It's cold outside, but we are cozy and warm here at the library! Hunker down and read next to one of our fireplaces, and even enjoy a warm beverage from our Friends of the Library coffee sale! Just $2.00 can get you a cup of coffee, hot chocolate or tea, and all proceeds benefit our Friends group.
The library will have special holiday hours this month:
December 24 & 25: CLOSED
Check out everything you'll need for the holiday weekend by the end of the day on December 23.
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Baby Bounce Thursday, December 1, 8 & 15, 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!
Little University Storytime Tuesdays & Thursdays (through December 15), 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. **No Little U Storytime the week of November 22.
Library Kids Club December 6 & 13, 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! **Library Kids Club will be offered November 22.
Reading with Rover Thursday, December 1 & 15, 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, December 3, 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.
Club LEGO Monday, December 5 & 19, 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.
Homeschool Wednesdays Wednesday, December 14, 1:30 pm Community Room 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 months theme: Holiday Craft Stations
La Piñata Fiesta Saturday, December 17, 10:00 am Community Room Join us in the Library Community Room to learn about la piñata, enjoy some traditional party treats, participate in busting las piñatas, and even make your own small piñata to take home! Fun for all ages and appropriate for all families!¡Únase a nosotros en la sala comunitaria de la biblioteca para aprender sobre la piñata, disfrutar de algunas delicias tradicionales de la fiesta, participar en romper las piñatas e incluso hacer su propia piñata pequeña para llevar a casa! ¡Diversión para todas las edades y apropiado para todas las familias!
Santa Paws Sunday, December 18, 1:00 pm Event Location Stop by the Library for this amazing photo opp to take pictures with our furry Reading with Rover friends dressed up for the holidays as Santa and his friends! Bring your own phone or camera to take pictures and snuggle up with Santa Paws!
Silly Snowmen Hunt December 19-January 2
The Silly Snowmen have taken over the TalkReadPlay Center! Stop by the Children's Desk from December 19th to January 2nd to try to find all the silly snowmen. If you're successful, you'll earn a prize! One prize per child please.
No School Movie Day: "DC League of SuperPets" Wednesday, December 28, 1:30 pm Community Room Join us for a No School Movie Day on Wednesday, December 28 at 1:30pm in the Library Community Room to watch the new release, "DC League of SuperPets"! (PG 100 min) Enjoy some free popcorn, bring your own drinks and/or extra snacks, blankets, pillows or stuffies to get comfy for the movie!
Teen Drop-In Activities Wednesday, December 7 & 21, 3:30 pm Teens and "tweens" (ages 11-17) are invited to drop into the library for a new activity every other Wednesday afternoon! Look for something new each and every time. The activities will be: Candy Sushi (12/07) and Penguin Bowling (12/21). Supplies for each activity will be made available starting at 3:30pm; they'll remain available either until we run out, or until 5:30pm ( . . . so hurry in to avoid the earlier possibility!).
Teen Homeschool Wednesdays Wednesday, December 14, 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). The theme this month is Winter Trivia
Teen Lego Club (Ages 11-18) Monday, December 19, 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! This month's theme is "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).
Movie Matinee - Top Gun: Maverick Friday, December 2, 11:00 am Community Room Calling all adults! Treat yourself to a day at the library! Come for a free showing of the movie "Top Gun: Maverick" in our Community Room, and enjoy free popcorn! Drinks will not be provided. The movie is rated PG-13 and has a running time of 131 minutes.
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!
Monthly Mending Tuesday, December 6, 5:30 pm Have a mending pile in a corner waiting for your attention? Sick of fast fashion and want to keep your favorite threads for longer? Want to learn some basic mending skills or add a few new techniques? Join us on the 1st Tuesdays of each month for Monthly Mending! ~ Drop in mending group with facilitation by a seamstress on staff in the library conference room. Hope to see you there!***This month we'll be meeting in the Maker's Space***
Gingerbread House Craft Night Thursday, December 8, 5:30 pm Join us in our Makerspace on December 8th at 5:30 to have a festive and fun evening making and decorating paper gingerbread houses! Registration is required and there will be 10 available spots. This event is intended for those 18 years and older.Make sure to add in your favorite holiday song when you register and we will add it to a festive playlist to listen to while we create our gingerbread houses!
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 December we will be discussing Walking Backwards by Frances Milburn.
Cinema Club Monday, December 12, 6:00 pm Community Room What's in it for them?
Writer's Workshop Tuesday, December 13, 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.
Paper Arts Club Tuesday, December 20, 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!
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: