Adult Programs



Color When You Can
Calming Colors Club

The First Monday of every month from 6pm- 7:45pm






Color When You Can Calming Colors Club for Adults! We supply the adult level coloring pages and colored pencils; please feel free to bring snacks for you or for the group. The club will meet on the first Monday of every month from 6 pm -7:45 pm. Come unwind, relax, and create beautiful pictures with us. We look forward to seeing you at the library!

Even though we start at 6 pm, you are more than welcome to join us any time before the end of club! Come color for an hour, ten minutes, 5 minutes, or just grab some pages for you to work on at home! The club is pretty relaxed, so come join us whenever you have the time. We look forward to seeing you at the library!

 






Oktoberfest: Polka the Afternoon Away

Wednesday afternoon, October 17, 2018
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.  
 
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
 
Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Saline New Horizons German Band.  Enjoy an afternoon of toe-tapping music with favorites, such as “Beer Barrel Polka,” “Lauterbach” and “Ach Du Lieber.”  Be ready to polka!

The Saline New Horizons German Band is one of the smaller ensembles of the New Horizons music program in Saline.  It performs oom-pah music at Oktoberfest events.

Sponsored with the Tecumseh Senior Center.








Celebrate Tecumseh District Library’s Pioneer Day at Hidden Lake Gardens’ Fall Foliage Festival

Saturday, October 20, 2018
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Rd.
Tipton, MI 49287
 
Celebrate Pioneer Day with demonstrations of the lost arts, such as butter churning, candle dipping, cross stitch, glass blowing, metalsmithing, quilting, pottery, rag doll making, spinning, weaving and wood carving.  Enjoy pumpkin decorating, wagon rides, scarecrow displays and more.  Admission to Hidden Lake Gardens is $5 person ($20 maximum per vehicle).




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JIGSAW PUZZLE TOURNAMENT
Saturday, October 20th
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
All ages are welcome to participate in the Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament.     All players will complete the same 750 piece puzzle. Teams will be a maximum of 4 players.  

Prizes will be awarded!  Registration will be required so please visit our calendar page  to sign your team up.  Click Here for rules.  

Upon registration, please indicate the team name and the players' names.  

If you have any questions, please call the Library at (517) 423-2238 or email Anne Keller, Teen Services Librarian, at akeller@tecumsehlibrary.org.  
 







Not all Sugar and Spice: Bad Women of the Mitten

Tuesday evening, October 23, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Bestselling Michigan crime writer Mardi Link will explore the lives of infamous women such as triple murderer Martha Beck who called her life, “a love story"; Bernardine Dorhn, who made the FBI’s Most Wanted List and then became a lawyer; Charlotte Peterson’s tavern antics inspired Anatomy of a Murder and more.  Join the discussion about their motives, background, and of course, their punishments. 

Link is a Michigan native, New York Times bestselling author, Michigan Notable author, and well-known for her true crime books, When Evil Came to Good Hart, Isadore’s Secret and Wicked Takes the Witness Stand, and her memoirs, Bootstrapper  and The Drummond Girls.

Sponsored by the Friends of Tecumseh District Library.








Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (Part D) Enrollment

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
 
Do you have questions about your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (PDP)?  A trained individual from Lenawee Department on Aging will be available to review your current PDP and help you determine which Medicare PDP best fits your needs.  The one-on-one counseling sessions are not designed to discuss your supplemental or Medigap Plan.   

Call the Department on Aging at (517) 264-5280 beginning October 1st to make an appointment.  Please bring your most current Medicare card and an up-to-date list of your prescriptions.
 





“Weird and Bizarre Tales of Lenawee County”
Wednesday afternoon, October 24, 2018
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Learn about colorful characters and oddball, weird and bizarre Lenawee County tales, such as sea serpents and balloonists, with local historian Jan Richardi, author of Looking @ Lenawee.  Discover the origin of the term “Maple City” in reference to Adrian and many other interesting tidbits.

For more 15 years, Ricardi has been a columnist for the Lenawee County Historical Museum newsletter, FROM THE TOWER.

 





                                                           
I Put a Spell on You- Potions Bottle Class
Saturday, 27 October 2018
12:30 pm- 1:30 pm

Join us to make your very own potions bottles! Antique bottles, fancy labels and all other materials will be supplied for this free class. Adult witches and wizards only; please register online as space is limited. Please click HERE to register. 
 







Halloween Mask Painting

Sunday afternoon, October 28, 2018
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Celebrate Halloween by painting face masks with the Carnegie Studios.  If you have a design you would like to paint on it, please bring a picture with you!  Materials fee is $2, and groups of four or more will receive a discount.

Click here to register.







String Art Gratitude Tree Class

Thursday evening, November 1, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Celebrate Thanksgiving by making a string art gratitude tree with instructor Bernie Langton, who is a resident artist at the Adrian Center for the Arts.
 
With the aid of a tree pattern, small hammer and needle-nose pliers, learn how to poke holes around a pattern, drive nails into a wooden block and then thread string around the nails to fill in your tree.
 
Please bring a 12”x12”x3-1/4” wooden board, a small hammer and needle-nose pliers with you to the class.  Materials fee is $10.


Click here to register.




Eat Real with Zonya Foco
Tuesday evening, November 6, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Are you stuck in a mealtime rut?  Do you wish your family was more adventurous with new and healthy foods?  Then learn about a “nothing processed” journey that focuses on wholesome and delicious REAL food with its variety of health-boosting nutrients with registered dietician nutritionist Zonya Foco, author of the Eat Real Cookbook: 28-Day Kickstart.

Foco received her bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1987 and then worked as a clinical nutritionist for the Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor. It is from these clients that she discovered the need for a "countertop coach" cookbook and in 1998 wrote Lickety-Split Meals for Health Conscious People on the Go, filled with easy recipes and healthy tips for everyday families.

In addition to spreading the word through her speaking platform, books, TV show and wellness program, Foco has appeared on local newscasts across the country, nationally syndicated daytime talk shows and QVC.  She has been published in the popular magazines, Prevention, Today's Dietitian, Total Health, and Fast and Healthy Cooking.

Most recently, Foco has partnered to bring EatRealAmerica.com to individuals and worksites as inspiration to "replace processed food with wholesome" by featuring recipes, tutorials and coaching all focused on real food ingredients.

Copies of her recently published cookbooks will be available for purchase and signing.

 

 





 

Book Bingo

Wednesday, November 7, 2018      

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Play bingo to win books and other prizes, have fun and make new friends. All adults are welcome to play. 

 






An American Quilt: Slavery, Family, Quilting & More
Thursday evening, November 8, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
While following the trail left by an unfinished quilt, find out about slavery from the cotton fields of the South to the textile mills of New England--and the humanity behind it--with Rachel May, author of An American Quilt: Unfolding Story of Family and Slavery.  She brilliantly stitches together the often-silenced legacy of slavery by revealing the lives of these urban enslaved women and their world.  Beautifully written and richly imagined, this captivating story is a luminous historical examination and an appreciation of a craft that provides such a tactile connection to the past.

Rachel May, PhD, MFA, is the author of The BenedictinesThe Experiments: A Legend in Pictures and Words, and Quilting with a Modern Slant, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal & Amazon.com.  Her embroidered illustrations accompany two novellas published by Jaded Ibis Press and have been shown in galleries in the Midwest.  She’s been a resident and fellow at The Vermont Studio Center, The Millay Colony, and is an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University.
 





Cheese Fever in Lenawee County
Sunday afternoon, November 11, 2018
2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
 
In 1866, through the encouragement of the Michigan State Board of Agriculture, several Lenawee County farmers began the commercial production of 'soft Michigan' cheese.   Find out how the commercial success of these farm-made cheeses helped shape business and political careers in southeast Michigan with historian Laurie Perkins, author of Cheese Fever: A History of “Soft Michigan” Cheese, 1825-1925.
 






Holiday Ornament Class

Tuesday evening, December 4, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Learn how to paint a glass ornament with acrylic paint and glitter for your tree or as a gift for someone special with local artist Nancy Clarke. There will be several templates to choose from as well as ornaments, paints, brushes, and sealers.  Please wear an old shirt or bring a smock to avoid getting paint on your good clothes.  Materials fee is $3.

Click here to register.

 





HOLIDAY BOOK ANGELS
Monday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to angelic recycle: make a holiday book angel using an old book.  These will make great holiday decor or use as a fancy centerpiece for the holidays.

We'll provide all the materials for this free program.  All ages are welcome to attend.  We'll meet on the main level in the fireplace area.  

Click Here to register.






Holiday Sing-A-Long
Tuesday afternoon, December 11, 2018
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
 
Sing your favorite carols, such as “Silver Bells,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” with area resident Anne Walker and other community musicians.  Enjoy light refreshments, which are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of Tecumseh District Library.
 





Brew Ha! Ha!: Coffee 101
Thursday evening, January 10, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Musgrove & Company
112 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
 
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








Flower Pin Class

Tuesday evening, January 15, 2019
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Students will create a double-layered flower made of beautifully colored Merino wool fiber with Anne Flora of Floraworks.   The technique is simple to do — using soap, warm water and your hands — and the results are very rewarding!

At the end of class, each student will receive a pin back which they can sew to the flower at home once it is dry.

The flower would look lovely on a coat or as an embellishment on a hat.

Materials fee is $2.  Click here to register.





Yoga: A system of exercises for physical and mental health
Thursday evening, January 17, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Learn a series of movements incorporated with breathing techniques to relax the mind while strengthening your core with body and mental control to achieve the best well- being with yoga instructor Beth Flumignan of Way of Life Complimentary Healing.





Lenawee Rocks the ‘60s
Tuesday evening, January 22, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
 Explore highlights of this exciting musical decade when so many baby boomers had an ear to a nearby radio, an eye on TV’s American Bandstand, and their feet on the dance floor on weekends moving to the sounds of their favorite local bands with local historian John Kuschell of the Lenawee County Historical Museum.  Find out about national stars such as Frankie Avalon, Roy Orbison, Brenda Lee and the Yardbirds.  Learn about the hundreds of local musicians who practiced countless weekday hours rehearsing for their various weekend gigs.







An Afternoon with Acropolis Games

Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2019
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Are you a board game master looking to showcase your skills?  Or you’re a beginner just learning how to play?  Join Acropolois Games for an afternoon of fun, strategy and competition.  An assortment of board games will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite ones to play with the group.






Frost-Free Snowballs for Home Décor

Tuesday evening, January 29, 2019
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Bring winter weather indoors by making frost-free snowballs for home décor with Susan Amstutz of the Carnegie Studios.  Create a trio of faux snowballs covered in flocking made with soap and starch.    

Materials fee is $3.  Click here to register.






Valentine’s Day Chocolate Making Class

Monday evening, February 4, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Boulevard Market
102 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
 
Chocolate lovers, rejoice! This fun and informative demonstration class focuses exclusively on your favorite ingredient.  Explore the different kinds of chocolate and share secrets for using them effectively with John and Erika Aylward of Boulevard Market.  Learn about chocolate treats that are easier to create than you think and just as delicious as you imagine.

Following the class, you will have the opportunity to buy chocolate for your special valentines.
 






Valentine’s Day Card Making Class

Tuesday evening, February 5, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Do you need a unique gift for that special someone?  Join us for a Valentine’s Day card making class with local artist Sherry Peterson of The Bead Box.  Make three cards for the total of $5, which will be collected the night of the class.  Show your Tecumseh District Librarycard in good standing and get $1 off.  Please note one discount per card.  All supplies are provided. 

Click here to register.





Yoga: A system of exercises for physical and mental health
Thursday morning, February 7, 2019
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 
Learn a series of movements incorporated with breathing techniques to relax the mind while strengthening your core with body and mental control to achieve the best well- being with yoga instructor Beth Flumignan of Way of Life Complimentary Healing.





Glimpses into Lenawee County’s Past
Wednesday afternoon, February 13, 2019
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
 
Find out about the abundant forests, prairies, hills, lakes and streams surrounded by uncultivated fruit, berries, nuts and wild game, which had enabled the county to lead the state in agricultural and industrial wealth by 1900, with local historian Brenda L. Burkett, author of Lenawee County.  Learn about the 34 granges in the county.  Explore the fencing industry in Adrian, the agricultural development of celery in Tecumseh and Michigan’s first cheese factory in Fairfield Township.

As a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in historic preservation, Burkett has always held a special interest in the history of pioneer settlements and community development.  She is a zoning administrator with a focus on community revitalization.

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





House Plant Seminar
Tuesday evening, February 19, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Learn basic information on keeping house plants not only alive but also thriving with Paul Pfeifer, Managing Director of Hidden Lake Gardens.  Explore light, space, soil, water, fertilizer, and pests.  Find out about traditional house plants, new plants to consider and winter holiday plants.
 
 





Underground Railroad Movement in Lenawee County
Tuesday evening, February 26, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Explore the Antislavery Movement’s origination in Lenawee County in the 1830s up to the start of the American Civil War with Ray Lennard, curator of the W. G. Thompson House in Hudson.  Learn about Laura Haviland, all the safe houses in Lenawee County and the Woodstock Manual Labor Institute in Woodstock Township.
 
Ray Lennard has always had a passion for military history and has been a Civil War reenactor for many years.  He is Vice President of the Lenawee County Historical Museum and longtime member of the Lenawee Civil War Roundtable.  In his free time, he enjoys blowing glass.
 







An Afternoon with Acropolis Games

Sunday afternoon, March 3, 2019
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Are you a board game master looking to showcase your skills?  Or you’re a beginner just learning how to play?  Join Acropolois Games for an afternoon of fun, strategy and competition.  An assortment of board games will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite ones to play with the group.




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Start from Seed Class
Tuesday evening, March 5, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Rd.
Tipton, MI 49287
 
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.   

Click here to register.





Explore the World of Strategy and Problem-solving with Chess
Thursday evening, March 14, 2019
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
The game of chess offers a way thinking that never leaves you.  It fosters a discipline of strategy and problem-solving that is rare to find.  Learn the fundamentals of chess with instructor Matt Ireland, owner and operator of The Accelerated Dragon in Dundee.
 




Spiders and Their Kin
Tuesday evening, March 19, 2019
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Explore spiders and some of their lesser-known relatives, including scorpions, harvestmen and vinegaroons, with Dr. Cara Shillington, professor of biology at Eastern Michigan University.  Discover some of the more interesting aspects of their life histories and behaviors, including their varied and surprising mating habits and their amazing web-building abilities.  Learn about many of the common and easily recognized local spiders, some of which can be identified by examining the forms of their webs.






The Abolition Movement in Lenawee County
Thursday evening, March 21, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
The intrinsic worth of persons is why slavery is wrong. The Civil War determined who counted and what rights, privileges, and duties we would afford one another.  Discover the moral and philosophical waters of antebellum America from which Adrian-area abolitionist Asa Mahan drew his religious convictions and crafted his moral principles.  Christopher Momany, Adrian College chaplain and author of For Each and All: The Moral Witness of Asa Mahon, shows how Mahan informed and interacted with such leaders as Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  Most importantly, Momany makes the case for believing in the value of humanity -- even after such devastating experiences of loss such as war, death of loved ones, and encounters with hate.
 




Detroit Historic Churches: More Postcards from the Past
Wednesday afternoon, March 27, 2019,
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Drawing from his collection of vintage postcards, historian Dr. Charles Gehrke will take us on another visual tour of some of the most elegant among these historic churches.  These snapshots of history will be supplemented with photographs of many of the church interiors.

Dr. Gehrke, a retired physician, was born and raised in Detroit, attended high school in downtown Detroit and has maintained an interest in Detroit and its restoration.  With his postcards presentations of historic buildings, he combines his interest in history and his hobby of collecting vintage postcards.

 







“Walt Disney’s Last Project: The Happiest Millionaire”

Monday evening, April 8, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Walt Disney was one of America’s most iconic entrepreneurs, animators, voice actors and film producers.  Find out more about Disney’s final project with scholar Brian Lightner.






In-Home Care and Senior Residences
 
Tuesday evening, April 9, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Learn about resources available to help you make the best decisions regarding care for yourself or your loved ones at home or in a senior residences with Justine Bykowski of the Michigan Department of the Attorney General.






Smart Bicycling for All Ages

Thursday evening, April 11, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Learn about choosing a bicycle, basic parts of a bike, essential equipment, as well as how to safely and comfortably ride your bike in various traffic conditions, terrain and climates with Dr. Scott Elliott, tour director for League of Michigan Bicyclists.  Find out about local bike trails, such as the Kiwanis Trail. 






Wildlife Safari in Southern Africa

Tuesday evening, April 23, 2019
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 
Africa is known for its magnificent animal life.  The continent’s national parks and prairies provide a rich environment for a wide variety of native fauna.  World travelers Chris and Joanne Hee will share their experiences at some of the largest wildlife parks in southern Africa. Their presentation features the group wildlife safari they joined in November 2017 and the photos they took.  The trip included remarkable visits to South Africa’s Johannesburg and Kruger National Park, Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Namibia’s Impalila Island, and Chobe National Park in Botswana.

Joanne and Chris Hee have traveled extensively, both separately and together, and have previously shared trips with us to such diverse areas as the Antarctic, India, Tahiti, and French Polynesia.  Joanne is a retired psychologist, and Chris is an emeritus professor of mathematics







Earth Day Celebration
Thursday evening, April 25, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Rd.
Tipton, MI 49287
 
Celebrate Earth Day at Hidden Lake Gardens (HLG).  Learn about the benefits of trees.  Participate in a tree planting ceremony with local scouts.  Take home a tree seedling to plant in your own garden. 

Please call Samantha Howard, HLG’s Education Program Coordinator, at (517) 431-2060 by April 1, 2019, if your scout troop would like to be part of the tree planting ceremony.
   






"Was It Murder? A Documentary's Quest for the Truth"

Tuesday evening, April 30, 2019
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

In the mid-1970s, two Filipina nurses were convicted of poisoning patients in the VA Hospital in Ann Arbor.  Both though were released from prison when the federal court judge issued a new trial, citing prosecutorial misconduct.  Join us to view excerpts of That Strange Summer, a documentary on the investigation, trial and movement to free the nurses, followed by a discussion with the film's director Dr. Geri Zeldes.

Geri Alumit Zeldes, Ph.D. is a tenured Professor in MSU’s School of Journalism and serves as ComArtSci’s Faculty Excellence Advocate who leads the college's Inclusiveness Committee, helps recruit and retain staff and faculty. 

In October 2017, the Filipina Women's Network recognized her with a "100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award" in the category Innovator and Thought Leader.  In May 2018, she was named on the Diversity Champion Honor Roll by the Race Relations & Diversity Task force in Birmingham, Mich.







Tecumseh Area Wildlife

Monday evening, May 13, 2019
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Retired educator Don Chalfant returns to Tecumseh District Library with his photographic display of the beauty and variety of wildlife in the Tecumseh area.  We can predict that “O” will stand for owls and “D” very likely for dragonflies.  What about “Q” and “Z”?  Come, see, and solve the mystery by attending this fun-filled session and viewing some of Don’s extraordinary nature photography.

Chalfant received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan.  He retired from the Ann Arbor Schools in 1995, where he taught elementary students for many years. In retirement, Don indulges his passion for the outdoors, and especially for birding. He has recently added nature photography to his list of enthusiastic pursuits.




Tecumseh District Library Afternoon Book Club

Adult Book Discussion Group

Third Wednesday afternoon 

Group meets from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Meeting Room B in the lower level
 

June 20, 2018   Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
July 18, 2018   The Photograph by Penelope Lively
August 14, 2018   Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance
September 19, 2018   The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
October, 2018   Still Alice by Lisa Genova
November 21, 2018  The Hello Girls by Elizabeth Cobbs

 

 





Outreach Program

Do you have trouble getting to the library? Would you still like to receive library materials? Tecumseh District Library provides homebound delivery service for any patron who presents a resident or non-resident card and is unable to visit the library due to physical issues, medical concerns, or temporary illness or injury.

To register for homebound delivery services, simply complete the Registration Form or call Gayle Hazelbaker, Library Director, for additional information.
 
Click Below for an informational brochure.
 
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Volunteer Opportunities at Tecumseh District Library
Would you like to volunteer at TDL? There are several opportunities that you could take advantage of. Visit the Volunteer Page to see if any of the positions intrest you.



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