Here’s What’s Going On at the Watertown Library in September

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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 has some new programs to check out in September, including computer coding for girls, and the playwright’s reading room.

Here are some of the many events at the Watertown Free Public Library this month:

Exploring the Charles River
Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.
How much do we know about the river that flows almost at our doorstep? Author Kathleen Rowe will tell about her exploration of the Charles River and various places of interest along its 80-mile course in her new book, Exploring the Charles River. Books will be available for sale.

This is a free, non-ticketed event.

Girls Who Code
Information session Sept. 21
A free coding club for middle and high school girls will be starting up at the Library. It is a 20-week session that will meet on Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:00 beginning October 1. You must pre-register for this program. Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors. With support from public and private partners, Girls Who Code works to educate, inspire, and equip high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. There will be an information session held on Monday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Library or you can contact the Teen department, 617.972.6437 to register.

Wednesday Book Group
Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.
Read and discuss with in this casual monthly book group!
Copies of each title will be at the Circulation Desk 4 weeks prior to the meeting date.
Oct. 7: Ireland by Frank Delaney

Rejuvenate Your Job Search
Tuesday, Sept. 15 and Sept. 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Rachel O’Neil, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, will offer personalized consultations to get your job search on track. Sessions will be in 20 minute slots between 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, and Oct. 27. Register at the Reference Desk or call 617-972-6436

Playwright’s Reading Room
Saturday Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.
The Playwright’s Reading Room presents more original play readings this fall, starting with “The Queen of Sad Mischance” by John Minigan.

College senior Kym thinks she’s lucked into the perfect resume-builder: helping feminist scholar Beverly Norden finish her ground-breaking book on Shakespeare’s Queen Margaret before Alzheimer’s makes the task impossible. But more than Beverly’s failing memory stands in the way of completing the work, and Kym faces a choice that could ruin the carefully-planned trajectory of her own life. Language advisory.

Life Reimagined
Thursday Sept. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Saturday Oct. 3 from 10 a.m.-noon

If you’re at a crossroads in your life and looking for a new path, please make time to join us for one of these workshops.
Register at the Reference Desk or call 617.972.6436

Computer Classes: Classes this fall-winter
Sept. 8: Intro to Word
Oct. 20: Intro to Excel
Nov. 24: Intro to the Internet
Dec. 15: Intro to Social Media
Registration required and open 3 weeks prior to class. Register at the Reference Desk or call 617-972-6436
e-Tea: Drop in TEch Help Sessions
Get basic help in using computers, eReaders, smart phones, etc. Bring your device and your questions, and stop in for a spot of tea.
e-Tea alternates between morning (9-11am) and evening (7-9pm) hours. No registration.

Would you like to become an English language tutor?
Would you like to teach English? Consider becoming a tutor with Project Literacy. If you have experience as a tutor or teacher, we can match you up with a learner right away.
No experience? No worries! We have two tutor trainings this fall:
1) Help a recent immigrant learn English. 15 hours over 5 weeks in October
2) Help someone who has never learned to read or write, in their first language or in English. 12 hours over 4 weeks in November

Call 617-924-8797 or email Peggie Hayes at

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