ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY OF MONROE COUNTY - 2013

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March 2013

One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Tuesday, March 5 / 6:30 p.m.

DUNDEE BRANCH LIBRARY
144 E. Main Street • Dundee

Join members of the Dundee Book Club to discuss this year's selection, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
    
    


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Survivor Stories
Saturday, March 9 / 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
                                                                                       
ELLIS LIBRARY & REFERENCE CENTER
3700 South Custer Road • Monroe

Test your survival skills and share your amazing stories. Children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend.  Participants must register by calling 734-241-5277 or by going online.

    
   


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Monday, March 11 / 6:30 p.m.

ERIE BRANCH LIBRARY
2065 Erie Road • Erie

Join members of the Erie Book Club to discuss this year's selection, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
      
   
    


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Wednesday, March 13 / 7:00 p.m.

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Join members of the Bedford Book Club to discuss this year's selection, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
   
    


One Book, One Community of Monroe County .
Event: Kick-off
Monday, March 18 / 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

LA-Z-BOY CENTER ATRIUM, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

Come and celebrate One Amazing Thing by enjoying one amazing night! This year’s One Book, One Community of Monroe County project will begin with a kick-off event. Festivities will include:

  • Henna painting

    Jen Schafer of Henna Muse will be available from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to apply natural, temporary henna designs on skin.

    Jen is certified by the International Certification for Natural Henna Arts (ICNHA).
  • An Indian dance performance

    Noopur Parekh (dance),  Ruchita Coomar (dance), and Oishi Chakravarti (song) will be performing

  • A yoga and meditation presentation

    Kimberly Searle of Mind Body Balance will be conducting two sessions:

         “Yoga of Sound” at 6:30 p.m. in Room 259
         “Art of Pranayama” (Art of Breathing) at 7:30 p.m. in Room 259

    Kimberly Searle is owner / instructor of Mind Body Balance (Your Global Fitness and Well-being Studio) In Monroe.
  • An interactive storyboard activity, “Degrees of Separation-Have we crossed paths?”
  • A chance for attendees to view the amazing stories of Monroe County residents recorded at MPACT Studios, as well as record their own amazing stories.

Come and join us for an evening of food, fun, door prizes, a Kindle Fire raffle, and more!

 


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Storytime:  “Grandpa Green”
Tuesday, March 19 / 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

DORSCH MEMORIAL BRANCH LIBRARY
18 East Front Street • Monroe

Leaf through this amazing book to discover the story of you. This storytime program is based on the book Grandpa Green by Lane Green, this year’s One Book, One Community of Monroe County Companion Read.
    

One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Lecture and Discussion: The Power of the Narrative Story
Tuesday, March 19 / 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

LA-Z-BOY CENTER – ROOM 259, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

A look at how stories shape our lives and our culture. A discussion about how to tell stories and how to recognize the power of the narrative, with Dan Shaw, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Journalism at Monroe County Community College.

     

     


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Women Storytellers History Fair
Wednesday, March 20 / 11:30 – 1:30 p.m.

LIBRARY LOBBY, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

In celebration of National Women’s History Month 2013 and in conjunction with One Amazing Thing - One Book, One Community of Monroe County, the MCCC Diversity Committee is sponsoring a Women Storytellers History Fair, displaying information regarding women authors, playwrights, screenwriters, artists, poets, and directors. A drawing of a Kindle Fire will be amongst the festivities.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  “Crash”
Wednesday, March 20 / 6:00 p.m.

ELLIS LIBRARY & REFERENCE CENTER
3700 South Custer Road. • Monroe

Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria (Jennifer Esposito), who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis.

Tim Dillon, Associate Professor of English & WAC Coordinator at Monroe County Community College, will moderate a viewing of the 2005 drama film - Crash (rated R).

Crash (2005) - Theatrical Trailer - Lions Gate Films


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Brown Bag Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Thursday, March 21 / 12:30 p.m.

LA-Z-BOY CENTER ATRIUM, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

Join the MCCC community in roundtable discussions of One Amazing Thing.  Led by members of the MCCC English Faculty, participants will explore the important themes of the novel and discuss their relevance in today’s society.  Light Refreshments will be served.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  “Monsoon Wedding”                                  
Monday, March 25 / 6:00 p.m.

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Mira Nair directs this charming family drama about a very chaotic Indian wedding. Lalit Verma (Naseeruddin Shah) is a wealthy father who is trying to see that his daughter Aditi's wedding goes off without a hitch. Though familiar with Western ways, he has little patience with them and is dead set on seeing the nuptials done properly and traditionally. Disillusioned with her long time relationship with Vikram -- a man who is almost twice her age -- Aditi (Vasundhara Das) suddenly agrees to submit to an arranged marriage with Hemant, an engineer from Houston. Yet as the ceremony nears, she gets cold feet and returns to see her former lover -- even though it could spell disaster for everyone involved. Meanwhile, Aditi's comely 17-year-old cousin Ayesha is coming to terms with her blossoming sexuality and has her sights set on Rahul, another relative who is a college student in Australia. Then there is Rai -- also Aditi's cousin -- who has a shocking revelation to make. This film was screened at the 2001 Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. At Venice, Monsoon Wedding won the prestigious Golden Lion award.

Dr. Paul Hedeen, Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences Division at Monroe County Community College, will moderate a viewing of the 2001 comedic romance - Monsoon Wedding (rated R).

Monsoon Wedding (2001) - Theatrical Trailer - USA Films


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Cultural Night and Book Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Tuesday, March 26 / 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

MEADOW MONTESSORI SCHOOL
1670 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

This event will include cultural activities and discussions surrounding this year's selection, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. The public is welcome to attend.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Meet the Author - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Wednesday, March 27 / 7:00 p.m.

MEYER THEATER – LA-Z-BOY CENTER, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

Chitra Divakaruni will elaborate on the themes that inspired One Amazing Thing. She will also share excerpts from her newest novel, Oleander Girl. A book signing will follow. A limited number of Ms. Divakaruni’s books will be available for purchase.

 


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Brown Bag Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Thursday, March 28 / noon – 1:00 p.m. 

WHITMAN CENTER CAMPUS ATRIUM, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE  
7777 Lewis Avenue • Temperance

Join the MCCC community in roundtable discussions of One Amazing Thing.  Led by Cheryl Johnston, Assistant Professor of English & Reading at Monroe County Community College, participants will explore the important themes of the novel and discuss their relevance in today’s society.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Storytelling Performance: "Malls and Malarkey" with Yvonne Healy
Tuesday, April 2 / 11:00 a.m.

LA-Z-BOY CENTER ATRIUM, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

Pull up a chair and get ready to be tickled and touched by these mostly true stories from an Irish and American humorist. Enjoy the perfect blend of Irish whimsy, Midwest nice and New York City pizzazz in this “ honest, humorous and passionate” one-person show. You’ll leave inspired to carve out more time to share your own stories with others and to discover the hidden gems in your own community.  For more information, visit www.YHealy.com.

   
This activity is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council
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One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Storytelling Workshop: Yvonne Healy
Tuesday, April 2 / 3:00 p.m.

ROOMS 271 and 272 - LA-Z-BOY CENTER, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

This storytelling workshop, conducted by performer and educator Yvonne Healy, teaches storytelling and performing skills to teens and adults. Adults and teen enjoy developing their own innate skills through Yvonne’s innovative combination of theatre games and other interactive exercises. Participants are asked to bring anecdotes to the workshop. For more information, visit www.YHealy.com.
     

This activity is funded in part by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.

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One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Storytelling: A Panel Discussion with Media Experts
Tuesday, April 2 / 7:00 p.m.

LA-Z-BOY CENTER ATRIUM, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

Join expert storytellers from television, novels, newspapers, blogs and more for a discussion on how to tell stories that make a difference. Get advice from the experts, or just enjoy a fascinating evening of storytelling about storytelling.

The event is sponsored by The Agora, the MCCC student newspaper and will be moderated by editor Nicki Kostrzewa.

Panelists include:

Rebecca Regnier, reporter and social media expert for ABC Channel 13 in Toledo. She is also a columnist for The Monroe Evening News, blogger on food and diet issues and the author of “Your Twitter Diet.”

Brent Snavely, a business report­er for the Detroit Free Press who covers the automotive industry, including Chrysler, Fiat and the United Auto Work­ers. Last year, he won the Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism, for his coverage of UAW contract talks with General Motors.

Dr. Paul Hedeen, a poet and novelist who was named dean of the MCCC Humanities and Social Sciences Division in 2012. He has published more than 100 poems in journals and fine arts newsletters, a book of poems and a novel. He recently finished his second novel.

Lois Sprengnether Keel, a profes­sional storyteller, who features stories “from around the world and back through time,” including a large reper­toire of folk tales or reenactments of history as seen by the average person. Her programs are sometimes enriched by puppets, sign language, or music.


     


   

One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Survivor Stories
Wednesday, April 3 / 4:00 p.m.

NAVARRE BRANCH LIBRARY
1135 E 2nd Street • Monroe

Test your survival skills and share your amazing stories. Children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend.  Participants must register by calling 734-241-5577 or by going online.

   
     


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  “Magnolia”                                                              
Wednesday, April 3 / 6:00 p.m.

ELLIS LIBRARY & REFERENCE CENTER
3700 South Custer Road. • Monroe

In a single day in Los Angeles, a number of interconnected lives are changed forever. A lonely police officer (John C. Reilly) falls in love with a disturbed cocaine addict (Melora Walters). Her father (Philip Baker Hall), the host of the game show "What Do Kids Know?" has terminal cancer and tries to make amends for his past mistakes. A former champion of the show (William H. Macy) struggles to find love while the current champion (Jeremy Blackman) suffocates under the pressures of being a boy genius. An elderly man (Jason Robards) lies on his deathbed, tended by nurse Phil Parma (Philip Seymour Hoffman), while his trophy wife (Julianne Moore) wrestles with grief and guilt, and his estranged son (Tom Cruise), an infomercial host.  Throughout all of this, past deeds are lamented and strange forces loom in the air.

Bill Reiser, Ellis Library Branch Manager, Monroe County Library System will moderate a viewing of the 1999 drama film - Magnolia (rated R). 

Magnolia (1999) – Theatrical Trailer – Screenplay Production


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  “Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World”
Wednesday, April 3 / 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

MEYER THEATER – LA-Z-BOY CENTER, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

This 2012 ninety-minute documentary film takes audiences on an epic journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history. It explores themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color and Water and presents the stories behind many great masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture.  Narrated by Academy Award winning performer Susan Sarandon, this dazzling documentary reveals the variety and diversity of Islamic art.

It provides a window into Islamic culture and brings broad insights to the enduring themes that have propelled human history and fueled the rise of world civilization over the centuries. Executive Producers Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer and Produced and Directed by Robert Gardner.

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2012) – Theatrical Trailer – Unity Productions Foundation
   

The Bridging Cultures Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County                    
Book Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Thursday, April 4 / 10:30 a.m.

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Join members of the Bedford A.M. Book Club to discuss this year's selection, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

      


   

One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Survivor Stories
Thursday, April 4 / 1:00 p.m.

DUNDEE BRANCH LIBRARY
144 E. Main Street • Dundee

Test your survival skills and share your amazing stories. Children ages 8 and up are welcome to attend.  Participants must register by calling 734-529-3310 or by going online.

     


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Share Your Story: Bring Your One Amazing Artifact
Friday, April 5 / 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

MONROE COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM
126 S. Monroe Street • Monroe

The Monroe County Historical Museum and Edmund La Clair, Assistant Professor of History at Monroe County Community College, invites our community to visit them and bring an object of importance to you, your family, or community.  Museum staff will help you write a description of your "one amazing thing" and put it on display at the museum for you, your friends, your family and community. Artifacts will be displayed for a week (April 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, and 13 during Museum hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Poetry and Storytelling Night                            
Tuesday, April 9 / 7:00 p.m.

ROOM 8 - CAMPBELL LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

Join the MCCC Writing Fellows and share your favorite poem or tell your favorite story.  Prizes will be awarded to the best readers and storytellers.

     
     

     
     


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  “A Passage to India”                                                              
Wednesday, April 10 / 6:00 p.m.

ELLIS LIBRARY & REFERENCE CENTER
3700 South Custer Road. • Monroe

A Passage to India, director David Lean's final film (for which he also received editing credit), breaks no new ground cinematically, but remains an exquisitely assembled harkback to such earlier Lean epics as Doctor Zhivago and Ryan's Daughter. Based on the novel by E. M. Forster, the film is set in colonial India in 1924. Adela Quested (Judy Davis), a sheltered, well-educated British woman, arrives in the town of Chandrapore, where she hopes to experience "the real India". Here she meets and befriends Dr. Aziz (Victor Banerjee), who, despite longstanding racial and social taboos, moves with relative ease and freedom amongst highborn British circles. Feeling comfortable with Adela, Aziz invites her to accompany him on a visit to the Marabar caves. Adela has previously exhibited bizarre, almost mystical behavior during other ventures into the Indian wilderness: this time, she emerges from the caves showing signs of injury and ill usage. To Aziz' horror, he is accused by Adela of raping her. Typically, the British ruling class rallies to Adela's defense, virtually convicting Aziz before the trial ever begins. Though he is eventually acquitted due to lack of evidence (in fact, director Lean never shows us what really happened), Aziz is ruined in the eyes of both the British and his own people-as is Adela. Woven into these proceedings is a subplot involving Adela's elderly travelling companion Mrs. Moore (Peggy Ashcroft), who through a series of plot twists too complex to describe here becomes a heroine of the Indian Independence movement.  A Passage to India was nominated for several Academy Awards, scoring wins in the categories of Best Supporting Actress (Peggy Ashcroft) and Best Original Score (Maurice Jarre).

Dr. Bill McCloskey, Professor of English at Monroe County Community College will moderate a viewing of the 1985 drama film - A Passage to India (rated R).

A Passage to India (1985) - Theatrical Trailer - Unity Productions Foundation


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Thursday, April 11 / 6:30 p.m.

IDA BRANCH LIBRARY
3016 Lewis Avenue • Ida

Join members of the Bedford Book Club to discuss this year's selection, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.

     


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Closing Event: Indian / Asian Buffet                               
Friday, April 12 / 5:00 p.m.        

DINING ROOM - AUDREY M. WARRICK STUDENT SERVICES / ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

The MCCC Culinary Arts students will prepare a lavish buffet of authentic Indian/Asian dishes.  Reservations are required. Tickets for this event are currently available at the MCCC Cashier or by calling 734-384-4231.  Cost $20.00 per person.

     

     
      


One Book, One Community of Monroe County                    
Book Discussion:  “One Amazing Thing” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni 
Tuesday, April 16 / 6:30 p.m.

RASEY MEMORIAL BRANCH LIBRARY
4349 Oak Drive • Luna Pier

Join members of the Luna Pier Book Club to discuss this year's selection, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.