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 contributions to space exploration, including the astronauts and scientists of the Apollo program who have ties to Michigan, one dating as far back as 1894.


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.

Click here to register for this free virtual presentation. 


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:

 

Scissors

Packing Rope

Xacto Knife

Cat-safe House Plants

Gravel/Soil

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 Worldauthor 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.

Click here to register for this free hike.

 


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

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

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.

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


Michigan Lighthouses Seen Through the Eyes of the Author

Thursday evening, September 23, 2021, 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Learn about the lighthouses of Michigan, including Whitefish Point Lighthouse, White Shoal Lighthouse and Grand Traverse Lighthouse, with local writer Tracy Huston, author and illustrator of My Favorite Lighthouses of Michigan. Discover fascinating facts about Michigan history. Explore the writing, illustration and publication processes of her book. 

“I created this book for children, with hope of passing on my love, the history and beauty of our amazing Michigan lighthouses,” Huston said. “I hope this book will encourage my young readers to one day visit some of Michigan’s historic lighthouses.”

The book, which is intended for people of all ages but is mostly geared toward a younger audience, shares quite a bit about Huston’s love for the many lighthouses seen across Michigan. The book also is dedicated to her father, Lloyd Huston, who died November 10, 2002.

Huston was able to complete this book with the assistance of Goodwill’s Micro-enterprise program.

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

 


Open Mic Night

Thursday, September 30, 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 microphone. 

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

Nonperformers are welcome to come and enjoy the local talent.

This special event is hosted by Musgrove & Company, 135 E. Chicago Blvd.

 


The Down Syndrome Diary: Helping Struggling Parents on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, October 5, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Jamie Freeman, author of The Down Syndrome Diary: 26 Families. 7 Years. 4 Countries. (The Down Syndrome Diaries Book 1), will discuss the joys and blessings of having a son with Down Syndrome. Find out how she became an advocate for individuals with disabilities. Learn about her blog, Ben Through It All, and her non-profit organization, The Down Syndrome Diary.

 

Tecumseh residents Erik and Megan Fortman, who are parents of a child with Down Syndrome, will also share their daughter Amelia’s story with the TDL Zoom community. Her story was featured in Freeman’s Down Syndrome Diary.   

Registration begins September 1st.

 


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

Registration begins on Monday, August 2nd.


Ask-A-Financial Expert (Registration Required)

Thursday, October 14, 2021, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Edward Jones financial advisor Frank J. Zanger will be available to answer your financial questions in the following areas:

  • Stocks and mutual funds
  • Retirement planning strategies
  • Planning your trust and estate
  • Tax reduction measures
  • College savings for your children and grandchildren
  • Cash flow strategies
  • Charitable giving
  • Business succession options

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. 

Sign up for your free 30-minute appointment today.

Click here to register for your free appointment.


Pub Trivia Night with Sporcle Live

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Play trivia with Sporcle Live at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. with 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.

 

 


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.

 


Paranormal 101: Ghosts, Spirits & More (In-Person)

Thursday evening, October 28, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Rusty Jones, founder and lead investigator of Central Michigan Paranormal Investigations, will discuss the various pieces of equipment that is used during an investigation, including devices like K2 meters, REM pods, laser grids and voice and video recorders. Learn about local cases not only unique to Tecumseh but the surrounding areas, along with cases that we have done throughout the state of Michigan. Discover what it takes to be a paranormal investigator.


The Culture of Clothing, A History: The 18th through 20th Centuries on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, November 2, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Melanie Schuessler Bond, Professor of Costume Design at Eastern Michigan University, will examine the social and cultural attributes of clothing from the 18th century forward. Have you ever wondered why people wore certain styles in the past? Fashion has never been a frivolous pursuit – it is instead a deep-rooted cultural practice that offers insight into the ways that human society operates. For example, corsets and top hats tell us about gender roles in particular periods and places, and clothing also has usually marked wealth and power, as well as religion and rituals. Just as a suit and tie hold a different message for us than jeans and a t-shirt, historic fashions that look silly to us today conveyed detailed information for those who observed them in their original context.

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/.

Registration begins September 1st.


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

Registration begins September 1st.

 


Perfect Pies and Tarts (Registration Required)

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Keegan C. Rodgers, owner of The Lakehouse Bakery in Chelsea, will lead this hands-on and lively workshop on how to make the perfect pie dough.

Learn the difference between pies and tarts, understand the different fillings and crusts for pies and tarts, and understand how to blind bake a pie shell.

Attendees will leave with new baking skills, literature, and enough dough for one pie! 

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 this baking class.

 


Mosques: Their Design, Decoration & Furnishings on Zoom (Registration Required)

Tuesday evening, November 16, 2021, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Learn about the common elements of Islamic architecture, such as geometric motifs, minarets or towers, domes and fountains with Adrian College professor Dr. Michael C. McGrath. Explore the interior design of mosques. Find out about mosque furnishings, including large calligraphic friezes or cartouches and hanging lamps.

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/.

Registration begins October 1st.


Jeopardy! Night at TDL

Tuesday evening, January 18, 2022, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tecumseh resident and Jeopardy! Champion Dana Schumacher-Schmidt will discuss her experiences on the popular game show then community members will test their knowledge as Jeopardy! contestants by playing trivia against audience members. Teams will consist of individual players or groups of two or three players. Don’t miss out on the prizes to Basil BoysBoulevard Market and Tecumseh Brewing CompanyArrive at least 15 minutes early to register your team.