Adult Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Summer Reading Program
Saturday, 06/17 through Saturday, 08/05: Register at the Reference desk to participate to this year's summer reading program and win prizes.
Rules: Read 3 books and have a chance to win the grand prize or lesser prizes. Write up to 3 book reviews and have an additional chance to win a prize for each review you complete. You can have a maximum of 4 chances to win a prize.
Prizes: First prize: ereader; Other prizes (your choice): earbuds, colored pencils, notebook, water bottle, tote bag!
Tuesdays, 07/11, 07/18, 07/25, 08/01, 08/08, 08/15, 08/22, 08/29, 10/03, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/07, 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.
Friday Movies at the Library
Come watch a movie at the library throughout Summer (May through August), indoors or outdoors!
Fridays, 2:30-5pm, Auditorium:
- July 21: The Shack
- July 28: The Birth of a Nation
- August 18: Moana
- August 25: Collateral Beauty
Fridays, 9-11pm, Outdoors:
- July 21: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- August 18: Arrival
Summer Empowerment Women Series
Thursdays, 06/29, 07/27, 08/24, 5-6pm, Auditorium: Financial Professional Marcella A. Evans conducts education seminars regarding Women Wealth and Wisdom. Ms. Evans presents this series of seminars to help women enhance their knowledge about financial issues and strategies, especially considering recent market events.
06/29: Financial Strategies 101: Making the Most of Your Money Workshop objectives:
Get started on smart financial management by:
• Setting goals
• Paying yourself first
• Keeping emergency reserves
• Using company retirement plans
07/27: Women’s Financial Beliefs Workshop for Women:
Get the truth behind these and other common misconceptions:
• A 401(k) is all the retirement planning I need to do right now
• I don’t have to take care of the family finances, my spouse does
• Investing is only for risk-takers
• Estate strategies are only for the wealthy
08/24: Informed Women Know More Workshop
Women generally save less money for retirement than men, even though they live longer and will likely face retirement alone. In this seminar, women explore seven strategies that will help them address the unique financial challenges they face. Also, women will get help with breaking down their goals into small, manageable steps, so they can understand the available options, make informed decisions, and take action toward a more secure future.
Know Your Muslim Neighbor
Saturday, 07/29, 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.
Teaching the Eye to Hear: Musical Reflections on Henri Matisse’s Jazz
Saturday, 08/12, 1-2:30pm, Auditorium: Come to our library for an afternoon with live music, by Christopher Bakriges, piano and Gwen Laster, violin, based on Matisse's work, "Jazz", which will be presented in the background!
In 1941 the artist Henri Matisse found himself ill, bedridden, and unable to pick up a paint brush. He found, however, that he could maneuver scissors through prepared sheets of brightly colored paper. He referred to this technique as "painting with scissors." Among his first adventures with paper cutouts was a book called Jazz, which Matisse prepared in 1942 and published in 1947. The book containing twenty color plates as well as his written thoughts was initially only printed in a hundred copies. Matisse viewed jazz as a "chromatic and rhythmic improvisation." The title Jazz evoked for Matisse the idea of a structure of rhythm and repetition broken by the unexpected action of improvisations. He wrote, "There are wonderful things in real jazz, the talent for improvisation, the liveliness, the being at one with the audience." Both the text and the cut outs inspired the musicians to make what they refer to as musical reflections on Matisse’s work. Matisse used the energy of a still young musical idiom called jazz in enticing the art world to "teach the eye to hear."
Christopher Bakriges, Ph.D., (piano), Lecturer and Artist in Residence, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Elms College: Bakriges is of Greek American decent, born in Detroit. The rich cultural firmament of Motown cultivated his taste for music as an expression of emotion, communication, and social change. After completing two degrees at the University of Detroit Bakriges graduated with two further degrees in world music from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut and in ethnomusicology from York University in Toronto, Canada. His teachers have included Oscar Peterson, Harold Danko, Nadi Qamar, Jimmy Giuffre, Dr. Billy Taylor, Tanjore Vishwanathan, Pandit Sushil Mukherjee, Frederick Simmons, and Alvin Lucier. His repertoire has forged a unique path that embodies the essence of jazz exploration, global influences and pure improvisation. Dr. Bakriges is artist in residence at two Massachusetts schools, MassArt in Boston and Elms College in Chicopee. His most recent album, Clear and Present, is a quartet with Jay Hoggard, Avery Sharpe, and Billy Arnold. He has performed with wide array of artists, including Bobby McFerrin, David Darling, Anthony Braxton, Korean ajeng master Hyun Sik Shin, and Pakistan qawwali legends the Sabri Brothers. He made his international debut at India’s Jazz Yatra Festival and has since performed in Pakistan, Turkey, France, England, the Czech Republic, and throughout Canada and North America.
Gwen Laster, (violin), Founder, New MUSE 4tet, Creative Strings Improvisers Orchestra, Member, Sphinx Orchestra and Go: Organic Orchestra: Laster is a native Detroiter whose creative influences come from the Motor City’s exciting urban and classical music culture. Laster studied with Joe Striplin, the first African American in the Detroit Symphony, and after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan, moved to New York. She has performed with Anthony Braxton, Nona Hendryx, Aretha Franklin, Hatian vocalist Emeline Michel, Alicia Keys, Rhianna, Natalie Cole, and with Shakira at President Obama’s Neighborhood Ball Inauguration. She has won major performance, composition and teaching grants from the NEA, ASCAP, Lila Wallace, Arts Mid-Hudson, and a first place award from Cognac Hennessey Jazz. She is founder of the Creative Strings Improvisers Orchestra, Sphinx Symphony, Go: Organic Orchestra and leads the New MUSE4tet. Gwen is featured in a recent edition of Chamber Music America magazine for her string quartet work Black Lives Matter Suite.
Library Financial Education Series
Mondays, 09/18, 11/06, 6-7:30pm, Auditorium: The Pontiac Public Library and the Cygnet Institute of Personal Financial Literacy present the “Library Financial Education Series”. This is a series of 90-minute courses, designed to help people of all stages in life to make the right financial decisions. There is no fee for attending the courses. Necessary materials will be provided.
Registration is required. You can register online, on the phone or at the adult reference desk. Cygnet will cancel classes with less than five (5) participants!
Wednesday, 09/18, 6-7:30pm: Social Security: What claiming options are available? How are benefits taxed? Learn what survivor and retirement benefits are available to your family. Learn why you may want to collect early - or not.
Wednesday, 11/06, 6-7:30pm: Learn How to Pay Your Mortgage Earlier: There are other ways to pay off your house earlier than just refinancing. Find out what your options are and also discuss techniques for managing your credit.
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Saturday, 09/23, 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!