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

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

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 (

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 or 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


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 or 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!

Dreaming Dreams Book Now Available at HFCL (and branches next week)

A limited number of paperback copies of the Dreaming Dreams book are now available for purchase at Henry Ford Centennial Library (HFCL), 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, at the Adult Reference Desk or in Administration for $16 each (no tax). We accept cash, or checks made out to Friends of the Library-Dearborn. Copies will also be available at the branches (Bryant and Esper) next week. Check Library hours at our website.

We still have a few copies of Animal Tales, which was the book from our previous Big Read, available in Administration at HFCL. There is a “deal” going on: Buy a copy of Dreaming Dreams AND Animal Tales for $25.

Copies of Dreaming Dreams can still purchased online through CreateSpace ( or Amazon ( When copies are purchased online, they cost $16 each plus shipping.

We are working on adding copies to the Library collection for checkout. We hope to let you know as soon as those are ready.

Thank you so much and have a good weekend!

Dreaming Dreams Book Is Now Available!

Dreaming Dreams Front Cover Final JPEGThank you very much for your patience. The book, Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before, is now available! Please spread the word. Here is a flyer to post or share with your friends and family.

In this collection of Poe inspired stories and poems, you will find dreams (and nightmares), ghost stories, horror, madness, mystery, imagination, and even some humor. It is about 450 pages long and has works from over 150 authors.

Paperback copies are $16 each (plus shipping if ordered online). To order copies online, visit

  • Click on “Add to Cart”
  • Enter your email address, select “I am a new customer,” and click on “Log In”
  • Set up your account (enter first and last name, choose password) and click “Continue”
  • Select quantity you would like to order and click “Check Out”
  • Enter shipping address, billing information, and review your order

It is also available for purchase here on Consider asking your friends and family to read it and write reviews. There is even a “Look Inside” feature, so you can get a glimpse of what the book looks like inside.

However, we should note that the Library receives slightly more revenue if copies are purchased directly from Any funds raised from this book will go towards future Big Reads in Dearborn.

We will be purchasing a limited number of copies to sell at all Dearborn Public Library branches for $16 each. We will add some copies to the collection, so with a Dearborn Public Library card you will be able to check out a copy for free. We will let you know when those copies are available. For now, copies can be purchased online at the sites listed above.

We hope you enjoy this anthology. To the authors who contributed works: congratulations on your achievement! We hope to preserve your stories and poems for future generations. Thank you to the community for all your help and support!


Dreaming Dreams Book Coming Soon

Get ready for the last installment of The Big Read! The book of Poe inspired stories and poems, entitled Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before, will be coming out soon.

Once the book is available, paperback print-on-demand copies can be purchased from or We anticipate the cost will be $20 per copy. Any proceeds will go towards funding future Big Reads in Dearborn. We will also be adding copies to the library collection, so with a Dearborn Public Library card, you can check out a copy for free.

We have over 150 authors in the collection, and the book is about 440 pages long!  The book contains an introduction, and eight chapters with author bios, acknowledgements, and an author index at the end. The formatting of the book is similar to the first community anthology we published entitled Call of the Wild Dearborn: Animal Tales, though it will be about 100 pages longer than Animal Tales. 

Dreaming Dreams No Mortal Ever Dared to Dream Before Cover Complete

We’re very excited about this project! Please visit for updates, and we hope to have the Poe book available soon–within the next month or so. Thank you very much for your support and for your patience.