As we head into fall we will continue to come up with creative and innovative ways to provide programming during our construction project. We hope the weather will cooperate and we will be able to hold events on our patio, but please keep an eye on our Facebook page for our other plans!
The library will be closed on Monday, September 6 for Labor Day.
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.
Help us celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month all September long! We have a few promotions going on that will be fun for everyone!
Raffles for new card sign-ups: If you know someone who's been delaying getting their first library card, encourage them to do it during September! Everyone who signs up for a card this month will have a chance to win a bluetooth speaker or two admission tickets and one train/carousel ticket at the Milwaukee County Zoo! Existing cardholders who check out 10 items in one visit will be entered into the drawing also.
Local celebrities love the library!: Watch our Facebook page for posts about local celebrities who love the library!
Help us build our puzzle!: We made a custom puzzle and we need your help putting it together! Every time someone signs up for a new library card we will add a piece to our puzzle. Stop by throughout the month to check out our progress!
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.
Reading with Rover Thursday, September 2 & 16, 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.
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 to email@example.com before 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!
September Theme: Build a scene from a favorite book
September Build Window: September 1 - September 15
September Voting Window: September 20 - September 26
Squirrel's Big Acorn Hunt
September 7-October 3 Oh no! Squirrel needs your help! He has hidden his acorns in the library and now he can't find them! Stop in the library anytime between September 7th and October 3rd and visit the Children's Desk for information to help squirrel hunt for his acorns. All participants who successfully find Squirrel's acorns will be awarded a prize. Good luck!
Miss Tina Goes to the Market...the Garden Tales Farmer's Market! Thursday, September 9, 4:00 pm 1st St. Parking Lot near Fire Station Miss Tina is heading to the Garden Tales Farmer's Market (on N. 1st St parking area) on Thursday, September 9th at 4pm for a special visit! We'll be reading a book, sampling some fresh fruits and vegetables, and there will be some free books to give away! All ages are welcome.
Little University Storytime...Outside! Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays September 14, 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 September 1
It's time for a new round of TeenSubscriptionBoxes! This month, we're celebrating by filling all 12 of our availableBoxeswith books and extra goodies in two unique themes: "Plugged-In" (for the tech lovers) and "Unplugged" (for those who'd rather leave most tech behind). Registration will NOT be required, and Boxes will be available 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).
Teen Library Council Mixer Wednesday, September 15, 3:00 pm Library Patio 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 9/15 at 3PM for free drinks and snacks on the library patio!
Winner Reveal: Teen Chopped Challenge! Thursday, September 16 Interested in knowing who won the Teen Chopped Challenge? For now, our judges are busy casting their votes! All will be revealed via posts to our social media pages at noon on September 16th!
Bookies Wednesday, September 29, 6:00 pm Library Patio Bookies is back in person! We will meet on the library patio to discuss Send for Me by Lauren Fox.
The Buddy Reading Program is designed for adult readers who are looking for a customized, self-directed book club experience. The program provides an opportunity to read and discuss a book with someone who has both similar reading preferences and time available to devote to discussion. The library will match Buddies based on common reading interests and discussion frequency/method preferences. Program schedule and terms, along with the registration questionnaire can be found here.
HelpNow is a homework help tool for students and adults. It offers live online tutoring (every day from 2:00-11:00 pm), a writing lab, test prep, FAFSA assistance, GED test prep and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more! Get started with your library card!
New Offerings from the Positive Parenting Program
“Behavior at School” Virtual Parenting Workshop
It’s back to school time!
Children’s behavior at school has a major impact on their ability to learn and the relationships they develop with others. Join us for a FREE back-to-school virtual (Zoom) parenting workshop to learn:
Common reasons why behavior problems occur at school
How to involve your child in improving his/her behavior at school
Tips for working with your child’s teacher to prmote positive behaviors
TalkReadPlay's Positive Parenting Program offers free seminars, discussion groups, workshops and one-on-one parenting support for parents and caregivers of children ages 0-12 in Dodge and Jefferson counties. The program is designed to help families spend more time learning and growing together, and less time dealing with stress and misbehavior. It offers practical advice, backed by science and the successes seen by thousands of families worldwide.