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!

Woodworking 101: Skills You Need to Know
Tuesday evening, May 2, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
During this class demonstration, learn about the different woodworking tools with local chair maker Luke Barnett.  Find out about cutting materials, sanding and painting.  Explore safety rules, how to calculate board feet and how to select lumber for your projects.

Barnett is a woodworker and artist who specializes in traditional American Windsor chairs. He has been selling Windsor chairs since 2011, and has been a full-time chair maker since December 2013.

He is the director of the Adrian Community Woodshop.  Barnett is executive board member of the Lenawee Council for the Visual Arts.  He has been featured in Popular Woodworking and Early American Life.   His chairs were part of Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “The Way We Work”. 

Composting 101
Thursday evening, May 4, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Find out how to turn your kitchen scraps, fallen leaves and grass clippings into soil fertility with Judith Holcomb of the Lenawee Conservation District.  Learn about the physical and biological properties of soil, the difference between soil texture and soil structure, and the importance of the intricate soil food web. Discover methods of hot and cold composting, vermicomposting, cover crops, and sheet mulching.  

Robot Day at TDL
Monday afternoon, May 8, 2017
3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Robot Week @ Your Library with the Tecumseh High School robotics team.  Don’t miss the demonstrations with the climbing and ping-pong shooting robots.  Find out about this ultimate sport of the mind, which combines science and technology.  Discover the intricate process of building a robot.  Learn about the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. 

 Remember the Raisin: Chief Tecumseh, War of 1812 & More
Tuesday evening, May 16, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tecumseh Area Historical Museum
302 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286

Learn about the exciting account of the Battle of the River Raisin, the largest field battle ever fought in the state of Michigan, with Ron Jones, River Raisin National Battlefield Park guide and historian.  Discover the fate of the local settlers who actually lived on the site of the battle and explore the dispute and the War of 1812 from their point of view.  Find out about Chief Tecumseh’s involvement with the war.



Book Bingo

Wednesday, May 17, 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. 


 “Macon Thru My Eyes”
Thursday evening, May 18, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Macon Township Hall
8320 Clinton Macon Rd.
Clinton, MI 49236

 Learn about the history of the Pennington family and the Macon area with local historian Howard Pennington. 

John Pennington and his family came to Michigan in 1829. Using an Indian trail that wound its way between Saline and Tecumseh, the Penningtons were on their way to the Raisin Township area.  The trail ran through what would later be called Macon. Soon after settling his family near his brother-in-law, Darius Comstock in Raisin, John Pennington returned to Macon area and purchased 160 acres. The Penningtons became the first settlers to live between Tecumseh and Saline.

Chime into Spring: Colander Hanging Baskets and Wind Chimes

Tuesday evening, May 23, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn how to recycle, reuse, and refashion objects, such as spoons & forks, keys, colanders and odds & ends, bits & pieces of just about anything lying around the house, into charming one-of-a-kind wind chimes and hanging baskets with your favorite herbs, including Anise, Basil, Chervil, Cilantro and Coriander. 
All supplies will be provided.

Sponsored with The Clinton Arts Center.

Click here to register.  Materials fee is $15.


Adventures Along the Appalachian Trail

Wednesday afternoon, May 24, 2017
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
At the age of 63, Sylvania, Ohio, resident Cheryl McCormick hiked the 2,187 mile Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.  Learn about her experiences along the trail.    For more details on her hike, read her journal at

Remembering Civil War Soldiers at Monument Park
Monday afternoon, June 5, 2017
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
   Find out about the Lenawee County soldiers who courageously fought in the Civil War.  Learn about the rich history of the Civil War monument in Adrian’s Monument Park with local historian and preservationist Steven McGee.  Discover when it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.          

“The Civil War: Lenawee County, Laura Haviland & More”

Tuesday evening, June 6, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Author P.C. Zick writes contemporary fiction, but in 2013 pulled together the journal of her great-grandfather and published the Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier.

Harmon Camburn was born and raised in Adrian, and on April 20, 1861, enlisted in the Union Army.   He had been first a student, and then a teacher, at Laura Haviland's Raisin Institute.  During his time in the Army, he fought in both battles of Bull Run, and was wounded in 1863 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Camburn returned to Adrian where he married and raised four children.

Sponsored with Tecumseh Area Historical Society.

Great Lakes Island Escapes: Michigan’s Hidden Gems
Tuesday evening, July 11, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join Michigan Notable author Maureen Dunphy as she discusses her recently published work, Great Lakes Island Escapes: Ferries and Bridges to Adventure.  A writer, teacher, consultant, and traveler, Dunphy found her passion in exploring Michigan's hidden gems--its series of small, secluded islands.  In fact, the Great Lakes Basin is the largest freshwater system on the planet, home to more than 30,000 tiny islands.  Discover the beauty and magic of these hard-to-reach parts of Michigan's lakes.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

Paul Keller Trio featuring Sarah D'Angelo and Rick Roe
Thursday afternoon, July 13, 2017
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Enjoy the music of the 1940’s, 1950’s and contemporary favorites with Paul Keller Trio – featuring Sarah D’Angelo and Rick Roe

Jazz bassist, composer, arranger and bandleader Paul Keller and his ensemble have been a favorite with Detroit and Ann Arbor jazz fans for years.  His performances have included a range of jazz styles with arrangements for groups ranging from trio to big band.  In addition to Keller, the trio features singer Sarah D’Angelo and pianist Rick Roe.

This special community concert is made possible through the generosity of Magnum Care of AdrianProMedica Charlotte Stephenson Manor and Tecumseh Senior



Henry Ford: Life and Times
Thursday evening, July 13, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Explore Henry Ford and his family with historian Todd Bryan, Henry Ford Heritage Association Board member.  Learn about his inventions and some of the ways he changed the world.  Find out about both the positive and more controversial aspects of his strong personality.  

  Nature’s Recyclers
Thursday evening, July 20, 2017
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

While meeting live roaches, rodents and a turkey vulture with the Leslie Science & Nature Center staff, you will learn the important role that scavengers and decomposers play in our everyday lives.  Meeting these underappreciated recyclers will prove to be an experience that you will not forget.

This special event with live animals is designed for ages 10 & older.

Registration begins Monday, June 5th.


Preserving Michigan Fresh: A Food Preservation Workshop
Monday evening, July 24, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
During this demonstration workshop with Jeannie Nichols, MSU Extension Senior Educator, learn how to successfully and safely use a pressure canner for low acid foods, a water bath canner and a steam canner for acid foods. 

Class fee is $10.

Register at contact Jeannie at or 517-439-9301.  



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. 

Registration begins Wednesday, June 7th.  The materials fee  for the evening is $1, which will be collected the night of the open house.  

 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.
Registration begins Wednesday, June 7th.

 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 cheese industry in Lenawee County.

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.

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.

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

March 15, 2017,   The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

April 19, 2017,   All Things Cease To Appear by Elizabeth Brundage

May 17,  The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry

June 21,  The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

August 16,  Love and Other Impossible Pursuits by Ayelet Waldman



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