Learn About Early Literacy Development at Event at Watertown Library

The following information was provided by the event organizer:

Lecture and Discussion: Early Literacy Development (Birth To Age 5) at The Watertown Public Library 

On Saturday Dec. 8, a lecture and discussion about early literacy development at the Watertown Public Library at 1 p.m. will be led by Teddy Kokoros, a Pre-K Teacher at Transpiration Children’s Center and adjunct early childhood education professor at Fisher College, Lesley University, and UMass Boston. The event will be at Watertown Public Library’s Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room and is free and open to the public. http://reservations.watertownlib.org/reservation/40734

This event will go over how teachers and parents of young children can best support young children’s early literacy development. Topics covered will including finding quality picture books, dialogic reading, vocabulary development, reading comprehensions skills, phonics and decoding.

Group Discussing Creating Space for Civil Discourse on Divisive Topics at Library

The following announcement came from the Watertown Free Public Library:
With hate crimes on the rise and inflammatory rhetoric dominating social media, the Watertown Free Public Library and Watertown Community Conversations are partnering to create a space for civil discourse on potentially divisive topics. The partnership begins Thursday, December 6 as a part of the library’s Democracy Talks series. The topic is a thorny one: Inequality and Public Policy. Sara Chaganti, Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University, will kick off the conversation by discussing the role of public policy – both current and past – in driving inequality. She will show that inequality is not simply an unfortunate by-product of the free market, but is also driven by a series of policy decisions.

Learn About Computer Coding from Panel of Experts at Watertown Library

Find out about computer coding during the “Ask a Coder” event at the Watertown Free Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

The Watertown Library provided the following information:
If you’ve ever considered a career in coding, or simply wondered what goes into building and running the technology you use, this is your chance! A panel of professional developers and software engineers will reveal how they got started, describe their work, offer advice for those looking to break into the field. Bring your questions! Our panelists:
Rebecca Dornin: Senior Software Engineer at Charles River Analytics with additional tech experience at Harvard; M.S. in Software Engineering
Owen Cunningham: Principal Software Engineer at GMO with additional tech experience in the fields of insurance, marketing, healthcare, law, and aerospace; self-taught
Tai Dailey: Front-End Engineer at O’Reilly Media with additional tech experience at Northeastern, Boston.com, CVS; volunteer with the nonprofits Girl Develop It and Black Girls Code; (second) B.S. in Web Design and Interactive Media
WHERE: Watertown Free Public Library, 123 Main St., Watertown, in the Watertown Savings Bank Room

First Watertown Library Winter Concert Features Violinist

The Watertown Free Public Library kicks off its Winter Concert Series on Dec. 2 with a performance by violinist Dorisiya Yosifova. The library provided the following information:

Winter Concert Series: Dorisiya Yosifova
Sunday, 12/2 | 2 pm
We’re excited to announce the lineup for the 7th annual WFPL Winter Concert Series! As in previous years, our free concert series will feature all local artists. Performances are free and open to all.

Watertown Library Screening Film on Impact of Placing Native American Children with White Families

The Watertown Free Public Library provided the following announcement:
For most of the 20th century, U.S. government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. The new documentary Dawnland explores the legacy of this practice in Maine, capturing moments of truth telling and healing among the Wabanaki people. In the past few weeks, advance screenings of Dawnland have been selling out across the country. A PBS national premiere is scheduled for Monday, November 5th. On November 15, the Watertown Free Public Library, World In Watertown, and The Upstander Project will co-present a screening and discussion of the “powerfully illuminating” (Cross Cut) documentary, free and open to all.

Learn Self Defense at the Watertown Free Public Library

The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:
The Watertown Library will host a free self-defense class on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the Watertown Savings Bank Room. The class is and open to the public. Registration required. We’ll cover some basic self-defense skills, how to lower your victim profile and increase your situational awareness.

Watertown Library Hosting Talk on Becoming a U.S. Citizen

The latest Watertown Free Public Library’s Democracy Talks event focuses on becoming a United States Citizen. The free event will be held on Sept. 18, 2018 at 7 p.m.

The Watertown Library sent out the following information:

Democracy Talks

What Does it Take to Become a U.S. Citizen? WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.

WHAT: All are welcome at this open forum about the naturalization process, featuring Project Literacy citizenship instructor Anne Benaquist and a panel of new Americans.

Watertown Library Hosting 5th Annual 5k Race and Fundraiser

The following announcement came from the Watertown Free Public Library:

The Watertown Free Public Library is pleased to announce the 5th Annual 5k fundraiser! Join us Saturday, September 15, 2018 for a family friendly community event! Together we’ll run through Watertown’s beautiful neighborhoods. This family-friendly event promotes healthy habits and community fitness, and helps support Watertown Free Public Library programs throughout the year. Participants of all ability levels are encouraged to take part.