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Volume 2, Issue 1

Summer 2009

Library Matters

The official newsletter of the Dearborn Public Library

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T H I S I S S U E ’ S Q U O T E

Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. ~Christopher Morley

I N S I D E TH I S I S S U E :

Memoir contest winners


New book club kits


June children’s programs


Summer Reading program


Upcoming summer bestsellers


Movies we love


Green Bag contest winners


Last month, prominent local artist Glen Michaels returned to the Henry Ford Centennial Library to restore his bas-relief mural of the United States, currently installed on the library’s second floor. The mural is one of the mostdiscussed artworks in the building; it is the constant object of discussion and touching amongst passing patrons, young and old alike. During the restoration work, Mr. Michaels himself was consistently the object of questions from passersby curious about the mural and the work being done. The mural was originally prepared for the Ford Motor Company Pavilion display at the New York World’s Fair of 1964/65. It was later relocated to the Henry Ford Centennial Library and installed as a permanent exhibit. Mr. Michaels is also responsible for other artwork around the library, including the reflecting pool and serpentine wall in the lobby as well as the long tapestry

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The bas-relief mural of the United States by Glen Michaels, located near the top of the 2nd-floor stairs at HFCL.

(also recently restored) hanging through the middle of the building’s winding staircase. The mural is often referred to as a “bas-relief” mural; “basrelief” is roughly defined as a sculpture that projects outward from a background, as exemplified by the mural’s variously shaded and sized parts that form the image of the United States. Mr. Michaels received his MFA

from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1958 and has been commissioned for artwork at many local organizations including area hospitals, public libraries and universities. His website,, provides more information about his many artistic accomplishments here in the metro Detroit area and around the country.

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As part of this year’s Everyone’s Reading program, the Six-Word Memoir contest asked library patrons to submit their life story, or some defining moment from their life, in a brief, six-word statement. The entries were judged by library staff and the winners have been announced. Below, for your enjoyment, are the winning memoirs: FIRST PLACE—Submitted by Jessica L “Wrong path, but the right direction.” SECOND PLACE—Submitted by Frank D “Finding joy: Random acts of silence.” THIRD PLACE—Submitted by Jane M “Woke up after emergency heart surgery.” Thanks to all who participated in this contest! Your creative, insightful and honest memoirs were a joy to read.

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The following titles are now available for participating book clubs! Please contact Book Club coordinator Robert Rea at 943-2806 for availability. FICTION Ackerman, Diane

The Zookeeper's Wife Battle, Lois

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The Thief And The Dogs McGovern, Cammie

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Gilbert, Elizabeth

Eat, Pray, Love

Eye Contact

Jacobs, A.J. Picoult, Jodi

Nineteen Minutes Rosnay, Tatiana De

Year of Living Biblically Mortenson, Greg

Three Cups Of Tea

Sarah's Key


Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary & Sewing Circle

Russo, Richard

Blum, Jenna

Vreeland, Susan

Those Who Save Us

Forest Lover

Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst The Rwandan Holocaust

Edwards, Kim

Shriver, Lionel

Krakauer, Jon

Bridge Of Sighs

Memory Keeper's Daughter

Post-Birthday World

Horan, Nancy

Four Queens

Loving Frank Hornby, Nick

A Long Way Down Hosseini, Khaled

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Weir, Alison

Yates, Richard

Revolutionary Road Young, Wm. Paul

The Shack

Zusak, Markus

The Book Thief

Ilibagiza, Immaculee

Into The Wild Rehm, Diane

Finding My Voice Simon, Rachel

Riding The Bus With My Sister


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Where noted, registration is required, and begins two weeks prior to the event.

Teen Book Swap. Ages 13-18 Refresh your personal summer reading supply. Bring in your gently read teen paperbacks to the Children’s Help desk on June 15-17 and get a coupon redeemable June 18-19 for some fresh books. June 15-19 Henry Ford Centennial Library

Ages 6-24 Months Mother Goose Storytime. Rhymes, stories and playtime for the youngest ones. One adult per child is recommended for this hands-on fun. Registration. Tuesday, June 16 6:00pm Snow Branch Library Ages 2-5 Storytime. Children with a caregiver can join us for finger plays, stories, songs, and a simple craft. Tuesdays, June 2 and June 9 11:00am Henry Ford Centennial Library Pre-School Storytime. Children can join us for fingerplays, stories, songs, and a simple craft. Registration. Wednesdays, June 3—June 24 11:00am Esper Branch Library

CRAFTS Father’s Day Craft. All Ages Registration. Thursday, June 18 4:00-5:00pm Esper Branch Library Third Thursday Crafts for All Ages (Younger children will need adult assistance) Food Art. June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Celebrate by making colorful prints with vegetables and fruit. Thursday, June 18 11:00am— 7:00pm Henry Ford Centennial Library

EVENTS SUPER SUNFLOWER CONTEST Show us your green thumb by entering our contest to grow the most super sunflower in Dearborn. Beginning May 9, everyone is invited to visit Snow Library and pick up a free sunflower kit. Give your super sunflower tender loving care and bring it to the Fall Plant Exchange at Snow Library on September 19, 1-2pm, where entries will be displayed and measured. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. May 9—September 19 Snow Branch Library MAINFLOOR MAGIC The magic continues on the Bryant Branch Main floor with Johanna Navarre. She will entertain you as well as show you how you, too, can be a magician. Learn how to surprise your friends and family during the summer months. Space and supplies are limited. Registration. Tuesday, June 2 7:00pm Bryant Branch Library

HELLO, TRUCK All ages Children can climb aboard and enjoy a visit with several big trucks parked at the library. Bring your camera! Event will take place rain or shine. Wednesday, June 10 10:30am-12 noon Snow Branch Library END OF SCHOOL PARTY All Ages Registration. Friday, June 12 4:00-5:00pm Esper Branch Library Also remember to check out this year’s Summer Reading Program programs and events taking place throughout the coming months! (See page 4)


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G e t c r e a t i v e w i t h t h e s u m m e r r e a d i n g p r o g r a m School’s out. The days are longer and the temperature is up. Take the opportunity to beat the heat and spend your “staycation” at your Dearborn Public Library. Summer reading programs for all ages start June 22nd and run through July 31st. For Adults (over 18 years old) and Teens (entering grades 6-12) the program couldn’t be easier. Just do what you already do. Read, listen or download books (all materials must be checked out from the Dearborn Public Library) and check back in with the library. Fill out a drawing slip for each item and you could win a prize. Children, ages birth through 12 years old, are welcome to join the children’s programs. For the little ones, under 36 months old, we have an easy interactive program. Parents and children can work on early literacy skills, track progress, visit the library and pick up gifts. Preschoolers and elementary school readers can play Book Bingo. Visit the library, check out books and other material and enjoy them at home. Come back with filled in bingo squares and pick up your prizes. Not a fan of bingo? That’s okay. You can just read books and receive entries into weekly drawings.

The theme is Get Creative @ Your Library. Children will have the chance to do just that with weekly crafts available at all four libraries. Other activities are offered as well. For a full schedule, visit your nearest library and pick up a flyer. You can also visit us online at The fun doesn’t end on July 31st. Please be sure to join the Summer Reading Wrap-up Party on Wednesday August 12th from 68pm. Family activities and refreshments abound and Mayor O’Reilly will be on hand to announce the Summer Reading Program Grand Prize Winners! For more details, call or visit any Dearborn Public Library. We are also available 24/7 on the web at

Job-seeking help at your library The weather’s getting nice outside, but it’s difficult to enjoy if you’re out of work and the bills are piling up. If you are one of the many who has been laid off during this rough economy, don’t give up hope. The library has tools that can help. All of our four branches have several books on career-related subjects including resumes, cover letters, interviewing, job hunting, career development, and success in business. We even have a career table at HFCL, as well as a number of videos on interviewing. And if you would like to know more about a specific occupation, the Occupational Outlook Handbook and our career pamphlets are good places to start. But there’s one book in particular that we would like to highlight: Richard Nelson Bolles’ What Color Is Your Parachute? An updated edition has been published every year since 1970! We have nine copies of the 2009 edition, so please, if you’re having trouble finding work, check out our collection in general and this book in particular. It is a “practical manual for job-hunters and career changers,” and this specific edition is devoted to “finding a job in hard times.” It has several sections labeled “Things School Never Taught Us about Job-Hunting,” concerning topics such as resumes and contacts, interviews, choosing a new career, and starting a new business. There is one section entitled “Five Best Ways to Hunt for a Job,” and another pointing out the five worst ways to look for a job. The key, he notes, is to find out as many ways as possible (he lists sixteen on pages 28 and 29), but also to realize that some methods are generally more effective than others. So, if like many people in this country and around the world you’re going through tough times and can’t find work, consider coming to the library and checking out this book. It might just be the perfect first step towards saving the economy—one job at a time. - Henry Fischer

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Some titles by major authors will be making their way to library shelves this summer. The following is a list of some of the summer’s most anticipated releases, along with their announced release dates.

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

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Medusa by Clive Cussler (June 2)

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

(August 11)

(June 23) Relentless by Dean Koontz (June 9)

C l a s s i c s r e v i s i t e d r e t u r n s i n S e p t e m b e r Avid readers will need most of the summer to prepare for this fall’s Classics Revisited discussion group. The program returns September 16 with Cervantes’s classic Don Quixote. It is a massive book that will probably take a good portion of the summer to complete, but the adventures of Don Quixote of La Mancha and his wise sidekick Sancho Panza are well worth the effort.

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The regular monthly book sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library Dearborn (FOLD) continue through the summer. The sales will continue to take place in the lobby of the Henry Ford Centennial Library from 9:30-6 on the following dates:

Wednesday, June 3 Wednesday, July 1 Wednesday, August 5


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Mutual Appreciation (2005) Full disclosure: Andrew Bujalski, the writer-director of Funny Ha-Ha and this summer's theatrical release Beeswax, is a friend of mine. He is, in fact, largely responsible for the fact that my wife and I are making films again. Even with all that being said, I was still seriously worried when I heard that his second film, Mutual Appreciation, was about an indie rocker trying to "make it" in New York City. I've long since grown tired of art about artists and the creative process; it's too selfreferential for me, too meta, has nothing to do with the stuff of life. Luckily, I was wrong, and I couldn't be more happy to be wrong. Mutual Appreciation might have at its center indie rocker Alan Peoples (played by real-life indie rocker Justin Rice, of Bishop Allen), but that occupation is less a focus of the film and more a way to get it going; Alan's career puts him in touch with various people-- an amorous radio DJ, a laidback drummer, a former record producer, and friends Ellie and Lawrence-- and the film is not about topping the charts but about charting the emotional terrain of those relationships. Mutual Appreciation takes place in that fuzzy time between college and real life-- its characters are grown-ups but not yet adults, their personal identities and relationships still in a state of flux, not firmly defined. For example, Alan's not really sure if he and that radio DJ

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are involved, and much is made of the nature and meaning of a kiss; when he tries to define the nature of their relationship in more concrete terms, he's informed that they were never an item and that she has no desire to be his girlfriend. The film gets a lot of mileage out of what these things mean, how meaning is communicated, and how connections are made or missed. The film doesn't really concern itself with "plot" in most normal sense of the word; the Alan-Lawrence-Ellie love triangle never resolves itself or builds and is, in fact, interrupted right smack dab in the middle by two long party scenes that seemingly have nothing to do with the rest of the film. They actually form its heart; it's here that the fuzziness, which extends even to the film's decidedly lo-fi 16mm black and white photography, takes us into new, interesting, and sometimes uncomfortable places for Alan and the audience alike. That sequence by itself, let alone the rest of Mutual Appreciation, mark it as a deeper, truer, and, yes, funnier film than its predecessor. It is no sophomore slump, but rather a full-blown masterpiece. I cannot recommend it highly enough. - Tom Russell

Apocalypse Now (1979) I cannot think of a more stunning opening to any film than the opening of Apocalypse Now: there are no credits,

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just a fade-in to a static image of a jungle. We hear the mysterious opening notes of “The End” by the Doors; the ominous thumping sound of helicopter blades is heard in the background. Then, with no sound except for Jim Morrison’s voice whispering “This is the end,” the jungle explodes into a hellish fireball. As a fifteen-year-old beginning to educate himself in the great films, I believe that at this moment my jaw hit the floor and stayed there for the rest of the film. It had simply astounded me. Apocalypse Now is famous for a number of similarly brilliant scenes, from the helicopter assault on the beachfront village (which includes Robert Duvall’s famous “I love the smell of napalm in the morning” speech) and the surreal nightmare at Do Long Bridge (“Who’s in command here?” “Ain’t you?”) to the final confrontation between Willard and Kurtz (the shot of Martin Sheen slowly emerging from the water, accompanied by thunder, lightning and, yes, The Doors again, takes my breath away each time I see it). There are so many other memorable qu otes and moments packed into the film that it is impossible to list any more favorites here. The film is also infamous for the troubled story behind its creation, particularly the arduous, endless filming that took place in the Philippines where everyone, including the director Francis Ford Coppola (who had to use a significant portion of his own fortune to finish the film) went a little mad. These troubled, behind-thescenes events are captured in the fine documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, which is also highly recommended. — Jeff Lelek

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Beginning June 1, the Dearborn Public Libraries will be open during the following summer hours:

Maryanne Bartles

Henry Ford Centennial Library


16301 Michigan Ave. (313) 943-2330

Julie Schaefer


9:30 AM—8:30 PM


9:30 AM—5:30 PM Sat, Sun — CLOSED


Branch Libraries (Bryant, Esper, Snow)



12:30 PM—8:30 PM


10:30 AM—5:30 PM


12:30 PM—5:30 PM

Dr. Alex Shami

Sat, Sun — CLOSED


Nancy Zakar Candyce Abbatt Jihan Ajami Jawad

G r e e n b a g c o n t e s t w i n n e r s !

David L. Schlaff

The following are the winners of the monthly Green Bag drawing at each library branch for the past four months. Congrats to all!

Robert Taub



February: Cheryl C

“The Dearborn Public Library fosters the spirit of exploration, the joy of reading, and the pursuit of knowledge for all ages and cultures starting with the very young.”

MISSION STATEMENT “The Dearborn Public Library provides a broad range of effective, courteous, quality services and a balanced collection of materials for the educational, informational and recreational needs of the community.”

March: Nancy B April: Kenneth M May: Linda H BRYANT


February: Christine L

February: Angela H

March: Peter J

March: Angela H

April: Linda B

April: Sharon S

May: Laura S

May: Mary S

SNOW February: Angela H

March: Phyllis R

April: Amy McC

May: Jeannette E

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