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Jul 7

At the library – Wicked Local


Watertown Free Public Library programs are free and open to all. The library isopen for browsing and checkouts, with curbside pickupavailable. Virtual programs are offered viaFacebook Live and Zoom. For information, visit

Summer reading

This year, our Children's Summer Reading Program includes outdoor events, take-home crafts, reading challenges and more. Teens will get a chance to "Read It! Write It! Make It!" with a little help from Hatch Makerspace. And, of course, booklists for adults will be available at the Reference Desk. Head to learn more and sign up.

For adults

MAD ABOUT THE MOVIES FILM DISCUSSION: "To Catch a Thief": 7 p.m. July 12, library patio. Registration required: Kevin Carson, a Watertown resident with an MFA in filmmaking and film studies, for a discussion of "To Catch a Thief." Travel back to the golden age of American cinema and experience Alfred Hitchcock at the height of his moviemaking prowess directing Cary Grant and Grace Kelly! "To Catch a Thief" is available for Watertown residents to stream for free on Kanopy, as well as borrow on DVD from the library. Watch the movie at home, then join Kevin for a guided conversation about the film.

CONSTANTLY CLASSICS BOOK GROUP: 2 p.m. July 13, online. Our group meets weekly to watch and read along with classic works of literature.This month, were tackling Ernest Hemingway's celebrated first novel, "The Sun Also Rises."We will listen to some educational podcasts before beginningthe book, and then watch the movie version after completing a weekly roundtable discussion.Registration required:

KNIT OUT! Knitting and Crochet Circle on the Patio: 3 p.m. July 13, library front patio.No registration.Come sit, knit (or crochet or craft), and socialize outside in the summer sun on our patio. Looking for knitting help? We have that, too. Knitters and crafters of all levels welcome.Bonus points if you want to craft something for ourWatertown Woodland Wonderlandinstallation!

MYSTEREY LOVERS GROUP: 7 p.m.July 13, online event.Well discuss recent books, favorite authors, and anything related to the mystery genre. Make yourself a cup of (iced) tea and hop on with us! Registration required:

MA AUDUBON: The Web of Life in that Lovely Summer Pond: 7 p.m. July 15, online.Pond life includes a wide variety of aquatic animals and plants including some turtles, frogs, and snakes as well as wading and diving birds. Join Mass Audubon Habitat and find out more about whats below the pond surface, whats at the surface, and what theyre all doing in there. Registration required:

COMMUNITY YOGA: 9:15 a.m. Wednesdays via Zoom.Registration required:

For children

SUMMER READING: Through Aug. 20.As the school year winds down, theres a lot to look forward to!The Watertown Free Public Library is here to help keep your students reading on track. This year, were offering reading challenges, take-home crafts, and outdoor fun. Learn more at

FRONT LAWN STORY TIME: Noon July 12and 11 a.m.July 15, library front lawn. No registration.Join our Children's Librarians for stories and songs on the front lawn.For families with children of all ages.

FART SYMPHONY: 4 p.m. July 14, library front lawn. No registration.Join us for a magnificent outdoor fart symphony! We'll have supplies, or you can (ahem) make your own. For children in grades K-5.

For teens

SUMMER IN THE TEEN ROOM: Read it! Write it! Make it!: Through Aug. 21.Welcome to summer! Each week, well introduce a new theme with activities you can complete at home. When you accomplish an activity, you get a free book from the book vault and a collectible pin. Register:

TEEN CREATIVE WRITING CLUB: 4 p.m. July 12, online.This fun, no-pressure club is for grades 6-12 who want to try different writing styles and share what they have created. No writing experience is required. Participants will get a copy of the book "Prompt Me!" that will be used as a way to guide the group.Registration required:

MAKE IT! WITH HATCH: Experience 3D Printing: 4 p.m. July 14, online. Have you had the chance to try out 3-D printing? Our friends at Hatchwill get you started by showing you some design software to help bring your ideas into reality. When you come up with your final plan, Hatch will use their 3-D printers to produce your work. You will be able to pick up your finished product at Hatch at a future date. Registration required:

For English learners

WALK & TALK: 10 a.m. July 9, Moody Street Bridge (195 Moody St., Waltham).Meet fellow English language learners while you get exercise and fresh air. All levels and ages are welcome. We will walk along the Charles River for 40-60 minutes and return to our starting point.

DROP-IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING CONVERSATION: 6-8 p.m. July 14 in the library'sWatertown Savings Bank Room.Practice your English this summer in our drop-in conversation group on Wednesday nights. A family-friendly movie and light refreshments will be provided for children coming with caregivers. All levels welcome; no registration required.

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