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!


“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. 


Book Bingo

Wednesday, June 6, 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 Evening with 
The Canning Diva Diane Deveraux

Meet Diane Deveraux
June 12, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:0 pm
Learn about healthy meal creation and preserving your own garden's bountiful harvest with Michigan-native and radio-show host Diane Deveraux.
Diane started home canning in her early teens.  She immediately grew a passion for the art and started her own garden at the mere age of fifteen. She received her Bachelor Degree in International Business from Davenport University and has spent many years developing her talent for business.  During this time Diane experienced a rewarding career in disaster management which gave her the ability to utilize her skills in food preservation, survival and sustainability.  Her tenure in home canning combined with her background in disaster management led her to create The Canning Diva® where she is free to blend her passion for gardening and preserving with her knowledge of preparedness and self-reliance.

The Canning Diva® has been featured in various magazines such as Flavor616, Women’s Lifestyle, West Michigan Woman and Natural Awakenings and has made several TV appearances on WZZM Channel 13 Healthy You, WOODTV8 Eight West, WZZM Take Five & Company and FOX17 News demonstrating home canning techniques and signature recipes.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of Tecumseh District Library.

Make a Teacup Garden
Saturday, June 23rd from 12:45 pm- 2 pm

Make a teacup garden! Join us on Saturday, June 23rd from 12:45 pm – 2 pm to make a simple teacup garden to decorate your space. All supplies will be provided for this free class. Feel free to bring in a favorite teacup for your garden. You can also bring pretty rocks and small trinkets to add to your garden to make it truly one-of-a-kind! Please register online as space is limited. Please call (517) 423-2238 if you have any questions. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Tecumseh District Library and is intended for adults only.

Please click HERE to register.


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.


De-stress by making your own desktop Zen Garden
Saturday, July 14th from 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm

Stressed out but just don’t have the time to relax? Join us at the Tecumseh District Library to make a desktop Zen Garden!  All supplies will be provided for this free program, but you are encouraged to bring rocks, shells, or tiny figurines to add to your garden to make it special. Please register online as space is limited. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (517) 423-2238.  Please click HERE to register. 

“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.      

Eating and Living for Health: Vegan Diet

Tuesday evening, July 24, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Discover the food your body is actually designed to thrive on, and practical applications of this knowledge in today’s modern world with certified yoga instruction and nutritional expert Ellen Livingston.  Learn about the healing potential of an uncooked, plant-based diet, and why fruit is truly our superfood. Find out how you can eliminate most or even all of your symptoms of dis-ease, and recover the energy and enthusiasm of youth.  Bring your questions, and expect to leave feeling inspired and empowered to reclaim your own full vitality, while taking bold steps to heal our suffering planet at the same time.
Livingston loves to share her passion for authentic, heart-centered, healthy living.  On a raw vegan path since 2002, she mentors those interested in living a truly alive journey.  She leads popular transformational raw food retreats in Costa Rica, Michigan and Florida which include her unique heart-centered yoga and support groups.  Livingston has published a book on raw lifestyle, several DVD's, and many articles and interviews on topics central to healthy, natural living.


The Art of Right-sized Living for Seniors
Wednesday afternoon, July 25, 2018
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Learn about relocation, downsizing, decluttering, estate sales and online auctions with Tammy Bowditch Regner, owner of Caring Transitions of South-Central Central Michigan in Hillsdale. 

Regner was born and raised in Hillsdale County, and her family has long generational roots in the area.  She is a licensed real estate agent with Century 21 Drews Realty in Hillsdale.  Before opening Caring Transitions, she spent more than 30 years as a high-speed transportation specialist and overall logistics “problem-solver.”

Light refreshments will be served.

Recyclable Placemats: Perfect for All Occasions
Thursday evening, July 26, 2018
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Transform recyclable plastic bags into woven placemats for your next summer barbecue, holiday gathering or birthday celebration.  Learn an easy and creative way to use up old plastic bags that you might have lying around your house.  The materials fee is $3.

Please bring several of your favorite plastic shopping bags to share with the group.

Click here to register.

Sponsored with the Carnegie Art Studios.  

“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.

Answering the Call:  A Memorial to Jackson Junior College Student Lt. Zenneth Arthur Pond

Thursday evening, August 9, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn about the extraordinary friendship between Jackson Junior College alumni, Lt. Zenneth Arthur Pond and Capt. William J. Maher, with a special tribute to the Pond family.

In 2016, a group of Jackson College students pored through journals, tax records and antique photos as they researched Michigan settlers.  Time after time they returned to an 1840 cobbler’s diary belonging to Josiah Pond, with the penciled command, “Remember me!”   Josiah was the great-great-grandfather of Jackson Junior College student and World War II hero, Lt. Zenneth Pond. Their story reflects our story, the story of America.

This heartwarming World War II documentary is made possible through the generosity of Jackson College Heritage Center.  


Behind-the-scenes with Bonsai

Monday evening, August 13, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Hidden Lake Gardens
6214 Monroe Rd.
Tipton, MI 49287

Join Bonsai Curator, Jack Wikle, and other Hidden Lake Gardens staff for an up-close look at the Bonsai Collection as well as an introduction to the history, art, and culture of bonsai trees. 

Click here to register.

Enjoy the Tranquility of the Beach: Decorate a Terra Cotta Pot with Seashells
Tuesday evening, August 14, 2018
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Decorate your own terra cotta pot with seashells and bring the beach into your home.  Add a gorgeously breezy, oceanic touch to your plants.  Materials fee is $5.

Bring your own terra cotta pot (no larger than 6” high). 

Click here to register.

Sponsored with the Carnegies Art Studios.

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.

Click here to register.

“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 1890s 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.

Sponsored with the Tecumseh Area Historical Museum.  


Glimpses of Tecumseh’s Past
with Ralph Comfort’s Home Movies

Wednesday afternoon, August 29, 2018
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Learn about life in Tecumseh and Lenawee County in the 1930s and 1940s.  View footage of the Dynamic Kernels Tithing Project, Tecumseh’s Quasquicentenntial Celebration, the 1948 Presidential Election and many other historical events.  

Horses and Humans 101

Thursday evening, August 30, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Lenawee Therapeutic Riding and professional horseman Jan Vescelius will guide you through the basics of horse breeds, riding disciplines, training and care.  How does a horse learn?  The Equicizer (mechanical horse) will be coming to the library so you can practice basic equitation skills and body mechanics. Learn about how equine assisted activities can help people with physical, cognitive, behavioral and social issues. 

Free Hepatitis A Immunization Clinic
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Are you at risk for Hepatitis A (a contagious liver disease)?  Call (517) 264-5223 to find if you are eligible for the free vaccine.  Registration is not required.  Sponsored with the Lenawee County Health Department.     


“C. Harold Willis: Henry Ford’s Right-hand Man”
Tuesday evening, September 18, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Clinton Township Public Library
100 Brown St.
Clinton, MI 49236

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.

Sponsored with the Historical Society of Clinton

Know the 10 Warning Signs

Thursday, September 20, 2018
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Learn the difference between age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s and what to do if you or someone you know has signs of the disease with Ashley Elliston of the Alzheimer’s Association.  View video footage of real people who are living with the early stages of dementia and their families addressing fears and myths associated with Alzheimer’s disease. 

Click here to register.

All Aboard: Tecumseh Railroads
Thursday, October 4, 2018,
7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Discover Tecumseh’s rich railroad history with local historian Ed Hodges.  Learn about the New York Central (NYC) Railroad and other railroad lines that traveled through the town.  Explore the stock pen at the NYC depot on North Evans Street.  Find out how local business, and even social affairs, revolved around railroad schedules.    

Sponsored with Tecumseh Area Historical Society.


Oktoberfest: Polka the Afternoon Way

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.

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.

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
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.

Resources for Seniors