This Week’s Big Read Events

Calling all science fiction fans and pet owners! This week, Dearborn Heights Libraries will have a book discussion focusing on Jack London’s science fiction novel The Iron Heel. In addition, they will host veterinarian Nicole LeVeque who will speak about about natural health care for animals.

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 Iron Heel coverThe 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

Natural Care for Cats and DogsVeterinarian 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.

Lecture: Was Jack London a “Nature Faker”?

Big Read Lecture Flyer - Was Jack London a Nature FakerThe Henry Ford – Benson Ford Research Center Conference Room
Thursday, March 27, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Don’t forget the next upcoming lecture, Was Jack London a “Nature Faker”?
John Burroughs, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Nature Faker Controversy.
It will be held at The Henry Ford in the Benson Ford Research Center (Conference Room on the first floor) on Thursday, March 27, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

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? A discussion will follow this talk by Donna R. Braden, Curator of Public Life at The Henry Ford.

This Week’s Big Read Events

On Monday, the 1983 film Never Cry Wolf will be shown as part of the Blockbusters Free Film Series at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. The film is based on the book by Farley Mowat, a Canadian environmentalist. His book, first published in 1963, drew upon his experiences studying Arctic wolves in Canada. Find a copy at the Dearborn Public Library, available in both print and audiobook formats.

On Thursday, The Henry Ford will host a lecture and discussion in the Benson Ford Research Center Conference Room. Around 1903 when The Call of the Wild was first published, writers such as Jack London were accused of being “nature fakers” and criticized for portraying animals as having human characteristics. Attend the lecture Was Jack London a “Nature Faker”? to learn more about this controversy.

Many more events are still to come in the following weeks!

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

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? A discussion will follow this talk by Donna R. Braden, Curator of Public Life at The Henry Ford.

This Week’s Big Read Events

This week’s Big Read Dearborn events include the keynote lecture, the first book discussion, and a craft activity for children and teens, all held at the Henry Ford Centennial Library.

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. This event is part of Dearborn Public Library’s children and teen programs.

The Big Read Dearborn Kickoff Recap

One week ago, The Big Read Dearborn officially launched with a kickoff held at The Henry Ford. Over 700 people joined the festivities to kick off Dearborn’s 10-week literary adventure.

Big Read Dearborn photo - Kickoff - Sareini family viewing artwork displayAmong the attendees were several students from Dearborn Public Schools who worked on creating a special tabloid version of The Call of the Wild. Kickoff guests had an opportunity to view a display of original artwork that the students created for the tabloid.

 

Big Read Dearborn photo - Kickoff - Paperback tableFree copies of The Call of the Wild were distributed, along with the tabloid version created specifically for The Big Read Dearborn. Guests who signed up for Big Read email updates were entered into a raffle for free memberships to The Henry Ford, courtesy of Leader of the Pack sponsor DFCU Financial.

In the Anderson Theater, guests learned about the background and significance of The Big Read Dearborn from Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and representatives from the Dearborn Public Library, The Henry Ford, and DFCU Financial. The speeches led into a dramatic reading from The Call of the Wild and a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 film The Gold Rush.

Big Read Dearborn photo - Kickoff - Girl Scouts winter campingIn the Prechter Promenade, live piano music from the time period of the Klondike Gold Rush filled the hall as guests took part in activities that helped them learn more about the historical setting of The Call of the Wild. Representatives from the Boy Scouts brought their cold-weather camping gear to show what life might have been like for gold prospectors in the Klondike. Guests also had the opportunity to don a fur coat and hat like a Klondike gold prospector and snap photos against a wintry backdrop. Many kids (and adults) participated in a popular make-and-take activity that involved making a coaster featuring an image of Jack London’s wolf bookplate, held in the collections of The Henry Ford.

You can read more about the kickoff in two great articles by the Dearborn Press & Guide and AAUW Dearborn.

Pet Adoption Event Today

Saturday, March 15, 2014, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter Pet Training Center
2621 S. Telegraph Rd., Dearborn, MI 48124 (at Oxford, next to Pet Supplies Plus)

Big Read 2013-14 logo for Animal Shelter - Vertical logoThe Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a partner in The Big Read Dearborn, has wonderful cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies available for adoption. Attend their adoption events for a chance to meet these animals who are looking for their forever homes!

Also mark your calendars for the Mutt Strut & Pet Expo, which will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 10:00am – 3:00pm at Ford Field in Dearborn. 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!

Keynote Lecture: Darwinian Issues in The Call of the Wild

Big Read 2013-14 Flyer - Keynote LectureBig Read Keynote Lecture
Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium
Tuesday, March 18, 7 – 8 pm

Jack London devoted his whole career to grappling with the implications of Darwinian thought. Join us for this lecture presented by Dr. Lawrence I. Berkove, a University of Michigan-Dearborn emeritus professor and internationally recognized authority on Jack London.

This Week’s Big Read Events

The kickoff party is over, but the fun is just beginning! There are over 35 events coming up in the next ten weeks, and you can still pick up a free copy of The Call of the Wild in tabloid format, created by students from Dearborn Public Schools. Tabloids and Arabic/English dual-language copies of The Call of the Wild are available at the Dearborn Public Library.

Check out this week’s Big Read events:

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!

The Big Read Dearborn Kickoff is TODAY at The Henry Ford!

Wolf image from Saturday Evening Post cover

Saturday, March 8, 2014, 11:00am-2:00pm
Event is free and open to the public

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.

Program in the Anderson Theater

  • Welcome to The Big Read Dearborn Kickoff
  • Dramatic reading from The Call of the Wild
  • The Gold Rush, a movie starring Charlie Chaplin

Activities in the Prechter Promenade

  • A photo opportunity with a real dog sled and prospectors’ gear
  • Boy Scouts winter camping display
  • Popular music from the time of the Klondike Gold Rush
  • Make-and-take activity: make your own coaster featuring Jack London’s wolf bookplate
  • Display of artwork from Dearborn Public Schools students who created The Call of the Wild tabloid for The Big Read Dearborn

The Original “Call of the Wild”

Did you know that The Call of the Wild was first published in The Saturday Evening Post? It was published in five consecutive issues of the magazine from June 20, 1903 to July 18, 1903.

The Saturday Evening Post, June 20, 1903, feat. The Call of the Wild

The Saturday Evening Post, June 20, 1903
From the collections of The Henry Ford

The Big Read Dearborn is making The Call of the Wild available in a tabloid format that is similar to the way it was originally published. The tabloid was created by students from Dearborn Public Schools. Pick up your copy at the kickoff on Saturday, March 8 from 11:00 am-2:00 pm at The Henry Ford.