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Big Read 2020 Kickoff

When

Saturday, March 07
11:00 a.m.

Where

The Henry Ford, Anderson Theater
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn

Registration

This event is FREE and open to the public without registration

About

Event Flyer

Our Kick-off will feature: 

– Free books and seeds

– Keynote lecture by Dr. Selenda Smith of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

– Tree Crafts

– And More

See the full calendar of events


Big Read Events in March

Islamic Art, Geometry, and Nature

When
Sun, March 8, 1pm – 2pm
Where
City Hall Artspace Lofts, 13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
Learn how Islamic Art has been influenced by the geometric shapes found in nature, and try your own hand at drawing. For teens and adults. Event will take place in the Tech Garage near the CONNECTOR entrance off John Nagy Dr.
To register, please call the library at (313) 943-2330 or visit dearbornlibrary.org.

Dramatic Readings from Lab Girl

When
Sun, March 8, 3pm – 4pm
Where
City Hall Artspace Lofts, 13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
Actors from the Dearborn Players Guild will read some lines from the book to spark your interest in science, plants, and Hope Jahren’s story. Event will take place in the Tech Garage near the CONNECTOR entrance off John Nagy Dr. All ages.

Amazing Houseplants that Purify Your Air

When
Mon, March 9, 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Where
Caroline Kennedy Library of Dearborn Heights, 24590 George Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127, USA (map)

Description

House plants brighten our homes and clean our air. Learn how to properly select and care for plants that will thrive indoors, beautify your home and provide incredible health benefits. Larry Kulpla of English Gardens will explain how indoor plants help get rid of stale air and act as a natural humidifier, which can prevent or ease irritation to your eyes, nose, throat,and even lungs.


TWIYL Film Series: William and the Windmill

When

Mon, March 9, 7pm – 9pm

Where

Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)

Description

Explores the story of William Kamkwamba, who at fourteen years old built a windmill in his village in Malawi. Documentary. 95 minutes.

Get Crafty

When

Tuesday, March 10, 11 – 7 p.m.

Where

Bryant Branch Library

Description

Make a flower pot craft.  Younger children may need adult assistance.  Crafts available while supplies last.  No registration.  All ages.

Children’s Story Hour

When
Wed, March 11, 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Where
John F Kennedy, Jr. Library, 24602 Van Born Rd, Dearborn Heights, MI 48125, USA (map)
Description
This special story hour, intended for children aged 2 – 6, will relate to the NEA Big Read theme celebrating Lab Girl. We will have stories about trees and a fun, Johnny Appleseed tree craft.

DIY Fungi

When
Thu, March 12, 6pm – 8pm
Where
Esper Branch Library, 12929 Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
Tess Burzynski, founder of Fungi Freights, will demonstrate how you can grow your very own mushrooms right at home. ​This step-by-step workshop will give you a thorough idea of how the mushroom life cycle takes place and how oyster mushrooms can be grown from waste materials from your everyday life. This program has a participant limit of 15. RSVP will open in February.

Shaping Science

When
Sun, March 15, 1pm – 3pm
Where
City Hall Artspace Lofts, 13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
Participants of all ages learn various names of tools used in science laboratories while enjoying an interactive drawing experience.  The event will take place in the Tech Garage near the CONNECTOR entrance off John Nagy Dr.

Book Discussion

When
Wed, March 18, 2pm – 3pm
Where
Caroline Kennedy Library of Dearborn Heights, 24590 George Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127, USA (map)
Description
Discuss Hope Jahren’s “Lab Girl.” Copies of the book will be available at the Circulation Desk one month before the discussion.

Book Discussion

When
Wed, March 18, 7pm – 8pm
Where
Esper Branch Library, 12929 Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
Discuss Hope Jahren’s “Lab Girl.”

Toddler Storytime

When
Thu, March 19, 10:30am – 11:00am
Where
Caroline Kennedy Library of Dearborn Heights, 24590 George Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127, USA (map)
Description
Intended for children aged 2 or 3 but all ages are welcome. Children and their caregivers enjoy simple stories, music, and crafts. This storytime celebrates the book Lab Girl. We will have stories about trees and a fun collage craft.

Women in STEM Panel Discussion

When
Sat, March 21, 1pm – 3pm
Where
City Hall Artspace Lofts, 13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
AAUW-Dearborn presents a panel discussion regarding women in STEM careers.

Green Brain Event: Jim Ottaviani Talk & Book Signing

When

Saturday, March 21, 3 – 5 p.m.

Where

Green Brain Comics

Description

Jim Ottaviani will talk about his new book Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier.  Book signing to follow the presentation.  Light refreshments available.

The “New” Civilian Conservation Corps Needs You!

When
Mon, March 23, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where
Caroline Kennedy Library of Dearborn Heights, 24590 George Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127, USA (map)
Description

Creating homes for pollinators, growing the native plant species,planting a rain garden, and providing habitat for neighborhood wildlife are just a few of the ways everyday people can be conservation stewards.  Dorothy McLeer, program coordinator at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center, will explain how you can become part of the new civilian conservation corps.


TWIYL Film Series: The Man Who Planted Trees

When
Mon, March 23, 7pm – 8pm
Where
Edsel Ford High School, 20601 Rotunda Dr, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA (map)
Description
The story of a shepherd’s single handed quest to re-forest a barren valley. Based on the book of the same title by Jean Giono. 30 minutes. Film will be shown in the auditorium.  

Get Crafty: Nature Crafts

When
Wed, March 25, 11am – 7pm
Where
Esper Branch Library, 12929 Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
Join us and create a nature-related craft to celebrate out Big Read selection “Lab Girl.” Available while supplies last. Younger children will need adult assistance. No registration.

Arab American Women in STEM

When
Wed, March 25, 7pm – 8pm
Where
Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
The AANM will host a guided panel discussion with Arab American women in STEM. Speakers TBA.

The Pre-Ford Landscape of Dearborn

When
Fri, March 27, 7pm – 8pm
Where
Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 S Brady St, Dearborn, MI 48124, USA (map)
Description
The Dearborn Historical Museum will present a lecture about geology, waterways, and plant life that immigrants to Dearborn encountered in the 1800s.

Soil Pics to Pixels Challenge

When
Sun, March 29, 1pm – 3pm
Where
City Hall Artspace Lofts, 13615 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48126, USA (map)
Description
Children and their families explore diverse soil samples from across Dearborn City Hall Park, Detroit Eastern Market, Alabama, and out of their neighborhoods. Each participant is challenged to recreate one soil sample using graphic designs or collages. Every completed challenge project is awarded a special spot in our Dearborn Artspace showcase exhibit during Dearborn’s Arts Month.  The event will take place in the Tech Garage near the CONNECTOR entrance off John Nagy Dr.

Family Learning Night: Laboratory Adventures

When
Mon, March 30, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Where
Caroline Kennedy Library of Dearborn Heights, 24590 George Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 48127, USA (map)
Description
The NEA Big Read-Dearborn book this year is Lab Girl, so we are presenting a Family Learning Night with laboratory experiments. We’ll be investigating the states of matter—solids, liquids, and gasses. There will be many hands-on activities for children and teens. Renowned inventor Tiberious T. Tiger from Animal Capers will host the event!

 


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