Dearborn launches Big Read project focused on Poe

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Edsel Ford students Michael Santioni (left), Tiffany Trimer and Michael Lozoy create portraits of Edgar Allen Poe, ravens and black cats during arts and crafts activities the launch of the Big Read-Dearborn project at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Oct. 8.

Photo by Zeinab Najm. Edsel Ford students Michael Santioni (left), Tiffany Trimer and Michael Lozoy create portraits of Edgar Allen Poe, ravens and black cats during arts and crafts activities the launch of the Big Read-Dearborn project at the Henry Ford Centennial Library Oct. 8.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — The Dearborn Public Library launched its second Big Read-Dearborn project Oct. 8 featuring American poet and author Edgar Allan Poe.

The Big Read-Dearborn will use “The Great Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe” as the centerpiece of the 2015-16 program.

The project aims to educate the public on the various works of Poe through events, activities movies, lectures, book discussions, crafts and re-enactments.
The project will kick off with activities for the public Feb. 8 and run through March 19.

Public officials and sponsors attended the launch of the project at the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave., which included arts and crafts as well as a screening of film, “The Raven” based on Poe’s poem.

“The goal of the project is to increase the public’s interest in literature through the many activities we are going to offer,” Dearborn Public Library Director Maryanne Bartles said. “We selected Edgar Allen Poe because he offers a great variety of interesting literature that will intrigue the public.”

This year’s Big Read is the second for the library, after it started the project in 2014 focusing on author Jack London.

“It’s great to see the project back again this year,” Mayor John O’Reilly said. “The Big Read is important because it brings the community together educating or introducing them to great literature.”

Project launch guests created portraits of Poe, a black cat and a raven during the arts and crafts activities.

Tiffany Trimer, a junior at Edsel Ford High School said she attended the event after learning about Poe’s work in her English class.

“My favorite thing about Edgar’s literature is how he tells his stories,” she said. “You can paint such a vivd picture and feel the dark emotions in his words.”

The public is invited to send their original Poe inspired stories, poems or essays by Nov. 15 to hfischer@ci.dearborn.mi.us or thebigreaddearborn@gmail.com.

Entries may include scary, suspenseful or science-fiction stories or mysteries, ghost stories or poems all fiction or non-fiction with original artwork or photographs. Tales should be approximately one to three pages long.

For more information on the project go to bigreaddearborn.org.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com)

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