Adult Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Senior Summer Lunch At The Library
Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday, 06/05 and ending on Wednesday, 08/28, 12-2pm, Auditorium (Alternate room for June 26th): Seniors (60+), come have a healthy free lunch at the library and participate in fun activities with your friends and neighbors. Activities will alternate between card games, board games, video games, adult coloring, karaoke, and variety of crafts. Lunch is served 12-1pm!
Adult Summer Reading 2019
Saturday, 06/15-08/10, Adult Area: Summer Reading Kick off is on June 15th, 12-5pm and ends on August 10th. Read three books and get a raffle to win prizes. One extra book is an extra raffle and one review is the third raffle you can have. Come to the library to register in person and pick up your books.
Vital Mix-Jazz, R&B, and Blues Concert
Saturday, 07/27, 4-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library for an afternoon with live music. Vital Mix is a band of seasoned musicians who perform a variety of music genres which includes Jazz, R&B, Blues and gospel. The core members of the band consist of three brothers, Ray, Solomon, and Mark Green, who are all natives of Pontiac, MI. Each member received their early development as musicians in church and school and they have perform in various venues across the country. The brothers have mentored and assisted in the development of many young musicians throughout the country. Some of these young musicians occasionally perform with the band, including their sons, nephews and friends, thus the name "Vital Mix".
Guitarist Ray Green is the co-founder of Vital Mix, he began performing at age six in church and occasionally performed with local Bands. After graduating high school in 1977, he moved to Minneapolis, MN where the music scene was just beginning to explode. The Minneapolis music scene provided him the opportunity to sit in on jams sessions with the late iconic artist Prince before he became famous, and exposed him to other rising artist of Minneapolis. His musical influences are George Benson, Al McKay, and Tony Maiden just to name a few.
Bassist Solomon Green who is also one of the founding members, began his musical journey at age nine playing in church, then in the school orchestra. Some of his musical influences as a bassist are Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastorius, and Bootsy Collins to name a few. Yet he often stresses the importance of originality by stating "No one can beat you at being you".
Guitarist/Pianist Mark Green began his musical career at age five playing in church and the school band. He has played throughout the country in various venues and is also the founder of "America Let's Exercise", a non profit organization established in Auburn Hills, MI that utilizes music to help promote physical fitness.
Saxophonist/Keyboardist Aaron Green began his musical career in the school band and then the church. He has performed with The Four Tops led by Pontiac native and professional artist Ronnie McNeir, as well as a variety of musicians and artist around the country.
Drummer William Green began his musical career playing in the school band and then the church. He has gained a great deal of professional experience during his young life by performing with a variety of musicians and bands around the country. He is often referred to as "the metronome" because of his ability to lock in on the beat.
Tuesdays, 07/30, 08/06, 08/13, 08/20, 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.
Airey B and Trio-Jazz Concert
Saturday, 08/10, 3:45-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library for an afternoon with live Jazz music.
Airey B is bold, impressive, and admirable, a bodacious singer/songwriter, guitar player and
piano player. Her voice is captivating, expressive, and emotional. She invokes the spirit of the first ladies of the blues like Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith and
Lizzie Miles. A breath of fresh air, she helps to revive the true spirit of the blues for other generations to come.
James O'Donnell (trumpet) is a native Detroiter. He lived in Mexico City playing at a jazz club for several years & has traveled the world as a bandleader on cruise ships. James studied with Carlos Rivera of the DSO as well as trumpet masters Russell Green (Jimmy Lunceford band), Marcus Belgrave & Herbie Williams, and also Uan Racey (MGM Studios). His playing style encompasses the use of the various techniques using the plunger/growl and other muted effects that were handed down to him to carry on a tradition of this music. He has performed with Jerry Gonzales, Sir Mack Rice, Pinetop Perkins, Lou Reed, Hubert Sumlin, and the Regal Brass Band of New Orleans. Currently he plays with RJ’s Kansas City Six, King Sweat, Motor City Street band and the Coachmen Orchestra. James leads his own groups the Nickyboy Street band and The Motown Mariachi Band. Co-leading the Planet D Nonet with RJ Spangler has been a long term dream project come true. James teaches privately at Anderson Music in Troy. James is on every PD9 recording since the very beginning.
Jeff Cuny (string bass) recently completed work on his Graduate degree in jazz studies at WSU and is a fine young string bassist. He is also the chief arranger for the Planet D Nonet and appears around the city with Tbone Paxton and also the Rhythm Society Orchestra.
Jake Matthews, Metro-Detroit drummer, percussionist, and educator, has been professionally performing since the age of sixteen years old. Receiving the degree of Bachelor of Music, concentrating in jazz drum set, from Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Jake has studied as well as worked with some of Detroit’s finest musicians, including Russ Miller, Edward Gooch, and David Taylor, among others. Over the past few years, Jake has been frequently performing throughout the greater metro-Detroit area, playing in all genres as well as various venues such as Cliff Bell’s, Meadowbrook Theatre, The Dirty Dog Jazz Café, The Cube at Orchestra Hall, and Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats, and Eats, just to name a few. Additionally, Jake is also a freelance recording session drummer and has played on multiple local artists’ albums.
Meet the Author: Robert Dustman
Saturday, 09/07, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet author Robert Dustman presenting his books: "Slaying of the Innocents", "Defining Moments", and "Behind the Mic". You will be able to purchase a signed copy of his books.
Robert Dustman is a former broadcast journalist who enjoyed a successful twenty-five year career as a reporter, anchor, news director, sports director and political editor at radio and television stations throughout the State of Michigan. After he left broadcasting in 1992, Mr. Dustman was appointed Director of Media & Communications in the administration of Oakland County (Michigan) Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
Cooking Matters For Adults
Tuesdays, 09/17-10/22, 5:30-7:30pm, Auditorium: Free cooking and nutrition classes featuring Healthy cooking on a budget, smart shopping ideas, culinary secrets, free cookbook, and free groceries.
Commitment to all classes is mandatory! To register, go to the libray calendar, (https://pontiac.lib.mi.us/eventscalendar.html), program page, (https://pontiac.lib.mi.us/adultservices2.html), or call the adult reference desk at 248-758-3943!
Meet the Author: Tom Carr
Saturday, 09/21, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come to our library to meet author Tom Carr presenting his books: "MI Bad: Robbers, cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan's Past and Present" and "Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders, 1700s-Present". You will be able to purchase a signed copy of his books.
Bio: Tom Carr is an independent writer and journalist in Northern Michigan who spent 25 years in daily newspapers, primarily the Traverse City Record-Eagle. He has won journalistic awards for his investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news, and humor columns. Carr often covered police, courts, and crime and reported closely on some memorable and well-known crimes. As a freelancer, Carr has branched out into other media and has reported and produced many stories for the Interlochen Public Radio and has had his work broadcast on NPR and Michigan Radio, as well. His writing and reporting has appeared in the Detroit Free Press, the New York Daily News, traverseticker.com, Traverse Magazine, and other media. Tom Carr's latest book, "MI Bad: Robbers, cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan's Past and Present", was released in September, 2018. Carr is also author of the popular 2016 release, "Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders, 1700s-Present" and was a contributing writer for "Inside Upnorth: The Complete Tour, Sport, and Country Living Guide to Traverse City, Traverse City Area, Leelanau County", all titles published by Mission Point Press. Carr was born in Grand Rapids, grew up in Northville, graduated from Michigan State, and has lived and reported in Sturgis, Sault Ste. Marie and Traverse City. He now lives near Buckley, with his wife Maria, in a farmhouse where they raised their two sons.
Brief summary of "MI Bad: Robbers, cutthroats and Thieves in Michigan's Past and Present": The Great Lakes State has seen more than its share of sensational crimes in the last couple of centuries. MI Bad shines a searchlight on several of the most jaw-dropping capers and rogues.
Roadside Reflections: Respecting the past and preserving for the future
Saturday, 10/05, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: This presentation explores the effects of entropy on our landscape and our collective memory. Jackson presents our past in a personal and narrative style to honor and show beauty and respect for the pioneers and their machines that once made our country great.
Jackson Faulkner travels the country documenting the loss of our rural and urban history. Originally raised in Detroit, he now resides in Washington state which has allowed him to connect to our rural roots and preserve them through his unique "Dramascapes".
A History Lover’s Guide to Detroit
Saturday, 11/16, 3-4:30pm, Auditorium: A History Lover’s Guide to Detroit is the newest addition to The History Press. The book, part of the History & Guide series, is written by local author Karin Risko. Detroit’s auto heritage is known worldwide, but this fascinating city’s history runs much deeper. Join Karin Risko for an intimate tour of the city that puts the world on wheels and discover an amazing history of innovation, philanthropy, social justice and culture. You will be able to purchase signed copies of the book!
Bio:Detroit native Karin Risko is the owner of City Tour Detroit. She enjoys learning about new developments underway in the city, as well as continually uncovering juicy historical tidbits. Karin estimates she has given over 1,000 tours of the city, probably a low estimate, yet she never gets tired of telling Detroit’s story. Whether in person or through this book, Karin feels privileged to share Detroit’s story with so many people from around the world. At the age when she should be thinking about retiring, talking up Detroit keeps Karin energized and young. She’s constantly looking for ways to keep up with the growing demand for tours in the city and accommodate all those who want to visit. She hopes this book will help visitors and locals navigate the city and fully appreciate Detroit’s past and present. The former history teacher earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a major in history from Central Michigan University. Karin is the coauthor of another History Press publication, Michigan Civil War Landmarks. Learn more about Karin on
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