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!
 






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 of 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, which will be collected the night of the class.


Click here to register.
 
 





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, which will be collected the night of the class.  All supplies will be provided.


Click here to register.

Sponsored with the Lenawee County 4-H.   




 

 

Book Bingo

Wednesday, October 18, 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. 

 






Civil War: Michigan Landmarks
Monday evening, October 23, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Explore Michigan's rich collection of Civil War monuments, markers, forts, cemeteries, reenactments, museums and exhibits with David Ingall, author of Michigan Civil War Landmarks.  Discover how General George A. Custer and the famed Michigan Cavalry Brigade “saved the Union.”  Visit the chair that President Lincoln was assassinated in at Ford’s Theater, and view the grave of the last African-American Union veteran.

David Ingall is the former assistant director of the Monroe County Historical Museum and was the chairman of the monument dedication ceremony for the Monroe County Civil War Fallen Soldier’s Memorial. He is a sought-after Civil War speaker and tour guide. He’s a member of the Civil War Trust, Monroe County Civil War Round Table, and many other prestigious organizations.

 
Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.  
 
Sponsored with the Austin Blair Auxiliary of Jackson and the Nash-Hodges Auxiliary of Blissfield. 
 





   

"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.






   

Halloween at TDL: 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.  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 Tecumseh: Images of the Past from the collection of Ashley E. Chase with Linda Hewlett and Kerry Hamilton Smith 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, which will be collected the night of the class.
 
 
 





Holiday Centerpiece Class
Tuesday evening, December 5, 2017
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Susan Amstutz, Exhibits Coordinator for the Clinton Arts Center, will teach the basics of making centerpieces, allowing sufficient time for participants to complete a beautiful holiday centerpiece using artificial greens, a bow and some additional embellishments.  Attendees are encouraged to bring some of their own favorite greens and embellishments to match their home décor.

The materials fee is $15, which will be collected the night of the class.  Registration begins Wednesday, November 1st.







Holiday Sing-A-Long

Tuesday afternoon, December 12, 2017
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
 
Sing your favorite carols, such as “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” with area resident Anne Walker and other community musicians.  Enjoy light refreshments, which are made possible through the generosity of Friends of Tecumseh District Library.

Sponsored with Tecumseh Senior Center.
 





New Year’s Resolutions: Goal Setting 101
Tuesday evening, January 9, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 


Join Dr. Jennifer Sader of Bright Spots Creative Business Services for a class that will help you focus your energies.  You will use several brainstorming techniques to set concise goals and priorities that will have a real impact.  All materials will be supplied though participants can bring some old magazines to help visual action plans.

Dr. Sader is a consultant with expertise in communications, technology, and online and in-person learning.  She worked for twenty years in various roles in higher education, including as a full-time faculty member and in information technology, and also has worked in corporate and nonprofit learning and development roles. She holds a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University (BGSU), as well as a Master of Fine Arts in poetry and Bachelor of Fine Arts in English and creative writing, both also from BGSU.


Materials fee is $1, which will be collected the night of the class. Registration begins Monday, December 11th.



 She serves as a volunteer advocate for CARE, an international aid organization that focuses women and girls living in extreme poverty. Dr. Sader is a recreational triathlete, takes conversational French lessons, and enjoys drawing and painting.






Lo-Flip Fusion 101

Thursday evening, January 11, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Jazzercise Tecumseh
101 W. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
 
Learn about this workout regimen, which incorporates heavy reps of concentrated muscle work with quick spurts of intense cardio.   Don’t miss this free catapult-your-strength training class that continues to keep your calories burning.

Be sure to wear workout attire and tennis shoes.

Sponsored with Jazzercise Tecumseh Fitness Studio.





Holiday Plant Care 101
Tuesday evening, January 16, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Many look forward to using plants to decorate their homes for the holidays. People often receive holiday plants as gifts for the winter season. But few know how to keep the plants alive and growing with succession. In this session, Paul Pfeifer, Managing Director of Hidden Lake Gardens, will discuss the proper growing requirements for holiday plants to keep them bright and beautiful, as well as tips on using the plants beyond the holiday season. Plants included in the discussion are poinsettia, cyclamen, amaryllis, paper whites, Christmas cactus, African violets, orchids, evergreens, ivy, holly, boxwood, and topiaries.





Glimpses into Lenawee County’s Past
Tuesday evening, January 23, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Find out about the abundant forests, prairies, hills, lakes and streams surrounded by uncultivated fruit, berries, nuts and wild game, which had enabled the county to lead the state in agricultural and industrial wealth by 1900 with local historian Brenda L. Burkett, author of Lenawee County.  Learn about the 34 granges in the county.  Explore the fencing industry in Adrian, the agricultural development of celery in Tecumseh and Michigan’s first cheese factory in Fairfield Township.

As a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation, Burkett has always held a special interest in the history of pioneer settlements and community development. She is a zoning administrator with a focus on community revitalization.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.      
 





“Addicted to Spinning Wheels”
Wednesday afternoon, January 31, 2018
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
 
During the class demonstration with local historian Lois Lane, learn the basics of the spinning wheel, the different types of wheels available and preparing both commercially processed and raw wool for spinning.  Find out about hand cards, a knitty-knotty and a swift.  Discover the correct way to wash raw wool and also how to set the twist and store your handspun.

Sponsored with Tecumseh Senior Center.

 






Valentine’s Day Card Making Class

Tuesday evening, February 6, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Do you need a unique gift for that special someone?  Come join us for a Valentine’s Day card making class with local artist Sherry Peterson, who is an instructor of Art Glass techniques at the Clinton Arts Center.   All supplies provided.  Make 3 cards for $2.  Registration begins Monday, January 8th.





Viewing Clinton through Local Letters

Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
In its archives, the Historical Society of Clinton has a treasure trove of letters, dating back to 1842.  Local historian Sharon Scott will use a few of them to view the rich history of Clinton.
 





Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula: A Pictorial History
Tuesday evening, February 27, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Today, the Keweenaw Peninsula is best known for snow, cold weather, and Michigan Technological University. However, between the 1840s and 1995, this area was a major producer of the world's copper supply. It was also home to Fort Wilkins, built in the 1840s to protect the copper industry and keep peace between the copper miners and the Objibwa and Chippawa tribes. The Keweenaw has a rich, varied, and unrecognized history, and has played an important part in the broader history of the State of Michigan. Using vintage postcards and personal photographs, Charles Gehrke’s presentation will explore the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula’s people and their major mining industry.

Charles Gehrke is a native Michigander. He is a retired physician, interested in collecting and using vintage postcards to illustrate historical presentations. Following his retirement, he returned to school to obtain a Masters Degree in American History from Eastern Michigan University.
 



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.



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