Friday, April 17, 2015

Tuesdays are Twice as Nice!

We know that our Toddler Story Time can get crowded.

The children's program room fills to capacity every Tuesday morning at 10:15.

It can be overwhelming for small children and even some of the parents.

That's why we're offering a second Toddler Story Time at 11:30.!

That's right! We've got two Nursery Rhyme Times for pre-walking babies and two Toddler Story Times for walkers through age two in one morning! Check out the April calendar for details and consider coming to the 11:30 Toddler Story Time if you want to beat the crowd.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Princess Party!

Maybe you've noticed that the Children's Program Room looks a little bit like a castle right now.

We hosted a princess party on Wednesday, 4/8.

Everyone dressed in their finest for stories and songs.

We made tie-dyed skirts from giant coffee filters.

We used marshmallows and toothpicks to build castles.

We turned paper plates into dazzling crowns.

Cinderella lost her glass slipper and Ariel left her tail.

The afternoon concluded with picking up balloons and checking out books. 
Magic filled the air or maybe it was just glitter.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

WFPL 5K Race Announcement

The Watertown Free Public Library is pleased to announce our second annual 5K event! Join us on Sunday, May 31 at 10:15 a.m. for a family friendly community race. Together, we'll cruise through Watertown's beautiful neighborhoods. Runners, walkers, and strollers of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. Please visit:

Registration is required and participants are encouraged to register in advance through our RaceWire Website.

Adults pay $25.
Ages 11 to 17 pay $20.
Children 10 and under can register for FREE!

This is a great opportunity to get your children moving and model healthy exercise habits. You can train for the event by joining us for a practice run on Saturday, May 23 at 9:15 a.m. No registration is required to practice on the Saturday before the event. 

If you cannot make it to the event, you can still make a donation to support the library. It can be made in person, by cash or check, to the Watertown Free Public Library Building Comittee or Online.

Monday, March 16, 2015

We Love to Dance

We've been cooped up all winter and we need to move our bodies. It's how we stay healthy and have fun. At the Watertown Library, we like to get a children's playlist togther and kick off our shoes for good ol' Preschool Dance Party. Moving to tunes is our favorite way to exhaust ourselves.

Ages 2-6 were singing, swinging, and clapping together this March. We took out the bananas, scarves, bells, and parachute to play along with the music. It was a rockin' good time.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Feed the Birds!

This winter has been difficult for all of us, esspecially our feathered friends. Birds have trouble finding seeds when the snow piles high. That is why we like to build bird feeders in the month of February. The Children's Department hosted an event for school age children to make two different types of feeders. The first one was simple; it involved stringing toasted o's onto pipe cleaners and shaping them into rings or other designs that could be hung on tree branches. The second type of bird feeder we made was a little messy; we coated toilet paper tubes in peanut butter, rolled them in bird seed, and looped yarn through the middle of them. These tactile crafts ensured our patrons would enjoy some backyard birdwatching for the rest of the chilly season.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Dinosaurs at the Library!

WFPL stays active, even in the snowy weather. Last week, our dinosaur party for ages 2-6, was a smash! Dinosaur footprints lead the way to the children's program room, where we read:

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton

Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beaumont

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

(Miss Kathleen's favorite)

We also enjoyed dinosaur-themed songs and crafts. Take a look at our March calendar for your next roaring good time.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Preschool STEM: Magnets!

Our final session of Preschool STEM focused on Magnets!

Children learned a little bit about what magnets are and how they work, and they got to try a few hands-on magnetic activities! Missed the program but want to try some of this fun at home? Pull those magnets off your refrigerator and give some of these activities a try!
  • Test magnets on all sorts of surfaces and items in your home to see what they stick to. What do the items that stick to the magnet have in common? What types of materials are they made of?
  • Have a magnet hunt! Stick a magnet to something in your home and have your child try to find it. Take turns: have your child put the magnet somewhere it sticks, and you find it!
  • Place something small and metal like a paperclip in a cup of water, then challenge your preschooler to make the paperclip move without putting anything in the water or pouring any of the water out. Does it work with other objects (that may or may not be magnetic)?
Our craft was a fishing rod utilizing a magnet, and you can make your own out of common household materials. We tied a string onto a straw and then a magnet onto the other end of the string (we reinforced it with tape, because the string kept slipping). Then we made paper fish and clipped paperclips on their noses. Now kids could "fish" with their magnets!

That was the last of our Preschool STEM programs for this season, but we'll do them again so keep an eye on our schedule

And in the meantime, have you visited our HATCH Makerspace yet? It's an amazing space in the Arsenal Project Mall where people of all ages can experiment with hands-on items, many of which incorporate STEM elements! Find out more at our HATCH website!