Watertown Library Seeks Donors to Help Cover Cost of Book Mobile

Watertown Free Public LibraryThe Watertown Free Public Library. The Watertown Library is looking to bring books and other items closer to residents by starting a book mobile. The effort got a big boost from a donor, but the library still needs to raise about $70,000 to cover the cost of the custom vehicle, said Daniel Pritchard, a member of the Watertown Board of Library Trustees. “It is a great opportunity to reach the parts of the Watertown community that are not able to get to the Library, and maybe aren’t as mobile and can’t get down there as easily,” Pritchard said. “The Library is also just such an important resource for the Town, and to be able to go out to every nook and cranny in the community and make resources available is a really exciting opportunity.”

Free Workshop for Supporting People Developing Mental Health Issues

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

The Watertown Free Public Library is partnering with Wayside Multi-Service Center to offer Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Watertown Community. MHFA teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Two sessions will be offered: one for adults interacting with adults, one for adults interacting with youth. Sign up now for a free mental health first aid workshop by clicking here.

Learn How to Build a Birdhouse, an Intro to 3-D Design and More This Month at Hatch

The following information announcement came from Hatch Makerspace:

This month at Hatch Makerspace by the WFPL

Custom Leather Keychains with Yi BinMonday, April 5, 6 pmIt’s time for spring cleaning and organization! Learn how to use Inkscape to design your own custom leather keychain to keep your keys in order. Send in your design after the workshop and pick it up in leather using Hatch curbside pickup.Build a Birdhouse with LizTuesday, April 13, 5 pmBuild a backyard home for our feathery friends. This is a fun introductory woodworking project for all ages. In addition to building a basic birdhouse, we will look at birdhouse customization and discuss how to make your birdhouse unique.

Library Hosting Ask the Doc Forum on COVID, Series of Mental Health Workshops

The Watertown Free Public Library will host a virtual town hall where residents can ask doctors their questions about COVID-19 on Wednesday, and Thursday, the library hosts the first of a series of online mental health workshops. The library sent out the following announcements:

Library to Host Free COVID-19 Forum With Top Doctors

With so much conflicting talk of vaccines and variants, navigating the COVID-19 pandemic can feel just as confusing today as it did one year ago. In an effort to provide reliable information to their communities, the Watertown Free Public Library and the Providence Public Library are teaming up to offer a “COVID-19 Town Hall” on Wednesday, March 24. During this free, virtual forum, Dr. Robin Schoenthaler of Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. Philip A. Chan of Brown University will answer your submitted questions about the virus, vaccines, and public health. Spanish translation will be available.

New Rep’s Virtual Interactive Play Focuses on Indigenous History

“Moving Play” Playwright, Mwalim Morgan J. Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), and Director Jaime Carrillo (Aymara). The following announcement was provided by New Rep Theatre:

On March 18, New Repertory Theatre, the Pigsgusset Initiative, and the Watertown Free Public Library invite you to a dynamic community conversation about local Indigenous history and the role of Indigenous culture keepers in challenging narratives that attempt to erase them. In May 2021, New Repertory Theatre will premiere their second Moving Play, centering on local Indigenous history. This virtual, interactive event affords members of the community an opportunity to speak with the Moving Play Playwright, Mwalim Morgan J. Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), and Director, Jaime Carrillo (Aymara). Dr. Mishy Lesser, of the Upstander Project and the Pigsgusset Initiative, will moderate this inspired dialogue, which includes participation from the audience.

March at the Library: Ask Doctors About COVID, New Rep Moving Play & Trivia Night

The Watertown Free Public Library. The following information was provided by the Watertown Library:

On Thursday, March 18, the New Repertory Theatre, the Pigsgusset Initiative, and the Watertown Free Public Library invite you to a dynamic community conversation with culture keepers about local Indigenous history. In May, the New Rep will premiere their second Moving Play, written by Mwalim Morgan J. Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), and directed by Jaime Carrillo (Aymara). This event is a unique opportunity to hear from the playwright and director as they discuss challenging narratives that attempt to erase them. We hope you will join us, virtually, for an inspired, interactive, dialog moderated by Dr. Mishy Lesser of The Upstander Project.

March at Hatch: YardArt, Escape Rooms & Bridgerton Bags

The following information about what’s going at Hatch Makerspace in March was provided by the Watertown Library. Tour YardArt WatertownMarch 5 – April 2See what Watertown residents created in a town-wide exhibit. All of the creations will be visible from the road or sidewalk, map coming soon! Build Your Own Escape RoomMarch – AprilLooking for something fun to do at home this spring? Join other makers to create your own DIY escape room to swap with other households!