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Your Gardening Questions Answered

Sometimes out in the yard you may wonder:

"What is this?" orgardening photo
"Can I cut it?" or
"Is that a weed?" or
"Is there something better I should plant or put here?"

That's when it would be nice to have a garden guru at your side.

Waterford's own Master Gardener, Janet Macunovich, and her husband, horticultural photographer Steven Nikkila have 30 years professional gardening experience and an equally long run writing and teaching garden how-to, and they will be glad to find answers for you. They will be on-line from the library, accompanied by a number of very knowledgeable others -- answers are free, with no strings attached.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm this Instant Answer team will be live on forum.GardenAtoZ.com to handle anything you post. Snap a picture with your phone, post it and get an answer right back. Instructions for posting questions and uploading photos are there at forum.GardenAtoZ.com

 If you prefer in-person advice, you're welcome to bring your question that day, with any plants or pictures that explain it, to the Waterford Township main library at 5168 Civic Center Drive. In the library's Conference Room which is off of the magazine room.

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:

•             The scrolling "Rivers" on the main page show you in an appealing graphic way what our newest materials are.  Click on “Waterford – New Books” to see what other rivers are available, then click on one to switch to it and start viewing it.

•             "Facets" on the left side of the screen of search results lists can help you limit and narrow down your search results. In eLibrary (our old catalog) you narrowed your search parameters and then searched.  In our new catalog you execute your search first and then narrow your results by including or excluding the various possible aspects and categories, or "facets" of the items in the list. Read more

Original Six Dynasties: The Detroit Red Wings

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION**

Saturday April 5 at 1pm Bob Duff will present his new book Original Six Dynasties: The Detroit Red Wings and talk about the history of the original six hockey teams during the years 1942 to 1967, with slides and great stories. As sports columnist at The Windsor Star, Bob has covered a variety of sports at both local and professional levels. He has covered the Stanley Cup final, World Cup of Hockey, Super Bowl, World Series, Summer Olympic Games. Ryder Cup, and more. He will have copies of his book available for purchase and is giving a percentage of each sale to the library. Held in our Community Room.Original Six Dynasties cover

Senior Brigade presentation

 For your protection: an informative presentation by a member of the Attorney General of Michigan’s Senior Brigade.  (You don’t have to be a senior adult to attend.)   Read more

Waterford Genealogical Society's Annual Lock-in Event is coming up in April

The Waterford Genealogical Society's 11th Annual Lock-in will be held on the evening of Saturday April 26 in the library (after hours). You'll learn a lot - see the list of classes that will be offered here.  The fee to attend this very popular event is $20 for WGS members, and $25 for a non-member.  To attend, please fill out and mail in a registration form along with the fee. 

Cake baking competition photos

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See more photos of each of the cakes.

Photos from our cake baking competition held February 20

 All the cakes were luscious and delicious!

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All the cakes on the table waiting for the judges to taste.

avocado cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avocado cake with pistachios on top.

 

carrot cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sugar and spice carrot cake with orange cream cheese frosting.

Mexican wedding cake

 

 

 

 

 

Mexican wedding cake. Our first place winner.

 

decadent chocolate cake

 

 

 

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Tax forms update

irs logoUpdate: We now have all the major forms that we normally carry, including 1040-ES, the form for estimated tax for individuals, and City of Pontiac resident and non-resident forms.

Michigan 1040 booklets (which contain forms and instructions) and Michigan home heating credit booklets came in today. The federal 1040-EZ instruction booklets also came today and the federal 1040-A instruction booklets came in last week.  The only major things we're lacking at this point are the federal 1040 booklets and the 1040 schedule A forms.

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.

Muslim Journeys Bookshelf

The library received the following books and DVDs through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

American Stories:

Connected Histories: Read more