Week 5 Events – UPDATED

(Please note: the Food Around the World Event scheduled for April 20 has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.)

April 16: Film Series – Essential Arrival 


Henry Ford Centennial Library – Auditorium

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Come watch Essential Arrival: Michigan’s Indian Immigrants in the 21st Century with Q&A from Professor Arifa Javed of the University of Michigan-Dearborn following the film.

“A comprehensive, multi-angled inquiry, Essential Arrival features interviews with experts in fields such as law, sociology, and public policy, in addition to many families of Indian immigrants in Michigan, and paints a comprehensive, essential picture of Indian Americans.” Not rated. 61 minutes. Part of the FOLD Blockbuster Film Series.

April 17: Pizza & Pages


Henry Ford Centennial Library – Youth Services Room

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and make new friends. Pizza provided. Grades 7-12. Youth Services Program Room. Pick up a free copy of the book at the Kickoff on March 18, or any Dearborn Public Library, March 19-April 28 (while supplies last). Copies also available for checkout in paperback, ebook, book kit, or audio.

April 19: Ethnic Cooking


Caroline Kennedy Library

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Culinary instructor Mary Spencer will prepare a variety of ethnic foods reflecting the diverse cultures in metro Detroit. Mary will prepare panzanella salad (Italian bread and tomato salad), Hungarian chicken paprikash, and warm Indian rice pudding. Recipes and samples will be provided. Registration appreciated, (313) 791-3800.


April 20: Food Around the World


Henry Ford Centennial Library – Mezzanine

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Sample a diverse range of culinary delights from local restaurants.  This is a ticketed event.  Call (313) 943-2330 for details.


Book Discussions

Discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.  

Wednesday, April 18, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Henry Ford Centennial Library, Ford Room. 

Friday, April 20, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: University of Michigan – Dearborn, Mardigian Library.  Light refreshments will be served.



Children with a caregiver are invited to hear tales from around the world.  Ages 2-6.  

Tuesday, April 17, 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Henry Ford Centennial Library, Youth Services Room. 

Tuesday, April 24, 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Henry Ford Centennial Library, Youth Services Room.

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