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 Chief Tecumseh in the War of 1812 and his legacy in terms of 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). 

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 partner 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,

Click here to register for this free lecture on Zoom.


Adrian’s Extraordinary Octagon House on Facebook Live

Thursday evening, June 3, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This slide presentation with Dr. Peter Barr, Professor of Art History at Siena Heights University, will look at Adrian’s J. H. Champion House, which is located at 523 S. Winter St.  The virtual presentation will feature both historic and recent photographs of the home’s exterior but will focus on local and national ideas associated with this home in the 1850s, including the shapes and styles of antebellum houses, marvelous new technologies, the projected end of slavery at the time and the surprising link between octagon cottages and bumpy skulls.

Macon Garden Club’s Plant Swap

Saturday morning, June 5, 2021, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The parking lot at Macon United Methodist Church, 11964 Macon Highway, will be the site for the 16th annual plant swap. All gardeners are welcome to bring their extra ornamental grasses, ground covers, shrubs, trees, perennials, houseplants, herbs, etc. Plants should be labeled with the name and information on the plant's invasiveness.

Those who don't have plants to share are also welcome. Plants will be shared for a donation. New homeowners will receive plants to start their gardens. The Tecumseh District Library will have a table with information. The Macon Garden Club will have fairy houses for sale. Donations will go to Neighbors of Hope Women’s & Children’s Ministry.  

Mask will be required, and social distancing will be practiced.


An Afternoon of Music with Elvis, The Beatles and Other Favorites

Tuesday afternoon, June 8, 2021, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate the music of Elvis and The Beatles with local musician Jill Maria Murdy.  The concert will also include old-time favorites, such as “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Ole Oak Tree.”  

Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the outdoor musical event.  Social distancing will be practiced.  

The special concert will be held at Tecumseh United Methodist Church pavilion, 605 Bishop Reed Dr.



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.

Michigan and the Moon: 50 Years Since Apollo on Facebook Live

Thursday evening, August 5, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fifty-two years ago on July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 lunar module “Eagle” put a man on the moon for the first time.  This virtual lecture with Dr. Nicolle Zellner, Chair of the Physics Department at Albion College, will explore Michigan’s many contribution to space exploration, including the astronauts and scientists of the Apollo program who have ties to Michigan, one dating as far back as 1894.

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, BBQ rub, BBQ sauce seasoning and the hot special blend flavor.  Explore the story behind the scenes 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.

Open Mic Night

Thursday evening, August 12, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Open Mic Night is an opportunity for local musicians, poets and other talented community members to showcase their skills in front of a relaxed and friendly audience.    

Participants must be 13 years of age or older; performances cannot exceed five minutes.  Artistic expression is encouraged, but all performances must avoid the use of vulgarity in language and actions.  No endorsement of racism, sexism, violence or crime will be permitted.  You provide the talent; the library will provide the amp and microphone. 

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

Sign-up at the pavilion that night; arrive early to ensure a spot on the list.

Nonperformers are welcome to come and enjoy the local talent.

Upcycling with Soda Pop Planters on Facebook Live

Monday evening, August 16, 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:



Packing Rope

Xacto Knife

Cat-safe House Plants


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

The Fabric of Civilization on Facebook Live

Tuesday evening, August 17, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Textiles are one of humanity’s oldest and most influential technologies, yet we take them for granted.  Drawing on her widely praised new book The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made the World, author Virginia Postrel will take us on a tour of some of the innovations that gave us today’s textile abundance and the ways textiles shaped civilization as we know it.

Virginia Postrel is an award-winning journalist and independent scholar. She is a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion and has been a columnist for The AtlanticThe Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. Her previous books include The Power of GlamourThe Substance of Style, and The Future and Its Enemies. Her research is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Michigan True Crimes: Heart Shots

Thursday evening, August 19, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Retired Michigan State Police detective lieutenant Clif Edwards, author of Heart Shots: The Shocking True Story of a Dark Day in the Michigan and Indiana State Police, will discuss his coldest case ever, the terror of September 30, 1957, which includes ten hours of terror, nine heroes, five heart shots, three abductions, two widows, and one fatherless son.  During his reconstruction of those horrific hours, he will reveal fascinating information leading to and following that fateful day.


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






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.

Cottage Food Law: Selling Homemade Food in Michigan on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, August 31, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Michigan's Cottage Food Law provides an opportunity for new, small scale food processors to "test the waters" and see if operating a food business is the right fit for them. The law also enables farmers who sell produce at farmers markets and on-farm markets to expand their product lines to include things like baked goods and jams. SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), America’s premier source of free business mentoring and education, will provide an overview of the Cottage Food Law with mentor Mark Williams and discuss opportunities to take advantage of the law’s provisions.

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 virtual seminar on Zoom.

Historical Walking Tour of Downtown Tecumseh (Registration Required)

Thursday evening, September 9, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Explore the rich history of Tecumseh with local historian Pat Van Camp of Promenade Tecumseh during a historical walking tour of the downtown area. Learn about historical businesses that were featured in Diane Proctor’s book, Beyond the Boulevard. Examine the various architectural styles in town.  Discover the historical significance of the buildings you drive past each day.

The tour begins at Old National Bank, 205 E. Chicago Blvd. Please meet on the front steps.  

Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for Tecumseh Service Club’s food pantry.

Rain date is Monday, September 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Registration begins Monday, August 2nd.

World’s Tallest Donkey on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, September 14, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Find out how donkeys, Romulus and Remus, became part of Phil and Cara Yellott’s family, who resides in Raisin Township. Explore the process that Romulus went through with Guinness World Records in order to be named World’s Tallest Donkey.  Discover how to groom, train, raise and care for donkeys. Learn about the history of donkeys, specifically American Mammoth Jackstock Donkeys.

Sponsored with Privateer Riding Academy and the World's Tallest Donkey Facebook page.    

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

Registration begins August 1st. 

Pickleball 101: Rules, Fun Facts & More

Thursday evening, September 16, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn how to play pickleball, which is the fastest growing sport in the United States, with seasoned players Jackie Freeman and Karen Worthy, co-authors of Bend your Knees, Louise!: A Pickleball Primer. Explore fun facts, such as a pickleball court is a rectangular 20 ft. wide and 44 ft. long. Find out if beginning players Chuck Harpst, TDL’s Reference/Local History Librarian, and Frank J. Zanger, Edward Jones financial advisor, will be able to beat the co-authors in a friendly abbreviated game of pickleball.

Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy this special event at Mitchell Memorial Park’s pickleball courts. The park is located on the corner of Gady Rd. and Green Hwy. in Raisin Township.  

In the event of inclement weather, the class will be held in the park’s covered pavilion.  

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.  

The Legacy of the Devils Lake Drive-In Ministries

Tuesday evening, September 21, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn about this Lenawee County landmark with author and historian Dan Cherry.

When Rev. Leon Lytle and his family started Devils Lake Drive-In Ministries in 1951 on property leased by the Elting family, little did they realize the impact the ministry would have on the Devils Lake area. Starting with sermons in 1951 and expanding to family and faith-themed movies in 1952, the Lytles reached hundreds with the Gospel while met with challenges that tested their resolve, including the loss of Rev. Lytle and the drive-in complex as a result of the 1965 Palm Sunday tornado. The drive-in was rebuilt and served the area through the local Baptist churches until 2008, when Terry Lytle unexpectedly died in April. His widow, Olive, promised to keep the ministry going that was a mainstay to the Manitou Beach community. However, and sadly, Olive passed away the following month while preparing the property for its opening season. With the passing of the Lytles, the decision was made to conclude the ministry at Devils Lake.

Dan Cherry is the author of eight local history books and has been featured in several documentaries and podcasts, from Addison and Irish Hills history to the infamous Palm Sunday tornado of 1965. A longtime resident of Lenawee County, Cherry and his family now live in western Michigan. He is currently working on a book of reflections about the Edmund Fitzgerald and recently finished a research paper on the 1985 crash of Life Flight in Rome Township.

Sponsored with Lenawee County History & Genealogy Facebook Group.

Adventures in Knitting with Glass on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, October 12, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Instructor Carol Milne is the lone pioneer in the field of knitted glass. In 2006, she combined her passion for knitting with her love for cast glass sculpture and developed a process for creating glasswork that simulates fiber. In this class, you will discover the world of knitted glass as Carol leads us through the process of lost-wax casting in glass, and along a journey from small-scale, intimate works to larger-scale multi-piece projects.

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

Registration begins on Monday, August 2nd.

The Heart of India (In-person)

Wednesday afternoon, October 27, 2021, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join George Jabol for this exciting slideshow presentation of his 2009 journey to India. He will take you to sites in northern India, including Delhi, Jaipur, and the Ranthambore National Park, where tigers roam. You will visit the breathtaking Taj Mahal in Agra, the exotic temples at Khajuraho, and the sacred city of Varanasi on the Ganges River. With his outstanding photography, Jabol is eager to share the wonders – often strange to Western eyes – that he encountered on his unforgettable journey to the heart of India.

All participants will be required to wear masks while in the library. Social distancing will be practiced.  

Grieve Well: Understanding Grief Webinar on Livestorm (Registration Required)

Thursday evening, November 4, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Did you know that there are healthy ways to grieve? The first step is to understand this painful but important part of life. TDL has teamed up with GrieveWell, a local nonprofit, to offer a presentation on grief and the effects it has on one’s physical and emotional health. You will receive information and resources to help you move through your grief journey in a way that leads toward healing. This presentation is for those who are mourning the death of a loved one, those supporting someone who is grieving, or for those who want more information on grief.

Registration begins September 1st.

“We read to know that we are not alone.” — C.S. Lewis

If you need additional support or would like to learn more, visit the GrieveWell website. 

Dollar & Sense of eCommerce on Zoom (Registration Required)

Monday evening, November 8, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Interested in eCommerce? This presentation with Steve Feinman of Ann Arbor SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will discuss the cost of eCommerce to a business, including payment apps, accounting software, and what to look for in an online banking service. We’ll look at two finance software systems and their services for a Point-of-Sale system: Square vs. Stripe, and the apps they support.

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

Registration begins September 1st.