Buddhism and Western Science

The Bodhisattva's Brain: Buddhism Naturalized by Owen Flanagan — Having authored several books and article on the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, Owen Flanagan's perspective on the intersection of Buddhism, psychology and Western philosophy is well informed and generally unbiased. Bracketing supernatural elements that are inconsistent with science, this treatise emphasizes the practical potential of Buddhist spirituality for attaining a philosophically informed state of happiness. Buddhist principles are examined in light of Aristotle's emphasis on reason and virtue, with added focus on compassion.

Concrete Garden Projects

Concrete garden projects: easy & inexpensive containers, furniture, water features & more by Malin Nilsson, Camilla Arvidsson — Concrete may not be one of the first materials that comes to mind for DIY projects, but there are a lot of things you can make from it and it's not difficult to do yourself. This book includes instructions and ideas for lots of items you can use in the garden, such as stepping stones, water features, benches, accent pieces, and more.

Picture Books about Bedtime

Are you looking for some new books to read at bedtime? Look no further! We have many, many wonderful stories to get those little ones in the sleeping mood.

Jammy dance by Rebecca Janni; pictures by Tracy Dockray

Hide-and-squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick; illustrated by C.F. Payne

Good night, Chickie by Emile Jadoul

Bouncy bouncy bedtime by David Bedford; [illustrations by] Russell Julian

Who's there? by Carole Lexa Schaefer; illustrated by Pierr Morgan

Autism Awareness Month with Author Ryan Ennis

Since the early 1990s, the number of individuals diagnosed with autism has risen at an astonishing rate. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, local author Ryan Ennis will present key information for understanding and strategies for supporting children with autism. With 16 years of experience as a school teacher and a media specialist, Ryan has developed programs and written two books on the subject, The Thursday Surprise: A Story About Kids and Autism and The September Surprise: a Story Helping Kids Understand Autism and Co-Teaching, which will be available to purchase. Please join us on Thursday, April 12 from 7:00-8:30 PM for an important evening.

Vital Signs: How Health Works

The University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History presents a series of three fun family workshops about science. This year, to tie in with their temporary exhibition at the Museum called Evolution and Health (February 2012-January 2013), they are focusing on showing families what doctors mean when they talk about health, and how factors in our daily lives may affect our health.

We invite you to register for the final workshop in the series titled Build the $6 Million You: Making the most of your health. The event takes place in the Community Room on Saturday, March 10, 2012, from 1:00-2:00 PM. You will learn what you can do to improve and maintain your health. You will examine how your environment, healthy eating and exercise influence your health and well-being. Workshops are designed for children ages 6-11, accompanied by an adult. Online registration begins February 25 at 9:00 AM.