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Books and Reading
Health and Wellness
JobsHigh School Equivalency Center Job and Career Accelerator LearningExpress Library Lifelong Soft Skills Videos from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Workforce Skills for 21st Century Success
General Reference Center Gold (advanced materials)
InfoTrac Junior Edition (middle and junior high school)
InfoTrac Student Edition (high school)
NoveList K-8 Plus (Teen Section)
SIRS Discoverer Deluxe (K - 9th grade)
SIRS Renaissance (high school)
Interested in the latest news headlines? Looking for something new to read? We'll get you pointed in the right direction.
From the New York Times and Powell's City of Books
- The latest news about books from the New York Times as well as weekly book reviews.
- Check out daily book reviews from Powell's City of Books.
- Read up on what NPR has to say about the latest books and interesting authors.
Bestsellers and Award-Winners
Check out our "Titles of Note", covering best-selling lists from Book Sense.
Newsfeeds Updated Hourly
Bestsellers from Book Sense Independent Booksellers
Award-winning and Definitive Book Lists:
From the Lists of Bests site: a compendium of book lists, including award-winners:
- Pulitzer Prize Winners (Fiction)
- Nebula Award Winners (Science Fiction)
- Hugo Award Winners (Science Fiction)
- Booker Prize Winners
- See more award-winning lists
Not to be missed:
- The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000
- BBC's "The Big Read" - Top 100 Books
- The Guardian's 100 Best Books of All Time
- And many more...
Thousands of full text magazines and newspapers containing millions of articles and spanning decades. Brought to you by the Michigan eLibrary at no charge. Searchable and printable.
Basic Computer Skills
Goodwill Community Foundation – innovative online learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve technology, literacy and math skills necessary for success. http://www.gcflearnfree.org/
Microsoft Digital Literacy – e-learning course for absolute beginners starting with the first course they need to begin to use a computer. http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/citizenship/giving/programs/up/digitalliteracy/eng/BasicCurriculum.mspx#computerbasicscourse
Common Craft Tutorials – learn the basics about a wide variety of computer and technology basics. http://www.commoncraft.com/videos#technology
Computer and Internet Basics Tutorials – links to variety of online resources to help newbies and others learn computer software basics. From the Flint Public Library. http://www.flint.lib.mi.us/computers/tutorials.shtml
Mouse Aerobics – online tutorial to help newbies learn how to use a mouse from the Monroe County Library System. http://monroe.lib.mi.us/computer_classes/mouse_exercise/mouse_exercise.htm
Computer Tutorials – a web guide with links to listings of computer tutorials including Microsoft applications, Internet searching, email, typing and using a mouse. Compiled by Newark Public Library. http://nplwebguides.pbworks.com/w/page/5673363/Computer%20Tutorials
Visual Tutorials – assistance learning Microsoft programs and other computer technology using pictures. http://inpics.net/
Michigan Talent Bank – search for job openings or post your resume https://www.michworks.org/mtb/user/MTB_EMPL.EntryMainPage
Michigan Works Agency Locator Map - http://michiganworks.org/agencies/map/
Job & Career Accelerator – explore job profiles, create resumes and cover letters, assess interests and find jobs. (Click on the link on the left to access the program.) http://mel.org/index.php
Michigan eLibrary Business and Jobs Gateway - http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResourcesBusiness&ParentId=832
Michigan eLibrary statewide job search resources - http://www.mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=425
Opportunity.gov - new Educational opportunities for the unemployed
Career Zone Write Your Resume – from New York a one-stop way to create a resume and export it in pdf, or MS Word. http://www.nycareerzone.org/cz/resources/jobseeker/resume.jsp
Cover Letter Generator - http://www.teach-nology.com/web_tools/cover_letter/
My Skills, My Future from the U.S. Department of Labor http://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/
O*Net Resource Center - Occupational Information Network, is a comprehensive database of worker attributes and job characteristics. http://www.onetcenter.org/
USA Jobs – Official Jobsite of the U.S. Government http://usajobs.opm.gov/
LEARN - a free university e-learning and career re-branding courses for unemployed Michigan workers with a goal of preparing unemployed Michiganders to re-enter the workforce with a new career. http://www.50plusprime.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/learn.home.cfm
Michigan eLibrary Personal Assistance Resources – http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=875
MyMoney.gov - U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. http://www.mymoney.gov/
Greenpath – debt counseling and consolidation information http://www.greenpath.com/home.htm
Money Smart a Financial Education Program – an easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/mscbi/mscbi.html
Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Small Business Administration – The United State Small Business Administration provides programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed in small business. http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/counseling-training
Small Business Administration Michigan District Office - http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3121
Michigan Business One Stop - information on starting and maintaining a business in Michigan. http://www.michigan.gov/business
Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs – help from the Harvard Business School http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/3348.html
Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center – get counseling, find training and other assistance with beginning a business. http://misbtdc.org/
Entrepreneurs and Innovators Web Portal from Michigan Economic Development Corporation – find small business start up resources. http://www.michiganadvantage.org/Entrepreneurs-and-Innovators/
General Assistance and Social Services
Michigan Helping Hand - site helps Michigan citizens facing economic hardship find the services they need. http://michigan.gov/helpinghand
United Way 211 - free and confidential information and referral help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. http://www.211.org/
Michigan Department of Human Services – food assistance information http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5527---,00.html
Michigan Department of Community Health - How Can I Get Free or Low Cost Health Care for Me & My Family? http://www.michigan.gov/mdch/0,1607,7-132-2943_52115---,00.html
Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs – veteran’s assistance programs http://www.michigan.gov/dmva/0,1607,7-126-2362---,00.html
Michigan Unemployment Services and Benefits - http://www.michigan.gov/uia/
Webcasts for Unemployed Workers - http://www.michigan.gov/uia/0,1607,7-118-53900-219607--,00.html The webcasts are designed to inform residents about Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency programs and services, and in some cases serve as guides or tutorials.
Michigan Attorney General Brochure on Avoiding Foreclosure - http://www.michigan.gov/documents/ag/Avoiding_Foreclosure_Brochure_215948_7.pdf
Foreclosure Resources – links from the Dearborn Heights Public Library on avoiding foreclosure. http://www.ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us/lib_irforeclosure.cfm
Michigan State Housing Development Authority - http://www.michigan.gov/mshda/0,1607,7-141--235359--,00.html
Michigan eLibrary: Michigan Personal Finance Resources – links to assistance sites for foreclosure, credit and more. http://mel.org/index.php?P=SPT--BrowseResources&ParentId=923