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) 943-2330 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.

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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!

Big Read Is Back, Again!

The Dearborn Public Library will once again inspire the community to engage in reading and join in fun and educational events across Dearborn, after receiving its third grant to host the Big Read. The Big Read for 2017-18 will focus on The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The theme of the latest Big Read is “What’s in a name?” and programming will concentrate on names, family history, and the immigrant experience, with the library inviting people of all ages and backgrounds to join in and share their stories.

The adventure begins with a project launch at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22 at Henry Ford Centennial Library.

That night, there will be light refreshments, details about the 2017-2018 program and a call out to the community for original family recipes and family immigration stories, past and present.

The Library will compile and publish submissions as two anthologies: one showcasing family recipes and the other concerning immigration stories.

The Namesake was published in 2003, and quickly became an international bestseller. A popular film version was released in 2006. Here is a brief introduction to the book from the Big Read website (neabigread.org):

What’s in a name? For Gogol Ganguli, American-born of Bengali parentage bearing a Russian writer’s surname, this question is neither easily answered nor easily dismissed. Straddling two generations, two cultures, and with two first names, Gogol moves through life with a sense he never quite fits in. Jhumpa Lahiri’s understated exploration of identity and cultural assimilation in The Namesake illuminates for us all the question “Who am I?” while bringing alive the colors, flavors, and textures of immigrant Indian life in America.  

The Library also plans to work with CDTV, which is the City of Dearborn’s Department of Public Information’s cable television channel, and Dearborn Public Schools to film people’s immigrant stories in October 2017 and produce a video for the March 18, 2018 kickoff.

The March kickoff will also feature free copies of The Namesake, and live performances from a number of groups representing a sampling of Dearborn’s cultural diversity.

Throughout the remainder of March and the first half of April 2018, there will be many fun-filled events for the community to learn more about the book and its themes, including lectures, films, book discussions, classes, a food tasting, and many other programs for all ages.

To help bring this massive project to life, Dearborn Public Library is partnering with many institutions and organizations, including The Henry Ford, the Arab American National Museum, the Dearborn Community Fund, Dearborn Public Schools, the City of Dearborn Department of Public Information, Artspace, Dearborn Library Foundation, Dearborn Library Commission, Friends of the Library-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D) Mardigian Library, Henry Ford College Eshleman Library, Beaumont Medical Library, East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority, Dearborn Inn, Green Brain Comics, and Dearborn Heights Libraries. The list continues to grow.

Organizations or businesses interested in partnering to help make the Big Read a community-wide experience should contact the library at (313) 943-2037.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Dearborn Public Library is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2017 and June 2018. The NEA presents NEA Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Dearborn’s first Big Read was The Call of the Wild by Jack London in 2013-14 and the second was Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe in 2015-16.

Please visit dearbornlibrary.org or bigreaddearborn.org for updates on the 2017-2018 Big Read.

Photos from Author Meet & Greet

Author Group Photo (take one)Authors of Dreaming Dreams, a community anthology of Poe-inspired stories and poems, came together on October 25 at Henry Ford Centennial Library for a meet & greet, public readings, and autographs. Click here to see photos from the event. Click here to see the program guide, which includes a list of all the authors who read their work in the auditorium. What a special night! Thank you to all the authors and everyone else who helped make it a success!

We also wanted to note that one of the authors, Debbie Okun Hill, wrote a wonderful blog post about the event. Click here to read her post.

Poe Book: Author Meet & Greet

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Some of the book’s authors with Poe at the Big Read Wrap Up Party in March.

The Dearborn Public Library is hosting a public “Meet & Greet” on Oct. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Henry Ford Centennial Library for the authors of Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before, a community anthology of Edgar Allan Poe-inspired stories and poems created by over 150 authors, many of whom have close ties to Dearborn.

The event is free and registration is not required. Light refreshments will be served.

The book was a result of the Big Read celebration of Edgar Allan Poe earlier in 2016. Its chapter headings include: Celestial, Dreams, Ghost, Horror, Madness, Mystery, Poetry, and Tribute.

There will be an opportunity for 10-15 authors to sign up to read their story or poem to the audience.

A limited number of copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event for $16 each. Copies can also be purchased online at Createspace.com or Amazon.com. All proceeds go towards funding future community-wide reading projects in and around Dearborn. Additionally, with a Dearborn Public Library card, you can reserve a copy for checkout here.

Click here for an event flyer.

Hope to see you there!