Library Hosting Virtual Talk on Urban Wildlife, Teen Book Groups & Creative Writing for Kids

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The historic facade of the Watertown Free Public Library.

The historic facade of the Watertown Free Public Library.

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

This week, the Watertown Free Public Library is excited to welcome Peter del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum for a Zoom talk about urban wildlife. The library is also hosting book groups for Teens, a creative writing program for Children and so much more, all online and accessible from home. 

A full list of virtual programs is included below.

Want to stay up-to-date with everything that the Library has to offer during the COVID-19 pandemic? Sign up for our eNewsletter here:


Creative Writing with The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Jun 1 – 30 | The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg is a fascinating book containing fourteen mysterious images. Can you imagine a story surrounding the pictures? Send us your child’s creative story to share on WFPL’s social media channels! Learn more:

Children’s Baking with Emily: Next Level
Monday, June 8 | 12 PM | Our Bakers have spoken: you want a challenge! This week we’re making salted chocolate chunk shortbread cookies. This recipe is available for free with your library card from the New York Times. Register:

Story Time (via Facebook Live)
Monday at 10 AM with Kathleen | Tuesday at 10:30 AM with Emily | Thursday at 11 AM with Kazia |

Monday Moments (via Facebook Live)
Mondays 6/1 – 6/29 | 11 AM | Join the Children’s Department for a moment! We’ll show you a quick craft, an easy at-home activity, or try to inspire your day another way. Tune in at

First Chapter Fridays for Grades 5-7 (via Facebook Live)
Fridays | 12 PM  | Emily, Kelly, and Kazia will read the first chapter of books we love, recommended for tweens. Learn more:

Story Time Video Library
Story videos and sing-alongs that you can watch anytime at home:

Book a Children’s Librarian
If your child wants recommendations for what to read next, send us a request and a Children’s Librarian will follow up with you. We can meet chat via Zoom, Google Meet, email, and phone. Email Emily ( or fill out this online form:


My True Story: Submissions Due June 10!
How has your life changed during the COVID-19 pandemic? Submissions for WFPL’s teen writing contest aredue Wednesday, 6/10. Finalists in middle and high school categories will win Amazon gift cards. Learn more:

Animal Crossing
Come visit our Animal Crossing island! The island is open Monday – Friday from 4 – 5 PM. The Dodo Code is posted here:

The Hazel Wood Book Discussion Group (via Zoom)
Wednesday, 6/10 | 3:30 PM |The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert is available in the Hoopla app, free with your Library card. Recommended for those in grades 6-12. Register for the Zoom meeting here:

Next Book Group: On June 17, we’ll talk about A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi. Learn more:

First Chapter Fridays for Grades 5-7 (via Facebook Live)
Fridays | 12 PM  | Emily, Kelly, and Kazia will read the first chapter of books we love, recommended for tweens. Learn more:


Adult Tech Class: Hoopla and Kanopy (Zoom Class)
Monday, 6/8 | 2 PM | This class will demonstrate the basics of using Hoopla and Kanopy to find movies, music, ebooks, and more for the beginner. Register:

Coronavirus Diaries Writing Program (Zoom Class)
Mondays | Alternating 11 AM  and 7 PM | Join us for a weekly series of writing workshops to help you record your experiences of this time. If you’re willing, the Library will collect these accounts and maintain them as part of our Local History Collection. Learn more:

Community Yoga (via Zoom)
Every Wednesday | 9:15 AM | To join the class, head to:

Urban Nature, Human Nature: An Evening with Peter del Tredici of Arnold Arboretum (Zoom Talk)
Wednesday, 6/10 | 7:30 PM | Join us in learning about the wild, cosmopolitan ecosystem that exists all around us. This book talk celebrates the second edition publication of Watertown resident Peter Del Tredici’s book, Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Cornell Univ. Press). Register:

Cook the Books: Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins (via Zoom)
Friday, 6/12 | 10 AM | This week, we’re making Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins! Check out the ingredients list and register:

Monday Morning Meditation (via Zoom)
Mondays, 6/1-6/29 | 9:15 AM | This 5-week meditation course invites participants to engage in a loving community where they’ll cultivate a sense of inner peace andcalmness. Register:


Hatch Curbside Pickup (Vinyl Cutting Added!)
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10 AM – 4 PM | Even though Hatch Makerspace is closed, we can 3D print, laser cut, and vinyl cut your creations for you. Just send us the files and we’ll notify you when the job is complete. The best part? It’s free! Pickup will be available at Hatch Makerspace, 20 Summer Street in Watertown. Learn how to submit your work here:

Home DIY: Paint Your Walls (Zoom Demo)
Wednesday, 6/10 | 2 PM | Let’s paint! We’ll be tackling the base of your summer redecorating: painting your interior walls. We’ll cover picking your paint, tools, prep, painting techniques, and clean up. Bring your projects and questions. Register:

Hatch: Link Stitch Binding (Zoom Demo)
Friday, 6/12 | 2 PM | Learn how to make a simple non-adhesive binding! This is a great introduction to sewing multiple signatures into a book. Register:

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