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Super-hero movies

These movies are all part of our adult DVD collection, except for The Incredibles, which is in the Children's collection.

The Amazing Spider-man wham!

The Amazine Spider-man 2

Batman

Captain America, the winter soldier Read more

Learn about essential oils

essential oil bottle and flowerEssential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.  They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant.  Essential oils can lift the mood, calm the senses, and elicit powerful emotional responses. They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits.  Come and explore essentials in this class with Kim Lally. Please register online or by calling 248-618-7694.

Monday June 1, 7pm in the Community Room

Sensory Garden at the Library with Janet Macunovich Part 2

Tuesday May 19, 4:30-6:30 PM 

Begins with a 30-minute presentation by well-known local gardening expert Janet Macunovich, of photos and an explanation of what a sensory garden is and why/how other public institutions have incorporated them into the landscape. And a recap of what we've done so far and what's to come. Followed by 60-90 minutes out in the beds to be renovated determining what prep work must be done and doing some of it. The beds are at the front of the library; everyone who comes in the library passes by them on their way in. Planning and measuring has begun and there is definitely weeding that needs to be done, as well as selection of the varieties of plants we will use, and we would be happy to have your help with some of that!

Be sure to bring your weeding gear, e.g. gloves, digging tools. We will supply water to keep you hydrated and the fun of working in the earth.

                        

weeding a garden

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Sensory Garden at the Library with Janet Macunovich Part 1

Thursday May 7, 4:30-6:30 PM 

Begins with a 30-minute presentation by well-known local gardening expert Janet Macunovich of photos and an explanation of what a sensory garden is and why/how other public institutions have incorporated them into the landscape. Followed by 60-90 minutes out in the beds to be renovated determining what prep work must be done and doing some of it. The beds are at the front of the library; everyone who comes in the library passes by them on their way in. There is definitely weeding that needs to be done before anything else and we would be happy to have your help with that!

Be sure to bring your weeding gear, e.g. gloves, digging tools. We will supply water to keep you hydrated and the fun of working in the earth.

                         Part 2 of this project will be on Tuesday May 19, 4:30-6:30pm

weeding a garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enterprise: our new library catalog

The online catalog of our holdings (along with the holdings of over 50 other public libraries in southeast Michigan) has a new interface called Enterprise.  We think you'll find that it is "smarter," easier to use, and does a better job of helping you find what you're looking for. It should work on mobile devices, too.
Please note, Enterprise is best viewed with these web browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Internet Explorer v10 or higher. It also functions well in Android web browser, Chrome for Android, Firefox for Android and Safari for iOS. (Android v4.3, iOS v7.04).

Cool features: Read more

Genealogy Classes

Genealogy U

A series of free classes designed to prepare you to trace your FAMILY HISTORY.
 Provided by the generous support of the Waterford Friends of the Library.
Genealogy 101, 102, 103, and 104 will provide you with the basic information necessary to trace your family’s history.            *All classes are from 9:30 to 1:00*
Registration required, online or at the Adult Reference desk or by phone: 248.618.7693.historical family photo
You may attend any or all classes.  It is recommended (but not required) that 
you attend Genealogy 101 or have some experience before attending other classes.

Oakland Talking Book Service Display

Thank you to the Oakland Talking Book Service for providing us with this eye-catching and informative display.  You'll find it across from the reference desk in the adult department.oakland talking book service low vision display

The Oakland County Library for the Visually and Physically Impaired, formerly located in the 1200 Building on North Telegraph Road, is now  Oakland Talking Book Service located at the Rochester Hills Public Library.  It is one of many regional libraries for the blind under the Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons (BSBP) Braille and Talking Book Library, which in turn administers the services of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

Over 80 Waterford residents currently make use of this free service, getting audiobooks through the mail or downloading digital audiobooks and magazines through BARD.  If you know a Waterford resident who has low vision but would like to be able to read/listen to books you can pick up an application form for Oakland Talking Book Service at our adult desk.

 

 

 

 

 

The Library has ebooks

Do you have a Kindle, iPad, Nook, or Android tablet? Did you know you can borrow ebooks from the library to put on your device? You can! Go to our Download Destination site, powered by Overdrive. You'll need to be a Waterford or Lake Angelus resident, and know your library card number and pin. And you'll likely need to use the "Help" feature at the upper right part of  the Download Destination home page to see how to do it.  Tip: once you're ready to check something out, if you want to find something that is available for checkout right then, use the advanced search, pick your format, check off the box that says "only show titles with copies available", and then click "search".  Due to the high demand for copies of library ebooks you'll often have to place a hold and be on a waiting list for popular titles.  If you get stuck or have trouble, come on in to the adult reference desk, or give us a call - we'll do our best to help.

How a book gets from one library to another in our library system

  Most of our patrons know we can get books and other items in for them from other libraries in our library cooperative, but just how does that work? Read more

Is there an elephant buried in Waterford?

That is a question we've occasionally been asked over the years.  You might think it's one of those urban legends, but in fact, it is true.  Her name was Little Jennie, and she even appeared in the movie "Elephant Walk" with Elizabeth Taylor.  To find out what an elephant was doing in Waterford, Michigan, and what happened after she sadly expired, read the attached article which was published in the local paper at the time.

 elephant