National Library Week - April 13 - 19
Are you planning on babysitting this summer? Join us here at the library on Saturday, June 4th for a workshop!
The American Red Cross will be here to offer a training session for all babysitters ages 11-15. They will cover skills such as safety, basic child care, facilitating safe play, first aid and critical emergency action skills. The cost is $25 and includes a training manual and a first aid and safety kit. Teens will also need to bring a sack lunch.
The program runs from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Please call the Adult Reference Desk at (248) 618-7693 to register!
Congratulations to Annette T., our National Library Week contest winner! She had the closest guess of how many visitors came to the library last week. The library welcomed 5,730 people during National Library Week.
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.
For those who are unable to file by April 18th, you can request an extension of time to file from the IRS.
- Use Free File to e-file Form 4868, an extension to file
- Download, complete and return Form 4868 (Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return) - PDF
Check our Catalog for: The Help
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is first and foremost a fascinating study of people living in the South just before the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that put an end to segregation of Blacks and Whites in the United States. This well written novel gives you the story from a variety of points of view and this contributes to the well paced tension throughout the 451 pages. Skeeter grows up in Missippippi when well to do white families hired black women to help with housecleaning and the raising of children. She comes back from college to find that her best friends are all married, starting their own families and continuing the tradition of hired help. Skeeter's own family maid is gone and her Mother refuses to tell her the truth of her leaving. Powerful and soon to be a movie.
Check our catalog for: Triangle: The fire that changed America.
Since it is 100 years since this dramatic fire I wanted to learn more about its history and conclusion. This is a good source for that and gives you a good amount of information on why such a catastrophe could occur. There isn't much sensationalism about the fire itself, but does give the facts and shows what the historical period was like. I enjoyed reading it, although it was a little dry at times. And it shows the political makeup of New York at the time while bringing up some of the up and comers, like Franklin D. Roosevelt. Plus the trial is really interesting.
Every year the Mystery Writers of America nominate books that represent the best in mystery fiction.
Here are the nominees for Best Novel:
Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton WINNER
I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
How many have you read? For more suggestions of great mysteries, see the full list of nominees here. Other best of categories include Paperback Original, True Crime and Teen. Read more
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:
Check our catalog for: The Fixer Upper also available in large print and downloadable audio
Dempsey Jo Killebrew is basically fired from her public relations job in Washington D.C. due to her big shot boss (who she thought was looking out for her) being caught in a politcal scandal. Running out of money and with nowhere else to turn, she takes her dad's suggestion to work on fixing up his old, run-down family home in Guthrie, Georgia. And a lot of work it turns out to be! Trials and tribulations, satisfying manual labor, romance, and even some revenge ensue. I saw this on a couple "best popular fiction of 2009" lists. If you like Jennifer Crusie, you'll like this book. I downloaded the digital audio book from Download Destination
and listened to it on my MP3 player.
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.