National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Jefferson Madison Regional Library


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201 East Market Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Tel: 434/979-7151
Fax: 434/979-9728
http://www.jmrl.org

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri

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Film: The Hundred Foot Journey (PG)

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the street from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Adapted from the book by Richard Morais.

Event Location: Nelson Memorial Library , 8521 Thomas Nelson Hwy, Lovingston, VA 22949

Date: Mon, Feb 23, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Make It and Take It: Rangoli Sand Art

Rangoli is a garland of colors created by drawing geometrical and symmetrical designs. In India, these beautiful color-filled designs are created to mark special celebrations and events. Use colored sand to create your own art piece.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Film: The Hundred Foot Journey (PG)

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the street from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Adapted from the book by Richard Morais.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library , 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Wed, Feb 25, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Namesake

It's Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants and Toddlers

Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play to engage the senses. Children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Inspired by Holi, the Indian festival of colors, the materials will be especially vibrant. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6-36 months. Requested registration begins February 9. Drop-ins welcome.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Fri, Feb 27, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: The Namesake

Big Read Kick Off

Come out hear proclamations of THE BIG READ by City and Albemarle County government officials and celebrate The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Event Location: Northside Library, Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Sat, Feb 28, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Namesake

The Art of the Saree Exhibit

The beautiful fabrics of the saree, a traditional South Asian garment for women, are works of art unto themselves. See a variety of these stunning textiles up close and on display.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Book: The Namesake

The Name Game: A Big Read Scavenger Hunt

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – right? Follow these clues to track down some outstanding names in YA books. Find all of the clues and win a prize. Grades 6-12. At participating library branches.

Event Location: 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Book: The Namesake

India Enigma Exhibit by Michael Petrus

This exhibition of photography will explore how ancient traditions collide with the modern global experiment in India. Michael Petrus is co-founder of Crisman+Petrus Architects.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 12:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Time to Design: Rangoli to Mehndi (All Ages)

Create designs from India. We will have beautiful rangoli, from simple to intricate, available to color, as well as hand cut-outs on which to create your own mehndi pattern. Take your creations home or leave them to decorate the Library.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Book: The Namesake

Family Lego Challenge

Showcase your designs and creativity. Visit Northside Library each week to get your challenge card. Build your design at home with your Lego bricks, take a picture, and email it to northside@jmrl.org. We’ll post pictures to the JMRL Facebook page and let the community vote. Each week, the picture with the most votes will win a prize! All ages.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Book: The Namesake

Make and Take Mehndi (All Ages)

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the Information Desk for quick and easy mehndi projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials provided. Central and Northside Libraries.

Event Location: 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015 – Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Book: The Namesake

Terracotta Jewelry Workshop

Join artist Vasantha Reddi as she demonstrates the traditional Indian art of terracotta jewelry making, and make a lovely piece to take with you. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins February 15.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sun, Mar 1, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Yoga Mondays

No experience necessary. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and don’t eat a heavy meal before class. You can bring your own mat, but it’s not required. Please call Northside to confirm classes are scheduled as the instructor may not be available for all dates.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Time: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Monday Night Book Group

Join Crozet Library's book group for informal discussions of The Namesake.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Colorful Scarves

Toss them, wave them, or even wear them in this action-packed class led by Movement Educator Kistra Weih. Ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. Required registration begins February 18.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Tue, Mar 3, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: The Namesake

Color Cool

Is winter getting a bit gray? Spring is on the way. Holi, one of the most colorful festivals in the world, celebrates the coming of spring. Find new ways to color-up your day. Great activities with crayons, balloons, and other colorful things. Grades K-4. Required registration begins February 18.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Legos Architectural Inspiration Build

Famous buildings will inspire us to create our own structures. JMRL will have the LEGOS for your next creation. Bring your creativity and imagination. The Library will supply the rest.

Event Location: Nelson Memorial Library, 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway , Lovingston, VA 22949

Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Legos Architectural Inspiration Build

Famous buildings will inspire us to create our own structures. JMRL will have the LEGOS for your next creation. Bring your creativity and imagination. The Library will supply the rest. Grades K & up. No younger siblings, please.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Date: Thu, Mar 12, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

Join Greene County Library''s book group for informal discussions of The Namesake.

Event Location: Greene County Library, 222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973

Date: Thu, Mar 5, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

That ABCD Life Exhibit

ABCD = American Born Confused Desi. That's what they call American kids of Indian descent. Why are they confused? Are they actually confused? What goes on in the minds of these people, split between two cultures? "That ABCD Life," a photo exhibit by Madhavi Reddi seeks to share the sentiments of Indian-Americans from all over the country.

Event Location: The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Date: Fri, Mar 6, 2015 – Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Book: The Namesake

That ABCD Life

ABCD = American Born Confused Desi. That's what they call American kids of Indian descent. Why are they confused? Are they actually confused? What goes on in the minds of these people, split between two cultures? "That ABCD Life," a photo exhibit by Madhavi Reddi seeks to share the sentiments of Indian-Americans from all over the country.

Event Location: The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Fri, Mar 6, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Color-bration: A Celebration of Science and Color

Sing, talk, and read, play on and write your way through activity stations to develop literacy and language skills while exploring science and colors with young learners. Ages 3-6.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Sat, Mar 7, 2015
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Chess Saturday

If you're a chess player or want to learn this game which originated in India, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served, and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Grades 3-7. Required registration begins February 21. Space is limited.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sat, Mar 7, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Namesake

What's in a Name?

Vasantha Reddi will share the importance of names and special traditions in India surrounding naming babies. Learn more about the relationship of official names and family names that is such an important theme in The Namesake.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sat, Mar 7, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Regional Author Series: Corban Addison

Addison discusses his novel A Walk Across the Sun, in which a D.C. attorney pursues human traffickers in India to save two sisters forced into the sex trade. Books will be available for purchase.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sun, Mar 8, 2015
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Cooking with Mahabuba

Spice up your weekend and learn how to make (and eat!) some delicious dishes in this hands-on Bengali cooking class with Mahabuba Akhter. Ages 16 and up. Registration required.

Event Location: The Haven , 112 Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sun, Mar 8, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

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Scottsville Library Book Group

Join Scottsville Library's book group for informal discussions of The Namesake.

Event Location: 330 Bird Street, Scottsville Library, Scottsville, VA 24590

Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan: Book Discussion

(Grades 6-9) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Mon, Mar 9, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Rupturing the Surface of the Known with Phoebe Crisman

Just as characters in The Namesake were caught between the conflicting cultures of India and America, this talk will examine the reverse: how UVA architecture students going from America to India were inspired by the cultural differences they experienced. Using images and words, the presentation will examine the value of travel in this global age. With special guest Phoebe Crisman, Associate Professor of Architecture University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Tue, Mar 10, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Fun for the Young @ The Fralin: India

Start with a book and then go look! Visit The Fralin Art Museum to share stories, music, and movement highlighting art from India. Docents will invite the youngest art patrons to explore the Museum. Stories will help enrich the art experience. Ages 3-5. For registration and more information: email museumoutreach@virginia.edu or call 434-243-2050.

Event Location: Fralin Museum of Art at UVA, 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Asian Animal Safari

Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting will take us on an adventure through the continent of Asia. Help seek out clues to identify a special mystery guest by exploring the lands of China, India and beyond. Grades K-5. Required registration begins February 17.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Craft Project: Peacocks

Did you know that the peacock is the national bird of India? Create your own beautiful bird out of beads and clay. Grades 1-5. Required registration begins February 25. Limit 12 participants.

Event Location: Nelson Memorial Library, 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway , Lovingston, VA 22949

Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Make it @ the Library: Architecture Challenge, Legos, & More

Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Start with our monthly project or use supplies on hand to make your own project. Grades 6-12. Drop in.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Wednesday Evening Book Group

Join Gordon Avenue Library's book group for informal discussions of The Namesake. Piedmont Virginia Community College professor Dr. Benjamin Sloan will be on hand to facilitate the discussion.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Wed, Mar 11, 2015
Time: 7:30pm – 8:30pm

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Brown Baggers Book Club

Join Central Library's book group for informal discussions of The Namesake.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Thu, Mar 12, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Film: The Namesake (PG-13)

Coffee and desserts served.

Event Location: Greene County Library, 222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973

Date: Fri, Mar 13, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Genealogy 101

Ever thought about discovering your family’s history but don’t know where to start? Come out to the library for an in-depth genealogy lesson and get some tips on how to get started. Special Guest: Elaine Taylor of the Louisa County Historical Society.

Event Location: Louisa County Library, 881 Davis Highway, Mineral, VA 23117

Date: Sat, Mar 14, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Namesake

The Concept of Arranged Marriage

Dr. Viji Susarla, clinical psychologist specializing in providing cross cultural therapy and marital therapy, will discuss arranged marriages in India, including origin, philosophy, economics, and religious aspects. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion by Indian men and women who had arranged marriages including Ram Marri, Tanvi Rani, Sadhana Kirpekar, and Rashmi Prakash. Chai and food provided by Charlottesville Indian community members.

Event Location: Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery Conference Room, 400 Ray C. Hunt Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sat, Mar 14, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Film: Slumdog Millionaire (R)

University of Virginia professor Mrinalini Chakravorty, author of In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary, will introduce the Academy Award-winning film. Tickets: $6.00 Adult and $4.00 Youth.

Event Location: The Paramount Theater , 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Date: Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Film: Ashimas of Charlottesville

In 1968, Ashima, a young bride follows her husband to America. Setting foot in a new country for the first time, she finds herself confused and intimidated by the new life she will have to learn to lead. In today's world, while things may be easier for these young brides, some of the thoughts and apprehensions that they may have internally continue to be the same. Join filmmaker Madhavi Reddi in the screening of her documentary film -- about the experiences of women who have immigrated straight from India to our very own Charlottesville community. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with some of the women featured in the film.

Event Location: The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Date: Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

We All Came Out of Gogol's Overcoat

Gogol Ganguli is named for his father’s favorite Russian author. Learn more about Nikolai Gogol and his influence in UVa professor Julian Connolly’s lecture. Please visit jmrl.org/bigread for location information.

Event Location: TBD, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Namesake

The Benefits of Hatha Yoga Practice

Greene County yoga teacher, Kumud Vanderveer, will talk about how to improve your health and flexibility through yoga, as well as demonstrate and assist audience members in trying some basic yoga poses that most people can do right away. Wear loose clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat for padding.

Event Location: Greene County Library , 222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Namesake

The Art of Mehndi

Experience the ancient art of mehndi in this hands-on workshop by Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting and Body Art. You’ll leave with your own temporary henna design. Grades 5-12. Required registration begins February 23. Limit 10 participants.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Grades 4-7) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Tue, Mar 17, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Black Authors Reading Group

Join Central Library's book group for informal discussions of The Namesake.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Tue, Mar 17, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Grades 6-12) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Scottsville Library, 330 Bird Street, Scottsville, VA 22590

Date: Tue, Mar 17, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Hands-On Color

Drop-in between 10:00-11:00 for perfectly pretty petal painting and celebrate the Holi Festival of Colors with a flowery flourish.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2015
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Book: The Namesake

Lok Kathayen: Folktales of India

Who can outwit whom? The Monkey or the Crocodile? Find out as we listen to this story and other folktales children in India are likely to hear. Grades K-3. Requested registration begins February 23. Drop-ins welcome.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck: Book Discussion

(Ages 13 and up) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Wednesday Evening Book Group

Join Northside Library's book group for informal discussions of The Namesake.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Little Yogis: Yoga for Kids

Celebrate India and have some bendable fun with a yoga class led by an instructor from Bend Yoga. Activities include games, music, and imaginative play. Ages 2-6. Required registration begins March 5.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 11:30am

Book: The Namesake

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Grades 4-8) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Greene County Library, 222 Main Street, Stanardsville, VA 22973

Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2015
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Rangoli Art Class

In India, a rangoli is a colorful design made on the floor near a home’s entrance to welcome guests. Learn about rangolis, make one for the Library, and one to take home. Grades K- 5. Required registration begins March 3.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Virginia Festival of the Book: A.X. Ahmad

Writer A.X. Ahmad discusses his book, The Last Taxi Ride, featuring New York cab driver Ranjit Singh's search for the killer of a Bollywood actress. Dramatic readings, film clips and question and answers to follow.

Event Location: The Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Date: Fri, Mar 20, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Bollywood Dance (All Ages)

Join the University of Virginia’s Aaja Nachle: the Bollywood Dance Club in learning some Bollywood dance moves and then dancing! We’ll also make Ghungroo Indian anklets to take home. All ages. Required registration begins March 4.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Sat, Mar 21, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Saturday Special Tour for the Big Read: Indian Art at the Fralin

Murad Khan Mumtaz is a third year graduate student in the McIntire Department of Art and Architectural History, where his research focuses on 18th century North Indian painting. He will discuss a range of traditional Indian art, including important paintings, and early Buddhist and Hindu sculpture.

Event Location: Fralin Art Museum at the University of Virginia , 155 Rugby Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Sat, Mar 21, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Teen Movie Matinee: Bride & Prejudice (PG-13)

Bollywood meets Hollywood in this musical comedy based on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Refreshments served. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins February 27.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Sat, Mar 21, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Book: The Namesake

The Performing Arts of India

Join us for a showcase of Indian music and dance. Celebrate the diversity of India through its performing arts - from classical, to folk, to Bollywood!

Event Location: McLeod Hall, University of Virginia, 202 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Sat, Mar 21, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Taste of India Family Event (All Ages)

Join us for an afternoon of fun and a dive into traditional Indian culture. Enjoy food, dancing, crafts, and an interactive henna demonstration. All ages.

Event Location: Louisa County Library , 881 Davis Highway, Mineral , VA 23117

Date: Sun, Mar 22, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Monday Afternoon Adventures: Go Fly a Kite

Decorate and assemble a kite for high flying fun. Grades K-5. Required registration begins March 9. Limit 10 participants.

Event Location: Scottsville Library, 330 Bird Street, Scottsville, VA 22590

Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Grown-Up Game Night

Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games will include classic standards and modern favorites, including Parcheesi.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Grades 6-12) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Terracotta Jewelry Workshop

Join artist Vasantha Reddi as she demonstrates the traditional Indian art of terracotta jewelry making, and make a lovely piece to take with you. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins March 10.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

Join Louisa County Library's book group for informal discussions of The Namesake.

Event Location: Louisa County Library, 881 Davis Highway, Mineral, VA 23117

Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Make It and Take It: Scent-sational Clay Rangoli

Rangoli is an artistic expression seen in front of Hindu thresholds. Designs can be as complicated or simple as you want. Use scented clay, beads, seeds, flowers and other beautiful things to make fabulous and fragrant rangoli designs. All ages.

Event Location: Gordon Avenue Library, 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2015
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Chess Challenge

Join the Playing ACES Chess Club to learn about the history of chess with a Jeopardy challenge game and then play chess while enjoying snacks and drinks. Grades 3-8. Registration required and begins on March 18.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

What's Up Wednesdays: Monogram Bottle Cap Magnets

Personalize a bottle cap magnet with your name or your nickname. Grades 6-12. Drop in.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2015
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Climbing Your Family Tree

Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use Ancestry.com, a database that can be used in the library, to help you in your genealogical research.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Wed, Mar 25, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Book: The Namesake

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Grades 4-5) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Big Read Battle of the Book Groups & Book Swap Party

Did your book group read The Namesake for the Big Read? Bring your book group team, a potluck dessert to share and some books to swap for some new-to-you reads. Your group may take home the Battle of the Book Groups Prize by winning our Book Group Namesake Trivia Contest. If you read The Namesake on your own, come and join the ‘Rogue Readers’ team, or just cheer on the team of your choice. If you haven’t read the book, come for some book swap fun. Required registration begins March 2.

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Documentary Film: Crossing Lines

Indian-American Indira Somani's honest yet tender and moving biographical portrait of her relationship with her father, a first-generation Indian immigrant to the United States, sketches a more universal story of the problems that Asian immigrants face in reconciling homelands with adopted lands.

Event Location: Central Library, 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902-5209

Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Brown Bag Book Club

Join Nelson County Library's book group for informal discussions of The Namesake.

Event Location: Nelson County Library, 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway , Lovingston, VA 22949

Date: Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Books Sandwiched In: Behind the Beautiful Forevers

This long-standing series will discuss the book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Katherine Boo’s report of three years in Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and the effects of globalization on India. Not necessary to have read the book to attend the program.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Fri, Mar 27, 2015
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Book: The Namesake

The Big Read Young Adult Program

Visit India on a whirlwind tour with fairy tales, felt elephants, and the movie Bride and Prejudice. Join us for stories, crafts, a movie, and snacks. Grades 6-12. Registration required.

Event Location: Nelson Memorial Library, 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway , Lovingston, VA 22949

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 1:30pm

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Holi Festival Finale

Holi, the spring Indian festival of color marks the end of the Big Read. Celebrate by playing with powdered colors (prepare to get messy!) with music, dance, crafts and food. Pot luck encouraged. Rain date: Saturday, April 4.

Event Location: Pen Park, Shed #2, 1400 Pen Park Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm

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Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Grades 3-5)Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932

Date: Sat, Mar 28, 2015
Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

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Yoga Class Taught by Tay Strauss

Yoga promotes flexibility and focus. Breathe deeply and learn the joy of yoga. Grades K-5. Required registration begins March 16. Limit 10 participants.

Event Location: Scottsville Library, 330 Bird Street, Scottsville, VA 22590

Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Ages 11-14) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth: Book Discussion

(Ages 14-18) Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake. Contact branch for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the website jmrl.org/teens

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Meet the Author: Kashmira Sheth

Meet the author of Boys Without Names, Keeping Corner, and Blue Jasmine. This presentation will focus on Sheth’s middle grade and young adult titles. The author will be able to answer questions from the audience. All ages. Registration recommended but not required.

Event Location: Northside Library, 705 Rio Road West, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm

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Saris and Shalwars

Explore India’s various types of dress and the traditions, culture and customs that surround them. Try on outfits and learn to tie a sari. Class taught by Gypsy McMillian. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins March 9. Limit 15 participants.

Event Location: Scottsville Library, 330 Bird Street, Scottsville, VA 22590

Date: Tue, Mar 31, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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Film: The Hundred Foot Journey (PG)

The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the street from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Adapted from the book by Richard Morais. Grades 6-12. Popcorn will be served.

Event Location: Scottsville Library, 330 Bird Street, Scottsville, VA 22590

Date: Mon, Apr 6, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Book: The Namesake

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