Dearborn Big Read

The Dearborn Big Read launched in August.  There are many ways to tie in the book with curriculum across content areas. Several groups have already volunteered for a book study.  Please share with teachers-especially language arts.  The Maples Drummers were requested as one of the multicultural performances-their fame has spread.

Filming immigrant stories is an event that will take place on an ongoing basis this year.  if you know of families who would like to share their experiences, please let me know. Thanks!

Book: The Namesake By Jhumpa Lahiri

Grant description:

Our theme is “What’s in a name?” and with our programs focusing on names, family history, and the immigrant experience we will reach out to adults, teens, and children of all ages and backgrounds. We will launch our programming with a call in the summer of 2017 for immigration stories regarding current or previous generations.

We are partnering with our local cable television station (CDTV), the City of Dearborn Department of Information (DPI), and the Dearborn Public Schools to film people’s stories in September 2017. Those who come in to tell their story will receive a free copy of “The Namesake.” CDTV, DPI, and the Film Department of Dearborn Public Schools will work together to produce a short video that we will show at our kickoff. All of the recorded videos will be uploaded to our program website,, and our library’s website.

We will also send out a call to our community to write short stories (1-3 pages) dealing with immigration or family names, or send in family recipes, which we will publish as community anthologies: one concerning immigration stories and another showcasing family recipes.

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