Virtual Library: Yoga Class, Cinnamon Buns & Storytime

The historic facade of the Watertown Free Public Library. The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Library:

WFPL reopened last week for browsing and checkouts only. To keep everyone safe, we’ve made a lot of changes inside the building. Our website has more information about what to expect. Please take a look before you visit: watertownlib.org/reopeningPR

This week on Zoom, tune in to our Wednesday yoga class with Groundwork Studio and get your kid bakers excited to make cinnamon buns with Emily!

Zoom Events for Seniors, Property Tax Work Off & More from the Senior Center

Watertown Senior Center

The Watertown Senior Center sent out the following information (see the entire August 2020 Watertown Senior News by clicking here):

To keep our senior community safe, the Senior Center remains closed to visitors for all programs, exercise classes, social activities and shuttle bus services until further notice as we adhere to recommendations for a safe re-opening. However, many of our programs have moved to a Zoom format, including Art with Dawn, Chair Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation, Seated Strength and Balance, Exercise with Joanna, Mellowtones Chorus and other discussion groups.New for August include Line Dancing, Flowers with Ernie, and Pilates! Please review the newsletter for details. Staff is available to respond to your phone calls and to emails. You can reach us by calling the Senior Center at (617) 972-6490 or by emailing SeniorCenter@watertown-ma.gov.Senior Parking Permits: Renew or purchase a new permit by calling us at (617) 972-6490 for details. Election Help: The Town Clerk is in great need of assistance with the process of mailing out and receiving ballots. Help is also needed on Election Days at the Polls on September 1 and November 3.

Watertown Library Reopens, Virtual Programing Still Available

The Watertown Free Public Library partially reopened on July 27. The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

The Watertown Free Public Library reopens this week for browsing only. This means you will be able to check out materials and purchase used books in the café. Our librarians will be able to direct you to what you’re looking for. Curbside pickup service will continue.

Online at the Library: Baking for Kids, Teen Crafting & Wax Sculpting

The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

This month, the Watertown Free Public Library launched a new online classes library. In response to the new reality of the COVID-19 pandemic, Library staff have recorded many of the Library’s most popular virtual classes and guest programs so patrons can learn from home, anytime. Topics include: library streaming services, online privacy basics, smarter online shopping, “cutting the cord,” cloud storage, and more. Head to watertownlib.org/onlineclasses to see what’s available. In addition to recorded classes, “live” Library programs continue on Facebook and Zoom.

Reading Summer Fun for Adults & This Week’s Virtual Events from the Watertown Library

The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

Why should kids have all the fun? This summer, the Watertown Free Public Library (WFPL) is offering Summer Reading for Grown-Ups, a season-long reading challenge complete with librarian-curated reading recs and a bingo game full of summer activities. 

Even though WFPL is temporarily closed to the public, there are still many ways to check out library materials. Books, DVDs, and CDs can be ordered for curbside pickup. eBooks and audiobooks can be accessed through WFPL’s digital collection. For more information, visit the Library’s website: watertownlib.org

This year, WFPL’s grown-up bingo game encourages players to read widely from a diverse list of authors, stay active while social distancing, and chronicle the summer with lots of photos. 

Here are a few highlights:

Read about someone who survived a pandemicPost your COVID-19 experience as a poem, short story, or artRead a book by an LGBTQ authorRead a book from WFPL’s anti-racism booklistPost your pandemic playlist!Join the Library’s yoga class, via Zoom

As part of the game, WFPL is encouraging patrons to share summer reading and inspire others by posting book covers, book bingos, and summer activities on social media with the hashtag #WFPLsummer.

Watertown Library’s Pride Month Reading Picks & This Week’s Virtual Events

Watertown Free Public Library

The Watertown Library provided the following announcement:

If you didn’t make it to the Summer Reading Drive-Thru last week, don’t worry. It’s easy to participate in the Library’s Summer Reading programs from home. Head to watertownlib.org/summerreading to learn more about our programs and prizes for children, teens, and grown-ups. To commemorate Pride Month and the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, we asked WFPL staff to choose books that helped shape their views on queer politics/culture, assisted them in their process of coming out, or affected them in another way. We hope you enjoy these Staff Picks for Pride: watertownlib.org/pride

Want to stay up-to-date with everything that the Library has to offer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

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

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: watertownlib.org/eNews

FOR CHILDREN

Creative Writing with The Mysteries of Harris BurdickJun 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?