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 

Location: 

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

Location:

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

Location:

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.

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April 20: Food Around the World

Location:

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.


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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.

 


Storytimes

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.


Week 5 Events

April 16: Film Series – Essential Arrival 

Location: 

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

Location:

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

Location:

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.

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April 20: Food Around the World

Location:

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.


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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.

 


Storytimes

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

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

Friday, 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.


Researching Your Family Name

Thursday, April 12, 6-8 p.m.

Henry Ford Centennial Library, Room 30

Kiersten Gawronski, a high school English teacher by day and a genealogy sleuth by night, will give a presentation on how to research your family name. Registration is requested, so that the presenter knows how many copies to prepare and so that she can do some cursory research on your name. To register, call (313) 943-2330 or visit dearbornlibrary.org.  Even if you don’t have time to register, please feel free to drop in. Click here to view the flyer. This event is free and open to the public.

Week 4 Events

April 10: Quilting Project

Location: 

Henry Ford Centennial Library – Room 30

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Come help design a square for the Big Read “What’s in a name?” quilt.  Use a fabric pen to design a quilt square relating to your name or your family heritage.  Supplies and assistance will be provided by staff from Zaman International.  Open to individuals of ages 10 and up.  Your square may be selected to be part of the quilt.  Register online or by phone at (313) 943-2330.

April 10: Animal Capers Puppets Show: The Lion Who Would Be Host

Location:

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

There’s a new lion in town and he’s taking over the show.  How can Mr. Jim save his job?  Maybe the fact that he is a descendant of the great P.T. Barnum might get him back in the good graces of the show’s management.  Still, the frolicking animals have something else in mind.  (Catch this show again on Wednesday April 18, 7-8 p.m.  at Caroline Kennedy Library).

April 12: Researching Your Family Name

Location:

Henry Ford Centennial Library – Room 30

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Kiersten Gawronski, a high school English teacher by day and a genealogy sleuth by night, will give a presentation on how to research your family name.  Registration is requested, so that the presenter knows how many copies to prepare and so that she can do some cursory research on your name.  Register online or call (313)943-2330. 



Book Discussions

Discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.  

Tuesday, April 9, 6:30-8 p.m.: Henry Ford Centennial Library, Ford Room. (This is part of the ESL book Discussion)

Wednesday, April 11, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Bryant Branch Library, 22100 Michigan Ave.

 


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

Teach Us Your Name

Hope you can make it out for the talk on Thursday, April 5, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Henry Ford Centennial Library, Room 30. Free and open to the public.

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

Click here to view her TED Talk.

Huda Essa, the founder of Culture Links, LLC, has positively influenced countless communities through her engaging and thought-provoking learning opportunities. Huda utilizes her extensive experience as a Cultural Competency Consultant, Culturally Responsive Educator, former Teacher and English Language Development Specialist to support organizations in successfully meeting their diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a TEDx Speaker and the author of the motivational children’s book, Teach Us Your Name, focused on empowering children to take pride in their many identities while showing respect for themselves and others. Huda continues to write culturally relevant children’s books and is also the producer of a series of short films focused on matters of social justice.

 

 

 

View all upcoming Big Read events at bigreaddearborn.org/events

Week 3 Events

April 02: Film Series: The Namesake

Location: 

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

Location:

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

Location:

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

Location:

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

Location:

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

Location:

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

Location:

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.

Week 2 Events

March 26: Mango Languages

Location: 

Caroline Kennedy Library

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Amy Janczarek of Mango Languages will share the wealth of language learning tools offered with this powerful database.  Learn how to best use Mango to study a foreign language or to learn English as a second language.

March 27: What it Means to be an Immigrant

Location:

Henry Ford College

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Nahla Haidar, a member of the Math faculty at Henry Ford College, will moderate a panel discussion regarding the immigrant experience.

March 28: The Real Melting Pot: Immigrant Contributions to What We Eat

Location:

The Henry Ford, Benson Ford Research Center

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Immigrants have, from the beginning, played a key role in our American diet.  Their recipes have appeared in American cookbooks; their entrepreneurial skills have given us restaurants, stores, and whole new foods have been introduced into our mainstream diet.  This talk, drawing upon the collections at The Henry Ford, takes a delicious journey through their stories.  Presented by Donna R. Braden Curator of Public Life. 

March 29: Immigration from an Artist’s Perspective 

Location:

Arab American National Museum

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Explore Michigan Avenue’s arts district beginning with a visit to American Landscape, an exhibit by Syrian-American artist Nabil Mousa on display in the Arab American national Museum’s First Floor Gallery, followed by walk across the street to tour an artist’s studio in Dearborn’s City Hall ArtSpace Lofts.



Book Discussions

Discuss Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake.  

Wednesday, March 26, 6:30-7:30 p.m. : Dearborn First UMC, 22124 Garrison St.

Thursday, March 29, 2-3 p.m. Henry Ford College, Eshleman Library, 5101 Evergreen Rd.

Storytimes

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

Tuesday, March 27, 4-4:30 p.m. : Henry Ford Centennial Library, Youth Services.

 


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

Keynote Lecture and other upcoming events

Hope you can attend the Keynote Lecture tonight (Thursday, March 22) at Henry Ford Centennial Library, 6:30 p.m. Sociology Professor Arifa Javed will focus 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.

Other upcoming events this week:

The Street Names Program at the McFadden Ross House, 915 S. Brady St., Dearborn on Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m. 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.

And “The Immigrant Experience and the Roots of American Comics” presentation at Green Brain Comics, 13936 Michigan Ave., Dearborn on Saturday, March 24, 2-4 p.m. 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.

All these events are free and open to the public.

 

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

Location:

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 dearbornlibrary.org to register.

March 22: Keynote Lecture

Location:

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

Location:

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

Location:

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

Kickoff starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18

The countdown is on for the 2018 Big Read Kickoff, which is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 18 at the Michael A. Guido Theater in the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. The event is free.

The Big Read Dearborn, presented by the Dearborn Public Library in partnership with several community organizations, is celebrating Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake and is themed “What’s in a Name?”

The novel focuses on a married couple from India who immigrate to America, their children who were born in the United States, and the differences in their experiences. The son is given an unusual name, steeped in meaning. How that name impacts his life is a defining feature of the story.

The March 18 kick-off event begins at 3 p.m. inside the theater with performances by the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, B.F. Raices Mexicanas de Detroit, Maples Music Ensemble, Nadanta (Indian Classical and Bollywood Fusion), and the P.R.C.U.A. Tatry Dancers (Polish).

Also in the theater will be the premiere of a film on immigration stories with contributions from State Rep. Abdullah Hammoud, City Council President Susan Dabaja and Councilman David Bazzy, Dearborn business owner Karen Nigosian, and others. The film was produced by CDTV (City of Dearborn Television), part of the city’s Department of Public Information.

Audience members also will have the chance to have their own stories recorded by CDTV following the performances on March 18.

Also on March 18:

  • Free copies of The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (including a limited number of copies in Arabic) will be distributed.
  • You can mark the country of your family’s origin. A large world map will be display on which you can put a sticker indicating where your family is from.
  • Submit your family’s favorite recipe or favorite story to be included in a community publication. You can be entered to win a great prize just by submitting a recipe or story. If you are not prepared on March 18, you can take forms home to write out your recipe or to submit your story, with deadlines for both on April 15.
  • You can also win a great prize by attending the Kickoff, as well as other events, throughout the Big Read. The winner will be announced at the Wrap Up Event on April 28.

The month-long programming will feature more than 40 fun and educational events in March and April for all ages. Visit bigreaddearborn.org or dearbornlibrary.org for details.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Many sponsors are helping to make this program possible. DFCU Financial, the East and West Dearborn Downtown Development authorities, Dearborn Public Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Library-Dearborn (FOLD) are all Silver sponsors. The University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigan Library, Henry Ford College Eshleman Library, AAUW-Dearborn, and the Dearborn Community Fund are all Bronze sponsors.

This is the third time that Dearborn has celebrated the Big Read. Previous incarnations of the Dearborn Big Read celebrated The Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe and Jack London’s Call of the Wild.