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

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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.

Watch Bo Schembechler's first season unfold in real time!

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How can this Wolverine football season get any more exciting? We found a way! Now you can revisit one of the University of Michigan's most exciting seasons ever - Bo Schembechler's first campaign as head coach in 1969 - in real time as reported in the Ann Arbor News.

From pre-season coverage and that thrilling first game against Vanderbilt University, through the shocking Ohio State upset and the trip to the Rose Bowl in January, who knows what treats await? We've already uncovered Millie Schembechler's famous crab dip for your tailgate party!

Follow our coverage of Bo's entire 1969 football season via twitter or tumblr and ... GO BLUE!

The Michigan - Michigan State Game That Almost Wasn't

The October, 1970 Michigan - Michigan State football match provided one of the weirder twists in the long interstate rivalry that is known simply as "The Game." A former Michigan Daily sports editor, Joel Block, filed a lawsuit to block the game, citing it as a "public nuisance." Block was protesting the pre-emptive canceling of the Goose Lake Music Festival due to perceived widespread drug abuse at a previous concert.

Preparations for The Game continued as the team and the AAPD finalized plans for defense, offense and crowd control. And then the day before the game, Washtenaw County Judge Ross W. Campbell issued one of his more popular decisions, dismissing the lawsuit as "patently frivolous."

And The Game? Hail To The Victors ruled the day at Michigan Stadium as the Wolverines battered MSU, 34 - 20. The Spartans suffered injuries and Billy Taylor did everything right for Bo. The final twist on the lawsuit came as the Ann Arbor Police reported October 17, 1970, one of the quietest Michigan - Michigan State games ever.

Albert Kahn: Designing Detroit & the University of Michigan

Thursday December 10, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Buildings by architect Albert Kahn dominate Detroit and the University of Michigan.

In this lecture and slideshow, Detroit News art critic and author Michael H. Hodges surveys Kahn’s impact on city and school, and asks why this most-prolific of designers — once world-famous — has vanished from the architectural canon.

While best known for his revolutionary factory designs, like the Packard Plant, Kahn’s non-industrial output was huge as well. In Detroit, Kahn designed the Fisher, General Motors, Argonaut, Maccabees, Detroit News, Free Press, and Detroit Trust buildings, as well as the Art Deco lighthouse at the north end of Belle Isle. At U-M, he built Burton Memorial Tower, Hill Auditorium, the Natural History Museum, West Engineering, the Graduate Library, Natural Sciences, Angell Hall, the Ferry Gate and Clements Library (his favorite).

Michael H. Hodges covers art and area museums for The Detroit News, where he's worked since 1991. His book on Albert Kahn, which comes out in early 2017, is his second with Wayne State University Press. His first was Michigan’s Historic Railroad Stations.

Author and U-M Planning Expert Fred Mayer Discusses His New Book “A Setting For Excellence: The Story of the Planning and Development of the Ann Arbor Campus of the University of Michigan”

Monday November 23, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Find out more about U-M architectural history and how the Michigan campus evolved when former U-M University Planner Fred Mayer visits AADL to discuss his book, recently published by University of Michigan Press: Setting For Excellence: The Story of the Planning and Development of the Ann Arbor Campus of the University of Michigan. This event includes a book signing and books will be for sale.

While there are times when the mix of old and new buildings and the chaotic activities of thousands of students can give a haphazard appearance to the university, campus planning has in fact become a highly refined form of architecture. This is demonstrated in a convincing fashion by this immensely informative and entertaining history of the evolution of the campuses of the University of Michigan.

By tracing the development of the Michigan campus from its early days to the present, within the context of the evolution of higher education in America, Mayer provides a strong argument for the importance of rigorous and enlightened campus planning as a critical element of the learning environment of the university. His comprehensive history of campus planning, illustrated with photos, maps, and diagrams from Michigan’s history, is an outstanding contribution to the university’s history as it approaches its bicentennial in 2017. Perhaps more important, Mayer’s book provides a valuable treatise on the evolution of campus planning as an architectural discipline.

Frederick W. Mayer was the University Planner for the University of Michigan from 1968 to 2003 and served as the campus planner for the university during an important period of its growth during the late twentieth century. A Henry Rutgers scholar at Rutgers and a Sears Fellow in City Planning at Cornell, Fred was a founding member of the Society for College and University Planning, and editor of Planning for Higher Education. He has written numerous articles and lectured extensively on the subject of college and university planning.

Ken Magee and Jon Stevens Discuss Their New Book “The Game, The Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry”

Tuesday October 13, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

With a history that stretches over a century, the Michigan–Ohio State rivalry is one of the oldest in college football. The two teams claim a combined 19 national championships, hundreds of All-Americans, and 10 Heisman Trophies. Each year, millions of Buckeye and Wolverine fans watch the two teams battle for an opportunity to win the Big Ten championship in a contest simply known as “the Game.”

Ken Magee and Jon Stevens have written the history of this great rivalry in a new book entitled The Game, The Michigan-Ohio State Rivalry. For this event, they will share highlights of their book as well as interesting facts about the famous “feud.” From Yost to Schembechler to Harbaugh — come hear about this century old annual tradition!

Ken Magee is an expert in Wolverine football history. He is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, former chief of police for the University of Michigan, and a retired federal agent. A portion of this book’s proceeds benefit the Ken Magee Foundation for Cops, which assists police officers permanently injured in the line of duty.

Jon M. Stevens was born in Powell, Ohio, and grew up in the shadow of Ohio Stadium. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2004 and is currently a designer for an architecture firm in Ann Arbor.

This event will include a booksigning and books will be for sale. - NEW LOCATION

Tuesday September 22, 2015: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

Join a specialist from the University of Michigan Human Resources office, to learn how to search and apply for jobs at U-M.

For more information and resources on applying for jobs, check out AADL's Job Search Toolkit!

This event, previously scheduled for Malletts Creek Branch, has been moved to Pittsfield Branch.

Sundance Film Forward: We Are the Giant

Wednesday June 17, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- State Theatre, 233 S. State Street

The U-M Library, in conjunction with Sundance Film Forward, presents "We Are the Giant."

In "We Are The Giant," ordinary citizens face the same moral questions that have defined revolutionary leaders across the ages, from Jefferson to Che to Mandela. With remarkable access, the film takes its audience inside the lives of six extraordinary people who grapple with the agonizing and universal dilemmas at the heart of all struggles for justice and freedom: whether to take up arms and fight, or to advocate change through peace and non-violence.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Greg Barker. This program is co-sponsored by The U-M Library, Sundance Film Forward, and the Ann Arbor District Library.

Sundance Film Forward: Open Access Activism

Wednesday June 17, 2015: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm -- Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, 913 S. University Avenue

The U-M Library, in conjunction with Sundance Film Forward, presents a panel discussion on Open Access Activism, featuring director Brian Knappenberger. Knappenberger chronicled the story of programming prodigy and information-access activist Aaron Swartz, who forever left his imprint on the Internet with his development of the basic Internet protocol RSS, his co-founding of Reddit, and his open-access activism in the documentary The Internet's Own Boy.

Other panelists include U-M Library Lead Copyright Officer, Melissa Levine, and U-M University Counsel, Jack Bernard. This program is co-sponsored by The U-M Library, Sundance Film Forward, and the Ann Arbor District Library.

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