This Week’s Big Read Events

This week is National Library Week (April 13-19), a time to celebrate the role of libraries in communities across the U.S. This year’s theme is “Lives change @ your library.” There’s no better time to get involved in library activities!

The Dearborn Public Library and Dearborn Heights Libraries are bringing to you three wonderful youth programs this week. In addition, the Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter will have another pet adoption event on Saturday, April 19. If you’ve been thinking about adopting, it’s the perfect chance to meet your new furry friend!

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN) – Animal Capers Goes to the Dogs

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 15, 2014, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library, 24602 Van Born Rd., Dearborn Heights, MI 48127

Youth librarian Mr. Jim is in the dog house when the canines take over the puppet show.

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN & TEENS) – Third Thursday Craft

Date and Time: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 11:00am – 7:00pm

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

Drop-in craft. Get in touch with your wild side while making a wolf mask. Younger children may need adult assistance. Crafts available while supplies last.

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (TEENS) – Pizza & Pages

Date and Time: Thursday, April 17, 2014, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

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

Discuss Jack London’s The Call of the Wild and meet new friends while enjoying free pizza! Open to students in grades 6-12. Register today.

paw-print     SPECIAL EVENT – Pet Adoption

Date and Time: Saturday, April 19, 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!

DFCU Financial Volunteers Perform Dramatic Readings at Dearborn Schools

Logo - DFCU colorEarlier this month, local branch employees from Leader of the Pack sponsor DFCU Financial visited two Dearborn schools, Salina Elementary and McDonald Elementary, to perform dramatic readings from The Call of the Wild for over 200 students. Read more about it in the Press and Guide, “Dearborn Students Take a ‘Wild’ Reading Trip.”

“Coyotes of the Rouge” Lecture Today & Upcoming Lectures

Dodge BillDon’t forget about today’s lecture, Coyotes of the Rouge, presented by Bill Dodge, a PhD candidate at Wayne State University. Learn about the urban coyotes living in Dearborn and the Metro Detroit area. The lecture will be held at the Henry Ford Centennial Library in the Auditorium from 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Big Read 2013-14 photo George GuidallAlso mark your calendars for An Afternoon with George Guidall on Saturday, April 26, 1:00pm – 3:00pm. George Guidall has recorded over 900 audiobooks and will present “The Art and Artifice of Audio book Narration,” offering a glimpse behind the scenes of audiobook production. As a special performance for The Big Read Dearborn, he will perform a dramatic reading from The Call of the Wild.

C. Alexander LondonOn Wednesday, April 30, 6:00pm 8:00pm, the Dearborn Public Library will have a special visit from C. Alexander London, author of the Dog Tags series, who will talk about getting in touch with your wild side and writing through an animal’s perspective. All ages are welcome.

All lectures will be held at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. For more information about these programs and others, check out the full schedule of events.

This Week’s Big Read Events

Check out this week’s Big Read events!

movie_clapperboard     BLOCKBUSTER FILM SERIES – Balto

baltoDate and Time: Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00pm – 8:30pm

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

Synopsis: An outcast half-wolf risks his life to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska (78 minutes, rated G).

bookworm_penguin     YOUTH EVENT (CHILDREN) – Hear the Call Storytime

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 8, 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.

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BOOK DISCUSSION – R.E.A.D. (Read, Eat, and Discuss) at the Mardigian Library

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Location: Mardigian Library, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128

The R.E.A.D. Book Club will meet to discuss The Call of the Wild.

speech_bubble     LECTURE – Coyotes of the Rouge

Dodge BillDate and Time: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

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

Bill Dodge, a PhD candidate at Wayne State University, will give a presentation on the coyotes of the Rouge River.

The Big Read Dearborn T-shirts Available

Do You Hear the Call?
Call of the Wild t-shirt

You can get your very own Big Read Dearborn t-shirt with a howling wolf logo on the front and partner logos on the back.

Adult and kid sizes of Big Read Dearborn t-shirts are for sale at the Henry Ford Centennial Library check-out desk for $15.

Show your support of The Big Read Dearborn in style!

Lecture: Coyotes of the Rouge

Coyotes of the Rouge flyer [PDF]Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Henry Ford Centennial Library, Auditorium
16301 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126

The Big Read Dearborn will host a free, special program about coyotes living along the Rouge River at 1-3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, presented by William ‘Bill’ Dodge, a local coyote researcher.

This interesting event will be in the auditorium at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue.  The program is open to all ages.

A program on coyotes fits into The Big Read activities, which focuses on Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild, because that book deals with dogs and wolves in the Yukon. Dearborn and the surrounding area don’t have wolves, but coyotes are part of the wildlife in the region.

Dodge is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University.  His doctoral research involves gathering baseline data on the ecology of coyotes (Canis latrans) in the greater metropolitan Detroit area.  He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in conservation and wildlife management from Michigan State University.  His M.S. thesis research examined survival, reproduction, and movements of moose in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Keep an eye out for other events, such as the “Do You Hear the Call?” Photo Exhibit opening on May 1 (turn in photos on April 28), audiobook superstar George Guidall on April 26, and C. Alexander London (author of the children’s series, Dog Tags) on April 30. The Big Read Dearborn ends with a Wrap-up Party at Henry Ford Centennial Library on Saturday, May 17, featuring real sled dogs, gold panning, an old-time photo booth, popcorn, and more!