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Last Minute Tax Resources - April 2011

Image of Tax FormsHave 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

2010 State and Local Census Numbers

Map of Michigan

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:

Voter Guides are Here

A good supply League of Women Voters printed voter guides for the November 2 election are available now at the library.  Come in and pick one up, or view the guides online via the links below. 

LOWV Guide for Statewide races 

LOWV Oakland Area Guide for Oakland Co. and local races and issues

More resources for election 2010 from the Michigan eLibrary

Changes to our catalog coming June 7

Starting June 7th, our catalog will have a new look, new colors, and a few changes. The catalog name will change from iBistro to eLibrary. We think you'll find it's mostly pretty similar to the previous version of the catalog, but you may want to take note of the following changes:

Searching

  • You'll pick your type of search (author, title, subject, keyword) from a dropdown menu, and then click the "search" button.
  • The specialized searches, such as audiobook search, or movie search, which used to be on tabs across the top of the page, will now be found on the right side of the page in the "Find Material" box.
  • Once you do a search and get a hit list, click on either the title or the item's cover image to get to the full information for that item and see whether any copies are available and where they are located, and/or to place a hold.

Renewing your items

  • In "My Account", renewal of materials will be accomplished from the "Checkouts" tab.

As always, please let us know if you need help using the catalog, or just have comment.

National Census Day - Every Person Counts

Census LogoApril 1 is National Census Day. The US census takes place every ten years and is mandated by the US Constitution. The first census was conducted in 1790 under the direction of then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.

The population count of everyone living in the United States is used to apportion seats in the US House of Representatives. Because many state and federal programs are funded based on the Census's population totals, it's important that every resident in Waterford is counted. Returning Census forms in a timely fashion also helps to save tax dollars. Each completed form returned is one less household that Census workers will have to visit later this year. 

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Message from the Director

An open letter to you explaining choices made to meet the demands of declining revenues for library services while demand for those services is on the increase.

Literacy Tutor Training

The Oakland Literacy Council will be doing tutor training at the Waterford Township Library February 6, 8 and 9.  To sign up please call the Oakland Literacy Council at 248.253.1617

Daylight Saving Time

The end of Daylight Saving Time arrives Sunday, November 1st at 2 AM. Before heading off to bed Saturday night, you should set your clocks back one hour to return to Standard Time. You are also encouraged to test and replace the batteries in your smoke detector. 

While the twice-a-year changing of the clocks is now taken for granted, it wasn't that long ago that the very idea to "spring forward" or "fall back" was quite controversial. Image of a clockMichigan used to fall into the Central Time Zone. This meant that sunrise during the summer came as early as 5 AM [A few counties in the Upper Peninsula remain on Central Time]. Even after moving to the Eastern Time Zone, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Michigan chose not to observe Daylight Saving Time. It took a statewide vote to settle on observing Daylight Saving Time. Thanks to the combination of being on the far west side of the Eastern Time Zone and observing Daylight Saving Time, Michigan now enjoys late summer sunsets. The trade-off for those late summer evenings is dark mornings in the spring and fall.

To learn more about Daylight Saving Time (no "s" in Saving), check out these web sites: Read more

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Learn more about what you can do to help protect and preserve library services in Michigan.