Friday, February 29, 2008

Beading Class at WPL

It's not to late to sign-up for the Monday night beading class. All classes are taught by jewelry design artist Diane Miller. Monday's class will be a wrapped wire Loop project. Class will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

If you have never done any wire twisting or just need to brush up on your wrapped loops, this is the class for you! Students will learn the basic principals of making wrapped loops using sterling silver wire and beads while they create a bracelet and matching earrings. Wrapped wire loops provide a secure link which can be used for many components in jewelry making. This technique is especially useful when making earrings. It is also great for working with chain and creating strong linked beaded bracelets and necklaces.

Class sample may not represent all beads used in class.

Classes are open to anyone 16 years of age or older. Class size is limited to 8 students and registration is required.

Class fee of $38 includes all materials.

Tools used in this class: Round nose pliers, chain nose pliers, wire cutter.

Class fees are non refundable and nontransferable.

Call Waterford Library (262) 534-3988 to register today.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Just 1 day until Leap Year Day!

Tomorrow is leap day, which means that this year has 366 days instead of the usual 365 days that an ordinary year has. Leap years are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the earth's revolutions around the sun. Below is a well known leap day poem. Enjoy your day!

Thirty days hath September,April, June and November;

All the rest have thirty-oneSave February,

she aloneHath eight days and a score

Til leap year gives her one day more.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Attention Gamers!

Coming Soon: Teen Gaming Competition
Start practicing! The Waterford Public Library will be competing with other libraries in the area using your favorite
Nintendo Wii System Games.

There will be 1 competition per month beginning in March through September.

Keep checking this link for additional details!
If you are not already a TAB board member, now is the time to Join!
We need your input and suggestions with a Teen point of view.

The mission of the Waterford Public Library Teen Advisory Board is to discuss and suggest topics of interest, material selections, and programming in order to create a better partnership with young adults in the Waterford community.

The individual applying for the Waterford Public Library Teen Advisory Board should meet the following criteria:
Is a student in grades 8-12
Is willing to openly discuss desires of peers with respect and consideration for others
Is willing/able to volunteer their time for no monetary compensation
Meeting Information:
Fourth Tuesday of the monthat Waterford Public Libraryat 3:15 p.m.

Call Tricia Cox at 534-3988 ext. 13with any questions or if you are interested in joining.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Computer Class

The Waterford Public Library will offer two classes in Basic Computer Skills on Wednesday, March 12th. There will be a morning and an afternoon class. Classes will begin promptly at 10AM and at 2 PM.
Topics covered will be Basic Terminology, Windows techniques including the use of the mouse and keyboard and how to properly turn your computer ON/Off.Registration is required.
The deadline to register is Monday, March 5th. Each Class is limited to 10 students each. Call the library @ 534-3988 to register.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Coming Soon: Gaming Competition @ WPL

Attention Teen Gamers!

Start practicing! The Waterford Public Library will be competing with other libraries in the area using your favorite Nintendo Wii System Games.

There will be 1 competition per month beginning in March through September.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Phishing scammers are at it again!

Waiting for a tax refund? Don't open any emails that say it's from the IRS and that your check has arrived or you would have been bitten by this Phishing scam. The IRS has a page devoted to warning the public about potential scams. They point out that "The IRS does not send unsolicited e-mail about tax account matters to individual, business, tax-exempt or other taxpayers." If you're wondering where your refund is, go directly to and check the "Where's My Refund?" If you haven't even started your return and need forms, go to Tax Forms: Federal Wisconsin or visit the WPL library, The library has tax forms available for free. All of the forms are located in the display racks near the information desk.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Library Book Club

The Library Book Club will be meeting next Wednesday, February 27th to discuss the book entitled Finn, by Jon Clinch.

Embarking from a scene in Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Clinch has written a debut novel of harrowing intensity. When Jim and Huck find a dead man in a house floating down the Mississippi, the room with the body is filled with mysterious oddities: a wooden leg, two black masks, crude scrawlings over the walls, etc. Huck does not know that the corpse, shot in the back, is his father.

Next months title is, The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer.

"Long before it legally served me, the bar saved me," asserts J.R. Moehringer, and his compelling memoir The Tender Bar is the story of how and why. A Pulitzer-Prize winning writer for the Los Angeles Times, Moehringer grew up fatherless in pub-heavy Manhasset, New York, in a ramshackle house crammed with cousins and ruled by an eccentric, unkind grandfather. Desperate for a paternal figure, he turns first to his father, a DJ whom he can only access via the radio (Moehringer calls him The Voice and pictures him as "talking smoke"). When The Voice suddenly disappears from the airwaves, Moehringer turns to his hairless Uncle Charlie, and subsequently, Uncle Charlie's place of employment--a bar called Dickens that soon takes center stage.

Discussions begin at 6:15 p.m. on the last Wednesday evening of each month in the Waterfored History Room.

Call to reserve your seat @ 262-534-3988.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Total Eclipse of the Moon

On February 20th, 2008, there will be a Total Eclipse of the Moon at 9:51 pm Central standard time. A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and Moon form a nearly straight line in space, so that the full Moon passes through Earth's shadow.

Unlike a solar eclipse, which requires special equipment to observe safely, you can watch a lunar eclipse with your unaided eyes. View the Live webcast of the eclipse on the NASA website.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Presidents' Day

Presidents Day was originally designated in honor of George Washington's birthday and is still legally called "Washington's Birthday." The first president of the United States was born on February 22, 1732. His Mount Vernon home is visited by many tourists each year. Let us not forget Abraham Lincoln whose birthday is on the 12th of February. Abraham Lincoln was born in a one room log cabin on Nolin Creek in Kentucky. For more information and games, click on the links below.

Kids activites, coloring pages & crafts

Presidents ' Day

Washington & Lincoln

Whitehouse Kids

The pictures of four Presidents are carved at Mt. Rushmore.

Can you name them?

Friday, February 15, 2008

What Others Are Reading

Would you like to know what others are reading? What are the hottest titles and authors?

Below are a few titles that, if you are an avid reader, might interest you.

Double Cross by James Patterson

Alex Cross rejoins the police force to face the most diabolical villain he's ever encountered--a serial killer with a hunger for mega-celebrity. It becomes clear to Alex that he's after a genius of terror who has Washington, D.C., on a string.

Duma Key by Stephen King

A terrible construction site accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests something else.
"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch."
"Take it up again. You need hedges... hedges against the night."

Edgar leaves Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. Many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory and the nature of the supernatural -- Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.

Plum Lucky by Janet Evanovich

Looking to get lucky? Stephanie Plum is back between-the-numbers and she’s looking to get lucky in an Atlantic City hotel room, in a Winnebago, and with a brown-eyed stud who has stolen her heart. Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck . . . and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He’s back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who has lost a giant bag of money. Problem is, the money isn’t exactly lost. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she’s hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula’s found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie’s found a guy. Diesel’s found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives. Plum Lucky is an all-you-can-eat buffet of thrills, chills, shrimp cocktail, plus-size underwear, and scorching hot men. It’s a between-the-numbers treat no Evanovich fan will want to miss!

Looking for New Books recently added to the Waterford Public library? Check out the New Books section on this blog under Recent books from my library

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Do a Kind Deed

Starting February 14 through March 15 you can warm your heart and wipe out your fines at Waterford Public Library. The library will forgive $1.00 of your fines for each new grocery item you bring in.

Area food pantries are very low on supplies, so we’ve decided to help. Any 1 of the following 5 items will erase $3.00 of your fines: canned meats, deodorant, shampoo, dish detergent, or a
4 pack or more of toilet paper.

Any 1 of the following 3 items will erase $5.00 of your fines: disposable diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6),
laundry detergent, feminine hygiene products.
All items collected will be donated to Love, Inc., which served 319 area families in January 2008.

This week, February 11-17, is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Click on the link to learn more about the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Be a good neighbor and wipe out your fines February 14 - March
15 at Waterford Public Library.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Social networks for readers

Good Reads is a Social networking site for readers, to "see" what your friends are reading, keep track of what you've read and what you'd like to read, and get great book recommendations from people you know.

Library Thing catalogs your books online to turn your personal book collection into an online catalogue that everyone can share and Shelfari makes it easy to see what your friends are reading, and then you are able to embed your shelf in your blog, website, or social networking site.

Want to impress your teenager? Click on one of the links above and start networking!!!!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Hot Diggity Dog!

On Saturday, February 2, we celebrated Mo Willems' hilariously funny books.

The Pigeon Wants A...Contest
participants enjoyed activities based on the "pigeon" books by Mo Willems:
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up late. Other books by Mo Willems were also incorporated.

Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identitity was named a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book. Check out these books and others at the Waterford Public Library.

Children participated in games & craft projects and of course, everyone got a hot dog to eat!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Spiderwick movie to be released on Valentine's Day

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present The Spiderwick Chronicles, a motion picture based on Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's best-selling fantasy series of the same name, scheduled for release on February 14. The screenplay pulls plot elements from all five of the original books. Helen Grace (Mary-Louise Parker) and her three kids leave New York City and move to a secluded, run-down mansion that Helen's great-uncle, Arthur Spiderwick, has left to her. Jared is hesitant about the experience, but his twin brother Simon (both played by Freddie Highmore) and his older sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger) are willing to give it a try. When mysterious things begin to happen, Jared gets the blame, and he explores the house to find out what's really going on. He discovers a dusty old volume, penned by Arthur Spiderwick, describing fantastical creatures that supposedly inhabit the estate and can only be viewed with a Seeing Stone. Jared and his siblings forget their differences when they become embroiled in an adventure that involves all sorts of faerie species - both helpful and harmful. Click on the link above to access the movie's Web site,, offers a plot preview, film clips, and more. Kids can click on a "Field Guide" icon to access information about various creatures and drag a Seeing Stone across the screen to reveal otherwise hidden images. (from SLJ's Extra Helping, 1/22/08)

Monday, February 4, 2008

How to Sync Files between PC and USB Jump Drive?

Got a USB jump drive? They’re great for backups. Do you carry files across in USB drives? It might sometimes be exhausting to copy files and folders to and from your hard drive and USB Stick. There’s an easy way to sync files between your hard disk and USB Flash Drive. Here’s how:

1. Download SyncToy and install it.

2. Run SyncToy from the Start Menu

3. You’ll now have to create a Folder Pair

4. Choose a Left Folder (this is a folder on your PC’s hard disk) and a Right Folder (this points to your removable USB Pen Drive)

5. Choose a Synchronization Method. This could be anything from:

Synchronize: Two Way Synchronization (left to right as well as right to left).
Echo: Transfer happens Left to Right. Renames and Deletes are also synced from left to right.
Contribute: Left to Right Syncing. Renames are done on right with left as the source. No Deletions occur.

6. In the window that appears, click on Run to start the Syncing Process. In case you want to be able to preview the changes that’ll be done, use the ‘Preview’ option to have a look at the upcoming actions that’ll be taken.

So that’s how you sync files between your PC’s hard drive and USB Jump Drive. Should come really handy, I hope.

By Shankar Ganesh, a 16 year old Student and Freelance Writer from India. Killer Tech Tips is his blog.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Are you ready for some football?

Like everyone else in America, I will be watching the big game this weekend between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants in Superbowl XI. What would a Superbowl party be without super snacks? Below are a few recipe ideas for yummy appetizers and other Great Super Bowl Information.

Great Super Bowl Appetizers and Snacks

Artichoke Parmesan Spread
Bloody Mary Soup
Cheddar Cheese Mushrooms
Cheese Fondue Recipes
Chicken Wings - all kinds of recipes!
Chips and Dips
Mini Pizza Appetizer
Pepperoni Cheese Puffs
Pigs in Blankets
Spectacular Spinach Dip
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Stuffed Shrimp Appetizer
Super Sausage Rolls
Yummy Onion Focaccia Snack

Other Great Super Bowl Info
Super Bowl Wins
Super Bowl Party Fun
Super Bowl Party Planning

Easy Appetizer Recipes - Sara Gray 2006-2007