Check it Out: The New WFPL Website

Last week, we were happy to finally launch our newly redesigned website! Here are some of our favorite parts of the makeover:

  1. Our website is now ADA compliant.

The library serves everyone, so having our website be accessible by as many people as possible was one of our biggest goals. Our website is now in compliance with requirements established by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). We hope that you find our content easier to read, navigate, and engage with. Read more about accessibility and the library.

2. Hatch Makerspace events are included in the library’s calendar.

We decided to merge the WFPL and Hatch calendars because Hatch is a big part of our programming and offers something for everyone. Don’t forget to check out the rest of the library’s upcoming events, like our Democracy Talks series, Trivia Night with Harry Potter Bonus Questions, and Mural Project: Mosaic Making.

3. Speaking of Hatch…

We heard your request. We now keep a detailed list of tools and equipment available for public use at Hatch – including our 3D printer, laser cutter, sewing machines, vinyl cutter, soldering materials, robotics kits…you get the idea. We’ve also updated the Hours & Programs page with more details about when you can drop-in and when you need to register for an event.

4. We have so much new Local History content for you to explore.

Find yearbooks, town directories, historic photographs and more in the Local History & Genealogy section of the website. The Genealogy page goes over some of the library’s resources that can help you map your ancestry. Research the history of your house. The Local History section will continue to evolve as time goes on. We’re looking forward to adding more historic highlights about people who have left their mark on Watertown.

5. The eLibrary section has grown!

Where do you start when trying to download free ebooks, digital audiobooks, movies, music, magazines or online courses from the library? Check out watertownlib.org/elibrary to learn how to access all of our digital services on your device.

6. A note about the blog.

As you’ve probably noticed, we’re now on WordPress. We wanted a clean-looking solution to some of the bugs we encountered with our old website. So the blog lives on with WordPress.

Phew…

Thanks for sticking with us through this transition and we hope you’ll enjoy poking around our website and sharing our posts.

As always, find us at watertownlib.org, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at 123 Main Street.

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