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
“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?
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
“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