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MEET BEST-SELLING AUTHOR MICHAEL POLLAN

Meet Michael Pollan, author of numerous books including The Omnivore's Dilemma, named one of the New York Times ten best books of the year. The Library and Xavier University’s Department of Ethics/Religion and Society are co-sponsoring a free lecture by Mr. Pollan, entitled In Defense of Food: An Omnivore’s Solution, at the Cintas Center at Xavier University on Sunday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m. Books will be available for purchase to be signed by the author.

AFTER OBAMA: RACE & POLITICS IN CINCINNATI

Cincinnati's Commemoration of the Bicentennial Birthday of Abraham Lincoln continues on Wednesday, September 9 with a televised town hall meeting featuring special guest former congressman and U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young. The program will be broadcast live on CET from 8:00—9:00 p.m. and will continue streaming live on CETConnect for 30 minutes. A reception and book signing with Andrew Young will be held earlier at the Main Library from 5:30—7:00 p.m. in the Huenefeld Tower Room. Copies of his book, An Easy Burden: The Civil Rights Movement and Transformation of America will be available for purchase and signing.

KIM FENDER NAMED LIBRARIAN OF THE YEAR

Kim Fender, the Library's Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director, was named Librarian of the Year on August 11 by the Ohio Library Council (OLC), the state advocacy association for libraries. The group selected Ms. Fender for its highest award because of her leadership of the statewide information network, her dedicated service on the OLC Government Relations Committee, and her initiative on developing the State's Ready to Read project, which aims to help every student be ready to learn to read in kindergarten. Congratulations, Kim!

BOOKS BY THE BANKS POSTER DEBUT

Meet three of our region's most acclaimed illustrators, Will Hillenbrand, C.F. Payne, and Ryan Ostrander. They will discuss their work and the illustrations they created for the annual Books by the Banks: book festival posters on Tuesday, September 1 at 7:00 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in the Rookwood Pavilion. Posters will be available for purchase and signing. A percentage of proceeds from bookstore and Bronte Bistro purchases that day benefit Books by the Banks.

HELP! I HAVE TO WRITE ABOUT SRI LANKA

A frequent question we get from students is "Help! I have to write a report about country X. Where should I start looking for information?" CultureGrams is a great resource to turn to for these kinds of questions. It offers concise reports detailing the history, daily life, and customs of world cultures, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The reports typically include a regional overview, maps and flags, data tables, slideshow, biographies of well-known people and a recipe collection. The "Kids Edition" profiles are designed to serve the needs of elementary school students, with kid-friendly text and images.

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