ONE BOOK, ONE COMMUNITY OF MONROE COUNTY - 2014

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MARCH 2014

One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Monroe CountyExhibit: Moving to Monroe County

Various OBOC event locations and dates

The Monroe County Historical Museum will present the exhibit, “Moving to Monroe County”, a companion to One Book, One Community of Monroe County 2014. “Moving to Monroe County”  is a small, travelling panel exhibit about immigration and emigration to Monroe County during the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.
  


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Tuesday, March 4 / 6:30 p.m.

DUNDEE BRANCH LIBRARY
144 E. Main Street • Dundee

Join members of the Dundee Library Book Club to discuss this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Inaugural Celebrity Waiter Night
Monday, March 10 / 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

LA FIESTA CANTINA AND RESTAURANT
11191 Telegraph Road • Erie

The inaugural OBOC Celebrity Waiter Night offers a night of dining, and “fun raising” to benefit the OBOC Reading Project. Hosted by local celebrities, who perform as servers for their guests, the hilarity ensues when servers compete to earn the most tips. Plan on joining us for dinner or perhaps you would like to become a celebrity waiter and host a table. Click here for more information. 100% of the tip proceeds go to support the OBOC Reading Project.

5:00 p.m. Server Training
5:30 p.m.  Guests arrive and cocktails
6:00 – 8/9:00 p.m. Dinner is served


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Monday, March 10 / 6:30 p.m.

ERIE BRANCH LIBRARY
2065 Erie Road • Erie

Join members of the Erie Library Book Club to discuss this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Tuesday, March 11 / 1:00 p.m.

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Join members of the Sunny Side Up Book Club to discuss this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Wednesday, March 12 / 7:00 p.m.

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Join members of the PM Book Club to discuss this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Thursday, March 13 / 6:30 p.m.

IDA BRANCH LIBRARY
30161 Lewis Avenue • Ida

Join members of the Ida Library Book Club to discuss this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Fiesta Night, One Book, One Community Kick-Off
Wednesday, March 19 / 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

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

Come and enjoy a fun-filled, family-friendly and free Fiesta Night inspired by this year’s book The Distance Between Us.

This year’s One Book, One Community of Monroe County project will begin with a kick-off event. Festivities will include: Refreshments, music, Book Swap, paper crafts, Moving to Monroe exhibit, citizenship test, door prizes, Kindle Fire raffle and an innovative performance by Magical Rain Theaterworks at 7:00 p.m. in the Meyer Theater.

Magical Rain Theaterworks creates an energetic performance of Latino stories, jests and words of wisdom and wit. Latino fondness for fiestas & family, and admiration for courage and cleverness emerge in stories of traps and tricksters, animals, food, and the marvelous oddness of everyday life.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Book Swap
Thursday, March 20 / 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

ADMINISTRATION BUILDING – BLDG. A (OUTSIDE ADMISSIONS OFFICE) • MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

Have a book? Leave a book.  Want a book? Take a book.

If you do not have any books to donate but would like to give a book a new home, please consider leaving a cash donation to help support future One Book, One Community programs.

One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  Food for the Ancestors
Thursday, March 20 / 7:00 p.m.

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Food for the Ancestors is a culinary-history exploration of Days of the Dead (Dias de los Muertos), Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life that still exist there. All of these seen through Mexican cuisine. The program is set in the state of Puebla because it is also a place where the contrasts between new and old are vividly seen. Puebla, also, might be Mexico's greatest culinary state, for it was here that the greatest of all Mexican dishes was born, mole poblano. It's also a place where some of the most ancient prehispanic foods are still eaten --- insects such as the much beloved chapulines (grasshoppers).  http://www.pbs.org/foodancestors/.  

Dr. Terri Kovach, Reference/Technical Services Librarian and Adjunct Professor at Monroe County Community College, will moderate a viewing of this PBS documentary (60 minutes). Monroe County Community College Culinary students will provide light snacks.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Tour: “Art of the Spanish Speaking World”
Saturday, March 22 / 1:00 p.m.*

DETROIT INSTITUTE OF ART
5200 Woodward Avenue • Detroit

Reservations for docent tour:  734-384-4153 by March 15, 2014.  Museum admission fees apply.
 
We will be seeing works from Mexican artists; focusing on the Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” murals, and then also looking at some works by Picasso, and Velasquez, and Miro. This docent-led tour will be conducted by Professor Emerita, Ann Orwin.

* Tour will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. from the Farnsworth Street lobby.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  Food for the Ancestors
Monday, March 24 / 2:00 p.m.

C-3, CAMPBELL LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER LITTLE THEATER • MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

Food for the Ancestors is a culinary-history exploration of Days of the Dead (Dias de los Muertos), Mexican traditions and ancient ways of life that still exist there. All of these seen through Mexican cuisine. The program is set in the state of Puebla because it is also a place where the contrasts between new and old are vividly seen. Puebla, also, might be Mexico's greatest culinary state, for it was here that the greatest of all Mexican dishes was born, mole poblano. It's also a place where some of the most ancient prehispanic foods are still eaten --- insects such as the much beloved chapulines (grasshoppers).  http://www.pbs.org/foodancestors/

Dr. Terri Kovach, Reference/Technical Services Librarian and Adjunct Professor at Monroe County Community College, will moderate a viewing of this PBS documentary (60 minutes). Monroe County Community College Culinary students will provide light snacks.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: International Studies Club Cultural Night
Monday, March 24 / 7:30 p.m.

LA FIESTA CANTINA AND RESTAURANT
102 Tecumseh Street • Dundee

The Monroe County Community College International Studies Club will be hosting its second Cultural Experience Evening of the school year in conjunction with OBOC.  There will be food, music and other cultural displays.  This event is open to the public.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Women Immigrants in History Fair
Tuesday, March 25 / 11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

CAMPBELL LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER LOBBY • MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

In celebration of National Women’s History Month 2014 and in conjunction with The Distance Between Us - One Book, One Community, the MCCC Diversity Committee is sponsoring a Women Immigrants in History Fair, displaying information regarding notable women who have immigrated to America. A drawing of a Kindle Fire will be amongst the activities.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Meet the Author – Reyna Grande
Wednesday, March 26 / 7:00 p.m.

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

Reyna Grande will elaborate on the stories that inspired her memoir, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir. She will also share insights about her writing career and the challenges of writing a memoir. A book signing will follow. A limited number of Ms. Grande’s book, The Distance Between Us will be available for purchase.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Brown Bag Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Thursday, March 27 / 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

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

Join the Monroe County Community College (MCCC) community in roundtable discussions of The Distance Between Us: A Memoir. Led by the MCCC Humanities’ teaching faculty, participants will explore the important themes of the memoir and discuss their relevance in today’s society. Light refreshments will be served.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  Spanglish
Sunday, March 30 / 1:30 p.m.

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

John Clasky (Adam Sandler) is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have afforded his family (Tia Leoni, Cloris Leachman) a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new housekeeper, Flor (Paz Vega), who has recently immigrated to L.A. from Mexico, and is trying to find a better life for her remarkable daughter, Cristina (Shelbie Bruce), who is rapidly embracing the American way of life. When Flor and Cristina move in with the Claskys for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter's soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous... especially when you're being embraced by an affluent, eccentric American family.

Dr. Paul Hedeen, Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences Division at Monroe County Community College, will moderate a viewing of the 2004 Dramatic Comedy - Spanglish (rated PG-13). Length: 2 hours 10 minutes.  Complimentary movie candy and soft drinks will be available at this viewing.

 


Spanglish (2004) – Theatrical Trailer – Columbia Pictures
APRIL 2014

One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Panel Discussion: Immigration Reform: A Family Issue
Tuesday, April 1 / 7:00 p.m.

LA-Z-BOY CENTER ATRIUMMONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

In The Distance Between Us, Reyna Grande gives personal testimony to how families are torn apart by our current immigration policies. From the halls of Congress to living rooms in Monroe, U.S. policies on immigration have become one of America’s most hotly debated topics. It will be one of the main issues when Americans vote in mid-term elections this fall. Meanwhile, millions of families live in uncertainty, often with parents and children separated.

A panel of experts, ranging from legal and political experts to Monroe County residents who emigrated from Mexico themselves, will discuss Immigration Reform, with particular emphasis on how families are affected. The panel discussion is sponsored by The Agora, the student newspaper at MCCC.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Book Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Thursday, April 3 / 10:30 a.m.

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Join members of the AM Book Club to discuss this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Passport to Mexico
Thursday, April 3 / 4:30 p.m.

NAVARRE BRANCH LIBRARY
1135 E 2nd Street • Monroe

Pack your bags, we're headed to Mexico! Join us as we learn about life in Mexico for kids. We'll play authentic games and maybe even make some art.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Event: Genealogy 101
Thursday, April 3 / 7:00 p.m.

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

Every family has an arrival story but over time, these stories often become distorted or even forgotten.  What then?  What do you do to uncover the truth about your family's journey?  Genealogy 101 will introduce the tools and resources that will help you recreate your family's story.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Lecture: Ever Hear of Tazewell? Monroe's Kentucky Immigrants
Saturday, April 5 / 1:00 p.m.

MONROE COUNTY LABOR HISTORY MUSEUM
Phillip Murray Building • 41 West Front Street • Monroe

Professor of History Edmund La Clair will give a brief presentation on the Great Migration of the early 20th century, and explain how the United States highway system and a single tank of gas made Monroe and Michigan a focal point for southern migrants.

This lecture is for everyone, but if you have a Tazewell connection please contact Professor La Clair at elaclair@monroeccc.edu and considering sharing your family migration story before the lecture.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Film Series:  A Better Life
Sunday, April 6 / 2:00 p.m.

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

Carlos is an undocumented Mexican immigrant who works as a gardener tending the lawns of Los Angeles residents who are rich, especially from his point of view. He lives from hand to mouth and day to day in a tiny house whose garden is used to raise starter plants for his clients. His wife left some years ago, and he raises his 15-year-old son, Luis, by himself. In "A Better Life," these two men are being pulled apart by life in America. Carlos (Demian Bichir) keeps a low profile, works hard, and holds traditional values. Luis (Jose Julian) hasn't joined a gang in his neighborhood yet, but that would seem to be his trajectory. Carlos struggles to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents while trying to give his son the opportunities he never had.

Tim Dillon, Associate Professor of English and Writing Center Director at Monroe County Community College, will moderate a viewing of the 2011 Drama – A Better Life (rated PG-13). Length: 98 minutes. Complimentary movie candy and soft drinks will be available at this viewing.
   

A Better Life (2011) – Theatrical Trailer – Summit Entertainment

One Book, One Community of Monroe County
Closing Event: Mexican Buffet                               
Friday, April 11 / 5:00 p.m.        

STUDENT SERVICES / ADMINISTRATION BUILDING DINING ROOM • MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

The Second-Year Culinary Arts Students of MCCC, along with Chef Kevin Thomas and Chef Vicki La Valle, will prepare a lavish buffet of authentic Mexican dishes.  Tickets for this event are available at the MCCC Cashier (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday –Friday) or by calling (734) 384-4272.  Cost $20.00 per person. Click here for additional information.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County                    
Book Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Tuesday, April 15 / 6:30 p.m.

RASEY MEMORIAL BRANCH LIBRARY
4349 Oak Drive • Luna Pier

Join members of the Luna Pier Library Book Club to discuss this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.


One Book, One Community of Monroe County                    
Book Discussion:  The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande
Monday, April 28 / 7:00 p.m.

CARLETON BRANCH LIBRARY
1444 Kent Street • Carleton

Join members of the Carleton Library Book Club to discuss this year's selection, The Distance Between Us: A Memoir by Reyna Grande.