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Library of Things
We’ve been working on a Library of Things for a while now. We had to place the project on hold with the pandemic and concerns for safety, but now we’ve officially opened our non-traditional collection.

We will be adding to the collection as we learn which items are most in demand, but currently our collection contains a CD/DVD player, cordless drill, paper shredder, therapy light, STEM kits and board games.

The items go out for two weeks, there are no renewals, and items need to be returned inside at the circulation desk.
Please call for more information! (517) 423-2238
Seed Library

It's time to start planting your seedlings which means the return of TDL's Seed Library!

The seeds are free, so make your choices and try them out. We hope that once the plants are grown, some of the seeds will be dried and returned to the library for others to plant next year. We received many generous donations from seed companies and we also purchased some seeds to get the project started. Stop in and see what might be fun to grow this summer.

A place to look for more information on seed libraries is at Michigan Seed Library
Spring Author Series
First Lady Poster Project

We are all taught about our country's presidents, but we know much less about the First Ladies. When a president assumes office, either his wife, a woman relative, or even a friend serves as a hostess at their home, the White House. Some of these women became quite famous, but many remain relatively unknown despite being interesting people who led very interesting lives. 

The Tecumseh District Library and the Tecumseh/Lenawee County Chapter of the League of Women Voters are sponsoring a poster project which focuses on the First Ladies of the United States. Tecumseh Middle Schoolers were invited to submit their entries.

Come to the library throughout the month of March to see the many ways our local students have honored our First Ladies for Women's History Month.


Audiobooks With Sonja

The Collected Stories of Winnie-The-Pooh
 by A.A. Milne
read by Stephen Fry, Judi Dench, Michael Williams,
Geoffrey Palmer, and Jane Horrocks

I was drawn to this title by the sheer amount of first rate stars forming the cast list. Feeling like a trip down memory lane into my own childhood days, I happily leaned back, closed my eyes and gave myself over to this amazing production of A.A. Milne's timeless classic about a bear with "very little brains".
What is there to say other than that the casting is simply superb. Stephen Fry finds just the right amount of understated befuddlement in his voice to make the listener instantly fall in love with Winnie-the-Pooh. Dame Judi Dench makes Kanga’s motherly love shine through with a reading full of gentle tenderness. Jane Horrocks incorporates Piglet. I was thinking hard about how to describe her achievement and can only say it like that, a small voice for "a very little animal” with an amazingly big effect. 
And then there is the indomitable Geoffrey Palmer as Eeyore. What an inspiration! With his deep, even baritone, there is none better to bring the melancholic donkey to life. The audio book is rounded out by the voice talents of Finty Williams (Roo), Robert Daws (Rabbit) and Michael Williams (Owl). The production introduces Steven Webb as Christopher Robin. His wonderfully melodious little boy's voice is simply beautiful and so full of gentle understanding for the shenanigans of the stuffed animals. 
As if this is not enough already to transport the listener to audio book heaven, this production is enhanced with the background noises of the 100-Acre-Woods. Bees are buzzing and branches are breaking.  Most noteworthy, however,  are the uplifting piano tunes. Those familiar with Winnie-the-Pooh know that he is a great poet and that he loves to hum. His "diddely dums" and poems are accompanied by lovely piano music which might induce toe and finger wiggling. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself spontaneously joining Pooh and belting out joyous “tiddely poms”. The piano plays its own little part reacting to Pooh Bear's lead wherever he goes with a story. Great praise goes to the  composer and the pianist for adding the extra gold dust to this already enchanting production.  
All in all, I can honestly say that I have very seldom come across an audio book production where so much gentle love is transmitted from the performers to the listener. This four and a half hour audio book comprises both books Winnie-The-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. It gives us the full circle of the A.A.Milne's stories starting with the first story In which we are introduced and ending with the last story In which Christopher Robin and Pooh come to an enchanted place, and we leave them there.
Needless to say, it was with a certain degree of melancholy that I came to the end of this stunning audio book. I was just about ready to commiserate with Eeyore for a spell and knock on the door of his house. But then I realized that I did not have to leave the 100-Acre-Woods forever.  I will come back and visit whenever I feel the need to be inspired by the timeless wisdom of a bear "with very little brains."

TDL owns this title on audio and in print. Both formats can be found in the Children's Section of the library. The audio book is also available on Libby.
Readers Advisory

Things...of all Sorts


Click on any of the above images for more information and to reserve a copy. More selections may be found in the library catalog. Others can be found on hoopla or Libby.

For more ideas about what to read next, check our displays throughout the library, browse our Staff Reviews, or pick up a copy of BookPage, available at the Circulation Desk.
Contact for Adult Programming:
Chuck Harpst 
(517) 423-2238
Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Sushi-Making Experience
(Registration Required)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

TDL is teaming up with 3 Dudes & Dinner for an amazing sushi making experience. You will learn the art of basic sushi rolling as well as enjoying the delicious product you make. 


LOCATION: Tecumseh District Library
215 N. Ottawa St.

Register for Sushi-Making Experience
Monday, March 6, 2023
The Birthplace of Professional Hockey
on Zoom
(Registration Required)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

This virtual presentation with William J. Sproule, author of Houghton: The Birthplace of Professional Hockey, explores the early hockey history in Canada and the United States, the Stanley Cup, early hockey in the Copper Country, the original International Hockey League, the teams and players in the league, and what happened after the league folded.

William J. (Bill) Sproule is a Professor Emeritus, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan, where he taught transportation engineering, public transit, airport design, and hockey history. He is a member of several associations including the Historical Society of Michigan, the Houghton County Historical Society, and the Society for International Hockey Research. Bill is a co-author of the fifth edition of the airport textbook, Planning and Design of Airports, and author of Copper Country Streetcars.

Zoom Link:

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page,

Register for Houghton
Tuesday, March 7, 2023
The Problem of Electronic Waste and How to Make Our Devices Last Longer
on Zoom
(Registration Required)
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

During this virtual presentation, computer guru Jim Keen will explore the problems of electronic waste. He will explain how to make our devices last longer, and when necessary, the proper way to dispose of our electronics.

Jim Keen holds a B.A. in communications and a M.A. in educational studies from the University of Michigan. He currently owns and operates Keen Focus Technology Tutoring.

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page,

Register for The Problem of Electronic Waste
Monday, March 13, 2023
The Civil Rights Movement:
Church, Faith & God
(Registration Required)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Local author Cyndi Gray will discuss her historical fiction book, Locust in the Sandbox.

Her book tells the story of Josie Bee Johnson who is on her way to the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963. Before she arrives, however, “locusts” attack. A bomb placed by the Ku Klux Klan is detonated in the church basement killing 11-year-old Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson. Tragically unfolding during one of the most difficult times in the Civil Rights Movement, the brutal deaths of the girls fueled the fight for civil rights with intense energy and momentum.  

In the meantime, Josie Johnson’s heart breaks as she is overwhelmed with distrust and anger. She questions her family, her church, her faith and her God. Eventually, with the help of a group of caring women from church, Josie looks for a way to honor and remember her slain friends. Josie also needs to do her best to protect her own heart and not give in to the desire for revenge.

Currently working on the sequel to Locust in the Sandbox, Gray plans on incorporating firsthand accounts from individuals and family members who experienced the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in 1963.  

Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.

LOCATION: Tecumseh District Library
215 N. Ottawa St.

Register on our website
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
Pub Trivia Night with Sporcle Live
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Play trivia with Sporcle Live at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. and win great Tecumseh Brewing Company prizes each game. Reference/Local History Librarian Chuck Harpst will be available to answer your library questions.

LOCATION: Tecumseh Brewing Company
128 W. Chicago Blvd.
Thursday, March 16, 2023
Charcuterie Board Class
(Registration Required)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Find out how to craft a fabulous charcuterie board with John and Erika Aylward at The Boulevard Market! Learn all the professional tricks, tips and recipes.


LOCATION: Boulevard Market
102 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh
Register on our website
Friday, March 17, 2023
Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute Tour
(Registration Required)
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Here's your chance to tour the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute and meet the new Director of Operations, Dena Koehn. See the Woodworking Warriors in action. Learn about their core programs including Woodworking for Warriors, 40-week Furniture Making Program, 5-day intensive courses taught by world renowned instructors, and youth woodworking courses. 

LOCATION: Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute, 1375 N. Main St. #41, Adrian, MI
Register on our website
Monday, March 20, 2023
Ground Yoga Class
(Registration Required)
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ground Yoga offers a slow flow, centered on connecting deeply with the breath between aligned, mindful movements. Accessible to all levels, Ground Yoga harnesses intense focus through grounding energy and balance between effort and ease.

Registration code for this free class at Way of Life Yoga is TDLMAR20. The studio is located 703 E. Chicago Blvd. Click here to register for the class.

Please take the time to complete the online Participation Agreement prior to the class. Click here for the Participation Agreement.    

LOCATION: Way of Life Yoga
703 E. Chicago Blvd., Tecumseh
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
The Story of the Bath School Massacre
on Zoom
(Registration Required)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

During this virtual presentation, join Michigan Notable Author John Smolens as he discusses his 2022 Michigan Notable Books winner, Day of Days.

A fictional telling of the historic 1927 Bath, MI school bombing, Day of Days examines how such a trauma scars one’s life long after the dead are laid to rest and the wounded heal, and how an anguished but resilient American village copes with the bombing, which in its time seemed beyond comprehension, and yet now may be considered a harbinger of the future.

John Smolens is professor emeritus at Northern Michigan University where he taught in the English Department and served as the director of the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. Smolens has published twelve works of fiction, eleven novels and a collection of short stories. His most recent novel is Day of Days.

Zoom Link:

This special event will also be streamed on Facebook Live, which can be viewed from the library’s Facebook page,

Register on our website
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Invite Food Safety to the Party
(Registration Required)
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Celebrations of all kinds aren’t a party until there’s food.  Find out tips and tricks to make any gathering a success with Mary Donaldson, Food Safety Program Educator, Michigan State University Extension. 

Register on our website
Wednesday, March 29, 2023
Floating Teacups:
Magical Touch of Spring
(Registration Required)
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Give any room in your house a magical touch with a beautiful floating teacup design! Turn an ordinary cup and saucer into an artistic and winsome household decoration with local artist Susan Amstutz of the Carnegie Studios. Please bring your favorite teacup and saucer to decorate.


LOCATION: Tecumseh District Library
215 N. Ottawa St.
Register on our website
Thursday, March 30, 2023
Genealogy Club
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Area genealogists will provide guidance, tips, tricks and resources for those delving into their family’s history. Genealogists, no matter their expertise, are welcome to attend the group.

Teen Programs
For more information on Teen Programming:
(517) 423-2238
Teen Book Box

Hey Teens! Are you lost when deciding what to read? Do you wish someone (your friendly neighborhood librarian) would magically hand you what you want to read? Then register here to order your Teen Book Box.

On the registration form, you’ll answer a few questions to help your librarian select a book tailored to your interests. You'll get an email or phone call once your Book Box is ready to pick up, then you can stop by the library and pick up your Book Box like any other reserve. Your box will include some special items for you to keep, along with your book.

By checking out a Book Box, you agree to be responsible for any fines and fees for late returns or damaged books, just like checking out any other library book.

Please return the book and box by dropping it in the outdoor drop box. Everything else is yours to keep! 

Register for a Book Box
Wednesday, March 1, 15, & 29, 2023
3 pm - 5 pm

LOCATION: Meeting Room A-1

Board Game Club

Teens from 7th through 12th grade are welcome to join us in playing board games with friends. Some of our favorites include Settlers of Catan, Chess, and Magic the Gathering (with premade decks provided if needed), but we also encourage participants to bring their own favorite games!

For the upcoming St. Patrick's Day holiday, today's Teen Board Game Club will include a Lucky Charms Catapult! Come to Meeting Room A at 3pm to make yours, and try to launch Lucky Charms into the leprechaun pots! Board games will also be provided. 

Wednesday, March 8 & 22, 2023
3 pm - 5 pm

LOCATION: Meeting Room A2

Video Game Club


We invite teens from 7th through 12th grade to join us as we play various Nintendo Switch games.  Games played will include Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart 8, and more!  Some controllers will be provided, but please bring your own if possible.

Thursday, March 9, 2023
Pages & Potluck
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably. --C.S. Lewis

Hey Teens! We are trying out a new, more relaxed format for our monthly Book Club. Starting this month, you are welcome to come to Meeting Room A from 3pm to 4pm and talk about any books you have read. Tell us what you liked about them, what you didn't like about them, and maybe give us suggestions for titles to add to the library collection. Bring a snack to share for the Potluck portion--your friendly neighborhood librarian will provide beverages. 

LOCATION: Meeting Room A2
Thursday, March 16, 2023
Teen Dungeons and Dragons Meet Up
(Registration Required)
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come join the campaign as we play Dungeons and Dragons, or other role-playing games. Bring your dice if you have some and join your dungeon masters, Brock and Ms. Day. 

Please register here so we can better prepare and make a fun experience for all. Space is limited.

Register for Teen D & D Meet Up
Grab and Go Craft

Make a paper shamrock wreath to hang in your house for St. Patrick's Day! Get your kit while supplies last.

TDL's Most Wanted
TDL's Most Wanted Titles
For March


by Prince Harry 

Lessons in Chemistry
by Bonnie Garmus

Click on the book image to reserve your title today!
Children's Programs
Contact for Children's Programming:
Mary Beth Reasoner
Children's Librarian  
Page Turners

Tecumseh District Library offers children an opportunity to read aloud to a friendly Staff Member for 30 minutes in or near the Children’s Area. Their parent will remain in the building during this time.
  • Books read are chosen by the child.
  • Reading skills are practiced.
  • Gentle assistance may be given for decoding words and reading with inflection.
  • New library friendships are made! 
To schedule your appointment, call us at (517) 423-2238.
Thursday, March 9, 2023
Crafty Crew
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Make-it & Take-it Crafts Programs for Third Graders & Fourth Graders

Join the Crafty Crew and enjoy making crafts once a month after school
for two hours with Mrs. Reasoner, Children's Librarian.

While Mrs. Reasoner is recovering from knee surgery during March and April,
her colleague, Mrs. Gina Walmsley, 
will fill in for her.
Gina loves our library kids and she loves crafting, so she is looking forward to these programs!

The Crew will meet on the second Thursday of every month
from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in Imagination Station!

Registration is required and is limited to ten participants.

Click HERE for more information.

Register for Crafty Crew
Thursday, March 9, 2023
Pot o' Gold Story Time
(Registration Required)
6:45 PM - 7:30 PM


POT O' GOLD: A St. Patrick's Day Story Time

While Mrs. Reasoner is recovering from knee surgery, her colleague, Mrs. Wendy Van Geison, will fill in for her!
Mrs. Van Geison is a retired teacher, principal, and superintendent who loves children and children's books!
She is delighted to share several of her favorite books, songs, and poems with our Story Timers!

She'll be wearing her favorite shades of green and gold!  How about you?


Thursday, March 9, 2023
from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In-person Story Time is designed for 3-year-olds through 2nd graders.

Registration is required due to space limitations.

Register for Pot o' Gold Story Time
Mosaic Maniacs
will be on hiatus for a few months. Please check our website for updates.
Libby Reading App for Magazines

Free online magazines with your TDL library card through LIbby!


What magazines are available?

  • Popular titles such as Us Weekly, National Geographic, Good Housekeeping, Vanity Fair, and Rolling Stone
  • Special interest titles such as PC World, Bon Appetit, Minecraft World, and Women’s Fitness
  • Titles in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, German, French, and more
  • Rolling 3 years of back issues, wherever available
Library Hours
Regular Hours

Monday- Thursday
10 am - 8 pm

10 am - 5 pm

(October - April)
1 pm - 5 pm
Dates to Know


TDL Board of Trustees

3rd Tuesday
March 21, 2023
5:30 pm

Tecumseh District Library
Lower Level

Friends of the Tecumseh District Library

2nd Monday
March 13, 2023
6:30 pm


Friends of the
Tecumseh District Library
Book Sale

March 4, 2023
10 am - 2 pm
Library Clubs
Wednesday March 15, 2023
Book Bingo (Registration Required)
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Play bingo to win books and other prizes, have fun and make new friends.  All adults are welcome to play. 

Special prizes will be provided by ProMedica Charlotte Stephenson Manor.


CONTACT:  Chuck Harpst  (517) 423-2238
LOCATION: Tecumseh District Library, 215 N. Ottawa St.
 There are 30 spaces available.
Register for Book Bingo

TDL Afternoon Book Club
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

TDL Evening Book Club
Monday, March 20, 2023 
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

LOCATION: Meeting Room B


We are reading
This Tender Land
by William Kent Kruger

Please come and join us for a spirited discussion.

CONTACT:  Sonja Downey  
(517) 423-2238
Printing Options

Patrons may print from our public computers with a TDL library card, or from our Express computer without a TDL library card. We also will print for patrons if neither of these options works.

Our policy:
  • We will print as staff time allows.
  • Please wait to pick up printing until receiving email notification that the print job is complete.
  • Black and white printing is .10 per page with a TDL card and .20 per page without one.
  • Color printing is .50 per page with a TDL card and .75 per page without one.
We invite you to enjoy our many services, including:
  • CDs
  • DVDs & Blu-Ray
  • Audio books
  • eBooks
  • Periodicals
  • Video Games
  • Public access computers
  • WiFi
  • Printing
  • Fax Service
  • Copy Machine
  • Quiet study rooms
  • Take-Read-Return Books
  • Early Literacy Stations
  • Notary Public
  • Ancestry Library Edition
  • THS Digitized School Yearbooks
  • Digitized Tecumseh Herald Newspapers from 1940-1979
For more information, CLICK HERE.
Cardholder Perks
The following benefits are always available to TDL Cardholders:
  • Discounts on copies and faxes: 10¢ B/W copies, 50¢ Color copies and 50¢ FAX
  • Discount on Notary services: $1.00/document
  • One-on-one assistance with personal electronic devices including e-readers and phones
  • Mango Languages
  • MEL Inter-library loan
  • Libby for free e-books, audiobooks, & magazines.
  • Unlimited internet access on public use computers
  • Online and remote access to America's News database
  • hoopla Digital for ebooks, music, movies & more
  • Michigan Activity Pass "Check out" FREE or discounted admission passes to hundreds of Michigan state parks, campgrounds, museums, trails, arts & cultural destinations, and more.
Looking for help with homework? With and your library card, you have access to free online tutoring, homework help, practice quizzes, videos to help parents, and more!

Mostly I go to the library for books, but also sometimes I just go to exist in a space that’s organized, peaceful, comfortable, welcoming, and run by somebody who actually seems to know what they’re doing, because that energy is straight-up medicinal.

~Jonathan Edward Durham

Coming in April @TDL

For more information about
all upcoming events, 

04/03/2023 7 pm
Soak up the Rain:
Introduction to Rain Gardens
(Registration Required)
04/04/2023 7 pm
Pub Trivia Night
with Sporcle Live
at Tecumseh Brewing Company
04/05/2023 3 pm
Teen Video Game Club
04/05/2023 6:45 pm
Easter Eggstavaganza Story Time
(Registration Required)
04/11/2023 7 pm
Exploring Germfask:
The Alctraz Camp
on Zoom
(Registration Required)
04/12/2023 1 pm
Travel Adventures in Israel and Egypt
04/12/2023 3 pm 
Teen Board Game Club
04/13/2023 3 pm
Pages & Potluck
04/13/2023 4 pm
Crafty Crew
(Registration Required)
04/18/2023 7 pm
Earth Day Celebration
at Hidden Lake Gardens
04/19/2023 1 pm
Book Bingo
(Registration Required)
04/19/2023 3 pm 
Teen Video Game Club
04/20/2023 3 pm

04/20/2023 7 pm 
Helping Those in Need:
Homeless Mat Demonstration
(Registration Required)
04/24/2023 7 pm
Great American Loop Adventure
(Registration Required)
04/25/2023 7 pm
The Clash of Cultures:
Teumseh, the Prophet, and William Harrison
04/26/2023 3 pm
Teen Board Game Club
04/27/2023 6 pm
Genealogy Club
Women's History Month
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