We will be celebrating National Library Week all month long here at the library! Keep an eye out for special activities and events such as a book-themed puzzle at our community puzzle table, a Love Your Library photo contest and a downtown Poetry Walk!
Don't forget we are now fine free! We have not charged fines for children's or teen material for several years and are happy to extend that privilege to all items.
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All Ages Programs
Love Your Library Photo Contest Entries accepted April 1-30
To celebrate National Library Week, we want to see photos of what YOU love about your new library! Do you have a favorite cozy spot? A favorite new chair? A favorite light fixture? We want to see it! Submit your entry (one per person, please) to email@example.com. The photos will be posted on our website in May and the person who gets the most votes will win an Instax Mini Camera!
Poetry Walk April 11-30
In celebration of National Poetry Month the library is teaming up with Main St. businesses to create a Poetry Walk! Start at the Reference Desk on the second floor of the library and receive a Poetry Walk Guide that will direct you up and down Main St. reading poems along the way!
Writers Workshop Tuesday, April 12, 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.
Spring Break Scavenger Hunt Through April 3
Stop in to the TalkReadPlay Center during Spring Break week to try your hand at our Spring Break Scavenger Hunt! When you come in, head to the Children's Desk to get started. Friends who complete the hunt will earn a prize! One prize per person please.
Spring Break Family Movie: SING 2 Friday, April 1, 1:00 pm Community Room Join us in the library Community Room for a brand new family movie... SING 2!! (PG 112 min) Bring blankets, pillows, drinks, and other snacks (if you want!) and we will provide freshly popped popcorn! Come enjoy this new release at the library to round out your Spring Break week.
Library Kids Club Tuesdays starting April 12 @ 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!
Little University Storytime Tuesdays and 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.
Baby Bounce Thursdays @ 9:00 am
Baby Bounce is back! Join Miss Tina every 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 April 7 & 21 @ 6:30 pm
Visit the TalkReadPlay Center to read with specially trained therapy dogs every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month! Stop in, pick a few books, and curl up with a furry friend to read.
Club LEGO Monday, April 11 & 25, 3:30 pm Every other week this spring, join Children's Room staff for some LEGO Building Challenges! Each week we will share a LEGO Building Challenge and then kids will have time to build and create with their friends.
Homeschool Wednesdays Wednesday, April 20, 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.
Spring Break Manga / Book Swap Friday, April 1, 2:00 pm Dust off your old manga and trade for something different. Bring any of your other gently-used YA books, too! Exchange rate: 1 for 1 -- or donate a part of your collection to the library! Manga swapping will be subject to availability. (Please note: Manga will not be available to purchase. Trades only!).
Mondays, 3:30-5:30 pm
Teen CASH (or "Casual After School Hang") is an event series for teens and “tweens” that’s set to take place every Monday in the library’s new Teen Space!
Every week starting, drop in between 3:30-5:30pm to participate in a fun activity or try your hand at a new kind of craft — there’ll be something new every week! Here's what we have in the works:
4/4 - Paint Along
4/11 - Chair Trivia
4/18 - Poetry Art
4/25 - STEM Challenge
5/2 - Flower Beading
Registration isn’t required to participate, but you must be aged 11-18 (grades 6-12).
"Help a Character Out!" Scavenger Hunt (Ages 11+) April 4-10
TEEN LIBRARY COUNCIL PRESENTS . . . "Help A Character Out!" Scavenger Hunt for teens and tweens!
In celebration of National Library Week, visit the Teen Space between April 4th and 10th to go on a scavenger hunt for popular characters from YA books. Once you find the characters, you'll read through their issues and help them find solutions using library services and collect a prize!
Teen Homework Help Wednesdays (except April 20), from 2:30-6:30 pm Looking for a quiet after school hangout to finish up homework and get new book suggestions? Between 2:30-6:30 every Wednesday (except April 20), teens and "tweens" are welcome in the Teen Space for help with research, conversation, reading recommendations, and even healthy after school snacks. No registration is required.
Teen Library Council Thursday, April 14, 5:30 pm The Teen Library Council (TLC) is set to meet on Thursday, April 14th at 5:30pm in the library's *NEW*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? Nailing down the council structure and brainstorming summer programming ideas.
Teen Homeschool Wednesdays Wednesday, April 20, 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 middle and high school ages. Monthly themes will be listed as available. April 20: Seed Bombs; May 18: Cookie Art
Teen Pick-Me-Up Earth Day Cookies April 22-29 (while supplies last)
If you're between the ages of 11-18, come to the library on Earth Day (4/22) to celebrate the planet by taking home a kit to make Earth cookies! (PLEASE NOTE: take-home kits will be available for pickup in the Teen Space, and they'll remain available only while supplies last).
Hooks & Needles Every Monday @ 6:00 pm 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!
We're teaming up with the Watertown Senior Center to bring a new book club to town! Join the Bookworms Book Club the second Monday of each month at the Senior Center (514 S. 1st St.) at 1:00 pm. Coffee will be available. In April we will be discussing Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.
Memory Cafe - Baseball! Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 pm Community Room Join the Running Waters Library Memory Project at the Watertown Public Library for a day all about America's favorite pastime - Baseball!! Snacks, games, comedy and conversation will be provided! Memory Cafés are informal social gatherings for those who have early-stage Alzheimer's disease, or memory loss, and their care partner. Please call 920-545-2331 to register.Parking options:Park on Main Street (street parking, but closer to Cafe location)Park in parking lot (parking convenience, but farther to walk once you're inside)
Headshot Mini Sessions Thursday, April 21, 9:30 am If you need a professional headshot for your resume, business website, portfolio, etc. the library can help! We are scheduling 15 minute appointments with a local photographer capable of getting you that perfect shot! Each person will be emailed 2 headshots within 1 week of the mini session. Call us at (920) 545-2331 to secure your spot today.
Tackle Technology (at the Senior Center!) Monday, April 25, 10:00 am Senior Center We will be at the Senior Center ready to answer your tablet and smartphone questions! Bring your devices with you and we will try to help you understand them better! Registration is required. Call (920) 545-2331.
Bookies Book Club Wednesday, April 27, 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 March we will be discussing "Nothing to See Here" by Kevin Wilson.
Recycling 101: Basics for Being a Better Recycler Thursday, April 28, 6:00 pm Community Room Ever wonder what happens to all your recycling after it's picked up? Looking for clarification on what is or isn't recyclable? Join us for a presentation from Jefferson County's Solid Waste Program and learn tips on how to be a better recycler.
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: