Monday, July 21, 2014

Another Reading Goal, and Another Donation!

Great work, Watertown readers!  So far, you've read a little over 1000 hours this summer!  And you know what that means: HONEYBEES!  How does this donation help?  Heifer International will give a hive of honeybees to a needy family somewhere in the world.  Here's how the family benefits from the bees:

  • They can sell the honey, beeswax, and pollen.
  • The bees will help pollinate any other crops they're growing, making their farm more successful overall.

Together, we've made it a third of the way up our thermometer toward our ultimate goal of donating a goat!  So keep reading, and keep coming in to stamp and log your hours.  And if you haven't yet signed up, there's still plenty of time.  Come in anytime during our open hours and start your reading log, and have your hours count toward our collective goals.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

We did it! We've read over 500 hours so far!

It's official: We've reached our first reading goal of the summer!  Together, all the kids in Watertown have read over 500 hours already - 526 to be exact.  And you know what that means...

We're donating a flock of geese to Heifer International!

Your gift, this flock of geese, will help a family in need somewhere in the world.  The family can eat the eggs, and the goose droppings can help fertilize their crops.  You can find out more about how these geese will benefit families by checking out the Heifer International website.

This is just our first of four total goals, and four animals we can donate, so be sure to keep reading and logging in your hours.  And great job!!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Summer Reading's Going Strong!

Have you signed up yet for Summer Reading?

We're about two weeks into Summer Reading, and we've got tons of readers and tons of fun programs!

So far, Watertown kids have already read over 325 hours! We're over halfway to our first goal of 500 hours, when we'll donate a flock of geese to Heifer International!

Each paper gear on our giant robot represents one child who signed up for Summer Reading.  Our Reading Robot is almost full! 

When kids sign up for Summer Reading, they set a personal reading goal for the whole summer.  They write their name and their goal on a gear, which goes on our Reading Robot for the whole world to see.  Look at these amazing, ambitious goals! 

Each gear represents one hour one hour that a child's spent reading.  We've got a good start, but these walls will get jam-packed as we start meeting our reading goals.

Want more information about Summer Reading?  Check out our Summer Reading Website, where you'll find all sorts of info, as well as reading lists for kids going into preschool through grade 5.

Keep reading everybody, and keep coming in to log your hours!  If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time.  Just stop in anytime we're open and start your very own reading log.  And of course, check out all of the fun programs we've got going on.  We've got something nearly every day, for various age groups, so check out our calendar to find out more!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

3 Days till our 5K Fundraiser!

The weather predictions are out, and Saturday will be beautiful! It's the first day of summer, and it'll be the perfect day to go for a run. So make sure you sign up for our 5K Fundraiser Fun Run!

It's going to be an awesome event for the whole family! We'll have a Health and Fitness Expo going on inside the library beginning at 8:00 a.m. where you can get tons of great info about local wellness opportunities. At 8:30 a.m., a yoga instructor will lead us in pre-run stretches. An of course, the highlight will be when the race itself begins at 9:00 a.m.!

PLUS we'll have a delicious visit from the Paris Creperie Food Truck, and you'll be able to grab some yummy crepes to refuel after your run, or while you're cheering on friends and family who are running!

If you haven't signed up yet, there's still time. Visit our 5K website and click on Register.  You'll also be able to sign up the morning of the race if you make a split-second decision.

For those of you who've already signed up (or who sign up right now, directly from this blog post!), be sure to pick up your race bib and your T-shirt.  You can stop in to the library to get them:
- Friday, June 20 from 11am to 7pm
- Saturday, June 21 from 8:00 to 8:45am

And a special thank you to all of the local organizations providing their support!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

We're gearing up for Summer Reading!

Summer Reading starts June 23!

We've started getting ready by decorating the Children's Department! The next time you come in, you'll see a giant robot gracing our windows. He's getting ready for you to put gears on him with your name on them when you sign up! You can start signing up at our Kick Off event on Monday, June 23 at 3:30pm, and then anytime after that for the whole summer.

How does Summer Reading work?

When you sign up, you'll put your name on a reading log and you'll set a personal reading goal. You'll keep track of how much time you spend reading and, every time you come to the library, you'll get to stamp your log for every fifteen minutes you've spent reading. This year, we'll even have special reading logs for kids who are not reading yet, on which they can stamp for time they spend doing any literacy-related activities like singing, rhyming, looking at pictures in books, and attending library programs.

What are we reading for?

We're keeping track of the time that all the kids in Watertown spend reading on our reading meter. When we reach certain goal levels, we'll donate animals to Heifer International. These animals will go to hungry families all over the world. You'll get to celebrate when you reach your personal reading goal, AND when we reach our collective goals together. Here are our goals:

  • 500 hours: A flock of geese
  • 1000 hours: Honeybees
  • 2000 hours: Rabbits
  • 3000 hours: A Goat!
That's a higher goal than we've ever had before! Do you think we can do it?

Looking for more information about Summer Reading? Check out our website, complete with suggested reading lists from the Watertown Public Schools. Or stop in to the library to grab a brochure or ask us about it in person!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Support the WFPL and get fit at the same time!

Saturday, June 21 at 9:00 a.m.
WFPL 5K Fundraiser!

In a little less than two weeks, the Watertown Free Public Library will be hosting our very first ever Fundraiser 5K Run/Walk!  This is an awesome opportunity for the whole family to get a little fresh air and run around Watertown together.  Plus, you'll be supporting the library by helping us raise money for the Building Committee, who helps us pay for some of our programs and fun extras that we all enjoy throughout the year. You won't want to miss this awesome event!

To register, visit our website at Registration is $20 for adults, $15 for youths (18 and under), and kids under 6 are free!

Not an avid runner?  Don't worry! Runners, walkers, stroller-pushers, and dog-walkers alike will find others moving at the same pace.  Plus, we've got some fun programs going on to help us train together!

Watertown Walks: Mondays, June 9 and 16, 12:00 noon
Join us on the patio in front of the library for a walk through Watertown together! All ages and ability levels welcome!

Watertown Jogs: Thursdays, June 5, 12, and 19, 5:00 p.m.
A personal trainer from Fitness Together will lead us in an easy jog. Meet on the patio in front of the library. All ages and ability levels welcome!

Looking for more info? As above, check out our 5K website. Or visit our Facebook Page! And of course, you can stop in at the library or call us at 617-972-6435 to talk with us about it.

We can't wait to run or walk with you!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Not one but TWO sculpture programs this week!

Children in grades 1-5 have TWO opportunities to try their hands and creating sculptures this week!

Wednesday, May 21 is a half day for Watertown Public Schools, and at 2:00 p.m., educators from the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Boston will be here!  They'll teach kids a little about sculpture and the awesome stuff going on at the ICA, followed by hands-on fun making their own sculptures!

Then on Saturday, May 24 at 10:15 a.m., learn about another kind of sculpture.  Kids will have an adventure with plaster!

Both of these programs require registration but, don't worry, there are still spots left! So stop in or call 617-972-6435 to register!