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2013 Big Read Events!

Livingston County CSI – Cold Case Squad,
Monday, April 15 at 6:30 pm
Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte and members of Livingston County’s Cold Case Team will join us and talk about three cold cases that need your help! Register - Village.

Poe’s Drinking, Poe’s Death,
Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30 pm

Drink, drugs and death are the three areas of Poe’s legacy that have engendered the greatest mythologization, speculation, and mystery. This lecture explores these areas of his life and how we have thought about them in 150 years since his death. Michigan State University Professor Stephen Rachman returns as our guest speaker. Register - Village.

Hartland Players present “Edgar Allan Poe” Readers Theater at Hartland Music Hall
Friday, April 19 at 7:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of tales from the master of macabre – Edgar Allan Poe. A Readers’ Theater production featuring stories and poems of Poe’s most 
famous works read by the Hartland Players. Donations will be accepted and will go toward The Hartland Players building fund. Drop-in - Hartland Music Hall.

“Haunted by Poe” with Kristy Robinett,
Monday, April 22 at 6:30 pm

After years of fascination and research into the life of Edgar Allan Poe, Psychic Kristy Robinett has gathered together her exciting finds for the novel “Haunted by Poe.”  Register - Village.

Poe and the Pseudo-Documentary,
Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 pm 

Many of Poe’s most fascinating works were hoaxes, attempts to present a fictional premise as fact. Discuss the ways in which Poe’s writings continually engaged with the problem of real and the unreal and explain what Poe has to teach us still in our own age of “reality” TV. Michigan State University Professor Stephen Rachman returns as our guest speaker. Register - Crossroads.

“Raven” Film Event at Hartland Music Hall Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
John Cusack portrays an edgy Edgar Allan Poe on the trail of a serial killer working from Poe’s own macabre stories in this 2012 adult thriller. Register - Hartland Music Hall.

An Enchanting Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Monday, April 29 at 7:00 pm

The spirits are alive at the Hartland Music Hall as Edgar Allan Poe will visit us in person. An opportunity you will not want to miss. Register - Hartland Music Hall.

Book discussions for Edgar Allan Poe:

Mocha Mondays at Biggby Coffee ~
Starting on Monday, April 8, we will meet each Monday in April at 10 am for a special drink and a chat about Poe! Meet us on Monday, April 8, Monday, April 15, Monday, April 22 and Monday April 29 at 10:00 am
Cromaine Mystery Book Club ~ Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm
Kahuna Coffee Book Chat ~ Wednesday, April 10 at 9:00 am
Join us for a morning coffee and snack!
Homeschooling Book Club ~ Thursday, April 11 at 2:00 and 3:15 pm
Village Manor Retirement Center ~ Tuesday, April 16 at 9:00 am
Teen Book Discussion Group ~ Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 pm
Book Bags Available for your book club ~ check out a set of books and Big Read materials for your whole group!

Youth, Tweens & Teens!

Check the program calendar and sign up today!
Victorian Dress, Duct Tape Edition – Edgar Allan Poe’s writing years were in the Victorian Age which lasted from June 1837 to January 1901. Put on your creative bonnet and design an outfit – male or female – that reflects something from the Victorian Age. The first 20 people coming into the Village library starting at 9:00 am on Monday April 1 to pick up their bag of goodies and the rules will be entered into the contest. The results will be displayed at the fashion show to be held Saturday, April 20 at 10:00 am.

Please visit our Events Calendar and begin registering for our events!  



Cromaine will read and celebrate The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe

During The Big Read - March/April 2013

July 10, 2012—Hartland — Cromaine Library today announced that it has received a grant of $9,000 to host The Big Read in 2013. The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest. Cromaine Library is one of 78 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read at Cromaine Library will focus on “The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe.” Kick-off Celebration will take place on Saturday, March 23, 2013, and run through April 2013.

Ceci Marlow, Cromaine Library director says, “We are so excited to be reading Edgar Allan Poe. He is credited as the American genesis of most genre fiction, including mystery, detective, horror and more.“

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman said, “At the NEA we know that the arts can help to create strong, vibrant communities by bringing people together. Through The Big Read, these 78 organizations are giving their communities the opportunity to share both great works of literature and memorable experiences."

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. The 78 selected organizations will receive Big Read grants to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings, and performing arts events. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, including Reader’s, Teacher’s, and Audio Guides, which also are available for download on