Avon Lake Public Library, in partnership with Avon Lake City Schools, is honored to present a month-long special programming event inspired by the January 2022 Reese’s Book Club pick book, Honor, by best-selling Indian-American journalist, critic, and novelist, Thrity Umrigar.

Approximately a dozen programs and multiple displays will be held and set up at the Library between March 1 and March 31, 2023. The highlight of this program will be on Thursday, March 30, with two opportunities to hear Umrigar speak first at the Avon Lake High School Performing Arts Center (PAC) and also at the Avon Lake Public Library. As a part of this event, the Library is distributing 100 books beginning January 27 (while supplies last) to encourage reading, sharing, and engagement.

Get Your Tickets!

sugar in milk

"Sugar in Milk" by Thrity Umrigar on the Story Book Trail

Feb. 28 - April 4

A young immigrant girl joins her aunt and uncle in a new country that is unfamiliar to her. She struggles with loneliness, with a fierce longing for the culture and familiarity of home, until one day, her aunt takes her on a walk. As the duo strolls through their city park, the girl's aunt begins to tell her an old myth, and a story within the story begins.

"Honor" book cover mural at Avon Lake High School

March 1 - March 31

Students at the Avon Lake High School will be creating a mural of the book cover Honor by Thrity Umrigar. The Author will be visiting the High School on March 30.  Pictures of the mural progression will be shared on the Avon Lake Public Library Facebook page.


Holi Take Home Craft

March 6 - March 11

Grab your take-home kit down at the Children's desk!

Celebrate this ancient and colorful festival with a take home craft. Often called the Festival of Colors, Holi is a vibrant celebration that involves dancing, singing, and the playful throwing of colored powders and water at fellow revelers. Holi is celebrated widely across parts of India, where it originated, as well as in other countries in South Asia and across the Hindu diaspora in Europe and North America.

Learn More About Holi Here

Take Home Spice Garam Masala

March 6-19

We have a special Spice of the Month Club flavor as a part of and inspired by the Honor Community Read event. This offers a great way to try out a new spice! Visitors can get a sample of this month's special spice, Garam Masala, recipes featuring that spice, library resources where you can find more recipes, and a little bit of history about the featured spice. The Garam Masala spice kits can be picked up starting Monday, March 6th through March 19th, *while supplies last. These spice kits are available on a first come, first served basis and can be picked up at our Circulation Desk.

air fryer sweet potato fries

Henna by Sneha

March 12, 1:30pm-3:30pm & March 23, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Henna is a paste made out of crushed leaves and twigs of henna plant. which when applied in skin and left for few hours ,it leaves an orange to dark maroon stain in the skin which fades away in 7 to 14 days. Henna is very unique art can is done at various events like Weddings, Sangeet nights, Birthday Parties, Bridal Showers, etc. Up to 15 people can have henna applied, by registering. Others can attend just to hear about the history of henna, but registration is not required for listening to the henna artist. 

Check out our Henna Artist Here


Author Talk: Cliff Anthony "Tears in God's Own Country"

March 12, 2pm

Local author and educator Cliff Anthony reads from his new book and shares information about India.

From Amazon: "Tears in God's Own Country is the story of Chenda, a percussion player in a fictional village in India who dreams of making it big in America. Caught up in the labyrinth of colorism, caste system, religious strife, and political deception, the protagonist never boards a plane. Though the story is set in 1960s India, the novel highlights the evils of the caste system, religious fanaticism, and the cultural quirks that still exist worldwide. The symbolism in the final chapter doesn’t go unnoticed."


Bookin' & Cookin' Indian Food

March 14, 1pm

Select and prepare a themed recipe (8 to 10 servings) from the library's cookbook collection and we'll sample our culinary creations and exchange recipes.


Indian Dance - Shri Kalaa Mandir-Center for Indian Performing Arts

March 19

Founded by Sujatha Srinivasan, in 1993, Shri Kalaa Mandir (Center for Indian Performing Arts) offers students holistic training in Bharathanatyam that encompasses culture, knowledge of music, critical thinking, and adherence to the classical dance form and technique. No registration required.

Thrity Umrigar Author Visit

March 30, 1pm & 7pm

Thrity Umrigar is the best-selling author of the novels Bombay Time, The Space Between Us, If Today Be Sweet, The Weight of Heaven, The World We Found, The Story Hour, Everybody’s Son and The Secrets Between Us. Her new novel, Honor, is an Indie Next List Pick for January 2022. Umrigar is also the author of the memoir, First Darling of the Morning and three children's picture books, When I Carried You in My Belly, Sugar in Milk and Binny's Diwali. Her books have been translated into several languages and published in over fifteen countries. She is a Distinguished University Professor of English at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

thrity photo