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

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