The library has a month packed with programs for all ages! Read through the information below to see what appeals to you!
The Garden Tales Farmer's Market runs each Thursday through October 20 from 3:00-6:00 pm. Come to the N. 1st St. parking lot near the fire station and support area farmers by buying local!
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Little University Storytime Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 am Join Miss Tina for Little University Storytime every Tuesday and Thursday for great books, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, music & movement! Storytime is the same theme each week so come whichever day works best for your schedule.
Library Kids Club Tuesdays, 3:30 pm Calling all Kindergarten through 5th graders!! Join us in the Programming Room in the TalkReadPlay Center every Tuesday at 3:30pm for some fun at the Library Kids Club! Each week we will play games, read books, make some crafts or do a STEAM challenge with our friends. No registration needed, just come by each week for some fun at the library geared just for our elementary age friends!
Baby Bounce Thursdays, 9:00 am Join Miss Tina every week week for songs, rhymes, fingerplays, books, bubbles, free play and more! Programs are geared towards children ages 0-2 and older siblings are always welcome!
Reading with Rover Thursdays, October 6 & 20, 6:30 pm Children can improve their reading skills and make a new, furry, four-legged friend by reading aloud to a licensed therapy dogs! No registration needed, just drop in for some one-on-one time with a canine friend.
Read, Rhyme, Rhythm Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am Miss Beth will be sharing her dance, literacy and movement talents with preschoolers and families again this fall! Join in a Read, Rhyme, Rhythm class for some preschool fun in the library Programming Room in the TalkReadPlay Center. Appropriate for ages 3-5.
Homeschool Wednesdays Wednesday, October 19, 1:30 pm We are excited to again offer a fun and educational program just for our Homeschool families! Registration is required for the program and these programs are geared toward families homeschooling in the preschool and elementary school ages. This month's theme is: Fire Safety with the Watertown Fire Department (in the Community Room).
Halloween Hunt October 24-31
See if you can solve this spooky scavenger hunt from October 24th-31st! Hunters who are successful will earn a prize. One prize per child please. Happy Halloween Hunting!
Enchanted Storybook Trail October 28 & 29
Head to the Storybook Trail at Brandt Quirk Park for a one night special Enchanted Storybook Trail event! Friday, October 28th at dusk the Storybook Trail will be lined with paper lanterns so you can enjoy the trail after dark. You can also stop by the library and check out a flashlight to bring with you on the trail or bring your own. Have fun reading "The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt" by Riel Nason on the Enchanted Storybook Trail! And don't forget to email the answer to the question at the end of the story for your chance to win one of two copies of the book!
Spooky Storytime Saturday, October 29, 11:00 am Join Miss Tina for some spooky stories and terrifying tunes in the Library Community Room to celebrate Pumpkin Palooza! Spooky Storytime is appropriate for ages 2 and up. Costumes are welcome!
Pizza, Popcorn, and Poltergeist Tuesday, October 4, 6:00 pm Community Room Teens and adults! Kick off the Halloween season with us on October 4th at 6:00 pm as we watch the 1982 horror classic, Poltergeist. Ages 13+Run time: 1 hour, 54 minutes
Teen Book Club Thursday, October 6, 5:30 pm Bring whatever you've been reading to the Teen Space to discuss; we'll bring food! You might wonder: what counts? Novels? YES! Graphics? YES! Manga? YES! (See a trend?). If you haven't been to a Book Club before, newcomers are always welcome!
Teen Library Council Friday, October 7, 5:00 pm The Teen Library Council (TLC) is set to meet on Friday, October 7th @ 5PM in the Teen Space! If you haven't come to a meeting before, it's always a good time to start. The TLC helps library staff plan fun events and choose which books get added to the YA collection. They also have a say in how the library can better serve them (and their peers) going forward. (Not to mention, they also have something really cool to put on college and job applications). Missed previous meetings? Don't know any other members? Not a problem! If you're interested in learning more (or just hanging out), join us! On the agenda this month? Among the usual things, continuing to plan a Halloween-themed escape room at the library.
Beginner Cosplay & Costuming Saturday, October 8, 10:00 am Ever wanted to dress up as one of your favorite characters? Wondering what cosplay is all about but don't know where to begin? Wanna level up your Halloween game? Join us for Beginner Cosplay & Costuming to get you started on your journey~ ***Registration required
Teen Homeschool Wednesdays (Special Date) Wednesday, October 12, 1:30 pm We are excited to again offer a fun and educational program just for the teens of our Homeschool families! Registration is required for the program and these programs are geared toward families homeschooling in the "tween" and teen school ages (Grades 6-12).
**October 12 (Special Event): Build A Clay Monster
****October 19: All-Ages Fire Safety Event in the Community Room
**November 16: Strawberry Turkeys
**December 14: Winter Trivia
Teen Drop-In Fridays, October 14 & 28, 3:30 pm Teens and "tweens" (ages 11-18) are invited to drop into the library for a new activity every other Friday! Look for something new each and every time -- Color-In Baubles (10/14), Book Bats (10/28), and more! Supplies for each activity will be made available between 3:30-5:30pm, or until we run out ( . . . so hurry in lest we do!).
RPG Leadership: A Discussion Panel Saturday, October 15, 11:00 am Conference Room Calling all RPG enthusiasts! We've gathered local GMs ("game masters"), DMs ("dungeon masters"), and other tabletop game leaders to join us in the library's Conference Room on Saturday, October 15th for a paneled discussion about the mechanics of running a "Role-Playing Game" -- that is, a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting.Whether you've led an RPG or simply had the opportunity to play one, you know what a difference having one leader over another can make. But what style of a leader is the best match for certain players? And what leadership style might you like to try? By engaging different types of leaders in conversation, we hope to showcase the uniqueness of every game and every player! No registration required for this event, and all ages will be welcome to attend.
Teen Lego Club (Ages 11-18) Monday, October 17, 4:30 pm Calling all expert Lego builders between the ages of 11 and 18! The library is forming a new club just for you! Join us each month as we get together to build and show off. Bring your own sets or help us put together one of ours! At our first meeting, the library will be making a variety of "Superhero" sets available for building! In November, we'll be diving into a Harry Potter set. Minecraft will be the focus in November; and in December, we'll be hosting a "Builder Showcase."Please note that registration isn't required, but you must be a teen or "tween" (grades 6-12) to participate. (Younger kids are encouraged to check out Club Lego, a similar event tailored to their age).
Board Game Club Sunday, October 23, 1:00 pm Like board games? Join the library's new club for teens and "tweens!" Drop by the library's Teen Space the afternoon of September 25th -- you'll not only get the chance to play a variety of classic board games, but also get an introduction to our picks for new "featured games," some of which you might not have heard of (or might not have gotten around to learning). At our meeting, we'll be going over how to play Villainous.
Battle of the Teen Flicks (COSTUME PARTY) **(Registration Required)** Thursday, October 27, 6:00 pm Each month, teens and "tweens" are invited to register for "Battle of the Teen Flicks!" We'll hang out in the library's Teen Space, using the screen in the Teen Space to watch one movie while using the screen in the Gaming Lounge to watch another. (In October, the dueling films will be a Silly Scary movie and a Seriously Scary movie; we'll vote on exact titles prior to watching). During the movies, staff will provide activities that match the two movies' themes. This months' Teen Flicks doubles as a COSTUME PARTY! Please, come dressed in your best, and we'll be awarding prize baskets to the top contenders!
Teen Pumpkin Palooza Friday, October 28, 6:00 pm Teens and tweens (age 12-18) are invited to carve pumpkins to display on the library stairs. The library will provide the pumpkins -- all you'll need to bring is your creativity! Registration for this event is not required, but strongly recommended.
Hallows Eve (Teen Escape Room Event) October 29-31, times vary (see below) Tweens, teens, and adults are invited to register (starting October 1st) for an appointment to play "Hallows Eve," an escape room event put on by our Teen Library Council! With a theme that mixes Halloween and the Roaring 20s, it's bound to be a fun -- and perhaps even a little frightful -- time! The following event times are up for grabs:
Event #1: Sat, 10/29 @ 10AM (6 spots)
Event #2: Sat, 10/29 @ 11AM (6 spots)
Event #3: Sat, 10/29 @ 12PM (6 spots)
Event #4: Sun, 10/30 @ 1PM (6 spots)
Event #5: Sun, 10/30 @ 2PM (6 spots)
Event #6: Sun, 10/30 @ 3PM (6 spots)
Event #7: Mon, 10/31 @ 4PM (6 spots)
Event #8: Mon, 10/31 @ 5PM (6 spots)
Event #9: Mon, 10/31 @ 6PM (6 spots)
Event #10: Mon, 10/31 @ 7PM (6 spots)
Given the difficulty level of the escape room and some of the subject matter, all participants must be aged 11+, no exceptions. Each event will last one hour. Only one reservation can be made per person and/or group. Please note that, although adults are allowed to register, if there is a waiting list, those aged between 11 and 17 may take priority. Costumes aren't required, but are VERY MUCH encouraged!
Adult Fall Coloring Contest October 1-14
Yes, you heard right! The library is having another adult coloring contest! A coloring contest for everyone ages 18 and up!
Come to the library starting October 1st to pick up one of 3 coloring sheets. Return your completed masterpiece by October 14th with the contest form filled out to be included in our contest!
Don't have any coloring supplies? No worries, we have colored pencils and markers in our Makerspace for you to use!
Contest entries can be voted on starting October 17th with prizes for the top three!
Winners will be announced before the end of October.
Hooks & Needles Mondays, 6:00 pm Conference Room Every Monday knitters and crocheters of all skill levels are invited to work on current projects in a friendly atmosphere. Instruction will be provided if this is a new skill for you! Just bring your hooks or needles - yarn will be provided!
Author Visit: Carrie Voigt Schonhoff Thursday, October 6, 6:00 pm Community Room Join us in the Community Room for a reading by Carrie Voigt Schonhoff, poet and author of The Liminal Space and The End of the Beginning. Carrie's work will resonate deeply with readers from the Midwest and pull at the heartstrings of those that continue to face challenges but never stop dreaming. Her book of poems addresses the importance of healing, moving on, and being ready to face a new beginning. Refreshments will be provided.
After Hours Spooky Movie Night & Costume Party Friday, October 7, 6:00 pm Community Room Join us in the library's Community Room on October 7th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for an after hours spooky movie night and costume party!There will be a costume contest, snacks and we will begin the movie at around 6:20 PM.Our evenings spooky movie will be The Ghost and Mr. Chicken starring Don Knotts and has a runtime of 1hr 30min.Come to the lower Main Street doors if you arrive after 6:00PM when the library closes. However we will not be checking the doors for latecomers once the film starts at 6:20 PM. Registration is required for this event! There are 35 spots available. This event is intended for ages 18 and up.
We're teaming up with the Watertown Senior Center for a book club! Join the Bookworms Book Club the second Monday of each month at the Senior Center (514 S. 1st St.) at 1:00 pm. In October we will be discussing Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of the American Family by Robert Kolker.
Spooky Garland Craft Night Monday, October 10, 5:00 pm Meet in the Makerspace at 5:00 PM on Monday, October 10th to make a spooky season decoration garland out of yarn! We will learn how to make ghosts, pumpkins and spiders out of yarn. All materials will be provided but exact colors pictured in example photos may not be available. If you want to choose your own colors you are more than welcome to bring your own yarn! You must register for this event. There will be 10 spots. This program is for ages 18 and up.
Cinema Club Monday, October 10, 6:00 pm October's Cinema Club movie is Dolls (1987). Join us October 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Community Room. Run time: 1 hour, 17 minutes. Our theme for homework this month is "Same Decade," so any movie from the 1980s is fair game, but feel free to pick another Halloween or horror themed movie. All are welcome to stick around for a brief discussion time after the film.
Writer's Workshop Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 pm Conference Room Writers Workshop will meet once a month for all ages wanting to improve writing and share their writing pieces. There will be a mix of short lessons, practice writings, and small group work, as well as sharing and critiquing individual pieces. In past years, we have put together a class book of our writing and sponsored a contest. This program is led by local author and retired English teacher, Fran Milburn.
Movie Matinee for Adults: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Friday, October 14, 11:00 am Community Room Calling all adults! Celebrate the WI Science Festival at the library! Come for a free showing of the movie "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" in our Community Room, and enjoy free popcorn! Drinks will not be provided. The movie is rated TV-MA and has a running time of 93 minutes.
Beyond Bird Feeders: How to be a Bird-Friendly Gardener All Year Long Saturday, October 15, 11:00 am Community Room Join Julie Hill, Horticulture Outreach Specialist from UW-Madison Division of Extension Jefferson County to learn how you can create a bird-friendly yard. There are many benefits to both wildlife and people when you prioritize the needs of birds where you garden. We will talk about gardening practices you can do throughout the year to encourage bird visitors, plus bird feeders, water, and how to improve shelter and nesting sites.
Memory Cafe: Halloween! Tuesday, October 18, 1:00 pm Community Room Join us for a Halloween celebration! We will play games, paint pumpkins and enjoy some yummy treats! Register online or by calling (920) 545-2331.*Memory Cafés are informal social gatherings for those who have early-stage Alzheimer's disease, or memory loss, and their care partner.
Wisconsin LGBTQ+ History (on Zoom) Tuesday, October 18, 1:00 pm (on Zoom)
Log on from the comfort of your own home to hear a presentation by OutReach about the LGBTQ+ history in our state! Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link by email. Call (920) 545-2331 to register or go to the library's website.
Paper Arts Club Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 pm If you are someone who enjoys scrapbooking, cardmaking, using the Cricut or anything else "paper arts" related, then our new Paper Arts Club is for you! This group will meet the third Tuesday of each month in our Makerspace. Bring a project to work on or get a new idea for someone else!
Bookies Book Club Wednesday, October 26, 6:00 pm Conference Room The Bookies Book Club meets the last Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. All adults are welcome to join! In the second half of 2022 we will be reading:
Free books mailed monthly to children from Birth to Age 5!
To celebrate the opening of the TalkReadPlay Center at the Watertown Public Library, we are excited to announce a partnership with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library! This program promotes early childhood literacy and fosters parent/caregiver-child interaction, which helps children learn the skills they will need for kindergarten, including larger vocabularies and healthy social and emotional development.
The Imagination Library provides a specially-selected, high-quality book each month to participating children from Birth to Age 5. Books are selected based on the child’s age and mailed directly to their home each month to create a gifting experience that makes books exciting and encourages families to spend time reading together. Two of the high-quality books featured each year are written in Spanish.
Coordinated and funded by the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, the program is available to children who reside in the following school district areas: