Shelley Shepard Gray: Amish Culture, Christian Fiction & More on Facebook Live

Monday evening, January 25, 2021, 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray combines her love of libraries and the Amish in her new Berlin Bookmobile series, starring a kind-hearted librarian with a God-given talent for matchmaking.  In A Perfect Amish Romance (January 19, 2021; Gallery Books), two young hearts gather the courage to stand up for their dreams and in doing so, find true love in each other.

During this special virtual event with Shelley, you will get a glimpse into the Amish culture, Christian fiction and faith.

Shelley Shepard Gray is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than one hundred novels, translated into multiple languages.  In her years of researching this community, she depends on her Amish friends for gossip, advice, and cinnamon rolls.  She lives in Colorado with her family and writes full time.

Michigan History: Great Lakes and Lighthouses on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, January 26, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Michigan Notable author Pamela Cameron will present the true story of Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes.  Sport was a Newfoundland-Retriever who was rescued as a puppy and taken onboard the lighthouse tender, the Hyacinth.  She will share how his life from 1914-1926 was spent aboard the ship as the vessel brought supplies to lighthouses and maintained navigational devices on Lake Michigan. 

The virtual program is suitable for elementary age to adults.

Cameron is a retired public and school librarian.  Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes has received the Historical Society of Michigan’s State History Award for Children’s/Youth book of 2019, Library of Michigan 2020 Notable Book, and Midwest Independent Publishing Association Award for Non-Fiction Children’s Book.

Sundays at Seven: The Golden Age of Radio on Facebook

Thursday evening, January 28, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Remember The Jack Benny Program? How about One Man’s Family or The Lone Ranger? For most of us, network radio was a fundamental part of our childhood, and memories of the programs linger on. During this class, retired educator Henry Aldridge, founder of Electronic Media Film Studies at Eastern Michigan University, will discuss the evolution of the networks and share photographs of great radio stars. We will enjoy audio excerpts from several classic shows, including The ShadowGunsmokeAmos ‘n Andyand The Great Gildersleeve, as well as some of the most popular soap operas.

Join us on Facebook for the premiere viewing of this previously recorded video presentation.

Frankenmuth, Michigan: A Historical Look on Facebook

Tuesday evening, February 2, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Find out about the once small and sleepy farming community of Frankenmuth that now boasts a population of 5,000 and receives more than three million visitors each year with Frankenmuth native Gladys Knoll.  Learn about the Bavarian Festival, Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, Zehnder’s and more.

Join us on Facebook for the premiere viewing of this previously recorded video presentation.   

Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards Class (Registration Required)

Thursday evening, February 4, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.



Do you need a unique gift for that special someone?  Join us for a Valentine’s Day card making class with local artist Sherry Peterson of The Bead Box.   Learn special card making techniques, such as rubber stamping and embellishing.  Attendees will create three valentines for a total of $5.  The $5 NONREFUNDABLE materials fee is due at the time of registration.  You are not officially registered until your fee is paid.   

Since Michigan is in Phase 4 of its Reopening Plan, there can only be eight card makers at this indoor event.  All participants will be required to wear masks while in the library.  Social distancing will be practiced.  

 Click here to register for the card class.


Outsmart the Scammers on Facebook Live

Thursday evening, February 11, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Incidents of fraud are on the rise, and scammers’ tactics are becoming more complex.  This presentation will help give attendees the information they need to Outsmart the Scammers.

During the program, financial advisor Frank J. Zanger of Edward Jones will discuss how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources individuals can turn to in the event they or loved ones are targeted, and steps attendees can take to help protect themselves and loved ones.

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page,

Virtual audience members will have the opportunity to win prizes, including gift cards for Boulevard Market and Tecumseh Center for the Arts.

 Before joining the Edward Jones team in 2019, Frank had a career in banking, including serving as Relationship Coordinator for Monroe Bank & Trust in Tecumseh.  He is an active member of the Eastern Michigan University Sigma Nu Alumni Association and has served as the alumni advisor for the chapter for 10 years. 


Blood, Ghosts and Glory: Michigan in the Civil War on Facebook

Tuesday evening, February 16, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Learn about Michigan in the Civil War with retired educator Rochelle Balkam.  Civil War stories are a part of Balkam’s heritage, with her ancestors playing a significant role. Her personal journey began with the discovery of Sarah Edmonds/Franklin Thompson’s questionable autobiography, and Civil War artifacts, while doing historical research for a Master’s degree in history. That journey took her to Spotsylvania, where her great-great uncle received a Kearney Cross for bravery, and onward to Gettysburg where she met with a bloody accident and a “ghost encounter.”  

Join us on Facebook for the premiere viewing of this previously recorded video presentation. 

Hair Care 101: What Every Man Should Know on Facebook Live

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn about the structure of hair and skin with Gerod and Stephani Sturgis of Legacy Barbershop College in Adrian.  Explore various shaving techniques.  Find out about hair loss, such as male pattern baldness.  Discover how a barbershop is run



WordPress for Beginners on Zoom (Registration is required.)

Tuesday evening, February 23, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This WordPress for Beginners workshop is the perfect place to start to learn about WordPress the most frequently used software to build websites with certified Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE) mentor Gerri Jensen Learn how to install and build a website or blog in WordPress.  Discover how to design a WordPress theme, set up a menu and publish your images and posts. 

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library's Facebook page,

Click here to register for this free Zoom event.


Spring Macrame Wreath for Your Home Décor on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, March 2, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join instructor Sonja Downey, Tecumseh District Library’s Director of Circulation Services, for an evening of crafting a spring macramé wreath.  This craft demonstration in real time is designed for all skill levels; no previous knowledge of macramé is necessary.   

If you would like to craft with us during the demonstration, you will need the following supplies:

80 inches of 3mm macramé twine
1 metal ring 8cm
three small cloth roses for embellishment
8 inches of ribbon
1 little bell (optional)
hot glue gun.


A Tale of Three Cities: London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow (Registration Required)

Wednesday afternoon, March 10, 2021, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Find about George Jabol’s travel adventures in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Loch Lomond and London.  Learn about his train ride to Glasgow and his ride on a double-decker tour bus in London.  Explore Edinburgh’s annual International Festival and Buckingham Palace.

Since Michigan is in Phase 4 of its Reopening Plan, there can only be eight guests at this indoor travelogue.  All participants will be required to wear masks while in the library.  Social distancing will be practiced.  Registration is required.  

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page,

Click here to register for this free in-person travelogue.


What’s in Our Water? on Facebook Live

Thursday evening, March 11, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Pam Taylor, of the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan (ECCSCM), will discuss the water conditions in Tecumseh and Lenawee County.  She will highlight the current water pollution threats to the River Raisin, Lake Adrian and the surrounding watersheds.  ECCSCM has been testing the water quality in western Lenawee County and eastern Hillsdale County for many years and has data from over 50 different sites in 21 townships.   



Preserving Your Family Photos, Movies, and Mementos on Zoom (Registration Required)

Thursday evening, March 18, 2021, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Rob Hoffman, owner of Priceless Preservation in Ann Arbor, will discuss the importance of photographic preservation as a means of protecting the historical record, both personal and public. This virtual learning opportunity will focus on how to properly preserve and digitize photographs, slides, home movies, videotapes, and other analog memorabilia.  Hoffman will describe preferred restoration and storage techniques for these objects, how to avoid common mistakes, and how our related mementos can be enhanced. 

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be streamed from the library's Facebook's page,

Click here to register for the free workshop on Zoom.


The Flint Water Crisis: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s Story on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, March 23, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

What the Eyes Don’t See is firsthand, fast-paced account of the Flint Water Crisis through the eyes of Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who discovered elevated lead levels in Flint children and ultimately alerted government officials and the public about the Flint Water Crisis. 

During this virtual book talk, you will hear the story of how she stood up to government officials who dismissed the crisis and how she and a small team of crusaders finally got the government to pay attention and take action.

Dr. Mona is now the founder and director of the Michigan State University and Hurley Children’s Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a model public health program created to mitigate the impact of the crisis.

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page,

This special virtual presentation is made possible through the generosity of Michigan Humanities and the Friends of Tecumseh District Library.    

The 2019–20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.”

Click here to register for this free presentation on Zoom. 


Rare Plants of Lenawee County on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, April 6, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day by discovering the hidden gems of rare plants in Lenawee County. Join photographer and nature enthusiast Robert Smith, as he discusses the unique habitats of Lenawee County and the rare plants housed within them.  His lifelong interest in photography and nature inspired him to publish his blog, Wildflowerdaze, where you will find a plethora of remarkable wildflower photos. 


Downsizing 101: What to do with my Treasurers? on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, April 13, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Find out how to simplify the incredibly complicated process of going through decades of accumulated stuff and preparing to live in a smaller home with decluttering and relocation expert Sharon McRill, author of Downsizing the Silver Tsunami.   Learn how to downsize with minimal stress.   Discover where you should begin, the resources available to you—in terms of people and services— and practical guidelines for going through the process without being overwhelmed. 

Sharon McRill is owner and president of The Betty Brigade, a relocation and organization company based in Ann Arbor.  Laid off from a corporate marketing job, McRill launched The Betty Brigade in 2003 with the goal of helping people live more organized lives.  She now has a dedicated team of 13.  

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page,

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Click here to register for this free seminar on Zoom.


Walker Tavern: A Step Back in Time on Facebook Live

Wednesday afternoon, April 14, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Learn about the rich history of a modest, one-and-a-half-story farmhouse along the corner of the Old Chicago Road (U.S. 12) and the La Plaisance Pike (M-50) in Irish Hills with Laurie Perkins of the Michigan History Center.  Find out how it became a gathering place where travelers could rest, enjoy a meal or stay the night.  Discover how Walker Tavern became a historic site and part of an 80-acre state park.



The Extraordinary Life of Sojourner Truth on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, April 27, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sojourner Truth was born into slavery but possessed a mind and a vision that knew no bounds.  Trace her life from her painful childhood through her remarkable emancipation to her incredible leadership in the movement for rights for both women and African Americans with Michigan Notable writer Gary D. Schmidt, author of So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom.

Gary Schmidt is the best-selling author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor and Printz Honor book, Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, and the Newbery Honor book, The Wednesday Wars.  He is a professor of English at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Prohibition: Booze, Cars, Cops & Crimes on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, May 4, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Many people in southeast Michigan and Northwest Ohio are proud of our motorcar culture and history. And countless others are fascinated by the widespread criminality that was so prevalent in our local region during the Prohibition era. 


Joe Boggs, author of Prohibition's Proving Ground, a book recently published by University of Toledo press, will demonstrate how our region's automobility played a large part in the successes of local rumrunners and the difficulties of dry enforcers. 


Booze, cars, cops, and crime: an interesting mix and a presentation you won't want to miss! 

Michigan Railroads: A History on Zoom (Registration Required)

Wednesday afternoon, May 5, 2021, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

In 1836, Michigan’s first railroad began operation between Toledo and Adrian. The first trains were pulled by horses. From that humble start, a network covering both of Michigan’s peninsulas grew and prospered. From the mid-1800s to today, mainline railroads have served the state’s industries, and have carried passengers both intrastate and on long-distance journeys. Branch lines and small railroads have served rural areas. While Michigan’s rail network has shrunk in recent decades, the transportation benefit of today’s system continues to be enormous. Five of North America’s eight major railroads operate in Michigan. In this virtual presentation, Historian Bill McKnight will discuss railroads of all eras, illustrating them with maps and photos. He will also tell us about Michigan’s logging railroads and car ferries.

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page,

Click here to register for the free Zoom presentation.



Planning your Big Day on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, May 11, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Would you like to discover how to plan the wedding of your dreams?  Explore practical planning tools with Faythe Emens, owner of Your Big Day Weddings and Events, LLC Learn how to prepare the budget, plan the wedding timeline, and source reputable vendors.

Faythe Emens is a certified wedding and event planner. She earned certification in wedding and event planning from the U. S. Career Institute in Fort Collins, Colorado and is also an ordained wedding minister/officiant through World Christianship Ministries.


Recipes from a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, May 18, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Author Lisa Ludwinski, owner and head baker of Sister Pie, will share her story of her small, but phenomenally successful bakery.  Lisa will talk about her cookbook Sister Pie: The Recipes & Stories of a Big-Hearted Bakery in Detroit, which was featured as one of the Best Fall Cookbooks by the New York Times and as a Michigan Notable Book. 




The Legacy of Chief Tecumseh and the Prophet on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, June 8, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Award-winning historian and author Peter Cozzens will discuss his new book on Shawnee leaders Tecumseh and his brother, Tenskwatawa.

Cozzens, a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer, will share his thoughts from Tecumseh and the Prophet: The Shawnee Brothers who Defied a Nation.

The book is the Shawnee leader's first biography in at least 20 years; it is also the first to make clear that his misunderstood younger brother, Tenskwatawa, was an equal partner in the last great pan-Indian alliance against the United States.

Author or editor of 16 books on the American Civil War and the Indian Wars of the American West, Cozzens in 2002 won the William R. Rivkin Award, the American Foreign Service Association's highest honor.

This special virtual historical lecture is made possible through the generosity of the Friends of Tecumseh District Library and The Tecumseh Herald.