Hamburg Library

Programming at the Library

REGISTRATION REQUIRED for all programs to insure available seating, supplies, and hand-out materials. Registration begins December 18.

Programs with fees must register in person at the circulation desk. Class fees are non-refundable. Age requirement of 15 years and up unless otherwise indicated. All programs begin promptly at time indicated.

If registering a group of more than 2 people, you must provide names and phone numbers for each person and registration is non-transferable.

Non-fee programs can be registered using the register link below the program date. Please click the month you wish to see.

Registration begins December 18
Pre-registration is required for Lapsit and Storyhour. No fees. All programs begin promptly on time. Watch Facebook for weather cancellations and library closed dates. When Pinckney Schools are closed, we will not be having storyhour.

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Lil' Wigglers Baby Time Program:
Ages newborn to 2 years old

Thursdays @ 10am - 10:45am
January 11 to April 26

NO CLASS: 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5

A storytime designed for babies, newborn to 2 years old. Join us for 45 minutes of fun! Parent or caregiver and child will interact while participating in stories and songs in a format designed especially for babies. Free play will follow with age appropriate toys and socialization for babies and caregivers.

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Lapsit Program:
Ages 2-3 years

Mondays @ 10am - 10:45am
January 8 to April 23

Geared towards 2-3 year olds. Join us for 45 minute of parent and child interaction through stories, songs and fingerplays all from the comfort of the caregiver's lap.

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Storyhour:
Ages 3-5 years old

Mondays @ 1:30pm - 2:30pm
January 8 to April 23
or
Thursdays @ 10am - 11am
January 11 to April 26

Geared towards 3-5 year olds. Children will enjoy 30 minutes of storytelling followed by a 30 minute theme-related craft, with parent/caregiver participation.

Great Decisions

Mondays, 1/8, 2/12, 3/12, 4/9, 5/14, 9/10, 10/8, 11/12 @ 1:30pm
Register online

Great Decisions will take place once per month throughout the year. Please join us for discussion and video that will highlight topics of universal interest from around the world. Purchase your optional workbook at: www.fpa.org/great_decisions

Loom Knitting

Thursday, January 11 @ 12pm
Register online

Baby, it's cold outside! Keep warm by learning how to knit a winter hat for you or a loved one using a circular loom, ranging in size from baby to adult hats. No knitting experience is necessary for this simple process.

MOVIE: The Zookeeper's Wife (PG-13)

Thursday, January 18 @ 1pm

Positive Discipline

Monday, January 29 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Learn how to create appropriate environments and experiences to help strengthen the development of self-control in young children through positive discipline.


Valentines for Veterans

Thursday, February 1 @ 12pm
Register online

Help thank and celebrate our United States veterans by crafting cards to send them for Valentine's Day. We'll provide basic supplies, but feel free to bring additional cardmaking or scrapbooking supplies you may have, to share. No experience necessary.

Valentine's Craft (AGES: 5 and Under)

Tuesday, February 6 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Join Miss Carol and Miss Christie for a crafty evening as well as a snack.

Tax Assistance at the Library

Thursdays, 2/8, 2/22, 3/8, 3/22, 4/5

AARP tax assistants will help you prepare your tax returns and file online. By appointment only. Call for your appointment date and time at: 810-231-1771.
Appointment dates and times as follows:
Thursdays, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 5
9:30am – 3:00pm. 1 hour appointment.

You must pick up an information packet at the front desk prior to your appointment date.

Detroit's Movie Palaces

Tuesday, February 13 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Just in time for Oscar season, take a look back at Detroit’s majestic movie palaces that surrounded Grand Circus Park. Author Michael Hauser will talk about the heyday of movie viewing in downtown Detroit, including the architecture, programming, concessions, specialty venues, and changes over time. His book will be available for sale and signing. Come early to peruse photos and artifacts 6:00 – 6:30pm.

MOVIE: The Glass Castle (PG-13)

Thursday, February 15 @ 1pm

Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser

Saturday, February 24 @ 12pm-2pm
Register online

Come support the Library and enjoy delicious chili from your friends and neighbors, then vote for your favorite in both categories (Kids ages 10-17, Adults 18 and up). $3 per person will get you samples of each chili and all proceeds will benefit the Library. Beverages will be provided.

To enter your chili in the cook-off, you must pre-register. Kids over 10 and adults are welcome to participate. Bring your chili in a slow cooker 11:30am -12:00pm with any accompanying toppings you wish. Prizes will be awarded to winners in both categories.

Promoting Social-Emotional Health in young children

Monday, February 26 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Learn tips and tools to help young children develop critical social-emotional skills through daily routine, language and play, which will help them adapt in school and build successful relationships.

Drop-In Tech Help

Wednesdays, 2/21, 3/21, 4/25 @ 4pm - 7pm

National Honor Society students from Pinckney High School will be on-hand to provide free basic tech help. Bring in your phone, tablet, or laptop, or use one of the library computers. Get help using apps, email, internet, Microsoft Office, and electronic library resources, like e-books. No Registration Required.

Paperclip Bookmark

Thursday, March 1 @ 12pm
Register online

Kick off Reading Month by creating 2 bookmarks out of giant paper clips and scrapbook paper. These cute bookmarks are perfect to give as gifts or keep for your own reading.

Railroad History

Tuesday, March 13 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Learn about history, mystery, and murder on Michigan’s railways with Dean Pyers from the Steam Railroading Institute. He will discuss the history of steam locomotive 1225, the early railroads around Hamburg, the origins of Europe’s famed Orient Express train, and explore what sort of crimes occurred on Michigan’s early railroads.

MOVIE: Victoria and Abdul (PG-13)

Thursday, March 15 @ 1pm

Live Music: Music of the 1920s & 30s

Monday, March 19 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Join local musician Eric Shore for an hour-long solo piano concert focused on popular American standards of the 1920s and 1930s which were popular during the time period of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. The concert will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation with historical information and a display of period sheet music and 78 RPM records.

Drop-In Tech Help

Wednesdays, 2/21, 3/21, 4/25 @ 4pm - 7pm

National Honor Society students from Pinckney High School will be on-hand to provide free basic tech help. Bring in your phone, tablet, or laptop, or use one of the library computers. Get help using apps, email, internet, Microsoft Office, and electronic library resources, like e-books. No Registration Required.

Last Stop: Murder -- Murder Mystery Party (FEE: $5)

Friday, March 23 @ 7pm

You’re invited to a Murder Mystery Party! You are a passenger on the luxurious Oriental Express, along with several unsavory characters, almost certainly up to no good. Unexpectedly, the train is snowed in and one of the passengers is murdered. With the help of your fellow passengers, you must work to identify the murderer before the police arrive. Can you discover “who done it”? Pre-registration is required. Characters will be assigned upon arrival, based on the order in which you registered. A variety of appetizers, desserts, and beverages will be served.

Peeps Diorama

Saturday, March 24 - Saturday, April 14

1. Think of a scene from a book. Make your diorama using a shoebox and keep it clean.
2. Turn in your finished diorama between March 24 and March 31.
3. Dioramas will be voted on by patrons between April 2 and April 14.
4. The top 3 voted dioramas will receive prizes.
5. The one rule is that all characters in the diorama MUST be played by Peeps (any type Peep will do).
6. Looking for inspiration? Google ‘Peep Diorama’

Native Plants

Tuesday, March 27 @ 6:30pm
Register online

The Royal Gardeners are back to discuss native plants in Michigan, including which plants are readily available and how to incorporate them into different garden designs that work for all types of yards. They will also discuss how to perform landscape restoration and reconstruction using native plants.


True Crime Michigan

Tuesday, April 10 @ 6:30pm
Register online

True crime author Tobin Buhk will explore the history of crime in the Great Lakes state, including Michigan’s most notorious criminal cases of robbery, mob activity, and murder. His books will be available for sale and signing.

Evening Book Discussion: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Wednesday, April 11 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Join your friends and neighbors in a lively book discussion of "Murder on the Orient Express" by Agatha Christie.

Book Publishing

Thursday, April 12 @ 12pm
Register online

Local author and publisher Melissa Keir will explain how she got starting in writing and how she created her own publishing company from the ground up. She will also discuss the five different paths you can take to get your own writing published. A great discussion for aspiring writers and book-lovers alike.

Travel your Tastebuds on the Orient Express (FEE: $10)

Monday, April 16 @ 6:30pm

Join Renee Chodkowski, The Great Foodini, for a cooking demonstration which will take you on an entertaining and delicious journey along the path of the Orient Express, where you will sample regional delights along the way. Doors open at 6:15.

MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (2017) @ the Historic Howell Theater

Friday, April 20 @ 7pm

Join all 6 Livingston County Libraries for a viewing of the new remake of Murder on the Orient Express (rated PG-13). Admission is free on a first come-first served. You must present your library card. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Kids Craft Fair

Saturday, April 21 @ 9am - 12pm

Come to the Library to view and buy crafts made by the kids of Hamburg Township. Everything is handmade and past items have included hand-knit scarves, soaps, pillowcases, pet toys, flower pots, and bowls.
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Crafters (ages 17 and under):
If you would like to sell items, pick up an application from the front desk or click here to print.

Booksale

Saturday, April 21 @ 9am - 2pm

Book Sale Prices:
• Hardcovers $1.00 each
• Paperbacks $0.25 each
• AV $1.00 each
• Fill a grocery bag for $4.00. (Library supplies the grocery bags.)
The Library will accept donations Monday, April 2 - Wednesday, April 18. Contact the Library for complete details on what will be accepted. Receipts will be given upon request.

Great Lakes Invaders

Tuesday, April 24 @ 6:30pm
Register online

There are over 180 non-native species now in the Great Lakes. Come learn about who these invaders are, how they got here, the damage they are doing ecologically and economically, and what we can do about it, with 2017 Michigan Notable Book Award winner, William Rapai. His book will be available for sale and signing.

Drop-In Tech Help

Wednesdays, 2/21, 3/21, 4/25 @ 4pm - 7pm

National Honor Society students from Pinckney High School will be on-hand to provide free basic tech help. Bring in your phone, tablet, or laptop, or use one of the library computers. Get help using apps, email, internet, Microsoft Office, and electronic library resources, like e-books. No Registration Required.

MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (2017) (PG-13)

Thursday, April 26 @ 1pm



May

Tea at the Grand (FEE: $5)

Thursday, May 3 @ 12pm

Enjoy afternoon tea, including sweet and savory treats, while learning about the history of Mackinac Island, including the famed Grand Hotel, which has been charming guests for over 130 years.

Historic Hamburg Walking Tour

Tuesday, May 8 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Join the Hamburg Historical Society for a guided tour of the historic sites of downtown Hamburg, with lots of fascinating facts and stories along the way. Meet at the Hamburg Historical Museum and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will leave promptly at 6:30pm and will last approximately one hour, followed by refreshments and Q&A at the Historical Museum. Weather permitting. Rain-out date is May 15.

Mother's Day Craft (AGES: 10 and under)

Wednesday, May 9 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Come decorate a flower pot for Mother's Day and fill it with flowers.

S.T.E.A.M. at the Library (AGES: 5 and under)

Thursdays, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 @ 10am
Register online

Join the S.T.E.A.M team to do several hands-on, fun science projects with household items and science-y type gadgets to amuse and amaze. Kids 5 and under and their families are invited to attend.

MOVIE: Dunkirk (PG-13)

Thursday, May 17 @ 1pm

Basics of Investing / College Savings Plans

Monday, May 21 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Jonathan Strong from UBS Financial Services will show you it’s never too early to start saving for college. Get an overview of Michigan college savings plans and programs to consider, and learn how to start a program for your children or grandchildren, with tax free withdrawals for educational use. Q&A will follow.

Michigan Road Trip

Tuesday, May 22 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Come rediscover Michigan’s back roads! Join author Ron Rademacher for a rollicking road trip across Michigan to more than a dozen unique destinations most folks have missed, including historic sites, nature areas, and scenic drives. His books will be available for sale and signing.


Valentine's Craft (AGES: 5 and Under)

Tuesday, February 6 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Join Miss Carol and Miss Christie for a crafty evening as well as a snack.

Chili Cook-Off Fundraiser

Saturday, February 24 @ 12pm-2pm
Register online

Come support the Library and enjoy delicious chili from your friends and neighbors, then vote for your favorite in both categories (Kids ages 10-17, Adults 18 and up). $3 per person will get you samples of each chili and all proceeds will benefit the Library. Beverages will be provided.

To enter your chili in the cook-off, you must pre-register. Kids over 10 and adults are welcome to participate. Bring your chili in a slow cooker 11:30am -12:00pm with any accompanying toppings you wish. Prizes will be awarded to winners in both categories.

Peeps Diorama

Saturday, March 24 - Saturday, April 14

1. Think of a scene from a book. Make your diorama using a shoebox and keep it clean.
2. Turn in your finished diorama between March 24 and March 31.
3. Dioramas will be voted on by patrons between April 2 and April 14.
4. The top 3 voted dioramas will receive prizes.
5. The one rule is that all characters in the diorama MUST be played by Peeps (any type Peep will do).
6. Looking for inspiration? Google ‘Peep Diorama’

Kids Craft Fair

Saturday, April 21 @ 9am - 12pm

Come to the Library to view and buy crafts made by the kids of Hamburg Township. Everything is handmade and past items have included hand-knit scarves, soaps, pillowcases, pet toys, flower pots, and bowls.
********************************
Crafters (ages 17 and under):
If you would like to sell items, pick up an application from the front desk or click here to print.

Mother's Day Craft (AGES: 10 and under)

Wednesday, May 9 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Come decorate a flower pot for Mother's Day and fill it with flowers.

S.T.E.A.M. at the Library (AGES: 5 and under)

Thursdays, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 @ 10am
Register online

Join the S.T.E.A.M team to do several hands-on, fun science projects with household items and science-y type gadgets to amuse and amaze. Kids 5 and under and their families are invited to attend.


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*****Early Childhood Development

Positive Discipline

Monday, January 29 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Learn how to create appropriate environments and experiences to help strengthen the development of self-control in young children through positive discipline.

Promoting Social-Emotional Health in young children

Monday, February 26 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Learn tips and tools to help young children develop critical social-emotional skills through daily routine, language and play, which will help them adapt in school and build successful relationships.

*****Great Outdoors

Native Plants

Tuesday, March 27 @ 6:30pm
Register online

The Royal Gardeners are back to discuss native plants in Michigan, including which plants are readily available and how to incorporate them into different garden designs that work for all types of yards. They will also discuss how to perform landscape restoration and reconstruction using native plants.

Great Lakes Invaders

Tuesday, April 24 @ 6:30pm
Register online

There are over 180 non-native species now in the Great Lakes. Come learn about who these invaders are, how they got here, the damage they are doing ecologically and economically, and what we can do about it, with 2017 Michigan Notable Book Award winner, William Rapai. His book will be available for sale and signing.

Michigan Road Trip

Tuesday, May 22 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Come rediscover Michigan’s back roads! Join author Ron Rademacher for a rollicking road trip across Michigan to more than a dozen unique destinations most folks have missed, including historic sites, nature areas, and scenic drives. His books will be available for sale and signing.


*****Local History

Detroit's Movie Palaces

Tuesday, February 13 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Just in time for Oscar season, take a look back at Detroit’s majestic movie palaces that surrounded Grand Circus Park. Author Michael Hauser will talk about the heyday of movie viewing in downtown Detroit, including the architecture, programming, concessions, specialty venues, and changes over time. His book will be available for sale and signing. Come early to peruse photos and artifacts 6:00 – 6:30pm.

Railroad History

Tuesday, March 13 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Learn about history, mystery, and murder on Michigan’s railways with Dean Pyers from the Steam Railroading Institute. He will discuss the history of steam locomotive 1225, the early railroads around Hamburg, the origins of Europe’s famed Orient Express train, and explore what sort of crimes occurred on Michigan’s early railroads.

True Crime Michigan

Tuesday, April 10 @ 6:30pm
Register online

True crime author Tobin Buhk will explore the history of crime in the Great Lakes state, including Michigan’s most notorious criminal cases of robbery, mob activity, and murder. His books will be available for sale and signing.

Historic Hamburg Walking Tour

Tuesday, May 8 @ 6:30pm
Register online

Join the Hamburg Historical Society for a guided tour of the historic sites of downtown Hamburg, with lots of fascinating facts and stories along the way. Meet at the Hamburg Historical Museum and wear comfortable shoes. The tour will leave promptly at 6:30pm and will last approximately one hour, followed by refreshments and Q&A at the Historical Museum. Weather permitting. Rain-out date is May 15.


*****Lunch and Learn

Loom Knitting

Thursday, January 11 @ 12pm
Register online

Baby, it's cold outside! Keep warm by learning how to knit a winter hat for you or a loved one using a circular loom, ranging in size from baby to adult hats. No knitting experience is necessary for this simple process.

Valentines for Veterans

Thursday, February 1 @ 12pm
Register online

Help thank and celebrate our United States veterans by crafting cards to send them for Valentine's Day. We'll provide basic supplies, but feel free to bring additional cardmaking or scrapbooking supplies you may have, to share. No experience necessary.

Paperclip Bookmark

Thursday, March 1 @ 12pm
Register online

Kick off Reading Month by creating 2 bookmarks out of giant paper clips and scrapbook paper. These cute bookmarks are perfect to give as gifts or keep for your own reading.

Book Publishing

Thursday, April 12 @ 12pm
Register online Loal author and publisher Melissa Keir will explain how she got starting in writing and how she created her own publishing company from the ground up. She will also discuss the five different paths you can take to get your own writing published. A great discussion for aspiring writers and book-lovers alike.

Tea at the Grand (FEE: $5)

Thursday, May 3 @ 12pm

Enjoy afternoon tea, including sweet and savory treats, while learning about the history of Mackinac Island, including the famed Grand Hotel, which has been charming guests for over 130 years.


Bookclub

Join your friends and neighbors for coffee and lively, informal, adult book discussions. There are no registration fees. Anyone may join the group at any time. We meet every first Wednesday of the month @ 1:00pm. Come to Hamburg Library to pick up a copy of the following titles before the dates below. The library provides information about the authors whose books we discuss.
    February 7
    Arc of Justice by Kevin Boyle (Non-Fiction)

    March 7
    Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson (Fiction)

    April 4
    Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (Fiction)

    April 18
    MOVIE: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

    May 2
    The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips

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Hamburg, MI. 48139

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