One Book, One Watertown 2020: The Secrets We Kept

We are pleased to announce Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets They Kept as our selection for One Book, One Watertown 2020. “A gorgeous and romantic feast of a novel anchored by a cast of indelible secretaries.” - The New York Times “Enthralling… This is the rare page-turner with prose that’s as wily as its… Continue reading One Book, One Watertown 2020: The Secrets We Kept

Read Between the Wines: Book Recommendations to Spread Liquid Joy this Holiday Season

As a librarian who used to bar tend in Boston’s fine dining bar scene, I always am on the hunt for the next interesting read on all things wine. Here are a few of my favorite wine related reads on all matters red, white, and bubbly – and everything in between! Make sure to join… Continue reading Read Between the Wines: Book Recommendations to Spread Liquid Joy this Holiday Season

Feeling C.R.A.F.T.y?

Whether you are a confirmed crafter or simply want to try your hand at crafting, you are welcome at our monthly C.R.A.F.T. (Create Random Awesome Free Things) program. That’s right—FREE! One Sunday afternoon per month, Aimee and I offer a different craft for adults. We supply the materials and basic instructions, then participants use their… Continue reading Feeling C.R.A.F.T.y?

Even Bigger and Better Than Before

It’s almost time for the Harry Potter Escape Room! Last year we had to get our heads around what a library escape room would look like and how we could execute it. During our journey we enlisted the help of Hatch Makerspace to make our centerpiece fireplace for the Gryffindor Common Room. It was awesome.… Continue reading Even Bigger and Better Than Before

Democracy Talks at the Library

In January 2017, the WFPL launched Democracy Talks, a series of events designed to illuminate the democratic process and create space for conversation. Our expert speakers introduce new perspectives and provide much-needed context for complex ideas. We hope that attendees leave each talk empowered to further engage with these ideas, be it in dialogue, action,… Continue reading Democracy Talks at the Library

Resilience and Celebration

I started working in public libraries twenty years ago as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, Vermont. Among other things, my responsibilities included writing grants for children’s programs, setting up small lending libraries in affordable housing communities, and riding my bike around town to run story times. I stayed at… Continue reading Resilience and Celebration

Getting a Technological Edge

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, I’m sure you know that the library offers so much more than books (not that the books are anything to sneeze at, you understand). For many years, we have tried to open access to the online world by teaching basic classes in computer use, social media, email,… Continue reading Getting a Technological Edge