Darwin: Books, Beetles, and Blasphemy

Wednesday February 11, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Join Washtenaw Community College biology professor David A. Wooten for an insightful and unique seminar on the life and legacy of Charles Darwin. This talk with include the display and discussion of Wooten's private collection of antique books published by Darwin, as well as other historical publications that influenced Darwin in the formation of his theory of evolution. This is a rare opportunity to see the original works and hear the story of an English naturalist that sailed around the world and forever changed our understanding of the natural world. Participants will have an opportunity to view the antique collection up close, along with other historical antiques related to Darwin. See www.darwinlecture.com for more information on the antiquarian collection.

Four Perfect Pebbles: A Talk with Holocaust Survivor and Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan

Thursday February 12, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults, teens and youth (grade 4 and up)

Author Marion Blumenthal Lazan will share her message of understanding and tolerance through recounting her experience as a young girl interned by the Nazis during WWII. Born in Germany, Lazan and her family were attempting to escape through Holland when the country fell to the Nazis. Her family spent more than six years imprisoned in various refugee and labor camps, including Bergen-Belsen. Shortly after their release, her father died of typhus contracted while in the camp. Three years later, at age 13, Lazan emigrated to the United States with her mother and sister, ready to start a new life in Illinois.

Lazan is the author of Four Perfect Pebbles, a memoir for young people about her family's struggle to survive the horrors of the Nazis. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing.

Marvelous Monet

Tuesday May 19, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades 3-8

Learn about Impressionism, the style of Claude Monet’s art, and see prints of his famous work.

Then, create a painting in the style of Monet!