National Endowment of the Arts - The Big Read

Reading Public Library


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64 Middlesex Avenue
Reading, MA 01867-2550

Tel: 781/944-0840
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The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

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The Namesake
Jhumpa Lahiri

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Events

Reading Town Selectman Big Read Presentation

Reading Public Librarians will present the Big Read to the Board of Selectmen and distribute copies of The Namesake to each member. Presentation will be broadcast on local cable channel.

Event Location: Town Hall, 16 Lowell Street , Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Tue, Mar 18, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Word of Mouth Book Group Discusses "The Namesake"

Meet the Ganguli family, new arrivals from Calcutta, trying their best to become Americans in Massachusetts even as they pine for home. The name they bestow on their firstborn, Gogol, betrays all the conflicts of honoring tradition in a new world – conflicts that will haunt Gogol on his own winding path through divided loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. This discussion is part of The Big Read.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Tue, Mar 25, 2014
Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm

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The Big Read Kick-Off

Join us as we launch Reading's very first Big Read. There will be something for everyone; copies of "The Namesake" available, children's activities, food, music, a classical Indian dance performance and more. Come find out about all the exciting events planned for the Big Read!

Event Location: Reading Memorial High School Performing Arts Center, 62 Oakland Road, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Fri, Mar 28, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Big Read Big Expectations Baby Shower

If you are a new or expecting parent come hear about all the resources available to you in Reading. Eat cake, meet other new parents, find out about healthcare, childcare, arts programs and so much more for you and your new family member.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Sat, Apr 5, 2014
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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RPL Book Group Discussion of "The Namesake"

Join us at the Reading Public Library to discuss "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. This discussion will be lead by librarian Andrea Fiorillo. Bring a friend.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

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

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My Name: My Identity Memoir Writing Workshop

Join poet & Professor of English Nancy Genevieve Kohl for this writing workshop exploring the history and meaning of your name.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am

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The Big Read for Kids: All Aboard- 3D Trains

Inspired by the book The Namesake, students will create 3D trains that reflect their own family and cultural traditions. Students will explore artists such as Faith Ringgold who uses personal stories in her artwork. Similarly, students will incorporate their own cultural symbols and family stories into their trains. We are proud to collaborate with Creative Arts who will host this program at their location. Free for children ages 6-12. Spaces limited, registration required. Registration preference given to Reading residents. Registration begins at the Big Read Kick-Off, 3/28 from 7-8pm at Reading Memorial High School. Or register starting 3/29 by calling the Children's Room at 781-942-6705.

Event Location: Creative Arts, 25 Woburn Street, Reading, MA 01867

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

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Newcomers & Neighbors Book Group Discussion of "The Namesake"

The Newcomers & Neighbors Book Group meets to discuss Jhumpa Lahiri's novel "The Namesake"

Event Location: TBA, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Wed, Apr 9, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Teen/TAG Crafternoon

In conjunction with The Big Read, join us for an Indian inspired crafternoon! For teens grades 6-12. Free, no registration necessary.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Thu, Apr 10, 2014
Time: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Book: The Namesake

A Night with Author Marjan Kamali

In Together Tea, Marjan Kamali’s delightful and heartwarming debut novel, Darya has discovered the perfect gift for her daughter’s twenty-fifth birthday: an ideal husband. Mina, however, is fed up with her mother’s years of endless matchmaking and the spreadsheets grading available Iranian-American bachelors. Having spent her childhood in Tehran and the rest of her life in New York City, Mina has experienced cultural clashes firsthand, but she’s learning that the greatest clashes sometimes happen at home. This book shares common themes with "The Namesake" of arranged marriage and the immigrant experience in America.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Not-Too-Stuffy Book Group Discussion of "The Namesake"

The Not-Too-Stuffy Book Group will meet at the Reading Senior Center to discuss The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. All are welcome, bring a friend.

Event Location: 49 Pleasant St, Reading, MA 01867-2550

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

Book: The Namesake

Teen Theater Improv

Join us for Teen Friday Afternoon at the Improv! Teens grades 6-12 are invited to an afternoon of drama filled fun in conjunction with The Big Read. We welcome back Colin Colford to lead us through hilarious games and drama lessons, some of which will explore themes related to The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and Open Mic: Riffs On Life Between Cultures In Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Fri, Apr 18, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Drop In Chess and Parcheesi

We've added Parcheesi to our monthly Chess Drop In. Parcheesi is a brand name American adaptation of the Indian Cross and Circle game Pachisi. We will have tables set up for players of all abilities, plus High School and Middle School volunteers. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Parcheesi and Chess sets will be provided.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Sat, Apr 19, 2014
Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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The Namesake 101

Professor of English Ann Murphy will lead a seminar and discussion on "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Tue, Apr 22, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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Trains & Names Storytime

Jump aboard the imaginary Reading Railroad for this very special trains and names pajama storytime! Children ages 4 and up are invited to participate in this creative storytime led by librarian Kathy Miksis.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Thu, Apr 24, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 7:00pm

Book: The Namesake

Children's Classical Indian Dance Workshop

Join teachers and students from the Triveni School of Dance in this interactive Classical Indian Dance Workshop.

Event Location: Northeast School of Ballet, 32 Lowell Street, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Sun, Apr 27, 2014
Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Book: The Namesake

E.J. Graff Lectures on What Is Marriage For?

From the arranged match in The Namesake to same sex unions in Massachusetts, ideas of marriage are not fixed across time and place. E.J. Graff, journalist, author, and public speaker, will discuss the social and historical aspects of marriage with her trademark witty, irreverent, informed insight on social justice issues. Graff is the author of What Is Marriage For? The Strange Social History of Our Most Intimate Institution.

Event Location: 64 Middlesex Avenue, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Tue, Apr 29, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: The Namesake

The Big Read: The Namesake Movie Screening

The film adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri's novel of the same name depicts the struggles of Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli, two first-generation immigrants from West Bengal, India to the United States, and their American-born children Gogol and Sonia. The movie is rated PG 13 and runs for 122 minutes. Enjoy pizza, popcorn and the movie!

Event Location: Reading Cable Television Movie Studio, 557 Main Street, Reading, MA 01867

Date: Tue, May 6, 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Book: The Namesake

The Big Read Grand Finale

The Big Read wraps up with a night of Big Authors. Join Mitali Perkins, Fransisco Stork, and David Yoo as they discuss their new book Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices.

Event Location: Parker Middle School Auditorium, 45 Temple Street, Reading, MA 01867-2550

Date: Fri, May 9, 2014
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Book: The Namesake

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