Library Matters The official newsletter of the Dearborn Public Library
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There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration. ~Andrew Carnegie
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Book Club Kits
Movies We Love
Music Recital at HFCL
Summer Library Hours
This year’s summer reading program will run from June 13 through August 5 with the theme of “One World, Many Stories.” The reading program is open to all ages with everyone who reads books having a chance to win weekly prize drawings. There will be individual programs for babies and toddlers under age 3 and for children ages 3-12. Teens and adults will also have their own distinct programs. All participants (excluding the under-3s) will be eligible for weekly prize drawings by filling out drawing slips for each book read. There will be a variety of activities conducted at HFCL as part of the summer reading program. All-Age Crafts will take place on Wednesdays beginning on June 15. No registration is required for these crafts, just drop in anytime between 11am and 7 pm. Younger children will need adult assistance. Tween Crafts for ages 8-12 will take place on Wednesdays at 2 pm from June 22 through July 27 at HFCL. Registration is required for these crafts; registration begins one week before each craft.
Additional activities including story times and other events will be scheduled throughout June and July. Check out the library website www.dearbornlibrary.org or call the Youth Services Reference Desk for at 313-943-2345 for additional information. All activities / programs will take place at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. The summer reading program’s annual wrap-up party will take place on August 11 from 6-8 PM at the Henry Ford Centennial Library. Join us for refreshments, games and fun for the whole family!
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All book club kits are now out on the shelves and available for checkout. You can check out up to two kits per card for 45 days. A full list of kits is available in our catalog at the library website, dearbornlibrary.org. Simply search “book club kit” in the “Subject starts with” box. The list can be sorted by publication date, title, or author. The kits are located at the Henry Ford Centennial Library (HFCL) in the reference stacks—stack 23 to be exact. Each bag has a laminated title card which shows the title, author, number of copies included in the kit (generally 10), and a brief description of the book. New titles are being ordered on a continual basis. We recommend suggesting titles through the Purchase Suggestion link on our
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website. Simply enter in title, author, and any other information that will help us find the book. To ensure your suggestion is forwarded to the appropriate librarian, please check “other” in the format section and type “book club kit.” A sampling of our newer titles includes The Help, Mennonite in a Little Black Dress, The Lincoln Lawyer and Olive Kitteridge. We have many resources that may be helpful to your group. For starters, there is a how-to manual in our collection called The Book Club Companion, which is located at HFCL in Adult Nonfiction 374.22. Additionally, we have a number of book-clubrelated databases in the Online Resources section of our website: Books and Authors – book descriptions and reviews, author
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biographies, “read-a-like wizard” (not sure which book to read next? This readers’ advisory tool will help); NoveList – book discussion guides, recommended titles, “read-alikes”;
Literature Criticism Online – author biographies and literary criticism regarding contemporary classics;
Literature Resource Center – author biographies and literary criticism regarding classics; • Biography Resource Center biographies.
Finally, for discussion questions, tips for book groups, and so on, consider visiting such sites as: litlovers.com, readinggroupguides.com, and bookbrowse.com. Also, check publishers’ websites or search “[title of book] discussion questions” in your favorite search engine.
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All programming listed below will take place at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Participants arriving more than 5 minutes after the scheduled program time will not be admitted. Due to space limitations, strollers may not be allowed inside the program room or the auditorium. 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 313-9432193. Reasonable advance notice is required.
STORYTIMES Mother Goose Storytime / Ages 6-24 Months Babies and toddlers are invited to their first literature experiences along with songs, fingerplays, and movement. One caregiver per child is recommended. Space is limited. ℡ Registration must be made by phone or in person at any Dearborn Public Library. Registration begins 2 weeks before start date. Fridays, May 13 — 27 @ 10:30 am Registration begins April 29
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Storytime / Ages 22-5 Years Children with a caregiver are invited for stories, songs and fun. Space is limited. ℡ Registration must be made by phone or in person at any Dearborn Public Library. Tuesdays, May 10 — 31 @ 2:00 pm Registration begins April 26th.
CRAFTS Tween Mother’s Day Craft / Ages 8-12 Years Join us and make something special for Mom. You will have time for a craft, card and gift box. Space is limited. ℡ Registration must be made by phone or in person at any Dearborn Public Library. Saturday, May 7 @ 2:00 pm Registration begins April 25th. Third Thursday DropDrop-In Craft / All Ages Spring is in the air! Join us for a Spring-inspired paper weaving craft. Younger children may need adult assistance. Crafts are available while supplies last. Thursday, May 19 11:00 am — 7:00 pm
Games on the Big Screen / Ages 8+ Years Rock with us on the Wii. No registration, but space will be limited. @
Help us celebrate the best books in the library! Write a recommendation or record a podcast telling us about your favorite book or author. Come to the Children’s Help Desk May 2nd through May 6th anytime between 2 — 7 pm to record a podcast or fill out a review form. **AGES 5 — 12 and you must get your parent’s / guardian’s permission.** Submissions will be posted on the Dearborn Kids Read blog: dearbornkidsread.blogspot.com/ 2nd ANNUAL PEEPS DIORAMA CONTEST Entry Deadline: April 30th All Ages “Peeple’s Choice” Voting: May 22 -7 Awards Reception: May 9 @ 7 pm Join us in recognizing the entries in this year’s contest by voting for your favorite and attending the awards reception to see which creation got the most votes! SUMMER READING PROGRAM CRAFTS AND EVENTS June 1313-August 5 All ages
Wednesday, May 25 8:00 pm
CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK May 2 — 8 Ages 5 — 12
See page 1 for further information on the Summer Reading Program and its various events and activities taking place throughout the summer!
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The film’s second half commences when the bad guys try and turn up the heat on the cops, resulting in one of the most famous car chase pursuits in film history. From there on, The French Connection races to its jaw-dropping conclusion, which first-time viewers won’t see coming.
The French Connection 1971 / 104 min. / R Directed by: William Friedkin Released 40 years ago this October, William Friedkin’s The French Connection has stood the test of time as one of the most influential films of the past halfcentury. With its fiery, flawed antihero and gritty milieu, you can see the film’s fingerprints all over recent film and esp ecially television, in series like Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and The Shield. The film tells the story of two New Yor k narcotic s cops (Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider) who stumble upon a massive narcotics smuggling plot, masterminded by the slippery Frenchman Alain Charnier (Fernando Rey). The first half of the film observes the day-today police grunt work the cops e nd u r e : e n d le s s s t a ke ou t s , wiretaps, foot pursuits, freezing cold and bad coffee.
At the heart of the film is Gene Hackman’s performance as “Popeye” Doyle; his entrance, dressed as a singing streetcorner Santa staking out a drug dealer, is classic. There is really nothing likeable about Doyle except for his skill and tenacity, which speaks even more to Hackman’s ability to make the audience root for him despite his character’s flaws. Equally good is the late Roy Scheider as Doyle’s partner, Buddy Russo. There
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sequences throughout the film, including the aforementioned car chase involving Doyle trying to chase down an elevated train that has been commandeered by his would-be assassin. Another I love is the cat-and-mouse pursuit between Doyle and Charnier on the streets and subway stations as they try and outwit the other. The French Connection won five well-deserved Academy Awards including Adapted Screenplay, Film Editing, Director, Best Actor for Gene Hackman and Best Picture of 1971 (against some pretty tough competition). *** The French Connection will screen at HFCL Monday night, May 9, at 7 PM as part of the Blockbusters Monday night film series. — Jeff Lelek
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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. Classics and new favorites are shown every Monday night in the HFCL auditorium. Films begin at 7 PM. Schedules are available at the Reference Desk of any Dearborn public library.
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The regular monthly book sales sponsored by the Friends of the Library Dearborn (FOLD) will be held on the following dates: Wednesday, May 4
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Help wanted! The Friends of the Library-Dearborn are looking for two volunteers: 1. A young person or a senior to help with book sale clean-up on the first Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30 pm. 2. A jazz or music enthusiast to help organize and price a large collection of LP recordings. Any day of the month will work. If interested in either of these positions, please contact the Friends at 313-943-2023 to volunteer.
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Wednesday, June 1 Wednesday, July 6 The sales will continue to take place in the lobby of the Henry Ford Centennial Library from 9:30 AM to 6 PM.
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Some extra noise and commotion on the second floor and third-floor mezzanine of HFCL will continue as two renovation projects are ongoing. The ten private individual study rooms on the second floor are getting a face-lift, an upgrade that has been needed for quite some time. New walls, ceiling, lighting and countertops will be installed. A larger project is continuing on the mezzanine. We are taking the space on the west side and converting it into three medium-sized study rooms, one large quiet study room and one large conference room. A small kitchenette will be adjacent to the conference room and will be available to organizations that book the conference room. Also included in the renovation are two restrooms. While this project will take several months, we are confident that the result will be better utilization of the space on the mezzanine. Because of the construction, the small study rooms on the second floor and the entire mezzanine will not be available until each project is complete. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
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The Dearborn Public Library Foundation is seeking support from the Dearborn community as they continue their work in helping to enhance and preserve our wonderful library system. In existence since 2005, the Foundation most recently funded the renovation of the Youth Program Room at Henry Ford Centennial Library and placement of five new educational computers at all branch libraries. The Foundation is seeking donations to help fund current and future projects at the Dearborn Libraries. A spring mail campaign will soon be underway asking Dearborn residents for their support. Donations also can be made by picking up a full-color, tri-fold brochure at any library location or by visiting www.dearbornlibraryfoundation.org and clicking on â€œMake a Giftâ€?. The Library and the Foundation need your help more than ever. Please consider making a donation now.
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Local students from Dearborn and surrounding communities will present a free violin and cello recital in the classical tradition at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Auditorium on Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm. The students range from advanced to beginning performers. The students have been
the outreach program in Flint called the Troubadours. Mr. Cota is a local musical
direction of both Joseph Deller instructor. and Brandon Cota.
Both Mr. Deller and Mr. Cota are involved with the Michigan
Mr. Deller Philharmonic, the Flint Symphony and the Dearborn Symphony.
conducts at the Dearborn Youth Please join us for this wonderful opportunity to support our local musicians. Symphony and also has an
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DIRECTOR Maryanne Bartles
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The libraries are now open regular hours according to the schedule below through the end of May. Beginning in June, the libraries will follow the summer hours listed below. Henry Ford Centennial Library
16301 Michigan Ave. (313) 943-2330
CHAIR Branch Libraries
Marcel Pultorak VICE-CHAIR Nancy Zakar SECRETARY-TREASURER
Jihan Ajami Jawad
Rachel Fawaz SUMMER HOURS
David L. Schlaff Sally Smith
Henry Ford Centennial Library 16301 Michigan Ave. (313) 943-2330 Mon-Thurs
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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.”
Friday 12:30-5:30 Saturday and Sunday
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 May-June 2011 Layout, writing and editing by Jeff Lelek with staff contributions as credited