See What’s Coming to the Watertown Library in January

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Charlie Breitrose

A view of what the current Watertown Free Public Library.

Watertown Free Public Library.

Charlie Breitrose

Watertown Free Public Library.


The Watertown Free Public Library always has plenty going on besides its collection of books, DVDs and music. This month there are author events, the makerspace opening and more. 

Here are some of the highlights of events at the library in January:

One Book, One Watertown: Time to Read!

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the staff of the Watertown Free Public invites the entire community to join us in reading Chris Bohjalian’s novel, The Sandcastle Girls. This cross-generational saga spans the 20th century and the miles from Aleppo and Der-el-Zor, Syria in 1915 to Boston and New York (and Watertown!) in the present day. Though a fictionalized account, we believe this New York Times Bestseller will serve as an ideal catalyst for conversation and remembrance.
The Sandcastle Girls will be available January 1st in paperback, large print, and book on CD in the library, with the e-book and e-audiobook available through Overdrive online.  The month of March will be devoted to One Book programming, including a visit from the author on March 26th!  A full schedule will be available shortly, in the library and on our website, but stop in soon to get your copy of the book!


Reception with light refreshments from 1-3 with remarks at 2. If you can’t make it for the reception we’ll have maker activities all afternoon.  We hope to see you there!

Author Event: Grandmothers & Grandchildren

Please join us on January 27 for a very special evening. On the occasion of the publication of The Grandchildren: The Hidden Legacy of “Lost” Armenians in Turkey, we are proud to welcome Fethiye Çetin – Human Rights Activist and Attorney in Turkey and Ayse Gül Altinay – Professor of Anthropology, Sabanci University, Istanbul in conversation with Gerard Libaridian, Professor of History, University of Michigan (retired).

Light refreshments will be served at6:30 PM, and the program will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.   Please join us for a memorable evening!

This event is jointly sponsored by Armenian International Women’s Association, Amnesty International, Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, World in Watertown, and the Watertown Free Public Library.

Life Reimagined

Have you found yourself at a crossroads in your life, wondering which path to take?  A Life Reimagined Guide will lead participants through an illuminating 2 hour workshop to help you identify the challenges and choices before you, and help you discover tools to move your along the path that’s right for you.  Join us for this new workshop on January 22nd at 7 PM.

Free and open to anyone facing life choices – but space is limited, and registration is required. Please stop by the Reference Desk or call 617.972.6436to sign up. Sponsored by AARP and the WFPL.

Winter Concert Series in Full Swing!

Join us for a wonderful performance from local musicians the 2nd Saturday of each month at 2 PM (Jan – Mar 2015).  As always the concerts are FREE and no tickets are required.

The Cochran-Wrenn Duo, Saturday, January 10th at 2 PM, Watertown Savings Bank Room

Flutist Bonnie Cochran and guitarist Bryan Wrenn present diverse and engaging programs  from the vast repertoire of flute and guitar music.  Join us for an afternoon featuring tango, samba, waltzes, and more!  Free and open to all.

In the T. Ross Kelly Family Gallery…

On the Hanging Displays: John Wilson Cocke, Sketch Artist/Painter

John Cocke has run a successful portrait business since 1969. He creates work with a focus on watercolors, conte’ crayon, portraits, and landscapes. This exhibition will be a climax of John’s more recent work, graphics or drawn, painted in oil or watercolor.

In the Glass Case: Sarah Fuhro, Ceramics

Sarah’s work are ritual vessels inspired by the Moon and the natural world around her.  Making pottery involves all four elements: earth, water, air and fire. The images of animals, birds, fish and plants which appear on her pots come alive for her during each stage of the creation process.

For more events at the Watertown Free Public Library, click here.

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