Wednesday, December 26, 2012

LEGO Simple Machines Registration Begins Today!

Lots of kids love playing with Legos.  But did you know that Legos can be amazingly educational, as well as fun?

In two weeks we'll begin our first ever series of Lego education programs.  Kids will have the opportunity to learn about important scientific concepts using a fun tool they may already be familiar with.  Our first six-week session will be focused on simple machines.  Kids in grades 1 and 2 will learn about levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, and more!

Registration begins today for Lego Simple Machines!  You can stop in or call 617-972-6435 to register.  Please commit to attending a majority of sessions, as children will build on skills they're learning as the sessions go on.

And keep an eye out because, beginning in February, we'll start another Lego series for older kids (grades 3 to 5) which will focus on robotics!

This is part of our Science is Everywhere grant, which is administered by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Library Services and Technology Act, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Holiday Hours


On Monday, December 24 the library is open from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
We will be closed on Tuesday, December 25.

BUT during the rest of the week we've got lots of fun programs for kids to do during their time off of school. Check our online calendar to find out more!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Children's Book Awards - We Want YOUR Votes!

It's that time again: Time for the Watertown Free Public Library Children's Book Award!  And we want YOUR opinion!  What was your favorite children's book that was published this year?

This is the second year for the WFPL Children's Book Award, and we want to make sure everyone gets to give their input!  Think about the books you've read this year:  Any standouts?  Any that you just had to read over and over and over?  Any that left you completely moved?  Let us know what they were?

Voting starts Wednesday (December 5) at our Children's Book Award Preview program!  Come by at 3:30pm to find out about some of the contenders.  (For kids in grades K-5 - no need to register.)  We'll talk about what YOU think makes a good book, we'll show you some of our favorites, and we'll give you a chance to tell us all about your favorites!  Then, throughout the winter season, we'll take your votes!

Maybe you'll find out about some newly published hits that will become your new favorites!  You won't want to miss it!