The weather is cooling down - hooray! Don't forget the library is always here with books and movies to cozy up with, along with lots of items in our Library of Things to keep you busy this fall! If you haven't stopped in to see the new construction portion of our building, please do! We're enjoying this space and looking forward to construction on the existing building wrapping up this winter.
Don't forget! The Garden Tales Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm through October 21! Sponsored by Friends of the Watertown Public Library, this is a great way for you to do a little shopping and support local farmers, bakers and craftsmen. The market is held in the First Street parking lot near the fire station. If you have any questions please contact Erin O'Neill at (920) 261-0601.
Wednesday, October 20
Wicked Halloween House Tour begins: Do you love to decorate outside for Halloween? Would you like to participate in fundraising for your community? Sign up to get on the Wicked Halloween House Tour map! Sign up fee for decorated houses is only $20 and every penny goes to Friends Of The Library. Get your house on the map and we'll share on October 20th for a driving tour. There will be a prize drawing for participating houses and businesses.
Thursday, October 28-Sunday, October 31
Enchanted Storybook Trail: Head to the Storybook Trail at Brandt Quirk Park for a special Enchanted Storybook Trail event! Starting Wednesday, October 27th through Sunday, October 31st, 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 Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" while doing the actions along the way on the Enchanted Storybook Trail!
Friday, October 29
6:00 pm – Teen Pumpkin Carving: 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.
Saturday, October 30
Pumpkinpalooz Kids Take & Make kits (while supplies last): Stop at the library for Pumpkin Palooza Take & Make Craft Kits on Saturday, October 30th beginning at 9am to bring home some Halloween Craft fun! **Kits available while supplies last. **
10:00 am-3:00 pm – Friends of the Library Bread Sale: Support the Friends and get some tasty bread at the Friends first bread sale!
11:00 am – Spooky Storytime: We are excited to have the author and illustrator of the new book, "The Twelve Days of Halloween", join us here at the Watertown Public Library for a "Spooky Storytime" event! Author Leann Schwandt Lehner will read her book outside on the library lawn at 11am and then illustrator Alais Fortier-Meyer and Leann will venture inside for a book signing and Meet & Greet in the Children's Area. They will have copies of their book for sale. ** Note: Masks are required for all patrons age 5 and up for the indoor portion of the program. Masks for children and adults are available in the library. **
6:00 pm – Pumpkin Lighting: A Watertown Public Library tradition! Pumpkins will light up our library steps - perfect for a photo op or stop on your evening walk through downtown!
All Ages Programs
Our Grab Bag program is back! If you are short on time to browse the shelves, or just want to see what we recommend for you, fill out a Grab Bag request form on our website! We will select materials for you based on the preferences you indicate and contact you when it is ready. Visit: https://www.watertownpubliclibrary.org/grab-bags/ for more details.
Fall Book Reading Challenge
October 1-November 30
Cozy up with a good book (or ten!) this fall during our first Fall Book Reading Challenge! Readers of all ages can stop by the library for a challenge sheet and spend October and November working toward a goal of reading ten books that fit into specific categories. Those who complete the challenge will be entered to win a fall reading basket!
Reading with Rover Thursday, October 7 & 21, 6:30 pm Children's Area Reading with Rover is back! Join us not once, but twice a month to read with specially trained therapy dogs in the Children's area of the library! Furry friends will be here the first and third Thursday of every month from 6:30pm-7:30pm. Just drop in, find a good book, and snuggle up with a puppy to read. All ages welcome.
Halloween Hunt Halloween is almost here and lots of Halloween creatures and items are hiding in the library! Stop by the children's desk anytime between October 4th and October 31st to get started on the Halloween Hunt! Participants who successfully find all the hidden creatures and items will be awarded a prize. Good luck!
Family Building Battle
Who's ready for a family LEGO challenge? Family Building Battles will have a new theme each month and are a chance to work as a family to build with LEGOs and create a winning build in just one hour. Pick a time that works for your family to spend one hour making your best creation based on the monthly theme during the Build Window. Then email a picture of your family's creation firstname.lastname@example.org the cutoff date. Then voting begins! Have friends and family vote on our website for your family creation during the Voting Window. The family that gets the most votes will win a large LEGO set and a Build It! LEGO book to enjoy! Good luck!
October Theme: Build a Haunted or Spooky Scene
October Build Window: October 1 - October 15
October Voting Window: October 20 - October 26
Little University Storytime...Outside! Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays through October 29, 10:00 am Library Lawn Join Miss Tina for Little University Storytime...Outside! We will have storytime on the Library Lawn on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10am from September 14th through October 29th. It will be the same storytime each day of the week, so come for whichever date and time you are able and bring a blanket along to get cozy! We will meet as long as Mother Nature allows and cancellations due to weather will be posted on our library Facebook page.
Teen Subscription Boxes Pickup starts October 1
It’s time for a new round of Teen Subscription Boxes! This month, we’re celebrating by filling all 12 of our available Boxes with books and extra goodies in two unique themes: “Ice Cream” (for those who love tales that feel like a treat) and “I Scream” (for those who'd like to celebrate Halloween with a good fright). Registration will NOT be required, and Boxes will be available all month while supplies last. To get one, you must be aged 11-18. Simply come to the library and ask to check one out! (You’ll get to keep everything except the books and the container).
We're starting a Teen Library Council (TLC)! Not only will members of the TLC help library staff plan fun events; they'll also help staff choose which books get added to the YA collection and have a say in how the library can better serve them (and their peers) going forward. (Not to mention, they'll also have something really cool to put on college and job applications). If you're interested in learning more, join us on Thursday October 14th at 6PM for free drinks and snacks on the library patio!
Library Leaves: A Fall Black-Out Poetry Contest
Adults are invited to come to the library starting October 11th to pick up your take-home Black-Out Poetry packet while supplies last.
Each packet will include book pages to create your own Black-Out Poetry as well as one contest sheet.
If you wish to participate in our Black-Out Poetry contest you must bring back your completed contest sheet no later than Oct 31st.
Contest entries will be displayed in the library and can be voted on from November 3rd to November 23rd.
The winner will be announced on November 29th and will receive an inkwell pen set and notebook.
Bookies Wednesday, October 27, 6:00 pm Library Patio Bookies is back in person! We will meet on the library patio to discuss Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyassi.
Gale Courses are 6 week, instructor-led online courses on a variety of topics! Courses range in topics from technology to writing to design to healthcare to personal development. These are a great way to pursue your interests and enrich your life! Get started with your library card!
Attention Parents of Babies!
Baby & Me (The Incredible Years) Course offered for FREE in Watertown
Tuesday Evenings, October 12th - November 23rd
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Dinner at 5:00 p.m.)
Dinner & child care for baby’s sibling provided free of charge
Location: Watertown Family Connections, 415 S. 8th Street Watertown
The Incredible Years Baby course is for parents of babies age Birth - 1 year old. The course teaches parents how to:
Help babies feel loved, safe and secure
Provide a safe environment
Encourage baby’s physical and language development
Understand the importance of parental communication for baby’s brain development
Understand development and milestones of the first year
Develop hands-on learning approaches with baby
Gain parental confidence and support
Please register by calling Watertown Family Connections at 920-261-2450. Registration is required and the class size is limited. Call today!
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