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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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Filing Your Taxes Online for Free

Free File LogoReady to file your federal and state taxes? Start out by exploring some of the free options for filing your tax returns online that may make the process go a little bit easier. You can also check out the online offerings from commercial tax preparation companies. These companies will assist you to complete and file your state and federal tax returns for a fee. 

Both the IRS and the State of Michigan encourage online filing. They have indicated that filing tax returns online results in fewer mistakes and for those getting a refund, a faster turnaround on issuing your refund. Which free options you qualify for is determined by your adjusted gross income. Review each of the options below to determine which ones you are qualified to use.

Just looking for tax forms and instructions? See these resources

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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.

Put Your Poem in the Trees!

Put Your Poem in the Trees!

Thursday, February 13th and Thursday, February 27th at 7:00 pm

Local poet and teacher Glen Armstrong, will be leading this 2-session poetry writing workshop. Finished works may be submitted to the Poetry Leaves exhibition – see your original poem hanging in the trees on the Civic Center campus during April. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hone your craft and share your creative work with the community. Please register here, or by calling the Adult Reference Desk (248) 618-7693.

 

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.

Hold Notification by Text Message

Interested in getting a text message notifying you when your latest hold is available? You can now sign up for text message notification when you hold is ready to be picked up. Follow these instructions on how to sign up for the service. 




Cake Baking Competition

birthday cakeThe Waterford Township Public Library turns 50 this year! Help us celebrate 50 years of library service by baking us a cake!

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room.

 

Take a look at the rules of the competition, register for the contest here, then bake any kind of cake and bring it in to be shared and judged. The top three winners will take home cash prizes based on the ruling of 3 local celebrity judges.

1st place -- $75
2nd place -- $50
3rd place -- $25

Bring ten copies of the recipe you baked, noting if the cake contains any milk, nut, soy, wheat, or egg ingredients to alert people who may have food allergies. 

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Staff Picks of 2013

Claire of the Sea LightThe Cuckoo's CallingMom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat

Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)

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Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen Read more