One Book, One Watertown 2020: The Secrets We Kept

We are pleased to announce Lara Prescott’s debut novel, The Secrets They Kept as our selection for One Book, One Watertown 2020. “A gorgeous and romantic feast of a novel anchored by a cast of indelible secretaries.” - The New York Times “Enthralling… This is the rare page-turner with prose that’s as wily as its… Continue reading One Book, One Watertown 2020: The Secrets We Kept

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

The Library Book(s)

As Kerri announced in a post back in December, this year’s One Book, One Watertown selection is The Library Book by Susan Orlean! I’m so excited about this choice, and it got me thinking about some of my favorite children’s books about libraries and librarians. Here’s a roundup of some stellar picture books for all… Continue reading The Library Book(s)

New Year, New Classics

Cover image from Circe by Madeline Miller shows a painting of a woman's face.

I’ve loved mythology ever since I learned how to read. In elementary school, I would sneak into the school library during lunchtime to meet Ms. Mitchell, the librarian, who had stacks of mythology books set aside for me. She even let me sit at her desk while she checked in material, and I devoured myth… Continue reading New Year, New Classics

Escaping Into Comics

When the news is filled with difficult, overwhelming, and scary information (and when isn’t it?), it’s important to arm yourself with facts. Roundups like Brian’s recent post on climate change and Jill’s post on decolonizing history are tremendous resources! But, if I’m being honest, sometimes my brain needs a rest before diving in to do… Continue reading Escaping Into Comics