Tuesday, April 29, 2008

National Garden Month

Here are some ideas on how you can celebrate!

Organize or take part in a town beautification day.
Visit your local farmers' market.
Compliment a neighbor on his or her garden.
Get together with neighbors to purchase compost and mulch in bulk quantities. To calculate how much you need, click here.
Volunteer to plant and maintain a garden at your town library.
Submit a gardening article or essay to your local paper.
Interview an elder to learn what foods his or her family grew when he or she was a child.
Seek out neighbors from various ethnic groups to learn about their native cuisine and gardening techniques.
Green up your street or a local park by picking up trash.
Share a cutting of one of your favorite landscape or houseplants with a neighbor.
Inventory your gardening gear (e.g., pots, seeds, stakes) and donate the excess to a community gardening program or school garden.
Celebrate other important "green" holidays: Earth Day (April 22) and National Arbor Day (April 26).
Volunteer at your local school's garden.
Start a neighborhood garden club.
Share your garden's bounty with a neighbor.
Have fun doing a gardening project with a child. Click here for some ideas.
Deliver houseplants or flowers to a nursing home or children's hospital.
Donate past issues of gardening magazines to your library, or buy the library

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Monday Night at the Movies

This magical motion picture is rooted in one of the most enduring and intriguing legends of our time. A young boy finds a mysterious enchanted egg and what hatches from it will set in motion an adventure that will take him on the journey of a lifetime as the sea creature of Scottish legend is born.

Monday, April 28th
6:00 pm
Bring the whole family for a fun filled evening.
Popcorn and soda will be served.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Family Fun Day

On Saturday May 10, the Waterford Public Library is participating in the first Waterford Area Chamber of Commerce Family Fest, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM! Family members signing up for a new library card on that Saturday will receive a bookmark and seed packet to go with our May theme: Families that Read Together, Grow Together. We will also be offering a craft that the whole family makes together; that will then be displayed in the Children’s Area during the month of May.

And as part of a grant received by the Waterford Library, family members of all ages will be able to play together on our new Nintendo Wii system. In the game of Charge! you ride a cow and head for the goal as you knock over scarecrows in the process. This two-player racing game is fun and appropriate for family members ages 3-99! There may be a waiting list or sign-up sheet at the door depending on the number of people in attendance. Please stop in at the library on that day to sign up for Family Wii time.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Trial Database

The Waterford Public Library recently requested from Gale Cengage Learning to review Popular Magazines! Full text of some of your favorite magazines including; Audubon, Auto week, Baby Talk, Business week, Country Living and many more! Chicago Tribune,The New York Times, Chicago Tribune are a few of the newspapers in full text that are available and don't forget NPR.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Resizing photos to send via email

You can use many different programs to resize and compress images such as Microsoft Office Picture Manager, Adobe Photoshop Elements, Microsoft Picture It! and others.

Before emailing pictures to freinds and family, try to resize your images to under 100K per attachment or no bigger than 600 pixels wide or 500 pixels tall.

This is in order to make the download easier and faster for the person receiving the email.

To resize an image:
Select the image you wish to edit.
Select the Single Picture View.

Click on Resize in the Edit Pictures task pane or select Picture.
Resize to display the Resize task pane.
Adjust the size of the image. Click on OK.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Magazine Reviews

The Waterford Public Library carries magazines for patrons of every age. Following are three you might be interested in reading. Silent Sports focuses on the quiet sports like snowshoeing, climbing, skiing, rowing/paddling, running, and bicycling. Do you enjoy any of these sports? Then this is the magazine for you!

Want to find out more about protecting our wilderness and the greening of America? Then take a look at Sierra.

Are your interests world travel, science, treasures of the past and the places they come from, places found in literature, archaeological explorations, and art and artists.... Then you'll enjoy Smithsonian.

Current issues of all magazines may be read at the library. As the next issue arrives, past issues can be checked out and taken home for a week.

Contributed by Deanna M.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

In celebration of the 50th National Library Week

This week, April 13-19 the Waterford Public Library staff will be giving away free surprise treats everyday at the circ desk and the information desk for as long as the treats last each day. We also have special book bags to distribute all week for as long as they last.

Waterford Library Director

Friday, April 11, 2008

Crayola 64 Box 50th Birthday

Kids in costume unveiled the eight new Kids’ Choice Colors as part of the 50th... birthday celebration for the Crayola 64 Box, Wednesday, April 9, 2008, at Toys“R”Us Times Square in New York. The colors and their unique names, ‘best friends’, ‘awesome’, ‘giving tree’, ‘happy ever after’, ‘fun in the sun’, ‘bear hug’, ‘famous’ and ‘super happy’, were chosen by nearly 20,000 kids through an online survey and speak to what s important to today s youth. Special guests included Dr. Crayola, “Tip” the Crayola crayon mascot and celebrity chef Duff Goldman of Food Network s Ace of Cakes , who created a giant replica 64 Box birthday cake!

Since its debut in 1958 on “Captain Kangaroo,” more than 200 million Crayola 64 boxes, holding 12.8 billion crayons, have been sold. All those crayons would circle the earth 24 times. For more crayola fun visit The Crayola Factory in Easton,Pennsalyania.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day is a special day that celebrates the Earth. Earth Day was born on April 22, 1970, in San Francisco, California. Every year, America and over 100 different countries join together in the celebration of Earth Day on April 22nd. Earth Day is the largest, most celebrated environmental event worldwide. On Earth Day, we remember to appreciate nature and learn ways to protect our environment. The founder of Earth Day is John Mc Connell to view this years activities visit http://ww2.earthday.net/

More fun links and printables to explore:

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Operation Paperback - Recycled Reading For Our Troops

Operation Paperback is a non-profit, grassroots program founded in 1999. We collect gently used books and send them to American troops deployed overseas.
Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. At the end of the duty day, the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed. Every week we receive thanks from troops who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.

Our service members make sacrifices every day for our country. It takes so little to let them know that we appreciate what they are doing for us. When you join in Operation Paperback, you will let our troops know that you support them, and you have not forgotten them.
Your local drop site is the Waterford Public Library. Monetary donations are always appreciated and can be accepted at the Waterford Public Library, Book Cellar and Love, Inc.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Free eBooks for your PDA, iPod, or eBook reader

Below are two links for free ebooks. Take your reading with you with Overdrive or ManyBooks.

Wisconsin Library Consortium - Overdrive

Using the WPLC Digital Books is easy! If you need help, here's a quick guided tour created by OverDrive, the company that provides downloadable service for us and many other libraries. The guide walks you through the basics, from getting started to downloading to burning to a CD. In just a few minutes, even the newest user can be enjoying a downloaded title.

ManyBooks - Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are 20,200 eBooks available here and they're all free!

Friday, April 4, 2008


What is National Library Week?

The second week in April is National Library Week when libraries of all types are recognized by the American Library Association (ALA). This observance (since 1958) is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians across the nation by promoting the use and support of school, public, academic and special libraries.

More information is available on the National Library Week fact sheet

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Beginning Chainmaille

Call now to register for Monday's Class

April 7th, 5:30-7:30.

If you have never done chainmaille or simply want to make a beautiful sterling silver bracelet, this is the cass for you!

Students will learn the basics of waving with jump rings.

Skills learned in this class are the introduction you need to move forward into other chainmaille classes.

All levels are welcome!

Class fee of $40 includes all materials.

Students must bring:
2 jewelry pliers: one flat nose & one chain nose pliers.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Don't Forget! Next Tuesday, the 8th, for Family Story Time

Lynn Malmberg's fun-filled performance is perfect for children ages 2-6 and is full of audience participation.

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

National Library Week

Waterford Public Library is participating in Culver's "Draw a Picture for National Library Week" - April 13th-19th.

The program is sponsored for kids 10 and under by Lakeshores Library System and Culver's. Drawing sheets will be available from the Children's Librarian staring on April 7th. All pictures must be turned into the library no later than 8 PM on Tuesday, April 29th.

A Winner will be drawn on April 30th.

Children 10 and under can draw a picture depicting a character, scene, or event from a favorite children's book. Friends and family are encouraged to view the completed entries at the library.