Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What is HATCH?

Here at the Watertown Free Public Library, we've got big news! We are very close to opening HATCH,  Watertown's very first Makerspace! It'll be a space in the Arsenal Project (formerly the Arsenal Mall) where residents of Watertown can utilize all sorts of free tools for countless creative endeavors, including 3D printing, electronics, and art.

But what, you ask, does this mean for children?

Introducing HATCH: CR Edition (short for Children's Room Edition)!  On a couple of Thursday afternoons this month, we'll provide a space for kids to explore a variety of tools and materials in an independent manner. This program will remind many of you of our Science Is Everywhere program, and it's definitely helping kids develop their STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math). The big difference is that each project will be much more self-guided, and kids will decide for themselves how they'd like to utilize the materials we provide.

This month's HATCH: CR Edition programs will be for children in grades 2-5, and you won't need to register.  Join us on:

Want to find out more about HATCH in general, and the awesome makerspace we're creating at the Arsenal Project? Stop in and ask or check out our website to learn about what tools will be available, as well as opportunities to teach or volunteer!

We hope to see you tomorrow and on September 18!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Awesome Job Summer Readers!

On Wednesday, August 20, we held our Summer Reading Wrap-Up Party! We started the afternoon with an awesome hula hoop performance with Boston Hoop Troop. Then we had a party, complete with cake, taking home reading logs, banner-making, and prizes.

Also that afternoon, we found out the total number of hours that we all read together this summer.

Congratulations! We did it! We read a total of 3,378 hours, putting us well above our 3,000 hour goal!  And you know what that means...

We were able to donate a goat to Heifer International! Throughout the course of the summer, you read enough to donate a flock of geese, honeybees, rabbits and, of course, a goat! You made a big difference in the world and helped families all over the globe.

So Summer Reading is finished for now, but you can definitely keep reading! We'll keep the Summer Reading books available until school starts, so you've still got time to check out some of the great books on the grade-level lists. And if you haven't taken it home yet, you can stop in anytime during our open hours to pick up your reading log. If you bring it to school with you at one of the Watertown elementary schools, you'll get to participate in a special event for summer readers.

Congratulations to all of you Summer Readers!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Last 3 Days of Summer Reading!

We are so close!

There are only three days left to log your hours for Summer Reading! So far we've read a little over 2700 hours, which means we're super close to our goal of 3000 hours. If we can read and record just a few hundred more hours, then we'll be able to donate a goat to Heifer International, which will help families in need by providing milk and fertilizer. So stop in anytime we're open in the next few days and stamp your log so your reading counts!

In addition to your reading logs, you won't want to miss the fun programs we've got planned to wrap up this year's summer.


9:30 and 11:00 a.m. - Nursery Rhyme Time. Nursery rhymes, stories, songs, and fingerplays for newborns through pre-walkers.

10:15 a.m. - Family Concert with Ben Rudnick and Friends! Ben is an award-winning and acclaimed bilingual musician whose jazzy tempos will get the whole family dancing! For ages 5 and under.

3:30 p.m. - Fizz, Boom, Books! Kids entering grades K-3 in the fall will share science-y books and do an experiment with paper planes.


2:15 p.m. - Boston Hoop Troop and Wrap-Up Party!
THIS is the big event you've all been waiting for! We'll have an amazing hula hoop demonstration with Boston Hoop Troop, then we'll find out how many total hours we've read so far. Do you think we'll read enough to donate a goat? Come on Wednesday to find out! If we make it to our goal, we'll celebrate with some delicious cake.

You won't want to miss it!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

2000 Hours Means: Bunnies!!

Congratulations Watertown readers, you've been reading so much this summer that we've surpassed our third goal!  You've read over 2000 hours - 2,136 to be exact - and you know what that means.  We get to donate rabbits to Heifer International!

In addition to being adorable and sweet, rabbits can be incredibly helpful to families around the world.  It's possible to collect rabbit fur, kind of like collecting sheep fur, and weave it together to make fabric.  Bunny poo is also wonderful fertilizer for crops on a farm.  Plus, rabbits reproduce really quickly, so families who receive rabbits can share their rabbits' offspring with friends, family, and neighbors.  This is a gift that can help an entire community!

Amazing work you guys, and keep reading!  There's only about two weeks left of Summer Reading, and we've still got about 1000 hours to go to be able to donate a goat.  So read, and come in to log those hours.

Haven't signed up yet?  Don't worry, there's still plenty of time to make your reading count.  Just come on in during our open hours and sign up for your own reading log.

Plus, don't forget, on Wednesday, August 20, we'll have our great big Wrap-Up Party at 2:15pm!  We'll kick-off the celebration with an amazing performance by Boston Hoop Troop, a talented hula hoop group.  Then we'll find out if we read enough to donate a goat, and we'll celebrate with some delicious cake.  See you there!

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!