Thursday, April 17, 2014

April Vacation Fun!


April Vacation Week is so close we can taste it! And we've got a packed schedule, full of tons of fun for kids of all ages.  Don't worry about what you'll do while the kids are out of school.  Just come to the library!

Monday - Closed

Happy Patriot's Day!

Tuesday

Nursery Rhyme Time - 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Songs, rhymes, stories, and play for pre-walking babies. No need to register.

Matt Heaton Music - 10:15 a.m.
Classic, folk, and surf-inspired songs for ages 5 and under. No need to register.

Planting Party - 3:30 p.m.
Kids in grades K-5 can celebrate Earth Day by making their own terrariums. Call or stop in to register.

Wednesday

French Story Time - 10:15 a.m.
Stories, songs, and a craft in French, for ages 2-5. Fluency in French is not required, and no need to register.

Artful Adventures - 2:00 p.m.
An artist from the Museum of Fine Arts will show kids in grades 1 to 5 how to make artwork work of their own! Call to register.

Thursday

Toddler Sing-Along - 3:30 p.m.
One- and two-year-olds will enjoy music and movement activities. No need to register.

Friday

Lego Club - 3:30 p.m.
Kids in grades K-5 can create to their heart's content with tons of Legos! No need to register.

Saturday

Digital Story Time - 10:15 a.m.
Preschoolers will enjoy a story time with traditional and e-books, then get a chance to explore apps on our iPads. No need to register.

Want to know more? Ask any librarian, give us a call at 617-972-6435, or check out our online calendar of events. We'll see you on Spring Break!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Library Snapshot Day!


Help us celebrate Library Snapshot Day by taking your picture in our DIY Photobooth!  It'll be set up all day today, so pop in and pose with some silly props!

Library Snapshot Day is a nation-wide initiative aimed at getting pictures of all the awesome things going on in libraries everywhere.  Here in Massachusetts, libraries are all picking dates throughout this week to get pictures of patrons enjoying the library.

Here at the Watertown Free Public Library, we've decided to do this by letting YOU take the photos!  We've set up a banner where we'd love it if you write something about why you love the library.  Then pose with a silly hat or funny prop and snap your photo.

Also throughout the week, we'll have a display where you can submit even more comments about the library.

Stop by today and check it out!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What To Do on Half Days?


Next week the Watertown Public Schools have three - that's right, THREE - half days!  What in the world are you going to do with your cabin-fevered, cooped-up kids on those afternoons?  Never fear, we've got tons of fun stuff happening at the library!

Wednesday, March 19

Week 3 of Lego WeDo Robotics at 3:30 p.m.
This program did require registration and is full, but if your third- through fifth-graders have been participating with us, we'll continue our projects!

Thursday, March 20

Family Concert: Bates and Tincknell at 2:00 p.m.
Bates and Tincknell will bring a huge variety of amazing instruments and play all sorts of interactive songs and music in their multicultural program entitled "This Land is Your Land."  It'll be great for ages 7 and under, and you don't need to register, just come on in!

Dog B.O.N.E.S. at 3:30 p.m.
There's still space in our program where kids can practice their reading with a certified therapy dog! Registration is required, so stop in or call 617-972-6435 if you're interested.

Friday, March 21

Lego Club at 3:30 p.m.
Do you love Legos?  We'll have TONS of them available for you to make whatever you can imagine! It's for kids in grades K-5, and you don't need to register.

Saturday, March 22
(No, it's not a half day, but we've still got fun stuff going on!)

Early Childhood Fair at 9:00 a.m.
Visit our booth at the Early Childhood Fair, taking place at Watertown Middle School.  You can also find out about other wonderful resources here in Watertown!

Basic Word Processing for Students at 2:00 p.m.
By popular demand, we're offering a class to help kids in grades 2 and up learn about word processing and creating documents.  Registration is required, so stop in or call if you're interested.

And as always, we've got tons of books, DVDs, video games, audio books and more available to check out, along with the fun games and activities that are always available to play with here at the library!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

WFPL Children's Book Awards

Remember our previous post about the WFPL Children's Book Awards?  There were so many wonderful books published in 2013 that we had quite the field of contenders!  We took suggestions of your favorite books from 2013, and our final winners have been announced!

Picture Book
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Bored with city life and the proper behavior it requires, Mr. Tiger has a wild idea that leads him to discover his true nature.

Fiction
The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Seven-year-old Billy Miller starts second grade with a bump on his head and a lot of worries, but by the end of the year he has developed good relationships with his teacher, his little sister, and his parents and learned many important lessons.

Nonfiction
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel
An illustrated account of immigrant Clara Lemlich's pivotal role in the influential 1909 women laborer's strike describes how she worked grueling hours to acquire an education and support her family before organizing a massive walkout to protest the unfair working conditions in New York's garment district.

Check Them Out!

We've got multiple copies of each of these books, so give them a try!  You can click on the title or book cover to find out if the books are currently available and, if someone else has already nabbed them, you can place a hold using our online catalog.  Alternatively, you can stop in or call and we can tell you the books' availability and/or place a hold for you.

Thank you for your input, and enjoy these amazing, award-winning books!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Vacation Week Fun!

It's here! It's here! School vacation week is here!

We've got tons of fun activities going on during school vacation week!  The library will be busy with lots of children and families, and we've got a ton of stuff going on to make the week special!

Wednesday
Splash 'N' Boots Family Concert at 11:00 a.m.
This amazing music duo will be visiting us all the way from Canada to share their high-energy, interactive music and dancing! It's geared toward families with children ages 7 and under. No registration necessary.

Thursday
Dog B.O.N.E.S. at 3:30 p.m.
Kids who are learning to read have the chance to read to a certified therapy dog. This program does require registration, so stop in or call 617-972-6435 to sign-up for a fifteen-minute time slot.

Friday
Lego Club at 10:15 a.m.
Join up with other Lego enthusiasts to make all sorts of creative feats of engineering skill using our huge collection of Legos! For kids in grades K-5. No registration necessary.

Saturday
Digital Story Time at 10:15 a.m.
We'll share songs and stories using traditional books, then we'll explore digital book on our iPads. This is for children ages 3-5 with a grown-up. Each grown-up/child pair will get to play with an iPad loaded with educational apps! No registration necessary.

And of course, you can always come in to play in our play area and to find tons of books, movies, video games, audio books to check out and take home!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Award Season Is Here!


Yes, it's that time of year.  Award Season!  The Golden Globes, Grammys and Oscars; the Newbery and Caldecott Awards; and, of course, the Watertown Children's Book Award!

The 2013 Newbery Medal was just announced yesterday, and goes to Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, by Kate DiCamillo.  This is an exciting tale about a squirrel who get sucked up into a vacuum and has a near-death experience, from which he emerges with super powers!  Flora, the girl who revived him with squirrel CPR, utilizes her immense knowledge of comic books to help him navigate his new-found abilities.

The 2013 Caldecott Medal is awarded to Locomotive, by Brian Floca.  Train-lovers will adore this book about a cross-country train ride set in 1869.  The Caldecott Medal is an award for fantastic illustrations, and this book has certainly earned it!

These national awards are wonderful, but what about what you think here in Watertown?  Never fear, we are continuing our annual WFPL Children's Book Award!

There are just a few days left to let us know what you think!  Stop in and look for our big, orange display.  Write your name or initials next to the picture of your favorite book, or write a title/author that's not up there yet.

And keep an eye out, because very soon we'll make the announcement about our big winner!  We'll have a winner for fiction (chapter books), nonfiction (informational books), and picture books!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Lego Labs 2014 Starts on Wednesday!


Last year we introduced our Lego Labs: Simple Machines program, and it was a huge hit!  We utilize Lego kits over four weeks with first and second graders and learn about all sorts of simple machines.  The program was so popular that we're offering it again!  And it starts this Wednesday!

We will run this as a four-week class for kids in grades 1 and 2 on Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 3:30pm.  Interested kids should commit to coming to all of the sessions of the program.  Lego Lab does require registration, but a few spots are still left!  Call 617-972-6435 or stop in to reserve your spot today!