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Wednesday April 10, 2019 -- 6:00pm -12:00am
Be sure to stop in the Library as tutors will be available to help with your writing, studying for finals, or working on projects.  Click Here!


Please join the University Library, the Center for Personalized Instruction & TRIO, and the Writing Center for an Open House on Thursday, January 24th from 2pm-4pm.  Remarks will be at 3pm and refreshments will be served.  Look forward to seeing you there!!  For more information click HERE.

Author event:  Wednesday, January 23rd @ 3:00 p.m,

Donald Levin, the author of the Ferndale-based Martin Preuss series, will host a discussion on his books, poetry, and writing career with a reception to follow. 

Levin is an award-winning fiction writer and poet, and the author of five Martin Preuss mysteries.  Book #6 in the series is under way.  He is also the author of The House of Grins (1992), a novel; and two books of poetry, In Praise of Old Photographs (2005) and New Year’s Tangerine (2007).  His poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous print and e-journals.  At various times he has worked as a warehouseman, theatre manager, advertising copywriter, scriptwriter, video producer, and political speechwriter, and is the retired Dean of the Faculty and Professor Emeritus of English at Marygrove College in Detroit.  He and his wife, artist Suzanne Allen, split their time between Florida and Ferndale, Michigan (the setting for the Preuss series).  For more information click HERE.


Author Event:  Friday January 11th @ 3:30 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon with professor, author, and Madonna alumnus, Chene Heady as he discusses his memoir and experiences within the field of writing.  Dr. Heady is Professor of English at Longwood University in Virginia. He holds both a Ph.D. in British Literature and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, from Ohio State University. He received his bachelor's degree from Madonna University (Religious Studies Major, English Minor, Class of 1994). He has been featured on the Catholic television network EWTN. His scholarly book, tentatively entitled World s of Common Prayer: Liturgical Time and Poetic Re-enchantment, 1827-1935 is forthcoming in May 2019.  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information click HERE. 

Molly Returns

Stressing out over Final Exams and End of the Semester projects???  Relax!
Molly the Therapy Dog will be in the library on Tuesday December 11th & Wednesday December 12th. 
Be sure to stop in and Stop in and de-stress with Molly! 

Native American Heritage Month
Please join us as we explore indigenous history and culture in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.  Feel free to stop in for powerful video content, meaningful discussion, and new perspectives.  All are welcomed so feel free to stop in!  For more information click HERE!

Funding Your Graduate Education:  Wednesday , November 14, 2018
The Graduate School and University Library are co-sponsoring a workshop titled: Funding Your Graduate Education, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (5:30-6:30 p.m.).  Attendees/students will be introduced to many sources of funding and will be shown how to create their own search for funding relative to their individual needs.  Learn about scholarships, grants, fellowships and more!  For more information click HERE

Graduate Student Research Mini Workshops
Polish your research skills at one of our no-cost mini workshops presented by MU Research Librarians!
For more information click HERE! 

Author Event – Rev. Faith Fowler – Wednesday October 10,  2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Rev. Fowler is both the pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and the Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services.   In 2014, Rev. Fowler founded Cass Community Publishing House and has since has authored two books, This Far by Faith: Twenty Years at Cass Community and Tiny Homes in a Big City.  Rev. Fowler’s many awards and honors include:   2016 Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee & 2003 The Detroit News Michiganian of the Year.  For more information click HERE.

Author Event - Dr. Robert MacCann - Tuesday May 22, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us as we welcome Dr. Robert MacCann to the Madonna Universtiy Library.   Dr. MacCann will be discussing his work:  King Arthur's Voyage to the Other World:  Was Arthur Killed in America?
Dr. MacCann earned his PhD. from University of Sydney.  While he is now a retired a mathematician he remains active in psychometrics.  His interest in Arthurian legend began in the late 1970's.  Like many others he has questioned whether there was a historical figure underlying the legends.  His studies on the subject have guided him in, forming the view that key historical information can be obtained from the Welsh poetry.  For more information click HERE.

Author Event - Dr. Zachary Lemon D.O. - Thursday May 3, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Join us as we welcome Dr. Zachary Lemon D.O. to the Madonna University Library.   Dr. Lemon will be discussing his novel Vague Pains, an "introspective story which will lead you to question your own daily contradictions."  The idea for Vague Pains first came to Dr. Lemon during an overnight hospital shift as an internal medicine resident. While most authors develop their craft by writing many different stories, Lemon wrote and continously rewrote the same story over the following years. The result is a hypnotic novel with layers upon layers of meaning.   For more information click HERE. 

AUTHOR EVENT - Patricia Majher.....Thursday April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
Join us as we welcome 2016 Michigan Notable Author award recipient Patricia Majher.   Patricia will be discussing her current bookGreat Girls in Michigan HistoryShe has served as the editor of Michigan History magazine (published by the Historical Society of Michigan) and is the author of Ladies of the Lights: Michigan Women in the U.S. Lighthouse Service.   For more information click HERE!

Author Event! - Rana Awdish.....Thursday February 22nd @ 7:00 p.m.
The Madonna Library is pleased to introduce Rana Awdish, MD, FCCP who is the author of “In Shock.;my journey from death to recovery and the redemptive power”, a memoir based on her own critical illness. “In Shock should be required reading in every medical, nursing and health professional school. Dr. Awdish cuts to the core of what is ailing the healthcare system: a loss of humanity. Her honest and poignant appraisal of how modern medicine systematizes illness and suffering is a wakeup call to rethink medical pedagogy and the concept of how we truly heal. For mpre information contact Emma DeCenso or click HERE.

Author Event! - Stephen Mack Jones, author of:  August Snow.....Thursday February 15th @ 7:00pm…
Join us as we welcome Stephen Mack Jones to the Madonna University Library.  Mr. Jones is a published poet, award-winning playwright, and recipient of the prestigious Kresge Arts in Detroit Literary Fellowship.  His book “August Snow” is about an ex-police detective who was fired from the Detroit PD, brought down the entire corrupt department and the mayor with a wrongful dismissal lawsuit. The book received numerous accolades, by Publishers weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Wall Street Journal, Library Journal, Chicago Tribune and many more reputable agencies.  For more information click HERE.

Author Event! - Anan Ameri, Thursday January 18th at 2:00 p.m.
Join us as we welcome Anan Ameri to the Madonna Library.  Anan is the author of “The Scent of Jasmine: coming of age in Jerusalem and Damascus” one of the books declared the best for 2017 by National Public Radio.  In 2016, Dr. Ameri was inducted in the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame for her part in founding Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum, that was established in the wake of September 11 attack on the United States.  For more information click HERE!

They're Back! 
By popular demand Therapy Dogs Molly and Willow will be visiting the Library during the month of December:  Look for Molly or Willow between 10:00am and Noon on the following dates: Wednesday 12/6, Thursday 12/7, Tuesday 12/12, Wednesday 12/13 and Thursday 12/14.

Author Event! - M.L. Liebler, Thursday November 30th at 7:00 p.m. 
Join us in the library as we welcome internationally known & widely published Detroit poet, M.L. Liebler!  The 2017-2018 Murray E. Jackson Scholar in the Arts Award  at Wayne State University,  He is the author of 15 books and chapbooks including the Award winning Wide Awake in Someone Else's Dream (Wayne State University Press 2008) featuring poems written in and about Russia, Israel, Germany, Alaska and Detroit.  In 2005, he was named St. Clair Shores (his hometown) first Poet Laureate.   M.L. will be joining us to present on his newest Title:  HEAVEN WAS DETROIT; From Jazz to Hip-Hop and BeyondFor more information click HERE.

Join us in the library Friday night at 5:00 p.m. as we help kick off the weekend's Scream for a Cure activities with a showing of a "SUPERNATURAL COMEDY"!!  Popcorn and drinks will be available!

Kary Family Collection  -Art Gallery

Celebrating art, family, and education, this exhibition highlights the recent gift to Madonna University by alumna Dr. Tina Kary '62 and her brother, Mr. John Kary.  This captivating collection of mid-century wood carvings and glass crystal was gathered by their parents, Mary (Kafka) Kary and John Walter Kary, during trips to Poland starting in 1962.  The collection displays uniquely spirited craftsmanship in the post war time period, and includes works sent to the U.S. by their extended family in the years 1959-1992.

Late Night Against Procrastination - Wednesday, October 11th 7:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m.

Students procrastinate.  Fortunately, Librarian Carol Vandenberg and Writing Center Coordinator Frances FitzGerald are hosting the first “Late Night Against Procrastination” event in the Madonna University Library.  Writing Center tutors and librarians will work one-on-one with students, helping them find appropriate academic sources, break through their writer’s block with pre-writing exercises, and organize their key points. Cookies, punch, and coffee will be shared with all participants.   Click HERE for more information!

Amer Zahr Thursday September 28th @ 7:00 p.m. 
Amer Zahr, writer, comedian, film maker and an adjunct professor at the University Of Detroit School Of Law. Mr. Zahr has been featured on several global news casting networks, among them CNN, BBC Arabic, SKY News, Palestinian News Network.  Mr. Zahr is refreshing with his humor in describing the Palestinian story for independence.  For more Information click here!   

Henry:  Therapy Puppy!  
New Semester! New Classes!  Relax!  Don't get worked up!  Stop in the library Monday May 22nd to visit with Henry, a certified therapy dog.   Still a puppy, Henry is sure to bring lots of enthusiasm to the library!

MOLLY:  Certified Therapy Dog!

Studying for Finals? Relax!  Overwhelmed?!?  Don't Panic! Stop by the library Monday May 1st or Thursday May 4th between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m. to visit with Molly, a certified therapy dog.  Click here for flyer!

Paul Dimond:  April 18th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Former Economic Policy advisor to President Clinton, Mr Dimond presented his historical novel The Belle of Two Arbors. For more information click HERE!

Dzvinka Hayda:  Tuesday March 21, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Madonna Alumni, Dzvinka Hayda is both author and illustrator of the Moonbeam award-winning book Little Angel’s Journey. For more informaation click HERE!

Jack Kresnak - February 22, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Mr. Kresnak will be presenting his book Hope for the City: A Catholic Priest, A Suburban Housewife and Their Desperate Effort to Save Detroit.  For more information click here.

Tony Paris - January 25, 2017 @ 7:00pm
in the Madonna University Library.
Mr. Paris will be speaking on the History of Detroit Labor Law.   For more information click here.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.... MOLLY:  Certified Therapy Dog!  Studying for Finals?  Overwhelmed?!?  Don't Panic!  Keep Calm and Chill Out!  Stop by the library Monday December 5th or Tuesday December 6th between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. to De-Stress with Molly, a certified therapy dog.  For more information click here.

International Student Workshops:  Thursday October 27th @ 5:00pm
Research help specifically designed for our international students. 

Graduate Student Research Bootcamps (Friday August 19 & Friday September 30)
Designed specifically for the graduate student.  Topics include:  Researching Literature in Your Discipline, Utilizing Advanced Database Search Techniques, Writing a Literature Review, and Organizing and Managing Your Research.

Tuesday September 27th  
G. J. Dettore, author of:  Screaming Eagle Gliders: The 321st Glider Field Artillery Battalion of the 101st Airborne Division in World War II  Mr. Detorre will be discussing the process of writing about and providing insight to the day-by-day chronicle of an airborne battalion in World War II.   For more information click here.

Graduate Student Research Bootcamps(Spring/2016):   Designed specifically for the graduate student.  Topics include:  Researching Literature in Your Discipline, Utilizing Advanced Database Search Techniques, Writing a Literature Review, and Organizing and Managing Your Research.

Thursday May 19th, 2016
Melissa Grunow, author of REALIZING RIVER CITY: A MEMOIR . An award-winning writer, Grunow's essays have appeared in River Teeth, New Plains Review, Blue Lyra Review, Temenos, and Yemassee, among many others. She is also a live storyteller and regularly competes in NPR's Moth StorySLAM in Detroit. (Event Details)

Return Engagement!
Molly: Certified Therapy Dog! 
Monday April 18th or Wednesday April 20thh between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. to De-Stress with Molly, a certified therapy dog.  For more information click (Event Details). 

Bibliophiles Exposed Book Club
Join us on Tuesday, April 19th, in the Library’s College Room from 2:30 – 3:30 pm to discuss and share ideas about the book:  The Number 1, ladies detective agency by A.M. Smith.  All students, faculty, staff, friends, & members of the community are encouraged to join! (Event Details)

Thursday April 7th, 2016
Amy Elliot Bragg, conservationist of Detroit's historical buildings, to the Madonna Library. Amy is the President of Preservation Detroit, a co-founder of the Detroit Drunken Historical Society, author of the book:  Hidden History of Detroit, and a founder of the Night Train, a local history blog. For more information click here.

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Rhonda Roorda, author of: In Their Voices: Black Americans on Transracial Adoptions.  Roorda was adopted into a white family and raised with two non-adopted siblings. She is a national speaker on transracial adoption and a recipient of the Judge John P. Steketee Adoption Hero Award from the Adoptive Family Support Network (Mich.)  (Event Details).

Graduate Student Workshops & Research Bootcamp(Winter/2016)
Designed specifically for the graduate student.  Topics include:  Researching Literature in Your Discipline, Utilizing Advanced Database Search Techniques, Writing a Literature Review, and Organizing and Managing Your Research.

Wednesday February 10, 2016

Lady Doris performance in the Franciscan Center Gathering Space. Lady Doris offers a repertoire of Celtic, Renaissance, and American Folk which is an ideal medium that transports her listeners to a safe, comforting place, a place for expressing what makes us spiritual human beings.  (Event Details).

Tuesday January 19, 2016
, founder of Literary Detroit and contributing editor to A Detroit Anthology.  Anna Clark was selected as a 2015 Michigan Notable Author by the Library of Michigan for her contribution as editor of A Detroit AnthologyA Detroit Anthology features essays, photographs, art, and poetry by Grace Lee Boggs, John Carlisle, Desiree Cooper, Steve Hughes, Jamaal May, Tracie McMillan, Thomas J. Sugrue, and many others. (Event Details)

Thursday, December 10, 2015
LEND A HAND: E-NABLE THE FUTURE: A 3D Printing Prosthetics demonstration with Daniel Dugan of the non-profit organization E-Nable, a global network of volunteers who create 3D-printed arms and hands for distribution free of charge to children in need. For more information click (Event Details).

Molly: Certified Therapy Dog!
Studying for Finals?  Overwhelmed?!?  Don't Panic!  Keep Calm and Chill Out!  Stop by the library Monday December 7th or Wednesday December 9th between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. to De-Stress with Molly, a certified therapy dog.  For more information click (Event Details).

Tuesday November 10th, 2015

John Wukovits presented “Nobody Gives a Damn:  WWII Veterans, Their Stories, and Eighth Grade Students” and discussed his books For Crew and Country  and One Square Mile of Hell.  For more information click here.

Graduate Student Workshops & Research Bootcamp(Fall/2015)Designed specifically for the graduate student.  Topics include:  Researching Literature in Your Discipline, Utilizing Advanced Database Search Techniques, Writing a Literature Review, and Organizing and Managing Your Research.

Thursday October 22nd, 2015
Astronomer Jesse Mason presented 25 years of spectacular images taken by the Hubble telescope.  (Event Details).

International Student Workshops
: Research help specifically designed for our international students.

Transfer Student Workshops: Customized workshops to help out transfer students get the most out of the library.

Monday September 28th, 2015
Donna Seawright Simons presented her book, "Copper Empire" (Event Details)

Thursday July 9, 2015

Graduate Student Research Boot Camp! 
The Library offered a Graduate Student Research Boot Camp.  Brush up on research skills and learn how to maximize the use of library resources.   For more information click here.

Friday April 17th, 2015 at 1:00 pm.
Dr. Joe Darden -- a presentation from author and MSU professor, Dr. Joe Darden.  Dr. Darden is co-author of the book, Detroit: Race Riots, Racial Conflicts, and Efforts to Bridge the Racial Divide. Detroit explores questions surrounding the cause of race riots, how the racial climate has changed since the riots in Detroit, and what steps have been takento reduce racial inequality.  (Event Details)

February 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm. --
Dr. Cleamon Moorer --  a presentation from Madonna University’s Dean of the School of Business.  Dr. Moorer is also a teacher, motivational speaker, and author of From Failure to Promise.   Dr. Moorer was named by Crain’s Detroit Business as a “top 40 under 40” Business Leader. (Event Details)

January 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm.
Martin Lowenberg will be speaking about his experiences growing up in Germany and the horrors he faced in six different concentration camps. (Event Details)

December 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm. -- Dr. Velonde Thompson.

Dr. Velonda Thompson, nutritionist and author of Beyond Candied Yams & Sweet Potato Pie, will be discussing topics including “Rainbow Eating Made Easy”, “Food is Medicine”, and “The Future of Food".  (Event Details).

December 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm. -- Dr. Barbara Oakley, "Learning How To Learn"
Dr. Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University and author of A Mind for Numbers will be discussing learning strategies and connecting science to everyday life. (Event Details)

November 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm. --  Dr. Monica Miller
Madonna University Associate Professor Dr. Monica Miller discusses her book:  Abandoned:  The Untold Story of the Abortion Wars.  (Event Details)

October 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm. -- Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan

A return visit of our guests:  Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan.  Their continued search for evidence of genuine paranormal activity in Southern Michigan.  (Event Details)

September 12, 2014 5:00 p.m.  - The RJ Spangler Trio
Detroit Jazz and Blues with the RJ Spangler Trio featuring Detroit jazz sax great, Larry Smith.  (Event Details)

Thursday, May 15th at 1pm.  Chris Stepien.
Catholic author and EMMY-Award winning producer-director, Chris Stepien, author of Three Days:  The Search for the Boy Messiah, will share the spiritual journey that led him to walk with preteen Jesus.  Join the author to explore this puzzling Passover event in the life of the boy Messiah, the 5th Joyful Mystery of the Rosary.(Event Details).

Preservation Week:  April 27, 2014 - May 3, 2014

In support of Preservation Week, the Madonna University Archives will offer a variety of sessions which will emphasize how to care for items both personal and business, to maintain or pass onto our family or even communities. (Event Details).

Thursday, April 24th at 1pm. Matt Faulkner.
Mr. Faulkner, a recognized children’s author and illustrator, was recently featured in Fantastic Rumpus: 50 Years of Children’s Book Illustration at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.  He will be speaking about his new graphic novel, Gaijin: American Prisoner of War.   (Event Details) o 

Thursday, March 20th at 1pm. John Paul Bordach
Detroit area native, John Paul Bordach will be speaking about his autobiography, Last Call: An Epicurean’s Journey Through AddictionLast Call tells the story of Mr. Bordach’s alcohol addiction.  Mr. Bordach hopes to help other people by sharing his experience.   (Event Details)

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 at 1pm. Rajah Smart
Rajah Smart will be speaking about his book, Black Rain.  In Black Rain, Mr. Smart tells the story of a chance meeting between two people who come from different backgrounds. Black Rain has readers contemplate if people are able to overlook stereotypes and if love is colorblind.  (Event Details)

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 1:00pm.  Fr. George Shaloub
Father George is an associate professor at Madonna and the founding pastor of the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of Saint Mary in Livonia.  He will be speaking about his new book, The Mystery of Love and Marriage.  (Event Details)

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 1:00pm.  Elaine Pereira
Elaine Pereira will be presenting her book, I Will Never Forget, a memoir about witnessing her mother’s journey through dementia. Pereira will also be discussing differences between dementia and alzheimer’s, in-home care vs. assisted living, and more. (Event Details)

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 1:00pm. Mark Binelli.
Mark Binelli, a Michigan Notable Author and Detroit area native will be speaking about his book,
Detroit City Is the Place to Be.  
Binelli tells the tale of a bleak, but once thriving city, transforming into a place where the possibilities are limited only by one’s creativity.   (Event Details)

Thursday, November 7th, 2013 6:30pm. Ghost Hunters of Southern Michigan.
A ghost hunting group based in Southern Michigan will be on hand at the Library to present recordings and images from paranormal investigations throughout Southern Michigan. (Event Details)

Tuesday, October 3, 2013 1:00pm, Dave Kampfschulte
Dave Kampfschulte, President of Amazing Circles Workshops, has 25 years experience in the hospice field and offers insight on tough, but necessary questions regarding end of life care.  (Event Details).

Thursday, September 26, 2013  1:00pm,  John L. Titus
John L. Tttus presents of his book, Losing Alicia: A Father’s Journey After 9/11. Mr.Titus lost his daughter, Alicia, who was a flight attendant on United Airlines Flight 175 after terrorists crashed the plane into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. (Event Details).

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 1:00 pm.  Public Reading:  Stories Of Hope & Learning
Students of SouthWest (Detroit) Education and Empowerment Program (SWEEP) share their powerful experiences in the collection Stories Of Hope & Learning.  The authors focus on the dramatic role of higher education in their professional and personal lives.  This project was sponsored by the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs and Madonna University.   (Event Details).

Thursday, March 21, 2013 1:00pm, Dan Austin
Dan Austin will be presenting his book, Forgotten Landmarks of Detroit. In his book, Austin describes Detroit's 15 lost attractions.  For anyone who is awed by the old buildings and history of Detroit this is a presentation you will not want to miss.(Event Details)

Thursday January 17, 2013 1:00pm.  Deacon Eugene Hausmann
Join us in the library at 1:00pm for author Deacon Eugene Hausmann of the St. Joseph Shrine in Brooklyn.   Deacon Hausmann will be discussing his newest book, Catholics Go By the Bible:  Biblical Sources of Catholic Theology and Liturgy. (Event Details)

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Monday November 5, 2012 6:00pm.  Bill Vlasic
Join us in the library at 6:00pm for author Bill Vlasic's presentation of his book,
Once Upon a Car:  The Fall and Ressurection of America's Big Three Auto Makers - GM, Ford, and Chrysler.  (Event Details)