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 Supervisor 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)
scissors
hot glue gun.

 


Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your College Visit on Facebook Live

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

This virtual seminar is for high school students and parents who are planning college visits.  Patti Miller, college counselor with Collegewise, will help you build your college lists, schedule college visits and make the most of your time on campus.  You’ll get valuable insight and take-away tools to help you plan and reflect on your college visits.  

 

 


A Tale of Three Cities: London, Edinburgh, and Glasgow on Facebook Live

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.

 

 

 


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, https://www.facebook.com/Tecumseh-District-Library-192148050127/.

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, https://www.facebook.com/Tecumseh-District-Library-192148050127/.

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, https://www.facebook.com/Tecumseh-District-Library-192148050127/.

Visit www.bettybrigade.com for more information. 

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.

 

 


Preserving the Memories: Gravestones and Monuments on Facebook Live

Thursday evening, April 22, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Their creators meant them to stand as eternal markers to commemorate people and events, but time and the environment erode gravestones and monuments.  During this virtual seminar with David Carter of Carter’s Cemetery Preservation, you will learn how to identify and evaluate the damage to these sentries of the past and how to restore and preserve them for future generations.

 

 


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, https://www.facebook.com/Tecumseh-District-Library-192148050127/.

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. 

 

 

 


Legacy of the War of 1812 through the 19th Century on Facebook Live

Thursday evening, May 20, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn about the role of Shawnee Chief Tecumseh in the War of 1812, his legacy in terms how American history views him and why so many places are named after him with retired educator and park ranger Ron Jones.  Find out about the “immediate” legacy of this war, which includes the war giving national identity to Americans and Canadians and the national anthem as a result of the battle at Ft. McHenry.  Explore the rise of the Cotton Kingdom, the Monroe Doctrine, Manifest Destiny and the Spanish-American War (1898). 


Upcycling with Soda Pop Planters on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, May 25, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you’re a recycler that also needs more plants on the windowsills, look no further!  Soda bottle planters are easy and fun to make and look stunning in your home.  You can customize the planter to your liking, and it is also an excellent way to reduce waste by upcycling old soda bottles. 

If you would like to make a planter with Sonja Downey, Tecumseh District Library’s Supervisor of Circulation Services, during this real time demonstration, you will need the following supplies:

 

Scissors

Packing Rope

Xacto Knife

Cat-safe House Plants

Gravel/Soil

Assorted Embellishments (silk flowers, ornamental rocks, etc.)


A Shining Light in Tecumseh: Neighbors of Hope Women and Children’s Ministry Center on Facebook Live

Thursday evening, May 27, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn about Neighbors of Hope Women and Children’s Ministry Center with Cass HollenbeckWomen and Children’s Ministry Director, and Pastor Steven Palmer, Neighbors of Hope Executive Director.  Find out about the Women’s Fresh Start program, the Good Neighbor Center Campaign 2020, Word Made Flesh podcasts and its vision for growth and development of the center.  Discover ways that you can parner with the center.  

 

 


History of Michigan Opera Houses on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, June 1, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The lecture, Once upon a Time at the Opera House, with author James Berton Harris will address the importance of opera houses to the cultural and community life in nonmetropolitan areas of the country during the Golden Age of Opera Houses (1865-1915). The primary focus will be on three of the over one hundred facilities that Michigan hosted during that period: the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, the Calumet Theatre, and the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee. As both the civic and arts center for the community, they were a venue for community meetings, political rallies, concerts, lectures, and theatrical entertainment. Whereas almost every town in the state once had a facility referred to as an opera house, few remain and, of those that do, few are open for business. However, the opera houses in Coldwater, Calumet, and Manistee are still in operation and are still serving their communities as they have for over a hundred years.

  J. B. (James Berton) Harris is the author of a 2019 Michigan History Award winning book, Once upon a Time at the Opera House: Drama at Three Historic Michigan Theatres. Presently, he is eagerly awaiting the publication of his most recent literary endeavor, Six Degrees of Betty Grable: A Musical Soap Opera with no Music and just a little Soap.

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Tecumseh-District-Library-192148050127/.

Click here to register for this free lecture on Zoom.

 


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.


Memories of Mayhem: Seen Through the Eyes of Emergency Services

Thursday evening, June 10, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Retired Lenawee County Homeland Security and Emergency Management coordinator, Curtis Parsons, author of Memories of Mayhem, will share real life stories that occurred over his 40 years of working the streets in Lenawee County as a member of public safety.  Find out about some of the humorous aspects of his career, including the time that teenage pranksters released two dozen chickens into a high school classroom. Get a glimpse into the world of first responders.

This presentation will be held at Tecumseh United Methodist Church pavilion, 605 Bishop Reed Dr.


Hope for Headaches on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, July 20, 2021. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dr. Ashley Bailey of Bailey Family Chiropractic has helped hundreds of headache suffers over the years.  Find out why headaches occur, common causes for headaches and simple tips and tricks for treating and preventing.  You will walk away with hope for finding solutions to better manage your headaches.    

 

 

 

 

 


Tecumseh Lore and Legends: Kayaking Adventure (Registration Required)

Thursday evening, July 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ever wonder why we call it the Indian Crossing Trails?  Discover the legends and lore of this spectacular park as guide Mickey Alvarado leads you on a 2.5-mile kayaking adventure down the River Raisin.

This is a strenuous, rigorous and wet activity.  Participants will have to port their kayaks across a parking lot and up a steep hill.  They will also have to paddle through twists and turns as they maneuver their kayaks through the River Raisin, duck underneath trees and possibly slide over them as well.   

The kayaking tour begins at Tecumseh Paddling Company, 703 E. Chicago Blvd.  Participants will have the opportunity to rent kayaks from the livery.  

Rain date is Monday, July 26th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Registration begins June 1st.


Self-Defense for All Ages (Registration Required)

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

Instructor Dixie Andres will discuss awareness and assertiveness skills as well as physical and verbal strategies when faced with unpredictable and potentially dangerous situations.

Dixie, 1st Dan Shotokan Karate, has experience in Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi and Aikido. 

Sponsored with Blissfield Martial Arts.

Rain date is Wednesday, July 28th from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This class will be held at Tecumseh United Methodist Church pavilion, 605 Bishop Reed Dr.

Registration begins June 1st.


Add Some Spice to Your Life with Smiling Jim’s Seasonings

Thursday evening, July 29, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Find out how to prepare restaurant quality meals at home with Smiling Jim’s Seasonings with local entrepreneurs Jim and Deborah Bliss.  Learn about Smiling Jim’s chili seasoning, a BBQ rub, BBQ sauce seasoning and the hot special blend flavor.  Explore the story behind the beginning stages of this successful area business.

This presentation will be held at Tecumseh United Methodist Church pavilion, 605 Bishop Reed Dr.

 

 

 


Get To a Better Place! What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Home on WebEx (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, August 10, 2021 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Buying a home is a big deal!  How do you know if you can afford it, how much money you need for a down payment, or if your credit is good enough? Come get answers to these and other questions from Amy Matteson and Joe Kiser from Old National Bank.

You will be emailed a link to this event, which will be presented on WebEx.

Registration begins July 1st.


Lore and Legends: Tecumseh (Registration Required)

Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ever wonder why we call it the Indian Crossing Trails?  Discover the legends and lore of this spectacular park as guide Mickey Alvarado leads you on a 2.5-mile evening tour.  Remember to bring your camera so you can capture the flora, fauna and natural beauty of the Indian Crossing Trails. 

This is an intermediate level trail walk.  Participants can expect areas of steep terrain, possible trail obstacles and Michigan woodlands natural conditions.  Bug spray, appropriate foot gear and bottled water are recommended.


Hike begins at the Burt Street entrance of Indian Crossing Trails Park.  Rain date is Thursday, August 26th, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Registration begins July 1st.