Shared Resources for a Shared Planet

There’s really no denying that our world is in trouble. The earth will be fine, because she doesn’t much care about the survival of individual species – including humans – but the future of our children is in danger. According to a United Nations report issued Monday, one million plant and animal species are on… Continue reading Shared Resources for a Shared Planet

ART150 Anniversary Video: A Library Time Capsule

This video was created in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Watertown Free Public Library. Click here to watch the full video on the library's Youtube channel. It started with a song that I had from last fall; a piano sketch tentatively titled “Before the Library Opens”. The song had always sounded to me… Continue reading ART150 Anniversary Video: A Library Time Capsule

How Do You Read?

“Touch This Page: Making Sense of the Ways We Read” is an interactive exhibit about multisensory reading experiences. The exhibit has been on view the Perkins School for the Blind since January; pop-up versions have also appeared at Harvard, Northeastern, and the Boston Public Library. We’re proud to have one of those “Touch This Page”… Continue reading How Do You Read?

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

Amidst the Chaos, a review

About five years ago I reviewed Sara Bareilles’ album Blessed Unrest for our blog. She finally has a new album out and I thought it would be fun to see how her music has evolved. To start with, Amidst the Chaos doesn’t pull any punches. Bareilles is upfront about how she has changed and how… Continue reading Amidst the Chaos, a review

Other Big Anniversaries

The Watertown Free Public Library isn’t the only one with a historic anniversary this year! There are lots of historic events to commemorate this year. Some of these anniversaries are for events that are joyous or bittersweet, while others are ones to remember rather than celebrate. Here are a handful of children’s and teen books… Continue reading Other Big Anniversaries