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Adult Programs

Programs for Adults


Adult Programs

All programs are held at Caroline Kennedy Library unless otherwise noted. 

Attendance at Library events constitutes consent to be photographed for use in print and/or electronic publicity for the Dearborn Heights Libraries.

Ongoing Adult Programs

Computer Classes
General Book Discussion
Knitting and Needlecrafts Group
Mystery Book Club

Genealogy Help

Interested in exploring your family's past? Members of the Dearborn Genealogical Society will be available to help you research your family using and other websites.

Family TreeSessions at Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, February 5, 2018 ⋅ 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 ⋅ 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 ⋅  4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Monday, April 2, 2018 ⋅ 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sessions at John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Monday, March 5, 2018 ⋅ 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 ⋅ 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Local Names, BIG IMPACT: Famous Dearborn Area Residents
Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, February 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

photo of george peppard, john dingell, and henry ford

Assistant Chief Curator of the Dearborn Historical Museum, Andrew Kercher, will delve into the lives of famous Dearborn/Dearborn Heights residents, detailing how their lives have impacted our community and beyond. From the Nankin family of the 1830's to actor George Peppard, you might be surprised by the many famous people who have called this area home.

Black History Month
Black Storytellers:
Genevieve and Johnny Bellamy
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass

Please join us as we honor Black History Month with Detroit actors and storytellers, Genevieve and John Bellamy. The Bellamy's will step back in time and share stories of slavery, life on a plantation and a daring escape.

Polish Cooking
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Culinary instructor Mary Spencer returns to demonstrate more specialty dishes of her Polish heritage. She will prepare mizeria (cucumber salad), kapusta (sauerkraut and pork), and sernik (Polish cheesecake). Samples and recipes will be provided. Registration is appreciated, 313-791-3800. 

Protecting Yourself: Property and Casualty Basics
Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, February 26, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

A consultant from Hantz Financial will explain the home and auto insurance coverage you need to protect your family's assets in case of a catastrophic event. By managing the risks, you can minimize the impact of unfortunate events and maintain your family's financial goals.

Ukelele Sing Alongtwo ukeleles
Caroline Kennedy Library 
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Ukelele players and singers of all abilities are encouraged to join members of the Great Lakes Ukulele Gathering for an evening of musical fun. All music will be projected onto a screen so everyone can follow along. 

Create-A-Card Party for Our Troopschalk board that says thank you veterans and the American flag
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library 
Thursdays --- March 1 and April 5
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

People of all ages are invited to decorate and inscribe cards to send to our troops.

pink hydrangea
Hydrangeas 101

Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

The beauty of hydrangea blossoms is unmistakable. It's no surprise that it is the second most planted ornamental plant for gardens. 

An expert from English Gardens will discuss the categories of hydrangeas, including those best suited for our area, and provide tips on proper care. 

Cover of book Brewed in Michigan
Craft Beer

Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

William Rapai, author of Brewed in Michigan, will take us back to the early days of Michigan craft beer and explain what craft beer is, why it took so long to catch on, why it's so popular today, and what makes our state's craft beer culture special. Samples will be served. For ages 21 and older. Reservations required by calling 313-791-3800. 

black & white photo of author Annie Spence

Author Annie Spence

Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Join author Annie Spence for a discussion of her delightful new book, Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks --
           "A Librarian's Love Letters and Break-Up Notes to the Books in her Life."

Cleaning tools with flowersSpring Clean Your Life
Caroline Kennedy Library
Saturday, March 10, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Learn how to remove the personal clutter in your life that is preventing you from being your best you. Professional organizer Soo Porter will help you assess what is important so you can move forward personally and professionally. 

History of Ford Motor Security Department
Caroline Kennedy Library 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Anthony Rzucidlo will provide an insider's view of operations of the Ford Motor Security Department,  where he worked for more than thirty years. He will cover the history as well as present day management. 

Library Jeopardythree three leaved clovers
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Thursday, March 15, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Patrons of all ages will be challenged with questions about Ireland, St. Patrick's Day, and any other subjects we can dream up. Win "Library Bucks" and redeem for prizes. 

Ethnic Cooking
Caroline Kennedy Library
Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Culinary instructor Mary Spencer will prepare a variety of ethnic foods reflecting the diverse cultures in metro Detroit. Mary will prepare panzanella (Italian bread and tomato salad), Hungarian chicken paprikash, and warm Indian pudding. Recipes and samples will be provided. Registration is appreciated by calling 313-791-3800.

Hear the Roar: The Detroit Tigers' TaleDetroit Tiger Logo
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Four World Series championships. Eleven league pennants. Seven division titles. Since 1901, the Tigers have been one of baseball's most exciting teams with dynamic athletes, such as Willie Horton, Hank Greenberg and Ty Cobb, and have played many unforgettable games at four ballparks in downtown Detroit. Join Dr. William Anderson as he explores the Tigers' storied history.

AARP Technology Workshops
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, March 20
AARP will offer hands-on instruction.
Registration required (beginning March 1)
by calling 1-866-591-8105

Senior woman being taught about the iPad  

Intro to iPad
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Discover the iPad's capabilities.

iPad: Beyond the Basics
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Master your iPad.

Sharing Safely on FaceBook
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
Connect with family and friends on the world's largest social media network. Please bring your FaceBook login and password. 

Online Safety
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
Empower yourself with the skills to identify and avoid online scams.

Estate Planning Word Circles Concept with great terms such as heir, laws, assets and more.

Estate Planning

Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

An estate plan helps to ensure that assets are transferred effectively to your heirs with minimum cost and delay. A consultant from Hantz Financial will explain the legal documents that are needed to support your wishes upon incapacitation or death. 

Mango Languages logo

Mango Languages
Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, March 26, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Learn how to best use Mango Languages to study a foreign language or to learn English as a second language. 

Pre-Retirement Planningglass jar filled with coins that says retirement
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

A consultant from Hantz Financial will review financial issues concerning retirement, including how much money is needed, asset allocation, how to maintain an income, investment options, the role of inflation, tax implications, and estate planning. 

Woodlawn Cemeteryphoto of the gates at Woodlawn Cemetery
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Russell Rheaume will delve into the history of this iconic Michigan cemetery and the many mausoleums of the rich and famous who are buried there. 

History of the English Language, Part IV:
Now and in the Future
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Historian Jim Glenn continues his examination of American English word and phrase origins. He will look at changes that are occurring in word usage, pronunciation, grammatical forms, and the powerful influences of mass media and communications.

pink zinnia
Top Performing Annuals

Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, April 30, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us to hear from an expert from English Gardens about the ins and outs of planting annual flowers, including how and when to plant them.

Perennial Gardeningperennial garden
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Bring color and texture to your garden year after year. An expert from English Gardens will share best garden performers, plus tips on selection and care. 

Create a Card Party for Our Troops

Now you can bring the party to your house with these handy printing templates! Simply fill them out and turn them in to the John F. Kennedy Jr. Library at your convenience. Click here for the name-only version or here for the children's version. If supervising a minor, please only use first names with no mention of addresses for safety's sake. Our troops work so hard and sacrifice so much, and this is a lovely way to show our appreciation!