She Has a Name!

I read an article earlier this month that really struck a chord. It was headlined “The Protagonist Problem” ( In it, the writer posits that men (especially straight white men) are raised to believe that they are the protagonists of their story, as well as the stories of those around them. With this belief that… Continue reading She Has a Name!


More Digital Magazines for Your Reading Pleasure

We are pleased to announce that the Watertown Free Public Library now offers digital magazines from two sources, RBdigital and OverDrive/Libby. Checkouts are unlimited (they do not count toward your monthly limit). The selection is better than ever, so pick the platform you prefer, or use both! RBDigital: The free RBDigital app is available for… Continue reading More Digital Magazines for Your Reading Pleasure

Indigenous People’s Day

This past Monday, October 8th, the Watertown Free Public Library was closed for a holiday. Millions of people across America call this holiday Columbus Day, in recognition of Christopher Columbus. But there is a growing movement to change both the name of the holiday and its focus to Indigenous People’s Day. Columbus Day, fixed originally… Continue reading Indigenous People’s Day

Women’s Rage and Women’s Hope

2018 has, unsurprisingly, ushered in the publication of a myriad of excellent books on women’s experiences and women’s rage. Here’s a roundup of some of this year’s most intriguing feminist titles. (CW for descriptions of books that discuss sexual assault, racism, misogyny, and other tactics used to oppress women.) NONFICTION Rage Becomes Her: The Power… Continue reading Women’s Rage and Women’s Hope

Emmy Winners to Binge on…

Close cropped photograph of an Emmy award trophy.

Watching great television has become considerably more complex in today’s world of streaming services, and online-only productions. If you don’t subscribe to Netflix or Hulu or Amazon Prime, you may wonder whether you’ll ever be able to see all of the shows that won awards at Sunday night’s Prime Time Emmy Awards. In many cases,… Continue reading Emmy Winners to Binge on…

Debut Authors to Check Out This Fall

There is a lot to look forward to during fall in New England: leaves changing, students coming back and agriculture fairs. Last week’s heat has me wishing for the need to wear a sweater more than anything. Another thing to look forward to is the release of a strong batch of debut authors—perfect timing for… Continue reading Debut Authors to Check Out This Fall