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.

Hit the Watertown Library & Other Spots the Minuteman Library Crawl

A view of what the current Watertown Free Public Library. The Watertown Free Library and libraries around the Minuteman Library Network are hosting a library crawl on Aug. 1. The Watertown Library provided the following information:

The Minuteman libraries invite you to join a network-wide scavenger hunt, explore the libraries near you, and learn what makes each one special. A “crawl,” or tour, is a fun way to visit multiple Libraries in your area.

Learn About Cartooning, Create Rube Goldberg at HATCH Makerspace

Hatch Makerspace has tons of activities in July, including learning cartooning and caricature, Rube Goldberg-esque creations, 3-D modeling, or hit one of the weekly drop-in sessions. The Makerspace is part of the Watertown Free Public Library. It is a public workshop with space, equipment, and materials available for you to use. 

Here are some of the workshops going on at Hatch, located at 20 Summer Street in Watertown. It is open Monday-Thursday, 1-9 p.m., Friday-Sunday 1-4 p.m. Hatch will be closed on July 4 for Independence Day. Hours are updated regularly online: watertownlib.org/hatch

Workshop spotlight: Art Studio – Cartoon and CaricatureLearn the basics of cartoon and caricature drawing from Watertown artist, Adrian Alvarez.

Recently Finished Projects Makes Watertown Library More Friendly to the Disabled

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

The Watertown Free Public Library recently completed two Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvement projects. First, the front patio was extended three feet to allow everyone, including people with mobility devices, to enjoy the coveted outside space. Inside, automatic door openers were added to the entrances of the children’s, teen, and Watertown Savings Bank Room, the large meeting room on the first floor. “Given that our library was renovated in 2006, we don’t find many accessibility issues with the building.

Watertown Library Offers a Universe of Summer Reading Options

A view of what the current Watertown Free Public Library. The Watertown Library provided the following announcement:

Summer reading at the Watertown Free Public Library begins soon! This year’s theme is A Universe of Stories, and we can’t wait to share our stellar book lists, reading challenges, and prizes with you. The library offers summer reading programs for all ages, so whether you’re a fan of CatStronauts, Star Wars, or Stephen Hawking, we’re bound to have something that’s about your speed. And by the way, summer reading isn’t limited to space books!