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”

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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

1:00 – 3:00pm

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).

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 available as ebook and in paperback

Call of the Wild cover for KindleCall of the Wild Dearborn: Animal Tales–a community anthology featuring animal stories, poems, and essays written by over 100 authors, many of whom have close ties to Dearborn–is now also available as an ebook!

Ebook copies are $8.99 each and are available for purchase at Smashwords.com or on Amazon.com as a “Kindle Edition.”

Paperback copies are $20 each and are still available for purchase at Createspace.com.

Proceeds help support Dearborn Public Library and its educational programming.