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 humanity.
“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,” Hanna-Attisha said. “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.”
“I could not put this book down,” said Ceci Marlow, library director. “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, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Oct. 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 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24. Join us for a screening of the film Something in the Water – The Flint Water Crisis 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, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 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 – 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8. 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 Sept. 24 and this discussion at WWW.CROMAINE.ORG or call (810) 632-5200.
Win a copy of “What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City.” Scroll down and leave a comment. The winner will be chosen at random on Oct. 1, 2019.