Countdown to the Kickoff: March 18

Don’t miss the Big Read Kickoff on Sunday, March 18, 3-5 p.m. at the Michael A. Guido Theater in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. The event is free and open to all and will feature:

  • Remarks from Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and Dearborn Library Commission President Marcel Pultorak.
  • Dance and music performances by Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, B.F. Raices Mexicanas de Detroit, Maples Music Ensemble, Nadanta (Indian Classical and Bollywood Fusion), and Polish Alliance Dancers.
  • FREE paperback copies of The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (including a limited number of copies in Arabic).
  • Premiere showing of a community-produced film on immigration and name stories with contributions from State Representative Abdullah Hammoud, Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja and Councilman David Bazzy, Dearborn business owner Karen Nigosian, Dearborn Board of Education President Mary Lane, and many others.
  • Other fun activities, such as a large world map display on which you can put a sticker indicating where your family is from, and drawing slips to enter to win a great prize. Drawing slips will be available at other select events throughout the Big Read. The winner will be announced at the Wrap Up on April 28.

The Big Read Dearborn, presented by Dearborn Public Library in partnership with several local community organizations, is celebrating Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and is themed “What’s in a name?” featuring over 40 fun and educational events in March and April for all ages. Visit bigreaddearborn.org or dearbornlibrary.org for details.

DFCU Financial, the East & West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities, Dearborn Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Library-Dearborn (FOLD) are all Silver sponsors at the $1,000 level. The University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigian Library, Henry Ford College Eshleman Library, AAUW-Dearborn, and the Dearborn Community Fund are all Bronze sponsors at the up to $500 level. Thank you to the NEA and all the partners and sponsors who are helping to make this program possible.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Submit an entry = chance to win

Bengali Chicken Roast, submitted by Rommel Morshed

We’re getting closer to the goal of 100 recipes and 100 stories, but we can’t get there without your help.

And, if you send in an entry, you will be entered in a drawing to win a great prize!

Click here to submit your family recipe.

Click here to submit your family story or poem.

More details at https://bigreaddearborn.org/call-for-entries/

Using the links above is the preferred method of sending in entries. However, please click here for a printable form if you would like to write down your recipe. Please send any of these completed forms to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com or mail to Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126, Attn: Big Read.

If you have any questions, please call (313) 943-2341 or email thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

Call for Entries Still Open

There is still time to submit your family recipes or stories!  We will keep accepting entries until we reach our goal of 100 recipes and 100 family stories and/or poems.

So far we’ve received 73 recipes and 70 family stories.  We’re almost there – we can get there with your help!  And this will help preserve your family’s history – a good way to start the new year.

Here is the link to upload your family recipe: http://bit.ly/2BgutRS

Or your family-related story or poem: http://bit.ly/2BgLrQc

More details at https://bigreaddearborn.org/call-for-entries/

Using the links above is the preferred method of sending in entries. However, please click here for a printable form if you would like to write down your recipe. Please send any of these completed forms to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com or mail to Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126, Attn: Big Read.

If you have any questions, please call (313) 943-2341 or email thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

There’s still time to send in your family recipes or stories

Upload your family recipe here.

Or your family-related story or poem here.

The deadline is December 31, 2017.

The goal is to publish 100 recipes and 100 family stories (and/or poems) as two separate community anthologies. So far we’ve received 53 recipes and 58 stories/poems. We can reach the goal with your help!

If you’d rather not fill out the online form above, you can print out a recipe entry form here, and either scan it and send to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com or mail to Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126, Attn: Big Read

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Call for Entries: Deadline Extended to December 31

Good news: the deadline to submit family recipes, poetry, or stories has been extended to December 31, 2017. This program is open to all ages and everyone is welcome to participate. Click here for details on how to submit an entry.

Here’s specifically what we’re looking for:

Family recipes:

  • Recipes passed down from generation to generation;
  • Something Grandma (or any relative) used to make;
  • Or any original family recipe.

Family stories:

  • Immigrant stories or stories about the immigrant experience, whether of current or previous generations.
  • Name stories: do you have a funny or interesting story about how you got your name? Or a story regarding your name or a relative’s name?
  • Family history: do you have a story you’d like to share about Grandpa or some other relative? It’s all part of the history.
  • Family tree: have you done any research on your family tree? Got any interesting tidbits to share?
  • Fiction or poetry relating to themes of immigration, naming, and/or family history.
  • Or a family letter with some context included.

Please email any associated photos, images, or illustrations to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

Your submission may be selected for publication in a community anthology.

If you have any questions, please call (313) 943-2341 or email thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Call for Entries – more details

Here are more details on the call for family recipes or stories:

Family recipes – here’s mainly what we’re looking for:

  • Recipes passed down from generation to generation, or
  • Something Grandma (or Grandpa, or any relative) used to make, or
  • Any original family recipe.

Click here to submit your recipe.

Family stories – here’s mainly what we’re looking for:

  • Immigrant stories
  • Name stories: do you have a funny or interesting story about how you got your name? Or a story concerning your name or a relative’s name in some way?
  • Family history – do you have a story you’d like to share about Grandma or some other relative? It’s all part of the history.
  • Family tree: have you done any research on your family tree? Got any interesting tidbits to share?
  • Fiction or poetry relating to themes of immigration, naming, and/or family history.

Click here to fill out the entry form for family stories. Once the form is completed, please send your story as a Word document, rich text format, or email (and any photos or images associated with your story) to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com

Length: 1-4 pages, double or single spaced. If it’s a little longer or shorter, that’s fine too.

This is open to all ages and anyone is welcome to participate.

The deadline is October 31, 2017.

We hope you are considering submitting a family recipe or story! If you have any questions, please call (313) 943-2330 and pick option two or email thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com

Video Project

Do you have an immigrant story to share? Or a story about your name or family history?

Now’s your chance to have it immortalized on film, and it may even be selected to be part of a video to premier at the Big Read Kickoff on Sunday, March 18, 2018!

The “Tell Us Your Stories” video project is presented by Dearborn Public Library in coordination with the Dearborn Public Schools, the City of Dearborn Department of Public Information, the Dearborn Community Fund, and CDTV. This program is open to all ages and anyone who has resided in Dearborn, whether currently or previously. Click here to view the flyer.

If you’re interested, please reserve a spot to tell your story in one of three ways: 1) stop by any Dearborn Public Library; 2) call (313) 943-2330 and pick option two; or 3) visit dearbornlibrary.org and click on “Events Calendar and Registration.” Each time slot is thirty minutes, and each interview is expected to last roughly 15 minutes.

Filming times are Monday, October 23 through Friday, October 27, 12:30-2 p.m. at Dearborn High School, 19501 W. Outer Dr., and Wednesday, October 25, 6-8:30 p.m. in the Michael A. Guido Theater at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave.

Tips on how to get ready for your interview: You will be asked an opening question to the effect of: “Tell us your name and your story” or “What brought you to Dearborn?” To help improve the visual quality of the film, do not wear white or black clothes; rather wear pastels or gray. Bring any interesting family photos you would like to share. Please arrive about five minutes early so staff can get you set up for your interview. Get ready to contribute to Dearborn’s rich and varied history!

The Big Read Dearborn is celebrating Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and is themed “What’s in a name?” featuring several related programs scheduled for March and April, 2018. Visit bigreaddearborn.org or dearbornlibrary.org for more information and for updates.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

#BigReadDearborn

Call for Family Recipes or Stories

Do you have a family recipe or an immigrant story to share? Or a story about your name or family tree? Send it to us and it will be considered for publication in a community anthology. We will print two anthologies: one regarding recipes and another regarding immigrant and/or name stories. This program is open to all ages and we welcome everyone to participate.

Family recipes:

We’re especially looking for recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, but any original family recipe is eligible for consideration. Click here to submit your recipe. If there are any photos or images associated with your recipe, please send them to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com

Immigrant / family history / name stories:

Your story can be about you or one of your relatives, whether of current or previous generations. Please limit to 1-4 pages. Click here to fill out the entry form. Once the form is completed, please send your story as a Word document or rich text format (and any photos or images associated with your story) to thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com

The deadline to submit recipes or stories is Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

Click here to view the flyer.

Big Read Project Launch

The Big Read “What’s in a name?” Project Launch is on Tuesday, August 22, 6-7 p.m. at Henry Ford Centennial Library in the auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. Learn about the upcoming Big Read and the call for family recipes and immigrant stories, and enjoy light refreshments and a reading from Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake by Tony Lucas of The Henry Ford!