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The Big Read for 2020

Kick-off March 7th

Join in on the fun at our NEA Big Read-Dearborn kick-off event in the Anderson Theater at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd. on Saturday, March 7, 2020, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free and open to the public.

  • Free copies of Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl and free seeds
  • Keynote lecture by Dr. Selena Smith of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • Tree crafts
  • And more

Please see further description of the event below the flyer in this post.

Public invited to Big Read kickoff

DEARBORN, Mich. – The public is invited to the free kickoff of the Dearborn Public Library’s Big Read, a two-month celebration of the memoir “Lab Girl,” with activities centered on science and other associated themes.

            This is the fourth time that Dearborn has received a NEA Big Read Grant to encourage citywide reading and participation in interesting, educational and fun events for all ages.

            The Saturday, March 7 kickoff is at the Henry Ford Museum and runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

            There will be crafts for children, speakers talking about different aspects of science and agriculture, and free copies of the book for guests. More details are expected soon.

             “Lab Girl” is an award-winning memoir written by Hope Jahren, a geobiologist who focuses on soil, plants and trees. Her story is about a woman’s journey in the world of science, her friendship with her longtime lab partner, and her experience dealing with mental illness.

            It is an eloquent depiction of navigating the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). By selecting this book, the 2020 Big Read Dearborn committee is hoping to inspire young students to explore STEM opportunities.

            At the March 7 kickoff, Dr. Selena Smith, a professor from the University of Michigan with her own science lab, will be giving a presentation about her career.

            And because Jahren encourages readers to plant an oak tree, guests at the March 7 event will be asked to take cups of dirt and acorns with them to plant at home.

            For more information about the Big Read Dearborn March 7 kickoff and activities throughout March and April, visit An extensive wrap up event is planned for Saturday, April 25.

            The Big Read program is backed by numerous sponsors. These include the City of Dearborn, Dearborn Public Library, Dearborn Community Fund, DFCU Financial, Green Brain Comics, Dearborn Public Schools, The Henry Ford, University of Michigan-Dearborn-Mardigian Library, Henry Ford College Eshleman Library, Arab American National Museum, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dearborn, Dearborn Heights Libraries, Dearborn Inn, Dearborn Library Commission, Artspace, Friends of the Library-Dearborn, Beaumont Health, Dearborn Historical Museum, East & West Dearborn Downtown Development authorities, Friends of the Rouge, and English Gardens.

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MEDIA CONTACT:  Mary Laundroche at (313) 943-2285

Dearborn’s Big Read Kickoff March 7

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