Library Announces 2020 One Book, One Watertown Selection

The Watertown Free Public Library is pleased to announce Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets They Kept as our selection for One Book, One Watertown 2020. Copies of the book, including large print, playaway, ebooks, and e-audiobooks will be available at the Library in January, across from the Reference Desk. A full schedule of March programs will follow. “A gorgeous and romantic feast of a novel anchored by a cast of indelible secretaries.” – The New York Times

“Enthralling… This is the rare page-turner with prose that’s as wily as its plot.” – Vogue

During the cold war, the CIA pursued an initiative known as “cultural diplomacy.” Operating on the premise that “great art comes from true freedom”, the agency seized on painting, music, and literature as powerful tools for promoting the western world’s values behind the Iron Curtain. In 1955, the CIA recruited secretaries from the typing pool, and charged them with acquiring the manuscript for Boris Pasternak’s controversial Doctor Zhivago, ensuring it was published in the West, and then translated into Russian and leaked back into the Soviet Union.  

The Secrets We Kept is the thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with traditional propaganda, but with a timeless love story: Doctor Zhivago.

January at Hatch: Binding, Laser Cutters, and Many More Workshops

See what’s happening in January at the Watertown Library’s makerspace — Hatch. Hatch sent out the following information:

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. Hatch hours: Monday-Thursday, 1-9 p.m. | Friday-Sunday 1-4 p.m.

Hatch will close at 5pm on 12/31/2019 for New Year’s Eve

Hatch will be closed on 1/1/2020 for New Year’s Day

Hatch will be closed on 1/20/2020 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Hours are updated regularly online: watertownlib.org/hatch

Workshop spotlight

Art Studio – Stab Binding Learn how to make a stab binding, starting with the basic pattern, then advance to other variations! More about the artist: www.yibinliang.com

Upcoming Workshops & Events

1/5, Laser Cutter 101

1/6, Tools For Makers

1/10, Art Studio: Stab Binding

1/11, Sewing Basics: Soup Bowl Cozy

1/13, Vinyl Cutter 102

1/13, Intro to 3D Printing

1/15, Laser Cutter 101

1/18, Intro to the Sewing Machine

1/20, Intro to 3D Modeling for Kids 1/20, Intro to 3D Modeling for Adults

1/25, Inkscape 101

1/27, Arduino 102

1/30, Intro to Soldering

Visit wfpl.eventbrite.com to register >>

Drop-Ins

Drop-ins are weekly themed sessions that are designed to give you insight into the subject matter.

Hatch Has Holiday Craft Workshops, a Creature Creation Lab, and Drop In Classes

See what’s happening at the Watertown Free Public Library’s Hatch Makerspace in December. Hatch provided the following information:

Holiday Craft Drop-InsNeed some last-minute holiday gifts or stocking stuffers? We’ll have three Saturday sessions in December to make gift tags, votives and more! Come anytime during 1-3PM on 12/8, 12/15, or 12/22

Workshop spotlight: Art Studio – Creature LabBring your imaginary creature to life! Whether it’s a cute critter or a terrifying monster, all are welcome. More about the artist: www.smrth.net

Drop-Ins

Drop-ins are weekly themed sessions that are designed to give you insight into the subject matter.

Watertown Library Hosting Four Free Winter Concerts

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

The Watertown Free Public Library’s Winter Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, Dec. 8. This year, the library has booked an eclectic lineup featuring a string trio, a banjo virtuoso, a singer/songwriter, and a local swing and blues band. Concerts are free and open to all.

Watertown Library Seeks Volunteers to Help Create Strategic Plan

Watertown Free Public Library

The Watertown Free Public Library announced that it seeks Strategic Planning Volunteers to be part of the creation of the latest strategic plan. Libraries across Massachusetts are required to have a 3-5 year strategic plan on file with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to be eligible for construction or Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants. An integral part of this process is to get input from the community. To do this, the Watertown Free Public Library has four opportunities for you to participate. First, and easiest, is by filling out a quick, four minute survey, available online at watertownlib.org/survey.

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.