Construction at Watertown Library to Impact One Entrance

Watertown Free Public Library

The Watertown Free Public Library announced that the rear entrance will be closed for several weeks due to a construction project. The Library provided the following announcement:

Beginning Tuesday, October 15 the rear entrance of the Watertown Free Public Library will be under construction. The library will remain open regular hours for the duration of the project, but the parking lot entrance will be closed for an estimated six weeks. During that time, patrons can enter the side door on Thaxter Street between the library and Town Hall, or use the Main St. entrance.

Harry Potter Escape Room Returns to the Watertown Library

The historic facade of the Watertown Free Public Library. The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

Gather your friends, family, and coworkers…the Watertown Free Public Library’s popular Harry Potter Escape Room returns this month! This year, the library is bringing Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets to life with spooky set pieces, and plenty of riddles for Potter fanatics to work out as a team. So what is an escape room exactly? Also known as puzzle rooms, escape rooms are interactive games for a team of players confined to a particular space.

Library Hosting Event on Talking With Your Kids About Racism

Watertown Free Public Library

The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

How do you talk to kids about racism? Racism has always been aggressively present in the United States, but in today’s heated political moment, it is especially vital that caregivers and educators feel prepared to discuss race and racism with the children in their lives. 

On Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., the Watertown Free Public Library invites area caregivers and educators to participate in a workshop led by Boston-area nonprofit Wee The People. Many adults find it daunting to broach discussing racism with children, but this workshop is specifically designed to develop strategies and tools to begin the conversation about the complexities of race, racism, and racial difference. This workshop is open to all caregivers and educators and does not require registration. 

Wee The People is a social justice project offering dynamic race and equity programming for kids, parents, caregivers, and educators.

Girls Who Code Club Coming to Watertown Library

The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

According to the national organization Girls Who Code, Women make up half of the U.S workforce, but hold just 25% of the jobs in technical or computing fields. In an effort to support and encourage young women interested in computer science, Watertown Free Public Library will offer a Girls Who Code club this fall. The club will follow curriculum published by the national Girls Who Code organization. All girls in 6th through 12th grade who are interested in joining the WFPL’s GWC club are encouraged to come to an informational meeting on Thursday, September 26, 7:00-8:15 at the Watertown Free Public Library. This meeting gives potential girl coders and their parents a chance to meet the volunteer facilitators and ask questions about the program.

Watertown Library Hosting 6th Annual 5K Fun Run

The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

The Watertown Free Public Library invites residents of all ages and abilities to participate in the 6th Annual Book It and Run 5K on September 21, 2019. This family-friendly event promotes community fitness, and helps support Watertown Free Public Library programs.

“The 5K is great opportunity for our community to celebrate our library and enjoy a laid-back run through Watertown.” says WFPL’s 5K coordinator Jamie Kallestad, “The library gets so much love and support from this town, we enjoy giving some of it back by cheering and encouraging our runners on race day. It’s a great day at work for everyone here.”

The Book It and Run course follows a 5-kilometer loop through Watertown neighborhoods. The start and finish line is located in front of the Watertown Boys & Girls Club on Whites Ave, a short walk from the library. Runners will have the chance to stop for water at Victory Field and can look forward healthy snacks donated by Iggy’s Bread and Russo’s at the finish line.

Artist Reception for New Show at Watertown Library This Week

Artist Robin A. Orifice will be have her artwork exhibited at the Watertown Library in September. She will be at an artist’s reception on Sept. 5. The artwork of Robin A. Orifice will be displayed at the Watertown Free Public Library during the month of September, and the artist will be at an opening reception. The reception will be held on Thursday, Sept.

Watertown Library Displaying Newly Restored Map from 1856

A newly restored map of Middlesex County from 1856 now hangs on the second floor of the Watertown Free Public Library. A piece of history now hangs on the second floor of the Watertown Free Public Library, near the study area and computers. The map of Middlesex County dates to 1856, and was recently restored as part of the library’s effort to preserve the town’s history. The map shows the outlines of the communities of Middlesex County and measures about 5 feet by 5 feet. It was created by Henry Francis Walling who served as “Superintendent of the State Map” for Massachusetts.

See the Activities at Hatch Makerspace in August

Get your mind ready to be creative, make a traditional instrument and much more is going on at the Hatch Maker Space. The following information was provided by the Hatch Makerspace:

Hatch Makerspace is located at 20 Summer Street in Watertown, MA. An extension of the Watertown Free Public Library, it is a public workshop with space, equipment, and materials available for your use. For more information contact Liz Helfer, HatchCoordinator: ehelfer@watertown-ma.gov | 781-795-2309

Say hello to Hatch at the Watertown Farmer’s Market!Stop by the WFPL table on Wednesday, August 14th to enjoy a family-friendly crafting activity! Workshop spotlight: Art Studio – Mindful MendingJoin Watertown artist, Amelia Young, in an exploration of mindful mending.