Look Who’s Reading The Call of the Wild!


You might recognize some familiar faces reading The Call of the Wild: Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., State Representative George T. Darany, State Representative Harvey Santana, and Dearborn City Council members, just to name a few.

Join Dearborn leaders, employees, and residents in reading The Call of the Wild by Jack London and participate in over 35 events for all ages from March 8 to May 17, 2014. Do you hear the call?

Animal Tales is Coming Soon…

We sent out a call for animal stories and you answered it!  We have over 100 animal tales, which will be published as a book soon. We hope to have an Animal Tales author meet-and-greet at the Wrap-up Party on May 17! Keep checking the website for updates. For now, we have a sneak preview of the cover for Animal Tales!

Animal Tales book cover

Lecture: An Afternoon with George Guidall, Actor and Audiobook Narrator

The Big Read Dearborn will present a free, special program featuring the man behind the voice, George Guidall, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the auditorium at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn.

Big Read Dearborn George Guidall FlyerGeorge Guidall has been delighting listeners and relieving long car trips for more than 20 years. As an audiobook narrator, Guidall has narrated and recorded more than 900 unabridged novels including classics like Crime and Punishment and best sellers like Snow Falling on Cedars and Lillian Braun’s “Cat who . . .” series. Guidall is widely recognized in the audiobook industry and has received two Audie Awards (the industry’s equivalent of an Oscar) during his career. This year, he will receive a Special Achievement Award from the Audio Publishers Association in honor of his distinguished career.

In addition to being an award-winning audiobook narrator, Guidall also has a long established career as a Broadway actor. During his 40-year career in the theatre that includes many starring roles, he has shared the stage with Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, and Meryl Streep. Guidall has received an Obie award for best performance off Broadway.

As a special part of his Big Read Dearborn presentation, Guidall will perform a dramatic reading from The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Guidall considers narration an art form that speaks to the primal human need for narrative. During this program, he will also share personal stories, anecdotes and out-takes about narration production.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to be entered in a raffle to win a Guidall audiobook. For more information, please call the Dearborn Public Library at 313-943-2330.

Youth Photo Exhibition Entries Due April 21

Calling all youth photographers! Answer the call by submitting a photo of the environment, nature, or wildlife to The Big Read Dearborn’s Youth Photo Exhibition. View the full submission guidelines and enter a photo for a chance to win a gift card prize!

Big Read Dearborn Youth Photo Competition

  • Contest open to those ages 18 & under.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Photos must be submitted by April 21, 2014.
  • Photos will be on display in the youth area of the Henry Ford Centennial Library during May 2014.

Photo Competition Entries Due on April 28

There are only two weeks left to prepare your submissions for the “Do You Hear the Call?” Open Photo Competition! The competition will recognize outstanding photographic images featuring themes of nature, wildlife and the environment. Enter for a chance to win the $500 Best in Show award!

Big Read Photo CompetitionAmateur and professional photographers 14 years of age or older are welcome to submit up to two works in the competition which will be juried by award-winning Michigan photographer Monte Nagler. Dearborn residency is not required to enter this competition. Entry fees are $15 for one entry or $25 for two entries per artist. Works must be delivered on April 28, between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. to Henry Ford Centennial Library. Selected works will be exhibited at the Library from May 1-19, 2014.

For additional details about preparing and delivering entries for submission in the competition, download the entry form, pick up an entry form at any Dearborn Public Library location or the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, or call 313-943-5478.

This Week’s Big Read Events

This week is National Library Week (April 13-19), a time to celebrate the role of libraries in communities across the U.S. This year’s theme is “Lives change @ your library.” There’s no better time to get involved in library activities!

The Dearborn Public Library and Dearborn Heights Libraries are bringing to you three wonderful youth programs this week. In addition, the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter will have another pet adoption event on Saturday, April 19. If you’ve been thinking about adopting, it’s the perfect chance to meet your new furry friend!

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN) – Animal Capers Goes to the Dogs

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library, 24602 Van Born Rd., Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Youth librarian Mr. Jim is in the dog house when the canines take over the puppet show.

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

Date and Time: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 11:00am – 7:00pm

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

Drop-in craft. Get in touch with your wild side while making a wolf mask. Younger children may need adult assistance. Crafts available while supplies last.

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (TEENS) – Pizza & Pages

Date and Time: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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

Discuss Jack London’s The Call of the Wild and meet new friends while enjoying free pizza! Open to students in grades 6-12. Register today.

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT – Pet Adoption

Date and Time: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter Pet Training Center, 2621 S. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn, MI 48124 (at Oxford, next to Pet Supplies Plus)

The Dearborn Animal Shelter has wonderful cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies available for adoption. This is a chance to meet these animals who are looking for their forever homes!

DFCU Financial Volunteers Perform Dramatic Readings at Dearborn Schools

Logo - DFCU colorEarlier this month, local branch employees from Leader of the Pack sponsor DFCU Financial visited two Dearborn schools, Salina Elementary and McDonald Elementary, to perform dramatic readings from The Call of the Wild for over 200 students. Read more about it in the Press and Guide, “Dearborn Students Take a ‘Wild’ Reading Trip.”

“Coyotes of the Rouge” Lecture Today & Upcoming Lectures

Dodge BillDon’t forget about today’s lecture, Coyotes of the Rouge, presented by Bill Dodge, a PhD candidate at Wayne State University. Learn about the urban coyotes living in Dearborn and the Metro Detroit area. The lecture will be held at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in the Auditorium from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Big Read 2013-14 photo George GuidallAlso mark your calendars for An Afternoon with George Guidall on Saturday, April 26, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. George Guidall has recorded over 900 audiobooks and will present “The Art and Artifice of Audio book Narration,” offering a glimpse behind the scenes of audiobook production. As a special performance for The Big Read Dearborn, he will perform a dramatic reading from The Call of the Wild.

C. Alexander LondonOn Wednesday, April 30, 6:00pm 8:00pm, the Dearborn Public Library will have a special visit from C. Alexander London, author of the Dog Tags series, who will talk about getting in touch with your wild side and writing through an animal’s perspective. All ages are welcome.

All lectures will be held at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. For more information about these programs and others, check out the full schedule of events.

This Week’s Big Read Events

Check out this week’s Big Read events!

movie_clapperboard     BLOCKBUSTER FILM SERIES – Balto

baltoDate and Time: Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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

Synopsis: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska (78 minutes, rated G).

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN) – Hear the Call Storytime

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 8, 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.

green book


BOOK DISCUSSION – R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) at the Mardigian Library

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Mardigian Library, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128

The R.E.A.D. Book Club will meet to discuss The Call of the Wild.

speech_bubble     LECTURE – Coyotes of the Rouge

Dodge BillDate and Time: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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

Bill Dodge, a PhD candidate at Wayne State University, will give a presentation on the coyotes of the Rouge River.

The Big Read Dearborn T-shirts Available

Do You Hear the Call?
Call of the Wild t-shirt

You can get your very own Big Read Dearborn t-shirt with a howling wolf logo on the front and partner logos on the back.

Adult and kid sizes of Big Read Dearborn t-shirts are for sale at the Henry Ford Centennial Library check-out desk for $15.

Show your support of The Big Read Dearborn in style!

Lecture: Coyotes of the Rouge

Coyotes of the Rouge flyer [PDF]Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Henry Ford Centennial Library, Auditorium
16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

The Big Read Dearborn will host a free, special program about coyotes living along the Rouge River at 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, presented by William ‘Bill’ Dodge, a local coyote researcher.

This interesting event will be in the auditorium at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue.  The program is open to all ages.

A program on coyotes fits into The Big Read activities, which focuses on Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild, because that book deals with dogs and wolves in the Yukon. Dearborn and the surrounding area don’t have wolves, but coyotes are part of the wildlife in the region.

Dodge is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University.  His doctoral research involves gathering baseline data on the ecology of coyotes (Canis latrans) in the greater metropolitan Detroit area.  He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in conservation and wildlife management from Michigan State University.  His M.S. thesis research examined survival, reproduction, and movements of moose in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Keep an eye out for other events, such as the “Do You Hear the Call?” Photo Exhibit opening on May 1 (turn in photos on April 28), audiobook superstar George Guidall on April 26, and C. Alexander London (author of the children’s series, Dog Tags) on April 30. The Big Read Dearborn ends with a Wrap-up Party at Henry Ford Centennial Library on Saturday, May 17, featuring real sled dogs, gold panning, an old-time photo booth, popcorn, and more!