Entries sought for Poetry Contest

Young writers can show off their talent by being part of the Tecumseh Public Library Poetry Contest, taking entries now through Nov. 4.

The contest is for students in kindergarten through fifth grades. Their original, single-author work that has been written during the current school year is eligible for the contest.

Award winners by age groups will be announced at an awards event at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18. That program will feature an appearance by author and poet Byron Von Rosenberg, author of “I Don’t Want to Kiss a Llama,” who will present awards to contest winners.

Entry forms, which feature the complete rules for the contest, are available through the library or online here.

October will be outstanding at the library

Visit the Tecumseh Public Library and find a world of books, online resources, program opportunities and much more offered seven days a week.

The library welcomes readers of all ages to experience their hometown library. Among the highlights coming up in October are:

Toddler Story Time, taking place at 11 a.m. on each Thursday of the month, brings a mix of stories, songs, finger plays and crafts as children and their caregivers experience pre-literacy skills and an introduction to the library.

Children who are a little older and starting to read are invited on Mondays beginning at 4 p.m., when a group of friendly therapy dogs come to the library to listen to the children read in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Call the library at 598-5955 to schedule a time for your child to read to a dog.

It’s October, so pumpkins are everywhere. And the library presents a pair of craft activities for ages 18 and up – Burlap Pumpkins, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8; and Pumpkin Goodies, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Click the links for more information and to sign up for the programs.

The library is of course first and foremost a place for reading, through books, magazines and the access to a variety of online databases for learning, genealogy research, career assistance and much more.

Library card holders get access not just to what’s available inside the walls of the library, but also the more than 700,000 books and downloadable materials available through the Pioneer Library System.

See our full schedule of events online, or pick up a copy of the physical calendar at the library.

Improve balance with Tai Chi series

Tai ChiThe Tecumseh Public Library will begin a series of “Tai Chi: Moving for Balance” classes for adults at 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at the library.

Attendees will learn movements of Tai Chi in an effort to help reduce stress and increase balance and flexibility. The program is designed for people of all levels of mobility and can be performed either standing or sitting.

The series will continue at 6 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays for 12 sessions, through Monday, Sept. 16. There will be no class Monday, Sept. 2, as the library is closed for the Labor Day holiday.

Space is limited so advance registration is required to attend.