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Calling all artists! Share your creativity at our Open Mic Night. Bring a poem, song, short story, or any other innovative endeavor. All ages are welcome, but children ages 12 years and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Open Mic Night
Tuesday Nights
April 9
May 21
7:00-8:30 pm
Caroline Kennedy Library

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Come along with us as we visit different haunted locations in Michigan with Shetan Noir, author and researcher of the paranormal. Hear stories of personal experiences and the ghosts associated with some Michigan locations. For adults 18 years and older.

Haunted Michigan
Wednesday, April 17, 2024
6:30-7:45 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

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Come join us for a presentation on the contributions of the Islamic Civilization on the modern world. The presentation will be given by Wayne State University Associate Professor Saeed Khan. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Golden Age of Islam
Thursday, April 25, 2024
7:00-8:30 pm
Caroline Kennedy Library

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Join local author and freelance writer Paul Vachon as he talks about forgotten tales centered in and around Detroit. Based on his book of the same name, he will share stories about the Ford hunger march, the riot of 1943 and the Italian POWs housed during World War II. You will also hear how Detroit was the place for the beginning of the end of Lou Gehrig’s storied baseball career. These tales and more will be featured in this interesting and fascinating program.

Forgotten Detroit
Wednesday, May 15, 2024
6:30 - 7:45 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

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Are you fascinated by Arabic calligraphy and want to learn how to make a piece of art yourself? Now is your chance! This class is for beginners ages 18 and older. Artist Haneen Alhusban will teach the class. Registration is required at the Circulation Desk, by phone at 313-791-3800 or by email at dhreference@gmail.com. Space is limited.

Arabic Calligraphy Class
Saturday, April 27, 2024
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Caroline Kennedy Library

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Give a plant, take a plant! Do you have plants left over from spring planting? If so, come into the library and exchange them for new ones. The plant swap lasts all day!

Plant Swap 
Saturday, May 18, 2024
All Day!
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

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According to the Journal of Travel Research, traveling for pleasure can contribute to well-being because it gives people opportunities to detach from work and/or home life and to experience new things. It is no surprise that research suggests that travel is highly beneficial to your physical, mental and emotional health. Join us to hear Sue Briggs from Custom Holidays explain these benefits.

Travel Is Good for Your Health
Tuesday, May 7, 2024
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Caroline Kennedy Library

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Come and have fun playing board games at our first Saturday Afternoon Board Games program. We will have new games such as Settlers and Ticket to Ride and traditional games such as Monopoly and Clue. If there is enough interest, we will make this a monthly event! No experience needed. For adults 18 years and older. Free refreshments will be served.

Saturday Afternoon Board Games
Saturday, April 13, 2024
1:00-4:00 pm
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library


Ongoing Community Services

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Local Artist Showcase

Are you a local artist looking for a free space to showcase your talent? Whatever your artistic talent is, whether it be painting, sculpting, quilting, or any other art form, Dearborn Heights Libraries is the place for you! You can showcase your talent for free for one month at one of our branches. Please contact Chris Land at John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library for details. He can be reached by phone at 313-791-6064 or by email at ckland@dearbornheightsmi.gov. Or, you can use our online submission form posted on the library's website at dhcl.michlibrary.org.

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Citizenship Preparation Classes
International Institute of Metro Detroit (IIMD)
April 9 to June 25, 2024
Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00 pm
Caroline Kennedy Library

The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit (IIMD) is offering an twelve-week course that will help you prepare for the citizenship test.  Classes are taught in English by an IIMD instructor.  You must be a Michigan resident. An image of your driver’s license or official ID and image of your USCIS Permanent Resident (Green Card) is required.  Register online through IIMD.  You may join the class anytime after the start date. For more information, call 313-600-7618 or email wojciech517@yahoo.com.

Genealogy Help

Caroline Kennedy Library & John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Times and dates vary; please refer to our calendar for detailed schedule information.

Interested in exploring your family's past? Members of the Dearborn Genealogical Society (dgs.org). will be available on-site to help you research your family using Ancestry.com (only available in the library) and other websites.

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GET TIX!

The Dearborn Heights Library is a member of The Library Network.  As a member, patrons can purchase "313 Presents Corporate Access" discounted tickets to select shows at local venues.  

Patrons also have access to Premium Seating locations at Little Caesars Arena, located in sections 108-110 and 121-123. In these exclusive clubs you have access to private restrooms, bartenders as well as the opportunity to see your favorite artists from incredible seats. Patrons can purchase discounted tickets here at the best value available anywhere! 

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ESL (English as a Second Language) Conversation Classes

Tuesdays, 10:15 -11:30 am
Thursdays, 1:00 - 2:15 pm
April 23 - June 27, 2024
Caroline Kennedy Library

Meet new people and improve your English in a comfortable, supportive environment.  These free, dropin classes will increase your confidence and fluency in speaking.  Learners of varying language skill are welcome. Questions? Contact Lynn Skazalski at 313-791-3824. 

Book Clubs

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Fireside Book Chats

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
First Monday of the month
October - June*
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

*Fireside Book Chats will not meet in January

Join us for our Fireside Book Chats at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library.  Our book club meets the first Monday of the month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Copies of each book will be available at the John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library one month prior to the discussion.  Refreshments will be served.

Please contact Gretchen at 313-791-6057 or at gmburke@dearbornheightsmi.gov with questions.

2023-2024 Season

October 2 
Confessions on the 7:45 
by Lisa Unger 

November 6 
The Librarian of Burned Books 
by Brianna Labuskes 
 

December 4 
The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels 
by India Holton 
 

January 1 
Library Closed
NO BOOK CHAT 
 

February 5 
Unsheltered 
by Barbara Kingsolver 
 

March 4 
The Marsh King’s Daughter 
by Karen Dionne 
 

April 1 
The Bandit Queens 
by Parini Shroff 
 

May 6 
The Wishing Game 
by Meg Shaffer 
 

June 3 
The London Séance Society 
by Sarah Penner 



Mystery Book Club

Caroline Kennedy Library
First Tuesday of the month
September-June
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

If you love to read, discuss and learn about mystery books and authors, then this is the book club for you. The Mystery Book Club meets at the Caroline Kennedy Library from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month. You can pick up a copy of next month's book one month before the meeting.  Refreshments will be served.

Please contact Sandi at 313-791-3811 or at slmartin@dearbornheightsmi.gov with questions.

2023-2024 Season Schedule

September 5
The Maid  (Soft Boiled)
by Nita Prose 

October 3
Clark and Division 
(Historical Edgar Award)
by Naomi Hirahara


November 14
Falling (Thriller)
by T.J. Newman

December 5
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie 
(Dagger Award Winner)
by Alan Bradley

January 16 (changed)
Mallory's Oracle
(Female Detective Series)
by Carol O’Connell

February 6
We Begin at the End
(Australian Medium-Boiled)
by Chris Whitaker

March 5
The Unkindness of Ravens (Cozy)
by M.E. Hillard

April 2 
The Painted Queen
(Classic Mystery Series)
by Elizabeth Peters

May 7
I Must Betray You
(Crossover Historical Mystery)
by Ruta Sepetys

June 4
The Woman in Cabin 10 (new title)
(Locked Room Mystery)
by Ruth Ware

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Fiction Ignition Book Club

Caroline Kennedy Library
Second Monday of the month
September - May
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
and
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.


Join us for our Fiction Ignition Book Club for adults at the Caroline Kennedy Library.  Our book club meets on the second Monday of the month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. and again from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. so you can choose the time that works best for you!  Stop by a month or so before the next meeting to pick up a copy of the book at the circulation desk.

Please contact Jason at 313-791-3825 with questions.

2023-2024 Season Schedule

September 11
The Writing Retreat 
by Julia Bartz

October 9
Final Girl Support Group 
by Grady Hendrix

November 13
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (short story)
by Washington Irving

December 11
Orphan Train
by Christine Baker Kline

January 8
A Christmas Memory
by Richard Paul Evans

February 12
News of the World 
by Paulette Jiles

March 11
This Bird Has Flown 
by Susanna Hoffs

April 8
The Rescue 
by T. Jefferson Parker

May 13
The Things They Carried 
by Tim O’Brian