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Henry Ford Centennial Library holds opening reception of exhibition tomorrow

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The Henry Ford Centennial Library will be holding an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. Thursday for its exhibition of the Big Read Dearborn Photo Exhibition.

During the May 1-19 exhibition, librarian Henry Fischer (who is helping coordinate the Big Read Dearborn program) said that 51 submissions will be displayed in the Rotunda Gallery of the Henry Ford Centennial Library, 16301 Michigan Ave. The works were juried by Monte Nagler, he said, who is a local celebrity nature photographer trained by Ansel Adams.

The Dearborn Community Fund is helping coordinate the exhibition, comprised of works from professional and amateur photographers (there was also a separate junior photo competition for photographers under 14) on the theme of environment, nature and wildlife. The May 1 opening reception in the library Rotunda will feature light refreshments like cookies, Fischer said.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The book selected for The Big Read Dearborn is Jack London's Call of the Wild. Right now plans are in the works, according to Fischer, to conclude the program with a May 17 wrap-up party.

That 2-4 p.m. program will feature sled dogs, and old-time photo booth, gold panning, and author meet-and-greet for the newly-published book Animal Tales. With popcorn and music, “it will be family-friendly,” Fischer said.

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