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Volume 3, Issue 2

March-April 2010

Library Matters

The official newsletter of the Dearborn Public Library

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When you re-read a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before. ~Clifton Fadiman

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Ongoing computer workshops


Children’s programs


Teen programs


Movies we love


Everyone’s Reading programs


Classics Revisited


Staff Adventures


From March through April, Esper Branch Library is participating in the Pennies for Peace program. This program seeks to collect pennies for the purpose of promoting peace, literacy and school building in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Pennies for Peace is a program of the Central Asia Institute co-founded by Greg Mortenson, whose book Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace...One School at a Time was a New York Times bestseller and whose current book Stones into Schools currently resides on the hardcover bestseller list. According to the program’s website, “The Pennies for Peace program is designed

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to help students broaden their cultural horizons and learn about their capacities as philanthropists. It educates students about the world beyond their experience and shows them that they can make a positive impact on a global scale, one penny at a time. Students learn the rewards of sharing and working together to bring hope and education opportunities to the children in Pakistan and Afghanistan. While a penny is virtually worthless, in impoverished countries a penny buys a pencil and opens the door to literacy.” Drop by Esper Branch during March and April to submit your pennies to this worthy cause.

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In the spirit of increased environmental awareness, beginning April 22 plastic bags will no longer be distributed at library checkout. After that date, patrons checking out materials will need to bring their own bag, purchase a

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canvas book bag from the library or simply carry their items out. Currently, a Dearborn Public Library canvas bag (pictured right) is available for $5. A less expensive variation will be made available, as well.

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INTERNET BASICS (No charge) Monday, April 12 6-8:30 Registration begins April 5

Basic computer workshops continue this winter at the Henry Ford Centennial Library! The full schedule of the remaining workshops is included below. All meetings take place in the newly-renovated computer training room on HFCL’s first floor. The workshops are free of charge unless otherwise indicated. Registration for each class begins one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. Non-residents without library cards will be placed on a waitlist and notified two days before the class if there is space available. Interested patrons should contact the Adult Reference Desk at (313) 9432330 to register for the workshops. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Jeff at (313) 9432017.

E-MAIL ESSENTIALS (No charge) Monday, April 19 6-8:30 Registration begins April 12

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INTRO TO MICROSOFT EXCEL ($25 charge) Basic computer skills required. Mondays, March 8 and 15 6-8:30 (both nights) Registration begins March 1 Wednesdays, March 10 and 17 4:30-7 (both nights) Registration begins March 3 INTRO TO MICROSOFT POWERPOINT ($25 charge) Basic computer skills required. Mondays, March 22 and 29 6-8:30 (both nights) Registration begins March 15

BASIC COMPUTERS (No charge) Monday, April 5 6-8:30 Registration begins Mar. 29

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The following book club kits are now available for participating groups. Please contact Robert Rea at (313) 943-2806 for availability. Empire Falls by Richard Russo: A rare and entertaining novel that combines elements of satire, fallibility and wisdom. A social commentary on small town blue collar America. The Gathering by Anne Enright: A brooding, entrancing and haunting tale of a broken-hearted family and a woman that searches for answers about the suicide of her brother. Kabul Beauty School by Deborah Rodriguez: A fascinating true story that is both hilarious and moving.

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

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Great storytelling from a Western woman in modern Afghanistan and the accounts of the women she encounters teaching fundamental beauty techniques. Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson: A Time Magazine best book of the year. The story of a sixtyseven year old man who moves to a remote cabin in the wilderness to escape the turbulence of his life. A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick: A suspenseful and intoxicating Neo Gothic tale filled with smoldering desire and mystery. A fascinating historical thriller that is riveting to the end.

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k i t s The Tenderness Of Wolves by Stef Penney: In 1867 a small settlement in the Northern Territory is in the grip of winter when a man is found brutally murdered. A local woman comes upon the crime scene. An intense novel sure to please mystery fans. A Three Dog Life by Abigail Thomas: A woman’s husband goes out to walk the dog. There is a terrible accident and the dog returns home alone. This memoir by Abigail Thomas has impact, simple eloquence and honesty.

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Mother Goose Storytime / Ages 6-24

Youth Art Month / All Ages Bring in your art work or your handmade craft to display in the library. Entries will be accepted Monday March 1 through Saturday March 6. Work will be on display Monday, March 8 through Wednesday, March 31. March 1 —31 Henry Ford Centennial

Months 1Fridays, March 12-26 10:30am

Henry Ford Centennial 1 Fridays, April 16-30 10:30am Henry Ford Centennial Tuesday, March 16 6:00pm Snow Branch Tuesday, April 20 6:00pm Snow Branch Tot Storytime / Ages 2-3 Weds., March 10—31 10:35am Snow Branch Weds., April 14-May 19 10:35am Snow Branch Storytime / Ages 2-5 Tuesdays, March 2—30 Henry Ford Centennial Tuesdays, April 13—20 Henry Ford Centennial

Tween Craft / Ages 8-12 Edible Art! Saturday, March 6 3:00pm Henry Ford Centennial Celebrate Earth Day by recycling plastic containers into Shrinky Dink Charms. Saturday, April 10 3:00pm Henry Ford Centennial

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Preschool Storytime / Ages 3-5 Tuesdays, March 16-May 4 2:00pm Bryant Branch Wednesdays, March 17-May 5 10:45am Bryant Branch Weds., March 10—31 1:30pm Snow Branch Weds., April 14—May 19 1:30pm Snow Branch Weds., March 3-April 28* 11:30am Esper Branch

*Please note: No program held on 4-7-10. Froggy Family Storytime / Family

Event Hop in to listen to frog stories and do a froggy craft. Wednesday, April 7 2:00pm Henry Ford Centennial Bubble Gum Storytime / Family

Event Come on in for some bubblicious fun. In honor of National Bubble Gum week we will read some fun stories with a bubble gum theme. A gum craft will be included. Tuesday, March 9 6:00pm Henry Ford Centennial

Drop-In Bookmark Contest Workshop / Grades 1-5 Calling all artists! Come armed with your ideas and we’ll supply the materials for you to create an original 8 1/2” x 2” black and white design to submit to the Dearborn Public Library’s Annual Bookmark Contest! Contestants must be Dearborn residents or attend a Dearborn school. Limit one entry per child. Monday, March 15 6:00-7:30pm Snow Branch Journal/Diary Craft / Ages 6-12 In honor of Reading Month, create your very own journal or diary, ala Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Tuesday, March 16 6:00-7:00pm Esper Branch Third Thursday Crafts / All Ages / Craft is available while supplies last. Noodle Necklace or Wristband. Thursday, March 18 11:00am-7:00pm Henry Ford Centennial Make a bookmark for National Library Week, using foam, ribbon and beads. Thursday, April 15 11:00am-7:00pm Henry Ford Centennial Eggsactly Art / All Ages Make a wreath you can use to “Welcome the Easter Bunny.” Saturday, March 27 1:00pm Bryant Branch

p r o g r a m m i n g Egg Hunt / Craft / All Ages Come to Esper for a creative craft and egg hunt. Tuesday, March 30 6:00-7:00pm Esper Branch Thursday, April 1 3:00pm Bryant Branch Earth Day Celebration / Ages 6-12 Come to Esper for a craft, treat and information on how to “be green.” Thursday, April 22 4:00-5:00pm Esper Branch

EVENTS Clover Contest / All Ages The entire month of March. Clovers will be all over the entire library. Guess/ count them and the closest one will win a prize. All month, all ages, no registration. March 1—31 Esper Branch Wii Game Day / Ages 6-12 Come to the library and have fun with our Wii console playing popular games. Saturday, March 13 2:30-3:30pm Esper Branch Woman’s History Bingo / Ages 7 and up Have fun playing bingo, winning prizes and learning about famous women. Saturday, March 20 3:00pm Henry Ford Centennial Comix Crew / Ages 9-13 Interested in comics, manga, shonen, shojen? Hang with us! We’ll talk comics. We’ll try some stuff out together. Claim you can’t draw? We don’t expect you to be a master. You just need to be creative and want to have fun. Saturday, March 20 2:00pm Henry Ford Centennial Saturday, April 17 2:00pm Henry Ford Centennial March Magic / All Ages Johanna Navarre will entertain you. She will send you home with magical surprises you have learned how to do. Registration for this program is required. Tuesday, March 30 7:00pm Bryant Branch

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M a r c h — a p r i l C h i l d r e n ’ s p r o g r a m m i n g , c o n t ’ d Pocket Poem Challenge / Ages 5-12 When you come to Snow Branch Library during Poetry Month, pick up a Pocket Poem to take home and learn by heart. On your next visit (by April 29), recite your poem to the Librarian at the desk and receive a reward. April 1-29 Snow Branch Where the Wild Things Are / All Ages Are you a wild thing? Did you ever want to sail off in and out of weeks with Max? Join us for a special showing of the movie adaptation of this beloved children's book. No registration, but space is limited. Tuesday, April 6 2:00pm Henry Ford Centennial Kid’s Book, CD, DVD and Video Game Swap / Ages 12 and under, accompanied by parent Recycle your gently used items at this FREE swap. Come see what others have to trade and hopefully leave with something new to read, listen to, watch, or play! Items should be in decent condition: no scratched or cracked CDs, DVDs, or game discs. Please—only items with child-friendly ratings. Saturday, April 10 1:00-3:00pm Snow Branch Author Visit — Brandon Mull What a way to celebrate National Library Week! Fablehaven author, Brandon Mull, will be visiting the Bryant Branch. Book Five in the Shadow Mountain series has just come out. Mr. Mull is also the author of “Candy Shop War,” and “Pingo,” a picture book for younger children. Monday, April 12 7:00pm Bryant Branch National Library Week Contest / All

Ages Celebrate National Library week by telling everyone what is great about your library! Using the entry forms available at the desk, complete the sentence “The Dearborn Public Library is important to our community because...” Completed entries will automatically be entered into a drawing for a small prize. All reasons for loving the library will also be posted (anonymously) for all to see. April 12—17 Esper Branch

Dearborn Public Library Annual Bookmark contest Children are invited to participate in the annual bookmark contest celebrating Children’s Book Week, May 10-16, 2010. Rules: • Participants must either be Dearborn residents or attend a Dearborn school. • The contest is open to grades 1—5. Entry deadline is March 31, 2010. • ONE entry per child. • Drawings must be in BLACK INK ONLY. Use black ball point pen on white paper. Please do not color your drawings or make them on colored paper. • Size of bookmarks must be 8 1/2” x 2”. • Back of each entry must be clearly marked IN PENCIL with student’s first and last names, school, and grade. • Bookmarks will be judged on originality, creativity, content and composition. • Two winners from each grade level will be selected. • Students designs chosen for reproduction will be distributed through the Dearborn Public Libraries and the child’s school. • The winners and their families will be invited to a special reception at the library. • PLEASE MAIL OR BRING YOUR DESIGN IN TO ANY DEARBORN PUBLIC LIBRARY Please Note: Program registration may be made by phone or in person. Participants arriving more than 10 minutes after the scheduled program time may not be admitted. Children must be the required age on or before the first date of the program. Residents and cardholders are given preference. Individuals with disabilities who require special accommodations, auxiliary aids, or services to attend or participate in these programs should contact their local library or TDD 313-943-2193. Reasonable advance notice is required. - Advanced registration required

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T e e n p r o g r a m s “Team Edward” vs “Team Jacob” Movie Ages 13-17 You know who you want to win the battle. Join us for a viewing of the second movie based on the most loved teen vamp books of all time! Because of the PG-13 rating, no persons under 13 will be admitted. Movie begins promptly at 2:10 pm so be on time and you won’t miss a single bit(e). Space is limited. Saturday, March 27 2-4:20 pm Henry Ford Centennial Wii DDR Dance-Off Ages 13-17 Show us your sweet dance moves! High scorers will be rewarded so arrive on time to rack up the points. Friday, April 9 2:15 pm Henry Ford Centennial National Library Week Teen Book Swap Ages 13-17 Swap some of your gently used paperbacks for someone else’s favorites. Bring in up to 10 cleaned books to the Children’s Help Desk from April 12-14 for swap coupons. You can cash in the coupons for titles that are new to you from April 15-17. Henry Ford Centennial College Prep: Get the Dough and Go! Students and their parents who are overwhelmed with applications and financial aid are invited to this FREE seminar by Kaplan. Master the paperwork for college entry. The program will last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Registration begins February 27. Saturday, March 13 2:00 pm Henry Ford Centennial

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When it was over, I sat in stunned silence. My friend wanted to leave but I couldn’t move; all I wanted to do was stay there and try to process what I had just seen. It was one of the defining movie-going experiences of my life. Rarely had I seen something that affected me so viscerally and made me so aware of the possibilities of such skilled, kinetic filmmaking.

GoodFellas R, 1990, 146 min. I was fifteen when GoodFellas was released in September 1990. At the time, I was beginning my immersion into the great films of the 1970s, sneaking home videotapes of Chinatown, Apocalypse Now and Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and Taxi Driver. So it was with this clandestine education that I became aware of Scorsese, inspiring great anticipation for his new gangster film which was receiving tremendous advance praise. My friend and I saw GoodFellas the week it opened at the now-closed Quo Vadis theatre in Westland.

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I went to see the film over and over again; being underage, I resorted to sneaking into theatres with inconveniently stingy admission policies for R-rated movies. It was all I could think about as images from the film seemed seared into my brain: the shocking opening scene; Joe Pesci’s “You think I’m funny?” scene; the now-famous tracking shot of Ray Liotta and Lorraine Bracco walking into the Copa through the back entrance; the slow motion close-up of Robert DeNiro smoking a cigarette and plotting the death of a fellow criminal as Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” plays on the soundtrack; the montage of dead gangsters set to the song “Layla”; the frenetic, dial-

flipping intensity of the sequence near the end as Henry Hill tries to complete a day-long drug deal. The scenes just constantly ran through my mind. It had been many years since I had seen the film in its entirety. Last month it turned up on cable, uncut and in HD, and I thought I would watch it again, at least for a while, and see how it held up. Naturally, I was immediately pulled into the story and of course, the film holds up just fine. In fact, because of the fact I hadn’t seen it in so long, it was almost like seeing it for the first time all over again. I still had chills at all the same moments. What’s distressing to me is that this year will mark twenty years since GoodFellas was released. It not only makes me feel a little old, but it makes me think about when movies really had the ability to k noc k me ou t , a nd h ow infrequently that happens to me in theatres today.

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The Everyone’s Reading program, this year featuring Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow, continues through March and April with the following schedule of special events. Everyone’s Reading program guides are also available at all Dearborn Public Library locations and online at:

investigations, and in some instances a person applying for a job may even have to undergo a polygraph test. Lt. Neil S. Myres from the Investigative Division of the Dearborn Police Department will discuss current issues and technological advances in the fascinating field of Forensic Psychophysiology and polygraph testing.

Taking the Mystery Out of the Polygraph Test Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at 7pm Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium You hear about lie detector tests all the time in police

Let the Lawyers Do the Talking Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7pm Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium It’s been said the lawyer with the best story wins the case.

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Nowhere is this more true than in the pages of a novel. Mystery expert Willetta L. Heising will discuss some of her favorite legal mysteries and thrillers, including a few you may have missed over the years.

life and prolific writing career. Signed copies of his book, Presumed Innocent, will be available for purchase. Drawing slips for the lottery are available for cardholders at any Dearborn Public Library location.

Meet Author Scott Turow Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 7pm Cherry Hill Village in Canton Thursday, April 15, 2010 at 7pm Millennium Centre in Southfield

The lottery will run from February 16 through March 26 and winners will be notified by April 1, 2010.

Enter the lottery to win two tickets to hear famed author Scott Turow speak about his

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C l a s s i c s r e v i s i t e d c o n t i n u e s t h r o u g h w i n t e r & s p r i n g The free book discussion group “Classics Revisited” will be offered through the winter and spring at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. All sessions are open to the public and no registration is required. Sessions take place on the third Wednesday of each month from March through May, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the third floor training room of the library (16301 Michigan Avenue). Multiple copies of each work are available for checkout at all four library branches. To maximize the experience of the discussion group, it is recommended that those who want to participate complete the book to be discussed before the group’s meeting on that book. If you're interested, reserve your copy today! The schedule of readings for the winter and spring is as follows: March 17— Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut April 21— The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran May 19— Mansfield Park by Jane Austen To learn more about a book or its author, visit the Literature Resource Center available at For more information about the book discussion group series, call library staff members Henry Fischer or Jeff Lelek at 313.943.2017. P r e s s & g u i d e n o w s e a r c h a b l e o n p c The Dearborn Press & Guide from July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2009 is now searchable digitally at Henry Ford Centennial Library. Patrons will be able to search by keyword for articles that include the names, places or issues of interest. The PC for using this digital resource is located next to the microfilm viewing machines on the second floor of the library.

M o n d a y n i g h t b l o c k b u s t e r f i l m s o n g o i n g The Blockbusters Monday evening free movie program continues at Henry Ford Centennial Library. Both old classics and new favorites are shown every Monday night (excluding holidays) in the HFCL auditorium. There is no charge for admittance. Films begin at 7 PM. Schedules are available at the Reference Desk of any Dearborn public library.

K r o g e r c a r d r e w a r d s t o b e n e f i t l i b r a r y Patrons are encouraged to sign up their Kroger reward card to benefit the Dearborn Library Foundation. Simply pick up a Library Foundation bookmark from any Dearborn Public Library building and submit it to the customer service desk at your local Kroger store. Patrons can also register their card for this purpose online at:

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Future issues of Library Matters would like to feature a library patron’s favorite book. This feature would consist of the person’s picture, the name of the book and a short description written by the patron about the book’s personal meaning to them. If you are interested in participating, please e-mail the editor of Library Matters, Jeff Lelek, at

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Submitted by: Mary Orrin This past Christmas my Mother took my family to Grand Cayman. The Grand Cayman Islands are British-owned and are located in the Caribbean just south of Cuba. We enjoyed a week of sunshine and temperatures in the 80s.

We swam with Southern Stingrays. The rays were tame enough to cradle in your arms. The blue iguana is rare and is only found on Grand Cayman. Green iguanas were everywhere (see below)!

We visited the sea turtle farm and got to hold baby turtles.

It was difficult to come back to the snow and cold weather!

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Dearborn Public Library is proud to present the newly remodeled Family restroom located in Youth Services at Henry Ford Centennial Library. This ADA accessible restroom now features a baby changing area, automatic hand dryer, toddler restraint seat and beautiful tile work including Pewabic Accent tiles. The color scheme and design of the new restroom echoes the Enchanted Forest theme of the Youth Area. Come on in and see for yourself! A key to access the restroom is available at the Children’s Reference Desk.

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L e a r n LEARN is university level e-learning and career re-branding courses for unemployed Michigan workers with the goal of preparing more than 100,000 unemployed Michiganders to re-enter the workforce with a new career. LEARN’s initial online class, Redefining You Through a Career in Health Care, will launch on March 1, 2010, at LEARN career re-branding courses are free to all participants, and focus on the following industries: health care, government and nonprofit, emerging technologies and entrepreneurship.

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LEARN is owned by Michiganbased Maria Madeline Project, Inc. “Because so many Michiganders who have lost their manufacturing jobs need computer skills to compete for these new economy jobs, LEARN classes will also teach workers basic and intermediate computer skills,” said Tony Fama, president of the Maria Madeline Project. LEARN online instructors prepare Michiganders whose manufacturing jobs have ceased to exist for careers in the new economy. LEARN career re-branding courses are developed by Lynn Wooten, PH.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Strategy,

w o r k Management and Organizations at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in collaboration with Maria Madeline Project.

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DIRECTOR Maryanne Bartles

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The Dearborn Public Libraries will be open during regular hours through March and April with the exception of the holiday observances noted below, when all buildings will be closed: Henry Ford Centennial Library


16301 Michigan Ave. (313) 943-2330

Julie Schaefer


9:30 AM—8:30 PM


9:30 AM—5:30 PM Sun 1-5


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Marcel Pultorak

(313) 943-4091

(313) 943-4096

(313) 274-1780

VICE-CHAIR Nancy Zakar SECRETARY-TREASURER Jihan Ajami Jawad Candyce Abbatt Rachel Fawaz David L. Schlaff


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Th, & Sat 12:30 PM—5:30 PM Fri & Sun — CLOSED The library will be closed Friday, April 2 through Sunday, April 4 for the Easter holiday.

Sally Smith Antonia Straley Robert Taub

VISION STATEMENT “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.”

Library Matters March-April 2010 Layout, writing and editing by Jeff Lelek with staff contributions as credited

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