Adult Featured Programs

“Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships”

Heartfulness Meditation


Heartfulness Meditation
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The Art Experience at thePontiac Public Library


The Art Experience at the
Pontiac Public Library
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Financial Guidance for Adults


Financial Guidance for Adults
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Modern Women's Self-Defense Seminar


Modern Women’s Self-Defense Seminar
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Wine and Jazz


Wine and Jazz
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RJ Spangler Quartet-Jazz Concert


RJ Spangler Quartet-Jazz Concert
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              It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Diva Christmas:                        A Night with Vanessa Carr


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Diva Christmas:
A Night with Vanessa Carr
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Author Signing - Celia Ryker


Author Signing – Celia Ryker
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Black History Month Celebration

Black History Month Celebration
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Heartfulness Meditation Online

Mondays (except from holidays), 6-7pm, Zoom: Join us for our returning Heartfulness Meditation program online. 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 hour). The entire program will be conducted by certified Heartfulness trainers, who have been meditating and training for several years. The Zoom meeting link follows:

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The Art Experience at the Pontiac Public Library

 

Wednesdays, 12/07, 01/18, 03/15, 04/12, 6-7:30pm, Auditorium: The Pontiac Public Library collaborates with the Art Experience Organization to offer a series of art classes. The schedule follows below:                                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                  

 

 

Wednesday, 12/07, 6-7:30pm: Holiday Gnomes: Create your own holiday gnome! These no-sew gnomes are made using rice, socks, fabrics, and embellishments!

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 01/18, 6-7:30pm: Weaving a Dream Catcher: Learn to weave an 8 inch dream catcher. Traditionally dream catchers were used to protect us from bad dreams while we slumber. We will use fabric, feathers, beads, and floral accents to create a unique piece.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 03/15, 6-7:30pm: Beginning Knitting: Join us and explore your creative side by learning how to knit!  Participants will learn the very basic skills including casting on and the knit stitch.  With just these simple skills, you can begin creating your own masterpiece!

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, 04/12, 6-7:30pm: Drawing Mandalas: Learn about practicing the mindful, guided process of making mandalas. This step-by-step process will help you to create your own beautiful hand-drawn mandala.

 

 

 

Refreshments will be provided!

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Financial Guidance for Adults

Saturdays, 11/12, 12/10, 01/21, 03/18, 04/15, 4-5pm, Auditorium: The Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union and the Pontiac Public Library present a series of workshops to help adults cope with common financial challenges and learn how to invest. The series schedule follows below:

11/12, How to Spot a Scam: Learn about common frauds and tactics used by scammers. Learn how to recognize the red flags and keep your personal information safe.

12/10, Investment Vehicles: Need help starting a conversation about financial planning and the bigger picture? Learn the basics of investing, the concepts of risk and return, plus stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

01/21, Raising a Financially Literate Family: From allowance guidelines to first credit cards, learn ways to incorporate financial education early in a child’s life to help them make smart money choices.

03/18, How to Check Your Credit Report: Learn how credit scores are calculated and how to use your credit report as a financial tool.

04/15, How to Spot a Scam: Learn about common frauds and tactics used by scammers. Learn how to recognize the red flags and keep your personal information safe.

Refreshments will be provided!

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Modern Women’s Self-Defense Seminar

Saturdays, 11/26, 03/04, 04/01, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Discover your inner warrior! Please join us for an informative seminar to give you techniques to protect yourself from danger. Representative of the Metro Michigan Shotokan Karate school, Andrea Moon (4th Degree Black Belt), will teach you a variety of tried and true techniques to defend yourself. Participants will work with partners as attacker and defender to learn a variety of self-defense techniques. At the completion of the seminar, you will receive a written hand-out that includes a review of all techniques covered during the seminar. With these instructions, you will be able to practice the exercises presented at the seminar. Please wear loose fitting clothing, no jewelry, hair tied back. We will work in bare feet in order to stay safe when practicing foot/leg techniques.

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Wine and Jazz

Friday, 12/16, 4:30-5:15pm, Main floor of the library: Visit our library for wine tasting followed by jazz and Christmas tunes. The wine tasting will take place before our Jazz concert with RJ Spangler Quartet.

8oz maximum consumption, 1oz per wine shot!

Requirement: 21 years of age and up with ID only!

Preregistration is required (up to a day prior to the event). Preregister HERE!

 

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RJ Spangler Quartet-Jazz Concert

Friday, 12/16, 5:30-7pm, Main floor of the library: Join us for an afternoon with live jazz and Christmas music. The RJ Spangler Quartet is coming to our library after 2 years on Zoom. RJ speaks about the history of Detroit’s Jazz & Blues roots and performs musical examples with an all-star band. The performance covers different decades of Jazz music.

Refreshments will be provided!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a DIVA Christmas: A Night with Vanessa Carr

Monday, 12/12, 5:30-7pm, Main Floor of the Library: It’s beginning to look a lot like a DIVA CHRISTMAS! Join Vanessa Carr and get into the Christmas spirit with songs of iconic divas and Christmas favorites! Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Tina Turner and more. Also, get warm, cozy, and merry with Christmas tunes that embrace the season. Join the Pontiac Library as we celebrate “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”!

BIO: Vanessa Carr is a world-class entertainer, noted for her dynamic musical performances. She is a singer and dancer recognized for her emotional interpretations, humorous renditions, captivating story-telling, and genuine connection to audiences. You may have seen Vanessa kick off Detroit Lions and Tigers games with her rendition of the National Anthem. Vanessa was also a member of the Detroit Pistons House Band and other accomplished and rising Metro Detroit bands – just recently opening for the Jacksons at Detroit Music Weekend. She has shared the stage with Twinkie Clark of The Clark Sisters, as well as Martha Reeves. You may also find Vanessa performing during the holiday season at Frankenmuth’s Bavarian Inn. Other notable performances include starring as Fantine in Les Miserables and performing on the Detroit Free Press Marathon course. No matter the event, Vanessa’s audiences are charmed as they are taken on a musical journey by this astounding powerhouse singer.

Refreshments will be provided!

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Author Signing – Celia Ryker

Saturday, 01/07, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Join us for an afternoon with author Celia Ryker presenting her book, “Augusta“. In the end of the presentation, you will be able to purchase a signed copy.

Book Synopsis: Raised on a hard-knock farm in Arkansas and married off to the father of one of her classmates at the age of thirteen, Augusta was not set up for a life of bliss. Then, abandoned by her second husband in 1920s Detroit, with four children to provide for, she is forced into a decision that will haunt her forever.

From the author of Walking Home, Celia Ryker’s Augusta is historical fiction based on the true story of her grandmother, a woman who lived on a lake and taught her how to catch snakes; a woman who fled the hardships of the Ozarks at the turn of the twentieth century for a new city, and a chance at a better life.

Author’s Bio: Celia Ryker has been a horse trainer, horticulturalist, and hiker, and has been writing all of her life. Celia and her husband Don live between Vermont and Michigan with their border collie, Flurry. Visit her website, celiaryker.com

Celia’s first career was with horses.  She trained horses and taught students on Southeast Michigan’s hunter jumper circuit for more than 30 years.  Her second career sent her back to school to study gardening fine arts and landscape design.  They were not just careers, they were passions and when life left room for a new passion she began to distance hike.  Her husband said, “She got to H in the alphabet and stopped.  She went from horses, to horticulture, to hiking.”

Celia has kept journals and written short stories and poems all of her life. She has attended classes and writing seminars and has written articles for newsletters, local newspapers, and The Vermont League of Writers. Walking Home: Trail Stories  Celia, her husband Don, and their border collie Flurry divide their time between Michigan and Vermont.

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Black History Month Celebration

Saturday, 02/18, 1-5pm, Main floor of the library: Our library celebrates Black History Month with African American authors who will present their books, speakers, vendors, and more. More details will be added soon.

Refreshments will be provided!

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