The Year in Books: 1869 vs. 2019

According to Amazon.com their top selling books of 2019, many of which were published last year or even longer ago, have been Becoming by Michelle Obama, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo; Educated by Tara Westover; Girl, Stop… Continue reading The Year in Books: 1869 vs. 2019

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

Treasures of the WFPL: A Note from Longfellow

A descendent of one of Watertown’s early settlers, Solon Whitney was born in Harvard, MA. After spending his youth elsewhere (Seneca Falls, NY; Fall River, MA; Providence, RI), he returned to his ancestral hometown as principal of Watertown High School in 1866. Whitney stayed in that role for only six years before taking up a teaching position… Continue reading Treasures of the WFPL: A Note from Longfellow