Week 3 Events

April 02: Film Series: The Namesake


Henry Ford Centennial Library – Auditorium

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Based upon the best-selling novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, this epic family saga “brims with intelligence, compassion, and sensuous delight.” Kal Penn stars as Gogol Ganguli, a suburban teenager caught between his Indian roots and his American birthright. Gogol and his Indian-born parents must somehow strike a balance between age-old traditions and modern-day sensibilities as they search for a patch of common ground. An inspirational tale about the ties that bind us all. Rated PG-13. 122 minutes. Part of the FOLD Blockbuster Series.

April 03: An Immigrant Experience: Panel Discussion


University of Michigan Dearborn – Mardigian Library

4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Inspired by The Namesake, Dr. Neeraja Aravamundan will lead a discussion with panelists from South Asian Student Association (SASA), Indian Graduate Students Association (IGSA), Pakistani Student Association (PSA), and the Muslim Students Association (MSA). Prizes and Indian food provided.

April 03: Name Mosaics Craft


Henry Ford Centennial Library – Youth Services 

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Make a name mosaics craft!  All ages.  Crafts available while supplies last. 

April 04: Woodlawn Cemetery: A Michigan 20th Century Outdoor Museum


Caroline Kennedy Library

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Woodlawn Cemetery can be considered a Michigan 20th century outdoor museum. With video and slides, Russell Rheaume, a former employee, will  delve into the history of this iconic cemetery and the many mausoleums of the rich and famous who are buried there, including Michigan governors, mayors, business people, Motown entertainers, and members of the Ford family.

April 05: Teach Us Your Name


Henry Ford Centennial Library – Room 30

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn the importance of what’s in a anme as Huda Essa discusses her book, Teach Us Your Name.

April 07: AAUW – Dearborn Fellowship Luncheon


Habib’s Cuisine

12:00 p.m. (noon)

Enjoy some lunch and listen to Ron Stockton give a talk titled “Coming to America.” Dr. Stockton is a professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan – Dearborn.  Check dearborn-mi.aauw.net for payment details.

April 07: Tween Craft: Graffiti names


Henry Ford Centennial Library – Youth Services

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Come and learn about graffiti names.  Youth Services Program Room.  Fourth grade and up.  Registration required.  Please call (313) 943-2330 or visit our events calendar for details.

Book Discussions

Discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.  

Tuesday, April 3, 4-6 p.m.: University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigian Library, 4901 Evergreen Rd. (Panel Discussion)

Wednesday, April 4, 12-1 p.m.: Arab American National Museum, Russell J. Ebeid Library, 13624 Michigan Ave.


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