Kickoff Photos & Week 1 Events

The Kickoff was a lot of fun! Thanks to everyone who helped make it a success, including the performers, speakers, stage crew, library staff, partners, and everyone who came out to enjoy the show. Click here to view photos from the event.

Here are our upcoming events for Week 1 of the Big Read, free and open to all:

March 20: Yoga Class


Henry Ford Centennial Library

6:00 – 7:00pm

Attend a yoga class taught by Kelly Compton, a certified yoga instructor. Please call (313) 943-2330 or visit to register.

March 22: Keynote Lecture


Henry Ford Centennial Library

6:30 – 7:30pm

Sociology Professor Arifa Javed will lead a lecture focusing on The Namesake and Jhumpa Lahiri.  Dr. Javed has been at the University of Michigan-Dearborn since 1998 after moving from India in 1995. Her current research interests include immigration, acculturation, changing family dynamics, and challenges of parenting.

March 23: From Gulley to Wyoming: The Origin of Street and Place Names in Dearborn


McFadden Ross House

7:00 – 8:00pm

Staff of the Dearborn Historical Museum will discuss stories and share photos related to how certain Dearborn streets, landmarks, and neighborhoods received their present names.

March 24: The Immigrant Experience and the Roots of American Comics


Green Brain Comics

2:00 – 4:00pm

Eastern Michigan University Professor Richard Rubenfeld will give a presentation on the immigrant experience and the roots of American comics with a panel discussion to follow.


Visit for more information and a full list of Big Read events.