Big Read is Back!

DEARBORN PUBLIC LIBRARY ONE OF 75 ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

TO RECEIVE A BIG READ GRANT

Dearborn to read and celebrate the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe

DEARBORN, Mich. – The Dearborn Public Library is a recipient of a grant in the amount of $10,000 to host The Big Read in Dearborn. The Big Read, which is managed by Arts Midwest, is a One Book One Community program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The book chosen for this time around is The Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. The Big Read Dearborn will attempt to “bring Poe back to life.” The tagline is Do You Know Poe? and the theme is Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before. Activities will take place February through March 2016 with a teaser event in October 2015.

To help bring this massive project to life, the Dearborn Public Library is partnering with many institutions and organizations including The Henry Ford, the Arab American National Museum, the Dearborn Community Fund, the Dearborn Education Foundation, the Dearborn Public Schools, the Dearborn Library Foundation, Friends of the Library-Dearborn, the University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D) Mardigian Library, the UM-D Environmental Interpretative Center, the Dearborn Inn, Henry Ford College Eshleman Library, the AAUW Dearborn, the Dearborn Animal Shelter, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, Oakwood Medical Library, the Artist Society of Dearborn, and the Dearborn Heights Libraries. Sponsors include DFCU Financial, the West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, UM-D Mardigian Library, and Henry Ford College Eshleman Library. If any organization or individual is interested in being a sponsor of The Big Read Dearborn, please contact the Library at 313-943-2037.

Library Director, Maryanne Bartles is looking forward to Big Read Dearborn 2016.  “We are thrilled to be awarded The Big Read grant for another year. Our success with ‘Do You Hear the Call?’ in 2014 has inspired all the partners and sponsors to come together again to bring the community another literary adventure. We hope that you will join us!” she said.

The “awakening” begins with a project launch from 6 to 8 p.m. on October 8, the day after Poe’s recorded date of death, at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn.  The event will include a film screening, a call for original Poe inspired stories or poems, and a craft to make flat Poes, ravens, or black cats, which can be used for a photo op.  Who knows what form Poe will take?

The real fun starts with a big kickoff event at Henry Ford Centennial Library on February 6 from 2-4 p.m., featuring music from Poe’s era, dramatic readings from his works, and the unveiling of his special tabloid created by students of Dearborn Public Schools. Throughout February and March, there will be a series of Poe related events for children, teens, and adults including a film festival, a dream interpretation presentation, mysteries in the library, book discussions, lectures (ravens, forensics, mortuary science, oh my!), and much more.

There are plans to purchase 400 copies of the book in paperback for the kickoff and print 10,000 copies in tabloid format for the entire program. In addition to this, dual language Arabic/English copies will be available. Local area schools will incorporate Poe into their curriculum in fun and exciting ways.

The program will wrap up in March with a special visit from Poe himself! Please visit dearbornlibrary.org for updates.

The Big Read provides communities nationwide with the opportunity to read, discuss, and celebrate one of 37 selections from U.S. and world literature. The 75 selected organizations will receive Big Read grants to promote and carry out community-based reading programs. The NEA has also developed high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, including reader’s guides, teacher’s guides, and audio programming, all of which are available to the public on neabigread.org.

Get ready to dream dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before!

Animal Tales Is Here!

We know many of you have waited a long time for this… Animal Tales is now available for purchase!

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Take a walk on Dearborn’s wild side with this delightful (and thrilling!) community anthology featuring animal stories, poems, and essays written by over 100 authors of all ages. From humor to haiku, mystery to real-life rescue tales, there’s something here for everyone. Proceeds benefit Dearborn Public Library.

The paperback book is ready and available for purchase on CreateSpace. To order a copy, simply create a CreateSpace customer account (which requires name and email address, including creating a password) – this way, you can order more copies whenever you want. CreateSpace will ask for a shipping address and for a method of payment, and they will mail out a newly printed copy of the book. CreateSpace is print-on-demand, so they only print as many copies as there is demand for.

The book is also available to purchase through Amazon.com, but the library receives a larger percentage of sales when it is purchased through CreateSpace.

The Dearborn Public Library will also have some copies on-site for those who would prefer to purchase a copy at the library. We hope to have Kindle and Smashwords versions in the near future.

A BIG thank you to all the authors who submitted stories and made this book possible!

The Big Read Dearborn Update

On May 17, The Big Read Dearborn ended with a big wrap-up party at the Henry Ford Centennial Library.

Luckily, the weather cooperated and there were a variety of activities outside, including gold panning, sled dogs, Treibball (dog soccer), partner/sponsor booths, and live music.

Inside, the Do You Hear the Call? photography exhibit was on display in the Rotunda Gallery, and several Animal Tales authors read their often funny and moving stories in the auditorium. Upstairs in the youth area of the library, visitors of all ages dressed up to take old-time photos, while kids also had the opportunity to make some fun crafts such as a wolf mask.

To add to the festivities, Leader of the Pack sponsor DFCU Financial raffled off free memberships to The Henry Ford.

Check out some photos of the event, courtesy of the Dearborn Community Fund!

Sled dogs at the Big Read Dearborn wrap-up party at the Henry Ford Centennial Library on Saturday, May 17

The Big Read Dearborn Wrap-Up Party
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Stay tuned for Animal Tales – it is now in the final stages of editing and we hope to publish the book very soon. We’ll send out a notice as soon as it’s available for purchase.

Thank you to all who have given feedback on The Big Read Dearborn! If you haven’t yet filled out the brief feedback form, please take a moment to share your thoughts today.

To all who “heard the call,” hope you enjoyed The Big Read Dearborn and found inspiration in reading The Call of the Wild, attending an event, writing a story for Animal Tales, or viewing the photo exhibit. And we hope you’ve been inspired to continue your discovery of great works of literature such as The Call of the Wild!

The Big Read Dearborn Wrap-Up Party is Tomorrow!

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The Big Read Dearborn Wrap-Up Party flyer [PDF]

Less than 24 hours to go before The Big Read Dearborn Wrap-Up Party begins! Join the celebration tomorrow, Saturday, May 17 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Henry Ford Centennial Library.

Activities will include:

  • Real sled dogs and Treibball (doggie soccer)
  • Gold panning
  • Old-time photo booth
  • Animal Tales author meet-and-greet
  • Popcorn, children’s craft, live music, raffle prizes and more!

This Week’s Big Read Events

This is the last week of The Big Read Dearborn. We hope you’ve enjoyed emBARKING on this literary adventure! If you haven’t read The Call of the Wild yet, it’s not too late to get a free copy.

It’s hard to believe the journey is almost coming to an end, but there are still a variety of great events scheduled for this week, including a movie (The Call of the Wild), children’s storytime, a children’s craft, a book discussion, and a lecture by Professor Karla Armbruster, “The Echoing Call of the Wild: What Jack London Knew about Dogs and Their Wolf Ancestors.” This lecture will be presented twice, on Tuesday at the Caroline Kennedy Library in Dearborn Heights and on Wednesday at the Bryant Branch Library in Dearborn. And don’t forget, you’re invited to The Big Read Dearborn Wrap Up Party on Saturday, May 17!

movie_clapperboard     BLOCKBUSTER FILM SERIES – The Call of the Wild

Date and Time: Monday, May 12, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

Synopsis: In The Call of the Wild (1935), gold prospector Jack Thornton (Clark Gable) braves the Alaskan wilderness in hopes of striking it rich in this Western loosely based on Jack London’s novel (89 minutes, not rated). A discussion will follow the film.

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN) – Hear the Call Storytime

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

Children with a caregiver are invited for stories and songs focusing on dogs, wolves, and the wild. Space is limited. Register by phone at (313) 943-2345 or in person at any Dearborn Public Library location.

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LECTURE – The Echoing Call of the Wild: What Jack London Knew about Dogs and Their Wolf Ancestors

Date and Time: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Caroline Kennedy Library, 24590 George Ave., Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Karla Armbruster, professor of English at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, specializes in ecocriticism and animal studies. In this talk, she will explore how Jack London and other writers have used the idea that dogs evolved from wolves to support various and sometimes competing visions of the relationship between wild nature and human culture. Please call (313) 791-3800 to register. Note: This lecture will also be presented on Wednesday, May 14, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Bryant Branch Library in Dearborn.

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LECTURE – The Echoing Call of the Wild: What Jack London Knew about Dogs and Their Wolf Ancestors

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Bryant Branch Library, Dearborn Chamber Conference Room, 22100 Michigan Ave. Dearborn, MI 48126

Karla Armbruster, professor of English at Webster University in St. Louis, MO, specializes in ecocriticism and animal studies. In this talk, she will explore how Jack London and other writers have used the idea that dogs evolved from wolves to support various and sometimes competing visions of the relationship between wild nature and human culture. Note: This lecture will also be presented on Tuesday, May 13, 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Caroline Kennedy Library in Dearborn Heights.

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN & TEENS) – Third Thursday Craft

Date and Time: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:00am – 7:00pm

Location: Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

Drop-in craft. Wild shadow puppets – create a set of shadow puppets and tell your own story! Younger children may need adult assistance. Crafts available while supplies last.

green book     BOOK DISCUSSION – Dearborn Public Library

Date and Time: Thursday, May 15, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Bryant Branch Library, Dearborn Chamber Conference Room, 22100 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48124

Librarian Kirt Gross will moderate a discussion of The Call of the Wild.

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT – The Big Read Dearborn Wrap-Up Party

Date and Time: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

Join in a special celebration at Henry Ford Centennial Library to wrap up The Big Read Dearborn. The party will include real sled dogs, Treibball (dog soccer), an old-time photo booth, gold panning, an Animal Tales meet-and-greet, popcorn, live music, and more!

The Big Read Dearborn Wrap Up Party is on May 17!

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Henry Ford Centennial Library
16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn MI 48126

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Download The Big Read Wrap Up Party flyer and spread the word!

We hope you’ve enjoyed emBARKING on discovery with The Big Read Dearborn these past several weeks! This literary adventure has been a great ride as we’ve explored American literature and our connection to animals and nature through Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. But it’s not over yet…there will be a party at the Henry Ford Centennial Library on Saturday, May 17 and it will be BIG! It’s The BIG Read Dearborn, after all. There will be lots of fun activities, including:

  • Real sled dogs and Treibball (doggie soccer)
  • Gold panning
  • Old-time photo booth
  • Animal Tales author meet-and-greet
  • Popcorn, children’s craft, live music, raffle prizes and more!

If You Missed the Lecture “Was Jack London a Nature Faker?”…

You can still read about the “nature faker” controversy in a blog post by Donna Braden, Curator of Public Life at The Henry Ford. Here’s an excerpt from her post:

“The Nature Faker controversy had its roots in Americans’ growing appreciation for nature during the late 19th century. Natural areas suddenly seemed to offer a rejuvenating respite from the chaos, crowds, and machine-age clatter of urban life. This led to the creation of America’s national parks (Yellowstone being the first in 1872) as well as public parks and nature preserves closer to home.

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Children’s Museum Nature Study Club in Bedford Park, New York, 1890-1915. From the collections of The Henry Ford

During the heyday of this “cult of nature,” nature writing became immensely popular. One particular genre that emerged was the so-called “realistic” wild animal story. For the first time in popular literature, wild animals were depicted in a positive light—as compassionate creatures with which readers could sympathize.

Jack London was one of many authors at this time who wrote in this genre. In his book The Call of the Wild (1903), London revealed the thoughts and emotions of his dog-hero, Buck, with such sophistication and literary skill that it was easy for readers to become convinced that London was truly revealing Buck’s innermost self.

Enter naturalist John Burroughs—in his 60’s by this time—who was known far and wide for his many essays. These received praise in both literary and scientific circles, as Burroughs believed in both reporting the objective facts of nature and describing one’s subjective feelings. But he was adamant that these should remain clear and separate.”

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Henry Ford and John Burroughs at Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury, New York, 1915. From the collections of The Henry Ford

Read more at The Henry Ford’s blog!

Get a Free Copy of The Call of the Wild!

It’s not too late to get a free tabloid copy of The Call of the Wild, created by students from Dearborn Public Schools just for The Big Read Dearborn.

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    The Call of the Wild tabloid, created by students from Dearborn Public Schools (PDF, 72 pages)

    Pick up a free tabloid copy at one of many locations around Dearborn.
  • Get a free online version in audio or text format.
  • Borrow a copy from the library (available in various formats and editions including an Arabic/English dual-language edition).