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New Event Calendar

We've updated our online calendar to better help you see all of the events and programs going on at the library. You can also register for events through the calendar and get e-mail reminders of upcoming events. If you bookmarked the old calendar, please update that to the new address. 

http://waterfordmi.evanced.info/signup/eventcalendar.aspx

Printing from Your Laptop on the Library’s Wireless Network

Image of PrinterThe library is pleased to announce the availability of a new service that allows users of the library’s wireless public Internet network to print from their own laptop computers to the public printers in the library. This service is available for users with Windows 8, 7, Vista and XP or Mac OS X on their portable computers. Please see the librarians at the Reference Desks for more information. Note: Access to this service is limited to computers connected to the wireless network within the library. 

 

Check the Status of Your Tax Refund

Expecting a federal or state tax refund? You can check the status of your refund online to find out when your refund will be arriving. You'll need information like your Social Security Number, adjusted gross income and amount of refund expected to view the status of the refund. 

Federal Refund: "Where's My Refund?"

State Refund: My Income Tax Information

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

Federal Taxes Read more

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. 




Online Reservations for Public Computers is now available

The option to make an online reservation for our public computers is now available again. This feature was unavailable as the library transitioned to a new time and print management system for our public computers. The new online reservation system allows you to place a reservation up to 7 days in advance for any of the following computers:

  • Adult Internet
  • Children's Internet
  • Adult Database

You will need a valid library card and PIN to place a reservation. You can also view existing reservations and cancel a reservation if you no longer need it. You can do all of those activities from the main reservation page

"Ask the Tech Guy" session rescheduled

The "Ask the Tech Guy" session scheduled for Saturday, November 9, has been rescheduled to Saturday, November 23. Please see the librarians at the Adult Reference desk if you have any questions about this program. 

Office 2010 Has Arrived!

Office 2010 LogoWe've completed the upgrade of our public computers to Office 2010. This version of Office includes all of the programs that were previously available on our public computers including:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Publisher

If you haven't used Office 2010, there are some changes to the user interface that may take some time and effort to learn. Our librarians are available to assist you with that transition. Or you can view some online guides to learn about those changes before you get started. 

Office 2010 - Coming Soon!

Office 2010 LogoIn the very near future, we'll be upgrading the version of Office on our public computers to Office 2010. This version of Office will include all of the programs that are currently available including:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Publisher

If you haven't used Office 2010, there are some changes to the user interface that may take some time and effort to learn. Our librarians will be available to assist you with that transition. Or you can view some online guides to learn about those changes before you get started. 

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.