Watertown Library Has Anti-Racism Reading Lists, Resources; Many Activities This Week

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Watertown Free Public Library

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:

Beginning this week, the Library is adding evening hours for curbside pickup. The new schedule is: Monday 1 pm – 4 pm | Tuesday 4 pm – 7 pm | Wednesday 11 am – 2 pm | Thursday 4 pm – 7 pm | Friday 9 am – 12 pm. Learn how to place your order here: watertownlib.org/pickup

WFPL REMINDERS

Curbside Pickup:WFPL is nowofferingcurbside pickup forlibrary books and materials. Learn how to place your order atwatertownlib.org/pickup

Open a Library Card:Yes, you can open a Library card from home!Complete thisregistration formto sign up.

Contact WFPL: If you’re having trouble logging into our digital services because of account issues, we’ll do our best to get you connected. Click here to ask question

COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Anti-Racism Readings and Resources:We hope you’ll use these booklists and resources to better understand the history and present reality of racism in this country, start conversations, and take action.

Watertown Farmer’s Market:The Watertown’s Farmer’s Market will open onWednesday, June 17in Saltonstall Park, adjacent to Town Hall. The market will run on Wednesdays from 2:30 to 6:30 PM.

The COVID-19CollectiveMemory Initiative:How has your life changed as aresultof the COVID-19 pandemic? We want to hear from you! Submit a written reflection or sign up for a StoryCorps-style interview with a WFPL librarian.

Watertown COVID-19 Resource Guide: WFPL has created a new online resource, a “one-stop shop” website to help answer all of your questions about the COVID-19 pandemic.

Summer Reading 2020
Even if you can’t make the Drive-Thru, it’s easy to participate in Summer Reading from home. This year, we’re offering a bingo game for grades K-5, a reading challenge for grades 6-12, and a bingo board full of reading recs and social distancing activities for grown-ups. Get started at watertownlib.org/summerreading

FOR CHILDREN

Children’s Summer Reading
June 16 – September 9 |The Watertown Free Public Library is here to help keep your student on track with our annual Summer Reading Bingo Program. Watch our summer reading intro video here:watertownlib.org/childrensummer

Creative Writing withThe Mysteries of Harris Burdick
Jun 1 – 30 |The Mysteries of Harris Burdickby Chris Van Allsburg is a fascinating book containing fourteen mysterious images. Canyour child imagine a story surrounding the pictures? Borrow this book on Hoopla (it’s free with your library card!) and let us know what you come up with:watertownlib.org/burdick

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

Monday Moments (via Facebook Live)
Mondays 6/1 – 6/29 | 11 AM |We’ll show you a quick craft, an easy at-home activity, or try to inspire your day another way. Tune in atfacebook.com/watertownfpl

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:watertownlib.org/firstchapter

Story Time Video Library
Story videos and sing-alongs that you can watch anytime at home:watertownlib.org/storyvids

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 (emiranda@watertown-ma.gov) or fill out this online form: bit.ly/BookaLibrarianWFPL

FOR TEENS

Teen Summer Reading Challenge
June 15 – August 21 |This year, the Teen Summer Reading Challenge goes online. For every book you log, you earn a chance to win an Amazon gift card. Learn more:watertownlib.org/teensummer

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

A Very Large Expanse of SeaBook Discussion Group (via Zoom)
Wednesday, 6/17 | 3:30 PM |A Very Large Expanse of SeabyTahereh Mafi is available in the Hoopla app, free with your Library card. Recommended for those in grades 6-12. Register for the Zoom meeting here:bit.ly/ExpanseGrpJun17

Next Book Group:On June 24, we’ll talk aboutChallenger DeepbyNeal Shusterman.Learn more:watertownlib.org/teenbookgroups

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: watertownlib.org/firstchapter

FOR ADULTS

Summer Reading for Grown-Ups: Book Bingo
WFPL is here to inspire your summer with reading recommendations and social distancing activities. Download the bingo board and share your adventures with us on social media!watertownlib.org/summerreading

One thought on “Watertown Library Has Anti-Racism Reading Lists, Resources; Many Activities This Week

  1. Congrats to the Watertown library for its fine work during this pandemic.

    I am very happy to see more library events, and hopefully the library will be fully open soon.

    As for those “Anti-Racism Resources,” this is very good thing.

    But we should not forget that some of those who say they are against racism have a philosophy that is not very positive.

    For example, see this short clip of the CHAZ/CHOP occupiers in Seattle in which some of them think it is good to destroy businesses and create havoc in society:

    https://youtu.be/qByMQ6wjTS4?t=129

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