Restored 1856 Map Returns to WFPL

A map of Middlesex County from 1856, newly preserved and framed, has been installed on the second floor of the Watertown Free Public Library. Since the map measures about five square feet, the outlines of the towns are visible from a distance, but a closer look reveals fascinating detail. Prolific cartographer Henry Francis Walling (1825-1889),… Continue reading Restored 1856 Map Returns to WFPL

The Library of All Libraries

Last month, my family and I visited Washington, D.C. It was my first time there as purely a tourist, and my kids’ first time ever. We had a wonderful time sight-seeing. The World War II and Vietnam memorials are very moving. I was somewhat teary at the Roosevelt and M.L.K. memorials, thinking about what could… Continue reading The Library of All Libraries

ART150 Anniversary Video: A Library Time Capsule

This video was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Watertown Free Public Library. Click here to watch the full video on the library's Youtube channel. It started with a song that I had from last fall; a piano sketch tentatively titled “Before the Library Opens”. The song had always sounded to me… Continue reading ART150 Anniversary Video: A Library Time Capsule

How Do You Read?

“Touch This Page: Making Sense of the Ways We Read” is an interactive exhibit about multisensory reading experiences. The exhibit has been on view the Perkins School for the Blind since January; pop-up versions have also appeared at Harvard, Northeastern, and the Boston Public Library. We’re proud to have one of those “Touch This Page”… Continue reading How Do You Read?

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

Meet Watertown’s First Librarian

“His best thought and life has gone into this little village library; it has been his dream by night, his work in vacations and spare moments…”  - Whitney. The Descendants of John Whitney, who came from London, England, to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635, by Frederick Clifton, Pierce Meet Watertown’s First Librarian In our Local History… Continue reading Meet Watertown’s First Librarian