Library Collecting Stories & Images of Watertown Since 1950, Hosting Author Talk & Concert & More in December

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Watertown Library The Watertown Library is collecting images and stories about the city’s recent history.

WFPL is embarking on a mission to collect stories and images from Watertown’s recent history, from 1950 to the present day, and we need your help! Want to volunteer for the Library and help preserve the story of Watertown’s diverse community? Join our corps of Digitization Day volunteers in 2022. Sign up now on our volunteer page.

Coming up this month, learn about the language of cults with Amanda Montell, join the Zinesters’ Club (open to teens and adults), or attend a Coffeehouse Concert at WFPL with free refreshments from O’Some Café! 

For Children

Baby Story Time
Mondays and Wednesdays | 11 AM | In the Library | A Librarian will read stories and lead activities. For babies who are not walking. Registration required.

Outdoor Story Time
Tuesdays and Thursdays | 11 AM | Library Front Lawn | Join us under the big tree in front of the library for stories and songs. No registration.

Take and Make
Take and make craft bags are now available in limited quantities on Fridays.

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For Teens

Zinester’s Club
Thursday, 12/9 | 6:30 PM | Teen Room | Join us for zine-making fun year-round! All ages and experience levels are welcome to come create and meet other zinesters. Email cconkey@watertown-ma.gov for more information.

Teen Arts II: Printmaking Workshop
Thursday, 12/16 | 4 PM | Teen Room | Alex of Alex Makes Art will teach us studio safety, transferring sketches onto linoleum by hand, and carving techniques. You’ll leave with a unique print made with your very own stamp! Registration required.

Magic the Gathering
Monday, 12/20 | 6 PM | Teen Room | Bring your MtG decks and battle to win booster pack prizes. Arrive early if you’d like to trade cards!

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For Adults

Cultish: The Language of Fanatacism with Amanda Montell
Thursday 12/16 | 7 PM | via Zoom | Amanda Montell will share her latest book and discuss how cultish groups from Scientology to SoulCycle to social media gurus use language to win power or influence. Registration required.

Drop-In Tech Help
Thursdays, 12/8 and 12/15 | 11 AM – 12 PM | Trustees Room | Computer, internet, mobile device, or e-reader problems? Bring your device and your questions! 

Conscious Cannabis: What to Know in Watertown
Wednesday, 12/8 | 7 PM | Watertown Savings Bank Room | 21+ Only
Questions about dispensaries and legal cannabis use in Watertown? Join a talk with ELEVATE Northeast, the Watertown Department of Community Development and Planning, and local dispensary Ethos. Registration required.

Senior Center Book Club
Wednesday, 12/8 | 10 AM | via Zoom or Lucia Mastrangelo Room

Smarter Online Shopping 
Thursday, 12/9 | 6:30 PM | Lucia Mastrangelo Room | We’ll cover which apps and websites are the most helpful for consumers. And of course, we’ll talk about where to find the best deals! Registration required.

Library Insiders: Gingerbread Houses!
Friday, 12/10 | 10 AM | Watertown Savings Bank Room | Library Insiders is designed to give adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities an engaging library experience. 

Winter String Art
Sunday, 12/12 | 3 PM | Watertown Savings Bank Room | Craft your favorite seasonal things with string art! Supplies provided by the Library. Registration required.

Eat Well Watertown: Plant-Based Milks
Tuesday, 12/14 | 6 PM | via Zoom | Our Eat Well Chef will showcase the best ways to enjoy and cook with the wide variety of plant-based “milks” available. Presented by Live Well Watertown, a Watertown Health Department program. Registration required.

Mystery Lovers Group
Tuesday, 12/14 | 7 PM | via Zoom 

The Ins and Outs of Cryptocurrency 
Tuesday, 12/14 | 7:30 PM | via Zoom | We will talk about what crypto is, how it is used, and what all of the hype and regulations are about. Registration required.

Mad About the Movies
Wednesday, 12/15 | 7 PM | Raya Stern Trustees Room | Stream About Schmidt for free on Hoopla, then join an informed discussion! Registration required.

Coffeehouse Concerts at WFPL: Jocelyn Limmer
Sunday, 12/19 | 2 PM | Watertown Savings Bank Room | Boston-based singer and pianist whose songs are inspired by matters of the heart, patterns of the mind, and the sometimes-rocky journey towards self-love. Her 2019 album, As Lovers Go, is a collection of jazzy torch songs, heartfelt ballads and pop anthems.

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Project Literacy

Walk and Talk 
Fridays 12/10 | 10 AM | 12/3  we meet at the Moody Street Bridge, Main Street side, in Waltham. 12/10 we meet at the WFPL Main Street entrance.

Tuesday Let’s Talk
Tuesdays, 11/30–12/28 | 7 PM | Meet at the Library

Hatch Maker Space

New Year’s Eve Cards
Monday, 12/6 | 6 PM | at Hatch | Ring in the New Year with festive cards. Decorations and blank cards will be provided. Registration required.

Quilter’s Connection: Hot Dog Pillowcase
Monday, 12/6 | 7 PM | at Hatch | Join the Quilter’s Connection for an introductory quilting project. Registration required.

Introduction to the Sewing Machine
Monday, 12/13 | 5 PM | at Hach | Learn how to use a sewing machine. Use one of Hatch’s machines or bring your own! Registration required.

Quilter’s Connection: Origami Purse
Monday, 12/13 | 7 PM | at Hatch | Join the Quilter’s Connection for an introductory quilting project. Registration required.

Custom Leather Pouches and Wallets
Monday, 12/20 | 5 PM | at Hatch | Use Inkscape to create custom laser-etched designs on leather. Registration required.

Quilter’s Connection: Curved Fabric Bowl
Monday, 12/20 | 7 PM | at Hatch | Join Sara Schechner, member of Quilters’ Connection, to learn how to make a colorful quilted fabric bowl. Bowls are machine washable and great for personal use or gift giving. Registration required.

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