“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
In honor of our 150th anniversary celebration I sat down with our longest serving staff member, Pat Farrell. As a young teen, Pat used to hang out with her friends at the East Branch of the Watertown Library. She was hired to work there as a page, shelving library books, at the ripe old age… Continue reading 55 Years at the Library
As we dive into our celebration of the library’s 150th anniversary, I found myself wondering about the 100th. Here’s a time machine to take you back half a century. 1969 was, by any standard, a momentous year. Woodstock, Apollo 11, and Stonewall made headlines as burgeoning social and political movements roiled the U.S. and the… Continue reading WFPL at 100
At the WFPL, time is very much on our minds these days. Naturally, with the start of the new year, we have fresh planners in our pockets and blank calendars on our walls. In 2019, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the library, so we’re gearing up for a year’s worth of festivities. And… Continue reading A Triumvirate of Timepieces
The Watertown Free Public Library is thrilled to announce that The Library Book will be our One Book, One Watertown community read for 2019. Part true crime, part love letter to libraries (and the people who inhabit them), all expertly woven together into a captivating read by renowned author and journalist Susan Orlean. The Library… Continue reading One Book, One Watertown 2019: The Library Book
I read an article earlier this month that really struck a chord. It was headlined “The Protagonist Problem” (tinyurl.com/vox-protagonists). In it, the writer posits that men (especially straight white men) are raised to believe that they are the protagonists of their story, as well as the stories of those around them. With this belief that… Continue reading She Has a Name!
On August 16 newspapers throughout the country published editorials in response to the Boston Globe’s call to repudiate the current administration’s frequent use of the term “fake news” and more urgently the labeling of journalists as “enemy of the people”. I found it heartening to see the responses from over 400 newspapers denouncing these words… Continue reading First for a Reason