Events

The Big Read Dearborn Schedule of Events [PDF]

Schedule of Events (updated March 10, 2014)

The Big Read Dearborn kicks off on March 8, 2014! Join the kickoff festivities and emBARK on a 10-week literary adventure including over 35 events – book discussions, film screenings, lectures, and special events for all ages.

All Big Read events are free and open to the public.

View a list of events below or download the schedule of events.

 

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MARCH EVENTS

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT – The Big Read Dearborn Kickoff

Date and Time: Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location: The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124

The adventure begins at The Henry Ford in the Anderson Theater and Prechter Promenade, featuring free books, music, activities, and a film screening of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. Join the program in the Anderson Theater with a dramatic reading from The Call of the Wild; then stay to watch The Gold Rush or take part in the activities in the Promenade. Enjoy live piano music from the time period of the Klondike Gold Rush, view a cold-weather camping demo from the Boy Scouts, make your own coaster featuring Jack London’s wolf bookplate, and view an exhibit featuring the artwork of high school students who designed The Call of the Wild tabloid for The Big Read Dearborn.

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN) – Hear the Call Storytime

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 11, 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.

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (TEENS) – Survival Skills

Date and Time: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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

Answer the call of the wild and learn a variety of ways to survive in the wilderness. Open to students in grades 6-12.

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT – Pet Adoption

Date and Time: Saturday, March 15, 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!

speech_bubble     KEYNOTE LECTURE – Darwinian Issues in The Call of the Wild

Date and Time: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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

London devoted his whole career to grappling with the implications of Darwinian thought. The novel is best understood and appreciated as a thoughtful but not conclusive stage in London’s Darwinianism. Works of his with Darwinian themes bracket the novel, and all show his mind engaged with Darwinian thought at an unexpectedly sophisticated level. Lecture presented by Dr. Lawrence I. Berkove, an internationally recognized authority on Jack London and Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

green book     BOOK DISCUSSION – Classics Revisited at Dearborn Public Library

Date and Time: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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

The Classics Revisited book club will meet to discuss The Call of the Wild.

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

Date and Time: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:00am – 7:00pm

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

Drop-in craft. Make a mini sled dog, just like Buck from The Call of the Wild. Younger children may need adult assistance. Crafts available while supplies last.

movie_clapperboard     BLOCKBUSTER FILM SERIES – Never Cry Wolf

Date and Time: Monday, March 24, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Join us for the first installment of the “Do You Hear the Call?” film series. Synopsis: A government researcher, sent to research the “menace” of wolves in the north, learns about the true beneficial and positive nature of the species (105 minutes, rated PG).

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LECTURE – Was Jack London a “Nature Faker”? John Burroughs, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Nature Faker Controversy

Date and Time: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center Conference Room, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124

Americans’ increasing interest in nature by the early 20th century led to the publishing of several new animal stories, including Jack London’s The Call of the Wild. Enter renowned naturalist John Burroughs, who attacked these stories as unscientific and their authors as ill-informed “nature fakers.” Eventually, even President Theodore Roosevelt became embroiled in the controversy. What were the points of view presented by each of these people? Which side of the controversy would you take? Discussion will follow a talk by Donna R. Braden, Curator of Public Life at The Henry Ford.

APRIL EVENTS

green book     BOOK DISCUSSION – Jack London’s The Iron Heel

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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

The Science Fiction book club at the Dearborn Heights City Libraries will discuss The Iron Heel by Jack London. Summary: In the early twentieth century, the United States diverged from the path of the history we know. Viewed from 800 years in the future, through the pages of an ancient manuscript, we learn that huge business conglomerates became all-powerful and ordinary people little more than slaves – the property of a despotic regime that controlled their lives.

speech_bubble     LECTURE – Natural Care for Cats and Dogs

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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

Veterinarian Nicole Leveque will show how your cat, dog or other animal companion could lead a healthier life through nontraditional treatments such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, herbal and other remedies. Please call (313) 791-3800 to register.

movie_clapperboard     BLOCKBUSTER FILM SERIES – Balto

Date 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.

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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

Date 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.

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.

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!

movie_clapperboard     BLOCKBUSTER FILM SERIES – White Fang

Date and Time: Monday, April 21, 2014, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

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

Synopsis: Jack London’s classic adventure story about the friendship between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from the hands of a man who mistreats him (107 minutes, rated PG).

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“LET’S GO TO THE MOVIES” FILM SERIES (CHILDREN & TEENS) Snow Buddies

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1:30pm – 3:30pm

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

Come watch “Snow Buddies” (2007) as part of our “Let’s Go to the Movies” film series. Synopsis: Adorable golden retriever puppies head to Alaska for a sled dog race and make new friends (87 minutes, rated G). Craft at 1:30 p.m.; film at 2 p.m.

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

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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

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

green book     BOOK DISCUSSION – ESL Book Discussion in Arabic/English

Date and Time: Thursday, April 24, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Esper Branch Library, 12929 West Warren, Dearborn, MI 48126

Librarian Isabella Rowan will moderate a discussion of The Call of the Wild using bilingual copies of the book (Arabic/English).

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT – An Afternoon with George Guidall

Date and Time: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126-2792

George Guidall has recorded over 900 unabridged novels and is the recipient of two Audie Awards for excellence in audiobook narration (the industry’s equivalent of the Oscars). His 40-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie award for best performance Off-Broadway, and frequent television appearances. Guidall will present “The Art and Artifice of Audiobook Narration,” offering a glimpse behind the scenes of audiobook production. With signature humor and wit, he will share personal stories, anecdotes and out-takes, describing the subtleties of an art form that speaks to a primal human need for narrative. He will also perform a dramatic reading from Jack London’s The Call of the Wild.

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YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN & TEENS) – C. Alexander London, Author of the Dog Tags Series

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

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

C. Alexander London, author of the Dog Tags series, will talk about getting in touch with your wild side and writing through an animal’s perspective. All ages welcome.

MAY EVENTS

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT – Photo Exhibit Opening Reception

Date and Time: Thursday, May 1, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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

Selected works from the Do You Hear the Call? Open Photo Competition will be on public display at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in the Rotunda Gallery from May 1 to May 19. Awards will be presented during the opening reception.

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN) – Who Wants To Be a Wolf?

Date and Time: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Henry Ford Centennial Library, Youth Services Program Room, 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI 48126

Dorothy McLeer of the Environmental Interpretive Center will present this children’s program. Through props and activities, children will learn what it’s like to be a wolf.

green book     BOOK DISCUSSION – AAUW Dearborn

Date and Time: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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

The American Association of Women (AAUW) Dearborn Branch will discuss The Call of the Wild.

speech_bubble     LECTURE – Michigan Wolves: Past, Present, and Future

Date and Time: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

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

Dorothy McLeer of the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center will discuss the history and the current status of wolves in Michigan.

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT Mutt Strut & Pet Expo

Date and Time: Saturday, May 10, 2014, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Ford Field, 22051 Cherry Hill St., Dearborn, MI 48126

The Mutt Strut & Pet Expo is a pledge-driven dog walk and community-wide animal celebration with lots of entertainment, shopping, and fun focused on pets and their families. It will take place rain or shine – all weather is dog weather!

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. 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, an old-time photo booth, gold panning, and popcorn.