Library’s Watertown Zine Fest to Gather DIY Creators and Publishers for Third Year

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

On Saturday, October 14, the Watertown Free Public Library (WFPL) will host the third-annual Watertown Zine Fest — a celebration of DIY publishing, creativity, and idea sharing. This year, festival highlights will include over forty zinester-vendors from near and far, a “zine-making hive” where anyone can get creative, and guest lectures that explore the intersection of zines, mental health, and Indigenous perspectives. As always, the event is free to all. Not sure what a zine is? No problem!

Library’s Collective Memory Project Preserves Watertown’s Past and Present

Courtesy of the Watertown Library

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

In the fall of 2021, Watertown Free Public Library staff began asking community members to go through their albums, scroll through their phones, and share three personal photographs that represent “you, your family, or your connection to Watertown.” Each photograph was added to the Library’s online local history collection, preserved as a record of the community’s past and present. As of this month, the Watertown Collective Memory Project digital collection is now live on the Library’s website. The collection of 300+ photos and interviews represents two years of community submissions which document the people, events, and culture of Watertown in the last 80 years. “It’s my job to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials reflecting the history of Watertown.” says Watertown’s local history librarian, Caroline Littlewood. “But I can’t do it alone.

Historical Society Hosts One-Woman Show About Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Sheryl Fay will present her one-woman show on Ruth Bader Ginsberg at the Watertown Library. (Courtesy of

The following announcement was provided by the Historical Society of Watertown:

The Historical Society & Watertown Free Public Library present: Ruth Bader Ginsberg: “I Dissent.” Performed by Sheryl Faye. WHEN: Sunday September 24, 2023, at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Watertown Free Public Library- Watertown Savings Bank Room, 123 Main St., Watertown MA 02472

In her one-woman performance, Sheryl Faye brings Justice Ginsburg to life. Ginsburg was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1993 until her death in September 2020.

See How Labor Day Impacts Watertown City Facilities & Services

Watertown LibraryThe Watertown Free Public Library. Multiple City-run facilities in Watertown will be closed on Monday for Labor Day, and the holiday will impact trash and recycling pick-up. The City of Watertown announced:

Watertown City Hall and Senior Center are closed in observance Labor Day, on Monday, September 4, 2023. Please note: Trash and recycling pickup is delayed one day. The schedule is Tuesday, September 5 – Saturday, September 9, 2023.

Watertown’s New Library Director to Start Work in September

Kim Hewitt has officially been named Watertown’s new Library Director. (Courtesy of the Watertown Library)

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

The Watertown Free Public Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Kim Hewitt has been named as its new library director. In her role, Ms. Hewitt will lead the way in helping the library accomplish its mission of connecting people to ideas, information, education, creative opportunities, and to each other. She starts her new role on Sept. 11, 2023.

Trustees Impressed by New Watertown Library Director’s Experience and Vision

Kim Hewitt was chosen to be the next director of the Watertown Free Public Library. (Courtesy photo)

The new director of the Watertown Library impressed the Board of Trustees with her knowledge of libraries, her experience dealing with difficult situations, and her vision for the library. Thursday night, the Board of Library Trustees voted unanimously to appoint Kim Hewitt as the next Director of the Watertown Free Public Library. The vote came two days after the board interviewed Hewitt, who is currently the director of the Needham Free Public Library, and the other finalist, Dan  Brower, Library Director of the Cass County Public Library in Missouri. All the trustees said the two candidates were very well qualified, but Hewitt stood out with her experience dealing with a range of challenges that face public libraries these days.

New Rep Theatre & Watertown Library to Host City’s First ‘Multicultural Fest’

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Library and New Rep Theatre:

New Repertory Theatre and the Watertown Free Public Library are pleased to continue their history of collaboration, to present the first ever Multicultural Fest at Noche de Dominó, on Thursday, August 3rd from 4-8 p.m. The event will take place at Saltonstall Park in Watertown, MA. 

The Multicultural Fest will feature an eclectic range of performances, artisans/vendors, domino tables, crafts, a short Zumba session, pick-up soccer in the field, and delicious eats by food vendor Flavor Boom! It is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome! The Multicultural Fest Planning Team is comprised by Maria Hendricks (Resident Artist for New Rep), Cal Callahan (New Rep Education Coordinator ), María Mayobre (WFPL Volunteer/Dominoes Teacher) and Allie Fry (Programming Librarian for Watertown Free Public Library.) 

Multicultural Fest reflects New Repertory Theatre’s ongoing commitment to community outreach initiatives and collaborations, and to presenting diverse talent from underrepresented communities. Building on the recent success of Watertown Zine Fest and the Watertown Pride Extravaganza, the Watertown Free Public Library aspires to help create City-wide events that reflect and amplify the diverse voices of the Watertown community.