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!

Get Ready for YardArt Watertown, See How to Participate

The following information was provided by the YardArt organizers:

Push back against this dreary winter by creating something in your yard, porch or doorway – a structure, an art project, a contraption, or anything that pops to mind. Delight, surprise, inspire, and amuse yourself and your neighbors! Anyone can participate–no fees and no age requirement. Your creationshould be family friendly and viewable from the street or sidewalk. Yourproject will be listed on the YardArt map and you’ll receive a yard signto mark your location.

Library Hosting Virtual Events for One Book, One Watertown

The Watertown Library provided the following announcement:

Following a difficult year, the Watertown Free Public Library has chosen an uplifting theme for this year’s One Book, One Watertown March events. As we all look forward to a reopened world, the Library invites our community to come together, virtually, to share what we love most (and miss the most) about being human. “This year’s One Book title, The Humans by Matt Haig, is all about the joys, frustrations, and often hilarious pitfalls of being human, as observed by an alien outsider,” says Jill Clements, WFPL Adult Services Supervisor. “We hope it will remind us all to cherish the things that bind us together, because, in the final analysis, we’re all we’ve got.”

Here’s what the Library has planned for March:

Community Book Discussion: The Humans by Matt Haig

Wednesday, 3/3 | 7 PM | via Zoom | The Wednesday Book Group is WFPL’s monthly book discussion group for adults. Discussions are informal and generally based on personal reactions, not academic analysis.

Free Program on Stress, Fatigue & Depression During the Pandemic to be Hosted by Library

A program called “We’ve Been There: Conversations About Stress, Fatigue, Depression, Coping, and Everything in Between,” the first in a series of programs focused on mental health and wellness will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The event is hosted by the Watertown Library in conjunction with Wayside Youth & Family Network, the Watertown Police, Advocates Inc. and the Watertown Community Foundation. Organizers sent out the following information:

Stressed, sad, exhausted? After a trying year, please join us as we discuss anything and everything that makes people feel isolated, sad, or anxious. You’ll learn what help is available locally and how we can support ourselves and loved ones through difficult times.

Watertown Library Wants to Know How Accessible the Building, Materials are to Patrons

The Watertown Library sent out the following announcement about the survey on how accessible the materials and building are to all residents:

WFPL is committed to making our building and materials accessible to all. If you use the Watertown Free Public Library or Hatch Makerspace, please take a moment to complete our accessibility survey. Your responses will help us improve on our deficits as well as build upon our successes. 

Take the survey, either online or by printing it out, by clicking here. If you choose to print the survey, please complete and return it to the Library. You may also type and email your responses to Caitlin Browne at cbrowne@watertown-ma.gov. Any responses received with identifiable information will be kept confidential.

This Month at the Library: Zines, Virtual Author Talk, Pet Parade

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

The Watertown Free Public Library has a full February in store! This month, we’re offering free zine making kits for all ages, hosting a Zoom talk with bestselling author Barbara Delinksy, and collecting photos for a social media pet parade. A full list of virtual programs is included below. FOR CHILDRENZine MonthFebruary 1–28 | Zines are DIY publications that can foster personal expression, storytelling, and activism.

Check Out Zine Month at the Watertown Library in February

The Watertown Library provided the following announcement:

If you know, you know. But if you don’t know, it’s okay, because the library is going to teach you all about zines during the month of February. Zines are generally thought of as DIY magazine-like publications of personal expression that are printed and distributed in small batches by the creator–a little like an analog blog. They give a medium for self-expression to anyone, especially people who have historically been silenced by and excluded from mainstream publications. The Library is hoping to encourage the people of Watertown to share their voices by creating their own zines.

Free, On-Demand Tutoring Available Through Watertown Library

The following announcement was provided by the Watertown Library:

Brainfuse HelpNow, a digital platform offering on demand learning support for all ages and levels is now available to Watertown residents through the Watertown Free Public Library. “We want to help people get through this strange and difficult time and we know that remote learning and working is a real struggle for a lot of people,” says Carey Conkey-Finn who runs the Teen Department at the library. “We’re hoping that this resource will fill a hole that COVID life has created.”

HelpNow is available to all Watertown residents with a Minuteman Library Network library card from any computer with internet connection or via mobile app. To access HelpNow, please visit the library’s website at watertownlib.org/brainfuse. For more information, contact 617-972-6436 or libraryteendepartment@watertown-ma.gov.

About HelpNow

Live Tutoring (available 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. 7 days a week): HelpNow offers live tutor access for homework help, skills building and test preparation.