[Michlib-l] Hartland's Cromaine Library invites you to participate in their Great Michigan Read Programming

Stefanie Furge sfurge at cromaine.org
Sat Sep 21 09:49:28 EDT 2019

Cromaine District Library Partners with Michigan Humanities for 2019-20
Great Michigan Read

(Hartland) — Cromaine District Library invites residents to join in
reading What
the Eyes Don’t See, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s riveting account of her
discovery that Flint’s children were being poisoned by lead leaching into
the city’s drinking water. The book is Michigan Humanities’ choice for the
2019-20 Great Michigan Read, which aims to connect Michigan residents by
deepening readers’ understanding of our state, our society, and our

Hanna-Attisha said, “From the resistance of the Flint sit-down strikers to
the reign of demagogue Charles Coughlin, Michigan’s DNA is full of history
– some for good and some bad and some shared and some hidden – which we
must understand in order to address our present-day challenges. Like so
many Michiganders, my story is an immigrant story. It was critical to share
this part of the story in this memoir because it informs how I see the
world and the work that I am privileged to do.”

Library Director Ceci Marlow said, “I could not put this book down. Not
because it was about the Flint Water Crisis which we, in this area
especially, understood so well. It was Hanna-Attisha’s sharing of her
family history and how that led her to become more than a pediatrician. She
became an advocate for her patients, the city, and for a nation that has
since taken a much closer look at water supplies everywhere, particularly
where our children are cared for every day.’

Events at Cromaine Library include:

Unsettled Lives Exhibit – Monday, September 23 through Sunday, October
13. Unsettled
Lives features photos of Iraqi refugees from the Dearborn area. The exhibit
tackles the broad history of immigration over many generations, told
largely through oral history quotes and photographs of refugees who came to
Dearborn/Detroit in the 1990's. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s family stories
enlighten our understanding of Iraqi immigration.

Something in the Water: Screening and Discussion – Tuesday, September 24 at
7:00 pm. Join us for a screening of the film Something in the Water - The
Flint Water Crisis <https://cromaine.kanopy.com/video/something-water> followed
by a discussion about how this happened. Correspondent Rosario Dawson,
actress, writer, producer and political activist, investigates how a
government could poison its own citizens, what hidden forces may have been
at work, and how specific policies unique to Michigan, led not only to the
crisis in Flint but also damaged poor communities around the state.

Wandering Books – Monday, September 30 through Friday, October 4. Hartland's
Cromaine Library in partnership with Michigan Humanities placed "wandering"
copies of the Great Michigan Read 2019 book, "What the Eyes Don't See" by
Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, in public places around the community. Look for
clues to their location via Cromaine's Twitter and Facebook. Will you be
the next to find one? If you find a copy please share your success! Log on
to Bookcrossing.com then “release” the book back into the world for the
next reader to find and enjoy. Drop-in.

Children in Flint: Long-term Impact of the Water Crisis – Tuesday, October
8 at 7:00 pm. Research shows that the adversity we experience as children
can affect us into adulthood. Challenges children face in school, life -
and ultimately with their health - are often the symptoms of ACEs (Adverse
Childhood Experiences) and toxic stress. Join Carrie Shrier as she answers
the question - What Impact do ACE's have to the Children in Flint? Could
this happen here? Register for the film on September 24 and this discussion
at WWW.CROMAINE.ORG or call 810-632-5200.
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