Doug Stanton Discusses His New Book: "The Odyssey of Echo Company: The 1968 Tet Offensive and the Epic Battle to Survive the Vietnam War"

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October 25, 2017 at the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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On January 31st, 1968 as many as 100,000 North Vietnamese soldiers attacked thirty-six cities throughout South Vietnam in an attack known as the Tet Offensive. This was a turning point in the decade-long war that led to, among other things, President Johnson’s decision not to run for re-election. It was a national watershed moment, but for 19-year-old Stan Parker and the young men of the US Army’s recon platoon, Echo Company of the 101st Airborne Division, the attack was the start of a brutal fight for survival.

As the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive approaches, The Odyssey of Echo Company offers a breathtaking portrait of war, homecoming, and a search for peace.

More than ten years in the making, and based on hours of interviews with soldiers, detailed letters written to and from Echo Company, Pentagon after-action reports, photographs and video footage, this new book by the New York Times bestselling author of In Harm’s Way and Horse Soldiers offers the untold and remarkable story of a platoon of American soldiers and their heroic efforts to survive the Vietnam War – both on the battlefield and after their return home to the US.

Doug Stanton is a journalist, lecturer, screenwriter, and author who has appeared on numerous TV and radio outlets, including NBC’s “Today,” CNN, Imus In The Morning, Discovery, A&E, Fox News, NPR, MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and NBC’s Nightly News, and has been covered extensively in prominent publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and New York Times. He has written on travel, sport, entertainment, and history, and his writing has appeared in Esquire, Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, the New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Slate, The Daily Beast, and the Washington Post.

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An Evening of Mystery Authors: Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore Celebrates 25 Years

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October 19, 2017 at the Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Aunt Agatha's Mystery Bookstore celebrated their 25th anniversary with a special AADL event featuring mystery authors William Kent Krueger (and his new mystery Sulfur Springs) and Julia Keller (with her latest, Fast Falls The Night).

William Kent Krueger has received many awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last seven novels were all New York Times bestsellers. He writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. Sulfur Springs is number sixteen in the Cork O’Connor series.

Julia Keller won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a three-part narrative series about the aftermath of a deadly tornado and the randomness of fate. Her books include Mr. Gatling’s Terrible Marvel: The Gun That Changed Everything and the Misunderstood Genius Who Invented It, Richard Jordan Gatling: Back Home and the Bell Elkins mystery series, set in Acker’s Gap, West Virginia. The newest in the series, Fast Falls The Night is based on a real-life event and takes place in a single 24-hour period, unfurling against the backdrop of a shattering personal revelation that will change Bell Elkins' life forever.

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AADL Board of Trustees Meeting - November 13th, 2017

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November 13, 2017 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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This page is where you will be able to watch the November 2017 Meeting of the AADL Board of Trustees when it begins at 7 PM on Monday, November 13th, 2017. Stay tuned, and thanks for your interest!

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Nerd Nite #49 - Psychology and Stimulation

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October 19, 2017 at Live! 102 S. First St.

About Kulky: Psychologist Kulky Nakai is more than a scholar, researcher, and clinician, she’s also a philosopher, creative writer, and entertainer who enjoys pushing socio-cultural boundaries and provoking common thought to the cutting edge. She recently launched her very own b/vlog and podcast titled “More To Be Revealed,” a space dedicated for exploring the unknown with a curious heart and a funny bone.

Contains explicit content.
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AADL Board of Trustees Meeting - October 16th, 2017

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October 16, 2017 at Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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Watch the October 2017 Meeting of the AADL Board of Trustees. Select an agenda item below to jump to that point in the transcript. For more information, please see the Board Packet for this meeting.

17-151 I. CALL TO ORDER
17-152 II. ATTENDANCE
17-153 III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA (Item of action)
17-154 IV. CONSENT AGENDA (Item of action)
CA-1 Approval of Minutes of September 18, 2017
CA-2 Approval of September 2017 Disbursements
17-155 V. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS
17-156 VI. FINANCIAL REPORTS - Bill Cooper, Finance Manager
17-157 VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
17-158 A. BUDGET & FINANCE COMMITTEE
17-159 B. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
17-160 VIII. DIRECTOR’S REPORT - Josie B. Parker, Director
17-161 IX. OLD BUSINESS
16-154 A. AADL STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 4.4: IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE CROSS-CHANNEL INTERACTION-UPDATE - Eli Neiburger, Deputy Director
17-162 X. NEW BUSINESS
17-163 A. PROPOSED REVISED 7.4 INVESTMENT POLICY– GENERAL OPERATING FUND & PROPOSED REVISED 7.5 INVESTMENT POLICY–STRATEGIC FUND EQUITY - Cathy Savoie & Chris Prisby, Bank of Ann Arbor (Item of discussion)
17-164 B. PROPOSED 3.1P CIRCULATION FINES POLICY REVISION - Eli Neiburger, Deputy Director (Item of discussion)
17-165 C. AADL STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 3.3: 2016 EPIC-MRA SURVEY PRESENTATION - John Cavanagh, EPIC-MRA
17-166 D. AADL STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 3.3: DOWNTOWN LIBRARY BUILDING PRESENTATION - O’Neal Construction, Inc.
17-167 E. RESOLUTION RECOGNIZING OCTOBER 15-21, 2017 AS NATIONAL FRIENDS OF LIBRARIES WEEK - (Item of action)
17-168 F. RESOLUTION OF THANKS TO IRA LAX UPON HIS RETIREMENT - (Item of action)
17-169 XI. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS
17-170 XII. ADJOURNMENT

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Ceres: Exploring the Dwarf Planet with Jennifer German

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October 8, 2017 at Westgate branch: West Side Room

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Jennifer German, Ann Arbor’s own NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, talks about the dwarf planet Ceres, addressing questions such as: Why was Ceres was ignored for so long? Is there water on Ceres? What exactly is a dwarf planet? And why was Ceres elevated from asteroid to dwarf planet while Pluto was demoted?

German also explains what NASA’s Dawn spacecraft has been up to since it launched in September of 2007.

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Howard Markel Discusses His Book: "The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek"

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September 12, 2017 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

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University of Michigan Professor Howard Markel, medical historian, and author, discusses his critically-acclaimed new book The Kelloggs: The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek as well as John and Will Kellogg, brothers whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America’s notion of health and wellness.

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. is the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine, director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, and editor in chief of The Milbank Quarterly. His books include "Quarantine!: East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892," When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed, and An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Markel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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Nerd Nite #47 - Solar Eclipse 2017

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August 17, 2017 at Live! 102 S. First St.

HEY, DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE ECLIPSE? Oh, you did? But what do you REALLY know about the eclipse that passed through the US in 2017, causing waves of eclipse fever (not an actual disease, more a case of lunacy). Luckily, Nerd Nite brought in Jennifer German, our friendly NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, to tell us all about how the eclipse works and how everyone can make sure their eyes work after viewing one. Get enlightened on the darkness with this entertaining talk!

About Jennifer German: She is currently a mother of 2, a lead software engineer at a SAAS startup, and a hopeless space geek. She first became interested in 2nd grade while her class learned about the Challenger mission (before the explosion). She remembers being out in a corn field in the wee hours of the night looking for Hailey's comet. She's followed Hubble since it launched when she was 11, despite not having the internet, and followed the construction of the International Space Station since she did her Physics term paper on enclosed eco-systems in High School. She interned at Biosphere 2 for the best Summer of her life during college. She builds every space exploration inspired Lego set she gets. She tells everyone who'll listen about the newest planetary news. She points out constellations and passes on tips for identifying stars, and not stars, to any who ask. She has set up a library telescope on her street a number of times and asked neighbors if they want to see the planets with her. Now she's working on sharing her space hobby with larger, pre-organized, groups.

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Bright Nights Community Forum: Borderline Personality Disorder, Debunking Myths, and Improving Hope

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October 3, 2017 at the Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

Victor Hong, MD, Clinical Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan gives a brief presentation on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and its management, followed by a panel discussion.

BPD is a serious mental illness, but one that is sometimes not well understood by patients and families, clinicians, and society as a whole. It is perhaps the most stigmatized disorder in all of medicine, which creates confusion, poor outcomes, and a sense of hopelessness for everyone involved.

BPD affects an estimated 18 million Americans during their lifetimes and causes numerous stressful symptoms, including unstable mood, suicidal and self-harm thoughts and behaviors, and chaotic relationships. While the disorder causes great distress, treatment varies widely and research is lacking.

Recent research indicates that the prognosis for those with BPD is much better than previously thought, and existing and emerging treatments have demonstrated significant efficacy. The role of medications in those treatments has been further elucidated, the role of families has been made clear, and a better understanding of how to manage safety concerns has developed

This event is a partnership with the University of Michigan Depression Center. For more information about the Depression Center, visit depressioncenter.org or contact Stephanie Salazar, 232-0330, or sawaters@umich.edu.

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AADL Board of Trustees Meeting - September 18th, 2017

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September 18, 2017 at Downtown Library Multipurpose Room

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Watch the September 2017 Meeting of the AADL Board of Trustees. Select an agenda item below to jump to that point in the transcript. For more information, please see the Board Packet for this meeting.

17-136 I. CALL TO ORDER
17-137 II. ATTENDANCE
17-138 III. APPROVAL OF AGENDA (Item of action)
17-139 IV. CONSENT AGENDA (Item of action)
CA-1 Approval of Minutes of July 17, 2017
CA-2 Approval of July and August 2017 Disbursements
17-140 V. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS
17-141 VI. FINANCIAL REPORTS - Bill Cooper, Finance Manager
17-142 VII. DIRECTOR’S REPORT - Josie B. Parker, Director
17-143 VIII. OLD BUSINESS
16-154 A. AADL STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 3.3: REIMAGINE THE ANN ARBOR DISTRICT LIBRARY’S DOWNTOWN PRESENCE (Item of discussion)
16-201 B. UPDATE ON TRAVERWOOD BRANCH LIBRARY CAPITAL PROJECT - Len Lemorie, Facilities Manager
16-154C. AADL STRATEGIC PLAN GOAL 4.3: IMPLEMENT THE NEW WEB PRESENCE - UPDATE - Eli Neiburger, Deputy Director
17-144 IX. NEW BUSINESS
17-145 A. PFM FINANCIAL ADVISORS LLC PRESENTATION Paul Stauder
17-146 B. BRIDGEPORT CONSULTING, LLC - Sarah Raful Whinston
17-147 C. RESOLUTION TO AWARD CONTRACT FOR JANITORIAL SERVICE FOR THREE YEARS (Item of action)
17-148 D. RESOLUTION OF THANKS TO KEN RAYNOR UPON HIS RETIREMENT (Item of action)
17-149 X. CITIZENS’ COMMENTS
17-150 XI. ADJOURNMENT

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