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Free Stuff

Not everything you get at the library has to be returned!  We have free take-aways of the following items available for you (while supplies last).  Look for them in the literature racks in the circulation lobby at the front of the library, or on the countertops across from the adult reference desk.

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Amateur Digital Photo Contest, Summer 2013

cameraWe're having a photography contest! 

CONTEST RULES

The theme is “Summer in Waterford”.
All entries must be submitted between June 1, 2013 and July 15, 2013 at 9 pm. 

Who may enter
All entrants must be residents of Waterford Township, Michigan.
Contest is open to amateurs only.
--A professional is defined as one whose past or present primary source of income (50% or more) results/resulted from his/her photographic work.
Contest is not open to employees of Waterford Township Library and their families.
Adults and teens may enter.  The teen age category is for photographers ages 12-17, and the adult age category is for photographers age 18 or older.  

There will be one judged winner and one “people’s choice” winner in each of the two age categories. Read more

Waterford Genealogical Society's 10th Annual Lock-In

Registration is now open for the Waterford Genealogical Society's annual "lock-in" event, held at the library.  Enjoy an evening of classes, research, discussion, and a light supper.  This event has been very successful in previous years, and registration does fill up quickly. To register, fill out this form and mail it in with your registration fee.  Registration forms are also available at the Adult Services desk in the library.

Oscar nominated movies

The 2013 Academy Awards ceremonies are over and the awards have been awarded!  DVDs of movies that were nominated for or that did win some type of Academy Award (not just for best picture) in our collection as of now include: Beasts of the Southern Wild, Skyfall, Moonrise Kingdom, Snow White and the Huntsman, Brave, Paranorman, Read more

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. There are help videos available to view, also. 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.

Voter guides

We have voter guides from the League of Women Voters Oakland Area now.  Feel free to stop in and pick one up any time we're open.

All those ballot proposals

There are six different proposals on the November 6, 2012 ballot for Michigan voters.  If you're feeling confused and you'd like to find out just what each proposal says, and get some factual, unbiased information about each one, to prepare yourself before you vote, we suggest these two online sources:

Citizens Research Council of Michigan 

and this document prepared by the League of Women Voters of Michigan, which has descriptions of the statewide ballot proposals and pro and con positions statements.ballot

 

 

Michigan Trails

September 23-29, 2012 is the first official Michigan Trails Week.  What trails have you walked or ridden on in our state?  Find new trail trails to try in one of these books:

 

 

September is Healthy Aging Month

We're all getting older. It's never too late to work on staying healthier and happier, especially with these books to help

Ageless body, timeless mind : the quantum alternative  to growing old / Deepak Chopra.
Call number:  612.68 C       

Aging as a spiritual practice : a contemplative guide to growing older and wiser / Lewis Richmond.  
Call number:  NEW 294.333 RICH                   

The Alzheimer's prevention program : keep your brain healthy for the rest of your life / Gary Small, Gigi Vorgan.
Call number:  NEW 616.831 SMAL     

Healthy aging [sound recording (CD)] : [a lifelong guide to your physical and spiritual well-being] / Andrew Weil.
Call number:  CD 612.67 WEIL     

Healthy aging : a lifelong guide to your physical and spiritual well-being / Andrew Weil.
Call number:   612.67 WEIL       Read more

For Boat Owners

If you have a boat, we hope it runs smoothly and stays in good working order for you, but if not, did you know the library has a large collection of boat motor repair manuals?  And personal watercraft repair manuals, too?  We are here to serve you in a "lakeland paradise", after all!

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