A History of U of M's Medical School

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Join us Sunday, November 16, from 2-4 p.m. in the Downtown Library's Multi-Purpose Room for a talk by Dr. David Bloom on the history of the University of Michigan Medical School. In preparation, consider taking a look at some of our online collections, including this panel about the history of medicine in Ann Arbor from our new online collection of Ann Arbor Founders, or search for the term 'medical school' in The Making of the University of Michigan, 1817-1992.

Panelists to Discuss Community Agriculture

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A panel discussion is coming up 6-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, on “Community Agriculture, Community Health: Connecting Healthy Eating, Community Gardens, and Access to Lower Cost Produce," presented by Project Healthy Schools. Panelists will be Sharon Sheldon, of the Washtenaw County Public Health Department, who works with the community advisory board of the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market; Amanda Edmonds, founder of Growing Hope; and Deb Lentz and Richard Andres, coordinators of the Community Supported Agriculture program at Tantre Farm near Chelsea. The panel discussion will be in Danto Auditorium in the U-M Health System’s Cardiovascular Center, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive. If you’d like to go, contact Jessica Moorman, tessimo@med.umich.edu, 975-3063.

Beach Boys Songwriter Brian Wilson at Michigan Theater

The mastermind who created such legendary recordings as Pet Sounds, Surfin' USA, Friends, and other Beach Boys hits is coming to the Michigan Theater on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:30pm. Brian Wilson is best known for his groundbreaking use of lush harmonies and nostalgic, emotive lyrics which contemporary artists such as Panda Bear, Apples in Stereo, and The New Pornographers continue to ape today. Promoting his 2008 release, That Lucky Old Sun, the concert will feature songs from this recording and, of course, some Beach Boys hits as well.

The Great American Nerdfighter Tour with John and Hank Green

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Join the Ann Arbor District Library in welcoming John and Hank Green on Friday, November 14th, to the Downtown Library at 7 PM.

The brothers are the founders of Nerdfighters—“ We're Nerdfighters. We fight against suck....we fight for awesome. We fight using our brains, our hearts, our calculators and our trombones.” Hank and John communicated for more than a year and a half through videoblogs, and thus became vlogbrothers. What began as an experiment in bringing long-distance siblings closer has become a sprawling community devoted to books, social activism, and the love of all things nerdy.

John Green is best known for his award winning writing. He is a YA novelist and has won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for Looking for Alaska, and a 2007 Printz Honor for An Abundance of Katherines. His newest book is Paper Towns.

Copyright and Culture Wars

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Come to the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, November 12, 7-8:30 p.m. for a lively talk about Copyright and Culture Wars: How Federal Courts Have Become The Arena For Fights Over Music, Parody, Fan Fiction, Art and Fantasy Sports. Presenter Susan M. Kornfield of Bodman LLP has been an intellectual property attorney for 27 years. She's taught courses in Intellectual Property Law and in Copyright Law at the University of Michigan and has been selected as an expert witness, mediator, and arbitrator in intellectual property disputes.

She's no "Newcomer"

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Carrie Newcomer, acclaimed singer-songwriter, will be performing at St. Clare's Episcopal Church this Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Newcomer hails from Northern Indiana and is known for her bluesy style and lyrics that explore the spiritual essence of modern life through "gritty realism." Her latest CD, The Geography of Light reflects Appalachian and classical influences. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to St. Clare's Food Pantry and other hunger outreach programs.

Thomas A. La Veist will speak at the University of Michigan

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Research Scientist, Author and Public Speaker Thomas A. La Veist will be in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health on Tuesday, November 18th 3:30 - 5:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture, and Health and co sponsored by the Program for Research on Black Americans and the MICHR(Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research)/Health Disparities Research Program at the University of Michigan. Mr. La Veist will be speaking on Disentangling Race and Socioeconomic Status: Advancing Understanding of Race Disparities in Health.

Huge idle equipment and furniture sale

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Come to the Downtown Library on Sunday, November 9, 2008, from noon - 6 p.m. for this huge sale. We've got tons (literally) of idle equipment and furniture we'd like to move from our basement to yours. Some of it is obsolete, some is surplus, and some has been salvaged from various library projects. Among the items for sale are chairs, tables, lots of steel bookshelves, computers, networking equipment, cubicle and office system walls and desks and much more. Everything is cash and carry and sold as-is at very low prices.

Chess, a world wide sport

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Check out what’s happening in the world of chess below and then talk about it at Chesstastic while you play against old and new opponents. See you Sunday!

In October the first World Mind Sports Games was held in Beijing. Here are the results of team competition. This month The Chess Olympiad will be underway in Dresden, Germany during November 12-25.

Chesstastic | Sunday, November 9 | 1:00-4:00 PM | Pittsfield Branch

Tellebration!

It's Tellebration time again! This is one of my favorite programs for the family. On Sunday, November 16 at 2:00 pm at the Pittsfield Branch, join Tricia Travis, Jeff Doyle, Laura Lee Hayes and Judy Schmidt for stories about pirates, runaway tortillas, the circus and gigantic frogs!

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