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Washtenaw County Bike Rides

If you are new to the area, new to biking, or simply want to explore new routes, check out Washtenaw County Bike Rides: a Guide to Road Rides In and Around Ann Arbor by Joel D. Howell. All the routes are paved and start from Ann Arbor. The difficulty of the rides and areas that require caution are clearly noted. Route maps for Dixboro, Dexter-Chelsea, Gallup Park, Hell, Huron River Drive, Manchester, Waterloo and more are included. A perfect weekend outing for the motivated rider who loves a challenge!

Small Business Resource Center

Are you a business owner or thinking of becoming one? Tap into the library's Small Business Resource Center for sample business plans, sales strategy, market analysis and general business information.

MS Mail Merge

Date: March 23, 2010
Time: 9:30-11:30AM
Class description: Create a mail merge template and data source, perform letter, envelope and mailing label merges. Also create text for different size labels.
Registration opens March 9.

eBay Buying Basics

Date: April 8, Thurs., 2010
Time: 10:00-11:30AM

Description: Learn to be a savvy buyer on eBay. Class will cover how to register with eBay, search for an item, bid, submit payment, and leave feedback.

Excel II

Learn to use data, graphics and charts, and how to customize toolbars. Prerequisite: Excel I or equivalent.

Date: November 16, 2011
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: I-lab
Online registration begins at 9 a.m. on November 2.

Basic Computer Maintenance

Date: March 16, 2010
Time: 9:30-11:30AM

Class description: Acquire basic maintenance skills to keep your computer in good working order. Lecture and some Internet use.

Registration opens March 2.

Excel Tips & Tricks

Date: March 24, 2010
Time: 6:30-8:30PM
Class description: Learn the latest tips and tricks in MS 2007 version to improve your productivity.
Registration opens on March 10.

Photo courtesy of AP Images

Celebrate Chinese New Year! 農曆新年

Join us for a Chinese New Year celebration on February 25, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.  Students from Canton's Evola Music will usher in the Year of the Tiger with their musical performances. Enjoy this happy occasion and an early celebration of spring in our Community Room.

Photo courtesy of AP Images.

Pluto Discovery: 80th Anniversary

Pluto was discovered by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh at the Lowell Observatory at Flagstaff, AZ, on February 18, 1930. It was considered the 9th planet of the solar system until August 24, 2006, when astronomers reclassified it as a dwarf planet.

Playaway Audiobooks

Playaway is the simplest way to listen to an audiobook on the go. Each Playaway comes with the content of the book already pre-loaded; the library supplies a rechargeable battery for the unit. So simply insert the battery, plug in your earbuds and enjoy. There are fiction, non-fiction and biography titles for you to choose from.

Recommended Literary Read: Orwell's 1984

AnnArbor.com's Sunday paper edition touts George Orwell's 1984 as "one novel that everyone should have under their [sic] literary belts." Orwell's grim prediction for the future is fully unveiled in the workings of the totalitarian state run by Big Brother. Often on the reading list of the public schools, this novel is one of those rare gems that is both entertaining and meaningful.

PowerSpeak Languages

CPL has just added another online language tool for you! PowerSpeak Languages uses an arsenal of approaches that combine systematic learning processes with innovative, yet proven methods developed specifically to each language. PowerSpeak currently offers Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese and German.
Don't forget our other language database, Mango Languages that offers over 20 languages all available to you online as well.

The North American International Auto Show

Date: Saturday, January 16 - Sunday, January 24, 2010
Location: Cobo Center
The NAIAS is one of the premier international auto shows in the world and the public show is where you get to see it all. This year the show features more than 700 vehicles, representing the most innovative designs in the world, with over 30 of those being worldwide introductions. Don't miss it for the world.

Year 2009 Top Audiobook Picks

All the Living by C.E. Morgan. Aloma moves to her boyfriend Orren's Kentucky farm when his family dies in a car accident. And as a bereaved Orren withdraws, Aloma's chances of becoming a concert pianist diminish. Read by Julia Gibson

Closing Time: a Memoir by Joe Queenan. Queenan's deeply funny and affecting memoir about his great escape from a childhood of poverty in a Philadelphia housing project in the early 1960s. Read by Johnny Heller

Detroit - News & Information Center

Make this your priority stop when looking for information on Detroit.
This information portal is all about Detroit and its surrounding communities. Local news items, jobs, special reports and obituaries are also included.