Big Read Video ColorTell your stories for a project that complements the book, The Namesake

Do you have an immigrant story or interesting history of your name or family?

Now’s your chance to record it on film, and it may be selected to be part of a video to premiere at the Big Read Kickoff in March. Dearborn’s third Big Read event is focused on Jhumpa Lahiri’s book The Namesake, which tells the story of a couple from India who moves to America, and the lives of their children, including a son who is given an unusual name.

The “Tell Us Your Stories” video project is presented by the Dearborn Public Library in coordination with the Dearborn Public Schools, the Dearborn Community Fund, and the City of Dearborn Department of Public Information and CDTV. This program is open to all ages and anyone who has resided in Dearborn, whether currently or previously.

To reserve a 30-minute slot, call (313) 943-2341 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Interviews last about 15 minutes.

Filming will take place at the Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC), 16901 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

Tips on how to get ready for your interview: You will be asked an opening question to the effect of: “Tell us your name and your story.” To help improve the visual quality of the film, do not wear white or black clothes; rather wear pastels or gray. Bring any family photos or memorabilia you would like to share. Please arrive about five minutes early so staff can get you set up for your interview. Get ready to contribute to Dearborn’s rich and varied history.

The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.