If you’re a frequent visitor of the Children’s Room, you might have noticed a few changes recently! We’re excited to announce that we’re bringing back Launchpads! These are small, portable touchscreen tablets pre-loaded with early learning games similar to those on the AWE computer we had. With educational games and puzzles featuring everything from farm… Continue reading New Children’s Room Technology
The role of libraries has evolved significantly over the years, and at the WFPL, we’re very proud to continue the march forward. We will always have collections of books on almost any topic imaginable, so we will always endeavor to fire your imagination and satisfy your need for information. But as important as our… Continue reading What’s in a Library of Things?
A map of Middlesex County from 1856, newly preserved and framed, has been installed on the second floor of the Watertown Free Public Library. Since the map measures about five square feet, the outlines of the towns are visible from a distance, but a closer look reveals fascinating detail. Prolific cartographer Henry Francis Walling (1825-1889),… Continue reading Restored 1856 Map Returns to WFPL
In January 2017, the WFPL launched Democracy Talks, a series of events designed to illuminate the democratic process and create space for conversation. Our expert speakers introduce new perspectives and provide much-needed context for complex ideas. We hope that attendees leave each talk empowered to further engage with these ideas, be it in dialogue, action,… Continue reading Democracy Talks at the Library
I recently took a quiz testing my knowledge of movies. I failed miserably. Not surprisingly, my husband got them all right. I can’t be too disappointed as I am that person who falls asleep fifteen minutes into a film or makes it through only to realize right before it’s over that I know how it… Continue reading Movie Buff? Or Totally Clueless?
A highlighted quote amidst a sea of books grabbed my attention at Book Expo. It read Later this summer when the funeral takes place, the media will speculate boldly on who's to blame. They'll challenge attendees to say on camera whose side they're on. For the record: we never wanted to take sides. I was immediately… Continue reading A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler: A Review
Last month, my family and I visited Washington, D.C. It was my first time there as purely a tourist, and my kids’ first time ever. We had a wonderful time sight-seeing. The World War II and Vietnam memorials are very moving. I was somewhat teary at the Roosevelt and M.L.K. memorials, thinking about what could… Continue reading The Library of All Libraries