Library Hours
Monday 10am-8pm
Tuesday 10am-8pm
Wednesday 10am-8pm
Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 10am-5:30pm
Sunday Closed

Adult Services Featured Programs

"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"

Friday Movies at the Library

Come watch a movie at the library on a Friday afternoon!

Movie Night
  • Hidden Figures 03/23, 2:30-5pm, Auditorium
  • Rashomon 04/20, 2:30-5pm, Auditorium

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Meet The Spoken Word/Poet Author: Alicea Davis

From Hatred To Healing: Eight Racial Reconciliation Poems
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.

Book Description:
Alicea Davis shares her God-given hope, strength and healing poetry with others to help move America forward in the much needed reconciliation process that will aid in more effective race relations.
As a young black woman, Davis experienced intense anger when she awakened to the reality of racism still existing in our society. So, she desperately prayed that God would give her the words to write that would restore her peace.
After her healing, she began to share her compilation of racial reconciliation poems to spread more unity in America. Alicea Davis will be giving a spoken word poetry performance at this event.

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Adult Financial Series: Investment Plans for Life

Savings and Investment

Monday, 03/26 4pm-5:15pm, Auditorium: Jonathan H. Strong, Financial Advisor and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor at UBS Financial Services, Inc., will present an investment educational seminar as a public service to local organizations including libraries, adult community programs, senior services centers, and school groups.

Discussion Topics:

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.

3. 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.

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Library Financial Education Series
Money Smart Week: 9 Criteria for 401k Rollovers

Cygnet Institute of Personal Financial Literacy

Tuesday, 04/24, 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. The new class, scheduled inside the Money Smart Week, is titled: "9 Criteria for 401k Rollovers".

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!

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Music of the West African Kora with Sean Gaskell

Sean Gaskell plays the Kora

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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How to Qualify for a Mortgage: Secrets to Home Ownership

Lorraine Lizana

Saturday, 05/19, 11am-12:30pm, Auditorium: Lorraine Lizana, Broker (Lizana Realty) and Mark Gelbman (Lake Michigan Credit Union) present a workshop on home mortgage. The topics that are included in the workshop are as follows:

• What lenders are looking for
• Documents needed for a Pre-Approval
• Importance of Credit
• Loan Programs

Registration is required. You can register online, on the phone or at the adult reference desk.

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Authors EXPO

Book Writing

Saturday, 06/16, 12-5pm, Main Floor: 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 their books.

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Trunino Lowe Duo-Jazz Concert

Trumpet and Piano Jazz Music

Saturday, 06/16, 3-4pm, Auditorium or outdoors (weather permitting): Come enjoy an hour of Jazz music performed by the Trunino Lowe Duo.

Trunino Lowe, Trumpet
Ian Finkelstein, Keyboard

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Writing Yourself out of Your Block: Workshop and Book Signing with Sylvia Hubbard

Sylvia Hubbard
Beautiful by Sylvia Hubbard

Saturday, 06/30, 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"?

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Heartfulness Meditation

Heartfulness Meditation
Heartfulness Meditation

Tuesdays, 07/10, 07/17, 07/24, 07/31, 08/07, 08/14, 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.

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Phil Hale Trio-Jazz Concert

Saturday, 07/28, 4-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library for an afternoon with live Jazz music.

Phil Hale

Here is a listing of some of the many groups Phillip Hale has played with throughout his history:
BLUES … Blues diva, Thornetta Davis; Detroit's queen of the blues, Alberta Adams; bluesman Johnny Bassett; Laura Rain & The Caesars;
R&B … Pat Lewis (of Isaac Hayes' "Hot Buttered Soul") & Thrust, Mack Rice, New Birth, r&b vocalist Bettye Lavette, Belita Woods, Sandra Feva, Nikki James & The Flamthrowers Calvin Brooks, Althea Rene, Rayse Biggs, Norma Jean Bell, Ortheia Barnes, Joan Crawford, Shahida Nurullah, Cynthia Dewberry (of Straight Ahead), drummer/promoter RJ Spangler, Audrey Northington, Ramona Collins, Leslie Ferguson, contemporary saxman David McMurray (from Was, Not Was);
NEO SOUL … Sky Covington & Club Crescendo;
JAZZ … Jazz guitarist, Stanley Jordan (trumpet legend), Marcus Belgrave, progressive jazz bassist Ralphe Armstrong, saxman Mike Fleming, jazz sax legend Larry Smith, jazz guitarist Robert Lowe, acclaimed saxman James Carter, jazz drummer Roy Brooks, vocalist Sherry Scott (of Earth, Wind & Fire), Nikki Pearse, trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Ron Jackson, guitarists Stanley Jordan, Davis Myles, Perry Hughes, Larry Barris; Cody Black, drummers Skeeto Valdez & Milton Hale; vocalist Nancy Davis, Faruq Z. Bey (of Griot Galaxy); Jazzhead, Soul Clique, saxman Alan Barnes, tambourine queen Sheila Hale;
GOSPEL … Apostle Thomas Butler; Crusaders for Christ/25th St. COGIC; Herbert Pickard; The Ridgeway Sisters;
FUNK and ROCK … George Clinton; Gabe Gonzales; Trey Anastasio;
WORLD MUSIC … Pathe Jassi of Senegal; Raggae recording artist/producer, Ras Kente;
MOTOWN … Motown legend, Martha Reeves; Motown drum legend, Pistol Allen;
POETS/SPOKEN WORD/RAPPERS … Life On Earth, featuring poet Roberto Warren, poet Aurora Harris; poet Ron Allen, DJ Mike "Agent X" Clark; DJ Scott Ferguson;
Future plans:
Recording and performing with top-quality artists; evolving musical forms.
Personal Recordings:
• Cassettes: "Supernatural" (1989), "Give 'em Hale!" (1992);
• CDs: "Urban Symphonies" (1999), "Beyond" (2002), "Unexplained" (2003), “The Back Room”; The Birth of Urban Progressive;
• With Calvin Brooks (co-produced): "Rose My Dear" (2001);
• With Apostle Thomas Butler (co-produced): Special Kind of Love;
• With Thornetta Davis: "Thornetta Davis Recorded Live at the Music Menu" (2001), "Remember Love On Christmas Day" (2009), “Honest Woman” (2017);
• With Laura Rain & The Caesars: "Electrified" (2013), “Closer” (2014);
• John Sinclair, "Detroit Life" with the Motor City Scholars;
• Jazzhead "For The People”. Awards:
2014 Detroit Black Music Awards for Keyboardist of the Year;
2012 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist;
2009 Emmy Award with Detroit Free Press for their documentary on Christ Child House;
2007 Detroit Music Award for Outstanding R&B/Blues Instrumentalist.

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Meet The Author: Ashlee Chesny

Brooke and Bre the Engineering Team
Ashlee Chesny

Saturday, 08/11, 3:30-5pm, 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.

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RJ Spangler Quartet-Jazz Concert

RJ Spangler Quartet

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.

Musicians' Bios

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.

RJ Spangler Quartet

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