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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

If you have questions about health insurance

A woman from an organization called Enroll America will be here on Wednesday October 23, from 2pm to 5pm at a table in our circulation lobby.  She can answer questions from those of you who are without health insurance coverage about the steps you should take to get covered with health insurance, and what deadlines you need to be aware of.

Unique 9/11 Documentary

9-11 documentary dvd cover

"9/11" is two hours and sixteen minutes of amazing footage.On the morning of September 11, 2001, french brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet were working on making a documentary about a rookie New York City firefighter. Hearing a roar in the sky, Jules turned his camera upward - just in time to film the only existing image of the first plane crashing into the World Trade Center Tower 1. With cameras rolling, the Naudets follow NYC firefighters into the heart of what would become known as Ground Zero. 

If you've never seen this unique documentary, made WHILE the attacks and their immediate aftermath were actually happening, keep in mind as you're watching it, they did not know what we know now, or even what we knew from watching the news a few hours after it happened, as they were filming. In remembrance of September 11, 2001, we suggest watching "9/11".  We own two DVD copies.

 

 

Photo Contest Winners

Here are the two prize-winning photos in our amateur digital photo contest!  

Big thanks to our judges Mari Latozas of Photography by Mari, and Darren Graunstadt, president of the Waterford Cultural Council.

And thank you to all who entered. All the photos were lovely to look at.

summer picnic at hess hathaway park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teen Age Category prize winner: Summer picnic at Hess Hathaway Park, submitted by Elizabeth Flatoff.

 

 

Father and son celebrate Independence Day by watching fireworks on Maceday Lake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adult Age Category prize winner: Father and son celebrate Independence Day by watching fireworks on Maceday Lake, submitted by Amanda Gloth Read more

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Contest Voting

"People's Choice" voting for the entries in our amateur digital photo contest begins the evening of July 23 and ends August 7 at the end of the day.

Vote for your three favorite photos in the adult age category and vote for your three favorite photos in the teen age category.

**Note: on July 24 around 4:30pm the adult voting page was changed and votes were reset due to some problems we were experiencing with this new voting module for our website - sorry. If you voted before 4:30pm on Wednesday July 24, you'll need to vote again.

If you use facebook, you may also see the photos and vote on our facebook page.

The two people's choice winners will be put on display in the library for all to see during August and September.  Thanks for participating!

Great Independence Day Reads

american flag

A few suggestions for some patriotic reading.

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
     - also available as an ebook in our Download Destination collection

John Adams by David McCullough
     - also available as a downloadable audiobook in our Download Destination collection

A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn
     - also available as an ebook in our Download Destination collection Read more

Digital Magazines from Zinio for Libraries

zinio logoThe Waterford Township Library now provides you with Zinio Digital Magazines for Libraries.  These emagazines can be viewed from cover to cover online, or offline through the Zinio apps.  They can be downloaded to a PC, Mac, iPad, and some Android tablets.  Check out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish. There are approximately 200 popular magazines in our collection, including Consumer Reports, Newsweek, PC Magazine, and more.

Waterford Township Library Zinio Basics for new users

What you need:

To be a Waterford or Lake Angelus resident with a current Waterford Township Library card
An email account
Ability to go online with a computer (pc or mac), ipad, or compatible Android tablet

What you need to do:

Zinio for Libraries requires you to create two account logins – a Library Collection Account to browse the collection, as well as a free zinio.com Viewer Account to read magazines online, or deliver those magazines to a Zinio Reader app on your computer or mobile device.

Go to  https://www.rbdigital.com/thelibrarynetworkmi/zinio

Click (or tap) on "Create New Account". Read more