2019 by the Numbers

Another year has gone by and I’m sure you did a lot of things in 2019. Apparently, one thing you, our Watertown patrons, did a lot was read. You read our Community Read pick, you read memoirs of famous people and not-so famous people, you improved your English skills, and you settled in for some… Continue reading 2019 by the Numbers

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

A Look Back at the Library’s Big Birthday Bash

String lights hanging in the lobby of the Watertown Free Public Library

As the Watertown Free Public Library’s 150th Anniversary year comes to a close, I find myself reminiscing back to our big birthday bash (er…Gala) on April 6, 2019 …what an incredible night! Planning for the Gala took many months of preparation coordinated by Katie, WFPL’s Circulation Department Supervisor. With a team effort from our staff,… Continue reading A Look Back at the Library’s Big Birthday Bash

Most of the Artwork in Our Library Was Made by (Fascinating, Audacious, Victorian) Women

THE LOCAL HISTORY ROOM at the Watertown Free Public Library is crowded with suited, wizened gentlemen glaring sagely into the middle distance. Have you noticed this? I’m talking about the artwork. On all four walls of the Library’s quietest room, local big wigs, doctors, bankers, and library donors stand watch. There are eleven paintings and… Continue reading Most of the Artwork in Our Library Was Made by (Fascinating, Audacious, Victorian) Women

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

What’s in a Library of Things?

  The role of libraries has evolved significantly over the years, and at the WFPL, we’re very proud to continue the march forward. We will always have collections of books on almost any topic imaginable, so we will always endeavor to fire your imagination and satisfy your need for information. But as important as our… Continue reading What’s in a Library of Things?

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