the votes are in and it's time for Dedham REads 2018!

And the winner is.... Havana by bestselling author Mark Kurlansky.

Supporting book titles:
Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner (adult, fiction)
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings - A Memoir by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Edel Rodriguez (middle grade/young adult)
Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Rafael Lopez (picture book)
All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato (picture book)

A Night in Havana
finale event - Friday, April 13, 2018 - 7-10 p.m
at the Endicott Branch Library in Dedham
click here to buy tickets

Tuesday, April 3, 7 p.m., Main Library
Documentary: “Yank Tanks”

As part of Dedham Reads 2018, The Dedham Public Library will be showing “Yank Tanks,” a fascinating documentary about the classic American cars rolling through the streets of Cuba. The film tells the story of the classic cars that are still in use in Cuba today. Like a 1950s time warp, the proud owners drive these American relics around the streets of Havana and look after them like precious pieces from a museum. This documentary is a must for lovers of classic cars and for those who want a glimpse of life in Cuba.  All are invited to attend.

Monday, April 9, 7 p.m., Main Library
Community Discussion: “Cuba Past and Present”

The Dedham Public Library will be hosting a discussion as part of the 2018 Dedham Reads program about Cuba past and present. Local residents who have traveled recently to Cuba will join us to share their experiences and photos.  A short film shot in Cuba by a Dedham resident will be shown, and all who are interested or have different perspectives are welcome to attend the gathering, including those who have read Havana by Mark Kurlansky and would like to discuss topics in the book.

If you would like to help with Dedham Reads, please email or check out our sign up form here.

Havana by Mark Kurlansky
Mark Kurlansky’s multilayered and electrifying portrait of the long-elusive city…part cultural history, part travelogue, with recipes, historic engravings, photographs... the book celebrates the city's singular music, literature, baseball, and food; its five centuries of outstanding, neglected architecture; and its extraordinary blend of cultures. (paperback available March 6.)

Telex from Cuba by Rachel Kushner
"As a portrait of the 'other' 1950s Cuba, this novel is a departure from most others of its kind. ...a refreshingly eye-opening account of what went on behind the corporate scenes and in the back rooms of power." -- Oscar Hijuelos, author

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
In this acclaimed picture book bursting with vibrance and rhythm, a girl dreams of playing the drums in 1930s Cuba, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there had never been a female drummer in the music-filled island of Cuba.

Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings – A Memoir by Margarita Engle
In this poetic memoir, which won the Pura Belpre Author Award, was a YALSA Nonfiction Finalist, and was named a Walter Dean Myers Award Honoree, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle
So we purr, cara cara, and we glide, taka taka, and we zoom, zoom, ZOOM!  Together, a boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba, in their old family car.  A joyful celebration of the Cuban people and their resourceful innovation.



Saturday, March 3, 2-4:30 p.m. at the Dedham Public Library, 43 Church Street, Dedham

DLIT  is joining with The Blue Bunny Bookstore and the Dedham Public Library to host an author festival for local middle-grade authors. The event will include 3 consecutive panel discussions, Q and A time with the authors, and a book sale and booksigning.

Writing workshops for kids ages 10-14 will be offered prior to the event at 1 p.m. with several of the authors. Everything is free, but kids will need to be registered to participate in the workshops. Sign up here:

Participating authors include:
Victoria Coe
Marykate Connolly
Bridget Hodder
Kara LaReau
Jarrett Lerner
Lee Gjertsen Malone
Ammi-Joan Paquette
Erin Petti
Katie Slivensky
Anna Staniszewski
Tui Sutherland
Susan Tan
Monica Tesler
Rob Vlock


2nd annual Book it 5k race to support the dedham public library

The 2nd annual Book It 5K race was held on Saturday, August 19th, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Main Library, co-hosted by the Dedham Library Innovation Team to support the library. Once again, the lead sponsor for the event was Dedham Savings. The race was a fun family-friendly activity for the entire community to raise awareness for the town library system and the many resources it provides, and was the centerpiece of a busy community day at the library.  In addition to the 5K run that morning, the main library was open for patrons and other community members to visit, borrow from its collections, and view recent renovations to the facility.  In addition, Creature Teachers presented a live animal education program for all ages outside on the library lawn.