Adult Programs

Calming Colors Club
The First Monday of every month from 6pm- 7:45pm

Tecumseh District Library is offering a brand new coloring club for adults only. We supply the adult level coloring pages and colored pencils; please feel free to bring snacks for you or for the group. The club will meet on the first Monday of every month from 6 pm -7:45 pm. Coloring has been used as a relaxation technique since the early 20th century. One of the first psychologists to use coloring as a de-stressor was Carl Jung.  Coloring causes us to de-stress because when we focus on that activity, we aren’t so focused on our worries. It also brings out our creative side and takes us back to our childhood; a time where we had significantly less stress. So come unwind, relax, and create beautiful pictures with us. We look forward to seeing you at the library!


Artistic Flair Night at the Clinton Arts Center
Tuesday evening, July 25, 2017
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Clinton Arts Center
9842 Fisk Rd.
Clinton, MI 49236
Explore your artistic flair at the Clinton Arts Center by decorating a tile, which will be part of the wall in the main area of the new arts center in downtown Clinton.  Paint a glass to take home with you.   Get a behind the scenes tour of the facility.  Learn about the wonderful classes at the arts center. 

The materials fee  for the evening is $1, which will be collected the night of the open house.  

Click here to register.

 Nature Hike & Garden Walk
Thursday evening, July 27, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 E. Monroe Rd.
Tipton, MI 49287
Spend the evening hiking the trails or walking the gardens at Hidden Lake Gardens.  Staff and volunteers will guide TDL guests on a nature hike or garden walk - your choice - highlighting the beauty of nature and plants on a midsummer evening.  Don’t miss this family-friendly event.  Please wear sneakers or hiking shoes, and dress for outdoor weather.
Click here to register.

 Around the World with Doug & Julia Jackson
Tuesday evening, August 1, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
One year. No home. No jobs. No school. All their belongings on their backs. Meet the Jacksons, who faced daily challenges and overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles as they took a year (2006), leaving their normal lives in Dexter behind to travel around the world with their two daughters.   Doug and Julia will share photos and stories highlighting some of the many adventures, lessons, and strategies used on their excursion across the globe spanning over 32 countries in 6 continents.

 History of Lenawee County Farming
Tuesday evening, August 8, 2017
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Explore the rich history of agriculture in Lenawee County with local historian and author Ray Lennard.  Learn about the challenges pioneer families faced growing crops and how Lenawee County became the breadbasket for Chicago and Detroit.  Find out about the local cheese industry.

Bumpa: Extraordinary Bond between a grandfather and grandson
Tuesday afternoon, August 15, 2017
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
  Meet local writer Robert L. Vogel, author of Bumpa.  His recently published memoir details remembrances of a father who discarded him and a grandfather who mentored, loved and protected him while becoming his best friends.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Bumpa is Vogel’s first published book.  He is CEO of a large lumber-manufacturing business in southeastern Michigan.  He and his wife of 40 years have three grown children and three grandchildren.  They live on a farm in Tecumseh.


Under the National Park Umbrella: Where Wildlife and History Abound
Tuesday evening, August 15, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Celebrate the work of the National Park Service and its mission to preserve unimpaired our natural and cultural resources with retired educator Don Chalfant.  Find out about the remarkable sites under National Park umbrella, such as the refuges, forests, grasslands, monuments, memorial rivers, seashores, parkways, lakeshores and landmarks.

Chalfant received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.  He retired from the Ann Arbor Schools in 1995, where he taught elementary students for many years.  In retirement, Don indulges his passion for the outdoors, and especially for birding.   He has recently added nature photography to his list of enthusiastic pursuits.



Book Bingo

Wednesday, August 16, 2017      

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Play bingo to win books and other prizes, have fun and make new friends. All adults are welcome to play. 


Scenic Art Trail
Tuesday evening, August 29, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Take a guided tour of the Art Trail Tecumseh’s Sculpture Exhibit with the City of Tecumseh’s Economic Development Director Paula Holtz.  Learn more about the Art Trail, which is a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) project and made possible with the funding through the DDA and the Sage Foundation.  Don’t miss this opportunity to explore modern art with family, friends and other members of the community.

The tour begins at 7 p.m. in the Herrick Garden, which is located in front of the library.

Seasons on the Kiwanis Trail

Thursday evening, September 7, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Find out how to identify spring, summer, and fall plants, both native and invasive, that can be seen along Adrian’s Kiwanis Trail with Dr. Janet Salzwedelprofessor of biology at Adrian College.  Learn about Indian hemp dogbane, turtlehead, autumn olive, wild cucumber, marsh violet and other local plants.
Dr. Salzwedel received a master's degree in plant diseases from North Carolina State University and a doctorate at Michigan State University, where she studied nitrogen-fixing bacteria and how they are beneficial to plants. That led to two years in research at the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Beltsville Agricultural Research Center in Maryland. She is also involved in research at the Center for Drug Design and Development (CD3) at the University of Toledo’s College of Pharmacy. During the summer and fall of 2016, she inventoried the plants along both sides of the Kiwanis Trail. 

Gardening with Plants from Biblical Times 
Tuesday evening, September 12, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Discover the plants of the Bible that are able to grow in Midwestern gardens and landscapes today with Paul Pfeifer, Managing Director of Hidden Lake Gardens.  We will also note where various trees, shrubs, flowers, vines, and food-bearing plants of today are mentioned in the Bible as well as how these plants were used during Biblical times.

Singing and Dancing with Cat Canyon 
Thursday afternoon, September 14, 2017
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Enjoy a late summer concert with local singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist Cat Canyon, who performs heartfelt renditions of original and cover songs from the 1900’s to contemporary.  Be ready to move around, sing along and have fun with traditional tunes that we know and love.

Canyon performs hundreds of shows a year, including wineries, restaurants, festivals, private parties, corporate events, senior facilities and more.  

Sponsored with Tecumseh Senior Center.


Laura Haviland: Abolitionist, Educator & More 
Thursday evening, September 14, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn about the influence Laura Haviland had on the rest of the country in her crusade to end slavery, educate African-Americans, and enfranchise all races and sexes with author Sheryl White, who wrote the historical novel—Underground Angel.  White's interest in Haviland began as she lived and taught in Haviland, Kansas, a town named after the Adrian native. She wrote her dissertation on Laura Haviland and her legacy of the town of Haviland.

International Game Day Celebration with Book Bingo

Sunday afternoon, October 1, 2017
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Join hundreds of libraries throughout the country for the tenth annual celebration of gaming in libraries – International Games Day @ your library.  Bring your entire family and play your favorite board games, such as Monopoly, Clue and Pokemon cards.  If you would like, bring some of your favorite games from home to play with others.
Play Book Bingo at 1:30 p.m.  Besides getting a book each time you win, you will be entered into the drawing for a $25 gift card to JR’s Hometown Grill and Pub.  The lucky winner will be drawn at 2:30 p.m.  
International Games Day @ your library is a national initiative supported by the American Library Association. 

 Detroit: Rebuilding a City and a Home
Tuesday evening, October 3, 2017
6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Tecumseh Plywood
2800 W. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Learn about author Drew Philp’s experiences rebuilding his abandoned house in Detroit from the foundation to the roof.  Discover some the challenges that he faced, such as living without electricity, keeping warm with a woodstove and protecting himself from intruders.  Get a glimpse into the rich history of Detroit.

Copies of his book, A $500 House: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and American City, will be available for purchase and signing from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Sponsored with Tecumseh Plywood

Paper Clay Masks: With a SteamPunk Twist
Tuesday evening, October 10, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Find out how to use paper clay to create a 3D SteamPunk style Halloween mask with local artist Mathew Sowers!  Learn how to use paper clay, how to utilize a variety of objects, both created and found, to complete your mask.  A variety of techniques will be introduced for you to finish the surface of your personalized mask to your individual liking.

Sponsored with the Clinton Arts Center.

Materials fee is $25.

Registration begins Monday, September 18th.


Seed Art 101: Expressions of Creativity 
Monday evening, October 16, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn how to use basic materials: seeds, boards and glue in order to make a picture with Sheryl Moll, 4-H Program Coordinator.

The cost of the class is $3.  All supplies will be provided.

Registration begins Monday, September 18th.

Sponsored with the Lenawee County 4-H.   


"Michigan's First Big House: The Jackson Prison”
Wednesday afternoon, October 25, 2017
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Explore the intriguing tales of prison life, crime, corruption, colorful inmates, wardens, night-keepers and reforms with historian Judy Gail Krasnow, author of Jacktown.  Find out about solitary confinement and types of punishment meted out to those who dared to disobey.  Discover the past mini-city of factories and farms as Michigan’s First State Prison grew into the largest walled prison in the world. Learn about the 1952 and 1981 riots at the State Prison of Southern Michigan. 

Sponsored with the Tecumseh Senior Center.


Ghosts, Spirits & More 
Thursday evening, October 26, 2017
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits is a paranormal team whose work has been featured on Animal Planet’s series “The Haunted,” Biography Channel’s “My Ghost Story” and History Channel’s series “Haunted History.” They will discuss everything about the paranormal research such as how they got started, places throughout the United States that are haunted, equipment used in the field, the different spirits they've encountered, and how to conduct your own investigation.

Tecumseh: Historical Overview 1860 to Present
Tuesday evening, November 7, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Get a brief overview of the rich history of Tecumseh from 1860 to present with historian Ashley Chase, Tecumseh city marketing coordinator Linda Hewlett and Tecumseh Herald staff writer Kerry Hamilton Smith, co-authors of Tecumseh: Images of the Past.  Learn about memorable local businesses, such as Clark’s Meat Market in the Witherell Building.  Find out about Military Square, Brookside Cemetery and other historical landmarks.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  

Creating Lasting Memories: A Memory Book Class
Thursday evening, November 9, 2017
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Learn how to create a memory book that tells your own story with local artist Jill Shaffer. Use writing, drawing, painting, and/or collage to make a new artistic creation that will help you to preserve and share special memories.

All materials will be provided; in addition, you are welcome to bring any of your own photographs, letters, or other mementos you may wish to use.  The materials fee is $10.

Registration begins Monday, October 9th.

Tecumseh District Library Afternoon Book Club

Adult Book Discussion Group

Third Wednesday afternoon 

Group meets from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meeting Room B in the lower level

August 16,  Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman

September 20, A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott

October 18, Destiny of The Republic by Candice Millard

November 15, The Tea Planter's Wife by Dinah Jefferies

December 20, Dinner With Edward by Isabel Vincent



Outreach Program

Do you have trouble getting to the library? Would you still like to receive library materials? Tecumseh District Library provides homebound delivery service for any patron who presents a resident or non-resident card and is unable to visit the library due to physical issues, medical concerns, or temporary illness or injury.

To register for homebound delivery services, simply complete the Registration Form or call Gayle Hazelbaker, Library Director, for additional information.
Click Below for an informational brochure.
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Volunteer Opportunities at Tecumseh District Library
Would you like to volunteer at TDL? There are several opportunities that you could take advantage of. Visit the Volunteer Page to see if any of the positions intrest you.

Resources for Seniors