Adult Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Meet the Author Deleah Sharp and Illustrator Cassandra James
Saturday, 06/02, 3-5pm, Auditorium: Children have the incredible ability to activate their imagination beyond their wildest dreams. They have the freedom to be brave, adventurous, and even appoint themselves as the superhero. But a dream cannot be SWEET without the important ingredient, candy of course! Take a trip to the Sweet Dream Paradise, with the candy coated raindrops and frosting covered mountaintops. But what happens to your sweet dreams when your reality turns sour? After facing trauma, will a child loosen their grip on their dream or will they decide to keep dreaming. This is a story on childhood grief and the road to healing and restoration. You will be able to purchase a signed copy of the book, and also meet the children in the "Identify Your Dream Mentoring Program."
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.
Trunino Lowe Duo-Jazz Concert
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
Friday 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
- Black Panther 06/29, 6-8pm, Auditorium
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi 07/27, 6-8pm, Auditorium
- Ready Player One 08/24, 6-8pm, Auditorium
Writing Yourself out of Your Block: Workshop and Book Signing with 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"?
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.
Phil Hale Trio-Jazz Concert
Saturday, 07/28, 4-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library for an afternoon with live Jazz music.
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;
Recording and performing with top-quality artists; evolving musical forms.
• 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.
Meet The Author: 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.
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, 09/23, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet author Anne Dyle 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.
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.
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