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.

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Tuesday July 28, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Tuesday July 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

ArborWiki Blogwarts

Wednesday June 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Training Center

You can earn Summer Game points just for attending one of the ArborWiki Blogwarts sessions! And while you're there, former Ann Arbor Chronicle editor Dave Askins will lead you through the steps to become an ArborWiki contributor and begin to earn Summer Game badges for making useful edits to ArborWiki, the community-edited resource for all things Ann Arbor. Feel free to bring your laptop or tablet - there will also be computers available at the event.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Monday August 3, 2015: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

This event is intended for Ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There's opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Monday July 13, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for Ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There's opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday June 17, 2015: 10:00 am to 11:00 am -- Traverwood Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for ages 14-18

Teens ages 14-18 can spend their summer volunteering at the library! There's opportunities to work as program assistants during our many and varied summer programs for all ages, and to work behind the scenes doing program prep and stocking Summer Game orders. Attend orientation to learn about the volunteering process and to sign up for what you'd like to help with over the summer. All participants will get a certificate at the end of the summer with a summary of their work and volunteer hours.

Ann Arbor Elections: Exploring Options

Tuesday April 14, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) hosts the last of two public conversations on the current process of electing local public officials, with a look at how municipalities around the country elect their public officials.

Panelists include Professor John Chamberlin, Professor Emeritus, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Lawrence Kestenbaum, Washtenaw County Clerk; and Professor Joseph Ohren, Eastern Michigan University, Political Science Department.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization and the cosponsor of this event, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Ann Arbor Elections: What Works? What Doesn’t?

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

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The League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area (LWV-AAA) host this first in a series of two public conversations on the current process of electing local public officials. This session will explore both the strengths and weaknesses of our current system, discussing such issues as voter turn-out, student participation, and cost in terms of both dollars and effort of running for office, independent candidates, and other related topics.

Panelists include David Askins, former Editor of the Ann Arbor Chronicle; Lou Belcher, former Mayor of Ann Arbor; and Jean Carlberg, former City Council Member.

Sustainable Landscaping with Landscaping Expert Drew Lathin

Tuesday March 24, 2015: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Drew Lathin is the General Manager of Creating Sustainable Landscapes and a sustainable landscapes consultant who creates ecologically restorative urban and suburban landscapes. As an outspoken critic of conventional landscaping practices which destroy habitat, result in species extinction, and threaten the biodiversity upon which life depends, Drew utilizes native plants in his beautifully installed landscapes that support wildlife, and reduce or eliminate resource inputs such as pesticides and supplemental water. He will speak on these subjects and offer suggestions and tips for how you too, can utilize native plants and biodiversity to create sustainable landscapes of any scale on your own property.

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