Library Closed in observance of Independence Day.
Park & Read is Back!
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) and the Library of Michigan are partenering up again this spring and summer to help Michigan families enjoy the great outdoors. Waterford Library cardholders will be able to "check out" a park pass that will be good at any of the 98 Michigan State Parks & Recreation Areas. The pass is good for one entrance fee in the 7-day loan period and covers the moter vehicle permit fee. This program is currently under way and runs through the end of summer.
Some parks will have hammocks available to "check out" while you are visiting the park.
NOTE: You may check out a pass only at your local library - where your library card was issued.
Friends of the Library Used Book Drop-off
The Friends of the Library will hold a used book donation drop-off day Saturday, July 9. Items can be dropped off in the Library's Community Room between 10:00a and 1:00p. Please note: There is a five box (or bag) limit. Call Lori Hosler at 248-674-7098 if your donation will exceed the limit.
Items that are not accepted are:
- Encyclopedias over 10 years old
- Reader's Digest Condensed books
- Vinyl Records
- College Textbooks
- Musty/Moldy items
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Children's Programs (ages 0-12)
Summer Reading Program
Sign-up begins Monday, June 20th, for the Summer Reading Book Club.
The Summer Reading Program is open to all students ages 3-12. You will receive a bookmark, reading record, stickers, and a pencil. You may choose how many books, chapters, or how many minutes you would like to read over the six-week period.
When you have met your reading goal, you will receive a travel-size notebook, pen, game, and an inflatable globe.
All students who complete their reading goals by Friday, July 29 will be entered into our drawing for larger prizes. You might win some books, gift cards, book bags, t-shirts, games, craft kits, passes to local businesses, or other cool stuff.
Family Programs with Professional Performers
Recommended for Ages 5 and up. These programs will be held in the Library's Community Room. Registration begins two weeks prior to each program date. Because of the large number of people in attendance we cannot accommodate strollers, and children under 9 need to be accompanied by an adult. Out of courtesy for the performers and other participants, please arrive on time.
~~~~ Animals of the World ~~~
Thursday, July 7 - 11:00a-12:00 noon
Exotic Zoo will bring 10 different live animals from around the world. Students will get a chance to touch and interact with the animals.
Registration begins Thursday, June 23
~~~ Drummunity! ~~~
Friday, July 15 - 10:00a-11:00a
Lori Fithian returns to Waterford with her collection of drums and other percussion instruments. The audience is part of the show as everyone gets to play an instrument.
Registration begins Friday, July 1
~~~ World of Circus Magic~~~
Tuesday, July 19 - 10:00a-10:45a
Magician, Doug Scheer brings his tricks and showmanship to library.
Registration begins Tuesday, July 5
~~~ Global Safari ~~~
Monday, July 25 - 10:00a-10:45a
Ventriloquist Vikki Gasco-Green and a cast of international zany characters will take young readers on a laugh-packed global adventure.
Registration begins Monday, July 11
PROGRAMS FOR AGES 3-5
Programs for this age group are 45 minutes long. We will be having two identical sessions of each program. Registration begins one week prior to each program.
~~~ Sail into Storytime ~~~
Thursday, July 21 - 9:30a or 10:30a
Travel and adventure stories of sailors on the high seas.
Registration begins Tuesday, July 14
~~~ Cows Say Moo ~~~
Tuesday, July 26 - 9:30a or 10:30a
How do you you say "moo" in French? Songs, stories, and games of how animals speak in different languages.
Registration begins Tuesday, July 19
PROGRAMS FOR AGES 6-8
Programs for this age group are one hour long. We will be having two identical sessions of each program. Registration begins one week prior to each program.
~~~ Going Dutch ~~~
Monday, July 11 - 9:30a or 11:00a
Learn about the people of the Netherlands with stories and crafts.
Registration begins Sunday, July 3rd. (We're closed Monday, July 4.)
~~~ Trickster Tales~~~
Wednesday, July 20 - 9:30a or 11:00a
Learn about Anansi, Brer Rabbit, Coyote, Raven and other trickters.
Registration begins Wednesday, July 13
PROGRAMS FOR AGES 9-12
Programs for this age group are one hour long. We will have one session of each program. Registration begins one week prior to each program.
~~~ Around the World Party ~~~
Tuesday, July 12 - 9:30a
An international party featuring music, crafts, food, and a game or two.
Registration begins Tuesday, July 5
~~~ Dewey's Amazing Race ~~~
Monday, July 18 - 9:30a
Students will divide into teams and race to complete their quests in the Dewey section.
Registration begins Monday, July 11
Teens' Programs (ages 12-18)
Summer Reading Program for Teens
Monday, June 20 - Sunday, August 14.
Grand Prize Drawing: Monday, August 15
Looking for something to do this summer? Come to the library and sign up for Teen Summer Reading! Keep track of what you read this summer for a chance to win great prizes. For every book read you will be able to fill out a raffle ticket and be entered in a weekly drawing to win a prize. Read 4 books during the summer and you will be eligible for the grand prize drawing.
Pizza and Pages
Tuesday, July 12 @ 1:00p
Are you a fan of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins? Join us for pizza and a great discussion of all 3 books in the series. We'll also have trivia and cast the movie.
Henna with Hiral
Tuesday, July 21 @ 2:00p
Hiral Henna, a group of henna artists from Ann Arbor, will be here to talk to teens about henna design. Teens will learn about the history, traditions and the current use of henna. Each participant will also leave with a small henna design done by Hiral.
Class size limited to 15 teens.
Look for Teen programs here...
Novel Destinations @ Your Library
Adult Summer Reading Program
Monday June 20-Monday August 14
It's easy to participate!
For a list of prizes and sponsors click here.
For complete information and a registration packet, visit the Adult Reference Desk on or after June 20th.
- Read books or listen to audiobooks of your choice
- Turn in an entry form in person or online about each book you read or hear
- Those entry forms could win you prizes.
Save the Date for the Library Luau!
(only for adult summer reading participants)
- When: Thursday, August 18, 2011, 6:00p
- Where: Library Community Room
- What: Games! Food! Prizes! Free Books! Come wearing a Hawaiian print shirt to earn an extra raffle ticket!
Book Discussion Groups
The Adults' Services Department has two Book Discussion Groups - a Monday afternoon group and a Tuesday evening group. Join us for great reads and stimulating discussions.
Register at the Adults' Reference desk or call
Tuesday, July 12 @ 7:00p
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
Monday, July 18 @ 1:00p
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
by Lisa See
More adults' programs...
Waterford residents who are homebound either
temporarily or indefinitely can arrange for home
delivery of library materials. These include books in
regular or large print and audio books. To arrange for
this service please call Jean Hansen,
Did you know...
It's In Our Wallets
Library cards are about as prevalent as credit cards. Two-thirds of Americans have a library card. For many young people, the first card in their wallet is a library card.
Waterford: 36,467 residents (51%) are library card holders.
Library Quote of the Month
When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it.
~Marie De Sevigne
Book Memorials & Donations
Book memorials are a meaningful way of
remembering a person, a group, an occasion or a
Donations are used to purchase books and other
materials or deposited in the Library's donations
account for future use.
Checks should be make payable to the
Waterford Township Public Library and will be
accepted by the Director.
NOTE: A partial income tax credit is allowed when
you donate to a qualifying Michigan public institution such as the Waterford Township Public Library.
Friends' Fundraising Projects
There are a number of fundraising projects
sponsored by the Friends of the Library beyond the
Used Book Sales. Other projects are
- VG's Community Share program: turn in your
register receipts so that they can be turned into
- Tote bags for sale at the Circulation Desk - NEW - polypropylene construction - $2 each. Pictured above.
- Royal Oak Recycling - White Lake location, 10320 Highland Road. Drop off recyclables and
instead of receiving cash designate the Friends of the
Waterford Library as recipient.