Events

March 2019

Enemy WomenTuesday, March 5 / 6:30pm – 7:30pm 

DUNDEE BRANCH LIBRARY
144 E. Main Street • Dundee women

Join members of the Dundee Branch Book Club to discuss , written by this year's selected author, Paulette Jiles.

Film Series: The SearchersMonday, March 11 / 6:30pm 

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

In this revered Western, Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) returns home to Texas after the Civil War. When members of his brother's family are killed or abducted by the Comanche, he vows to track down his surviving relatives and bring them home. Eventually, Edwards gets word that his niece (Natalie Wood) is alive, and, along with her adopted brother (Jeffrey Hunter), he embarks on a dangerous mission to find her, journeying deep into Comanche territory. 

The Searchers is an American Technicolor VistaVision Western film directed by John Ford, based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May, set during the Texas Indian Wars. The film was a commercial success, although it received no Academy Award nominations. Since its release, it has come to be considered a masterpiece, and one of the greatest and most influential films ever made. It was named the greatest American western by the American Film Institute in 2008, and it placed 12th on the same organization's 2007 list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time. Entertainment Weekly also named it the best western. The British Film Institute's Sight & Sound magazine ranked it as the seventh best film of all time based on a 2012 international survey of film critics and in 2008, the French magazine Cahiers du Cinémaranked The Searchers number 10 in their list of the top 100 best films ever made. In 1989, The Searchers was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress, and selected for preservation in its National Film Registry; it was in the first cohort of films selected for the registry.

Western/Drama/Adventure/Classics (rated PG) 1956 – 119 minutes.

Dr. Paul Hedeen, Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences Division at Monroe County Community College, will moderate the viewing of this film. Complimentary movie snacks will be available.

Book BreakTuesday, March 12 / 10:00am-11am

ROOM A-173a • AUDREY M. WARRICK STUDENT SERVICES/ADMINISTRATION BUILDING • MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe 

All are welcome to join the MCCC Staff to discuss this year's selection, News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Light refreshments will be served.

Kickoff PosterWednesday, March 13 / 6:00pm – 8:00pm   

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

Round up your family and friends and join One Book, One Community as we officially kick off our 2019 county-wide reading project. 

Join us for music, light refreshments, and family-friendly fun.  Explore Plains Indian artifacts with Gerry Wykes from the Monroe County Museum.    Entries to the One Book, One Community of Monroe County High School Read and Respond Creativity Competition will be displayed. A monetary prize for Best of Show will be awarded before the evening’s event. 

At 7:00 we will move to the Meyer Theater to see a performance by renowned storyteller Genot Picor.  Picor will entertain audience members with a program created specifically for our 2019 book selection, News of the World

Genot PicorGenot Picor has performed throughout Michigan, from Monroe to Ironwood and from Niles to Sault Ste. Marie as a storyteller, musician and folklorist.   He is a listed performer in the 2018-2021 Touring Directory of the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council and is a listed resource for the Historical Society of Michigan.  Genot has taken workshops in voice and movement at the Stratford Festival Theatre, in Stratford, Ontario, and holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts/Interpretive Performance Studies from Eastern Michigan University. He also manages La Compagnie Musical Dance Troupe, which specializes in interactive stories, music and dance from Michigan’s French, Celtic and Maritime history.  A retired public school teacher, Genot is also a feature writer for ‘Smoke and Fire Magazine’, ‘The Great Lakes Pilot’ and ‘The Mackinac Journal’.  Genot uses all his talents to bring an interactive frontier history alive to audiences of all ages.

The evening will also include a used book sale sponsored by the MCCC Writing Fellows before and after the event.  Copies of News of the World by Paulette Jiles and The Captured by Scott Zesch will be available for purchase.  We will cap off the evening with a door prize drawing for a Ring wi-fi enabled video doorbell.

Mark your calendar and join us as we celebrate the 13th year of our community read.

News of the World BookThursday, March 14 / 6:30pm – 8:00pm

IDA BRANCH LIBRARY 
30161 Lewis Avenue • Ida

Join members of the Ida Branch Book Club to discuss this year's selection, News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

ShaneSunday, March 17 / 2:00pm 

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Shane is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film from Paramount Pictures, noted for its landscape cinematography, editing, performances, and contributions to the genre. The picture was produced and directed by George Stevens from a sceenplay by A. B. Guthrie Jr., based on the 1949 novel of the same name by Jack Schaefer. Its Oscar-winning cinematography was by Loyal Griggs. Shane stars Alan Ladd and Jean Arthur in the last feature (and only color) film of her career. The film also stars Van Heflin and features Brandon de Wilde, Jack Palance, Emile Meyer, Elisha Cook Jr., and Ben Johnson. Shane was listed No. 45 in the 2007 edition of  American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies list, and No. 3 on  American Film Institute's 10 Top 10 in the 'Western' category. 

Although never explicitly stated, the basic plot elements of Shane were derived from the 1892 Johnson County War in Wyoming, the archetypal cattlemen–homesteaders conflict. The physical setting is the high plains near Jackson, Wyoming, and many shots feature the Grand Teton massif looming in the near distance. The fictional town and Starrett homestead were constructed for the film near Kelly, in the Jackson Hole valley, and demolished after filming was completed. One vintage structure that appeared briefly in the film, the Ernie Wright Cabin (now popularly referred to by locals as the "Shane Cabin") still stands, but is steadily deteriorating due to its classification as "ruins" by the National Park Service.

Western/Drama/Romance/Classics (rated G) 1953 – 118 minutes.

Rachel Eagle, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Humanities/Social Sciences Division at Monroe County Community College, will moderate the viewing of this film. Complimentary movie snacks will be available.

Gary Cooper - High NoonMonday, March 18 / 6:30pm 

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

High Noon is a 1952 American Western film produced by Stanley Kramer from a screenplay by Carl Foreman, directed by Fred Zinnemann, and starring Gary Cooper. The plot depicted in real time, centers around a town marshal who is torn between his sense of duty and love for his new bride and who must face a gang of deadly killers alone at high noon when the gang leader, an outlaw he sent up years ago, arrives on the noon train. 
Though mired in controversy with political overtones at the time of its release, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won four (Actor, Editing, Music-Score, and Music-Song) as well as four Golden Globe Awards (Actor, Supporting Actress, Score, and Cinematography-Black and White). The award-winning score was written by Russian-born composer Dimitri Tiomkin. 
High Noon was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" in 1989, the NFR's first year of existence. An iconic film whose story partly or completely has been repeated in later film productions, the ending scenes especially inspired a next-to-endless number of later films, including but not just limited to westerns. 

Western/ Action /Drama/Thriller (rated G) 1952 – 85 minutes.

Mark Bergmooser, Assistant Professor of Communications at Monroe County Community College, will moderate the viewing of this film. Complimentary movie snack will be available.

Brown Bag DiscussionTuesday, March 19 / 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

QUIET STUDY AREA - LIBRARY • MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe 

Join the Monroe County Community College community in roundtable discussions of The Capturedled by MCCC Humanities faculty. Participants will discuss this year’s visiting author’s selection by Scott Zesch. Light refreshments will be served.

Scott ZeschWednesday, March 20 / 7:00pm 

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

Scott Zesch’s great-great uncle, Adolph Korn was the 10 year old son of German immigrant farmers in the Texas Hill country. In 1870, he was captured by the Apaches and traded to the Comanches with whom he lived as a tribe member for nearly three years. He was not the only one. Scott Zesch writes about these children in a narrative history, The Captured, that tells the stories of these child captives. 

Books will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation.  This year’s OBOC selection, News of the World by  Paulette Jiles, will also be available for purchase.

Brown Bag DiscussionThursday, March 21 / 12:30pm – 1:30pm 

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

Join the Monroe County Community College community in roundtable discussions of News of the Worldled by MCCC Humanities faculty. Participants will discuss Paulette Jiles novel. Light refreshments will be served.

MCM LogoThursday, March 21 / 7:00pm – 8:30pm

MONROE COUNTY MUSEUM 
126 S. Monroe Street • Monroe 

The deconstruction part happened fast, between December of 1860 and June of 1861.  The generally accepted end of Reconstruction came in March of 1877.  When it began might be a matter of question.  Whether it mattered much to them on a day-by-day basis, it loomed in the background of 1870 Texas while Jefferson Kidd and Johanna Leonberger wended their sometimes-contentious way from Wichita Falls to Castroville.  We are going to try, in less than an hour this evening, to understand a bit about why Reconstruction took so long, what it might, and might not, have accomplished, and why Reconstruction hasn’t had its own sesquicentennial observance. 

Presented by Dr. Bruce Way, Professor of History at the University of Toledo.

The Monroe County Museum is open daily: Sundays, noon to 5pm.; Mondays through Saturdays, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Admission: Monroe County, Michigan Residents: Free (Donations Accepted).
Non-Residents: Suggested donation of $5 per adult, $3 per child/student (5 yrs-17), under 5 years free.

Toledo Museum of ArtSaturday, March 23 / 1:00pm – 2:00pm 

TOLEDO MUSEUM OF ART
2445 Monroe Street • Toledo

Using the book News of the World as inspiration, the staff of the Toledo Museum of Art has created a special hour-long tour for readers of the book. Join the docents as they take participants on a special tour highlighting a variety of art works in the museum’s contemporary collection. The tour is free, but there is an $8 onsite parking fee for non-members. Make reservation by calling Rachel Eagle at (734) 384-4153 by Friday, March 15.

Tour will start promptly at 1:00 p.m. from the main museum entrance (Herrick Lobby).

Panel DiscussionTuesday, March 26 / 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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

The state of journalism is in flux, as consumers turn to social media for information and news organizations are attacked by both sides of an increasingly polarized society. A panel of media experts will discuss the state of news in the world today and perhaps take a peek at the future.

This panel discussion is sponsored by “The Agora”, the student newspaper at MCCC.

The CapturedWednesday, March 27 / 11:00am – 12:30pm 

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Join members of the Bedford Branch Library Just the Facts Book Club to discuss The Captured, this year's visiting author’s selectionby Scott Zesch. 

Native American Women: Culture and ActivitiesWednesday, March 27 / 1:30pm-2:30pm 

ROOM A-173a • AUDREY M. WARRICK STUDENT SERVICES/ADMINISTRATION BUILDING • MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe  

The presentation will reveal how women played a very important role in the life of the Native American. They were more than just mothers of the tribes’ children. The audience will come to understand their various roles and how their strength was essential to the survival of the tribe. Speaker, Jamie Oxendine, will compare women in Native American tribes to the modern woman today.  

Presented by Jamie Oxendine, a Native American Speaker, Writer, Educator, Storyteller, Professional Musician and Civil Rights Activist. He is of Lumbee/Creek Ancestry and a member of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He lectures on Native American culture for schools, universities, and organizations across the United States and performs at Native American ceremonies, celebrations, gatherings and powwows throughout the country. Jamie also serves as the Master of Ceremonies and the Arena Director for many Native American events. He performs and speaks on all aspects of Native American culture at living history events of the 18th & 19th Centuries all across the United States & Canada. 

Jamie is also a successful recording artist with several recordings on the market including the successful CD The Traveler and Citizens of God’s World. He has 3-times been nominated for a NAMMY® Native American Music Award for Best Independent Recording of the Year (2014, 2001, 2000). 

This Women’s History Month event is sponsored by the Monroe County Community College Diversity Committee.

SouthwestFriday, March 29 / 6:00pm

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

The Second Year Culinary Skills and Management Program Students at MCCC, along, with Chef Kevin Thomas and Chef Vicki LaValle, will prepare a lavish Southwestern cuisine buffet. 

Reservations are required. Tickets are available at the MCCC Cashier in Building A (8:00am– 7:00pm Monday and 8:00am – 4:30pm Tuesday through Friday) or by calling (734) 384-4272.  Cost: $20.00 per person. Included are non-alcoholic drinks, salads, appetizers, entrees, side dishes, breads and a pastry display.

True GritSunday, March 31 / 2:00pm 

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

A drunken, hard-nosed U.S. Marshal (John Wayne) and a Texas Ranger help a stubborn teenager track down her father's murderer in Indian territory.

True Grit is a 1969 American western film directed by Henry Hathaway and starring Kim Darby as Mattie Ross and John Wayne as U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. It is the first film adaptation of Charles Portis' 1968 novel of the same name. The screenplay was written by Marguerite Roberts. Wayne won his only Academy Award for his performance in the film and reprised his role for the 1975 sequel Rooster Cogburn

Historians believe Cogburn was based on Deputy U.S. Marshal Heck Thomas, who brought in some of the toughest outlaws. The cast also features Glen Campbell, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Corey and Strother Martin. The title song, sung by Campbell, was also Oscar-nominated. 

Western/Classics (rated G) 1969 – 128 minutes. 

Cheryl Johnston, Professor Emerita at Monroe County Community College and Coordinator of One Book, One Community of Monroe County will moderate the viewing of this documentary. Complimentary movie snack will be available.

April 2019

Little Big ManMonday, April 1 / 6:30pm 

DORSCH MEMORIAL BRANCH LIBRARY
18 E. 1st Street • Monroe

Jack Crabb (Dustin Hoffman), looking back from extreme old age, tells of his life being raised by Native Americans and fighting with General Custer.

Little Big Man is a 1970 American western film directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. While broadly categorized as a western, or an epic, the film encompasses several literary/film genres, including comedy, drama and adventure. It is about a white male child raised by the Cheyenne nation during the 19th century. The film is largely concerned with contrasting the lives of American pioneers and Native Americans throughout the progression of the boy's life. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Chief Dan George, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam, Jeff Corey and Richard Mulligan. 

It is a revisionist Western: Native Americans are depicted sympathetically, and the United States Cavalry are depicted as villains. The revision uses elements of satire and tragedy to examine prejudice and injustice. Little Big Man is an anti-establishment film of the period, indirectly protesting America's involvement in the Vietnam War by portraying the U.S. military negatively. 

In 2014, Little Big Man was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. 

Adventure / Comedy / Drama (rated PG-13) 1970 – 139 minutes.

Mark Bergmooser, Assistant Professor of Communications at Monroe County Community College, will moderate the viewing of this film. Complimentary movie snacks will be available.

Book DiscussionThursday, April 4 / 10:30am – noon

BEDFORD BRANCH LIBRARY
8575 Jackman Road • Temperance

Join members of the Bedford Branch Library A.M. Book Club to discuss this year's selection, News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

DawnlandThursday, April 4 / 3:30pm 

ROOM L-201 • LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING • MONROE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
1555 S. Raisinville Road • Monroe

They were forced to assimilate into white society: children ripped away from their families, depriving them of their culture and erasing their identities. Can reconciliation help heal the scars from childhoods lost? Dawnland: A Story of Stolen Children and Cultural Survival  is the untold story of Indigenous child removal in the US through the nation's first-ever government-endorsed truth and reconciliation commission, which investigated the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on the Wabanaki people. 

Website: http://dawnland.org 
Viewer’s Guide 
Teacher’s Guide

Documentary (Not Rated) 2018 – 54 minutes.

Michele Persin Toll, Assistant Professor of English at Monroe County Community College, will moderate the viewing of this documentary.

Children's ProgramSaturday, April 6 / 10:00am - 11:00am

DORSCH MEMORIAL BRANCH LIBRARY
18 E. 1st Street • Monroe

Come to the library to have a wild time.  Get ready for jumping and barrel racing.  Each child will receive a hobby horse for them to tame. Snacks will also be available. 

Space is limited registration is required - (734) 241-7878

Children's ProgramWednesday, April 10 / 4:00pm - 5:00pm

L.S. NAVARRE BRANCH LIBRARY
1135 E. 2nd Street • Monroe

Come to the library to have a wild time.  Get ready for jumping and barrel racing.  Each child will receive a hobby horse for them to tame. Snacks will also be available. 

Space is limited registration is required - (734) 241-5577