A Look Back at the Library’s Big Birthday Bash

String lights hanging in the lobby of the Watertown Free Public Library

As the Watertown Free Public Library’s 150th Anniversary year comes to a close, I find myself reminiscing back to our big birthday bash (er…Gala) on April 6, 2019 …what an incredible night! Planning for the Gala took many months of preparation coordinated by Katie, WFPL’s Circulation Department Supervisor. With a team effort from our staff,… Continue reading A Look Back at the Library’s Big Birthday Bash

Most of the Artwork in Our Library Was Made by (Fascinating, Audacious, Victorian) Women

THE LOCAL HISTORY ROOM at the Watertown Free Public Library is crowded with suited, wizened gentlemen glaring sagely into the middle distance. Have you noticed this? I’m talking about the artwork. On all four walls of the Library’s quietest room, local big wigs, doctors, bankers, and library donors stand watch. There are eleven paintings and… Continue reading Most of the Artwork in Our Library Was Made by (Fascinating, Audacious, Victorian) Women

Restored 1856 Map Returns to WFPL

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

The Year in Books: 1869 vs. 2019

According to Amazon.com their top selling books of 2019, many of which were published last year or even longer ago, have been Becoming by Michelle Obama, Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens; Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis; The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo; Educated by Tara Westover; Girl, Stop… Continue reading The Year in Books: 1869 vs. 2019