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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!


Viewing Clinton through Local Letters

Tuesday evening, February 20, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In its archives, the Historical Society of Clinton has a treasure trove of letters, dating back to 1842.  Local historian Sharon Scott will use a few of them to view the rich history of Clinton.


Book Bingo

Wednesday, February 21, 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. 


Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula: A Pictorial History
Tuesday evening, February 27, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Today, the Keweenaw Peninsula is best known for snow, cold weather, and Michigan Technological University. However, between the 1840s and 1995, this area was a major producer of the world's copper supply. It was also home to Fort Wilkins, built in the 1840s to protect the copper industry and keep peace between the copper miners and the Objibwa and Chippawa tribes. The Keweenaw has a rich, varied, and unrecognized history, and has played an important part in the broader history of the State of Michigan. Using vintage postcards and personal photographs, Charles Gehrke’s presentation will explore the history of the Keweenaw Peninsula’s people and their major mining industry.

Charles Gehrke is a native Michigander. He is a retired physician, interested in collecting and using vintage postcards to illustrate historical presentations. Following his retirement, he returned to school to obtain a master'ss degree in American History from Eastern Michigan University.

Feng Shui for Your Home
Tuesday evening, March 6, 2018
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Explore the Chinese philosophy of creating harmony with your surrounding environment with instructor Beth Stewart.  Please bring with you a drawing of the floor plan of your house to apply the Feng Shui map overlay. 

Stewart is the owner of Phoenix Rising: Adrian Wellness Center.  She believes in the right relationship between practitioner and patient and the balance between conventional and alternative health care models to facilitate healing.  After 20 years as a financial manager in corporate America, Stewart began her journey towards Chinese medicine in search of help for her autistic son.  

Mah-Jongg 101
Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2018,
12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Boulevard
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Mah-Jongg is a Chinese game resembling Gin Rummy, but played with colorful tiles instead of cards.  Easy to learn, it can become quite addictive.  Class starts with a brief lecture, followed by actual playing of the game, with continuous guidance from instructor Stuart Baggaley, who has taught his modified and simplified version of the game at numerous venues during the past 15 years.  

Baggaley is a British World War II veteran (RAF) who emigrated from Norway in 1957, leaving his position with the Fulbright Foundation in Oslo.  He retired from the U of M Medical School (Anatomy) in 1990. 


"What's the Buzz All About?"

Tuesday evening, March 20, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Honeybees are a hot topic these days, and many find this insect exceptionally fascinating.  Charlotte Hubbard, a beekeeper and author, will talk about interesting aspects of honeybees and what's going on with them, and discuss beekeeping--all interwoven with humorous reflections of beekeeping adventures. 
Hubbard manages about 50 colonies in southwestern Michigan and has written both a children's book about beekeeping, along with a humorous collection of beekeeping essays
Copies of her books will be available for purchase along with fresh honey from her hives in Schoolcraft, Michigan.  All profits will be donated to local food bank charities.  
Sponsored by the Friends of Tecumseh District Library.

Make a Map Pencil Holder
Monday, March 26th from 7pm- 8:30 pm

“To travel is to live.” 

-Hans Christian Anderson

Come join us to make a map-themed pencil holder for your special space on Monday, March 26th from 7 pm- 8:30 pm at the Tecumseh District Library. Everything is provided in this free, adults only class. You just need to register online as space is limited. Please call (517) 423-2238 for more information or if you have any questions.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Family and Friends Art Design Challenge
Tuesday evening, March 27, 2018,
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Families or group of friends will be provided with a brown bag that contains a variety of art materials.  Together, they will create an artistic masterpiece from the miscellaneous supplies.  The team with the most innovative/creative work of art wins a mystery prize.  
Click here to register your team.

Sponsored with the Carnegie Art Studios.

The Artistic “I”
Tuesday evening, April 3, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Whether mindless or purposeful, doodling is essentially an expression of the are what you draw.  Join instructor Beverly Larsen in an exploration of interpreting doodles along with an introduction to how to easily create impressive doodles.

Click here to register.


Basic Pruning of Trees and Shrubs

Saturday, April 7, 2018
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Road
Tipton, MI 49287

This pruning seminar will enlighten gardeners and homeowners alike on the fundamentals for pruning shrubs and small trees. Paul Pfeifer, Managing Director of Hidden Lake Gardens, will discuss the reasons for pruning, how and when to prune, and proper pruning tools.  A pruning demonstration will take place outdoors in the gardens, weather permitting.  We will also practice making proper pruning cuts.  Please bring a pair of hand pruners if you have one (we will have extras).

Click here to register.

Advanced Genealogy: Elusive Ancestors 

Tuesday evening, April 10, 2018
6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Advanced Genealogy will take your research to the next level with family historian Cathy Miller.  Learn to fill in the blanks and make your ancestors more robust.  We will review basic methods while working on proven measures to find those elusive ancestors.  Discover how to formulate a research plan and analyze the data.  Bring your research thus far and problems you have encountered, and we will try to break through those brick walls.  Please be sure to bring your pedigree charts with you.

Ms. Miller is a genealogist and family historian.  She has over 30 years of experience with Alsace, French, German and Swedish record extractions.

“An Evening with Shelley Shepard Gray”

Tuesday evening, April 17, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tecumseh United Methodist Church
605 Bishop Reed Drive
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Learn about Amish culture, Christian fiction and faith with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray

Currently, she pens inspirational Amish romances for Avon Inspire and historical romances for Harper Collins Christian Publishing.  In addition to her writing as Shelley Shepard Gray, she has written a dozen novels for Harlequin Romance under the pseudonym Shelley Galloway.

Before writing romances, she lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Gray was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT (Honoring Outstanding Literary Talent) Medallion winner.  She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.

This special author event is sponsored by the Friends of Tecumseh District Library.

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

Earth Day Celebration
Thursday evening, April 19, 2018,
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Rd.
Tipton, MI 49287
Celebrate Earth Day at Hidden Lake Gardens.  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. 

Click here to register.

Financial Scrapbooking 

Tuesday evening, April 24, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn how to create a financial scrapbook – a consolidation of your financial presence in a single location – to help you and/or your loved ones understand your financial situation for planning purposes and in emergency situations with CPA Amber Gray.

Migratory Warblers and Other Local Birds

Tuesday evening, May 1, 2018,
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Adrian photographer Mike Dickie will talk about local birds and the migratory warblers passing through our area. 
He has written numerous stories for the Daily Telegram, including "Meeting a Hummingbird Family," “Meeting a Bluebird Family” and “Road Trip: Bald Eagles."  Photos from these stories and more will be shown and discussed.

Expressions of Love with Mason Jars
Tuesday evening, May 8, 2018
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join us as we transform Mason jars into breathtaking gifts for our mothers and other special women in our lives. Create your own unique present.  Please bring your own 6 oz Mason jar.  The $3 materials fee will be collected the night of the class.  Click here to register.   Sponsored with the Carnegie Art Studios.

Greg Jaqua’s Tribute to Elvis
Wednesday afternoon, May 9, 2018
1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Tecumseh Senior Center
703 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286

Celebrate the life of music legend Elvis Presley with a dynamic Vegas-style show.  Tribute artist Greg Jaqua will sing many of Elvis’ biggest hit songs, performing in costume and even including the audience in the fun.

Michigan native Greg Jaqua has worked as a professional musician for over 30 years and has been performing his tribute to the King for nearly two decades.  In 2005, he was named Grand Champion of Michigan Elvis Fest’s Star Search Competition.  In 2009, he was named Best International Elvis at the Porthcawl Elvis Festival in Porthcawl, Wales, which was the largest Elvis festival in the world at the time.  Jaqua lives in Allen Park, Michigan, with his wife and manger, Janice Ciotti-Jaqua.  

Sponsored with Baruch @ Tecumseh Place, Cambrian Assisted Living and Tecumseh Senior Center. Jobs at the University of Michigan

Tuesday evening, May 15, 2018
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Explore with a specialist from the University of Michigan Human Resources office and learn how to search and apply for jobs at the University of Michigan. 
This seminar is not a recruitment function or one that teaches basic computer skills, but it is intended to answer questions about the website and the University’s employment process, and guide folks through the online application process.

"The Battle of the Overpass: Henry Ford, American Labor Movement & More”

Tuesday evening, May 22, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Last year marked the eightieth anniversary of the Battle of the Overpass, a pivotal moment for the history of Detroit, the automobile industry and the United Automobile Workers union.  Join us as we explore how this struggle affected the American Labor Movement and brought legendary unionist Walter Reuther into the spotlight with archivist Mike Smith of the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library

“Tecumseh and His Campaign to Create a National-State for Native Americans”

Tuesday evening, June 5, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Jamie Oxendine, Director of the Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation in Perrysburg, Ohio, will take an in-depth look at Chief Tecumseh, his campaign to create a national-state for Native Americans and the many roles Native Americans held in the War of 1812.
Oxendine is a Native American-speaker, writer, teacher, storyteller, professional musician/educator and Civil Rights activist.  He holds a BS degree from The University of North Carolina and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University.   He is of Lumbee/Creek ancestry and a member of The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.  Oxendine lectures on Native- American culture for schools, universities, and organizations across the United States and performs at Native-American ceremonies, celebrations, gatherings and powwows throughout the country. 

Little-Known Stories in American History, Part 1

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Join speaker and storyteller Jim Glenn as he presents exciting stories about state boundaries, military leaders, music, heroic teenagers, a “miraculous” staircase and the mother of all gunfights.  Listen to U.S. history come to life at this educational and entertaining event!

Jim Glenn is a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University and a master’s in theater from the University of Houston.  Most of his adult life was spent in the theater where his principal interest was in Shakespearean production.   He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and taught theater and speech at Galveston College, 1983-1998.  

Capitol Women:

Librarians, Clerks, Janitresses, and Lawmakers: 1879-1930
Thursday evening, July 12, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tecumseh Area Historical Museum
302 E. Chicago Blvd.
Tecumseh, MI 49286
Learn about trailblazing women, such as Harriet Tenney, Mary Spencer, Belle Maniates, Eva McCall Hamilton, and Cora Reynolds Anderson, and the rules—written and unspoken—that both limited and inspired their successes in Lansing with Capitol historian and curator Valerie Marvin.

Valerie Marvin is honored to serve as the historian and curator of the Michigan State Capitol.  She has a BA in Russian Studies from the University of Michigan and a master’s in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University.  Marvin lives with her husband, David, in a historical home in downtown Lansing.


“House-sitting: Low-cost Way to Experience the World”
Thursday evening, July 19, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Find out how to save a considerable amount of money on travel accommodation costs with house-sitters Josie Schneider and Conrad Knutsen.  Discover how to use house-sitting to facilitate a lifestyle of global freedom.  Learn about the world's most successful house-sitting websites, and explore the application process.      

“Hot from the Oven: Zingerman’s Bakehouse Cookbook”

Tuesday evening, July 31, 2018
7 p.m., to 8 p.m.
Co-authors Amy Emberling and Frank Carollo, managing partners of Zingerman’s Bakehouse, will discuss their recently published cookbook, Zingerman’s Bakehouse, which features all of the recipes of the Bakehouse’s most popular items.  Discover recipes that are unique to Michigan, along with Emberling and Carollo’s favorites.  Through essays and brief stories, find out how the Zingerman’s community works together to produce great food.

Don’t miss out on the FREE samples of the Bakehouse’s scrumptious desserts!  

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

Saving Your Pets: Animal First Aid
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn skills that could save your pet's life or the life of another animal in an emergency situation with Dr. Valerie Wise of Companion Animal Clinic (CAC).  Find out about CPR for an animal that is not breathing, first aid for a pet suffering from heat stress or heat stroke and how to save an animal that is choking.  Click here to register for this free life-saving class. 

Dr. Wise received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State University.  Prior to joining the CAC team in April 2015, she worked as a solo small animal practitioner for eight years in Somerset, Michigan.

“Adrian’s Page Fence Giants: A History of Black Baseball’s Pioneering Champions”

Thursday evening, August 23, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn about the rich history of the Page Fence Giants, an all-star black baseball club in the 1980s sponsored by a woven-wire fence company in Adrian, with author and historian Mitch Lutzke.  Explore its impressive roster of players, including Hall of Famer second baseman Sol White.  Find out about the 1896 Black Baseball Championships and their other winning seasons.   

“C. Harold Willis: Henry Ford’s Right-hand Man”
Tuesday evening, September 18, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Explore the life of C. Harold Wills, the "genius behind the Model T and the Wills Sainte Claire automobile" with author and historian Alan Naldrett.  Learn about interesting tales of his work with Henry Ford and manufacturing his own car after leaving Ford.  Find out about his choice of land for his plant that became Marysville.

Copies of Michigan's C. Harold Wills: The Genius Behind the Model T and the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile (Transportation) will be available for purchase and signing.

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

January 17, 2018   West of Sunset by Stewart O'Nan
February 21, 2018   A Spider's Web by Agatha Christie
March 21, 2018   Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister
April 18, 2018   Secrets of Sloane House  by Shelley Sheppard Gray
May 30, 2018   Moonglow by Michael Chabon
June 20, 2018   Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome



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
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