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!
Fridays, 2:30-5pm, Auditorium:
- September 15: The Liberator
- November 3: Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
- November 10: Our Fires Still Burn
- December 1: The Muppet Christmas Carol
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!
Monday, 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.
Monday, 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.
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!
Financial Empowerment for Women
Thursdays, 09/28, 10/19, 11/16, 3-5pm, 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.
09/28, Women’s Financial Beliefs:
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".
10/19, Financial Strategies 101: Making the Most of Your Money:
Get started on smart financial management by:
Paying Yourself First;
Keeping Emergency Reserves;
Establishing company retirement plans.
11/16, Planning Your Great Escape: Retirement:
With increased market volatility, economic uncertainty, longer lifetimes, and rising household expenses, achieving a great retirement seems harder all the time. This seminar, realistically, discusses the challenges ahead and provides strategies that attendees can start implementing right away.
Tuesdays, 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.
Phil Hale Trio-Jazz Concert
Saturday, 10/21, 3-4pm, Auditorium or outdoors (weather permitting): Come to our library for an afternoon with live Jazz music.
Here's 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: Diana Carter
Saturday, 11/18, 11:00am-12:30pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet author Diana Carter presenting her book: “In the Name of Justice: The Erica Blackstone Chronicles”. You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book.
A picture of the book's front cover is coming soon!
Adult Financial Series: Investment Plans for Life
Mondays, 03/12, 03/26 4am-5:15pm, Auditorium: Jonathan H. Strong, Financial Advisor and Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor at UBS Financial Services, Inc., will present a series of investment educational seminars as a public service to local organizations including libraries, adult community programs, senior services centers, and school groups.
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.
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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