Fall 2019 programming at the Mardigian Library

October 15, 2019

Your preview of the library's marquee October and November events.

Elementary school students sit at a table and work on stories at the Youth Authors Festival.
Elementary school students sit at a table and work on stories at the Youth Authors Festival.
The seventh annual Young Authors' Festival comes to the library on November 9.

The Mardigian Library’s fall events lineup has something for almost anybody. Fresh off a grand opening event at the new Stamelos Gallery Center, the library is busy welcoming visitors to a debut exhibit featuring the artwork of former UM-Dearborn art instructor Electra Stamelos. At the end of the month, you can get in on a week of Halloween activities, including pumpkin decorating, trick or treating and a silent dance party. Then on November 9, the kids get the run of the place at the seventh annual Young Authors' Festival. Below, you’ll find all the important details in the library's full October update.


Stamelos Gallery Center Grand Opening Celebration

The Art Collections and Exhibitions Department would like to thank everyone who attended and supported the grand opening event on September 12 for the new Stamelos Gallery Center.  It was a lovely evening to celebrate this remarkable new addition to campus made possible by the immense generosity of William and Electra Stamelos. 

The new center includes a gallery and collection storage space with museum-quality climate control, LED lighting systems and upgraded security. These features will allow the department to meet the borrowing requirements for museums across the country and to better preserve the university’s treasured art collection.  

In its new location on the Mardigian Library’s first floor, the center is much more visible, and public access is greatly increased. These newly designed spaces are already beginning to attract and inspire highly regarded artists and guest speakers who greatly enhance and enrich university offerings. This initiative raises faculty awareness of the collection and gallery programming and encourages them to consider new ways of incorporating critical thinking strategies through the study of art into their curriculum. Thought-provoking exhibitions and programs designed to reach new audiences of a variety of ethnicities, age groups, lifestyles, and religious and economic backgrounds generate debate and fresh ideas in students and community members. An important goal of the Stamelos Gallery Center is to play a key role in the educational growth of UM-Dearborn students across all disciplines and to become an educational leader in its service to the diverse populations of Dearborn and beyond.  

The university is profoundly grateful for this transformative gift from the estate of William and Electra Stamelos.

"Electra and Bill: Honoring an Immeasurable Contribution" will be on display in the Stamelos Gallery Center until November 21.


Halloween Week Events

Get into the Halloween spirit with a full lineup of events that are free and open to the public. 

Monday, October 28
Candy Jar Guessing Game at the Library Information Desk

Tuesday, October 29
Pumpkin decorating in the main lobby, 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 30
Donuts and Databases, Cider and Circulation in the main lobby, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Thursday, October 31
Trick or Treating in the main lobby, 3-5 p.m.
Silent Dance Party, 6-8 p.m., 2nd floor


The Young Authors’ Festival is Back and Ready to Inspire Young Writers

Young writers and their parents are encouraged to attend the seventh annual Young Authors’ Festival (YAF) on Saturday, November 9 at the Mardigian Library. Event registration is now open.

The YAF is an annual half-day celebration of writing and literacy for students in Grades 3-5, their parents and their teachers. Students can attend a variety of fun, informative half-hour breakout sessions on writing-related topics led by UM-Dearborn education students. Some examples of breakout sessions to be offered include: "Postcard Palooza" (designing a postcard for someone special); "And They All Lived Happily Ever After...or Did They?" (switch-up endings of classic fairy tales); "Thanksgiving Comic Books" (creating comic books of thankfulness). There will also be a session for parents designed to help support children’s reading and writing development.

The featured book for the 2019 festival and writing contest is “The Colored Car” by Jean Alicia Elster, the YAF guest speaker. Formerly an attorney, she is now a professional writer who has won numerous awards and recognition for her work.

In 2014, “The Colored Car” was selected a Michigan Notable Book by the Library of Michigan. It was awarded the Midwest Book Award in Children’s Fiction by the Midwest Independent Publishers Association. The book was also chosen as an Honor Book for the Paterson Prize for Books for Young People. Elster is frequently invited to speak at schools, libraries and conferences throughout Michigan and across the United States.

Writing contest winners will be announced at the YAF and students will get an opportunity to read an excerpt of their winning entries. “You do not have to enter the writing contest to attend the YAF and enjoy the festival’s activities,” says YAF Chair and Assistant Librarian, Raya Samet.

The event is on Saturday, November 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mardigian Library. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information and to register for this event, visit the YAF webpage or email questions to: yaf-contact@umich.edu.

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