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Great Decisions
Wednesdays,  August 23, and September 27.
Morning session: 10am - 12pm, click here to register
Afternoon session: 1pm - 3pm, sorry this session is FULL
Moderator: Tony Sakey. In these tumultuous times, there is nothing more important than being informed. The fact is we have a divided nation and a new president without Global Affairs experience. Those two simple facts are worrisome to the thinking citizen and attempting to understand the global repercussions of decisions made by our leaders is important to all of us. 

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. The group will meet once a month over eight months. Please note the underscore of the words Discussion Group in the above paragraph! The purpose of our gatherings is to enlighten, inform and share viewpoints on matters of global importance to our country. Sound exciting? Great! Come, be involved. Space is limited.  Our topics for 2017 are:
  • The Future of Europe: Coping with Crisis - February 22
  • Trade, Jobs and Politics - March 22
  • Conflict in the South China Sea - April 26
  • Saudi Arabia in Transition - May 24
  • U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum - June 28
  • Latin America's Political Pendulum - July 26
  • Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan - August 23
  • Nuclear Security: The Enduring Challenge of Nuclear Weapons - September 27
The Great Decision Briefing Book is available for purchase from the Foreign Policy Association website. To order click here. Please have the first topic read before February 22. ACE@your library!
Wednesdays,  September 6 & 20, October 4 & 18, November 1 & 15 at 10:00am.
Presenter: Fred Woodhams. This is a continuing series of informal sessions to read and discuss great poetry for understanding and pleasure. Each session is independent and you may join at any time. ACE@your library!
 Trashy Book Club
Wednesdays, September 13, October 11, November 8  at 10:00am.
Shelley Ellis leads a monthly book group that will discuss contemporary light reading better known as "chick lit". ACE@your library!
Memoirs, Etc.
Wednesdays,  September 13, October 11, November 8 at 1:00pm.
What better way to pass on stories about family, friends, places, and past events than through memoirs? Join us each month to share your written work. All writing experience levels welcome! Drop In, no registration required.
Photography Basics
Wednesday, September 13, 7:00pm-8:30pm; Tuesday, October 3, 6:30-8:00pm; or Tuesday, November 7, 6:30-8:00pm

Calling all beginning photographers! Develop your photography skills with this basic introduction to camera settings and composition with general tips to take your pictures to the next level. Get hands-on guidance and plenty of practice. If you are just starting out with a camera, this class is for you! This class is offered on three different dates for your convenience. Registration is required and begins August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
Computer Basics - Tech Workshop
Wednesday, September 20, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Colbert Room

Intended for computer newbies, this class will teach you the basics: how to turn the computer off and on, using the desktop, opening and closing programs, and how to use the mouse. Registration is required and begins on August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
Better Smartphone Photography
Thursday, September 21, 7:00-8:30; Wednesday, October 18, 6:30-8:00pm; or Tuesday, November 14, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Want to make your smartphone pictures shine? Then this is the class for you! Learn tips and tricks in the classroom to start, and then head out for hands-on practice and coaching on a guided photo walk around downtown Howell. Finally, wrap it all up back in the classroom by learning basic post-processing techniques you can do right on your smartphone! This class is offered on three different dates for your convenience. Registration is required and begins August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
Introduction to Quickbooks Online - Business Workshop
Friday, September 22, 9:30-11:00am, Meabon Room

Learn from Catherine Dyer of Outside the Box Admin how to use your iPad, mobile phone, or computer to do invoicing, billing, run reports, or even pay employees online with this popular accounting software. Registration is required and begins August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
Grand River Avenue
Wednesday, September 27, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Meabon Room

Take a trip along one of Michigan's true 'Blue Highways,' an original two-lane, blacktop road still serving as a direct path through roadside America, with authors Jon Milan and Gail Offen. Part history and part travelogue, their book Images of America: Grand River Avenue, explores the route's many small towns, villages, and major cities, including Detroit, Brighton, Howell, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Muskegon using rare, vintage images from an amazing collection of Michigan Photography.
2nd Annual Maker Saturday
Saturday, September 30, 10:00am-1:00pm, Throughout the Library

Who is a maker? We are all makers! Today celebrates the past, present, and future of local makers. Stop by to make something and be inspired by others that make at this family-friendly event! An 'Animals as Makers' demonstration with live animals will take place at 10:30am inside the library. All other demonstrations/activities will be ongoing between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Weather permitting, this event will take place both inside and outside.
Internet Basics - Tech Workshop
Wednesday, October 4, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Colbert Room
Focusing on the new user, this class will show you how to get started online, browse and search effectively, and more! Basic knowledge of computers required to attend this class. Registration is requires and begins August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
Marketing 101: The Basics - Business Workshop
Wednesday, October 11, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Meabon Room

From conducting marketing research to identifying your competitive edge, your target customers and you marketing channels, this workshop walks you through the marketing basics you need to know to start your business. Registration is required and begins August 14, 2017 online, by phone or in person.
Save the Clocktower!
Friday, October 13, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Meabon Room

Use your wits to solve the puzzles and save the historic Clocktower in this Back to the Future-themed escape room. Solve the room together in teams of 4-5 adults - before it's too late! Space is limited. Registration is required and begins on Monday, August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
Ancestry Library Edition - Tech Workshop
Wednesday, October 18, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Colbert Room
Ancestry Library Edition is a subscription version of Ancestry.com. As a library patron you can use this service for free from within the library. If your are new to genealogy and would like to know what Ancestry Library Edition can do for you, or just need tips and tricks to improve your search, this is the class for you. Basic knowledge of computers and the Internet is required to attend this class. Registration is required and begins August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
Michigan's Kit Homes
Tuesday, October 24, 7:00pm-8:30pm, Meabon Room

Explore the fascinating history of catalog and kit homes with kit house enthusiasts Andrew and Wendy Mutch, owners of a 1926 Sears Roebuck Hamilton kit house in Novi. Learn about Michigan's role in the kit house industry and the process of buying and building a catalog house, plus take a photographic tour of kit homes located in and around Howell and southeast Michigan. A Friends Forum Cultural Program.
Google Apps for Business - Business Workshop
Wednesday, November 1, 11:00am-12:30pm, Meabon Room

Find out how to get the most out of Google for your business with their free suite of handy apps from Catherine Dyer of Outside the Box Admin. Registration is required and begins August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
Microsoft Word Basics - Tech Workshop
Wednesday, November 1, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Colbert Room
Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2016 to create and format documents, cut and paste items, and more. Basic knowledge of computers is required to attend this class. Registration is required and begins on August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person
Tabletop Game Night
Thursday, November 2, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Meabon Room
Celebrate International Games Week 2017 with an evening full of tabletop gaming for all ages and experience levels. Got a game you want to play with others? Feel free to bring it in to share! 
NaNoWriMo Come Write In
Sunday, November 5, 12:00pm-4:00pm, Colbert Room

November is National Novel Writing Month! Each November, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in just one month's time. Anyone who's ever dreamed of writing a book someday is welcome to join the free literary sprint of NaNoWriMo simply by signing up online at nonowrimo.org. Ready to commit to a month of writing? The HCDL is here to support you! Drop by the library's write-in for coffee, snacks, and a quiet space to write with fellow Wrimos.
Our Vietnam Generation Veteran's Day Movie Showing
Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm, at the Historic Howell Theater

Celebrate our veterans with a free showing of Keith Famie's important film Our Vietnam Generation at the Historic Howell Theater. All attending veterans will receive free popcorn courtesy of the Howell Theater. Sponsored by the Brighton District Library, Hartland's Cromaine Library, and the Howell Carnegie District Library.
Google Drive Basics - Tech Workshop
Wednesday, November 15, 1:00pm-2:30pm, Colbert Room
Learn how to use this cloud-based program to create and save documents, spreadsheets, and more. Basic knowledge of computers, and the Internet is required to attend this class. Registration is required and begins August 14, 2017 online, by phone, or in person.
America's Carnegie Libraries
Sunday, November 19, 2:00pm-3:30pm, Meabon Room

Carnegie libraries are part of our American cultural heritage. At the turn of the 20th century, the wealthy American steel industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie helped fund over a thousand public libraries in the United States, including our very own Howell Carnegie Library. For over a decade historian and native Michigander Connie Olson has studied and visited these libraries throughout the country. Come learn about the history and development of America's Carnegie libraries on the 111th anniversary of the Howell Carnegie Library's opening ceremony! Light refreshments will be served.


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