Traditionalists crow when they see the headlines: eBook sales plummeted by 10% in 2017! Real books are back! Is it true that ebooks are on the decline? After years of dire warnings about the death of print, is the pendulum swinging back? The story behind the headlines is more complex. Data on ebook sales tends… Continue reading Books or eBooks? Yes.
Last week, we were happy to finally launch our newly redesigned website! Here are some of our favorite parts of the makeover: Our website is now ADA compliant. The library serves everyone, so having our website be accessible by as many people as possible was one of our biggest goals. Our website is now in… Continue reading Check it Out: The New WFPL Website
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?
We gaze dreamily at the Milky Way and once in a while catch some shooting stars. Times like those give me the opportunity to wonder and ask all those very basic questions and feel that sense of awe; the heavens start there. Kalpana Chawla, American Astronaut We often neglect the world around us and above… Continue reading Wonders of the Night Sky
There are more than 1,000 accredited Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs around the world. No, the Watertown Free Public Library isn’t one of them…but we do have plenty of business resources for employees, entrepreneurs, and executives to use throughout the arc of their careers. An aspiring MBA student—let’s call her Jasmin—might use her Watertown library… Continue reading The WFPL MBA
In the years 2006 to 2008, I had been considering a career change. I’d been working as a graphic designer in a local university for nearly 20 years, and had taken a course in web design (at a continuing education class at Watertown High School, back in 2002!). Around 2006, it started to turn over… Continue reading Learning Web Development with Lynda.com – Diane’s Story
Libraries serve the community in many ways – some of which may not be visible to everyone. We serve job seekers and English-language learners and students doing homework and the homebound and families looking for entertainment on a budget – all in crucial ways. But there’s more at the heart of the public library. The… Continue reading A Complete Education…For No Money