Adult Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Movies at the Library
Come watch a movie at the library. The following movies are part of our Summer after hours movie series:
- PPL MOVIE BILLBOARD
- Ready Player One Friday, 08/24, 6-8pm, Auditorium
- Early Man Thursday, 09/20, 3-5pm, Auditorium
- A Quiet Place Thursday, 10/25, 3-5pm, Auditorium
- Ant-Man and the Wasp Thursday, 11/15, 3-5pm, Auditorium
- The Star Thursday, 12/20, 3-5pm, Auditorium
Embracing poetry as therapy
Thursday, 09/06, 6:30-8pm, Auditorium: September is the National Suicide Prevention Month. The Pontiac Public Library embraced the opportunity to present the poet and writer, Tonja Dudley Bagwell. Ms. Bagwell will be presenting her poetry book "Perceptual Salvations", as well as her CD with the same title. At the end of the presentation you can purchase a signed copy of the book and CD.
Tonja Dudley Bagwell, is a poet and writer who has authored the following books of poetry: Perceptual Salvations, Sunrise of Revelations and Grace in a Garland. She organized, edited and published the anthology, Step Into My Shoes: Expressions from the LGBTQ Community. She also recorded audiobook versions of Perceptual Salvations and Sunrise of Revelations.
Tonja's love of poetry extended to founding and hosting two monthly poetry/music series, Poetic Travelers (met in Michigan) and Poetic Travelers II (met in Virginia). Both are currently inactive.
Tonja graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling and she is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC). She is
the author of 6-A Model of Alcohol Abuse in Offenders and the supplemental 6-A Model of Alcohol Abuse in Offenders Workbook. These books introduced the innovative
6-A Model and other treatment approaches developed by Tonja.
Tonja has a Bachelor’s degree in English/Journalism. In addition to poetry and counseling, she is the publisher and founder of Jafansta, Inc., an online-based publishing company that strives to provide an opportunity for unpublished writers and poets to get published!
Meet a Muslim: Remove Your Misunderstanding About Islam
Saturday, 09/08, 3-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to listen to a presentation about the Muslim religion by Imam Shamshad A. Nasir of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Regional Missionary in the United States. The presentation will emphasize on the fact that Islam is the religion of peace, love, and tolerance.
Fridays, 09/14, 10/12, 11/09, Auditorium:
09/14, 3-3:45pm: Yaktown Yoga Chair Yoga: This is a gentle therapeutic class. Students perform yoga postures and breathing
exercises with the aid of a chair. Students can experience the benefits of yoga without having to be on the floor. Benefits include increased flexibility,
strength, balance, range of motion and stress reduction. It is suitable for all.
10/12, 3-4pm: Yaktown Yoga Basic Yoga: A yoga class for those newer to yoga. This class introduces foundational yoga postures that will open, stretch and restore your body. You will learn how to breathe and feel comfortable on your mat. It is suitable for all. We are asking Participants to bring yoga mats. A few will be available to use in the class.
11/09, 3-4pm: Yaktown Yoga Deep Stretch: This is a class that goes deeper than the surface. We will surrender and let got through longer holding yoga postures aimed at targeting the connective tissues and joints. All levels welcome. We are asking Participants to bring yoga mats. A few will be available to use in the class.
Friends Walk-a-thon and Health Fair on Saturday, 09/22:
9am Walk-a-thon, 10:30am-12pm Health Fair and book sale!
Meet The Author: Anne Doyle
Saturday, 09/22, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet author Anne Doyle presenting her book: "POWERING UP! How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders". You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book.
Author's Bio: Anne Doyle, author of POWERING UP! How America’s Women Achievers Become Leaders, is a nationally-known Keynote Speaker and expert on gender and leadership. She has spoken at corporations and universities all over the world, including on assignment for the U.S. State Department in Saudi Arabia, Spain, London and Trinidad & Tobago. She is also our neighbor, who makes her home in Auburn Hills. Anne has been on the front lines of women’s progress for over four decades as a TV news and sports journalist, Ford Motor Company executive and Auburn Hills City Councilwoman. Mother of a 26-year-old son, she is now president of the MI chapter of the International Women’s Forum.
Book Description: POWERING UP! is the graduate work for aspiring women leaders who have already “Leaned In.” Never before in the history of the world has there been such a critical mass of educated, professionally accomplished, and financially independent women in the workforce. Yet, nearly all the classic leadership books have been written by men, based on men’s experience. Very few draw upon the several decades of experience from women who are developing new leadership styles that tap the innate strengths of the female gender. "The next frontier for women is leadership", says author Anne Doyle, who makes the case that the U.S. is now a nation of women Achievers – but Leadership Under-Achievers.. Doyle draws upon her own four decades of experience in some of the toughest leadership laboratories for women – sports broadcasting, the auto industry, political office and single parenting, but also draws insights from interviews with diverse women leaders from a broad spectrum of generations, professions and cultural backgrounds.
Tuesdays, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/06, 11/13, 11/20, 6-7:30pm, Auditorium except from 10/30 (Michigan Room): 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.
RJ Spangler Quartet-Jazz Concert
Saturday, 10/20, 4-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library for an afternoon with live jazz music. The RJ Spangler Quartet is featuring Detroit jazz sax great Larry Smith.
RJ speaks about the history of Detroit's jazz & blues roots and performs musical examples with an all-star band.
About Larry: Born near Pittsburgh in 1947, he got his start playing jazz, showing the ropes to his friend, jazz guitar great George Benson. Smith moved to New York where he played with big names such as Shirley Scott and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Larry had a special relationship with one the all-time great sax players - Sonny Stitt. Sonny knew and encouraged Larry going back to his teenage years. This lead to Larry touring with Sonny as a regular member of his group. Quite an honor for a man that plays the same instrument as the leader! As Charles Latimer said in the Metro Time: "His specialty is ballads. He shuts his eyes, hunches his shoulders, and holds his saxophone like a prom date. The ballads are so touching they'd make the devil cry." Larry appears as a special guest on James Carter's 1996 ‘Conversin' with the Elders’ and Live at Baker's Keyboard Lounge. He has also toured with the queen of soul, Aretha Franklin.
Drummer RJ Spangler has appeared on over 60 recordings and has toured the US, Canada, and Europe quite a few times. He lectures on Detroit jazz & blues history and beyond his trio, he leads the Planet D Nonet swing band as well as a blues band.
Guitarist Oliver Nevels is another veteran player whom has recorded & toured nationally with organist Charles Earland. He has also toured with organist Richard "Groove" Holmes and "Brother" Jack McDuff.
Bassist Greg Cook is a Detroit main stay, having proven himself playing with the top of Detroit's jazz scene: Geri Allen, Roy Brooks, Marcus Belgrave, and many others. He toured Europe with soul great Bettye LeVette and held down the bass chair in Rat Pack show for countless performances in addition to performances with international stars like Mose Allison and Johnny Hartman.
Meet The Author: Jammie Naldrett
Saturday, 11/03, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet author Jammie Naldrett presenting her book: "My Dream of Florence Ballard: A Detroit Rose". You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book.
Author's Bio: Ms. Naldrett is an upcoming author from Detroit, Michigan. She is a mother of 2 children, a son, and a beautiful daughter. Jammie loves the joy of reading and the art of writing. She believes a writer should write about everything.
Book Description: "My Dream of Florence Ballard" is a fiction story written for all genders and all ages. The book is full of entertainment and original songs. It takes place in Detroit during the 1960's. The story takes the readers into a dream of watching Florence Ballard of the Supremes grow and revolve again.In this story Ballard is a shining star. Her life and music live on forever more.
OUCARES: Pre-Employment Skills Training Info Session
Tuesday, 12/11, 6-7:30pm, Auditorium: Come learn about a training program that teaches the interpersonal skills of how to get and keep a job to people with autism and other challenges! This 90 minute informational session will introduce you to the Oakland University Center for Autism Outreach Service (OUCARES). The mission of OUCARES is to improve the quality of life of individuals impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) by offering quality and comprehensive programs across the lifespan. Presenters will provide basic information on the variety of programs available to those families impacted by autism while placing an emphasis on the Pre-Employment Skills Training for adults ages 18 and older. The Pre-Employment Skills Training is designed to assist adults high on the spectrum by providing them training in the “Soft” interpersonal skills necessary to obtain and maintain employment. Scholarship information will also be provided.
Christmas Marimba Music with Paul Demick
Saturday, 12/15, 11:30am-12:30pm, Auditorium: The Pontiac Public Library is presenting an hour of Marimba Christmas music with Paul Demick. Mr. Demick has studied music at Wayne State University. While playing beautiful music from the greatest classical composers, Mr. Demick shares his musical journey, as well as interesting facts about the composers and their compositions. Furthermore, Mr. Demick educates his listeners on his wonderful instrument, the marimba. Mr. Demick performs regularly in the Detroit, MI area.
Meet The Author: Diana Carter
Saturday, 12/15, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet author Diana Carter presenting her new book: "Never a Dull Moment: The Nick Jr. Story". You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book. Other books published by Ms. Carter's own publishing company, "Let's Do This Publishing, LLC", and showcased at the event, are showing below.
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