Resilience and Celebration

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

Staycation? Check Out a Museum Pass!

Summer vacation is finally here. While the library offers plenty of fun summer programming for every generation, we also provide you with plenty of museum passes to local museums and parks. With your library card (and some planning), you can visit some of Massachusetts' best attractions for half-price or even free admission—check out our suggestions: For the intrepid outdoor… Continue reading Staycation? Check Out a Museum Pass!

All the News That’s Fit to Circulate

In his 1889 essay, Oscar Wilde penned, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life,” and I’m a firm believer that bookshelves imitate both. From nonfiction to inform us, fiction to inspire us, and everything else to entertain us, we always find ourselves coming back to books when we need an answer. Between a particularly… Continue reading All the News That’s Fit to Circulate

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

One Book, One Watertown 2012: To Kill a Mockingbird

This summer, people all over Watertown will be reading one of the most influential and beloved books of the 20th century: To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s poignant coming of age story won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, and the film version won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962. More than 50 years after… Continue reading One Book, One Watertown 2012: To Kill a Mockingbird