Photo Exhibit Opening Reception

Thursday, May 1 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Henry Ford Centennial Library, Rotunda Gallery
16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

Big Read 2013-14 Flyer Photo Exhibit flyerAttend the opening reception of the Do You Hear the Call? Photo Exhibit, juried by noted photographer Monte Nagler, and presented by the Dearborn Public Library and the Dearborn Community Fund. Amazing works of photography featuring the environment, nature, and wildlife are now on display in the Rotunda Gallery at the Henry Ford Centennial Library until May 19. Winners of the photo competition will be announced at the reception and light refreshments will be served. Like all Big Read events, the reception is free and open to the public.

Robert W. Service, “The Bard of the Yukon”

April is National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poetry and its place in American culture. As we bid farewell to April and head into warmer days, here are some poems to keep you in The Call of the Wild spirit.

Robert_W._ServiceCanadian poet Robert W. Service has been called “The Bard of the Yukon.” Among his poems are “The Spell of the Yukon,” “The Cremation of Sam McGee,” “The Law of the Yukon,” and even one called “The Call of the Wild“!

Although Jack London is more well-known for his novels and short stories, he also wrote poetry such as “The Klondyker’s Dream,” which was inspired by his time in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush.

Listen to a dramatic reading of Robert W. Service’s poem “The Spell of the Yukon”!

 

This Week’s Big Read Events

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

C_Alexander_London-300x202Date and Time: Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Henry Ford Centennial Library, Auditorium, 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.

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT – Photo Exhibit Opening Reception

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

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

Works from the Do You Hear the Call? Open Photo Competition, selected by juror Monte Nagler, 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?

Dorothy-McLeerDate 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 University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Environmental Interpretive Center will present this children’s program. Through props and activities, children will learn what it’s like to be a wolf.

Lecture: C. Alexander London, Author of the Dog Tags Series

Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30pm
Henry Ford Centennial Library, Auditorium
16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

C. Alexander LondonC. Alexander London, the author of the Dog Tags series will be at the Henry Ford Centennial Library to talk about getting in touch with your wild side and writing through an animal’s perspective.

Dog Tags is a series for older children and teens, featuring stories of soldiers and their canine friends in war. Check out some of his books from the Dearborn Public Library!

  • Barnes & Noble will have books available for purchase before and after the event.
  • Author signing will take place after the presentation.
  • No registration, but space is limited. All ages welcome.

George Guidall, Actor and Audiobook Narrator, Visits Dearborn Today!

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Henry Ford Centennial Library, Auditorium
16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

Big Read Dearborn George Guidall FlyerGo behind the scenes of audiobook production with George Guidall, a superstar of audiobook narration who 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. This year, he will receive a Special Achievement Award from the Audio Publishers Association in honor of his distinguished career.

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.

This special event is free with no registration necessary.  Attend and enter a raffle to win free audiobooks!

This Week’s Big Read Events

movie_clapperboard     BLOCKBUSTER FILM SERIES – White Fang

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

Location: Henry Ford Centennial Library, Auditorium, 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, Auditorium, 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 in the children’s area at 1:30 p.m.; film in the auditorium 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). Pick up a free copy of the book at any Dearborn Public Library location.

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, Auditorium, 16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126-2792

Big Read Dearborn George Guidall FlyerGeorge 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.

Animal Tales is Coming Soon…

We sent out a call for animal stories and you answered it!  We have over 100 animal tales, which will be published as a book soon. We hope to have an Animal Tales author meet-and-greet at the Wrap-up Party on May 17! Keep checking the website for updates. For now, we have a sneak preview of the cover for Animal Tales!

Animal Tales book cover

Lecture: An Afternoon with George Guidall, Actor and Audiobook Narrator

The Big Read Dearborn will present a free, special program featuring the man behind the voice, George Guidall, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in the auditorium at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn.

Big Read Dearborn George Guidall FlyerGeorge Guidall has been delighting listeners and relieving long car trips for more than 20 years. As an audiobook narrator, Guidall has narrated and recorded more than 900 unabridged novels including classics like Crime and Punishment and best sellers like Snow Falling on Cedars and Lillian Braun’s “Cat who . . .” series. Guidall is widely recognized in the audiobook industry and has received two Audie Awards (the industry’s equivalent of an Oscar) during his career. This year, he will receive a Special Achievement Award from the Audio Publishers Association in honor of his distinguished career.

In addition to being an award-winning audiobook narrator, Guidall also has a long established career as a Broadway actor. During his 40-year career in the theatre that includes many starring roles, he has shared the stage with Kevin Kline, Morgan Freeman, and Meryl Streep. Guidall has received an Obie award for best performance off Broadway.

As a special part of his Big Read Dearborn presentation, Guidall will perform a dramatic reading from The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Guidall considers narration an art form that speaks to the primal human need for narrative. During this program, he will also share personal stories, anecdotes and out-takes about narration production.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to be entered in a raffle to win a Guidall audiobook. For more information, please call the Dearborn Public Library at 313-943-2330.

Youth Photo Exhibition Entries Due April 21

Calling all youth photographers! Answer the call by submitting a photo of the environment, nature, or wildlife to The Big Read Dearborn’s Youth Photo Exhibition. View the full submission guidelines and enter a photo for a chance to win a gift card prize!

Big Read Dearborn Youth Photo Competition

  • Contest open to those ages 18 & under.
  • There is no entry fee.
  • Photos must be submitted by April 21, 2014.
  • Photos will be on display in the youth area of the Henry Ford Centennial Library during May 2014.

Photo Competition Entries Due on April 28

There are only two weeks left to prepare your submissions for the “Do You Hear the Call?” Open Photo Competition! The competition will recognize outstanding photographic images featuring themes of nature, wildlife and the environment. Enter for a chance to win the $500 Best in Show award!

Big Read Photo CompetitionAmateur and professional photographers 14 years of age or older are welcome to submit up to two works in the competition which will be juried by award-winning Michigan photographer Monte Nagler. Dearborn residency is not required to enter this competition. Entry fees are $15 for one entry or $25 for two entries per artist. Works must be delivered on April 28, between 2:00 and 6:00 p.m. to Henry Ford Centennial Library. Selected works will be exhibited at the Library from May 1-19, 2014.

For additional details about preparing and delivering entries for submission in the competition, download the entry form, pick up an entry form at any Dearborn Public Library location or the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, or call 313-943-5478.