News from Mardigian Library: November 2019

November 26, 2019

Mardigian Library Participates in the Big Read-Dearborn 2020, hosts Young Authors' Festival

Mardigian Library Participates in the Big Read-Dearborn 2020

The Mardigian Library is pleased to announce our participation in the Big Read-Dearborn 2020, a community common read. This program is funded by a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest that was recently awarded to the Dearborn Public Libraries. Per the NEA, this initiative “aims to broaden our understanding of our world, communities, and ourselves through sharing the joy of a good book.”

The chosen book is Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl, the 2016 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. The book covers the author’s experiences as a female botanist, women in other STEM fields, themes of protecting our environment, and maintaining work/life balance.

A project launch took place on Oct. 14 in the EIC with a welcome from Chancellor Domenico Grasso, who noted that the book “talks about so many important things that are relevant today.” EIC Naturalist Dorothy McLeer read passages from the book and shared some of her experiences with the children who visit the EIC, calling them “the world’s future scientists.” UM-D Environmental Studies student Kaitlyn Tatro described her own research in the area of sustainability through green economics.

Please mark your calendars for two community-wide Big Read-Dearborn 2020 events that are open to the public and will have plenty of family-friendly activities:

  • Kick-off at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020 in the Anderson Theater at The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd
  • Wrap-up on 2 p.m. Earth Day, Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Avenue

In the meantime, the Dearborn Public Libraries has a call out for stories, poems, or essays regarding nature with an emphasis on trees and plants. The deadline is Nov. 30, 2019. Submissions will be compiled and published as a book and sold as a fundraiser for future Big Reads in Dearborn. An application form can be found here.

The Dearborn Public Libraries has offered the following ideas to get you started:

  • Do you have a favorite tree from your childhood?
  • A poem about trees/plants? How about a haiku?
  • A flower you want to write about?
  • A true story or a fictional narrative involving trees or plants?
  • What do trees mean to you?

Visit for additional information about local Big Read events.

2019 YAF Writing Contest winners in grades 3, 4, and 5 pose with their certificates at the 7th annual Young Authors' Festival held at the Mardigian Library. Top row (left to right): Diana Grano (4th), Miah Evans (5th), Ali El-Hajj (4th), Mariam Essa (3rd), and Bennett Walsh (4th). Bottom row (left to right): Zachary Markijohn (4th), Mahdi Sbeity (3rd), Layla Salmassi (5th), and Addie Wiegand (5th).

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