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The Big Read

March 2015

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. JMRL has received a grant from the NEA to provide a BIG READ throughout central Virginia during March 2015.

The Big Read provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community. JMRL invites all book lovers in Central Virginia to participate in this exciting program that will be held throughout March 2015. Read and discuss The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and participate in programs about the book, its themes, and its author.

 

Creating a Nation of Readers

Jhumpa LahirilThe Library's goal is to encourage all residents of central Virginia to read and discuss The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri during this time. There will be many programs discussing the book, Indian culture, and the time period.

Check the catalog for library books and other books by the author. The database literati will have more information about Jhumpa Lahiri.

What's in a name? For Gogol Ganguli, American-born of Bengali parentage bearing a Russian writer's surname, this question is neither easily answered nor easily dismissed. Straddling two generations, two cultures, and with two first names, Gogol moves through life with a sense he never quite fits in. His quiet angst and personal questioning almost derail him, careening like the train that links him to his father and his destiny, from relationship to relationship. Jhumpa Lahiri's understated exploration of identity and cultural assimilation in The Namesake illuminates for us all the question "Who am I?",while bringing alive the colors, flavors, and textures of immigrant Indian life in America.

BOOK KITS

Book groups can check out 10 copies of The Namesake at once, along with readers' guides and bonus information. Call 434.979.7151 x404 or email bigread@jmrl.org for more information.

BOOK GROUPS - Adult

Monday, March 2, 7 pm
Crozet Library
MONDAY NIGHT BOOK GROUP

Thursday, March 5, 7 pm
Greene County Library
THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Tuesday, March 9, 1 pm
Scottsville Library
SCOTTSVILLE LIBRARY BOOK GROUP

Wednesday, March 11, 7 pm
Gordon Avenue Library
WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP
Piedmont Virginia Community College professor Dr. Benjamin Sloan will be on hand to facilitate the discussion.

Thursday, March 12, noon
Central Library
BROWN BAGGERS BOOK CLUB

Tuesday, March 17, 7 pm
Central Library
BLACK AUTHORS READING GROUP

Wednesday, March 18, 7 pm
Northside Library
WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

Tuesday, March 24, 7 pm
Louisa County Library
TUESDAY EVENING DISCUSSION GROUP

Monday, March 23, noon
Nelson Memorial Library
BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

BOOK GROUPS - Teens & Tweens

Read and discuss tween and teen books related to The Namesake at participating branches. Contact branches for required registration. Look for full descriptions and details on the JMRL Teen website.

Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth
March 17, 4 pm Central Library (grades 4-7)
March 17, 7 pm Scottsville Library (grades 6-12)
March 19, 3:30-5 pm Greene County Library (grades 4-8)
March 26, 4 pm Northside Library (best for grades 4 and 5)
March 28, 2 pm Crozet Library (grades 3-5)

Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth
March 30, 6-7 pm Northside Library (ages 11-14)

Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth
March 24, 6-7:30 pm Crozet Library (grades 6-12)
March 30, 7:15-8:15 pm Northside Library (ages 14-18)

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
March 9, 6-7:30 pm Crozet Library (grades 6-9)

Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck March 18, 4:30 pm Central Library (ages 13 and up)

FAMILY PROGRAMS

  • Gordon Avenue Library: Wednesday, February 25, 3-5 pm
    MAKE IT AND TAKE IT: RANGOLI SAND ART
    Rangoli is a garland of colors created by drawing geometrical and symmetrical designs. In India, these beautiful color-filled designs are created to mark special celebrations and events. Use colored sand to create your own art piece.
  • Crozet Library: Friday, February 27, 10:30 am
    IT'S BIN FUN: SENSORY PLAY FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
    Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play to engage the senses. Children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Inspired by Holi, the Indian festival of colors, the materials will be especially vibrant. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6-36 months. Requested registration begins February 9. Drop-ins welcome.
  • At Participating Branches: March 1-31
    THE NAME GAME: A BIG READ SCAVENGER HUNT
    What’s in a name? The clues to solve a puzzle. Go on a hunt in the library for some outstanding names. Use the Dewey Decimal System, follow the clues to the shelves, and collect all five pieces to turn in for your prize.
  • Northside Library: March 1-31
    FAMILY LEGO CHALLENGE
    Showcase your designs and creativity. Visit Northside Library each week to get your challenge card. Build your design at home with your LEGO bricks, take a picture, and email it to northside@jmrl.org. We’ll post pictures to the JMRL Facebook page and let the community vote. Each week, the picture with the most votes will win a prize! All ages.
  • Central Library: Wednesday, March 3, 10:30 am
    COLORFUL SCARVES
    Toss them, wave them, or even wear them in this action-packed class led by Movement Educator Kistra Weih. Ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver. Required registration begins February 18.
  • Gordon Avenue Library : Wednesday, March 4, 3:30 pm
    COLOR COOL
    FIs winter getting a bit gray? Spring is on the way. Holi, one of the most colorful festivals in the world, celebrates the coming of spring. Find new ways to color-up your day. Great activities with crayons, balloons, and other colorful things. Grades K-4. Required registration begins February 18.
  • Nelson Memorial Library: Wednesday, March 4, 4 pm
    LEGO ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATION BUILD
    Famous buildings will inspire us to create our own structures. JMRL will have the LEGO for your next creation. Bring your creativity and imagination. The Library will supply the rest.
  • Central Library: Saturday, March 7, 2 pm
    CHESS SATURDAY
    If you're a chess player or want to learn this game which originated in India, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served, and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Grades 3-7. Required registration begins February 21. Space is limited.
  • Fralin Museum of Art at UVa: Wednesday, March 11, 10 am
    FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN: INDIA
    Start with a book and then go look! Visit The Fralin Art Museum to share stories, music, and movement highlighting art from India. Docents will invite the youngest art patrons to explore the Museum. Stories will help enrich the art experience. Ages 3-5. For registration and more information: email museumoutreach@virginia.edu or call 434-243-2050.
  • Crozet Library: Wednesday, March 11, 3:30 pm
    ASIAN ANIMAL SAFARI
    Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting will take us on an adventure through the continent of Asia. Help seek out clues to identify a special mystery guest by exploring the lands of China, India and beyond. Grades K-5. Required registration begins February 17.
  • Central Library: Thursday, March 12, 4 pm
    LEGO ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATION BUILD
  • Scottsville Library: March 14, 4 pm
    CRAFT PROJECT: PEACOCKS
    Did you know that the peacock is the national bird of India? Create your own beautiful bird out of beads and clay. Grades 1-5. Required registration begins February 25. Limit 12 participants.
  • Central Library: Wednesday, March 18, drop in between 10-11 am
    HANDS-ON COLOR
    Drop-in for perfectly pretty petal painting and celebrate the Holi Festival of Colors with a flowery flourish.
  • Crozet Library: Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 pm
    LOK KATHAYEN: FOLKTALES OF INDIA
    Who can outwit whom? The Monkey or the Crocodile? Find out as we listen to this story and other folktales children in India are likely to hear. Grades K-3. Requested registration begins February 23. Drop-ins welcome.
  • Northside Library: Thursday, March 19, 10:30 am
    LITTLE YOGIS: YOGA FOR KIDS
    Celebrate India and have some bendable fun with a yoga class led by an instructor from Bend Yoga. Activities include games, music, and imaginative play. Ages 2-6. Required registration begins March 5.
  • Northside Library: Thursday, March 19, 4 pm
    RANGOLI ART CLASS
    In India, a rangoli is a colorful design made on the floor near a home's entrance to welcome guests. Learn about rangolis, make one for the Library, and one to take home. Grades K- 5. Required registration begins March 3.
  • Northside Library: Saturday, March 21, 10:30 am
    BOLLYWOOD DANCE (All Ages)
    Join the University of Virginia’s Aaja Nachle: the Bollywood Dance Club in learning some Bollywood dance moves and then dancing! We'll also make Ghungroo Indian anklets to take home. Required registration begins March 4.
  • Scottsville Library: Monday, March 23, 4 pm
    MONDAY AFTERNOON ADVENTURES: GO FLY A KITE
    Decorate and assemble a kite for high flying fun. Grades K-5. Required registration begins March 9. Limit 10 participants.
  • Northside Library : March 25, 4 pm
    CHESS CHALLENGE
    Join the Playing ACES Chess Club to learn about the history of chess in India with a Jeopardy challenge game and then play chess while enjoying snacks and drinks. Grades 3-8. Required registration begins March 11. Due to Northside’s move, please check for updates.
  • Central Library : Thursday, March 26, 4:30 pm
    THE ART OF MEHNDI
    Experience the ancient art of mehndi in this hands-on workshop by Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting and Body Art. You'll leave with your own temporary henna design. Grades 5-12. Required registration begins February 23. Limit 10 participants.
  • Scottsville Library : Monday, March 30, 4 pm
    YOGA CLASS TAUGHT BY TAY STRAUSS
    Yoga promotes flexibility and focus. Breathe deeply and learn the joy of yoga. Grades K-5. Required registration begins March 16. Limit 10 participants.

TEEN PROGRAMS

  • At participating library branches: March 1-31
    THE NAME GAME: A BIG READ SCAVENGER HUNT
    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet – right? Follow these clues to track down some outstanding names in YA books. Find all of the clues and win a prize. Grades 6-12.
  • Central Library: Sunday, March 1, 2:00 pm
    TERRACOTTA JEWELRY WORKSHOP
    Join artist Vasantha Reddi as she demonstrates the traditional Indian art of terracotta jewelry making, and make a lovely piece to take with you. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins February 15. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.
  • Central Library: Saturday, March 7, 2:00 pm
    CHESS SATURDAY
    See description under Family Programs.
  • Central Library : Wednesday, March 11, 4:30 pm
    MAKE IT @ THE LIBRARY: ARCHITECTURE CHALLENGE, LEGO & MORE
    Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Start with our monthly project or use supplies on hand to make your own project. Grades 6-12. Drop in.
  • Crozet Library: Monday, March 16, 6:30 pm
    THE ART OF MEHNDI
    Experience the ancient art of mehndi in this hands-on workshop by Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting and Body Art. You’ll leave with your own temporary henna design. Grades 5-12. Required registration begins February 23. Limit 10 participants.
  • Crozet Library: Saturday, March 21, 2 pm
    TEEN MOVIE MATINEE: BRIDE & PREJUDICE (PG-13)
    Bollywood meets Hollywood in this musical comedy based on Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Refreshments served. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins February 27.
  • Northside Library: Tuesday, March 24, 6:30 pm
    TERRACOTTA JEWELRY WORKSHOP
    Join artist Vasantha Reddi as she demonstrates the traditional Indian art of terracotta jewelry making, and make a lovely piece to take with you. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins March 10.
  • Northside Library: Wednesday, March 25 4 pm
    CHESS CHALLENGE
    Join the Playing ACES Chess Club to learn about the history of chess with a Jeopardy challenge game and then play chess while enjoying snacks and drinks. Grades 3-8. Registration required and begins on March 18.
  • Central Library: Wednesday, March 25, 4:30 pm
    WHAT’S UP WEDNESDAYS: MONOGRAM BOTTLE CAP MAGNETS
    Personalize a bottle cap magnet with your name or your nickname. Grades 6-12. Drop in.
  • Central Library: Thursday, March 26, 4:30 pm
    THE ART OF MEHNDI
    See description above. Grades 5-12. Required registration begins March 12.
  • Nelson Memorial Library: Saturday, March 28, 10:30-1:30 pm
    THE BIG READ - YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM
    Visit India on a whirlwind tour with fairy tales, felt elephants, and the movie Bride and Prejudice. Join us for stories, crafts, a movie, and snacks. Grades 6-12. Registration required.
  • Scottsville Library : Tuesday, March 31, 7 pm
    SARIS AND SHALWARS
    Explore India’s various types of dress and the traditions, culture and customs that surround them. Try on outfits and learn to tie a sari. Class taught by Gypsy McMillian. Grades 6-12. Required registration begins March 9. Limit 15 participants.
  • Scottsville Library: Monday, April 6, 7 pm
    FILM: THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY (PG)
    The Kadam family leaves India for France where they open a restaurant directly across the street from Madame Mallory’s Michelin-starred eatery. Adapted from the book by Richard Morais. Grades 6-12. Popcorn will be served.

For questions or if you would like to participate in some way please contact: bigread@jmrl.org

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The Big Read is supported by the Art and Jane Hess Fund of the Library Endowment.