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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.

Genealogy Help

Family Tree


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

Monday, July 9     12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, July 30       4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Monday, August 6 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, August 29 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, September 10 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, September 19 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Monday, October 1 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, October 24 4:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library

Books & Bikes
Saturdays in the Park

Woman in a park, leaning against a bike with a book in her hands.


On Saturdays between May and September, a portion of Hines Drive is closed to car traffic -- perfect for a bike ride with some book talking. 

We'll meet at Helms Haven at 10 a.m. sharp and bike west to Nankin Mills for our turnaround -- a total of 13 miles (you're welcome to turn around earlier, if you  wish). 

Saturdays
June 23
July 21
August 18
September 22

This event is open to riders of all abilities. Children must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver. Please bring water. Helmet use is encouraged.

Lighthouses:
A Beacon into Michigan's History

Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, August 6, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Point Sable lighthouse on Lake Michigan

On August 7, 1789, U.S. Congress passed the Lighthouse Act, commissioning the first federally funded lighthouse in the country. Thirty-six years later, in 1825, the first lighthouse in Michigan was built at the source of the St. Clair River at Fort Gratiot. This first beacon was followed by another 200 built throughout the state.

Learn why Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, and what these monuments tell us about local, state, and national history. Lauren Nelson, manager of the Fort Gratiot Light Station, will discuss these topics and more.  

Adult Summer Reading Program 2018

Libraries Rock ribbon laptop violin and flowers

Summer Reading 2018 has begun! We encourage all ages, children, teens and adults to register and learn how to earn rewards. We will have six weeks of special programs to inspire reading and summer activity. Summer Reading is a great way to maintain and improve literacy skills throughout the summer and share fun and rewarding activities with the whole family. The program runs through August 4. 

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Family Fun Afternoon
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, Jun 27
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Bring the family for an afternoon of gaming including Bubble Talk, Skip-Bo, Uno and Yahtzee.
Snacks will be provided. 


Animal Spirit Guide
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, July 11
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Leslie Cirinesi, a Reiki master and animal communicator, will explain the Native American tradition of animal spirit guides, which are sent to individuals to offer help, guidance, and insight. Then you will be guided through a meditation to find your own animal spirit guide. 


Musical Bingo
People of all ages are welcome to play music-themed bingo for fun and prizes. 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Friday, July 13
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Caroline Kennedy Library
Saturday, July 14
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Motown Cupcake
Wars
All ages are invited to create a musical masterpiece with a cupcake. Registration is required. 
Register online here or by calling the libraries at the phone numbers below. 

Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, July 16
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

*Registration required.
Call 313-791-3800.

John F. Kennedy, Jr. LIbrary
Wednesday, July 18
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

*Registration required.
Call 313-791-6050.


Blood on the Mitten 

Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Tom Carr, author of Blood on the Mitten: Infamous Michigan Murders, 1700s to Present,
will discuss some of Michigan's most notorious murders and other crimes.  


Happy Laughter Yoga
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, July 18

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Laugh, clap, play, breath deeply, and gently stretch with laughter leader, Lynne West.
Participation will leave you feeling energized, happy, connected to others, and more relaxed. 
No yoga mat required. 


Super Simple, Super Nutritious
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, July 25
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Dr. Kerrie Saunders will show you how to get super nutrition using real food from your grocery store. She will discuss food friends and foes, little known sources of cholesterol, why most diets fail, where to start, and simple ingredient substitutions that can help make the transition to a healthier lifestyle quick and easy. Samples will be served.
Registration appreciated by calling 313-791-3800.


A Merry July Bingo

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Thursday, July 26
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

People of all ages are welcome to play bingo for fun and prizes. 

Summer Reading Finale
Kids can enjoy treats, games and crafts, Every child will receive a free book.
Our closing parties will also be the last opportunity for children to report reading and claim prizes. 

Caroline Kennedy Library
Friday, August 3
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Saturday, August 4
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Resume Assistance
Caroline Kennedy Library
Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Begins August 4, 2018

Person in business attire holding and looking at their resume

Librarian Mark Prindiville will provide tips and tricks to starting and building resumes.

Lighthouses:
A Beacon into Michigan's History

Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, August 6, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Point Sable lighthouse on Lake Michigan

On August 7, 1789, U.S. Congress passed the Lighthouse Act, commissioning the first federally funded lighthouse in the country. Thirty-six years later, in 1825, the first lighthouse in Michigan was built at the source of the St. Clair River at Fort Gratiot. This first beacon was followed by another 200 built throughout the state.

Learn why Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state, and what these monuments tell us about local, state, and national history. Lauren Nelson, manager of the Fort Gratiot Light Station, will discuss these topics and more.  

Trivia Night
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Orange rectangle with the words "Trivia Night" and stars in white

All adults are welcome to participate in trivia as we close the Adult Summer Library Program. Participants can win fabulous prizes! Refreshments will be served.

Sleep and Why We Need It
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

Tired man sitting on bed holding his head in his hands

Sleep affects how we feel, look, and perform on a daily basis. Kenan Hoelke from Beaumont Sleep Apnea Center will provide an overview of normal sleep and share facts and myths regarding sleep. You will learn about the types of sleep disorders and treatments, and tips for improving your sleep.

Image: Mic445 /CC by 2.0 

Is the New Series Still Star Trek?
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Star Trek emblem on deep space background

Dr. Trek, author/interviewer, producer, Larry Nemecek, beams back with us again from Los Angeles for a fresh look at Star Trek's return to the small screen this year and how it compares to past favorites. Larry will once again offer visuals and invite the audience to share their opinion.

Library Jeopardy
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Thursday, August 16, 2018
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Blue rectangle with white letters that say "Library Jeopardy!" white stars on left side

Patrons of all ages will be challenged with questions about the library and other subjects. Contestants can win library bucks, which can be redeemed for prizes.

Grand River Avenue:
From Detroit to Lake Michigan

Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Map of Michigan with a red line showing Grand River Avenue from Detroit to Muskegon.

Join historians and authors, Jon Milan and Gail Offen, as they take you on a journey along Michigan's "Blue Highway." From a Native American trail to one of America's first two-lane highways, meet interesting people, architectural gems, as you learn the lively history of Grand River Avenue.  

Image: Freddie by CC 3.0

History of Motown
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Motown 45 record of The Supremes
Susan Whitall will present the unique story of Motown, including the socioeconomic circumstances in Detroit that led to the rise of the record company that teenagers of all races embraced. Whitall covered Motown for several decades for The Detroit News and is the author of Women of Motown.

Image: The_Old_Grey_Wolf by CC 2.0

Behind the Seams:
Star Wars and the Power of Costume

Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Picture of RD-D2 and C-3PO. Words say "Behind the Scenes: Star Wars the Power of Costume."

Melanie Parker will present a behind the scenes look at Star Wars and the Power of Costume. This exhibition, now showing at the Detroit Institute of Arts,  examines the creative process of costume design for iconic outfits featured in episodes I - VII of the Star Wars saga. Free raffle for exhibition tickets.

Brain Drills
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

A human brain with legs lifting weights.

Join Kathy Housey, a Brains and Balance certified instructor, for fun and challenging brain drills designed to target different areas of the brain. A blend of long term, short term, episodic, and working memory drills will be provided. Also, faster paced drills will be administered to assess cognitive processing speed. 

How to Live to a Healthy 100
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Senior Couple Relaxing In Autumn Landscape

Dr. Joel Kahn will present data on the exciting field of longevity science. Can we live longer, better, and more naturally without medication, surgery and chronic disease? What has the study of centenarians taught us? From his book, The Plant Based Solution, Kahn will discuss answers to these questions and more. 

Cards for Vets
John F. Kennedy, Jr. Library
Saturday, September 15, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Chalk board that says, "Thank you Veterans" with an American flag.

People of all ages are encouraged to create cards and write letters to send to our troops for Veterans Day.

History of the English Language, Part IV
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

English dictionary opened to the entry for the word "dictionary"

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, and grammatical forms, and he will discuss the powerful influence of mass media and communications. 

movie ticket that says, "Literature to Film Club. Admit One."

If you enjoy reading books and watching movies, this club is for you! We'll meet on once a month at Caroline Kennedy Library to watch a movie,  and then discuss the transition and interpretation of literature on the silver screen. The movie will start at 6:00 p.m. with discussion to follow. Popcorn will be served. You're welcome to bring your own beverage along. 

Copies of the books will be available for check out at the Circulation Desk approximately one month prior to the meeting. 

Book & Film Schedule  2018-2019

September 19: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
October 17: The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
November 14: Kiss the Girls by James Patterson
December 19: Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
January 16: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
February 20: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
March 20: The Bone Collector by Jeffery Deaver
April 17: Beloved by Toni Morrison
May 15: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky

Budapest: Pearl of the Danube
Caroline Kennedy Library
Thursday, September 20, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

evening photo of the parliament building of Budapest along the Danube river

Hungary's capital has long been acclaimed as one of Europe's most beautiful, with its parliament building frequently highlighted on advertisements for Danube River cruises. Travel through one of the Roman Empire's northern provinces and experience the spas, bridges, markets, and historical areas of "Buda" and "Pest," two cities which merged in 1873 to form today's popular tourist destination.

Yellow post it note saying, "Flu Shots Available"Get Your Flu Shot
Caroline Kennedy Library
Saturday, September 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Walgreens staff will be on hand to gently administer flu shots. The shots are free with most insurance plans. Bring your insurance card and driver's license.

The Arsenal of Democracy
Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, September 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Cover of book, "Rosie, A Detroit Herstory." The cover is yellow with a artists rendering of Rosie the Riveter.

Detroit answered President Roosevelt's 1940 call for America to become the "arsenal of democracy," manufacturing about 30% of all war material made in the United States. With the men away, women filled positions, including and surpassing riveting and manufacturing.  Hear the story of the pivotal role both Detroit and women played in the Allied victory as told by Bailey Sisoy Isgro, author of Rosie, A Detroit Herstory

Native Nocturnals
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

barred owl on a branch in the woods

Night Nature Alliance will present a closer look at Michigan's night life. Discover some of the ways these animals survive in the dark, some tips on how to spot them in nature, and was that you can help our nocturnal wildlife.

Hear the Roar: The Detroit Tigers' Tale
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Detroit Tigers logo. Blue circle that says, "Detroit Tigers," with a tiger at the center.

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

Altered Books Craft Series
Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, October 15, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

folded book pages transform a book into art that says "create"

Join us for a new craft series as we transform old books into new art. Creating an altered book involves using mixed media to transform a book into a new object with new meaning. We will cut, tear, glue, paint and stamp to create a unique scrapbook, journal, or beautiful work of art. At each month's meeting, a new theme will be presented.

Stress and Cortisol
Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, October 15, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Man sitting at laptop with head in hands, clearly stressed

Cortisol is a hormone involved in the regulation of metabolism and stress. Without modulating your cortisol, you can experience a breakdown of muscles, fat storage, illness, and it can even affect your brain. Kathy Housey, a certified fitness trainer and health educator, will guide you through different techniques for reducing cortisol production and decreasing stress. 

Depression Screening
Caroline Kennedy Library
Monday, October 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Person holding a piece of paper in front of their face that has a frowning face drawn on it.

National Depression Screening Day gives people the opportunity to take a free, anonymous questionnaire to assess their risk for mood and anxiety disorders and to be provided referral for treatment. Screening will be administered by staff from Cruz Clinic. 

Cast Iron Cooking
Caroline Kennedy Library
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. 

Cast iron skillet on white background

Cast iron has been around for hundreds of years and has benefits unmatched by other cookware. Learn the advantages of cast iron cooking from culinary instructor Mary Spencer, who will demonstrate how to make lasagna, cornbread, and Bananas Foster in a skillet. Recipes and samples provided. Registration appreciated by calling 313-791-3800

Ghosts of Prison Past 
Caroline Kennedy Library
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

black and white photo inside an Irish prison

Storyteller and founder of Jackson Historic Prison Tours, Judy Gail Krasnow, has lived in the former prison, now and artist community for ten years, and has had many visitations. Hear her tales of the apparitions of prison past, of her EVP "interviews" with some of them, of their pursuit of her in an underground tunnel, and how they may well be the ones that lured her to move into the old prison to tell its history.