The Michigan History Project and Author Mike Rosenbaum Present a Slideshow from Their New Book, “WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football”

Tuesday December 1, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event will be recorded

The might and majesty of Michigan football is never more evident than when captured in the photographic image. Join us as author Mike Rosenbaum views highlights of U-M Football history and the compelling new book WOLVERINE: A Photographic History of Michigan Football. With over a thousand rare and never-before-seen pictures, it features an in-depth look at five landmark seasons.

• 1925: Benny Friedman, Bennie Oosterbaan, and the “greatest team I ever coached,” according to the illustrious Fielding Yost.
• 1947: A perfect 10-0 season for Fritz Crisler’s Mad Magicians, led by All-Americans Bob Chappuis and Bump Elliott.
• 1969: Bo Schembechler’s first incredible year as coach, featuring the legendary 24-12 upset of the “invincible” Ohio State Buckeyes.
• 1997: Fifty years later another perfect season, crowned with victory in Pasadena and a Heisman trophy for Charles Woodson.
• 2011: Star quarterback Denard Robinson led the Wolverines to an exciting 11-2 season capped with an overtime win at the Sugar Bowl.

The event includes a booksigning and books will be for sale (at a discounted price).

The Michigan History Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to telling the stories of the many extraordinary people and places that have made our state their home.

Three Across: An Evening with Your Friendly Neighborhood Crossword Constructors

Thursday December 3, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Join us for a conversation with a panel of Michigan-based crossword puzzle creators whose work has been published in publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.

Our panelists will include constructors Tracy Bennett, Peter Collins, and Will Nediger, as they discuss the challenges of creating a good puzzle, wordplay tips, puzzle pet peeves and the process of getting from concept to publication.

Community Vinyasa Yoga

Saturday December 19, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:30 am -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 6–adult.

Yoga is a fun way to gain strength, flexibility and balance, while decreasing stress and tension. Come learn some of the basics of the Vinyasa style of yoga, which integrates breath with movement.

Certified yoga instructor Raina LaGrand of A2 Yoga and Amandla Energy Works, will be teaching. Participants should dress ready to work out and bring a mat if they have one!

All levels welcome, but participants should be able to move comfortably from the floor to standing.


Sunday December 20, 2015: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for adults, teens, and youth in kindergarten and up.

Join us for a relaxing and challenging afternoon of chess — one of the world's most popular games! Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome! Drop in at any point over the course of the afternoon. Chess sets are provided.