Volume 5 Issue 2
The official newsletter of the Dearborn Public Library dearbornlibrary.org THIS ISSUE’S QUOTE
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“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
The Friends of the Library - Dearborn
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20, and 21, at the Snow Branch Library,
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unprecedented three-day sale, April 19, 23950 Princeton, Dearborn 48124. The sale hours will be Thursday from
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1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6
Books We Love
Spring History Lectures
Music We Love
Computer / Tech Workshops
Items available for sale will
include Snow Branch’s remaining stock of books, magazines, compact discs, DVDs and audio books. Payment must be made by cash or check.
encourage you to bring your own bags or boxes.
us for this unique opportunity to
On Thursday, the first day of the sale, purchases will be limited to a maximum of $100 worth of material per person. Dealers and any usage of scanning devices will be allowed ONLY on Saturday, the final day of the sale. Educators
EDUCATIONAL materials only.
identification such as a school ID or paystub will receive a 20% discount on
shelves and make them part of your collection at home!
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The free book discussion group “Classics Revisited” continues through the spring at the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave. All meetings are open to the public and no registration is required. Meetings take place on the third Wednesday of each month from January through May, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. in the Ford Collection Room. Multiple copies of each work are available for checkout at all library branches. If interested, reserve your copy today! Further information on each book and its author is also available through the Literature Resource Center database via the Online Resources page on the library’s website, dearbornlibrary.org. And remember: even if you haven’t had a chance to read the entire book, stop by anyway and there’s a good chance you’ll still get something out of the conversation. The schedule of readings is as follows: Mar 21: The Dollmaker (1954), by Harriette Arnow Apr 18: Gilgamesh (c. 1600 B.C. -1000 B.C.) May 16: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), by Mark Twain “Classics” will be on hiatus for the summer and will return in the fall. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library—Dearborn.
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Federal and state tax forms are available at all Dearborn Public Library branches through the end of tax season. Forms and instructions are only available while supplies last, so pick up your material soon! Both Federal and State tax forms can also be found online here for Federal forms and here for State of Michigan forms.
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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. Please specify which session you wish to attend, 9:30 am OR 10:45 am Fridays, March 9, 16, 30 Registration begins Feb. 24th Fridays, April 20, 27, May 4 Registration begins Apr. 6th
c h i l d r e n ’ s Tot Time / Ages 2-3 Years Children with a caregiver are invited for stories, songs and fun. Please choose only one session. Space is limited. When registering, please specify which session you wish to attend, 10:30 am OR 11:30 am. Registration begins Mar. 1st. Thursdays, March 15, 29 & April 5, 26 * Preschool Storytime / Ages 3-5 Years Join us for fun stories, fingerplays, and a craft. Caregivers must remain in the library. Space is limited. Registration begins Mar. 1st. Thursdays, March 15, 29 & April 5, 26 @ 2 : 0 0 pm * Pajama & Stuffed Animal Storytime / All Ages Bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll (or 2nd favorite to avoid tears!) for a sleepover at the library. Enjoy listening to some bedtime stories together, then we’ll tuck the animals in & say goodnight. Come back after 2pm on Friday, March 9th to pick them up and find out what the animals did during the night. Space is limited. Registration begins Feb. 23rd. Thursday, March 8th @ 6:00 pm NOTE: Only the stuffed animals will be spending the night — not the children!
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CRAFTS Tween+ Crafts: 1st Saturday of the month @ 2 pm / 4th Grade & Up March 3rd: Grassy Gertie. Gear up for spring by making a growing friend. Gertie will start bald, but with care will soon sprout a lush, green head of hair! Registration begins February 18th. March 31st: Earth Friendly Shrinky Dinks. Keep plastic out of landfills by decorating repurposed containers. You will get a chance to make several charms. Registration begins March 17th. * Third Thursday Crafts / All Ages Drop-in Craft 11:00 am — 7:00 pm Younger children may need adult assistance. Crafts are available while supplies last. Thursday, March 15th Luck of the Irish, or something springy, come & make a green -themed thingy. Thursday, April 19th I spy with my little eye something crafty… come find out what! * Tied up with String / All Ages Come & make something soft & fuzzy with yarn. Monday, April 9th pm
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Scrap Craft / All Ages Tuesday, April 10th @ 2 – 4 pm See what we find in our closet. Make some crafts, have some fun. Younger children will need parent/caregiver assistance.
EVENTS Bookmark Contest / Grades 1 — 5 / March 1st — 23rd Dearborn residents or students attending a Dearborn school can design a reading-related bookmark. Bookmarks must be done in BLACK INK and be 8.5” x 2”. Entrant’s name, grade and school must be written on the back in pencil. One entry per child. Entries may be dropped off at any Dearborn Public Library. For more details, pick up a special Bookmark Contest Flyer. Teen Tech Week / Grades 6+ / March 5th — 9th Stop by the Teen Display in the Teen Zone at Henry Ford Centennial Library to pick up a “Know Your Meme” quiz. Turn it in by March 10th to be eligible for a gift card and prize pack. All participants will also receive a free new book for participation. One entry per person. Panem Hunger Games Party / Grades 6+ / Saturday, March 10th @ 2 pm Join us to pay “tribute” to Suzanne Collins’ popular book. Space is limited. Registration begins Feb. 25th.
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Family Science & Reading: Vital Signs: How Health Works / Grades 1— 6 + Parents S at u rd ay, Mar ch 17t h: Making the most of your health @ 11am Kids & parents can join staff from the Museum of Natural History @ U of M in learning about the human body. Find out what makes us up and what can take us down. Parents must stay with their children. Space is limited. Registration begins March 3rd. Lets Go to the Movies / All Ages / 1:30 pm (Movie @ 2 pm) - No Strollers please. Join us for a craft in the Children’s area & a movie in the auditorium. No Registration, but space is limited. Sat., March 17th: Princess Bride (1987, PG, 98 min.) Sat., April 21st: Finding Nemo (2003, G, 100 min.) KAPLAN Challenge Study Session / Grades 6+ / Saturday, March 24th @ 10:00 am Bring your calculator and a Ticonderoga No. 2 pencil to this 1 hour, 10 Question Challenge study session for the upcoming ACT. Registration begins March 10th. National Library Week Book Swap / All Ages (Children & Teens) / April 9th—14th Celebrate National Library Week with us! Bring in your older favorites any time during the week and swap them for some new ones. Please only bring in books that are in good condition and age appropriate.
Book Bingo / Ages 6 — 12 Thursday, April 12th @ 6:30 pm No registration, but space is limited. Feeling lucky? Join us for Book Bingo Night! Get a Bingo with favorite books & characters & win a book. 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Sinking / Ages 8 — 12 / Friday, April 13th @ 4:00 pm Join us as we remember the sinking of the Titanic one hundred years ago. What was life like in 1912? How cold is an iceberg? What exactly happened on that fateful night? Find out with us! Space is limited. Registration begins March 30th. 3rd Annual Peeps Diorama Contest / All Ages / Entry Deadline: Saturday, April 14th Get creative with your marshmallow Peeps! Using Peeps & a small box such as a shoebox, create a diorama of a scene from a book, movie, TV show, song, historical/ current event, etc. All Entries must be submitted to the Henry Ford Centennial Library Children’s Help Desk by 5:30pm on April 14th. Pick up a flyer with complete rules & entry form at any Dearborn Public Library. “Peeple’s Choice” Voting: April 16-20th. Awards Reception: April 21st World Book Night / All Ages / Monday, April 23rd @ 6:00 pm Join us for a night of stories and songs to celebrate our love of books! No registration, but space is limited.
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The Brothers Karamazov By Fyodor Dostoyevsky Yes, I know: it’s huge. Like 800 pages or more. Yes, it’s Russian, and that likely means it is fraught with the most depressing characters and scenarios imaginable, correct? Considerations like this were probably the best reasons why I avoided this book for so long despite its reputation for being one of the greatest works ever written. I can’t exactly recall what possessed me to finally pick it up, but I may have stumbled across a review from a reader on Amazon.com that called it a “life-changing experience.” Another reviewer may have called it “a book that takes possession of you.” At least those are the quotes that I remember making an
The main story, to my amazement, is a real potboiler: it describes the relationship between a father and his three sons, their money problems, their petty personal issues, their women issues, and finally their spiritual dilemmas. The father and eldest son fight over money and the affections of the same woman of low reputation. A manipulative, shadowy illegitimate son lurks about and plots. There are catfights between women, betrothals and messy breakups. There is murder. And finally, there is the spiritual awakening of the youngest son, Alyosha, a monk -in-training under the tutelage of his elder, Father Zosima. It is this aspect of the story, the relationship between Alyosha and Father Zosima, that really is the heart of the novel. For all of the soap opera-like elements of the plot, it is the spiritual considerations that Dostoyevsky presents through these characters that are the most provocative. We’re talking meaning of life type of stuff here. There are chunks of this book devoted to
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examining one’s life and purpose, to resolving one’s spiritual existence. I must confess to being a rather lapsed Catholic, but I can honestly say that if Father Zosima were around today, I might have to re-evaluate where I stand in that regard. That a book could even force a reader to ask such questions of oneself is achievement enough, but the skill of Dostoyevsky’s storytelling is equally dazzling, especially in his characterizations. Each and every character has many layers of complexity that are gradually revealed; just when you think you know a character and can anticipate how he or she will act, they surprise you, revealing a new level of depth and meaning to who they are. As for the length of the book, all I can say is that it is a page-turner. Seriously. It is indeed a book that will “take possession of you.” It is not depressing, although it does deal with elements of death, greed and jealousy. The scene of Alyosha’s spiritual epiphany after the death of his elder is one of the most beautiful and moving passages I’ve ever read. Give this book a try. — Jeff Lelek
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Join us at the Henry Ford Centennial Library for two lectures on American history by Professor Hal Friedman of Henry Ford Community College. The first lecture takes place on March 27, 2012 from 7-8 PM in the HFCL auditorium. The topic for this evening will be “The War of 1812: The War That Never Should Have Been.” On Tuesday, April 24, Professor Friedman will present “The Civil War, 1861-1865: The Pattern of Wars to Come.” The lecture will be held from 7-8 PM in the auditorium, as well. The lectures are open to the public and free of charge.
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The Friends of the Library-Dearborn (FOLD) will hold a major clearance sale on Wednesday, March 7 from 9:30 A.M. – 6 P.M. in the rotunda of the Henry Ford Centennial Library. Along with the usual selection of books and magazines, the sale will feature a huge assortment of VHS tapes available at discount prices. Regular movies will be available at the rate of five for $1; children’s tapes will be available at 10 for $1. These rates apply to the sale of the VHS tapes only, not to any other items. Anyone still using a VCR should mark their calendar to come out and take advantage of the selection available at this sale; at these prices, you really can’t go wrong! The sale will also feature books on home repair, redecorating and outdoor gardening, just in time for the spring. Complete fantasy paperback series will also be highlighted for purchase. The sale will offer something for everyone, so be sure to attend! Upcoming regular FOLD book sales will take place Wednesday, April 4 and Wednesday, May 2.
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The Alan Parsons Project By Sarah Kalmoni When I think of The Alan Parsons Project, one word comes to mind…amazing. The Alan Parsons Project is comprised of two founding members, Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson. Hailing from England, The Alan Parsons Project has been making music for decades. Parsons produced several albums for other artists such as Pink Floyd, and acted as assistant engineer for The Beatles on two of their albums. According to Wikipedia, “Parsons asked Woolfson to become his manager and Woolfson managed Parsons' career as a producer and engineer through a string of successes including Pilot, Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel, John Miles, Al Stewart, Ambrosia and The Hollies. Woolfson was a talented composer and pianist. He saw a way to combine his and Parsons' respective talents. Parsons would produce and engineer songs written by the two, and the Alan Parsons Project was born.” They have a distinct sound and style, with many of their
When I searched our library collection, I was delightfully happy to see that we had three CDs: The Definitive Collection, The Time Machine, and A Valid Path All are masterpieces in their own right. The Definitive Collection contains a lot of great songs, such as “(The System Of) Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether”, “The Raven”, “Breakdown”, “Don't let it show”, “Psychobabble” and much more. The Time Machine is also an excellent CD because it has wonderful songs like “Press Rewind”, “No Future In the Past” and “Out Of The Blue”. A Valid Path also has a classic love song, “More Lost Without You.” Parsons and Woolfson were the chief writers/ collaborators of the band, and have made their mark in the music industry. They may not be a very famous band, but to me, some of the best musicians out there are ones that aren’t famous. They write songs that inspire, connect and really mean something in life. It’s like finding a diamond in a river of gold. The diamond stands out as something special and unique. When you feel like listening to some great music, be sure to check out the three The Alan Parsons Project CDs, located in our CDE section, at Henry Ford Centennial Library. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_parson_project
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Everyone’s Reading, the annual community-wide reading program sponsored by metro Detroit public libraries in Oakland and Wayne counties, continues through March at the Dearborn Public Library. This year’s reading selection is the thriller Lethal by Sandra Brown. Ms. Brown will participate in two Meet the Author sessions on Thursday, March 22. The afternoon session will take place at Rochester Church of Christ in Rochester Hills at 2 PM with the evening appearance to be held at 7:00 PM at Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. Due to anticipated demand for these appearances, tickets will be required for admittance. The tickets are free but limited; they will be available at the Henry Ford Centennial Library beginning on March 14 at the “Mysteries and Thrillers” discussion program (see below); any remaining tickets will then be available at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Adult Reference Desk beginning March 15, until supplies last. Be the first to get your tickets! C O M P U T E R
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The Henry Ford Centennial Library will host a program related to this year’s Everyone’s Reading theme of mysteries and thrillers. Join Willetta Heising, award-winning author, for a talk entitled “Mysteries, Thrillers and Romances: What Do They Have in Common?” on March 14 at 7 PM in the HFCL auditorium. This discussion will consider the conventions of romantic and mystery fiction, including their many similarities. If you've ever thought that 'Happily Ever After' and 'Mystery Solved' had something in common, this discussion is for you! As indicated above, tickets for the Sandra Brown appearances on March 22 will initially be distributed at this program. For more information on Everyone’s Reading 2012, contact the Dearborn Public Library at 313-9432330.
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Basic computer classes and e-reader / tablet help sessions continue into the spring at Henry Ford Centennial Library. All sessions listed below take place in the Computer Training Room at HFCL and are free of charge. Interested patrons can call the Reference Desk at (313) 943-2330 to register during the appropriate registration dates listed below.
Tech Time (any device, any question) Thursday, March 15 from 2-4 pm Registration: March 7-13
Basic Computers Tuesday, March 13 from 10 am—12 pm Registration: March 6-11
eBooks for Kindle (requires valid library card and Amazon.com account) Thursday, March 22 from 2-4 pm Registration: March 14-20
Tuesday, April 3 from 10 am-12 pm Registration: March 27-April 1 Internet Basics Tuesday, March 20 from 10 am-12 pm Registration: March 13-18 Tuesday, April 10 from 10 am-12 pm Registration: April 3-April 8
Thursday, April 5 from 6-8 pm Registration: March 28-April 3
Tuesday, April 10 from 6-8 pm Registration: April 2-8 eBooks for non-Kindle (Nook, Sony, iPad, etc) (requires valid library card) Tuesday, March 20 from 6-8 pm Registration: March 12-18 Tuesday, March 27 from 2-4 Registration: March 19-25
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The libraries are now open regular hours according to the schedule below. Please note holiday hours below.
Henry Ford Centennial Library
16301 Michigan Ave. (313) 943-2330 Mon-Thurs
CHAIR Marcel Pultorak VICE-CHAIR Nancy Zakar SECRETARY-TREASURER
Branch Libraries Monday Wednesday
Friday CLOSED Saturday 12:30-5:30 Sunday
Jihan Ajami Jawad
The library will be closed on the following days:
Friday, April 6
Saturday, April 7
David L. Schlaff Sally Smith
Sunday, April 8 www.dearbornlibrary.org
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 2012 Layout, writing and editing by Jeff Lelek with staff contributions as credited