The 2011 "Park and Read" program ends October 1st. The last day to check out a park pass from the library was Thursday, September 22nd. If you have a pass currently checked out, you must use it by October 1st.
Have you filed your tax return yet? Due to a local holiday in Washington DC, this year taxpayers will get a few extra days to file their tax returns. This year's deadline to file your federal and state tax return is April 18th. If you haven't completed your return yet, check out some of the online resources available to help you complete your return. The library also has some forms available in print form at the library.
The US Census has released local census counts for the State of Michigan. Waterford's 2010 population count is 71,707 people. There are a number of resources to review the census data in more detail. Some of the resources include:
If you have used our public computers this past week, you may have noticed a change in the login screens on our public computers and the sign-in screen on the sign-up stations. These changes are part of an upgrade to the system that manages our public computers. SAM (Smart Access Manager) is the system that manages each person's time and printing on our public computers. It also allows you to reserve a computer from home or work and control the level of Internet access you have on our computers. In addition to the new login screens, a few of the new and improved features from the upgrade include:
Faster printing - The slowness of the printing in the old system was a frustration for all of us. Printing happens much more quickly with the new system.
Eliminating confirmation notice when using sign-in station - This "feature" of the old system was quite an annoyance! It's gone and the sign-in process at our Adult sign-in station is much easier to complete.
If you didn't notice the changes, that's OK! Our goal was to complete the upgrade with as little inconvenience as possible to our users.
The Power of Less is a quick read filled with a lot of useful suggestions on how to make more of your life by doing less. Unlike many books that promote complicated organizational systems, Leo Babauta outlines a series of simple but powerful methods to streamline your work and your life. While many will find some of the suggestions challenging, like only checking e-mail once or twice a day, there's good ideas for anyone looking to bring more order and focus into lives filled with distractions and demands. The author also maintains the blog ZenHabits where you can find more about the ideas outlined in this book.
This murder mystery revolves around murders in various locations in Europe announced to specific reporters with a postcard. An American detective, whose daughter was one of the victims, doggedly pursues the clues. Some of the murder scene descriptions are grizzly but the mystery and suspense made it worth the read.
Review by: Chris Hurt, Library Aide, Technical Services
The recent closure of the Leggett Branch library has led to an increase in public computers available at the Main Library as we've put the public computers formerly at the branch into service at the Main Library. The new computers include:
Four additional first-available Internet stations in the Adult area. These computers provide full access to the Internet and include support for printing.
One 15 minute Internet station in the Childrens area.
A new self-check out station in the Circulation lobby.
We are also working on upgrading our wireless public Internet access to provide better support for those times when we have a lot of users accessing the system at the same time.