a 42” diameter high pressure natural gas pipeline project that is proposed to run through Washtenaw County. The approximately 810-mile natural gas pipeline will connect the rapidly expanding Marcellus and Utica Shale production areas to markets serving the Midwest, Great Lakes and Gulf Coast regions of the United States, or for export to Canada.