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WITH VIDEO: Tom Sawyer Comes to Hartland

Cromaine Library kicked off its Big Read Event this weekend. Register now for more events through April.

launched its 4th Big Read program in celebration of Tom Sawyer with a Kick-Off Event on Saturday at the Village library.

The kick-off event featured strolling musicians, period musical and dance demonstrations, live readings of Tom Sawyer, Encore Youth actors, crafts and ice cream and free copies of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The Dodworth Saxhorn Band performed at the library as well as a free concert at the .

"This is the beginning of an exciting month of fun entertainment, great reading, and an opportunity to bring together the local youth and seniors in our community," Ceci Marlow, Library Director. "Mark Twain will be visiting Hartland for the first time,along with several world famous Mark Twain scholars. We will travel the Mississippi, explore some caves, and find out what it takes to print a 100-year-old manuscript. So much to do, you will not want to miss one event."

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Cromaine Library is one of 76 communities nationwide participating in The Big Read from September 2011-June 2012, and the only group awarded a Big Read Grant in the state of Michigan. From March 31 our community will celebrate The Adventures of Tom Sawyer with a full calendar of events running through April.

Registration is required from some events. Follow the link to view a full calendar for The Big Read at Cromaine Library or follow Cromaine on Facebook for daily updates.

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