Dearborn Heights and Dearborn library patrons can enjoy a couple of arts activities over the next couple of evenings at the Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George St. (located across from Dearborn Heights City Hall, four blocks west of Telegraph Road and two blocks north of Ford Road).
From 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Caroline Kennedy Library will show the “Big Read Movie.” The movie, A Lesson Before Dying (starring Don Cheadle, Cicely Tyson and Makhi Phifer), is based on Ernest Gaines’ novel. The story is about a proper and educated schoolteacher named Grant Williams. He agrees to defend an illiterate black man falsely accused of murder in segregated 1940s Louisiana.
The library is partnering with the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency in The Big Read program, which organized the topics for the program for this year. The book which the movie is based on was one of the works to be discussed in The Big Read. Caroline Kennedy Library Supervising Librarian Lynn Skazalski confirmed the book is part of the Caroline Kennedy Library’s book collection.
“In fact, as part of the Big Read, our book discussion group talked about the book last Thursday, before the movie,” she said. “The film is a made-for-TV movie, and they decided to make it based on the success of the book.”
Besides the book which the Feb. 17 movie showing is based on, Skazalski said, another book chosen by Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency for the Caroline Kennedy Library to tackle as part of The Big Read was the children’s book, Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon. The library also had special The Big Read events scheduled in connection with that book, she said, which which have already been completed.
The event the next night will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, a fun evening of folding fabric pieces and transforming them into a flower pin. Barbara Fricano of the Material Girls Shop (a Dearborn business) will be leading a class on using a Japanese technique called kanzashi. All supplies will be provided (while traditional kanzashi is done with silk fabrics, cotton will be used in the kanzashi class).
“This is the first time Barbara Fricano has come here, though we’ve have had craft classes for adults in the past,” Skazalski said.
This craft program is strictly for adults this time, not children, she added. Registration in advance for the Feb. 18 class at (313) 791-3800 would be appreciated.
For any further information on all Caroline Kennedy Library programs, call (313) 791-3800 or go to the www.dhcl.michlibrary.org website.