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Big Read 2014 ~ Spring Break Youth/Teen Events

Spring Break Youth/Teen Events: 
A 1920s Adventure!
Monday, April 14 through Monday, April 21, 2014
All events require registration and are held at the Village library.
Monday, April 14 at 11:00 am
“The Story of Dr. Dolittle” was written in 1920, Dr. Dolittle could talk to any animal. Come see the animals brought to us by Carousel Acres, including a Bolivian squirrel monkey, a tortoise and talking guinea pigs! 
Tuesday, April 15 at 11:00 am
Mickey was created in 1928. We will show “Steamboat Willie” and other Mickey Mouse short movies. Fresh popcorn and a craft. 
Tuesday, April 15 at 2:00 pm 
You know the songs, so bring your singing voice and a bunch of friends and relive your childhood moments. For grades 7+. 
Wednesday, April 16 at 11:00 am
Bring your loom and learn how to make a Flapper head band with a flower. For ages 6+. 
Wednesday, April 16 at 3:00 pm
Learn the alphabet and basic signs. 
Thursday, April 17 at 11:00 am
Bring your favorite stuffed animal for a tea party. For ages 5+. 
Thursday, April 17 at 3:00 pm 
The Roaring 20s was a wild time. MANY new SOFT drinks were created, including Nehi and Kool-Aid! Teen friendly and healthy drinks will be created, named and consumed. For grades 7+. 
Friday, April 18 at 11:00 am
Come to the library and play games from the 1920s - Chinese Checkers, Mahjong, Sorry, Monopoly, and Crosswords!  Snack on food invented during that era. 
Monday, April 21 at 11:00 am
Winnie the Pooh was written in 1926 but we love him still. Come and enjoy crafts, games and honey treats! 
Monday, April 21 at 3:00 pm
Create a 1920s outfit, or accessory. Only 25% of the outfit needs to be duct tape. Your creation must be modeled by yourself or a friend. Be prepared to explain how you made it and win a prize if you come in 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. 
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and supported by The Friends of Cromaine Library.
Thank you to our sponsors. Without their generous contributions, we couldn’t present these exciting events to our community:
The Friends of Cromaine Library
Thomson-Shore, Inc.
Livingston Daily Press & Argus
Designs for Eyes - Hartland
JKD Group
Five Star Signs, Inc.
And thank you to the bands that have supported our events during this year’s Big Read! 

Big Read 2014 ~ "The Great Gatsby"

“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Kick-off on Saturday, March 29
10:00 am - 2:00 pm @ Cromaine Library
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Live Jazz Music from the Jordan Schug Duo
While supplies last, we’ll give away copies of “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald!
Join us as we kick-off Cromaine’s sixth Big Read series celebrating “The Great Gatsby,” and enjoy a stellar Jazz performances from the Jordan Schug Duo (11 am - 1 pm.) Free copies of “The Great Gatsby” will be distributed, while supplies last, thanks to the Friends of Cromaine. Photo booth costumes, craft tables and contests for all ages. Refreshments will be food and snack items that originated, or were popular in the 1920s. Plus the awards for the Second Annual Cromaine Writing and Illustration contest and unveiling of the new anthology. Drop-in - Village.
All Big Read events are free and open to the public.
Registration is required so that we can ensure enough seating.
Big Read 2014 Jazz Series - scroll down page!
Main Big Read Events!
Monday, March 31 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a screening of the 1974 version starring Robert Redford. Register - Village.
Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 pm
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” provides a glimpse of America’s
Prohibition Era. How did alcohol ever become illegal in a country that consumes so much of it? Why did this “Great Experiment” fail and did any good result from it? Bob Garrett of the Archives of Michigan provides some history to serve as context for Fitzgerald’s work. Register - Village.
Monday, April 7 at 6:30 pm
Local Henry Ford scholar Steven Stanford explains Ford’s desire to retain elements of the past through his educational reforms, rural industries, museum, and even through square dance lessons! Steven will give us new insights into this tinkerer turned titan who grew to regret the impact he had on America. Register - Village.
Monday, April 14 at 6:30 pm
Scott Masi from Brighton Center for Recovery & Eastwood Clinics, will discuss addictions, past and present, and how our society has viewed them through the years. Register - Village.
Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 pm
From the dust and smoke of the nineteenth century, Detroit burst into the national spotlight in the early twentieth century. The automobile business was at full throttle, resulting in a city that grew faster than any other on the continent. Adding to the excitement, national Prohibition created a demand for alcohol that our Canadian neighbors gladly addressed. Rumrunning became the region’s second largest industry. Register - Village.
Friday, April 18 at 6:30 pm
Cromaine presents Jen Thomas as the glamorous, controversial Zelda Fitzgerald. This moving, candid play takes place on the final day of Zelda’s life revealing facets of her fascinating character that so vividly represent the disillusionment and recklessness of the Jazz Era. Register - Village.
Monday, April 21 at 7:00 pm
Join us for a screening of the 2013 version starring Leo DiCaprio.
Register - Village.
Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 pm
Why is “The Great Gatsby” considered by many the great American novel? What is there about the character of Gatsby that makes him the representative great American protagonist? In this talk, Professor Patrick O’Donnell, chair of the English Department at Michigan State University will discuss the many ways in which Fitzgerald’s classic novel continues to speak to us nearly ninety years after its initial publication in 1925. Register - Crossroads.
Monday, April 28 at 6:30 pm
Hartland High School teacher and veteran Paul Scheidler will discuss the impact of returning from war. Register - Village.
Wednesday, April 30 at 7:00 pm
In the first half of the 20th Century, Detroit architect Albert Kahn revolutionized the design of industrial buildings around the world. We will examine his career and the vast legacy of architectural treasures he created for the people of Detroit. Register - Village.
Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 pm
Stiggy’s Dogs provides our military veterans another method of healing through service and companion dogs. Through Stiggy’s programs, they help heal the wounds of war, provide families with new beginnings and raise awareness about the potential of shelter and rescue dogs everywhere. Veterans and their family members are especially encouraged to attend. Register - Village.
Big Read 2014 Jazz Series
Held at the Hartland Music Hall.
Register online to reserve your seat.
Friday, April 4 at 7:00 pm
Big Read 2014’s “The Great Gatsby” sets the book in the period of the Jazz Age with Jazzistry. The 1920s will be highlighted as Jazzistry leads us through the history of jazz from its very beginnings to today. The whole family is invited to attend.
Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 pm
Vocalist Susan Chastain joins the band including string bass, piano, drums and sax.
Friday, April 11 at 7:00 pm
Cromaine’s Jazz series wouldn’t be complete without a performance highlighting the great female artists. Joan Belgrave is an accomplished, amazing singer in her own right, and the combination of great voice and great venue is not to be missed.
Friday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
Join local favorites Premier Big Band as they return to Cromaine to celebrate the Jazz Age!
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and supported by The Friends of Cromaine Library.
Thank you to our sponsors. Without their generous contributions, we couldn’t present these exciting events to our community:
The Friends of Cromaine Library
Thomson-Shore, Inc.
Livingston Daily Press & Argus
Designs for Eyes - Hartland
JKD Group
Five Star Signs, Inc.
And thank you to the bands that have supported our events during this year’s Big Read! 
Big Read Events Flyer! 736.72 KB
Jazz Concert Series228.84 KB
Gatsby Book Discussions141.31 KB

Calling All Teen Volunteers!

The Comaine Library loves our teen volunteers!  We get tons of compliments throughout the year about what a wonderful job our teens do with helping out with programs, the Friends of the Library booksales and other library events.  Anyone in 7th through 12th grade can be a volunteer, even if you have never done it before!

All of our weekly volunteer slots are filled, but we do have a few openings for special volunteers left.  Special volunteers come in to help with special projects when needed.  This is perfect for someone who has a busy schedule because you can pick and choose which days you want to volunteer.  Also, teens can earn volunteer hours simply by coming to a program at or sponsored by the Cromaine Library.  These include TAB, the Teen Book Club, and any teen or adult program.  Just fill out an application and we'll get you set up!

Even if you volunteered over the summer, you need to fill out a separate application to become a school-year volunteer. Applications are available at the library or upon request via email attachment.  Simply send an email requesting an application to Carolyn at  You can fill it out and send it right back or drop off your filled out application to the Youth Desk.  Check out CromaineTAB on Facebook for updates and volunteer opportunities!

Grant Sweet Memorial Essay Contest 2012 - Winners Announced!

2nd Annual Grant Sweet Memorial Essay Contest 2012


This contest is held both in memory of Grant as well as to honor and respect our veterans. This year we received six essays despite it being opened to the entire county. There were four judges who rate on the meaningful-ness of the essays, not grammar, spelling, or typical writing elements (although it is helpful to understand the words chosen). The essays are read "blind"--that is, the readers do not know who wrote the essay, or their age, high school, or connection to the veteran, unless spelled out in the essay. Our judges included three of our Post's veterans, plus a friend of an active duty soldier in Afghanistan now.
About 25 people attended last night, including Grant's wife Nancy Purtzenski and her sister and brother. We pressed Larry Purtzenski, Nancy's brother, into service as the presenter of the essay medals from the American Legion when our own Post's representative was unable to attend.
Grant's mom was there despite many rounds of chemo in the last six months, along with sister Jody, brother Dean, and other good friends and family.
Jacob Ganzak, a junior at Hartland High School, won first place with an essay about Paul Scheidler, one of HHS' teachers. Jacob won $300 and a gold medal.
Grace Nicholas, a senior at Pinckney High School, won second place with an essay about Jack Stewart with whom she works at Pinckney Community Library. Grace won $200 and a silver medal.
Gabrielle Montesanti, a senior at Howell High School, won third place with an essay about Duane Zemper with whom she works at Howell Carnegie District Library. Gabrielle won $100 and a bronze medal.
This contest could not happen without the gifts of several groups--the Friends of the Cromaine Library, the National Veterans Awareness Organization, the American Legion Post #415 of Hartland, a very generous gift from Anonymous, and individual gifts as well. We are deeply grateful for the impact these groups have had on the young people who took this opportunity to interview a veteran and learn what it means to serve our country.


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Michigan College Access Page

MichiganCAP is a statewide initiative which provides free support for all students and families in Michigan to simplify the process of transitioning from high school to college and career.  Individual registration is free and sets up a unique user profile to most effectively use the portal and its resources.