Brew Ha! Ha!: Coffee 101

Monday, February 26, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn about the history of coffee with Josh Roth, owner of Musgrove + Company. Find out how to brew the perfect cup of coffee. Explore the different kinds of roasts. Enjoy free samples.

This special class will be held at Musgrove + Company, which is located at 135 E. Chicago Blvd.

The nonrefundable materials fee is $5. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for the seminar.


Get to a Better Place! What You Need to Know Before You Buy a Home on Zoom

Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 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 Joe Kiser, community outreach and financial empowerment officer at Old National Bank

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89560244766

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/.

 

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 7:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

 

Beginning February 1st, click here to register for this free virtual event.


Start from Seed Class

Thursday, February 29, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Leap Day by Leaping into Spring with Seed Planting.

Have you always been disappointed by your efforts to grow your own vegetables from seed?  Do your seeds turn out long-necked and weak looking?  Do they fall over dead before you can even put them in the ground?  Find out the secrets of successful seed starting with Paul Pfeifer, Managing Director of Hidden Lake Gardens.

Beginning February 1st, click here to register for this free workshop.


Michigan Shipwrecks: City of Bangor on Zoom

Monday evening, March 4, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There have been over six-thousand recorded shipwrecks in the history of the Great Lakes, but there was only one like the "City of Bangor." The wreck provides an amazing tale of rescue and survival after the ship crashed onto a Lake Superior reef east of Copper Harbor in November of 1926.

During this virtual presentation on Zoom, Larry Jorgensen, author of Shipwrecked and Rescued: Cars and Crew will discuss the near death challenges faced by the crewmen as they struggled for two days in deep and blowing snow and subzero temperatures on the isolated northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

After the miraculous rescue of the crew what followed was a difficult three month ordeal to safely retrieve all of the cars from the abandoned ice covered wreck and have them returned to the Detroit manufacturer.

Beginning February 14th, click here to register for this free virtual event.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 7:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.


Take Charge of Your Diabetes

Tuesday evening, March 5, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Julie Moore, a certified Diabetes Educator and Diabetes Nurse Educator for ProMedica, will discuss Diabetes control, healthy eating, and exercise.

Beginning February 14th, click here to register for this free seminar.


Top 10 Credit Tips on Zoom

Wednesday afternoon, March 6, 2024, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

During this one hour lunch and learn with Teagen Lefere, financial and homeownership educator, Michigan State University, we will talk about the difference between credit, credit reports and credit scores. We will talk about what makes up a credit score and tips on how to improve your credit.

We will discuss ways to help your score and habits that will hurt your score. We will also talk about why you need credit and the benefits of good credit. 

Click here to register for this free webinar. 

 


Local History: Adrian, Michigan on Zoom

Friday morning, March 15, 2024, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Explore Adrian’s past with Dr. Julieanna Frost, author of Adrian and professor of history at Siena Heights University. Learn about Addison Comstock, the German and Irish immigration of the 1840s and the Underground Railroad. Find out about notable African Americans who settled in the city. Examine the growth and development of Adrian.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 10:05 a.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning March 1st, click here to register for this free virtual presentation.


How Autism Touched My Family

Saturday afternoon, March 16, 2024, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Heidi Franklin, author of My Ausome Brother, will discuss her journey as a parent with an autistic son and will explain how she finds creative ways to accommodate his special needs in order to help him feel accepted, happy, and comfortable in this overwhelming world. She will also give us some writing and publishing tips.

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

Beginning March 1st, click here to register for this free presentation and book signing.

 

 

 

 


Have Camera, Will Travel: A Naturalist Visits Each of the Fifty States on Zoom

Monday evening, March 18, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Naturalist Don Chalfant has visited each of the fifty states, primarily in his passionate chasing of bird species. He also photographs other species, both zoological and botanical. Don’s camera is never farther away than his fingertips, continuously recording the beauty and diversity of our nation’s wildlife. Join us for this virtual class on Zoom where we will enjoy photos of birds, mammals, wildflowers, butterflies, trees, and dragonflies that may be found in each state.

Don Chalfant has received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. In 1995, he retired from teaching in the Ann Arbor Public Schools. While retired, he indulges his passion for the outdoors, for birding, and for photographing nature’s inhabitants.

Beginning March 1st, click here to register for this free virtual presentation.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 7:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.


Taking Charge of Aging

Tuesday evening, March 19, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The reality is, if you do not take charge of your aging, someone else will. When you look into the future, say 15 years, do you sometimes feel a little nervous? You have a great many things planned, but there may be some “what ifs.” In this class, Sarah Batzer, will walk members through an individual, realistic workbook, provided, that will create a plan for the future and the “what ifs.” If the need arises you will be able to find the solutions you have already chosen—not the ones chosen for you. This is not a financial class. We cover housing, transportation, meals, medications, bill paying and how to share your plan with family or a loved one 

Sarah Batzer earned a master’s in gerontology from The University of Missouri, St. Louis, and has been active in the field of aging for more than 25 years, through teaching, consulting and design.

The cost of the workbook is $5. 

The nonrefundable materials fee is $5. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for the seminar.


Planting Herbs & Mints

Monday evening, March 25, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This hands-on class with ProMedica Education Specialist Nathen Letson will focus on planting your own spice garden. You will be provided with all of the materials for you to plant and take home a plant of your choice.

Beginning March 1st, click here to register for this free gardening seminar.


Spring Wax Flower Class

Tuesday afternoon, March 26, 2024, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Practice the art of crafting crepe paper into flowers then dipping them in wax to create beautiful, translucent blooms with Sheryl Moll, Lenawee County 4-H program coordinator. 

 The nonrefundable materials fee is $5. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for the class.


Pub Trivia Night with Sporcle Live

Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Play trivia with Sporcle Live at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and win great Tecumseh Brewing Company prizes each game. Reference/Local History Librarian Chuck Harpst will be available to answer your library questions.

Tecumseh Brewing Company is located at 128 W. Chicago Blvd.


Canning Myths

Wednesday evening, March 27, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Canning methods have changed from what we use to think was safe. Learn about the updated recommendations and techniques that are downright dangerous with Mary Donaldson, Food Safety Program Educator, Michigan State University Extension. 

Beginning March 1st, click here to register for this free in-person workshop.


From Beau Brummel to Skinny Jeans: 200 Years of Men’s Fashions on Zoom

Wednesday evening, April 3, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This presentation with historian Andrew Kercher of Andrew Kercher Lectures examines the ever changing world of men’s fashion. What’s in style? What’s not? He will show genealogists how to use fashion to narrow down the time period of that old, undated family photo or painting. 

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 7:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning March 15th, click here to register for this free virtual presentation.


Transforming Discouragement and Despair into Hope

Monday evening, April 8, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

We live in a complex, challenging, confusing, and sometimes chaotic world. It is no wonder we all experience disappointment, discouragement, defeat, depression, or despair at times. How are we supposed to handle these negative emotions? Is suicide ever justified? Author Marti Scott, whose brother took his own life, will discuss how suicide impacted her life. In addition, Scott, author of Suicide – The Biblical View: How to Biblically Handle Disappointment, Discouragement, Defeat, Depression and Despair, will offer practical help for those who have concluded that suicide is not the answer to their struggles.

 

Marti Scott received a BS with a group major in English language and literature and a minor in speech and drama. In addition to various office jobs, she taught English at a Christian school and substitute taught for several years. Marti has years of experience singing in churches and directing adult and children's choirs. She also enjoys decorating her home, sewing, and crafting. Marti and her husband Jeff have been married for 52 years and have two children and seven grandchildren. They live in Michigan where they are active church members.

 

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

 

Beginning March 11th, click here to register for this free presentation


A Life Well Spent Walking in the Woods and Sleeping on the Ground

Tuesday evening, April 9, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

After several years working as a sports editor in Juneau, Alaska, Jim DuFresne spent the winter of 1981 in New Zealand backpacking and wrote his first book, Tramping in New Zealand, for Lonely Planet.  He followed up with Lonely Planet’s Alaska travel guidebook and then returned to Michigan to write Isle Royale National Park: Foot Trails & Water Routes.

That guide to the wilderness areas of Isle Royale, known at the park as the “backpacker’s bible,” is in its 40th year of continuous publication in various editions.

Having reached that amazing milestone, DuFresne decided to wrap up his career, with a presentation entitled "The End of the Trail: A Life Well Spent Walking in the Woods and Sleeping on the Ground." The hour-long PowerPoint presentation highlights the best wilderness adventures of his long career, taking the audience into the wilds of New Zealand, Alaska, and of course Isle Royale.

Among DuFresne’s more than 20 published titles are Backpacking in Michigan and 12 Classic Trout Streams in Michigan: A Handbook for Fly Anglers (University of Michigan Press), The Trails of M-22 and Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park (MichiganTrailMaps.com) and 50 Hikes In Michigan (Backcountry Publications).

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

Beginning March 15th, click here to register for this free lecture.


All Occasion Card Class

Wednesday afternoon, April 10, 2024, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Come join us for an afternoon of fun. Under the expert tutelage of Laurie Krauss of Stampin’ UP!, we will be making three different all occasion cards for a total of $6.

YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for the class.


Through the Maze: Understanding Social Security & Medicare on Zoom

Monday evening, April 15, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

To begin the evening, Edward Jones financial advisor Frank Zanger will present “Social Security: Your Questions Answered.”

Social Security will likely be the foundation of your retirement income. Before you retire, it’s important to understand your options and the impact your decisions have on your retirement.

During the presentation, Frank will discuss the following points:

• How does Social Security fit into my retirement income plan?

• When should I start taking benefits?

• What about taxes?

Before joining the Edward Jones team in 2019, Frank had a career in banking, including serving as Relationship Coordinator for Monroe Bank & Trust in Tecumseh. He is an active member of the Eastern Michigan University Sigma Nu Alumni Association and has served as the alumni advisor for the chapter for 10 years. 

To conclude the evening, Cheryl Shores of ACS Clinical Pharmacy & Sociably Secure-NGO will present “ABC's of Medicare Enrollment: We Speak Fluent Medicare.”

Are you turning 65 years of age or nearing retirement? Do you have questions about enrolling in Medicare? Presenter Cheryl Shores will explain the rights and benefits of those newly enrolled in the federal Medicare program… in clear and easily understood language. 

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 6:35 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning April 1st, click here to register for this free webinar


The 5 Wishes with the Hospice of Lenawee on Zoom

Tuesday evening, April 16, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Five Wishes is a simplified Advance Care Directive that opens the door for individuals to have conversations with their loved ones about the types of care they wish to receive, should they not be able to make those decisions.

 This virtual presentation with Hospice of Lenawee’s community outreach coordinator Stephanie Jones will explore each of these wishes and discuss the importance of Advance Care Directives.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 7:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning April 1st, click here to register for this free virtual presentation.


Jams and Jelly Workshop

Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn a new cool jam or a jiggly jelly with Mary Donaldson, Food Safety Program Educator, Michigan State University Extension. Either way, freezer jam will melt your heart with delicious flavor. Find out how you can play with flavors during a demonstration for freezer jam and jelly.

Beginning April 1st, click here to register for this free workshop.


Earth Day Celebration

Monday evening, April 22, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn about the benefits of trees with Hidden Lake Gardens. Observe a tree planting ceremony with local scouts at Tecumseh District Library. The trees will be planted in memory of former Tecumseh Public Library staff member and local scout leader Jeannine M. Wikle. Each family will receive a tree seedling to take home. Please meet in front of the library for the tree planting.


Discover the Art of Pasta Making

Tuesday evening, April 23, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

In this hands-on class, you will learn how to make pasta from scratch. Keegan Rodgers of The Lakehouse Bakery will guide you through the process of mixing the dough, rolling, and shaping it using simple kitchen tools and classic pasta-making gadgets.

At the end of class, you will leave with your own freshly made pasta, ready to cook at home.

The nonrefundable materials fee is $10. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for the pasta class.


Discover how to Make Your Own Lotion

Wednesday evening, April 24, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Does your skin need a little extra care in the spring, or perhaps all year-round?

Come learn how to make lotions with all natural ingredients, including beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil, at Paper Street Soap. This class is for you whether you're a DIY newbie or have already dipped a toe into making your own body products.

Once you start, you'll never go back to store-bought lotion! In class we'll make a luxurious hand lotion to take home.  

The nonrefundable materials fee is $10. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

The class will be held at Paper Street Soap, 133 E. Chicago Blvd.

Click here to register for the class.


A Look into Human Trafficking on Zoom

Friday morning, April 26, 2024, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The Lenawee Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition will give an overview of human trafficking, raise our consciousness about human trafficking and discuss current trends in human trafficking.

In Lenawee County, there has been an Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force or Coalition for more than 10 years, formed initially through the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Their goal has been to promote education, awareness and advocacy of human trafficking.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition is affiliated with a larger group called the Lenawee Coalition Against Abuse and Trafficking, which also addresses domestic violence and sexual assault.

This leadership group is representative of the Lenawee County Prosecutor’s Office, Child Advocacy Center, Catherine Cobb Safe House, ProMedica Hickman Hospital Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office, Adrian Police Department, United Way, Adrian Dominican Sisters and area mental health professionals. As a group, these agencies address human trafficking from a legal, mental and physical health perspective.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 10:05 a.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning April 1st, click here to register for this free presentation.

 


Mexican Cuisine for Cinco de Mayo

Monday evening, April 29, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Mexican food is more than just tacos and burritos.  Cooking instructor Mary Spencer of Taste: A Cook’s Place will demonstrate two authentic Mexican dishes just in time for Cinco de Mayo celebrations. 

The nonrefundable materials fee is $10. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for this cooking event.

 

 

 

 


The Croswell Opera House Tour

Tuesday afternoon, April 30, 2024, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Join us for a tour of the beautiful Croswell Opera House. Learn about this piece of Lenawee County’s history with Croswell staff.

The Croswell is located at 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian.

Beginning April 1st, click here to register for this free tour.


Portugal: A Journey Through Colors, History, Tiles, and Architecture on Zoom

Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Photographer Christine Chitnis, author of Patterns of Portugal, invites you to celebrate the unique, timeless beauty of Portugal through the stunning designs and hues that define Portugal’s countryside, coast, small towns, and cosmopolitan cities. She will discuss the ways that color and pattern are woven into the very fabric of the country’s culture, history, architecture, and traditions.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 7:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning April 1st, click here to register for this free virtual presentation.


Butterflies & Moths in Your Own Backyard on Zoom

Monday evening, May 6, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Naturalist Judy Semroc of the Chrysalis in Time chapter of The North American Butterfly Association for gardening ideas and tips and interesting natural history information about the butterflies and moths that can be found in Michigan and Ohio. Their benefits, from pollination to animal food sources, will encourage you to invite them into your yards and gardens! This virtual presentation will open your eyes to the many small inhabitants of your own backyard.  

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 7:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning April 15th, click here to register for this free webinar.

 


On the Danube: From Budapest to Amsterdam

Wednesday afternoon, May 8, 2024, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Travelling through the heart of Europe by way of its Danube, Main, and Rhine River arteries is an education in cultural anatomy. This 2016 river cruise with world traveler George Jabol starts with proud and beautiful Budapest. Not far upstream lies romantic Vienna, displaying elegant architecture and one of the world’s richest musical heritages. The journey passes through a dozen historic settings, replete with legends and charm, such as the abbey at Melk and cities like Regensburg, Koblenz and Cologne, and includes a stop to explore authentic Dutch windmills at Kinderdijk. At the northern end of this journey is vibrant Amsterdam, the city of canals, flowers, and the art of Rembrandt and Van Gogh.

George Jabol received his B.A. degree from Muskingum College in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. Fully retired now from a career with the federal government, George creates photographic slide shows as a way to remember his travels and share them with others.


The Love, Lure, and Lore of the Laundry Line

Wednesday evening, May 8, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The laundry line? What’s there to talk about? Clothesline historian and hobbyist Anne Lawrence will take you on a nostalgic trip back in time to the days when everyone hung their wash on the line to dry – when they went online without the internet! There will be memories to share, links between the clothesline and social/cultural issues, history, feminism, psychology, sociology, and ecology. You will hear why “solar drying” – that wonderful free sun – is once again the way to go in today’s eco-conscious world. There will be personal stories, delightful slides to see, along with a peek at Lawrence’s vast collection of laundry memorabilia. We may end up with a laundry list of things to think about, but she won’t leave us hanging while airing her thoughts. She will pin things down for us, and try to remove any hang-ups we may have about using the clothesline. So, come join us and let’s hang out together!

Anne Lawrence is an alumna of Tufts University in psychology and education. She enjoyed a 20-year career in university administration at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. Since retiring and relocating to Ann Arbor 13 years ago, she has been happily sharing her hobby with people all over the area.

Beginning Monday, April 15th, click here to register for this free presentation.


A Day in the Life of an Ancient Roman on Zoom

Friday morning, May 10, 2024, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Much of what we know about Roman daily life comes to us not from the city of Rome, but from Pompeii and other cities in the Bay of Naples which were buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE. Cities were buried under more than 20 feet of stone and ash, which helped to preserve a literal snapshot of what was happening right before the eruption. What is your daily routine? Wake up, eat breakfast, brush teeth, work, exercise, come home, eat dinner, and bed? Sounds about right, with some variation in there? Do you think the ancient Romans had a different daily routine – or was it the same? Join the University of Michigan’s Kelsey Museum of Archaeology on Zoom as we discover what a day in the life of a citizen of ancient Rome was like, based on evidence gathered from the ruins of Pompeii.

 Beginning April 15th, click here to register for this free virtual presentation.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 10:05 a.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.


Dementia Care with Hospice

Tuesday evening, May 14, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Stephanie Jones, Hospice of Lenawee’s community outreach coordinator, will discuss end-of-life dementia care. She will answer the following questions:

  • When is the right time to ask about hospice?
  • What can hospice do for a patient with end-stage dementia?
  • What can hospice do for the family or loved ones of a person with dementia?

Beginning Monday, April 29th, click here to register for this free in-person presentation.


Tecumseh the Man – Not the Town

Monday evening, May 20, 2024, 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 historian and educator Scott Lonsdale.

 

 


Lore & Legends: Tecumseh: Spring Hike

Wednesday, May 22, 2024, 6 p.m. to 8 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.

Rain date is Thursday evening, May 23rd. 

Hike begins at the Burt Street entrance. 

Beginning May 1st, click here to register for this free hike.  


Fact and Myth in Psychology

Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Which of these should you believe and which should you doubt? Old people aren’t interested in sex. Money can’t buy happiness. You can believe media reports of medical breakthroughs. Lie detectors work. We only use 10% of our brains. ESP is real. Some people are born gay. Hypnosis is powerful. We repress bad memories.  Examine these and more with Dr. Gordon Hammerle, adjunct professor at Siena Heights University and professor emeritus at Adrian College, and there may be some surprising answers.

 

Beginning May 15th, click here to register for this free learning opportunity.


Tecumseh Lore & Legends: Kayaking Adventure

Tuesday evening, July 9, 2024, 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.   

Participants will have the opportunity to rent kayaks from Tecumseh Paddling Company, which is located at 703 E. Chicago Blvd.  

Rain date is Wednesday, July 10th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Beginning June 15th, click here to register.


Adventure on the Rhine River

Wednesday, July 10, 2024, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We will take a pictorial tour along the Rhine River from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, exploring several cities along the way with their historic buildings and vineyards with world traveler Dr. Andy Jorgensen. We begin in Basel visiting a quaint pharmaceutical museum which includes a replica of an alchemist’s laboratory. The city boasts many other important venues, such the 17th century Kunstmuseum, which is the first publicly available museum for art in the world. Another stop is Strasbourg with its timber-framed homes and businesses, including Reisling wineries. The nationality of this town depended upon which country won the last war, Germany or France, so it is quite multicultural. A long stretch of the river includes dozens of castles, some decaying and others thriving. A high point will be a visit to the striking Gothic cathedral in Cologne. Touring this area would not be complete without peeking into a working Dutch windmill. These massive structures pump water to prevent flooding in much of the country.

Dr. Jorgensen is Professor Emeritus at the University of Toledo. He has spent considerable time living and studying in Europe over the past several decades. 

Beginning June 15th, click here to register. 


Overview of the Deaf Culture on Zoom

Monday, July 15, 2024, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

We all want to be aware of and honor the cultures of those around us, but what do you know about Deaf culture? Come to this Zoom class with advocate Chris Hench and learn: What is the difference between Deaf and deaf? What are some characteristics of Deaf culture? Do cochlear implants make a deaf person hearing? Is deafness a disability? Do Deaf people want to be hearing? What is Deaf Gain? Is sign language universal? What are the unique features of sign language? And most importantly, how should you communicate with a Deaf person? 

Chris Hench holds an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan. She was the Chief Operating Officer of a non-profit in Oakland County which supported persons with developmental disabilities, including those who were Deaf and had disabilities. She is currently a consultant for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and DeafCAN! on Deaf mental health issues. Chris is the mother of an adult Deaf son.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 1:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning June 20th, click here to register for this free class.


Shopping at Lamson’s, the Lion Store and Lasalle’s on Zoom

Tuesday, July 16, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Reminisce with Bruce Allen Kopytek, author of Toledo’s Three L’s, about a time when these three great department stores dominated Toledo's retail scene and offered their customers anything they could want. Revisit their downtown competitors like Tiedtke's, B.R. Baker, Milner's and Stein's, which also added their own touch to Toledo's life. 

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 7:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning June 20th, click here to register for this free class.

 

 

 


Local History Theater: Charles Manley: Tecumseh Products Company & More

Thursday, July 18, 2024, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Don’t miss this bicentennial kickoff event!

Explore the life of Tecumseh resident Charles Manley. Learn about the history of Tecumseh Products Company. Find out about Vendoma Hotel, Tecumseh Carriage Company and Meyers Aircraft. Discover the historical significance of the Dynamic Kernels Tithing Project.

 


Local History Theater: Lillian Buttolph: Henry Ford Schools, Tecumseh Public Schools & More

Thursday, July 18, 2024, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Don’t miss this bicentennial kickoff event!

Learn about country school life in Lenawee County, particularly at Centennial School, Green Lane Academy, Waring School and other Henry Ford schools. Find out about the consolidation of local rural schools. Explore Lillian’s memories of Tecumseh and Britton, especially the Wednesday night shows and box socials.      

 


Food Safety in the Garden

Monday evening, July 22, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Get as dirty as you want in the garden, but keep those veggies safe from food safety dangers. Learn how to get food from the backyard garden safely to the table with Mary Donaldson, Food Safety Program Educator, Michigan State University Extension.

Beginning July 1st, click here to register for this free workshop.


Follow the Drinking Gourd: Underground Railroad

Monday, July 29, 2024, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Few periods of United States history are more important and less understood than the years leading to the Civil War. That is particularly true of the Underground Railroad. The origin of the term is unclear; a slavecatcher is believed to have uttered the phrase “the slaves disappeared, like they had boarded a railway underground.” The proximity to Canada via the Detroit River put Michigan on the map of Underground Railroad routes. Washtenaw County was the next to the last stop before arriving at the river. For many, it was the most dangerous point of the journey, since the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 made it a crime to harbor “runaways.” Join us as we follow one family’s story with historian Rochelle Balkam.

Balkam taught history and government at Ypsilanti High School for 36 years, and taught Michigan history at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) for 27 years. She holds an M.A. degree in history and an M.S. in historic preservation from EMU. Rochelle serves on the board of the Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Association, and formerly served on the board of the Historical Society of Michigan and the Ann Arbor Historic Commission. 


Ice Cream and Sorbet Class

Tuesday, July 30, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Summertime is the best time to enjoy frozen treats! Learn basic recipes to make ice cream, sorbet, and gelato at home with Keegan Rodgers of The Lakehouse Bakery. Learn how to incorporate fruit and other flavors so you can enjoy a great summertime treat! This session will also include vegan recipes! Click here to register for this learning opportunity.
 

The nonrefundable materials fee is $10. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for this learning opportunity.
 


Barbie: Extraordinary Toy Icon Part I on Zoom

Monday, August 5, 2024, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The most popular doll on the planet, Barbie, is still going strong after 65 years! Barbie has proven she still creates social buzz with the “pink summer” surrounding the 2023 release of her first live-action movie. Along the way she has significantly impacted social values in pop culture by modeling female independence, has been the subject of social controversy, run for U.S. President six times, literally travelled into space twice – AND has done it all looking great, in the latest fashions. Not bad, given that everyone except her creator was sure she would be a failure from the start. Mattel reports that there is a Barbie sold somewhere in the world every second. Millions of girls own and play with Barbies, and she has hundreds of thousands of collectors around the world. Perhaps you played with Barbie or are a collector yourself. Plan to share your thoughts about Barbie during our time together; join Barbie enthusiast Mary Bondarenko and other class members in going down memory lane with this toy icon. 

Bondarenko is a retired management trainer from a fortune 500 company. She has been active in Elderwise in Ann Arbor for seven years, and is looking forward to being back in teaching mode for the first time since retiring.

Part II of the lecture will be streamed on Zoom on Monday afternoon, August 12th from 1 p.m., to 3 p.m.  

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 1:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning July 15th, click here to register for this free presentation.


Patriotic Card Making Class

Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Come join us for afternoon of fun at the Tecumseh District Library! Under the expert tutelage of Laurie Krauss of Stampin’ UP! We will be making three different patriotic cards for a total of $6.

The nonrefundable materials fee is $6. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for this class.

 

 


Tomatoes

Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Have you ever met a tomato you didn't like? Learn how the original love apple can be preserved using a water bath canner with Mary Donaldson, Food Safety Program Educator, Michigan State University Extension.

Beginning July 15th, click here to register for this free class.


Barbie: Extraordinary Toy Icon Part II on Zoom

Monday, August 12, 2024, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The most popular doll on the planet, Barbie, is still going strong after 65 years! Barbie has proven she still creates social buzz with the “pink summer” surrounding the 2023 release of her first live-action movie. Along the way she has significantly impacted social values in pop culture by modeling female independence, has been the subject of social controversy, run for U.S. President six times, literally travelled into space twice – AND has done it all looking great, in the latest fashions. Not bad, given that everyone except her creator was sure she would be a failure from the start. Mattel reports that there is a Barbie sold somewhere in the world every second. Millions of girls own and play with Barbies, and she has hundreds of thousands of collectors around the world. Perhaps you played with Barbie or are a collector yourself. Plan to share your thoughts about Barbie during our time together; join Barbie enthusiast Mary Bondarenko and other class members in going down memory lane with this toy icon. 

Bondarenko is a retired management trainer from a fortune 500 company. She has been active in Elderwise in Ann Arbor for seven years, and is looking forward to being back in teaching mode for the first time since retiring.

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/.

No one will be allowed to enter the Zoom meeting after 1:05 p.m.; you are welcome to join the live stream on Facebook at time that is convenience for you.

Beginning July 15th, click here to register for this free presentation.


Scenic Beauty of Iceland

Wednesday, August 14, 2024, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

A trip to Iceland has long been on world traveler George Jabol’s bucket list. Although covering only six days, this 2023 journey proved long on extraordinary scenic beauty. The trip began with a comprehensive city tour of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, which included visits to the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church and the Northern Lights Center, followed by an evening search for the mysterious swirling and dancing Aurora Borealis. A unique adventure followed with a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water set in the middle of a lava field in the Icelandic wilderness. A full day’s tour called the Golden Circle showcased the Thingvelir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site located where the European and North American tectonic plates meet. Another tour visited the southern coast of Iceland where there is a black sand coastline, the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and other stunning scenery. This active, long-awaited trip kept Jabol’s camera exceedingly busy and was truly the fulfillment of a dream. 

Jabol received his B.A. degree from Muskingum College in Ohio, and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan.


The Genesis and Metamorphosis of the Michigan Militia

Tuesday, August 20, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Michigan militia movement began in the late 1970s, and foreshadowed the growth of the movement nationwide. As an FBI agent in Michigan, Greg Stejskal had extensive involvement with Mark Koernke, “Mark from Michigan,” one of the founders of the movement. Later Stejskal was involved in the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing, which had a substantial Michigan connection. In this class, we will discuss these events, and how extreme elements of the militia movement have become a domestic threat, with their involvement in a plot to kidnap the governor of Michigan, and the January 6, 2023, insurrection at the United States Capitol Building in Washington D.C.

Greg Stejskal is a retired special agent of the FBI having served from 1975-2006. He has also written a book, FBI Case Files Michigan – Tales of a G-Man, chronicling some of the cases in which he was involved during his career, some involving the Michigan militia.

Beginning August 1st, click here to register for this free lecture.


All-Natural Body Wash Class

Wednesday, August 28, 2024, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn to make your own refreshing, organic and all-natural face and body washes from scratch with Victoria Lord of Paper Street Soap, which is located at 133 E. Chicago Blvd.

This class covers how to formulate your own all-natural washes or cleansers using ingredients you would like to incorporate. Participants will learn how to substitute ingredients and how to formulate gentle cleansers using a wide range of natural ingredients such as herbs, hydrosols, essential oils and more.

The nonrefundable materials fee is $10. YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU PAY THE NONREFUNDABLE MATERIALS FEE AT THE CIRCULATION DESK AT THE LIBRARY.

Click here to register for this learning opportunity.