• Dr. Anne Coldiron and UM Associate Professor Nicholas Crawford recently donated a collection of 146 scholarly books to UM’s Carmichael Library. The titles are entries from the 2011 and 2012 MLA ‘First Book Prize’ and are currently on display in the library until January 2014. After that time, they will be removed from display and shelved in the library.
• The AAUW holiday reception and bazaar will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4-6:30 p.m., at the Parnell Memorial Library meeting room. Holiday décor and gift items will be available from area artists and craftspersons. Proceeds benefit Reading Is Fundamental, literacy projects and AAUW’s local and national educational funds. Jane Clayton, literacy council representative; Kate Vogel, representative of Reading Is Fundamental; and Leonor Vazquez Gonzalez, associate professor of Spanish at UM, will discuss programs and services to promote literacy and reading fluency, with special emphasis on services for bilingual people in our area. Everyone is cordially invited to come and bring friends and family to this festive and informative holiday gathering.
• The annual Breakfast with Santa event at the UM Child Study Center will take place Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Come visit with Santa and enjoy biscuits or donuts (or both) and coffee. There will be a bake sale and bazaar and the opportunity to bid on silent auction items. All proceeds benefit the UM Child Study Center.
• The AAUW Adelante book group will meet Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m., in the Brown Room of Carmichael Library. The book selection will be Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Kingsolver’s novel centers on the mysterious appearance of monarch butterflies, attempting to reproduce in the hills of Tennessee when their normal migrations to South America are disrupted by global warming. Emily Pendleton will be the presenter, and the respondent will be Judy Rogers.