Our 2nd annual Somerville Reads campaign kicks off at the East Branch Library on Saturday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m.! Somerville Reads is a project that promotes literacy and community engagement by encouraging people all over the City to read and discuss the same book. The book that has been selected is The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, a novel that deals with the experiences of the Ganguli family, Indian immigrants adjusting to a new life in America. Copies of the book are available for check out at all Somerville Public Library locations. The kickoff celebration will feature music, dancing by the Somerville High School Nepali Dance Troupe, henna art by Manisha Trevedi, and the opportunity to participate in creating a communal art project, the making of an “immigration quilt” that will illustrate the stories of the people of Somerville. This celebration is free, refreshments will be served, and all are invited to attend. Other program highlights include:
an exhibit of Somerville High School students’ original artwork inspired by The Namesake at the Central Library throughout the month of May. The opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, May 5th from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
a book discussion led by Tufts University English professor Neil Miller on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library
a book discussion led by Joan Sindall on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 p.m. at Porter Square Books (25 White Street, Cambridge)
a tour of Harvard University’s Arthur M. Sackler Museum (485 Broadway, Cambridge) focusing on its collection of South Asian art on Saturday, May 14th at 10:00 a.m.
a talk by Brandeis University professor Harleen Singh on Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Library
a book discussion led by Somerville Public Library librarian Kevin O’Kelly at Sherman Café (257 Washington Street, Somerville), on Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.
A film festival at the Central Library:
* The Namesake, Thursday, May 5th at 6:30 p.m.
* In America, Wednesday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m.
* Hester Street, Thursday, May 26th at 7:00 p.m.
All events are free and open to the public.
More information about Somerville Reads will be coming soon!