Adult Services Featured Programs
"Strengthening Pontiac Through Literacy Partnerships"
Tuesdays, 09/03, 10/29, 11/05, 12/17, 6:30-7:30pm, Auditorium: Whether you are trying yoga for the first time or are a regular practitioner, join Yaktown Yoga at the Pontiac Library for free classes this fall and winter.
09/03, 6:30-7:30pm: Yaktown Yoga Basic Yoga: This is a yoga class for everyone. This class introduces foundational yoga postures that will open,
stretch, and restore your body. You will learn how to breathe and feel comfortable on your mat. It is suitable for all and wheelchair accessible. Please wear comfortable clothing. We are asking
participants to bring yoga mats. A few mats will be available to use in the class. No experience is required, and the class is free.
10/29, 6:30-7:30pm: Yaktown Yoga Chair Yoga: This is a therapeutic class. Participants will perform yoga postures and breathing exercises with the aid of a chair. Students can experience the benefits of yoga without having to be on the floor. Benefits include increased flexibility, strength, balance, range of motion, and stress reduction. The class is suitable for all ages and is wheelchair accessible. This class is also beneficial for people with limited mobility and can benefit those with MS, Parkinson's disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and other autoimmune diseases, as well as those recuperating from surgery.
11/05, 6:30-7:30pm: Yaktown Yoga Deep Stretch: Relax - Release and Restore; In this Yaktown Yoga deep stretch yoga class, we will focus on breathing during long-supported poses that stretch and lengthen muscles and connective tissue. This class is perfect for all levels and ages looking to release the stress of everyday life. Dress in comfortable clothing. Invite your friends. We are asking participants to bring yoga mats. A few mats will be available to use in the class. No experience is required, and the class is free.
12/17, 6:30-7:30pm: Yaktown Yoga Gentle Yoga: Need to relax, stretch, and re-center? Join Yaktown Yoga for a gentle yoga class that includes breath work, yoga postures and relaxation techniques to calm your mind and your body this holiday season. Invite a friend. Everybody is welcome. Dress in comfortable clothing. We are asking participants to bring yoga mats. A few mats will be available to use in the class. No experience is required, and the class is free.
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 library 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!
Me Too Support Group
Thursdays, 09/19 (T. Ramsey & Associates 91 N Saginaw St.), 10/17 (Alley Cat Café Wine Room 31 N Saginaw St.), 11/21 (Auditorium), 12/19 (Auditorium), 6-7:30pm: Led by survivor and Library Director Devan Green and supported by the Pontiac Chapter of the Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice, this group is for women and girls who have been victims of molestation, sexual assault, and/or domestic violence. This group will be a safe space to support one another and to learn how to cope and how to deal with issues that develop from trauma such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. The group will also have means to communicate between meetings. The meeting location will shift around but will remain in downtown Pontiac.
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.
Saturdays, 09/28, 10/26, 11/23, 12/28, 1-2pm, Michigan Room: Learn how to do your genealogy and meet other people who enjoy discovering their family history. This club will also include instruction on how to use Ancestry.com which is available to use for free through the library.
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
Vital Mix-Jazz, R&B, and Blues Concert
Saturday, 12/14, 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.
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Meet the Author: Robert Dustman
Saturday, 01/11, 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.
"A Multicultural Song that I Sing Alone" with Bo Kyung Kim
Saturday, 01/25, 3:30-5pm, Auditorium: Come see the poet and dancer Bo Kyung Kim presenting her poetry book, "A Multicultural Song that I Sing Alone", reading excerpts, and performing her peace dance. You will be able to purchase a signed copy of her book.
Bio: Bo Kyung Kim is a poet, dancer, and former music teacher. Her original name is Soon Sil Kim. She was born in Jeju, South Korea, graduated from the Jeju National University’s music department, and taught music at a junior high school. She taught a Korean traditional women’s group dance, called Gahng Gahng Suwollae, to people trying to prevent divorce, multi-racial harmony, and unification, in Michigan, Ohio, and California. She performed many solo dances dedicated to war victims, such as for The U.S. Civil War victims. She composed many peace songs. She graduated from the West Los Angeles College, and Cal State Los Angeles majoring Political Science, published five poetry books, including one English poetry book titled, “A Multicultural Song That I Sing Alone”, an essay book, and the “Gahng Gahng Suwollae” dance. She created 6 short stage art works, her own genre “Poetrysongdance.” She is currently a member of IWOSC, and the Korean American poet association.
Book description: U.S.is a Multiculturalist country. When the country was settling in early history, it built its own culture, from a mix of European cultures such as England, France, Netherland, Spain, Germany, and absorbed Native American and African culture. Later, Asian immigrants were added, the American culture became more colorful, and diversity was formed. Democracy was developed after the Second World War and the U.S. became a prosperous country. Multiculturalism bloomed in the country. However, in order to keep our freedom and human rights, we needed to possess guns. This book describes the brilliant beauty and also the dark side of the background of multiculturalism. It is a song that is brewing new cultures and the adjusting main culture sang by an immigrant from South Korea. U.S. multiculturalism is a melting pot in which all kinds of cultures gathered to make a new culture like a salad is using many materials. Also there are some love songs, the yearning of and patriotic songs about the author’s motherland, South Korea. The author’s loving environmental songs also express her upset about destroying mountains and rivers. This coincides with the author’s own thought, that “one body thought”, that human and natural environment such as mountains and rivers are one. Such environment is part of a human body. This means that the author loves the natural environment like her body. And author insist one body thought could solve the problem. Peace songs are also included. The author is a pure peace dancer, especially doing peace dance dedicated for the war victims such as the U.S. Independence War, the Civil War, and the Korean War Also while the author is writing peace poems and performs dance and music, creates the spirit of America or the world spirit though her works. For example, as we see in her poetry, she compares herself to her poem “white migratory bird.” She is a pure peace artist, differing from other poets who express individual stories. Also, poems about gun violence are included and the author suggests a solution that is her opinion, through these poems. Consequently, “A Multicultural Song that I Sing Alone ” is not only about multiculturalism in the U.S., but is also adding the author’s individual, natural environment, and peace songs, about pursuing peace and security for the society, the nation, and the environment. Everybody, young and old, should read this book and consider our society’s problems.