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
Update 11/21/17: This blog post was originally posted on May 15, 2017. Given that the FCC chairman has officially revealed plans to end net neutrality, and the Federal Communications Commission’s impending planned vote on December 14, we thought it was worth reposting this article to help our patrons understand why net neutrality matters to us… Continue reading Net Neutrality: What Is It and Why Should You Care?
Originally, I had planned this blog post to be about my family's unusual holiday traditions - our favorite holiday song is by Weird Al, and our traditional holiday movie viewing includes the 1951 A Christmas Carolwith Alastair Sim, and also the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - something fun and lighthearted for the holidays. However,… Continue reading Against Hatred
As a general rule I create the book displays in the adult department. I approach these displays much like I would when planning a menu for a dinner party. I include tried and true items, things I know others will like as well as items that I have been meaning to try myself. Sometimes I… Continue reading Take One More, Please