Kill-a-Watt and Save Some Energy!

With a Kill-A-Watt Electricity Usage Monitor, you can monitor devices around your house, and lower energy costs by identifying which use high amounts of electricity. And now, the library is lending out Kill A Watts!

Patrons can check them out at the circulation desk and keep them for three weeks.

Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 6:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Baby Matinees

Did you know that the library has matinees for parents with small children?

It can be difficult to catch movies at the theatre if you’re worried about your baby crying. We show new releases once a month where crying babies are welcome. Best of all, it’s free!

This month, on February 24th, we’ll be screening The Time Travelers Wife at 11am. Be sure to check it out!

Published in: on February 16, 2010 at 3:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Not Your Average Cause

And to celebrate that, the folks at Not Your Average Joe’s in Watertown have picked us as February’s Not Your Average Cause recipient.

That means, if patrons of the library eat at the restaurant on Tuesdays in February, the restaurant will donate 15% of that night’s profits to the library. Find out more on our website!Not Your Avarage Joe's

Published in: on January 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

January in the Gallery

Quilt by Missy Shay

Textile and quilting artist Missy Shay is this month’s showcase in the T. Ross Kelly Family Gallery.

Originally inspired by her mother and older sister, Missy started by sewing clothes for her dolls and later, for herself. Her father then taught her the art of measuring, taking apart, and recombining materials. After working as an occupational therapist, Missy discovered quilting, and has been teaching and quilting ever since.

Her pieces for this show showcase her comfort with multiple media types, using paper and foundation piecing, appliqué and reverse appliqué, and stained glass. Ms. Shay now teaches at Cambridge Quilt Shop. Be sure to check her work out!

“Destination Watertown: The Armenians of Hood Rubber” Documentary Screening

On Saturday, December 19th, at 1:30pm, the Library will be hosting a special event with local filmmaker Roger Hagopian.

Mr. Hagopian has recently finished a new film about the Hood Rubber Company, and the Armenian immigrants from Watertown who were employed there.

Founded in 1896 as a chemical research lab, the company soon moved on to production of shoes, boots, and tires. By 1920, one-fifth of the United State’s footware came from the Hood Rubber Company.

Destination Watertown: The Armenians of Hood Rubber includes interviews with former company employees and Hood family descendants. It focuses on working conditions and is bound to be an impressive look into the lives of Watertown residents.

After the screening, Mr. Hagopian will be available to discuss the film with the audience. Be sure to stop by for this truly remarkable film.Hood Rubber Company

Vote for the best book of 2009!

 

What other books do you think should be on the list???

Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 6:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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November in the Gallery: Brooks Mathewson Photography

Have you checked out our gallery space lately? Located behind the reference desk on the second floor, the gallery showcases a new artist every month.

The exhibit for November is up and if you like wildlife photography, you’ll love this! Brooks Mathewson is showcasing his photography and his exhibit features work from his two ongoing projects. The first is documenting birds local to Cambridge and Boston, and the second is capturing the salt marshes, mudflats, and barrier beaches in southern Rhode Island. Magnolia Warbler

The Red Leaf Cafe – Now Open!

If you haven’t stopped by the library lately, you might not realize that our new cafe is open and ready for business! Not only does the cafe have a light and dark roast everyday, they also have espresso, fresh pastries, juices, and sandwiches.

Also, while you’re having your snack, check out our large selection of used books. We have some really popular titles, and the materials are in great condition.

Read more about the cafe in the Watertown Tab’s Blog!

Published in: on November 2, 2009 at 6:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Inaugural Boston Book Festival: Free and Fun!

According to event organizer, Deborah Porter, Boston, up until now, was the only major American city without a book fair.

No longer!

This coming Saturday, October 24, from 10am-6pm, the Boston Book Festival will be taking over Copley Square. You can go to bostonbookfest.org to read up on all of the events and authors who will be present.  You can also read the interview with Ms. Porter here, on bostonist.com.

It looks like a great festival, including appearances by John Hodgman (from the Daily Show and the Mac vs. PC commercials), Ken Burns, the well-known documentary film maker, and authors such as Anita Diamant (The Red Tent), Richard Russo (Empire Falls), and Ben Mezrich (The Accidental Billionaires).

There are also some really great events for kids and teens, which can be found here.

The entire schedule of events can be found here, and be sure to note that some events require tickets. Those events are, however, still completely free!

Published in: on October 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Twitter-fied

We’ll we’ve gone and signed up for a twitter account. If you aren’t sure what Twitter is, you can read about it here, and sign up for your own account here.

Basically, twitter broadcasts a short message to anyone following you. Some people use twitter to let people know how their day is going. Others use their accounts to broadcast news, traffic, or celebrity happenings.

The library twitter stream will contain mostly news about upcoming events, new/popular book releases, and anything relevant to the library user. To follow us, sign into your account, go here and click “follow.”

Published in: on October 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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