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Big Read 2014 ~ "The Great Gatsby"

BIG READ 2014
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Kick-off on Saturday, March 29
10:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Cromaine Library
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Live Jazz Music from the Jordan Schug Duo
While supplies last, we’ll give away copies of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald!
 
Join us as we kick-off Cromaine’s sixth Big Read series celebrating “The Great Gatsby,” and enjoy a stellar Jazz performances from the Jordan Schug Duo (11 am - 1 pm.) Free copies of “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed, while supplies last, thanks to the Friends of Cromaine. Photo booth costumes, craft tables and contests for all ages. Refreshments will be food and snack items that originated, or were popular in the 1920s. Plus the awards for the Second Annual Cromaine Writing and Illustration contest and unveiling of the new anthology. Drop-in - Village.
 
All Big Read events are free and open to the public.
Registration is required so that we can ensure enough seating.
 
Big Read 2014 Jazz Series - scroll down page!
 
Main Big Read Events!
 
Monday, March 31 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a screening of the 1974 version starring Robert Redford. Register - Village.
 
Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” provides a glimpse of America’s
Prohibition Era. How did alcohol ever become illegal in a country that consumes so much of it? Why did this “Great Experiment” fail and did any good result from it? Bob Garrett of the Archives of Michigan provides some history to serve as context for Fitzgerald’s work. Register - Village.
 
Monday, April 7 at 6:30 pm
Local Henry Ford scholar Steven Stanford explains Ford’s desire to retain elements of the past through his educational reforms, rural industries, museum, and even through square dance lessons! Steven will give us new insights into this tinkerer turned titan who grew to regret the impact he had on America. Register - Village.
 
Monday, April 14 at 6:30 pm
Scott Masi from Brighton Center for Recovery & Eastwood Clinics, will discuss addictions, past and present, and how our society has viewed them through the years. Register - Village.
 
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm
From the dust and smoke of the nineteenth century, Detroit burst into the national spotlight in the early twentieth century. The automobile business was at full throttle, resulting in a city that grew faster than any other on the continent. Adding to the excitement, national Prohibition created a demand for alcohol that our Canadian neighbors gladly addressed. Rumrunning became the region’s second largest industry. Register - Village.
 
Friday, April 18 at 6:30 pm
Cromaine presents Jen Thomas as the glamorous, controversial Zelda Fitzgerald. This moving, candid play takes place on the final day of Zelda’s life revealing facets of her fascinating character that so vividly represent the disillusionment and recklessness of the Jazz Era. Register - Village.
 
Monday, April 21 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a screening of the 2013 version starring Leo DiCaprio.
Register - Village.
 
Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm
Why is “The Great Gatsby” considered by many the great American novel? What is there about the character of Gatsby that makes him the representative great American protagonist? In this talk, Professor Patrick O’Donnell, chair of the English Department at Michigan State University will discuss the many ways in which Fitzgerald’s classic novel continues to speak to us nearly ninety years after its initial publication in 1925. Register - Crossroads.
 
Monday, April 28 at 6:30 pm
Hartland High School teacher and veteran Paul Scheidler will discuss the impact of returning from war. Register - Village.
 
Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 pm
In the first half of the 20th Century, Detroit architect Albert Kahn revolutionized the design of industrial buildings around the world. We will examine his career and the vast legacy of architectural treasures he created for the people of Detroit. Register - Village.
 
Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 pm
Stiggy’s Dogs provides our military veterans another method of healing through service and companion dogs. Through Stiggy’s programs, they help heal the wounds of war, provide families with new beginnings and raise awareness about the potential of shelter and rescue dogs everywhere. Veterans and their family members are especially encouraged to attend. Register - Village.
 
Big Read 2014 Jazz Series
Held at the Hartland Music Hall.
Register online to reserve your seat.
 
Friday, April 4 at 7:00 pm
Big Read 2014’s “The Great Gatsby” sets the book in the period of the Jazz Age with Jazzistry. The 1920s will be highlighted as Jazzistry leads us through the history of jazz from its very beginnings to today. The whole family is invited to attend.
 
Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm
Vocalist Susan Chastain joins the band including string bass, piano, drums and sax.
 
Friday, April 11 at 7:00 pm
Cromaine’s Jazz series wouldn’t be complete without a performance highlighting the great female artists. Joan Belgrave is an accomplished, amazing singer in her own right, and the combination of great voice and great venue is not to be missed.
 
Friday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
Join local favorites Premier Big Band as they return to Cromaine to celebrate the Jazz Age!
 
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The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and supported by The Friends of Cromaine Library.
 
Thank you to our sponsors. Without their generous contributions, we couldn’t present these exciting events to our community:
 
The Friends of Cromaine Library
Thomson-Shore, Inc.
PrintComm
Livingston Daily Press & Argus
Walmart
Designs for Eyes - Hartland
JKD Group
Five Star Signs, Inc.
And thank you to the bands that have supported our events during this year’s Big Read! 
 
 
 
 
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Big Read 2014 ~ Book Discussion Groups!

Join us to talk about 
“The Great Gatsby”
 
Available on Monday, March 24, 2014
Book Bags Available for your book club!
Do you already have your own book club? Would you like a set of our Big Read book, readers guides, book marks PLUS program information and special pages just for your group? Come in and check out an entire bag of books for your group! Keep them for up to three weeks, and return when finished! Ask for your bag at the Village Reference desk!
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hartland Senior Center Table Day
Want to get the early scoop on our Big Read events? Meet us at the Senior Center! Drop-in - Hartland Senior Center, 9525 E Highland Road, Howell.
 
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cromaine Book Club
Join us to discuss “The Great Gatsby.” Drop-in - Village.
 
Monday, April 7, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Talk Books with Sue!
Looking for new authors to read? Sue will bring her favorites and be ready to chat about them. Leave with a great list of new reads. This month, Sue will discuss books that are related to “The Great Gatsby” and discuss our Big Read events! Drop-in - Village.
 
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 10:00 am - 11:00 am and 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Preschool Moms Book Discussion
During our Tuesday storytimes, moms will get a chance to talk about Big Read and
“The Great Gatsby!” A relaxing way to spend the morning!
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Kahuna Coffee Book Chat
Join us at Kahuna Coffee to discuss “The Great Gatsby.” Grab a coffee and sit down and chat!
 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Homeschooling Book Club
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick. Join us for this Big Read companion book.
Each child must have read the book. Register - Village.
 
Monday, April 14, 2014 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Village Manor Book Club
We will join the residents of Village Manor on three separate occasions to sit down and discuss “The Great Gatsby.” We will also have our Bi-Folkal Kit available, featuring “1924 and the Jazz Age.” The kit is used to help residents remember that time period and inspires discussion. The public is welcome to join us! Village Manor Book Club, 9501 E Highland Rd, Howell, MI 48843
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Teen Book Discussion Group
This month, our teens will be reading “The Great Gatsby,” free books given. Read, snack, talk. Register - Village.
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Biggby Coffee Book Discussion
Join us at Biggby Coffee for a morning snack and a great spot to sit down and discuss “The Great Gatsby.” Drop-in. Biggby Coffee of Hartland, 11325 Highland Rd, Hartland, MI 48353
 
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The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and supported by The Friends of Cromaine Library.
 
Thank you to our sponsors. Without their generous contributions, we couldn’t present these exciting events to our community:
 
The Friends of Cromaine Library
Thomson-Shore, Inc.
PrintComm
Livingston Daily Press & Argus
Walmart
Designs for Eyes - Hartland
JKD Group
Five Star Signs, Inc.
And thank you to the bands that have supported our events during this year’s Big Read! 
 
 

Nooks and Kindles - Loaded and Ready to check out!

Have you been waiting to try out a Nook or Kindle?  You can check one out at Cromaine, AND read the books you are itching to read!

Our Nooks have many genre-specific favorites and most-requested books preloaded for you. Currently, every Nook contains the popular titles seen below, but remember, there are MANY more books loaded onto our Nooks.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
World War Z by Max Brooks
The Kill Room by Jeffery Deaver
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
Heist by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Leopard's Prey by Christine Feehan
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Something Wicked by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush
Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson
Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz
Annies Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg
Hasty Wedding by Debbie Macomber
Starting Now by Debbie Macomber
Just One Kiss by Susan Mallery
The Redeemer by Jo Nesbo
Keep it Pithy by Bill O'Reilly
The Unwinding by George Packer
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Happy, Happy, Happy by Phil Robertson
 
 
Check out a Nook today!

Our Kindles are all loaded with the top 5 fiction titles that have been most requested by our patrons, and more bestsellers are added every month! Currently, each Kindle contains the titles seen below, but remember, there are MANY more books loaded onto our Kindles:


The Forgotten by David Baldacci
The Hit by David Baldacci
Inferno by Dan Brown
Daddy's Gone a Hunting by Mary Higgins Clark
Six Years by Harlan Coben
Zero Hour by Clive Cussler
Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
Sycamore Row by John Grisham
Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
The Third Bullet by Stephen Hunter
Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman
Annies Ghosts by Steve Luxenberg
12th of Never
by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Storyteller
by Jodi Picoult
Silken Prey
by John Sandford
Safe Haven
by Nicholas Sparks
The Book of Lost Tales- Parts 1 & 2
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Silver Star
by Jeannette Walls

Check out a Kindle today!

Computer Help at the Village!

Get your computer questions answered by experienced computer volunteers at Cromaine in the Village. 

Struggling with the difference between Office 2003 and 2007? Not sure how to get your software installed? Have new software your child's been told to use and you don't know it either? Want to do formulas in Excel but can't remember and "Help" doesn't make sense?  Free Computer Help is available at Cromaine!
Computer Help is available at the Village:
Mondays: noon - 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: noon - 2:00 pm

Read Detroit Newspapers Online Editions!

The Detroit News and Free Press

Please read both of our Detroit newspapers online - they are available 24 hours a day at the below addresses.  Printed copies of both newspapers are available on Sunday, Thursday and Friday at both the Village and Crossroads.

Read the Detroit News Online:  www.detnews.com or visit this link to review the new online edition that resembles the printed version.

Read the Free Press online at: www.freep.com or visit this link to review the new online edition that resembles the printed version.