Library Adds Streaming Options for Movies, TV & Music; See What Else is New

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Watertown Free Public Library

Watertown Free Public Library

Watertown Free Public Library

The following information was provided by the Watertown Free Public Library:

While the Watertown Free Public Library is closed, we’ve been expanding our digital collection. Last week, we added two new streaming platforms: Acorn TV (specializing in British TV and movies) and Qello (full-length concert films and music documentaries). Watertown residents can access both services for free. 

We’re also bringing new programs (and old favorites) online. Democracy TalksMystery Roundup, and Cook the Books: Pantry Edition all return this week via Zoom. WFPL’s Teen Department is offering online audiobook discussion groups, and the Children’s Department continues to add new stories and fun sing-alongs to our Story Time Video Library

Here’s a full list of virtual offerings for the week of April 27 – May 1:


  • Stingray Qello
    Explore the world’s leading streaming service for full-length concerts and music documentaries. (Watch The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Beyonce…)
  • Acorn TV
    Stream TV and feature films from Britain and beyond. Binge-watch a classic series or discover a new favorite among 60 exclusive shows!
  • PressReader
    Access over 7,000+ domestic and international newspapers and magazines from 160 countries.
  • Ancestry Library Edition
    Trace your family tree with access to billions of records, including census data, vital records, and directories.

Visit to view our full digital collection.


Lunch Bunch Book Group via Facebook Live
Monday and Thursdays | 12 PM | Children’s Librarians will read aloud from The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo. This title is available without waiting via the Hoopla app. If you need to catch up, all of the previous videos are available online:

Story Time…via Facebook Live!
Mondays at 10 am with Kathleen | Tuesdays at 10:30 am with Emily | Thursdays at 11 am with Kazia | Tune in at 

Story Time Video Library
Our Children’s Department is also recording story time videos that you can watch anytime from home. They are posted here:


Collaborative Web Comic (via Flickr)
Ongoing Project – Join us! | Let’s create a web comic together! Your job is to illustrate the story that we provide. Every weekday, we’ll share a new story prompt and post submitted illustrations to our Flickr page. Learn more: 

Children of Blood and Bone Book Discussion Group (via Zoom)
Wednesday, 4/29 | 3:30 PM | Recommended for grades 8-12. This audiobook is available in the Hoopla app, free with your Library card. Register:

Upcoming Book Groups: In the coming weeks, we’ll be listening to The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Michael Vey and Renegades by Marissa Meyer. Learn more:


RBDigital and Overdrive for Magazines (via Zoom)
Monday 4/27 | 2 PM | Stephanie will teach how to access our great selection of digital magazines for the beginner. Register:

Knitting With Cables (via Zoom)
Monday 4/27 | 4 PM | Emily will show more experienced knitters how to knit cables. Register:

Democracy Talks: What is the Census and Why Is Everyone Talking About it? (Online Talk via Zoom)
Monday, 4/27 | 5:30 pm | Carly Bari, Partnership Specialist for the Census Bureau, will share the history of the U.S. census, explain its significance today, and address your questions. Register:

Little Women Read Along Discussion Group (via Zoom)
Tuesdays | 2 PM | The group will be reading Little Women in small chunks, and discussing it, as well as watching the Orchard House documentary on Hoopla. Register:

Community Yoga (via Zoom)
Every Wednesday | 9:15 AM | Our popular Community Yoga returns online! Join our community instructors from Groundworks Studios, as they offer a weekly 1-hour yoga class just for Watertown Library patrons! No registration required. To join the class, head to:

New Mystery Roundup with Pauli (via Zoom)
Wednesday, 4/29 | 11 AM | Join Reference Librarian Pauli as she features several new mysteries of interest – all of which are available as ebooks from the library!  We’re here to help you find your next great read! Register:

Learn to Knit with Emily (via Zoom)
Thursday 4/30, | 11 AM | A beginner class, that will be held weekly.  Participants should have knitting needles and yarn.  This class will be limited to the first 15 participants, but the class will be repeated each week. Register:

Technology for Language Learning (via Zoom)
Thursday 4/30, | 2 PM | Stuck at home? Why not dream of vacations to come as Jaccavrie shows you tools for learning a language at home. Register:

Cook the Books (via Zoom)
Friday, 5/1 | 10 AM | Join Aimee as she moves our popular Cook the Books program to her kitchen for a very special “Pantry Edition” every other Friday. On 5/1, we’re making quiche with homemade pie crust. Register: 


Maker Questions (via Zoom)
Tuesday, 4/28 | 4pm | Join the Hatch Coordinator, Liz, and the Hatch Assistant, Yi Bin, to ask all your maker questions. They will field anything from fine art to finding tools. If they don’t know the answer, they know someone that does! This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the Hatch Makerspace community and tap the expertise of the hive mind to work on your projects. Registration is not required. Join us via Zoom:

HATCH: Home DIY – Refinishing Metal (Zoom Demo)
Wednesday, 4/29 | 2 PM | This week we’ll be refinishing metal. Let’s talk about steel, iron, aluminum, and alloys. We’ll cover what to do about rust and patination, paint and primer, and some other finishing methods. This can be applied to a wide variety of projects. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions in real-time. Register:

Presentation Folder (via Zoom)
Friday, 5/1 | 2 PM | Learn how to make a presentation folder! Perfect for holding diplomas, special photos and other keepsakes. Register:

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