Hamburg Library

Programming at the Library

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

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-transferrable.

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 19.
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.

Lil' Wigglers Baby Time Program:
Ages newborn to 18 months
January 12 to April 20
Thursdays @ 10am - 10:45am

A storytime designed for babies, newborn to 18 months 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.

Lapsit Program:
Ages 18 to 36 months
January 9 to April 17
Mondays @ 10am

Geared towards 18 to 36 month olds. Join us for 30 minute of parent and child interaction through stories, songs and fingerplays all from the comfort of the caregiver's lap.

Storyhour:
Ages 3-5 years old
Mondays, January 9 to April 17 @ 1:30pm
or
Thursdays, January 12 to April 20 @ 10am

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.

Tai Chi

Mondays, January 9, February 13, March 6, April 10 and May 8 @ 6:30pm

Stay fit and reduce stress by participating in Tai Chi with instructor George Chew. This gently, low-impact exercise is often referred to as 'meditation in motion'. No experience necessary. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water.

New Year's Get Organized

Thursday, January 12 @ 12pm
register online

Learn how to follow through on your New Year's resolutions and make 2017 your year for personal success, through organization and five simple strategies. Carolyn Anderson-Fermann of Simply Organized Life will walk you through this easy goal-setting process to help you be more effective in the New Year.

MOVIE: The Huntsman: Winter's War (PG-13)

Thursday, January 19 @ 1pm

Flower Power Pins

Monday, January 23 @ 6:30pm
register online

Brighten up your winter by making two fun flower pins with library clerk Chris! Made with silk flowers and buttons, these versatile pins can be used on hats, scarves, coats, bags, and in your hair.

How Michigan became a State

Thursday, January 26 @ 6:30pm
register online

Happy Birthday Michigan! Celebrate the 180th anniversary of Michigan's statehood by learning the fascinating history behind how Michigan became a state, with historian Joe Oldenburg.

Valentines for Veterans

Thursday, February 2 @ 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 card-making or scrap booking supplies you have to share. No experience necessary!

Identity Theft

Tuesday, February 7 @ 6:30pm
register online

Hantz Group will provide an in-depth introductory course on identity theft, including what identity theft is, how it occurs, who is at risk, how to protect yourself, and what to do if your identity has been stolen.

Tax Assistance

Thursdays, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, April 6 @ 9:30am - 3pm

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 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 6, 9:30 am - 3:00 pm. 1 hour appointment.

Valentine Crafts (Ages 5 and under)

Tuesday, February 14 @ 6:30pm
register online

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

MOVIE: Florence Foster Jenkins (PG-13)

Thursday, February 16 @ 1pm

Underground Railroad in Michigan

Thursday, February 16 @ 6:30pm
register online

Learn about the critical role Michigan played in the Underground Railroad and the movement to end slavery, including first-person accounts and historical perspectives, with author Carol Mull. Her book will be available for purchase and signing.

Zentangle (FEE: $5 to instructor)

Monday, February 27 @ 6:30pm

Whether you are a Zentangle expert or you have never 'tangled' before, join us for a fun night of this creative and relaxing art form. Certified Zentangle Teachers Anna Hodges Oginksy and Kathleen Hodges will lead participants through many different patterns and techniques.

Food for Thought/Fine Amnesty

March 1 through March 31

Please donate non-perishable food, hygiene and cleaning products for Gleaners Food Bank.
One item donated = One item's fines removed. Bring your donations to the circulation desk. (Does not cover cost of lost/damaged items)

Livingston Reads

March 1 through April 30

Livingston Reads is a "One Book, One Community" project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries and encourages residents to read for pleasure.

This year's book is "Jaws" by Peter Benchley.
Programs designated with (Livingston Reads) are part of this project.
Please click here for more details.

Depression Glass

Thursday, March 2 @ 12pm
register online

Jan Borresen-Hector, of the Great Lakes Depression Glass Collector's Club, will display and discuss Depression glass and Elegant Glass of the Depression Era. This glassware, widely distributed during the Great Depression, was often colorful and patterned and has been an extremely valuable collectible since the 1960s.

Detroit Food

Tuesday, March 7 @ 6:30pm
register online

From coneys and farmer's markets to pigeon pie and drugstore whiskey, Detroit has a unique history of unique foods. Hear author Bill Loomis discuss past and present Detroit food landmarks and stories. His books will be available for purchase and signing.

Antiques Appraisal Show & Tell

Saturday, March 11 @ 1:30pm

Drop off your one small antique item at the library between 10:00 - 11:00am to be appraised by Darlene Hines, ISA Certified Appraiser and owner of Nostalgia Antique Appraisal. Come back to the Library at 1:30pm to hear about each item and the appraisal value. All antiques must be picked up following discussion. You must register in person at the library and fill out a waiver form by March 1 to have something appraised.

MOVIE: Sharknado

Monday, March 13 @ 6pm

Come watch the film we love to hate (not rated). Bring snacks and blankets. (Livingston Reads)

Sharks and the Environment

Tuesday, March 14 @ 6:30pm
register online

Despite a bad reputation, sharks play an integral role in our environment. Come learn all about sharks and their ocean environment with Kim Parker from Aquatic Adventures. (Livingston Reads)

Sea Life Aquarium presents Super Sharks

Wednesday, March 15 @ 6:30pm
register online

Did you know sharks have super powers? Join the experts from SEA LIFE Aquarium to find out how sharks use their super abilities to survive. (Livingston Reads)

MOVIE: Soul Surfer (PG)

Thursday, March 16 @ 1pm

Come watch the inspiring story of surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bring a snack. (Livingston Reads)

DOUBLE FEATURE MOVIES: Finding Nemo and Finding Dory (G/PG)

Saturday, March 18

Finding Nemo @ 12pm
Finding Dory @ 2pm

There will be a 20 minute intermission to enjoy theme snacks. (Livingston Reads)

Great Decisions

Mondays, March 20, March 27, April 3, April 10 @ 1:30pm
register online

Group discussion and videos will highlight topics of universal interest from around the world. Optional purchase of workbook.

SCORE Mentoring

Mondays, March 20, April 17, May 15 @ 6pm
register online

Sign up for a 1-hour appointment for free business assistance with John Berkaw from SCORE Mentoring.

Seafood Sampling: Fancy, Fun and Funky (FEE: $10)

Monday, March 20 @ 6:30pm

Join Renee Chodkowski, The Great Foodini, fora cooking demonstration of seafood creations, including appetizers and entrees that range from fancy to funky. Come hungry, leave happy! (Livingston Reads)

MOVIE: Jaws @ Historic Howell Theater (PG)

Saturday, March 25 @ 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm. Admission is first-come, first served; you must present your library card. (Livingston Reads)

Peeps Diorama

Turn in dates: Monday, April 3 to Saturday, April 8
Voting dates: Monday, April 10 to Saturday April 22

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 April 3 and April 8.
3. Dioramas will be voted on by patrons from April 10 to April 22.
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"

BOOK DISCUSSIONS: Jaws by Peter Benchley

Wednesday, April 5 @ 1pm
and
Wednesday, April 12 @ 6:30pm

Join your friends and neighbors for a lively book discussion and snacks. (Livingston Reads)

Home Brewing

Saturday, April 8 @ 1pm
register online

Join Michigan Brew Supply to learn all about home brewing, with a hands-on demonstration that will take you through the complete process of brewing a batch of beer. Learn and sample different styles of beer and the ingredients that go into them. Leave with the knowledge to start home brewing yourself, as well as an Intro to Homebrew booklet. Must be 21+ years old with a picture ID.

The Dodge Brothers

Tuesday, April 11 @ 6:30pm
register online

Historian Russell Doré will share the little-known history of the Dodge brothers – from their humble beginnings, to their major automotive success, untimely deaths, and surviving legacy.

Summer Centerpiece

Thursday, April 13 @ 12pm
register online

Come create a beautiful beach-themed centerpiece, perfect for summer decor and parties. (Livingston Reads)

MOVIE: Jaws (PG)

Thursday, April 13 @ 6pm

(Livingston Reads)

CANCELLED: Fishing 101

Monday, April 17 @ 6:30pm
register online

Learn all about fishing with Brent Lybrink of J&B Bait & Tackle, including different kinds of rods, bait, and equipment you can use to attract different fish. Bring all your fishing questions to be answered! (Livingston Reads)

MOVIE: Ben-Hur (2016) (PG-13)

Thursday, April 20 @ 1pm


Kids Craft Fair

Saturday, April 22 @ 9am - 12pm
Application Here

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, please get an application from the front desk.

Booksale

Saturday, April 22 @ 9am - 2pm


Book sale pricing:
Hardcovers $1.00 each
Softcovers $0.25 each
AV $1.00 each
Puzzles $1.00 each
Art as marked
Fill a library provided grocery bag for $4.00

The library will begin accepting donations on Saturday, April 1. We will not accept: Magazines, Encyclopedias, Textbooks, moldy, smelly or unsellable items

Garden Planning

Monday, April 24 @ 6:30pm
register online

Learn how to make your ideal garden with The Royal Gardeners. They'll take you step-by-step through the design and layout process with an example garden, and you'll leave with the knowledge and tools to start planning your own.

DNR Boater's Safety Certification Course (FEE: $10 to instructor)

Saturday, April 29, 9am - 4pm
register online

This course is for adults and children 12 years and up who want to operate a personal water craft on Michigan lakes and streams. Students will receive Boater Safety Certification upon successful completion of course and test. All children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Bring your own lunch and snacks. Minimum number of participants required. (Livingston Reads)

May

Mother's Day Craft (ages 10 and under)

Wednesday, May 3 @ 6:30pm
register online

We're having The Ceramics Studio of Howell back and we'll be painting pottery to be fired and presented to mom. You'll pick up the projects at the library the following week.

Star Wars Party: May the Fourth Be With You

Thursday, May 4 @ 6:30pm
register online

Come celebrate this unofficial Star Wars holiday with your fellow fans. Enjoy Star Wars themed games, crafts, snacks, and a Star Wars photo booth.
All kids welcome. Bring your families. Costumes encouraged.

Volunteer Day at the Library

Saturday, May 6 @ 10am - 3pm

Do you need service hours for school?
... have an afternoon free?
... want to hang out with the library ladies?
... volunteerism in your blood?

Drop-in between 10:00am and 3:00pm and help us out. Activities will include window washing, shelf dusting, book straightening, repair-pulling, shelf reading, vacuuming, etc. Also, we could be doing things outside so dress accordingly.
Water and snacks provided. Can't stay all day? Not a problem. An hour or two will do just fine.

Hudson's: Detroit's Legendary Department Store

Tuesday, May 9 @ 6:30pm
register online

Learn about this Detroit icon that stood as the world's tallest department store for over a century, and was a hub for shopping, dining, services, and entertainment. Author Michael Hauser will explore the history of Hudson's through pictures, videos, and displayed artifacts. His book will be available for purchase and signing.

Butterfly Garden Tea Party (FEE: $5)

Thursday, May 11 @ 12pm

Join us for afternoon tea with sweet and savory treats as Master Gardener Linda Boland discusses Michigan's native butterfly species, how to attract butterflies to your garden, and leads us on a garden walk through the Library's butterfly garden (weather permitting).

Essential Oils for your home and pets ($5 due to instructor at class)

Monday, May 15 @ 6:30pm
register online

Come learn how to incorporate essential oils into your everyday life, including around your home and with your pets, with Jackie Wiley of Young Living Essential Oils. You will make cleaning wipes and a pet deodorizer to take home with you.

MOVIE: Cafe Society (PG-13)

Thursday, May 18 @ 1pm

Valentine Crafts (Ages 5 and under)

Tuesday, February 14 @ 6:30pm
register online

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

DOUBLE FEATURE MOVIES: Finding Nemo and Finding Dory (G/PG)

Saturday, March 18

Finding Nemo @ 12pm
Finding Dory @ 2pm

There will be a 20 minute intermission to enjoy theme snacks.

Peeps Diorama

Turn in dates: Monday, April 3 to Saturday, April 8
Voting dates: Monday, April 10 to Saturday April 22

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 April 3 and April 8.
3. Dioramas will be voted on by patrons from April 10 to April 22.
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 22 @ 9am - 12pm
Application Here

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, please get an application from the front desk.

Mother's Day Craft (ages 10 and under)

Wednesday, May 3 @ 6:30pm
register online

We're having The Ceramics Studio of Howell back and we'll be painting pottery to be fired and presented to mom. You'll pick up the projects at the library the following week.

Star Wars Party: May the Fourth Be With You

Thursday, May 4 @ 6:30pm
register online

Come celebrate this unofficial Star Wars holiday with your fellow fans. Enjoy Star Wars themed games, crafts, snacks, and a Star Wars photo booth.
All kids welcome. Bring your families. Costumes encouraged.

Volunteer Day at the Library

Saturday, May 6 @ 10am - 3pm

Do you need service hours for school?
... have an afternoon free?
... want to hang out with the library ladies?
... volunteerism in your blood?

Drop-in between 10:00am and 3:00pm and help us out. Activities will include window washing, shelf dusting, book straightening, repair-pulling, shelf reading, vacuuming, etc. Also, we could be doing things outside so dress accordingly.
Water and snacks provided. Can't stay all day? Not a problem. An hour or two will do just fine.

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*****Maker Mondays

Flower Power Pins

Monday, January 23 @ 6:30pm
register online

Brighten up your winter by making two fun flower pins with library clerk Chris! Made with silk flowers and buttons, these versatile pins can be used on hats, scarves, coats, bags, and in your hair.

Zentangle (FEE: $5 to instructor)

Monday, February 27 @ 6:30pm

Whether you are a Zentangle expert or you have never 'tangled' before, join us for a fun night of this creative and relaxing art form. Certified Zentangle Teachers Anna Hodges Oginksy and Kathleen Hodges will lead participants through many different patterns and techniques.

Seafood Sampling: Fancy, Fun and Funky (FEE: $10)

Monday, March 20 @ 6:30pm

Join Renee Chodkowski, The Great Foodini, fora cooking demonstration of seafood creations, including appetizers and entrees that range from fancy to funky. Come hungry, leave happy! (Livingston Reads)

Garden Planning

Monday, April 24 @ 6:30pm
register online

Learn how to make your ideal garden with The Royal Gardeners. They'll take you step-by-step through the design and layout process with an example garden, and you'll leave with the knowledge and tools to start planning your own.

Essential Oils for your home and pets ($5 due to instructor at class)

Monday, May 15 @ 6:30pm
register online

Come learn how to incorporate essential oils into your everyday life, including around your home and with your pets, with Jackie Wiley of Young Living Essential Oils. You will make cleaning wipes and a pet deodorizer to take home with you.

*****Lunch & Learn

New Year's Get Organized

Thursday, January 12 @ 12pm
register online

Learn how to follow through on your New Year's resolutions and make 2017 your year for personal success, through organization and five simple strategies. Carolyn Anderson-Fermann of Simply Organized Life will walk you through this easy goal-setting process to help you be more effective in the New Year.

Valentines for Veterans

Thursday, February 2 @ 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 card-making or scrap booking supplies you have to share. No experience necessary!

Depression Glass

Thursday, March 2 @ 12pm
register online

Jan Borresen-Hector, of the Great Lakes Depression Glass Collector's Club, will display and discuss Depression glass and Elegant Glass of the Depression Era. This glassware, widely distributed during the Great Depression, was often colorful and patterned and has been an extremely valuable collectible since the 1960s.

Summer Centerpiece

Thursday, April 13 @ 12pm
register online

Come create a beautiful beach-themed centerpiece, perfect for summer decor and parties. (Livingston Reads)

Butterfly Garden Tea Party (FEE: $5)

Thursday, May 11 @ 12pm

Join us for afternoon tea with sweet and savory treats as Master Gardener Linda Boland discusses Michigan's native butterfly species, how to attract butterflies to your garden, and leads us on a garden walk through the Library's butterfly garden (weather permitting).

*****Local History

How Michigan became a State

Thursday, January 26 @ 6:30pm
register online

Happy Birthday Michigan! Celebrate the 180th anniversary of Michigan's statehood by learning the fascinating history behind how Michigan became a state, with historian Joe Oldenburg.

Underground Railroad in Michigan

Thursday, February 16 @ 6:30pm
register online

Learn about the critical role Michigan played in the Underground Railroad and the movement to end slavery, including first-person accounts and historical perspectives, with author Carol Mull. Her book will be available for purchase and signing.

Detroit Food

Tuesday, March 7 @ 6:30pm
register online

From coneys and farmer's markets to pigeon pie and drugstore whiskey, Detroit has a unique history of unique foods. Hear author Bill Loomis discuss past and present Detroit food landmarks and stories. His books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Dodge Brothers

Tuesday, April 11 @ 6:30pm
register online

Historian Russell Doré will share the little-known history of the Dodge brothers – from their humble beginnings, to their major automotive success, untimely deaths, and surviving legacy.

Hudson's: Detroit's Legendary Department Store

Tuesday, May 9 @ 6:30pm
register online

Learn about this Detroit icon that stood as the world's tallest department store for over a century, and was a hub for shopping, dining, services, and entertainment. Author Michael Hauser will explore the history of Hudson's through pictures, videos, and displayed artifacts. His book will be available for purchase and signing.

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.
    January 4, 2017:
    Potluck: Bring a dish to pass. Pick out a recipe from a cookbook in the library's collection.

    February 1
    Life after Life by Kate Atkinson (Fiction)

    March 1
    Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell (Non-Fiction)

    April 5
    Jaws by Peter Benchley (Fiction)

    April 13
    MOVIE: Jaws @ 6pm

    May 3
    Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Fiction)

    June 7
    I'll drink to that: A life in style, with a twist by Betty Halbreich (Non-Fiction)

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