Virtual Library: Author Talk, One-Woman History Performance and More

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The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

Although we are a long way from normal, there are still so many ways to enjoy and access the Library right now. If you prefer scouring the shelves, the Library is open for browsing and checkouts. If you’d rather use curbside service, you can now schedule your pickup time online. Of course, our eLibrary is open 24/7.

And we hope to see you on Zoom! This month, Emily will be making ice cream sandwiches and sponge cake during Children’s Baking. On September 29, Hatch is calling makers together for a night of show and tell inspiration.

A full list of virtual programs for this week is included below.


Children’s Summer Reading (Keep Going!)
Now through September 30 | With the school year starting later than usual, we hope you’ll keep working on your reading goals through September! Visit our summer reading webpage for book lists, a fun bingo game with prizes, and more.

Story Time (via Facebook Live)
Monday at 12 PM | Tuesday at 10:30 AM | Thursday at 11 AM | Note: There will be no story time on Tuesday, 9/1 (vote!) and Monday, 9/7 (Labor Day)

Children’s Baking: Ice Cream Sandwiches (via Zoom)
Wednesday, 9/9 | 12 PM | This week is a TWO recipe bake. First, we’ll make a no-churn vanilla ice cream. Then, we’ll make chocolate sugar cookies. 

Children’s Baking: Victoria Sponge Cake (via Zoom)
Wednesday, 9/23 | 12 PM | Inspired by the Great British Bake Off!


Back by Popular Demand: Take and Make Bags
September 28 – December 21 | This fall, we’re offering free “take and make” project materials for students in grades 6-12, available for pickup at WFPL. We’re releasing new projects every other Monday. Click the link to sign up for a bag.

One School, One Book
The Teen department still has paperback copies of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, the One School, One Book selection for Watertown Middle School. Come in to pick up a copy or arrange for curbside pickup.


Community Yoga (via Zoom)
Wednesdays | 9:15 AM | Follow the link to join the class on Wednesday mornings.

Mystery Lovers Group (via Zoom)
Tuesday, 9/8 | 7 PM | We’ll discuss recent books, favorite authors, and anything related to the mystery genre. Make yourself a cup of tea and hop on with us! 

Introduction to Programming Using Python (Zoom Class)
Thursdays 9/10-10/22 | 6-8 PM | This is a 7-week course for those who have basic computer skills but little or no experience in computer programming.

Erase the Stigma: Recovery is Possible (Zoom Event and Panel)
Sunday, 9/13 | 4 PM | The Watertown Task Force for Substance Use Disorders invites you to this virtual conversation with local medical experts and community members to hear powerful stories of hope and recovery. 

I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone™ (Virtual Play via Zoom)
Thursday, 9/17 | 7 PM | In this fiery, one-woman performance by History At Play™, LLC, Judith Kalaora becomes Lucy Stone: A fierce abolitionist, women’s rights activist, and the first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree.

After Suffrage with Author Barbara Berenson (Zoom Talk)
Thursday, 10/1 | 7 PM | How have women fared politically and legally over the past century? Historian and author Barbara Berenson will focus on what changed after the passage of the 19th amendment, where we are now, and the century-long (and still ongoing) campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment. 


Boro-Inspired Mending (Zoom Demo)
Wednesday, 9/9 | 7 PM | Learn how to use Japanese boro stitching to patch, reinforce, and embellish clothes and everyday household textiles.

Create Your Own Germkey (Zoom Demo)
Monday, 9/14 | 5 PM | Design your own contactless door opener! This virtual workshop will take you through the basics of creating a file for the Hatch laser cutter using Inkscape. 

Sweet Paper Treats (Zoom Demo)
Monday, 9/21 | 5 PM | Learn how to make some tasty miniatures using paper cutting and sculpting techniques! All you’ll need is glue, scissors, craft knives, and colored paper. 

Customized Masks with Heat Transfer Vinyl (Zoom Demo)
Monday, 9/28 | 5 PM | Learn how to use Silhouette Studio to create a custom design that can be adhered to any cotton or cotton-blend fabric. Mask materials are provided.

Show and Tell (via Zoom)
Monday, 9/29 | 7 PM | What have you been making since the pandemic hit? Everyone will get a chance to share and a chance to get inspired. Audience members welcome. 

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