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Traveling Exhibit: Exploring Human Origins

Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 22

Audience: All Ages

Based on a popular exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? explores the process of scientific investigation by shedding light on what we know about human evolution and how we know it.

Through panels, interactive kiosks, hands-on displays and videos, the exhibition invites audiences to explore milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human — from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex societies — advancements that define the unique position of humans in the history of life.

The exhibition seeks to foster a positive dialogue with people from different cultural perspectives and a respectful exploration into the science of human origins.

Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? was organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.


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Friends Gently Used Book Sale

Monday, September 19 through Saturday, September 24

Audience: All Ages

Come browse the thousands of books available at the Friends Gently Used Book Sale. Hardcover and large paperbacks are $1.00, paperbacks and all children's books are $0.50.

  • Tuesday, September 20 from 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM - Friends Member Day
  • Wednesday, September 21 from 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM - Open to the Public
  • Thursday, September 22 from 9:30 AM - 8:30 PM - Open to the Public
  • Friday, September 23 from 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM - 1/2 Off Day
  • Saturday, September 24 from 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM - $5.00 Bag Day (bags supplied by the Friends)

“What Does It Mean To Be Human?” Art Show

Saturday, July 30 through Monday, August 22

Audience: All Ages

In conjunction with the Exploring Human Origins exhibit and the Orion Art Center, we would like to invite artists of ALL AGES to enter artwork depicting their interpretation of “What Does It Mean To Be Human?” Enter your artwork by July 25, 2016 to the library and be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to Green’s Art Supply as a participation prize! Art will be displayed in the library during the exhibit, July 30-August 22 .

Art Show Entry Form

Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, July 25 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, July 25 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

Jesse Goldberg-Strassler - Photo

Language of Sports

Monday, July 25 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: All Ages

Jesse Goldberg-Strassler is the radio voice of the Lansing Lugnuts in addition to CMU women's basketball and high school football and basketball. He'll share the language we use to talk sports. A home run is a roundtripper, a four-bagger or a dinger. The football field is called the gridiron thanks to a children's book dating back a century. He'll discuss sporting terms and slang and tell anecdotes from the other side of the game. Registration required.

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Book Discussion at the C-Pub

Monday, July 25 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Off Site - C-Pub

Audience: Adults

New members are always welcome for the monthly book discussions at the C-Pub, located at the north end of Canterbury Village. To reserve a copy of this month's book, stop by or call the Adult Reference Desk at 248-693-3001.

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, July 26 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Daniel Tiger Storytime

Tuesday, July 26 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: 0 - 5 Years

Join Daniel and the Gang for an awesome story time. We will read books, sing songs, and do a Daniel themed craft. All aboard the trolley for a morning of fun!

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, July 26 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

Buttons & Boxes

Tuesday, July 26 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: 8 Years and Up

Learn how to use our button making machine and make a special box to store the buttons. Drop-in, limit 15 students.

Roaming readers Walking Club

Wednesday, July 27 from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Location: Off Site

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

We will meet at the back of the library parking lot to walk the Polly Ann trail for 30 minutes and talk about books as we walk! You don’t have to read any particular book to participate, the informal discussion will be about books you are currently reading and what your favorite books are. Enjoy the health benefits of a regular walking routine, socialize with fellow book lovers, and take home recommendations of what to read next!

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, July 27 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Writer's Workshop

Wednesday, July 27 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room B

Audience: Adults

Meet monthly to improve your writing and share ideas with peers. Please bring one or two pages of your work with enough copies to share.

Youth Book Bingo

Thursday, July 28 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: K - 5

Play traditional bingo and win books! Bring a friend for a free, fun-filled time.

Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, July 28 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

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Harry Potter Day

Saturday, July 30 from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: All Ages, Teens, Students

Come and celebrate the magic of the wizarding world at the Library’s first Harry Potter Day. All ages are welcome to drop in and eat snacks, create crafts, enjoy activities, watch a movie, and share in the enjoyment of all things Harry Potter! Come in costume for a chance to win a special prize.

10:00a-12:00p - Youth crafts and activities
10:00a-12:00p - Teen crafts and activities
12:30p-3:00p - Special showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
3:30p-4:30p - Live Owl Presentation - Howell Nature Center

Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, August 1 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, August 1 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

Building Committee Meeting

Monday, August 1 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Conference Room

Audience: Adults

Building Committee Meeting

Cook the Book

Monday, August 1 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room B

Audience: Adults

Grab your apron and sign up! You select and make a recipe from the cookbook chosen, bring enough to share, and meet to discuss and sample recipes from that month’s cookbook. This month's cookbook, My Kitchen Year, by Ruth Reichl will be available at the reference desk during July, or can be requested through MeLCat.

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, August 2 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Outside the Lines

Tuesday, August 2 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Conference Room

Audience: Adults

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Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, August 2 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

Human Origins: Build a Beast

Tuesday, August 2 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: Grades 3 - 5

Where will your beast live? What will it need to survive? Explore the art of adaption and learn how animals have evolved based on their environment.

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Geek Club

Tuesday, August 2 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Teens, Students

The Geek Club is a casual hangout night for teens who enjoy anything from Anime to Doctor Who to Video Games or even crazy YouTube clips. Snacks always provided and new faces always welcome!

Roaming readers Walking Club

Wednesday, August 3 from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Location: Off Site

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

We will meet at the back of the library parking lot to walk the Polly Ann trail for 30 minutes and talk about books as we walk! You don’t have to read any particular book to participate, the informal discussion will be about books you are currently reading and what your favorite books are. Enjoy the health benefits of a regular walking routine, socialize with fellow book lovers, and take home recommendations of what to read next!

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, August 3 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Human Evolution and Environmental Change

Wednesday, August 3 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Adults, Teens, Families

The evolution of humans is deeply connected with changes in their surrounding environment. Climate changes over the past few million years have affected hydrological and seasonal cycles and influenced the distribution of humans and other species used as food by ancient hunters and gatherers. Lead by Oakland University's Dr. Fabia U. Battistuzzi, we will explore these past trends and see how they apply to future challenges.

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Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, August 4 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

Drop-In Tabletop Gaming for Adults & Teens

Thursday, August 4 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults

Game lovers of all abilities are welcome to try the newest tabletop games, along with classic board games and card games. Drop in and meet up with other like-minded gamers!

Animals on the Loose

Friday, August 5 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: All Ages

Come dressed as your favorite animal and join us for a silly time. We will read stories, sing songs, and jump around like our favorite animals.

Lego @ the Library

Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: K - 5

Calling all builders! A fun and creative time to use your imagination and our colorful bricks to make an amazing object! Drop-in, limit 25.

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Learn Parkour with the Phoenx Freerunning Academy

Saturday, August 6 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Teens, Students

The library is excited to welcome the Phoenix Freerunning Academy for an introduction to Parkour program! Parkour is the high-energy sport of navigating obstacles by running, climbing and leaping. Professional runners will be here to instruct teens on the basics of freerunning, give demonstrations and much more! Register online.

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Official Exhibit Opening: An Evening of Science

Saturday, August 6 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Adults, Teens, Families

How can scientific discoveries on human evolution connect with larger understandings of what it means to be human? Join Dr. Rick Potts, paleoanthropologist and curator of the traveling exhibit, as he explores the main themes and messages of the traveling exhibit in a program for the general public. The talk and following conversation will explore how fossils, archeological remains, and genetic studies shed light on our connection with the natural world and the origins of sharing, caring, and innovation.

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Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, August 8 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Dr. Briana Pobiner - Photo

Exploring Human Origins Educator Workshop

Monday, August 8 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Adults

For Teachers or Other Educators - Dr. Briana Pobiner, who leads the Human Origins Program's education and outreach efforts, and Dr. Connie Bertka, co-chair of the Smithsonian Institution’s Broader Social Impacts Committee, will present a workshop on human evolution for science educators. The workshop is for classroom teachers; science, nature center, and museum educators; homeschoolers; and other local educators. It will feature exploration and hands-on practice in presenting the Human Origins Program resources provided for each community. These resources include a set of five early human skull casts with an accompanying classroom activity, classroom-tested, high-school biology teaching units on “What Does It Mean to Be Human?”, and a Cultural and Religious Sensitivity (CRS) Teaching Strategies Resource.

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One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, August 8 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

Exploring Human Origins - Poster

Exploring Human Origins Community Conversation

Monday, August 8 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Adults, Teens, Families

How do scientific discoveries about human origins relate to people’s personal understanding of the world and their place in it? Join Dr. Connie Bertka and Dr. Jim Miller, co-chairs of the Smithsonian Institution’s Broader Social Impacts Committee, as they encourage a community conversation about human evolution that helps us to understand each other’s perspectives, to identify areas of common interest or concern, and to explore the variety of ways human evolution connects to personal meaning. They will be joined by Dr. Rick Potts and Dr. Briana Pobiner from the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program.

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Exploring Human Origins Clergy Tour and Discussion

Tuesday, August 9 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Adults

This is a dedicated, private time for clergy to view the exhibit while the library is not open to the public. Dr. Rick Potts and Dr. Briana Pobiner, Smithsonian paleoanthropologists, will join the clergy in the exhibit space to discuss any questions clergy may have about the exhibit’s presentation of the science of human origins. The co-chairs of the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program’s Broader Social Impacts Committee, Dr. Connie Bertka and Dr. Jim Miller, will facilitate a discussion among the attending clergy regarding questions the exhibit may raise for their religious communities. Please register online or by calling 248 693-3001. A reception will follow.

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Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, August 9 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Stories in the Park

Tuesday, August 9 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Off Site

Audience: All Ages

We are excited to take story time on the road. Join us this summer at Children's Park to hear some fun stories and songs. There is nothing like a fun time with friends at the park. We hope to see you there!

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, August 9 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

Pom-Pom Sports

Tuesday, August 9 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: K - 5

Create fun sports-themed crafts, like a basketball hoop, soccer field, or miniature golf course, and test your creations using pom-poms and straws.

Roaming readers Walking Club

Wednesday, August 10 from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Location: Off Site

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

We will meet at the back of the library parking lot to walk the Polly Ann trail for 30 minutes and talk about books as we walk! You don’t have to read any particular book to participate, the informal discussion will be about books you are currently reading and what your favorite books are. Enjoy the health benefits of a regular walking routine, socialize with fellow book lovers, and take home recommendations of what to read next!

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, August 10 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Book Bunch Book Club

Wednesday, August 10 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Off Site - Orion Center

Audience: Senior Citizens, Adults

The group will be discussing the book "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman.

Star Lab - Oakland County Parks and Recreation

Wednesday, August 10 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: 8 Years and Up

Learn about the current night sky with local experts. Climb inside this inflatable dome to get a closer look at the night sky and learn some history of the constellations.

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Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, August 11 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

Quilting Group

Thursday, August 11 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

All quilters are welcome to come to the library and share their projects, expertise, and company with fellow quilters. All levels of quilting skill are welcome! The group meets twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday.

end of summer reading

Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Audience: All Ages

end of summer reading

Lions Club Vision Screenings

Saturday, August 13 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: 0 - 5 Years

Lions Club partnering with the Library to offer vision screening free of charge to patrons at the library ages 6 months to five years old.

Baffling Bill’s Magic of Reading Show

Saturday, August 13 from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Families

Lake Orion's Baffling Bill the Magician and "Gus the Bunny" combine amazing magic, comedy, and audience participation to promote summer reading. 40 fantastic minutes of fun for the entire family! Grand prize drawings immediately after the show.

Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, August 15 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Outdoor Fun Storytime

Monday, August 15 from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: 1 - 2 Years, 3 - 6 Years

Join us for an outdoor stories in the amphitheater behind the library, followed by playtime with sidewalk chalk and bubbles.

One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, August 15 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

Kindermusik Morning for 0-18 mos

Tuesday, August 16 from 9:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Infant to Walking with Caregiver

Children ages 0-18 months and parents join in the creative experience of Kindermusik's blend of singing, dancing, and musical activities. This program is led by Kindermusik instructor Miss Emily and is sponsored by the Clarkston Conservatory. Drop in!

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, August 16 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Kindermusik Morning for 18 mos - 3 year olds

Tuesday, August 16 from 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Walkers to 24 Months with Caregiver, 24 to 36 Months with Caregiver

Children ages 18 months - 3 years old and parents join in the creative experience of Kindermusik's blend of singing, dancing, and musical activities. This program is led by Kindermusik instructor Miss Emily and is sponsored by the Clarkston Conservatory. Drop in!

Kindermusik Morning for 3 - 5 year olds

Tuesday, August 16 from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: 3 Years, 4 - 5 Years

Children ages 3 - 5 years old and parents join in the creative experience of Kindermusik's blend of singing, dancing, and musical activities. This program is led by Kindermusik instructor Miss Emily and is sponsored by the Clarkston Conservatory. Drop in!

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, August 16 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

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Geek Club

Tuesday, August 16 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Teens, Students

The Geek Club is a casual hangout night for teens who enjoy anything from Anime to Doctor Who to Video Games or even crazy YouTube clips. Snacks always provided and new faces always welcome!

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, August 17 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Human Origins: Dinosaur Fossils

Wednesday, August 17 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: K - 5

Learn how fossils are formed, and then make your own dinosaur fossil to take home!

Sign up begins on Wednesday, August 3.

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Tie-Dye T-Shirts!

Wednesday, August 17 from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: Teens, Students

No summer is complete without tie-dye! Bring anything you want to color; t-shirts, socks, bandanas and more. The library will supply the rest. Register online.

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What is Archaeology?

Wednesday, August 17 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Students, Adults, Families

Join Dr. Mike Pytlik, who leads OU students on annual archaeological digs in Israel, as he presents slides and artifacts from those exciting excavations. Find out how archaeologists know what they know!

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Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Thursday, August 18 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Senior Citizens, Adults

The group will be discussing the book "The Zookeeper's Wife" by Diane Ackerman.

Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, August 18 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, August 18 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Conference Room

Audience: Adults

Library Board Meeting

Doggone Readers with Mazie Lu

Saturday, August 20 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: K - 5

Please call the Youth Reference Desk at 248-693-3002 to register for this program. Practice your reading skills with the lovable yellow lab Mazie Lu. Choose a longer book or several shorter books to read aloud to him during the hot summer weather, and receive a stamp for each time you read. Receive a free book of your choice after you have earned four stamps.

Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, August 22 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, August 22 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, August 23 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, August 23 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, August 24 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Writer's Workshop

Wednesday, August 24 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room B

Audience: Adults

Meet monthly to improve your writing and share ideas with peers. Please bring one or two pages of your work with enough copies to share.

Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, August 25 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, August 29 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, August 29 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, August 30 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, August 30 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, August 31 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Meeting Room B

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, September 1 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

Drop-In Tabletop Gaming for Adults & Teens

Thursday, September 1 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults

Game lovers of all abilities are welcome to try the newest tabletop games, along with classic board games and card games. Drop in and meet up with other like-minded gamers!

Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, September 5 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, September 6 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, September 6 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

Geek Club

Tuesday, September 6 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Teens, Students

The Geek Club is a casual hang-out night for teens who enjoy anything from anime, comics, Doctor Who, video games, crazy YouTube clips and more! Even if you’re curious, stop by and meet some new friends. Snacks always provided and new faces always welcome!

Pirate Party

Wednesday, September 7 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: 3 - 6 Years, 1 - 2 Years

Get ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day by hearing stories, singing songs and practicing your pirate speak. Be prepared to walk the plank! Drop in, limit 30.

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, September 7 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Nonfiction Book Discussion @ Crates Coffee

Wednesday, September 7 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Off Site

Audience: Adults, Students, Senior Citizens

Come discuss a popular nonfiction title over coffee at Crates, located south of Clarkston Rd. on M24. Call the reference desk at 248-693-3001 to find out this month's book.

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GFWC General Meeting

Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Adults

GFWC General Meeting

Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

Quilting Group

Thursday, September 8 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

All quilters are welcome to come to the library and share their projects, expertise, and company with fellow quilters. All levels of quilting skill are welcome! The group meets twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday.

Lions Club Vision Screenings

Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: 0 - 5 Years

Lions Club partnering with the Library to offer vision screening free of charge to patrons at the library ages 6 months to five years old.

Youth Maker Workshop - Take it Apart

Saturday, September 10 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: 8 Years and Up

Create, investigate, experiment with us at our maker workshop. Each workshop will have a variety of activities geared for those in 2nd-5th grade. This is a great time to get some hands on experience with fun technology, computer apps, and crafting.

Teen Makerspace

Saturday, September 10 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Teens, Students

A Makerspace is a DIY space where people can gather to create, invent and learn. The library will host four Makerspace sessions this fall for children and teens. Children attend from 2:00p-3:00p and teens attend from 3:00p-4:00p. We will have a variety of electronics, software, crafts and tools for you to tinker with including a button maker, sewing machine, Sphero obstacle course, Cricut cutting machine, Little Bits, 3D doodle pens and much more!

Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, September 12 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Puppet Show @ Your Library

Monday, September 12 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: All Ages

Puppets, a puppet theater and your favorite librarians combine to tell stories old and new. Fun for all!

Adult English as a Second (ESL) Classes

Monday, September 12 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults

This class is geared towards non-native speakers of English and will focus on all areas of the English language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. All levels are welcome! Classes are taught by a certified teacher, 12 weeks long, and will begin September 12 and run through November 28. Class fee of $60 is due by September 12.

Sign up begins on Monday, August 22.

One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, September 12 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, September 13 from 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Adults

Be a Lifesaver! Donate Blood @ the Orion Library. To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation/ and enter the sponsor code: orionlibrary. Appointments can also be scheduled via email or phone at 248-693-3000 x324. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, September 13 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Orion History Coffee Hour

Tuesday, September 13 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Off Site - Orion Center

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Meet other Orion residents to share tales of Orion History as you remember it. Anyone interested in local history can attend this casual, informal discussion offered by the Library and the Orion Historical Society, but held at the Orion Center.

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, September 13 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, September 14 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: Meeting Room B

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Book Bunch Book Club

Wednesday, September 14 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Location: Off Site - Orion Center

Audience: Senior Citizens, Adults

Everyone is welcome to join this lively book discussion held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Orion Center.

Farm Fresh Skin Care

Wednesday, September 14 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: Adults, Teens, Students

Join Camille Leinbach of Autumn Moon Aesthetics to learn how to make your own DIY skin care from local, fresh farmer's market produce. You will make a fresh produce face mask, an herb body scrub, and a delicious skin healthy juice! Registration required.

Sign up begins on Monday, August 22.

Thursday Afternoon Book Club

Thursday, September 15 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Senior Citizens, Adults

Everyone is welcome to join this lively book club that meets on the Third Thursday of every month in the James Ingram Room.

Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, September 15 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

Doggone Readers with Aizlyn

Thursday, September 15 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: K - 5

Please call the Youth Reference Desk at 248-693-3002 to register for this program. Practice your reading skills with the lovable Aizlyn. Choose your favorite book to real aloud and receive a stamp for each time you read. Receive a free book of your choice after you have earned four stamps.

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, September 15 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Conference Room

Audience: Adults

Library Board Meeting

Toddlers, Transitions and Tantrums

Thursday, September 15 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A

Audience: Adults

What causes tantrums? Can they be prevented? Are they a normal part of development? Why do so many tantrums occur around transition times? Most importantly, how can you survive the trying twos? Learn what is happening that makes the behavior of toddlers so challenging, how to prevent many tantrums, and ways to work through tantrums and transitions with less trauma for everyone! Some survival tips with toddlers will also be given during this presentation. Bring questions!For program information or to register for the session,
please contact Sue McIntyre
Phone: 248.209.2520 Email: susan.mcintyre@oakland.k12.mi.us

OTPL Team Trivia Tourney

Thursday, September 15 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Off Site - C-Pub

Audience: Adults, 21+, Senior Citizens

Gather a team and test your knowledge! The Orion Township Public Library has partnered with the C-Pub to host a trivia night on September 15 starting at 7:30p. Call 248-693-3001 to register your team of 2-6 people. There is a limit of 10 teams per night. Gift cards to the C-Pub will be awarded to the top three teams along with a trophy and future bragging rights for the first place team. The C-Pub is located in Canterbury Village at 2325 Joslyn Rd., Lake Orion, MI.

Lego @ the Library

Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: K - 5

Calling all builders! A fun and creative time to use your imagination and our colorful bricks to make an amazing object! Drop-in, limit 25.

TBD

Saturday, September 17 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Youth Activity Room

Audience: Adults

TBD

Monday Next Chapter Book Club

Monday, September 19 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Adult English as a Second (ESL) Classes

Monday, September 19 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults

This class is geared towards non-native speakers of English and will focus on all areas of the English language: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. All levels are welcome! Classes are taught by a certified teacher, 12 weeks long, and will begin September 12 and run through November 28. Class fee of $60 is due by September 12.

Sign up begins on Monday, August 22.

One-on-one Technology Help

Monday, September 19 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Study Room 2

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens, All Ages

Our technology savvy librarians will help you understand your eReader, tablet, smartphone or laptop. Sign-up for a 30 minute appointment between 2:00p-4:00p every Monday. Our staff can also assist with setting up an email address and using popular computer programs like Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Please note: one device at a time, multiple attendees are okay if learning on same device. Call 248-693-3001 to register.

Monday Evening Book Discussion

Monday, September 19 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults

We will be discussing... All are welcome, no registration required

Friends of the Library Book Sale - Friends Member Day

Tuesday, September 20 from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: All Ages

During Friends Member Day, members of the Friends get a special first look at the thousands of books available for sale. Not a member yet? Memberships can be purchased that the door.

Tuesday Next Chapter Book Club

Tuesday, September 20 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Location: Off Site - CJ's Lakeside Grill

Audience: Adults

The library is hosting a book discussion for developmentally or intellectually challenged patrons in our area. The discussions are held at CJs Restaurant in downtown Lake Orion. For more information, please call 248-693-3001.

Needle Arts Circle

Tuesday, September 20 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

Come and join other needle artists to work on projects and enjoy each other’s company! No registration needed, just bring your project and drop in!

Geek Club

Tuesday, September 20 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Teens, Students

The Geek Club is a casual hang-out night for teens who enjoy anything from anime, comics, Doctor Who, video games, crazy YouTube clips and more! Even if you’re curious, stop by and meet some new friends. Snacks always provided and new faces always welcome!

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Wednesday, September 21 from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: All Ages

Come browse the thousands of books available at the Friends Book Sale at very reasonable prices: hardcover and large paperback books are $1, paperbacks and childrens books are $.50 cents.

ESL Conversation Group

Wednesday, September 21 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults

ESL conversation group is held every Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am. The group is open to all who wish to practice their English language skills in a relaxed and informal setting. The topics vary widely, and it is a great learning experience as well as an opportunity to meet people.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Thursday, September 22 from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Location: Meeting Room A and B

Audience: All Ages

Come browse the thousands of books available at the Friends Book Sale at very reasonable prices: hardcover and large paperback books are $1, paperbacks and childrens books are $.50 cents.

Drop-In One-on-one Technology Help

Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Audience: Adults

Our network & systems administrator (IT Guy) is available to help you with your electronic device from 6:00p-8:00p every Thursday. He will teach you how to use your new device, recommend devices based on your needs, remove viruses, fix error messages, configure email, recommend apps, and otherwise help you with anything involving technology. No sign up is necessary for this weekly program, but you may call Eric at 248-287-8019 if you need to discuss something before you come to the drop-in tech help.

Quilting Group

Thursday, September 22 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: James Ingram Room

Audience: Adults, Senior Citizens

All quilters are welcome to come to the library and share their projects, expertise, and company with fellow quilters. All levels of quilting skill are welcome! The group meets twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday.

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