Summer Library Challenge 2022 is well underway, but you still have time to sign up! Participate through July 31 and get a chance to earn prizes, raffle tickets and free books! You can register at the library or online here. There are two programs available: Read, Create, Engage for kids and teens; Read to Bead for adults. Read on for more information on the programs and for what else we have going on at the library during July!
*Please note the library will be closed on Monday, July 4th for Independence Day*
The TalkReadPlay Center will be closed July 5-11 for installation of the large scale play features. Programming happening during that time period will take place in the Community Room.
Read Create, Engage
Kids (birth through grade 5) and teens (grades 6-8) can read, create, engage with us again this year as part of the Read Beyond the Beaten Path program. For every week you meet the reading and activity goals you earn a Superdraw ticket and an incentive. We are raffling off some awesome prizes this year! After 5 weeks you can also earn a free book!
Read to Bead
Adults (age 18 and up) can work toward self-set reading goals and earn beads as part of our brand new Read to Bead program. You can put your beads on any string or chain you have from home, or work toward making a Reading Pin (out of safety pins provided by the library). A raffle ticket for a prize basket of Main Street goodies is given after three weeks of participation and a free book is earned after 5 weeks of participation!
All Ages Programs
Friday Family Flicks Fridays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29 1:30 pm Community Room Free movies will be shown in the Community Room on Friday afternoons all summer! Popcorn will be provided. Bring your own drinks, extra snacks, blankets or pillows to get cozy as well if you choose.July 1 - Peter Rabbit 2 (PG 93 min); July 8 - Addams Family 2 (PG 93 min); July 15 - The Tom & Jerry Movie (PG 101 min); July 22 - Raya and the Last Dragon (PG 114 min); July 29 - Scoob (PG 93 min)
Family Fun Night - "Stuffie Library Camp Out" Monday, July 11, 5:00 pm Kiddos, drop off your stuffed animal for a Camp Out at the Library! Drop off is Monday, July 11 from 5pm-6:30pm. Pictures will be posted on our library Facebook page of the stuffies having fun at the library to share with your kiddos and we will have printed copies for kids at pickup as well. Stuffies can be picked up Tuesday, July 12 after 3pm. No registration is required. One stuffie per child please.
Family Fun Night - "Who Done It?" Wednesday, July 27, 6:30 pm Join us in the TalkReadPlay Center for a "Who Done It?" Camp Mystery Search! See if your family can figure out who done it!
Reading with Rover Thursdays, July 7 & 21, 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.
Club LEGO Monday, July 18, 3:30 pm Come build with LEGOs at the library! We supply the LEGOs, you supply the creativity! We will have a LEGO Building Challenge for you each week to try. No registration required, just drop in.
Little University Storytime Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00 am Little University Storytimes are geared towards children ages 2-5 (but all ages are welcome!). This program's focus is to incorporate stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, music and movement to promote pre-literacy skills, fine & gross motor skills, and foster a love of reading at an early age. Storytimes are the same theme both Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week so come to whichever works best for your schedule!
Camp Library Wednesdays, starting June 8, 1:30 pm Calling all kids entering Kindergarten through 5th grades!! Camp Library is full of fun for everyone every Wednesday afternoon this summer! Each week is a different game, craft or activity just for our elementary school age friends.June 8: Tie Dyeing! (Please bring 1 item that is 100% cotton to dye!)June 15: Ocean JarsJune 22: Garden CampJune 29: Fishing CampJuly 6: Egg DropJuly 13: Balloon Camp (Be prepared to get wet!)July 20: Camp DinoJuly 27: Science Camp
Baby Bounce Thursdays, 9:00 am Baby Bounce brings caregivers and babies together for 45 minutes of rhymes, songs, books, bubbles and play! Our focus is on pre-literacy skills, socialization, and fine & gross motor skills. Siblings are always welcome!
Mess Hall Mystery Lunch Monday, July 18, 12:30 pm Community Room Join us for a Camp Mess Hall lunch experience! From camp activities to campfires... all things camp will be celebrated during the Mystery Lunch. Registration is required and is limited. Ages 7-11. ** Please only sign up for one of the Mystery Lunches to give as many children as possible the chance to experience the fun.
Read, Rhyme, Rhythm Fridays, July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 10:00 am Get ready to dance with summer sessions of Read, Rhyme, Rhythm storytimes with Beth Mueller, educator and dance instructor! Children will listen to stories and recreate the movements of book characters through movement and dance. Ages 3-5, no registration necessary.
Teen Craft Kits Starting Wednesdays, July 6 & 20
Get ready for a summer filled with fun crafts to try at home! We're making new Teen Craft Kits available for pickup every other Wednesday! Featured crafts will include:
Starting June 22nd: Fairytale Lanterns
Registration won't be required; all Kits will be available while supplies last. To get a Kit, you must be aged 11-18 (grades 6-12).
Teen Time Thursdays, 1:00 pm Teen Time is a ridiculously fun event series that's set to take place every Thursday at 1PM in the Teen Space through July 28th! Every week will feature a new activity, including:
July 7th = Boba Tea Brewing
July 14th = Dunk Tank Trivia
July 21st = Bowling Ball Garden Art (Register)
July 28th = Floral Design with Lisa Belisie from Flora Elements (Register)
Program attendance is restricted to those aged 11-18 (grades 6-12).
Teen Summer Flicks Tuesdays, July 12 & 26, 1:00 pm Every other Tuesday @ 1PM (starting June 14th through July 26th), we'll be showing young adult movies in the Teen Space! For each event, we'll give you a choice between two teen summer flicks, and the assembled "audience" will vote for their pick at showtime. Options will include: Tues, July 12th = Sharknado (TV-14) or Pirates of the Caribbean (PG-13); Tues, July 26th = The Princess Bride (PG) or The Hobbit (PG-13). Registration won't be required. Snacks will be provided! Participants must be aged 11-18 (grades 6-12). Anyone under the content's rating age will be assumed to have parental permission.
Library Lock-In: Mini Golf Friday, July 22, 7:00 pm Teens going into 6th through 12th grades are invited to REGISTER for one or both of our teen-only lock-in events! For each one, we'll have a featured game, plus pizza and more! (Lock-Ins will run at the library on a Friday night after closing, from 7-10PM). To participate, you *MUST* be aged 11-18 (grades 6-12) and provide contact information for a parent or guardian. Registration will begin on June 30th at 12PM. Space is limited!
Teen Book Club Wednesday, July 27, 5:00 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?).
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!
Scrabble Night Thursdays, July 7 & 21, 5:00 pm Join us for a night of Scrabble! Meet upstairs by the Water Street Windows and find an open space by a Scrabble board. Once enough players have arrived the games can begin! There is no registration for this event so if you arrive shortly after 5PM and all player spots have already been filled you can feel free to watch a game and wait for one to end so you can join in or since the average game of scrabble lasts about an hour you can check back around 6PM to see if a game has ended!
Cinema Club Monday, July 11, 6:00 pm Join us July 11th at 6:00 p.m. to watch this month's film.Please stick around afterwards for a discussion time.
Bookworms Book Club Monday, July 11, 1:00 pm 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. In July we will be discussing Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler.
Memory Cafe: Chair Stretch, Balance & Movement Tuesday, July 19, 1:00 pm Community Room Join us in a chair stretch, balance and movement exercise. Participants will be guided through stretches that wake up muscle groups in the body from head to toe, all while seated in a chair! Balance exercises will be taught while using the chair to stabilize and support the body while standing. Class will also include slow flowing movement to music and end with relaxation. There will be time afterward to talk about what we can do to keep active, what activities are our favorites and enjoy a healthy snack! 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.
How to Use Google Photos Wednesday, July 20, 5:00 pm Conference Room Bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop with Google Photos installed. We will talk about how it is a great free back-up source and how to make short movies out of your photos or collages of your photos. We can also talk about how to edit your photos with Google Photos. Please register on the Watertown Public Library website or call the library. 920-262-4090.
Bookies Book Club Wednesday, July 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 the second half of 2022 we will be reading:July 27: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonAugust 31: Fox & I by Catherine RavenSeptember 28: In the Quick by Kate Hope DayOctober 26: Such a Fun Age by Kiley ReidNovember 30: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
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: