Programs for Adults

Registration is required for many adult programs. Please call the Adult Reference Desk at 248-618-7693, come in, or use our online events calendar to register.

Fall 2022

eBooks Help

Saturday, September 17 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Do you need help accessing all the free digital content the library has to offer? Register for a 30-minute one-on-one session, and bring your device and questions for help with downloading books, audiobooks, movies, music, and magazines to your smartphone or tablet. Held in the Group Study Room.

Ask the "Tech Guy"

Saturday, September 17 from 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 15 from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 19 from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Computer/technology help. One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it with you). Our library computer systems person will do his best to troubleshoot your problem, answer your questions, or advise you on what to do. Please make a half-hour appointment by calling or coming in to the Adult Reference Desk. Registration required. Held in the Group Study Room.

Adult Take & Make: Mini Library Kits

Saturday, October 1-Saturday, October 8 (while supplies last)
Mini Library Take & Make Kits will be available for adults to pick up at the Adult Reference Desk on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Instructions and most supplies will be included in the kit. No registration required.

Oakland Astronomy Club Program

Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Explore the images and science of the James Webb Space Telescope mission with the NASA Solar System Ambassadors of the Oakland Astronomy Club.

Death & Lighthouses on the Great Lakes

Thursday, October 6 at 6:30 p.m. online via Zoom
Back in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, losing one's life while tending to a Great Lakes lighthouse wasn't an unusual occurrence. Join Diana Stampfler, author of Death & Lighthouses on the Great Lakes: A History of Murder and Misfortune, for a mix of true crime details, media coverage, and historical research that bring the stories to life . . . despite the deaths of those featured. Registration including email address required to receive the Zoom link.

Poetry and Prose Open Mic

Saturday, October 15 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Community Room
Do you have poetry or prose you want to share with the public? A slam you love to perform? An essay which needs to be heard? Do you enjoy listening to fine writing, experiencing art performance? If so, then come join local writers as they read their works and share the joy and artistry of the written word. Presented by the Waterford Writers Workshop group. No registration required.

Jigsaw Puzzle Competition

Saturday, October 29 from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Community Room
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. A prize will be awarded to the quickest team. Teams have 3 hours to complete their puzzle. Puzzle-building begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Drawing Out Crime

Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the the Community Room
For all you true crime buffs out there, here's a fascinating perspective from someone in our own backyard! First Lieutenant Sarah Krebs of the Michigan State Police will talk about her career as a forensic artist. Registration required.

Koejke, Cooky, or Cookie? A History of American Christmas Cookies

Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. online via Zoom
Cookies have a peculiar history. Once the purview only of the wealthy, their flavors, shapes, and textures changed over time. Influenced by changing technologies, household labor, slavery, social status, agricultural innovations, and immigration, cookies have become the standard American Christmas treat. Food historian Sarah Wassberg Johnson discusses the history of cookies in America, Christmas traditions through the ages, and why we eat so many cookies during the holiday season. Registration including email address required to receive the Zoom link.

Ongoing Programs

Library Garden Club
Join these volunteers to learn more about gardening from master gardeners and hone your skills with hands-on experience helping care for the Children's Sensory Garden and the Rain Garden at the Library's entrance. Meets on the second Wednesday of each month.
For information about upcoming meetings, see the library's events calendar.

Knitting Group

Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in the Conference Room
Share patterns, exchange ideas, and socialize while you knit! This is a drop-in program; no registration is required. Email or call Liz with questions -, 248-618-7484.


Book Discussions

Afternoon Book Discussion Group - Join our Afternoon Book Discussion Group. We meet in the Community Room at 1:00 p.m. on the third Monday of each month. No registration required Call 248-618-7693 or come in to request a copy of the book.

Evening Book Discussion Group - The group meets in the Conference Room on the second Thursday of each month (excluding August) at 7:00 p.m. No registration required. Copies of the book, including large print and book on CD if possible, are available at the Adult Reference Desk beginning the Saturday after each month's meeting.

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. 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 spot available for someone on the waiting list.

Ask the "Tech Guy"
Saturday, June 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 23, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Held in the Group Study Room for these dates.
Computer/technology help. One-on-one assistance with your own device or computer (bring it in with you). Our library computer systems person will do his best to troubleshoot your problem, answer your questions, or advise you on what to do.
*Please make an appointment for one of the half-hour time slots by calling or coming to the Adult Reference Desk.

Movie Matinees

Every 4th Thursday, May through October
Movies begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Most titles run 80-120 minutes.
Popcorn and beverages 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

The Waterford Genealogical Society meets the first Wednesday of the month from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the library’s Community Room. Genealogy is the study of family ancestries and histories. The WGS is a group of like-minded people who love to dig out the facts behind family stories. Membership is open to any and all individuals interested in genealogy. Non-members are welcome to attend.

Waterford Writers Workshop
First and third Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Conference Room
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 five or more 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. Participants must be age 16 or older.