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Michigan Holiday Season Memories: Up Grand River Avenue and Beyond

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Tuesday, December 6
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Co-authors Jon Milan and Gail Offen invite you to join them on a pictorial tour of seasonal highlights throughout the state – past and present! Revisit Hudson’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the arrival of Santa and share breakfast at Crowley’s with old Saint Nick. Visit the animated windows along Woodward Avenue or the Automotive-themed, holiday tree-lined corridors of the Ford Rotunda. Take Candlewalks in old Frankenmuth, tour the Dutch Market in Holland, or go to America’s tallest singing Christmas tree in Muskegon. Join the authors as they peek through the frosty windows of family memories with archival photos and film footage that celebrates nearly 100 years of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s cheer. No registration required.

NOTE: This program was moved to JFK from CKL with a time change.

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One-Dish Dinners

Caroline Kennedy Library
Thursday, December 1
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Culinary instructor Mary Spencer returns to help during the busy holiday season by offering one-dish dinners.  She will demonstrate and provide samples of Skillet Shrimp Destin and Santa Fe Chicken Skillet.

This program is intended for adults and registration is required due to limited space.
To register, send an email to
or call the Caroline Kennedy circulation desk at 313-791-3800.

Ongoing Community Services

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ESL Conversation Classes

Caroline Kennedy Library
September 20 through December 15
Tuesdays  10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Thursdays  1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Improve your English and meet new people at free, drop-in classes.  All skill levels and languages are welcome.

Questions? Contact Lynn Skazalski at (313) 791-3824.

Genealogy Help

Caroline Kennedy Library & John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Times and dates vary; please refer to our calendar for detailed schedule information.

Interested in exploring your family's past? Members of the Dearborn Genealogical Society will be available on-site to help you research your family using and other websites.

Book Clubs

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Fireside Book Chats

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
First Monday of the month, October - June*
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

*Fireside Book Chats will not meet in January

Join us for our Fireside Book Chats at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library.  Our book club meets the first Monday of the month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Copies of each book will be available at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library one month prior to the discussion.  Refreshments will be served.

Please contact the the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library circulation desk at 313-791-6050 with questions.

October 3
The Younger Wife by Sally Hepworth

November 7
Tin Camp Road by Ellen Airgood

December 5
In Cheap We Trust by Lauren Weber

No meeting scheduled

February 6
The Diamond Eye by Kate Quinn

April 3
Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus

May 1
The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Pemmer

June 5
Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel

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Non-Fiction Book Club

Caroline Kennedy Library
Third Wednesday of the month, September - May
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Feel free to join us as we explore the best that non-fiction reading has to offer.  Meetings will be at the Caroline Kennedy Library from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month from September through May.  Stop by the circulation desk a month or so before each meeting to pick up a copy of the book that will be discussed.

Please contact the the Caroline Kennedy circulation desk at 313-791-3800 with questions.

September 21
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson

October 19
Defying Hitler: The Germans Who Resisted Hitler by Gordon Thomas

November 16
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres Resendez

December 21
The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" Rescued his Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits by Les Standiford

January 18
The Answer Is...: Reflection on My Life by Alex Trebek

February 15
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

March 15
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea by Charles Seife

April 19
The Selling of the Babe: The Deal that Changed Baseball and Created a Legend by Glenn Stout

May 17
Topsy: The Starling Story of the Crooked-Tailed Elephant, P.T. Barnum, and the American Wizard, Thomas Edison by Michael Daly

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Fiction Ignition Book Club

Caroline Kennedy Library
Second Monday of the month, September - May
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join us for our Fiction Ignition Book Club for adults at the Caroline Kennedy Library.  Our book club meets on the second Monday of the month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. so you can choose the time that works best for you!  Stop by a month or so before the next meeting to pick up a copy of the book at the circulation desk.

Please contact Jason Stanley, Librarian, at 313-791-3800 with questions.

September 12
Jaws by Peter Benchley

October 10
The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty

November 14
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

December 12
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

January 9
To Build a Fire (short story) by Jack London

February 13
The Soulmate Equation by Christine Lauren

March 13
The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica

April 10
Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

May 8
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman