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Technology Update - May 2013 - Google Chrome

Image of Google Chrome logoThe latest addition to our Public Internet computers is the Google Chrome browser. If you're not familiar with Chrome, it is an Internet browser developed by Google. By many counts, Chrome is now the most widely used browser, besting Mozilla's Firefox and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browsers. The reason that we've added Google Chrome to our Internet computers is in recognition of the reality that no single browser renders every web site 100% correctly. As we've probably all experienced, some web sites just don't look or work right in one browser but work fine in another. Because the Internet browser installed on our Public Internet computers is based on Internet Explorer, the library wanted to add an alternative browser that could be used if a web site or web page didn't load or work correctly in one browser. If you haven't used Google Chrome, you'll find that it has a streamlined interface that's focused on displaying web pages. Our librarians are available to assist you in getting up to speed on using Google Chrome on our public computers. 

Library Millage Renewal Results

Final election results are now available on the Township's web site. The library millage renewal proposal was approved by 78% of the voters. 

Your Money Ratios: 8 Simple Tools for Financial Security by Charles Farrell

Your Money Ratios book coverCheck our catalog for: Your Money Ratios: 8 Simple Tools for Financial Security

Of all the personal finance books that I've read, this has been one of the best. The ratios described help you track your progress towards securing your financial future. Elegant in their simplicity, they rely on a hundred years of financial data to provide a reality check that ensures that you'll have enough money to provide for a secure retirement. Just as important, the author explains the steps you need to take to protect your financial resources through prudent investing strategies, using insurance to protect your personal and financial resources and using strategies that avoid the emotions that come with the ups and downs of the economy and the stock market. Where other books rely on complex or gimmicky strategies that rely on your emotions to get you to do the right thing, the author boils it down to simple numbers that can be easily understood.  Read more

Online Registration for Programs

Starting June 1, the Library has a new web-based system for our calendar of events. The new calendar allows you to

  • register for programs online
  • get email reminders of programs you've signed up for, and
  • cancel your registration if you are unable to attend a program

You can see how many spaces are available for programs and get automatically signed-up on a waiting list if a program is full. From the home page, select Events/Programs to access the new calendar of events. If you don't care to register yourself online, Library staff can still register you or cancel your registration over the phone or in person. (It will be easier and more streamlined for staff to use too!)

"Like" the Library on Facebook

Facebook iconDid you know the Library maintains a Facebook page? If you're a regular Facebook user, the Facebook page is where you can find information about library-related news, new services, upcoming events and service outages. It's also a place where you can interact with our library staff and fellow patrons. "Like" the library and keep in touch with what's happening at the Waterford Township Public Library

Technology Update - September 2011

Picture of grant computer

This past year, Waterford was one of a number of area libraries to receive funding to purchase new computers through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. This program combined federal stimulus funding with local dollars to allow us to replace a number of our older Internet computers with new computers to provide improved access to the Internet for our library users. One of the new grant computers is shown to the right. You'll find these new computers in our Children's area where they replaced computers that were over 6 years old. These new computers have 19" monitors and run Windows 7, the most current version of Windows available.  Read more

Park and Read program ends October 1st

Park and Read logoThe 2011 "Park and Read" program ends October 1st. The last day to check out a park pass from the library was Thursday, September 22nd. If you have a pass currently checked out, you must use it by October 1st

Exotic Zoo visit at the Library

If you are unable to see the video, please use this link.

Summer Reading at the Waterford Library

Summer Reading programs start Monday, June 20th and runs through August 14th. We have programs for readers of all ages. Get signed up today!

  • Kids - One World, Many Stories
  • Teens - Summer Reading for Teens
  • Adults - Novel Destinations @ your library!

Library Closed for the Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day PhotoThe library will be closed the following dates in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • Saturday, May 28
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Monday, May 30
The library will resume normal operating hours on Tuesday, May 31.