Programs for Adults

Registration is required for many adult programs. Please call the Adult Reference Desk at 248-618-7693, come in, our use
our online events calendar 
to register. All programs are held in the library's Community Room unless otherwise noted.

All programs are sponsored in part by the Friends of the Waterford Library.

​Winter 2020


Great Michigan Book Giveaway


We are kicking off our participation in the 2019-20 Great Michigan Read by giving away twelve copies of What the Eyes Don't See!
  • Enter in person in the Adult Services Department, by phone at 248-618-7693, or fill out our online form.
  • Entries will be accepted from Monday, January 6 at 9:00 am to Sunday, February 2 at 5:00 pm.
  • Winners' names will be drawn on Monday, February 3.

The 2019–20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners, including the National Endowment for the Humanities and The Meijer Foundation.
Great Michigan Reads, Michigan Humanities, and National Endowment for the Humanities logos

Cover of What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha
 

Author Talk: The Faygo Book


Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 pm
The Faygo Book is the story of a pop, a people, and a place. Author Joe Grimm will share stories and facts that will tickle the taste buds and memories of Detroiters and Faygo lovers everywhere. The Faygo Book is a 2019 Michigan Notable Book. Faygo will be served.
Cover of The Faygo Book by Joe Grimm 

Financial Help Series


Each class focuses on a different aspect of finances. Presented by Kimberly Demarest, Financial Coach. Informational only, with no sales pitch.

Save Money for College​

Monday, February 10 at 7:00 pm
This class is for those who have not had a chance to save enough for college. Learn how to pay for college without getting student loans. Parents and teens getting ready for college are also welcome.

Retiring Soon? How to Live on a Fixed Income

Tuesday, February 25 at 11:00 am
A class for the newly retired or the soon-to-be retired. The content will focus on how to create a budget that works and tips on saving money. Special focus for widows and widowers handling personal finances for the first time.

Smart Budgets

Monday, March 9 at 7:00 pm
Learn how to get on a budget that works. We will go through the A-Z of budgets and tips that will help you stay within your plan.

Save Money

Monday, March 23 at 7:00 pm
Learn how to create room in your personal finances for larger goals. Specifically, things like saving for a house, putting more money into retirement, saving for kids' college, and getting out of debt.
Clear piggy bank with pennies inside against pink background 

Music Concert: Pam Jaslove and the Glittering Palaces of Detroit


Tuesday, April 7 at 6:30 pm
Enjoy another round of songs and stories from the '20s and '30s. Be transported back to the ballrooms and jazz clubs of Detroit, as singer/songwriter Pam Jaslove and her friends perform catchy pre-Motown hits from the Great American Songbook.
Photo of Pam Jaslove
 

Evening Book Discussion - Great Michigan Read Edition

 
Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm
**Please note that we will be meeting in the Community Room instead of the Conference Room and registration is required.**

​The 2019-20 Great Michigan Read is presented by Michigan Humanities and supported by national, statewide, and local partners including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Meijer Foundation.
Great Michigan Reads, Michigan Humanities, and National Endowment for the Humanities logos
 Cover of What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha

Jigsaw Puzzle Competition


Saturday, April 18, 10:30 am-1:30 pm
Teams will compete to be the fastest at assembling a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle! Think you can lead your team to victory? Register as a team of 2-4 people. Prizes awarded for the quickest team. Teams have three hours to complete their puzzle. Puzzle-building begins promptly at 10:30 am.
Photo of puzzle pieces on a table 

Fluid Art with Farra Rust


Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 pm
Self-taught fluid artist Farra Rust returns to teach this fun (and messy!) method of painting. We will keep your creations here at the library for a day or two until they are dry enough to take home. Supplies will be provided.
Example of Farra Rust's fluid art 

Waterford Genealogical Society's 17th Annual "Lock-in"


Saturday, April 25
The WGS Lock-in will be held the evening of Saturday, April 25 in the library after closing. Classes on a variety of genealogy topics will be offered during the event. Registration and fee are required. Registration forms will be available at the Adult Reference Desk in March.
historical family portrait photo

Spring Garden Fair


Thursday, April 30, 4:00-8:00 pm
Saturday, May 2, 10:00 am-4:30 pm
Sunday, May 3, 1:00-4:00 pm
Hosted by the Library Garden Club, the fair features a plant sale including divisions of plants from the Library's Children's Sensory Garden and houseplants, tool care demonstrations with tips and tricks to for tuning up your garden gear, and gardening information for all skill levels.
 Flowers in a garden

Books and Brags


We'd like to highlight real-life ways that library books (and online resources) have helped you. Did you use a cookbook to bake a cake for a special occasion? Did you pass your SAT with flying colors using one of our resources? Did your child learn how to do origami using a book from the Children's Department? Submit a picture showing the result of how a library resource helped you achieve something. Examples: A good grade on a report, a selfie of you working on your car, a photo from a family vacation, etc., and let us know which book(s), magazine(s), or online resource(s) you used. Photos may be submitted in person a the Adult Reference desk, sent to waterfordmilib@gmail.com, or tag us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. We will share the photos on social media and in the library.

Waterford Writers Workshop


First and third Tuesdays of each month, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Published and unpublished writers are invited to join a community of writers to provide constructive and supportive critiques of each other’s works and to further discuss the craft of writing.Each writer will have the opportunity to read their work to the group. Each writer should bring at least five copies of their work (limit of 5 typewritten, double-spaced pages of fiction/non-fiction, poetry/prose, screen plays, etc.) for peer review and discussion. All copies will be returned to the writer with edits, constructive critiques, and suggestions by fellow group members.The goal is to write, share, and develop works that make us feel. To celebrate the art of words. To provoke, evoke, and inspire. To write confidently. The workshop will meet on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Conference Room of the Waterford Township Public Library from 6:30-8:30pm, starting Tuesday November 7, 2017. Participants must be 16 or older. Registration is not required.

Coloring Supplies Available at the Reference Desk


Do you enjoy coloring? We have a variety of coloring books and materials for you to use - there’s no need to bring your own supplies! Take a relaxing break at a study table or in a comfy chair, and let your creative side take over. Supplies are available now at the Adult Reference Desk for your convenience.

Library Garden Club


Meets the second Wednesday of each month, 4:30 - 8:00 pm (April-September), 6:30-8:00 pm (October-March) in the Community Room
Janet Macunovich serves as “crew chief” for our garden work and projects, and, with other professional gardeners, presents the educational portion of the meetings. No outdoor work October-March; educational presentation only (inside the library). There is no cost to participate beyond your time and efforts at work bees in the gardens on Library grounds. Non-members are also welcome to attend.

Knitting Group


Every Wednesday, 10:00 am–12:00 pm in the Conference Room
Share patterns, exchange project ideas, and socialize while you knit! Bring your own supplies. Refreshments provided.

Computer Classes 

For class descriptions and dates of upcoming classes, please visit our Computer Classes page, or print class descriptions with dates. You may also print class descriptions without dates. Classes tend to fill up fast, so please sign up as early as possible. If you find you are unable to attend a class you are registered for, please call the Adult Reference Desk at 248-618-7693 to cancel as soon as possible to make your space available for someone on the waiting list.

Ask the "Tech Guy"

Saturday, January 25, 1:30-4:00 pm; Saturday, February 22, 1:30-4:00 pm; Saturday, March 21, 1:30-4:00 pm; and Saturday, April 18, 1:30-4:00 pm in the  Conference Room
Computer/technology help. One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it with you). Our library computer technician will do his best to troubleshoot your problem, answer your questions, or advise you on what to do. Registration required. Please make a half-hour appointment by calling 248-618-7693, in person at the Adult Reference Desk, or online at waterfordmi.gov/library.

Book Discussions


Afternoon Book Discussion Group - Join our Afternoon Book Discussion Group. We meet at 1:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. Refreshments provided. Call 248-618-7693 or come in to request a copy of the book.

Evening Book Discussion Group - The group meets on the second Thursday of every month (excluding August) in the library Conference Room at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the book to be discussed at the next meeting are available at the Adult Reference Desk beginning the Saturday after each month's discussion (due to the library being closed on Fridays).

Movie Matinees

Every 4th Thursday, January through October
Movies begin at 2:00 pm i
n the Community Room. Most titles run 90-120 minutes.
Join us for movies on the fourth Thursday of the month from January through October.  Popcorn and refreshments are provided, but you may also bring your own snacks and beverages. Please no alcoholic or uncovered beverages. For more information and a list of movies, please visit our Movie Matinees page.  No registration required.

Waterford Genealogical Society

 
Meetings are held at the library. For further information, please visit the Waterford Genealogical Society's website.

The Adult Services Department may be reached by phone at 248-618-7693.