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.

​Fall 2019


Fluid Art Painting

Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 pm
Self-taught fluid artist Farra Rust will teach you how to create a whimsically colorful tile. We'll keep the tiles here at the library for a day or two until they are dry enough for you to take home. Supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Registration required.
Fluid Art painted tile 

The History of Tiger Stadium

Thursday, September 26 at 6:30 pm
Doc Fletcher, author of The History of Tiger Stadium: A Love Letter to Baseball at Michigan and Trumbull, will share stories about the characters on the field, in the stands, and those in the neighborhoods surrounding the ballpark, as well as about the broadcasters who brought the action to us.
 Tiger Stadium at night

Soon to Retire? How to Live on a Fixed Income

Tuesday, October 1, 11:00 am-12 pm
A workshop for the newly retired or soon-to-be retired. The content will focus on how to create a budget that works and tips on saving money. Special for widows/widowers handling personal financing for the first time.
dollar bills and scrabble letters 

Social Security

Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00pm
What claiming options are available? How are benefits taxed? Learn what survivor and retirement benefits are available to your family. Learn why you may want to collect early - or not. Presented by an instructor from the Cygnet Institute of Personal Financial Literacy, an non-profit organization. Which means this class comes with no sales pitch.
Seal of United States Social Security Administration 

Michigan Libraries for Life


Thursday, October 10-Wednesday, October 16
If you could save a life, would you? Most people would say "Yes!" without hesitation. One of the simplest ways to save and improve lives is by supporting organ, tissue, and eye donation. Since 2010, libraries across Michigan have participated in a simple and effective statewide campaign to educate patrons about donation and transplantation and give them an opportunity to join Michigan's Organ Donor Registry. So far, 4,000 people have been inspired to sign up as donors at public, academic, hospital, and special libraries of all sizes. Seeking volunteers to staff an information table in the Library's Circulation Lobby during this year's campaign. Interested? Contact Kim Wilcox via email at kwilcox@waterfordmi.gov.
Libraries for Life Logo 

Learn to Meditate

Wednesday evenings, October 16, 23, 30, and November 6; 7:00-8:30 pm
A four-week program presented by the Heartfulness Institute.

MEDITATION_STONES 

Strange, Spooky, Wicked Michigan

Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 pm
E
xplore the mysterious side of Michigan and learn about the state's haunted history, spooky legends, forgotten true crime, strange places, bizarre creatures and more with researcher and author Amberrose Hammond. She has researched legends, ghost stories, haunted places, old true crime, and other topics in Michigan since 2000. She owns and curates Michigan's Otherside (www.michigansotherside.com), a website exploring all things strange and unusual in the Great Lakes state and is the author of Ghosts and Legends of Michigan's West Coast, Wicked Ottawa County, and Wicked Grand Rapids. She is also a co-host of the podcast Ghostly Talk.
Photo of Amberrose Hammond 

Retro Video Game Day

Saturday, October 26, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm in the Community Room and Conference Room
Enjoy a retro video game open play! Test out several old school video games, like Atari, Sega Genesis, and more. No registration required.

Atari game console and joystick 

Waterford Genealogical Society Fall Program


Saturday, November 2, 1:00-4:00 pm
Kris Rzepczynski from the Michigan Archives will be presenting three fact-filled programs:
  • 1:00-2:00 pm - The new "Michiganology" site rollout
  • 2:00-2:30 pm - Little-Used or Forgotten Resources, a mini session
  • 2:30-3:00 pm - Break
  • 3:00-4:00 pm - Wills, Chills & Thrills: Digging into Probate Records
These presentations are for beginner to intermediate level. Light refreshments will be available. Free and open to the public. Please register. A joint program of the Waterford Public Library & Waterford Genealogical Society
 genealogy tree with branches and leaves used by WGS

Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City


Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm
 Join us for a presentation by Jeff Morrison, historian, photographer, and author of Guardians of Detroit: Architectural Sculpture in the Motor City. The presentation features more than 100 spectacular close-up pictures of architectural sculpture from throughout the city of Detroit. You will learn about the symbolism behind the ornamentation and hear some of the untold stories of the artists, artisans, and architects involved in its creation. The Guardians of Detroit book and coloring book will be available for purchase before and after the presentation.
Cover of Guardians of Detroit by Jeff Morrison 

Jigsaw Puzzle Competition


Saturday, November 16, 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 will be awarded for the quickest team and the runner-up. Teams have three hours to complete their puzzle. Puzzle-building begins promptly at 10:30 am.
Photo of puzzle pieces on a table 

***New!*** 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.


Poetry Writers' Workshop


Local poet and teacher Glen Armstrong leads the workshop, which meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 pm in the library Conference Room. Bring paper and a pen or pencil; leave with a poem. No registration required.

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 Community 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, May 4, 10:30 am-1:00 pm; Saturday, June 1, 1:30-4:00 pm; and Saturday, July 13, 1:30-4:00 pm.
i
n 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.