2014 Community Read

2014 5H Community Read 

The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenFault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

If there’s a knock on John Green (and it’s more of a light tap considering he’s been recognized twice by the Printz committee) it’s that he keeps writing the same book: nerdy guy in unrequited love with impossibly gorgeous girl, add road trip. His fourth novel departs from that successful formula to even greater success: this is his best work yet. Narrator Hazel Grace Lancaster, 16, is (miraculously) alive thanks to an experimental drug that is keeping her thyroid cancer in check. In an effort to get her to have a life (she withdrew from school at 13), her parents insist she attend a support group at a local church, which Hazel characterizes in an older-than-her-years voice as a “rotating cast of characters in various states of tumor-driven unwellness.” Despite Hazel’s reluctant presence, it’s at the support group that she meets Augustus Waters, a former basketball player who has lost a leg to cancer. The connection is instant, and a (doomed) romance blossoms. There is a road trip—Augustus, whose greatest fear is not of death but that his life won’t amount to anything, uses his “Genie Foundation” wish to take Hazel to Amsterdam to meet the author of her favorite book. Come to think of it, Augustus is pretty damn hot. So maybe there’s not a new formula at work so much as a gender swap. But this iteration is smart, witty, profoundly sad, and full of questions worth asking, even those like “Why me?” that have no answer. (from Publishers Weekly)

Winner of the 2013 Children’s Choice Teen Book of the Year Award
TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012
#1 New York Times Bestseller
#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller
#1 USA Today Bestseller
#1 International Bestseller
#1 Indie Bestseller

Book Discussion Guide for The Fault in Our Stars

Are you moderating a reading group for the 5H Community Read book, The Fault in Our Fault in Our StarsStars?   Would you like some help with discussion questions? Then you are in luck,  below is a link to LitLovers – A Well-Read Online Community, and their list of discussion questions.  Feel free to use these or post some of your own.

Fault in Our Stars – Discussion Questions from LitLovers

posted by Ron Andrews, Chelsea District Library



2014 Events

5H Community Read Kick-Off Event | Saturday, Sept. 6 10am-2pm | Grass Lake Heritage Days  Drop-In | All Ages 

Fault in Our StarsWe are encouraging the communities of Chelsea, Dexter, Stockbridge, Grass Lake, and Stockbridge to connect with others and read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

Celebrate the good old days, our history, and heritage by visiting us at our booth at the annual Heritage Days Festival in Grass Lake.

Heritage Days Festival, Grass Lake, MI

Heritage Days Festival, Grass Lake, MI

Bring your whole family to the event, pick up your copy of The Fault in Our Stars, sample delicious healthy food, along with some other giveaways, and take part as members from all five healthy communities of Grass Lake, Dexter, Chelsea, Stockbridge, and Manchester gather together to promote health and wellness.

Chelsea 5H Community Read Events

CommunityKitchenThe Healing Harvest

Chelsea Community Kitchen will be presenting two healing foods demonstrations. Our theme will be around satisfying fall comfort foods, with a focus on antioxidant rich harvest favorites, like squash, tomatoes, bell peppers, kale and spinach, that can help to prevent and heal chronic illness. Non-profit Grass Lakes Sanctuary will also host a fundraiser to support their cancer patient support retreats. Special musical guests will also be accompanying the food demonstrations.

Chelsea Farmers Market | Saturday, October 4 | 8am-12pm ChelseaFarmersMarket
Palmer Auto Parking Lot | Drop-In | All Ages
Downtown on Main St., at the public lot adjacent to Palmer Auto (222 S. Main St.).

The Bushel Basket Market | Wednesday, October 8 | 2:30pm-6pm Chelsea Community Hospital | Drop-In | All Ages
Chelsea Community Hospital, in lot adjacent to the University of Michigan Family Practice Center and the Chelsea Wellness Center (775 S. Main St.).

drummunityCircleDummunity Circle
Sunday, September 14  2:30pm | Chelsea District Library Lawn Drop-in  All Ages

Rhythm is one of the earliest and most accessible forms of music. And music is the way we can connect and communicate with everyone whether we speak the same language or not.

So come join the “Drummunity” circle , a fun and empowering activity that will connect you with your family, friends and neighbors. No musical experience required. Lori Fithian will bring her collection of drums including real drums, pickle buckets, salad bowls, muffin tins, etc.

No musical experience required. Just be prepared for an hour of fun and exuberant drumming. You’ll discover talents you never knew you had!

Lori Fithian has been facilitating drum circles and leading workshops for the last five years.  She has studied drum circle techniques with Arthur Hull (author of “Drum Circle Spirit – Empowering Human Potential Through Rhythm”) and Barry Bittman, MD (neurologist and co-founder of HealthyRhythms). Sh is a graduate of both of their intensive training programs.

10.27.14 - On Purpose - book coverOn Purpose: Lessons in Life, Health and Retirement
Monday, October 27 | 7pm – 8:30pm
Chelsea District Library
McKune Room
Registration Required

Dr. Victor Strecher, author of On Purpose: lessons in life and health from the frog, the dung beetle, and Julia will present his take on health, motivation, and change. Through a multimedia journey involving ancient and modern philosophy, literature, psychology, genetics, neuroscience, and Egyptology, Dr. Strecher will demonstrate strategies to help people make meaningful changes toward living and engaged life with real purpose.

10.27.14 - On Purpose - Vic Strecher

Dr. Victor J. Strecher

Dr. Victor J. Strecher is Professor and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship University of Michigan Schools of Public Health and Medicine. He received his PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Strecher’s latest work is related to the importance of developing and maintaining a strong purpose in life as demonstrated in his book, On Purpose: lessons in life and health from the frog, the dung beetle, and JuliaSince 1995, Dr, Strecher has been a Professor in the UM School of Public Health and until 2009, Director of Cancer Prevention and Control at the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

In partnership with the Adult Learners Institute and the Chelsea Senior Center

Akela & Raksha - Paul NilssonSculpture Walk:
Guided Tour

Sunday, September 21
2pm – 3:30pm
Chelsea District Library  Lobby | Registration Required

Meet in the library’s lobby for a docent-guided tour of the Sculpture Walk art installations throughout downtown Chelsea. We’ll visit each location on the Sculpture Walk, sharing artists’ insights and encouraging group discussion along the way. Families and strollers welcome. The walk is roughly 1.5 miles and involves crossing the railroad tracks at Main Street.  2014-sculpturewalk-map

In partnership with River Gallery


Teen Read Week Book Festival
Friday, Oct. 17 | 11am – 2pm |Michigan Friends Ctr.
1000 Long Lake Road | Ages 12+
Registration Required

Celebrate Teen Read Week on your day off with a book festival! We will have lunch and two different book discussion groups to choose from, as well as a special Real Colors® Personality Challenge with 4H and the Michigan State University Extension. Real Colors® is a user-friendly, intuitive tool that identifies four personality types common to all people—Gold, Green, Blue, and Orange. This will be a fun, lively workshop that will provide you with skills to understand human behavior and that are easy to incorporate into your everyday life.  Find your Real Color and you will begin to see the world from a new perspective…and have fun doing it!

Our book discussions will cover two themes: John Green books and Dystopian Fiction titles. “From Hazel to Alaska”book group participants should come ready to discuss TFioS and Looking For Alaska. Participants of “Destination Dystopia” should read at least part of the Divergent trilogy and the Hunger Games trilogy—other Dystopian reading is a bonus!  A selection of titles from John Green and Veronica Roth will be available for teens registering for the program at the Youth Desk. Note which discussion group you are joining in the Notes field of the registration page. 

The Fault in Our Stars Film ScreeningThe Fault In Our Stars cloud
Tuesday, Nov. 4 | 7pm

Silver Maples of Chelsea – Maples Room
100 Silver Maples Drive Drop-In | PG-13

You’re invited to a special screening of The Fault in Our Stars, at the Silver Maples of Chelsea. Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share and acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous give that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.

The Fault In Our Stars CoverThe Fault in Our Stars Book Discussion
Monday, Oct. 20 | 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Chelsea High School Media Center
740 N. Freer Road | Drop-In | Ages 12-17

Teen Advisory Board of the Chelsea District Library hosts a book discussion of The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, with pizza!  Open to all teens who have read the book.  Free copies will be handed out at the previous TAB meeting on September 22, 3:30 – 4:30 at the CHS Media Center.

Dexter 5H Community Events

Cultural views on Death, Dying and Griefreiling - cultural views on dying
Tuesday, Sept 16 | 7:00pm
Dexter District Library
Lower Level Meeting Room


Please join Eastern Michigan Professor, Dr. Denise Reiling as she presents on her research on the different cultural views on death, dying and the grief process.  Current American mainstream culture often shows a general fear of death, dying and the grief process. This response is quite unlike Amish culture, wherein Amish people are socialized to accept death as a natural part of life, and to care for their dying within their homes rather than turn the care of their loved ones over to others.

guessingstarsGrades K-6 Guessing Contest
October 1 – 31
Youth Reference Desk
Dexter District Library

The Library will have a display of stars in a jar.  Stop by the Library and see if you can guess how many total stars are in the display.  One entry per child and the three closest guesses will each win a prize.

Connect with Others Movie Nights
Thursdays, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 7:oopmmovienight
Dexter District Library
Lower Level Meeting Room Drop-In

Stop by the Library for a free showing of a feature film related to the ‘Connect with Others’ Community Read theme.  A discussion of the book and movie will follow the film and we will adjourn to a local restaurant at the discretion of those in attendance.

Due to licensing restrictions the Library is unable to advertise film titles.  Please call or stop by the Dexter District Library for a list of movies to be shown or just drop in and be surprised!

Super Stories Book Club for Grades K-1HowtoCatchaStar
Wednesday, October 8

Dexter District Library  Story Time Room
Registration Required

Join old friends and make some new ones when we meet to talk about books geared for this age group.  This month’s theme will center on the works of children’s illustrator Oliver Jeffords and his book “How to Catch a Star.”

Grieving Children & Teens: Recognizing the Unique Way Adolescents Grieve and How to Offer Support in a Time of Loss
Wednesday, October 8 | 7:00pm

Dexter District Library | Lower Level Meeting Room Drop-In

Children and Teens handle grief in unique ways. Unresolved childhood loss is often linked with depression, violence, truancy, addiction and suicidal tendencies that can carry into adulthood.  Please join Leela Kausch, MA, LMSW of Ele’s Place as she discusses developmental considerations related to grief and loss, social and emotional factors which affect bereavement, how bereavement support groups can help and how you can help support a grieving person.  Ele’s Place is a nonprofit, community-based organization whose mission is to create awareness of and support for grieving children and their families. All of their services are free of charge to ensure that Ele’s Place is accessible to all grieving children and their families, regardless of family income.

The Fault In Our Stars CoverSomewhere in Time Book Discussion Group
Monday, October 13 | 7:00pm
Dexter District Library
Lower Level Meting Room

Registration Required

Interested in discussing the Community Read title “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green with others?  Stop by the Library and join the Somewhere in Time group.  This group generally reads titles centered on historical events, but they will be joining in the Community Read events this                                                          month.

Crafty Readers Book Club for Grades 2-3StanleyinSpace
Wednesday, October 15

Dexter District Library
Story Time Room

Registration Required

Join old friends and make some new ones when we meet to talk about books geared for this age group.  This month’s book will be “Stanley in Space” as we celebrate 50 years of Flat Stanley books by Jeff Brown.

The Fault In Our Stars cloudBetter Off Read Book Discussion Group
Thursday, October 16 2:00pm
Dexter District Library  Lower Level Meeting Room
Registration Required

Interested in discussing the Community Read title “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green with others?  Stop by the Library and join the Better Off Read group.  This group generally reads popular fiction and non-fiction titles.  If you are looking for a book discussion group, a visit during the Community Read is a good way to try this one out.

KinderConcert with the Ann Arbor Symphonya2soKC-kinderconcert
Saturday, October 18 10:00am
Dexter District Library  Lower Level Meeting Room

Music and movement activities introduce young children to the joys of classical music.  The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra presents the string bass, featuring Erin Zurbuchen.  Join movement expert Gari Stein and pianist Katherine Goodson in this fun, interactive program.  It’s a great time for children and parents to meet up with friends and make some new connections in the community.

calendar3rd MondayThird Monday Book Club
Monday, October 20  7:30pm

Dexter District Library
Lower Level Meeting Room

Registration Required

Interested in discussing the Community Read title “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green with others?  Stop by the Library and join the Third Monday Book Discussion group.  This group generally reads a variety of popular fiction and non-fiction titles.

Book Snackers Book Club for Grades 4-5Wonder2
Wednesday, October 22 | 4:30pm

Dexter District Library
Story Time Room

Registration Required

Join old friends and make some new ones when we meet to talk about books geared for this age group.  This month the group will explore issues of how to fit in when you are different through discussing Wonder” by R.J. Palacio.

MeandEarlTeen Read & Feed Book Club
Friday, October 24 | 11:00am
Dexter District Library
Lower Level Meeting Room

Registration Required

School will be out this day, so if you are looking for something to do, join us at the Library to discuss “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jess Andrews.  The group will discuss how this title compares to “The Fault in Our Stars” and have some snacks.

Grass Lake 5H Community Read Events

The Fault in Our Stars Movie Night
Wednesday, Oct. 1 | 6-8pm | Jackson District Library
Drop-In | PG-13

Start Community Read month with the movie based on John Green’s book, The Fault in Our Stars. This romantic comedy — drama features two extraordinary teenagers who share an acerbic wit, disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them — and us — on an unforgettable journey. Pop, popcorn and plenty of tissue will be provided.

DFTBA @ your library!
Wednesday, October 1 – 31 | Jackson District Library
All Ages

“Don’t Forget to be Awesome!” is the personal catch-phrase of author John Green. All month long the Grass Lake Branch will be featuring awesome library users. Stop by and personalize your own star for the wall and be a part of this stellar event!

What’s in the Stars for You?Astrological Symbols 1
Wednesday, October 8
Jackson District Library

Registration suggested Adult

Explore the skies with astrologer Rosemary Edgar. Learn about zodiac signs, horoscopes, and how the stars influence a personality. Gaze to the heavens and uncover the relationship between astronomical phenomena on life’s events.

Night Sky for Beginners
Monday, October 20 | 6-7pm | Jackson District Library
Registration suggested | Ages 10+

Hurst Planetarium Director Mark Reed presents an astronomy program using scientific information. Learn how to search the night skies by using some basic techniques. Get stargazing lessons from an expert and explore the universe!

Community Read Book Discussion Night
Wednesday, October 29 | 6-7pm
Jackson District Library

Drop-In | Ages 12+

Join us for a lively discussion of the Community Read book, The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Share thoughts about the teenage lives of Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus Waters. Vote for your favorite quote!  Light refreshments will be served.

Manchester 5H Community Read Events

Hands-On Science Daybooth
Thursday, September 11  4-7pm
Manchester Farmers Market

Come visit our booth at the farmer’s market for science fun.  Community Garden volunteers will thrill children of all ages with nature and biology-based science demonstrations.

sara at the marketSeed Saving
Thursday, September 18
Manchester Farmers Market | 

You can increase biodiversity and make our food system stronger and safer just by saving and using old seeds. Sara Swanson of the Community Garden, will teach which seeds to save, which ones to use and how.

Ways to Eat Pumpkin
Thursday, October 9 | 4-7pm | Manchester Farmers Market

Join us for the final farmer’s market of the season as Ruth Van Bogelen shows us all the delicious ways to eat the fall’s favorite novelty vegetable: the pumpkin. More than just pie, Ruth will demonstrate a wide range of recipes that go far beyond desserts.

One Town, One Book
– The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Wednesday, October 29 | 7pm | Manchester Library

Join us on Wednesday, October. 29 for a town-wide discussion of John Green’s hit book “The Fault In Our Stars.”  Ask at the library for your free copy.

This years Community Reads selection is the love story of two teenagers, one of whom, Hazel, is dying of cancer.  Called “funny, philosophical, melancholy, and sweet” by the New York Times’ Book Review, “The Fault In Our Stars” will resonate with just about any reader.  Please join us!

Stockbridge 5H Community Read Events

Community Walks & RafflesFrissbeeGold
Sundays, Sept 7, Oct 5,
Nov 2 | 2pm

Stockbridge Library

Join us for First Sunday walks at 2pm at the Stockbridge Library, C.A.D.L.  Participants will have their choice among several walking routes in town (detailed on Stockbridge Community Pathways maps available at the library) and an opportunity to enter into a 5H Community Read raffle for a PlayMakers gift card.

Let’s GO Bowling – Lego®-Themed
Family-Friendly Party
Saturday, September 13 | 3-5pm | Stockbridge Bowl
900 S. Clinton Street | Drop-In

Join us for a fun Lego-themed party.  Participants will receive free tickets redeemable for bowling games and shoes and be invited to have fun playing with Legos, bowling, playing board games, putting puzzles together, watching the Lego movie, and more.  Win a Lego set or a copy of the Lego Movie DVD.

Harvest Festival Monster Dash & Street Dance
Saturday, October 4 | Dusk | Stockbridge Town Square

Join us for this short family friendly run/walk where participants are encouraged to dress up.  The walk ends at the town square where there is a DJ and a dance.  Refreshments, costume contest and prizes.

Sponsored by 5H Community Read in Stockbridge in conjunction with the Stockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce and SRSLY.

5H Community Read Book Discussion,
Potluck and Coalition Meeting
Thursday, October 16 | 6:30-7:45pm 
Heritage Elementary School
222 Western Ave, Stockbridge | 

Join 5H Community Read partners at a Healthy Food potluck at the monthly Stockbridge Area Wellness Coalition meeting at 6:30 pm, then discuss the 5H Community Read title, The Fault in our Stars by John Green from 7-7:45pm.

Halloween Party for Community Outreach
Friday, October 24 | 6:30pm Holiday 022
Heritage Elementary School
222 Western Ave., Stockbridge


Superheroes, goblins, ballerinas and beasties of all sorts will gather for a fun night of food, contests, games, and much more!  Sponsored by 5H Community Read in Stockbridge in partnership with Stockbridge Community Education and SRSLY, the party is a fundraiser for Stockbridge Community Outreach, the local food pantry, crisis center, and Tide Me Over coordinator.

5H Community Read Book Discussion at the Library
Friday, October 31 | Noon – 1pm | Stockbridge Library

Visit the library to discuss the 5H Community Read title, The Fault in our Stars.  Refreshments served.



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