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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. 




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.

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Pay your library account balance from any internet connection

Waterford Library patrons now have the ability to pay their library account balance from the convenience of their home or any web browser accessing our web site. Using the PayPal system you can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover Card or American Express, as well as from your own PayPal account if you already have one. Simply log into your account and if you have a balance follow the steps as provided. For a more detailed tutorial follow this link.

Minimum payment amount is 5 dollars.  You can pay any individual bill or multiple billed items.

You will need your library card number, your pin number and either PayPal or credit card information.

Recorded Books OneClickdigital Audiobooks

Attention downloadable audiobook users: If you have been downloading your audiobooks from netlibrary or ebscohost, you will now need to start using Recorded Books OneClickdigital.  You must create a new account, but you do not need to come in to the library to create your account.  You will be asked for your library card number, and then you should be able to create a new account.  You may use the same username and password you used on the other sites if you wish. 

Stieg Larsson Readalikes

Try one of these mystery/thrillers with lead females similar to Larsson's Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Retribution by Jillian Hoffman

L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain

Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg

In the Woods by Tana French Read more