Adult Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Meet the Author: LaTrena Smith
Saturday, 01/13, 2:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet Author LaTrena Smith presenting her book: "Push Through It: God Helped Weather Life's Storms". You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book.
Friday Movies at the Library
Come watch a movie at the library on a Friday afternoon!
Fridays, 2:30-5pm, Auditorium:
- 01/26: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- 02/23: Whose Streets?
- 03/23: Hidden Figures
- 04/20: Rashomon
Writing Yourself out of Your Block: Workshop and Book Signing with Sylvia Hubbard
Saturday, 01/27, 2-5pm, Auditorium: Award winning best-selling author Sylvia Hubbard will present a workshop with title "Writing yourself out of your block". After the completion of the workshop, Ms. Hubbard will make available signed copies of her latest book: “Beautiful”. You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book.
Workshop description: Participants will get help with "How to start when you can't", "How to keep going when you don't feel like it", and "How to finish the story when it feels like nothing is left". Sylvia Hubbard will give tips and tricks to keep the motivation starting and going and answer those deep questions like, "Am I writing this right"?
Tuesdays, 01/30, 02/06, 02/13, 02/20, 02/27, 03/06, 6-7:30pm, Auditorium: The Heartfulness Meditation Program offers a simple set of relaxation and meditation exercises, which when practiced daily, help restore balance in life, manage stress, better your health, and most of all will lead you to inner calm and peace. The relaxation and meditation techniques are taught over free courses: Each class covers both the conceptual framework as well as practical meditation and relaxation sessions (classes last for 1.5 hours). As classes progress, we add other techniques to help you go into a deep meditative state, faster. Ideally, all participants may register for all six sessions. Participants will be meditating in chairs. Those wishing to meditate while sitting on the floor may bring their own floor cushions. The entire program will be conducted by certified Heartfulness trainers, who have been meditating and training for several years.
X: A Novel, Great Michigan Read Book Discussion
Saturday, 02/24, 3-5pm, Auditorium: Read the Great Michigan Read title for 2017/18 "X: A Novel" by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon and meet us at the library for our discussion group session.
Adult Financial Series: Investment Plans for Life
Mondays, 03/12, 03/26 4pm-5:15pm, Auditorium: Jonathan H. Strong, Financial Advisor and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor at UBS Financial Services, Inc., will present a series of investment educational seminars as a public service to local organizations including libraries, adult community programs, senior services centers, and school groups.
1. Basics of Investing – How to Develop a Successful Long-Term Investment Program:
How to develop a diversified investment program using a consistent approach. How to start a life-long investment program with as little as $100 per month. - Key investment programs discussed; IRA, Roth IRA, 401k Plan, 529 College Savings Plan, tax free investing, annuities, mutual funds, and stocks. - The discussion will include current investment sector opportunities as well as economic and market update. - Portfolio examples discussed with a question and answer period.
2. Income Investing in Tax Free Municipal Bonds –How to Create Tax-Free Income Over Your Lifetime:
How to earn tax free income using Michigan Tax Free Municipal Bonds and conservative income strategies. - Benefits of tax free investing for short or long term needs and for monthly income. - How to earn a higher level of tax free interest on cash now at your local bank. - Different types of conservative tax free investment strategies in an uncertain economy and stock market. - Bond examples include; Oakland University, Beaumont Hospital, Novi Public Schools, and others. - Portfolio examples provided with a question and answer period.
College Savings Plans – Start a Program for Your Children or Grandchildren:
Overview of college savings plans and programs to consider for your family member. How to begin a Michigan 529 college savings plan and receive a Michigan tax deduction for contributions. - Start a systematic monthly savings program to build funds to use for college costs, with tax free withdrawals for educational use. - Program examples provided with a question and answer period.
Meet The Spoken Word/Poet Author: Alicea Davis
Saturday, 03/24, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet Spoken Word/Poet Author Alicea Davis presenting her book: “From Hatred To Healing: Eight Racial Reconciliation Poems”. You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book.
Meet The Author: Ashlee Chesny
Saturday, 04/21, 2-3:30pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet author Ashlee Chesny presenting her book: “Brooke and Bre the Engineering Team”. You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book.
Music of the West African Kora with Sean Gaskell
Friday, 05/04, 4-5pm, Auditorium: Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Kora's musical repertoire in addition to some of his own personal compositions.
About the Kora: The Kora is native to the Mande people who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots (Gree-ohs). The Kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the Kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande empires' founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal.
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