Children’s Books for Spooky Season

Spooky season is upon us! With that crisp, chill, overcast weather and Halloween decorations abounding, what better time to curl up with a spine-chilling read? The Children’s Department has a robust collection of Halloween-themed picture books, and of course we have creepy classics like The Wolves in the Walls, Coraline, and Scary Stories to Tell… Continue reading Children’s Books for Spooky Season

New Children’s Room Technology

If you’re a frequent visitor of the Children’s Room, you might have noticed a few changes recently!  We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing back Launchpads! These are small, portable touchscreen tablets pre-loaded with early learning games similar to those on the AWE computer we had. With educational games and puzzles featuring everything from farm… Continue reading New Children’s Room Technology

Books Without Words

One of our favorite things here in the Children’s Room is something you might not expect from a bunch of literature lovers: wordless picture books!  Wordless picture books are totally underrated, and they’re amazing for a multitude of reasons: They encourage the development of visual literacy They foster observational skills They foster storytelling in folks… Continue reading Books Without Words

Other Big Anniversaries

The Watertown Free Public Library isn’t the only one with a historic anniversary this year! There are lots of historic events to commemorate this year. Some of these anniversaries are for events that are joyous or bittersweet, while others are ones to remember rather than celebrate. Here are a handful of children’s and teen books… Continue reading Other Big Anniversaries

The Library Book(s)

As Kerri announced in a post back in December, this year’s One Book, One Watertown selection is The Library Book by Susan Orlean! I’m so excited about this choice, and it got me thinking about some of my favorite children’s books about libraries and librarians. Here’s a roundup of some stellar picture books for all… Continue reading The Library Book(s)

Under-the-Radar: Young Adult Fiction

With so much information accessible to us at all times, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to read. There’s just too much! Bestseller lists and online reviews help, but we end up reading a lot of the same kinds of books. Plus, a lot of these lists are driven by publishers who have the… Continue reading Under-the-Radar: Young Adult Fiction

Register to Vote at the Library

Voting is the expression of our commitment to ourselves, one another, this country and this world. - Sharon Salzberg There is no shortage on strong opinions around politics, politicians and governing parties these days. What I find interesting is that more people don’t practice their right to vote. According to the Census Bureau in the… Continue reading Register to Vote at the Library