Portraits of Poe

Just a reminder: the Portraits of Poe event is at Green Brain Comics on Saturday, February 13, 2-3 p.m. Meet the illustrators of Portraits of Poe, enjoy light refreshments and free signed copies of the book while supplies last. Registration is required. To register, call (313) 943-2330 or visit dearbornlibrary.org and click on the calendar and then on the event. Here’s Green Brain’s Facebook post about this event: https://www.facebook.com/events/543721892453069/

And here is the flyer.

Also, please remember to check out the Ice Sculptures at Henry Ford College: Big Read 2015-16 Photo ice sculpture at HFC Edgar Allan PoeBig Read 2015-16 Photo ice sculpture at HFC heartBig Read 2015-16 Photo ice sculpture at HFC raven

Upcoming Events Week 2

Feb 16: Forensic Art:
Capturing the Living, Identifying the Dead

Sarah KrebsLocation: 

Henry Ford Centennial Library

7:00 – 8:30pm

Detective Sarah Krebs is an experienced forensic artist who creates both drawings and 3-D recreations. She has had recent news coverage of her successes solving cases in Detroit and will discuss identifying, locating missing persons, victims, criminals, and much more.

Feb 17: Classics Revisited Book Discussion

Location:

Henry Ford Centennial Library

7:00 – 8:00pm

Discussion of Poe’s “Great Tales and Poems”.

Feb 18: Poe Craft

spinerLocation:

Henry Ford Centennial Library

11:00am – 7:00pm

Make a Thaumatrope, a moving picture toy popular during the era of Edgar Allan Poe.  Available while supplies last.  Younger children may require assistance from caregivers.

 

Feb 18: Pizza & Pages Teen Book Discussion

Location:

Henry Ford Centennial Library

6:30 – 7:30pm

Discuss Poe’s “Great Tales and Poems” with dessert around a campfire.  Pizza provided.  Grades 7-12.  No parents or younger siblings.  Registration encourages.  Registration begins Feb 4. 

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Feb 20: Poe Writing Workshop

 

WritingLocation:

Ford Community and Performing Arts Center
Wet Room 1

10:00am – 12:00pm

Learn from Dearborn’s own Anne Gautreau tips on how to write like Poe.


Visit Bigreaddearborn.org for more information and a full list of Big Read events or click here for a printable calendar of events.

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Kickoff reminder and tabloids are here!

Just a reminder: the Kickoff is on Saturday, February 6, 2-4 pm at Henry Ford Centennial Library. Click here for a program guide. And we wanted to let you know: the Poe tabloids, created by students at Michael Berry Career Center, are here! Come to the Kickoff and pick up your FREE copy.

Dearborn Public Library Director Maryanne Bartles and Deputy Director Julie Schaefer taking a first look at the newly printed Poe tabloids.

Upcoming Events Week 1

Feb 6: Kickoff

Location:

Henry Ford Centennial Library

2:00 – 4:00pm

Free tabloids, books, and light refreshments; music from Poe’s day performed by a Dearborn Symphony quartet; dramatizations of his works including a performance of “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Anthony Lucas of The Henry Ford; drawing slips to win a free night at the Poe House, courtesy of Dearborn Inn (drawing at Meet Poe event); opening of “Dreams” Art Exhibit, coordinated by the Artists’ Society of Dearborn; Poe craft for all ages; and more! 

Feb 8: Teen Book Discussion

Location: 

Ten Eyck Administrative Building

5:00 – 6:00pm

Come and discuss Poe’s “Great Tales and Poems” with the Dearborn Youth Commission. Grades 6-12. Pick up a free copy of the book at any Dearborn Public Library.

Feb 9: What it Really Means to Be a “Bird Brain”

CorvusLocation:

Henry Ford Centennial Library

6:00 – 7:00pm

Blue Jays, Gray Jays, American Crows, and Common Ravens are included in this fascinating and globally distributed group of birds. Their animated lifestyles and “deep thinking” have carved out a place in many international cultures and literature, including Edgar Allen Poe’s famous poem, “The Raven.”

Join corvid researcher Dr. Star Kraven-Madd of Concorvidae University (in partnership with Naturalist Dorothy McLeer and the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center) for a look at the antics and problem-solving abilities of these intriguing Michigan residents.

Feb 10: “Dreams” Ice Sculpture Exhibit Opens

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Henry Ford College

Feb 11: “Great Stories and Poems” Book Discussion

Location:

Arab American National Museum

7:00 – 8:00pm

Discuss Poe’s “Great Stories and Poems.”

Portraits of Poe

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Location:

Green Brain Comics

2:00 – 3:00pm

Meet the illustrators of Portraits of Poe, enjoy light refreshments and free signed copies of the book while supplies last.   Registration is required. To register, call (313) 943-2330 or click the link below.

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Valentine’s Day Discussion of “Annabel Lee”

Location:

Henry Ford Centennial Library

2:00 – 3:00pm

Discuss Poe’s “Annabel Lee” in English and Arabic with librarian Patty Podzikowski.  Pick up a free copy of the book at any Dearborn Public Library.  This work is in the public domain and can found here.  


Visit Bigreaddearborn.org for more information and a full list of Big Read events or click here for a PDF calendar of events. 

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Countdown to the Kickoff

The public is invited to Henry Ford Centennial Library on Saturday, February 6 for the kickoff of The Big Read–Dearborn, a communitywide initiative that will focus on 19th Century poet and mystery and macabre writer Edgar Allan Poe.

The kickoff of The Big Read-Dearborn will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and will set the tone for a variety of fun and intriguing events centered on Poe that are planned for February and March 2016.

The kickoff will feature:

  • Free refreshments, books, and the Do You Know Poe? tabloid, created by students at the Dearborn Public Schools’ Michael Berry Career Center.
  • Music from Poe’s day performed by Dearborn Symphony Orchestra musicians
  • Dramatizations of Poe’s works, including a performance of “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Anthony Lucas of The Henry Ford
  • Raffle to win a night at the Poe House, courtesy of the Dearborn Inn (drawing at the “Meet Poe” event on March 19)
  • Opening of the “Dreams” Art Exhibit, coordinated by the Artists’ Society of Dearborn
  • Poe craft for all ages

The Feb. 6 activities are designed to help people answer the question “Do You Know Poe?” which is one of the tag lines for the promotion of The Big Read.

The Big Read-Dearborn encourages people of all ages to read for pleasure and enlightenment and engage in fun and interesting activities related to a selected book. The Big Read-Dearborn will use The Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe as the centerpiece of the 2016 program.

Many might recognize Poe for “The Raven,” “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Black Cat,” and the poem, “Annabel Lee.”

He also is considered the inventor of detective fiction and wrote early versions of science fiction stories. His writing has inspired many films.

This is the second time for The Big Read in Dearborn, following the successful series of events in 2014 that focused on author Jack London and The Call of the Wild.

During the Feb. 6 kickoff event, light refreshments will be served in the Rotunda area of the library, and the program will include brief remarks from Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., Library Director Maryanne Bartles, and a representative from DFCU Financial, which is a major sponsor (Raven Level) of The Big Read-Dearborn.

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Cover of the tabloid

Additionally, Dearborn Public Schools faculty and students who worked on the tabloid will be called up to the stage for acknowledgement of their tremendous accomplishment.

Visit bigreaddearborn.org to sign up for email updates and to view a full schedule of events planned for February and March.

Open Art Competition

DEARBORN PUBLIC LIBRARY presents…
“Do You Know Poe?” art competition in conjunction with The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest. The book selected for The Big Read Dearborn, a community-wide reading initiative, is “Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe.” Art entries should reflect the theme of The Big Read Dearborn: “Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared Dream Before.”

AWARDS
Best in Show – $300
1st – $150
2nd – $75
Honorable Mentions

Click here for details and entry form. Click here to read the press release. Some details are listed below.

JUROR: MOHAMAD BAZZI
Artist and art instructor in the Dearborn Public Schools, Mohamad Big Read 2015-16 photo Project LaunchBazzi has exhibited his own paintings and been involved with dozens of community arts projects, public art installations and exhibits. Among the awards Mohamad has received are the “People’s Choice Award” presented by the Dearborn Community Fund’s 12 on 12 Art Event and the Artist/Performer of the Year awarded by the Dearborn Community Arts Council at the Dearborn Mayor’s Arts Awards.

ELIGIBILITY
Professional and amateur artists, 16 years of age or older, are eligible to submit up to two works for consideration. Works can be all media 2-D and 3-D including photography and must be current (within two years).

AGREEMENT
Submission of work(s) to the juror constitutes compliance with all the conditions stated in this prospectus. The juror’s decision is final. Accepted works will remain as placed by staff and will not be withdrawn until the close of the exhibition.

ENTRY FEE (non-refundable)
An entry fee of $25 per artist, per entry, or 2 for $30 must accompany submission of not more than two entries. Checks should be made out to: Friends of the Library-Dearborn. Reduced entry fee for students with I.D. and Artists’ Society of Dearborn members. Details available at: http://www.artsocdbn.com.

ENTRY PROCEDURE
February 2: Art Submissions Due – Works must be delivered on Feb. 2, 2016, between 3 and 7 p.m. to Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126. No work will be accepted after 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
February 4: If your work is NOT selected for exhibition, you will be notified by phone or email. Declined work must be picked up at Henry Ford Centennial Library on Feb. 4 between 2 and 4 p.m.
February 6: 2-4 p.m. Exhibition opens in the Henry Ford Centennial Library, Rotunda Gallery. Awards presented.
February 25: 8:30 p.m. Exhibition closes.
February 26: 2-4 p.m. Work must be reclaimed from Henry Ford Centennial Library. (See conditions below.)

ENTRY AND PRESENTATION REQUIREMENTS
Entry form must be completed. Affix “Artwork” description card A and/or B to art. Accepted 2-D entries must not exceed 28” x 36” and must be matted, framed under Plexiglas (acrylic), and ready for hanging. Hanging wire must be used. No sawtooth hangers. Glass will not be accepted. 3-D vertical art must be no larger than 8”W x 16”D x 24”H. 3-D horizontal art must be no larger than 30”W x 10”D x 12”H.

CONDITIONS
All work will be handled in a professional manner. Henry Ford Centennial Library will be responsible for works in its keeping through the entry process and exhibition period (Feb. 2 – Feb. 26, 2016). Works must be picked up between 4-6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26. Works left after Feb. 26 are not the responsibility of Henry Ford Centennial Library or the Artists’ Society of Dearborn.

SALES
20% of the sales price of any work sold during the exhibit will be donated to the Friends of the Library-Dearborn (FOLD).

The Big Read Dearborn Open Art Competition is coordinated by The Artists’ Society of Dearborn (ASD), a Big Read Partner. To learn more about ASD, visit: www.artsocdbn.com.Big Read logo Artists' Society of Dearborn

Call for Entries

Poe ornament on tree donated from the Festival of TreesWe just wanted to let you know the deadline is fast approaching for Poe inspired stories, poems or essays (Dec 31). We plan to publish submissions as a paperback book. Hope you consider submitting a story, poem or essay! Details here.

We also wanted to say congratulations for Don M. for winning the Poe gift basket.

Included in this post is a picture of a Poe ornament on a tree donated to the library from the Festival of Trees. Please check out other Big Read photos here.

Looking forward to The Big Read Dearborn Kickoff on Saturday, February 6, 2-4 p.m. at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

Happy Holidays!

Call for Entries – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 31

Big Read 2015-16 image Raven shadow (without markings)Do you like to write scary stories or mysteries? Do you have a ghost story to tell? Do you have any gothic poetry up your sleeve?

As part of The Big Read celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, Dearborn Public Library is sending out a call for original Poe inspired stories or poetry.

The deadline is December 31, 2015. This program is open to all ages.

Your work may be selected for publication in the Poe short story collection.

To participate, email your short story (or other written work) of approximately one to three pages, along with one or two sentences about yourself, to hfischer@ci.dearborn.mi.us or thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

The content should be in a Word document or written as text in the email message. Please also complete the release form, which is available at bigreaddearborn.org, so that your work can be considered for publication.

Original photos and artwork, along with your narrative, are also welcome and can be emailed along with your text.

Possible topics include:

  • Scary / suspense or sci-fi stories or Mysteries
  • Ghost stories or poems
  • Something about dreams, as The Big Read theme is “Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before”
  • Anything else Poe related, whether fictional or true

Dearborn Public Library will compile all selected stories and produce a Poe book for its library collection. Also, copies will be available for purchase via a link on its website. Proceeds will benefit the Dearborn Public Library.

If you do not have access to email, you may also mail these items to:

Henry Ford Centennial Library
16301 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Attn: The Big Read Dearborn

Fun-filled activities and events centered on Poe’s great tales and poems will take place in and around Dearborn in February through March 2016.

The kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2-4 p.m. at Henry Ford Centennial Library. The Big Read wraps up with a visit from Poe himself on Saturday, March 19 (location TBD).

Sign up for email updates at www.bigreaddearborn.org!


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The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The program is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage people to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

Call for Entries

Big Read 2015-16 image Raven shadow (without markings)Do you like to write scary stories or mysteries? Do you have a ghost story to tell? Do you have any gothic poetry up your sleeve?

As part of The Big Read celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, Dearborn Public Library is sending out a call for original Poe inspired stories or poetry.

The deadline is November 15 (originally October 31). This program is open to all ages.

Your work may be selected for publication in the Poe short story collection.

To participate, email your short story (or other written work) of approximately one to three pages, along with one or two sentences about yourself, to hfischer@ci.dearborn.mi.us or thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

The content should be in a Word document or written as text in the email message. Please also complete the release form, which is available at bigreaddearborn.org, so that your work can be considered for publication.

Original photos and artwork, along with your narrative, are also welcome and can be emailed along with your text.

Possible topics include:

  • Scary / suspense or sci-fi stories or Mysteries
  • Ghost stories or poems
  • Something about dreams, as The Big Read theme is “Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before”
  • Anything else Poe related, whether fictional or true

Dearborn Public Library will compile all selected stories and produce a Poe book for its library collection. Also, copies will be available for purchase via a link on its website. Proceeds will benefit the Dearborn Public Library.

If you do not have access to email, you may also mail these items to:

Henry Ford Centennial Library
16301 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48126
Attn: The Big Read Dearborn

Fun-filled activities and events centered on Poe’s great tales and poems will take place in and around Dearborn in February through March 2016.

The kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, February 6, 2-4 p.m. at Henry Ford Centennial Library. The Big Read wraps up with a visit from Poe himself on Saturday, March 19 (location TBD).

Sign up for email updates at www.bigreaddearborn.org!


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The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The program is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage people to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

Big Read Project Launch: October 8

The public is invited to Henry Ford Centennial Library on Thursday, Oct. 8 for the launch of The Big Read Dearborn, a community-wide initiative that will focus on 19th Century poet and mystery and macabre writer Edgar Allan Poe.

The launch of The Big Read Dearborn will be 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 and will set the tone Big Read 2015-16 image Foam display black and whitefor a variety of fun and intriguing events centered on Poe that are being planned for February and March 2016.

The Oct. 8 launch will include free activities for children and adults, primarily inspired by the poem “The Raven,” perhaps Poe’s most famous work.

Craft-making for all ages and a screening of the 1963 film The Raven, starring Vincent Price, will be featured that night.

The Oct. 8 activities are designed to help people answer the question “Do You Know Poe?” That’s one of the tag lines for the promotion of The Big Read.

The Big Read Dearborn encourages people of all ages to read for pleasure and enlightenment and engage in fun and interesting activities related to a selected book. The Big Read Dearborn will use The Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe as the centerpiece of the 2015-16 program.

Many might recognize Poe for “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” “The Black Cat,” and the poem, “Annabel Lee.”

He also is considered the inventor of detective fiction and wrote early versions of science fiction stories. His writing has inspired many films.

This is the second time for The Big Read in Dearborn, following the successful series of events in 2014 that focused on author Jack London and The Call of the Wild.

During the Oct. 8 launch event, light refreshments will be served in the Rotunda area of the library, and the evening will include brief remarks from Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., Library Director Maryanne Bartles, and a representative from DFCU Financial, which is a major sponsor (Raven Level) of The Big Read Dearborn.

The Dearborn Public Schools and many Dearborn institutions, businesses, and organizations support The Big Read. View a full list of partners and sponsors here. Visit bigreaddearborn.org or dearbornlibrary.org for updates.

The Big Read is managed by Arts Midwest, and is a One Book One Community program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).