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As part of the NEA Big Read-Dearborn celebration of Hope Jahren’s Lab Girl, the Dearborn Public Library is sending out an invitation for residents to submit stories, poems, or essays regarding nature with an emphasis on trees and plants, with the goal of creating a community book.

The call for literary work is open to everyone, and the deadline is Nov. 30.

Details on how to submit your work by Nov. 30 are at www.bigreaddearborn.org/call-for-entries.

Some ideas to get you started to meet the Nov. 30 deadline are as follows:

  • 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?
  • Fictional narrative involving trees or plants?
  • What do trees mean to you?
  • How about writing about gardening or your favorite nature trail?
  • Or how about something science related? Author Hope Jahren is a geobiologist who mainly studies plants, trees, and soil. Her experiences inspired the tag line for the Big Read-Dearborn: The world is your lab.
  • You could also write about friendship. In Lab Girl, Jahren portrays a close friendship she has with her lab partner and that relationship is a big part of her story.

If you have questions, please contact the library at (313) 943-2330 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Note that to differentiate this book from Call of the Wild Dearborn (the library’s first community anthology), the library is not looking for entries on animals or wildlife.

Here are some important dates for the NEA Big Read-Dearborn:

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

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