About The Big Read Dearborn

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. For a third time, Dearborn Public Library is one of 75 organizations nationwide that received this grant to host a Big Read program in their community. The Big Read Dearborn, themed What’s in a name?, will focus on Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.

Be part of the adventure!

Attend one or more of the following:

Big Read Kickoff: Sunday, March 18, 3-5 p.m.

Michael A Guido Theater at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center: dance and music performances by several groups representing Dearborn’s diversity, free paperback copies of The Namesake, premiere of community-produced video on immigration, and more.

Wrap Up: Saturday, April 28, 2-4 p.m.

Henry Ford Centennial Library (HFCL): interactive theater performance by Jeff Karoub, exploring his experiences with immigration.


Many more fun and exciting events in March and April for children, teens, and adults. Visit bigreaddearborn.org for updates.

To help bring this massive project to life, Dearborn Public Library is partnering with many institutions and organizations, including DFCU Financial, AAUW-Dearborn, The Henry Ford, the Arab American National Museum, the Dearborn Community Fund, Dearborn Public Schools, the City of Dearborn Department of Public Information, Artspace, Dearborn Public Library Foundation, Dearborn Library Commission, Friends of the Library-Dearborn, University of Michigan-Dearborn (UM-D) Mardigian Library, Henry Ford College Eshleman Library, Beaumont Medical Library, East and West Dearborn Downtown Development Authorities, Dearborn Inn, Green Brain Comics, and Dearborn Heights Libraries.