Adult Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Career Development Workshops
Thursdays, 01/05, 02/02, 03/02, 04/06, 6:30-7:30pm, Auditorium: Darius Harris is the owner of Career SkyRocket LLC, a professional resume writing, career coaching, and training service located in Pontiac Michigan. He also founded Giants Fall, a 501c(3) that serves the city of Pontiac as well. The mission of Giants Fall is to empower residents living within inner-cities in obtaining careers, education, entrepreneurship, healthy living, political representation, financial stewardship, and home ownership. Giants Fall believes in getting out in the community and educating people wherever they are. That’s why they have chosen to offer these courses at the Library, so everyone can benefit. If you have career related questions come out to these exciting and informal workshops.
Tuesdays, 03/28, 04/04, 04/11, 04/18, 05/2, 05/9, 05/16, 05/23, 06/06, 06/13, 06/20, 06/27, 07/11, 07/18, 07/25, 08/01, 08/08, 08/15, 08/22, 08/29, 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.
Saturday, 04/08, 3-5pm, Auditorium: Jolyn from BargainstoBounty.com (a free Michigan money-saving resource) will join us to share the best ways to save the most with coupons at area grocery stores through strategic shopping. You’ll also learn how to find and organize coupons, understand the anatomy of coupons, stretch your money without coupons, and more. It’s not that hard to lower your grocery budget—learn the tricks!
Pontiac Poetry Slam
Saturday, 04/22, 1-4pm: A program by the Pontiac Public Library in collaboration with the Oakland University Libraries. 1-2pm: Poetry Workshop with Peter Markus; 2-4pm: Poetry Slam. All ages our welcome. Refreshments will be served!
Rules for the Slam
► Bring two original poems, one for each round of the competition.
► No warm up! Come ready to compete!
► Three-minute time limit (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem, a one-half point deduction per each ten seconds over.
► Scoring is on a 10-point scale; high and low scores will be dropped, giving a total score of between 0 and 30 points.
► No profanity, sexism or racism! This is an all ages contest and audience.
► No props, costumes or musical instruments.
► First place: $75; second place: $25.
Know Your Muslim Neighbor
Saturday, July 29th, 12-3pm, Auditorium: Know your Muslim Neighbor (KYMN) is a family-friendly event where local communities come together in a celebration of diversity and unity. These public events provide an opportunity to meet new people, try new experiences, taste new food, and enjoy conversation with local Muslims. Hosted in public spaces and libraries in the Detroit metro area, KYMN offers hands-on Islamic art activities for children, henna hand painting, a poster exhibit on the history of Muslims in early America, and short presentations. KYMN is brought to you by your friends at the Muslim American Society along with our partners at the Canton Public Library, the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit, and the Muslim Community of the Western Suburbs.
Authorship Workshop with Diana Carter
Friday, 06/02, 3-5pm, Auditorium: Local author Diana Carter will share her knowledge and experience in writing with potential authors. The workshop will include planning, positive thinking, publishing, and tips, all necessary for successful authors.
Saturday, 06/17, 12-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library on the Summer Reading Kick-Off Day and meet several local authors presenting their books. You will be able to purchase signed copies of these books.
RJ Spangler Quartet-Jazz Concert
Saturday, 07/01, 3-4pm, Auditorium or outdoors (weather permitting): Come to our library for an afternoon with live jazz music. The concert is offered free for public schools and libraries, underwritten by the Jazz Foundation of America (click on the name to go to the foundation's website). 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.
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