Harvest Mice, Ponds on Chalk Hills, and the Torpidity of Swallows: Gilbert White's Natural History

Black and white wood engraving of a bird in tall grass.

First published in 1789, Gilbert White’s The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne describes the history and environment of the parish in eastern Hampshire where he lived for much of his life. The book offers gently reflective accounts of White's observations, structured as 110 letters to two friends - zoologist Thomas Pennant and amateur naturalist Daines Barrington. An immensely popular and influential work in the genre of nature writing, White's writings continue to inspire...

The House of the Vestals by Steven Saylor

Cover of The House of the Vestals by Steven Saylor

The House of the Vestals is a collection of nine short mystery stories featuring Steven Saylor's ancient Roman detective, Gordianus the Finder. The stories are meant to fill a gap between the first two books of the series, and they introduce some of the regular characters. They illustrate many fascinating aspects of Roman society, including the theater, the belief in ghosts, and holidays.

This Week in Shapiro: October 10-16, 2016

Blocks of rainbow flags and ribbons that have the text, "Coming Out Week 2016 at the University Library".

This week in Shapiro, we recognize National Coming Out Day and LGBTQ+ History Month with an exhibit that contains helpful resources for those who are coming out or are part of the LGBTQ+ community. We also have information tables from Alpha Omicron Pi and Library User Discovery Services.

A Little Slice of Ann Arbor History

The Michigan Theater book cover

Take a look behind the scenes at the Michigan Theater and stroll down memory lane (and way beyond for most of us) to the 1920s and the early days of this wonderful community treasure and then move up through time to the theater's current role in the Ann Arbor arts scene.

Now open | Of Love and Madness: The Literary History of Layla and Majnun

Exhibit poster for Of Love and Madness: The Literary History of Layla and Majnun

Don't miss "Of Love and Madness: The Literary History of Layla and Majnun," on display October 7th - February 22nd in the Papyrology Cases on the 7th floor of Hatcher! This exhibit features Persian and Turkish illuminated manuscripts from the Islamic Manuscripts Collection, a couple of Azerbaijani imprints from the general collections, and even a papyrus fragment!

New Discoveries of the Labadie Family

Photograph of Carlotta Anderson and her uncle Laurance Labadie.

As the only grandchild of Jo and Sophie Labadie, Carlotta Anderson was fascinated by her family's history. She wrote an authoritative biography of her grandfather, researched anarchism, labor unions and Detroit history before the auto industry, and preserved original family documents dating back to the nineteenth century. Anderson was a dear friend of the Labadie Collection and, shortly before her death she donated important papers that are now open for research.

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