Our Harry Potter Escape Room Journey

Last year, one of our Adult Reference librarians read about the popularity of escape rooms and decided that she wanted our library to try to build an escape room. She proposed the idea to our administration, and sent out a call to the staff for people to work on the committee to build an escape… Continue reading Our Harry Potter Escape Room Journey

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Library Garden

I’m no expert at gardening. I mean that honestly, I’m a bumbling novice at best. I grew up with parents who grew large vegetable gardens which were harvested in jars and freezer bags so we could eat “real vegetables” all year long. Sadly, their skills were not passed down to me. I struggle with my… Continue reading Library Garden

One Book, One Watertown 2017: Homegoing

The novel Homegoing opens in 18th-century Ghana, as two half sisters meet wildly divergent fates: one kidnapped and sold into slavery, the other wed to a British slave trader. In subsequent chapters, author Yaa Gyasi tells the stories of the women’s descendants on both sides of the Atlantic. She introduces us to a shipyard worker in pre-Civil… Continue reading One Book, One Watertown 2017: Homegoing

One Book, One Watertown 2016: The Race Underground

By the end of the 19th century, the populations of Boston and New York had surged to the point that the streets were becoming unpassable. Horrific traffic jams, overcrowded sidewalks, and refuse from the burgeoning populations threatened to make the cities uninhabitable. Leaders of both cities wrestled with many of the issues of urban planning… Continue reading One Book, One Watertown 2016: The Race Underground