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Cromaine District Library


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3688 N. Hartland Road, PO Box 308
Hartland, MI 48353

Tel: 810/632-5200
Fax: 810/632-7351
http://www.cromaine.org

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Events

The War to End All Wars! Artwork Unveiling

Join us for the unveiling of Cromaine's World War I Savings Stamps poster collection, which, along with special items from our community, will remember this time in our country's history. Refreshments will be served. This event is part of Big Read 2014, preparing for the time of "The Great Gatsby" beginning on March 29, 2014. Drop-in - Village.

Event Location: 3688 N. Hartland Road, PO Box 308, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Jan 15, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Development of Early Aviation through WWI with Mike Ewing

Collector Mike Ewing brings his detailed scale models to Cromaine. View the planes up close and learn how engine and airframe designs progressed impacting the war. This event is part of Big Read 2014, preparing for the time of "The Great Gatsby" beginning on March 29, 2014. Register - Village.

Event Location: 3688 N. Hartland Road, PO Box 308, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Jan 22, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Hartland and the Great War

Join published historian and Hartland High School teacher Paul Scheidler as he discusses Hartland and the men who were part of the war to end all wars, World War I. This event is part of Big Read 2014, preparing for the time of "The Great Gatsby" beginning on March 29, 2014. Register - Village.

Event Location: 3688 N. Hartland Road, PO Box 308, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Jan 29, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

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!

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Sat, Mar 22, 2014
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

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.

Event Location: Hartland Senior Center, 9525 E Highland Rd, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Mar 26, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Big Read 2014 Kick Off

Join us as we kick-off Cromaine’s sixth Big Read series celebrating “The Great Gatsby,” and enjoy the first of six stellar Jazz performances with music from the Jordan Schug Duo. Free copies of “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed at the kick-off, 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.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, Michigan 48353

Date: Sat, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Gatsby Film Event - 1974

Join us for a screening of the 1974 version of our selected Big Read novel. The 2013 version will be shown on Monday, April 21 at 7 pm. Please register for each film separately. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Mar 31, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Cromaine Book Club

Join us to discuss "The Great Gatsby." Pick up your free copy on Saturday, March 29 at our Kick-off Event!

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Tue, Apr 1, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

The Rise, Reign and Fall of Prohibition

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? What was life like during that time? 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.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 2, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Big Read 2014 Jazz Series: Vincent York's Jazzistry Presents the History of Jazz

Big Read 2014’s The Great Gatsby sets the book in the period of the Jazz Age with Jazzistry. The 1920s will be particularly highlighted as Jazzistry leads us through the history of jazz from its very beginnings to today. For families, Register - Held at Hartland Music Hall.

Event Location: 3619 Avon Street, Hartland, Michigan 48353

Date: Fri, Apr 4, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

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.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Henry Ford vs. The Great Gatsby

Henry Ford helped to create a new America with his Model T, moving assembly line, and $5 day. 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.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Apr 7, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Preschool Moms Book Discussion

During our Tuesday storytimes, mom will get a chance to talk about Big Read and "The Great Gatsby!" A relaxing way to spend the morning!

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Date: Tue, Apr 8, 2014
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Kahuna Coffee Book Chat

Join us at Kahuna Coffee to discuss "The Great Gatsby." Grab a coffee and sit down and chat!

Event Location: Hartland Town Center, Old US-23, Howell, MI 48843

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Book: The Great Gatsby

Big Read 2014 Jazz Series: The Paul Keller Quintet

Join Cromaine at the Music Hall for more great jazz! Vocalist Susan Chastain joins the band including string bass, piano, drums and sax. Register - Held at Hartland Music Hall.

Event Location: Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Homeschooling Book Club

Reading: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick Each month a different Newbery Award-winning book will be discussed. Join us for this Big Read companion book. No age restrictions as you know your child and their reading ability. Each child must have read the book. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Big Read 2014 Jazz Series: Joan Belgrave Jazz Ensemble

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. Register - Held at Hartland Music Hall.

Event Location: Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon Street, Hartland , Michigan 48353

Date: Fri, Apr 11, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

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." The kit is used to help residents remember that time period and inspires discussion. The public is welcome to join us!

Event Location: Village Manor Retirement , 9501 E Highland Rd, Howell, MI 48843

Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Dr. Dolittle Day

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! “The Story of Dr. Dolittle” was written in 1920, Dr. Dolittle could talk to any animal. Come see the animals brought to us by Carousel Acres, including a Bolivian squirrel monkey, a tortoise and talking guinea pigs! Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Alcoholism, Yesterday and Today

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.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Apr 14, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Mickey Mouse

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Mickey was created in 1928. We will show “Steamboat Willie” and other Mickey Mouse short movies. Fresh popcorn and a craft. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Disney Sing-a-Long for TEENS!

Spring Break TEEN Events: A 1920s Adventure! You know the songs, so bring your singing voice and a bunch of friends and relive your childhood moments. For grades 7 and up. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Rainbow Loom

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Bring your loom and learn how to make a Flapper head band with a flower. For ages 6 and up. Register - Village

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Intro to Sign Language

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Learn the alphabet and basic signs. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Boom Town: Detroit in the Roaring Twenties

Detroit Historical Society Senior Curator, Joel Stone, will be our guest speaker for this Big Read 2014 event. 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. Conventions loved Detroit, and so did organized crime. Boom town meets the Wild West. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 16, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Velveteen Rabbit Tea

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a tea party. For ages 5 and up. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Shaken Not Stirred for TEENS!

Spring Break TEEN Events: A 1920s Adventure! The Roaring 20s was a wild time. MANY new SOFT drinks were created, including Nehi and Kool-Aid! Teen friendly and healthy drinks will be created, named and consumed. For grades 7 and up. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Thu, Apr 17, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

1920s Game Day

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Come to the library and play games from the 1920s - Chinese Checkers, Mahjong, Sorry, Monopoly, and Crosswords! Snack on food invented during that era. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

A Portrait of Zelda: Excerpts from “The Last Flapper” An After Hours Drama

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.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Winnie the Pooh was written in 1926 but we love him still. Come and enjoy crafts, games and honey treats! Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Roaring 20s Fashions: Duct Tape Style

Spring Break YOUTH Events: A 1920s Adventure! Create a 1920s outfit, or accessory. Only 25% of the outfit needs to be duct tape. Your creation must be modeled by yourself or a friend. Be prepared to explain how you made it and win a prize if you come in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. Register - Village. (Pick up your instructions at the Kick-off Event on Saturday, March 29, 10-2 pm)

Event Location: Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Gatsby Film Event - 2013

Join us for a screening of the 2013 version of our selected Big Read novel. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Apr 21, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Teen Book Discussion Group

Our Teen Book Club explores real-life stories, suspense, and more. This month, they will be reading "The Great Gatsby" - free books given. Read, snack, talk. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

What makes “The Great Gatsby” Great?

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 and editor of the Penguin Classics edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's first novel, “This Side of Paradise,” and two early collections of short stories published in the single volume edition entitled The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Jazz Age stories, 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.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Crossroads Branch, 1788 N. Old US-23, Howell, MI 48843

Date: Wed, Apr 23, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

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.

Event Location: Biggby Coffee of Hartland, 11325 Highland Rd, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 9:00am – 10:00am

Book: The Great Gatsby

Big Read 2014 Jazz Series: Premier Big Band

Join local favorites Premier Big Band as they return to Cromaine to celebrate the Jazz Age! Register - Held at Hartland Music Hall.

Event Location: Hartland Music Hall, 3619 Avon Street, Hartland , MI 48353

Date: Fri, Apr 25, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Returning Soldiers

Hartland High School teacher and veteran Paul Scheidler will discuss the impact of returning from war. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Mon, Apr 28, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

Albert Kahn’s Architectural Legacy: The Ubiquitous Mr. Kahn

Detroit Historical Society Senior Curator, Joel Stone will discuss the impact of Albert Kahn on Detroit, beginning in the 1920s. In the first half of the 20th Century, Detroit architect Albert Kahn revolutionized the design of industrial buildings around the world. He also influenced the artistic and aesthetic elements of commercial and residential structures, in a variety of styles and forms. This presentation will examine his career and the vast legacy of architectural treasures he created for the people of Detroit. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Wed, Apr 30, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

New Hope for Veterans and a second chance for Dogs!

Stiggy's Dogs is an organization that 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. Meet Jennifer Petra, founder of Stiggy's Dogs and Donna Fournier, Director of Training, and a special guest that will warm your heart. Veterans and their family members are especially encouraged to attend. Register - Village.

Event Location: Cromaine Library, Village location, 3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI 48353

Date: Thu, May 1, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Great Gatsby

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