General information: To register for any of the programs, go online to www.watertownpubliclibrary.org or call the library 920-262-4090.
The library will now be open at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays! The hours are as follows: Monday-Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday 12: p.m. to 4 p.m.
The 2020 Winter Library Challenge “Snow is Falling...Books are Calling!” runs through Feb. 23. Stop by the children’s desk or reference desk to pick up your activity logs.
Entries to the writing contest are still be accepted through Feb. 23. Writers of all ages are invited to enter. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the library for further details.
Adult events — There is a wide variety of adult activities taking place this week in the library.
Every Monday, Hooks & Needles will be held at 6 p.m. in meeting room 2. Knitters, crocheters and other yarn crafters are invited to join a friendly atmosphere to work on a current project, participate in a group project or learn a new skill. Crafters of all ages and skill levels are welcome including new crocheters and knitters. Participants can bring a crochet hook or a pair of knitting needles; instructions and yarn will be provided.
Watertown TV media lab will be in the makerspace from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. During lab hours, a member of the Watertown TV production team will be available to answer any and all of your video production questions. This is not a structured class, it is an informal lab designed to help you brush up on your video production skills or get tips how to shoot, edit, and produce your own high-quality videos. This program is intended for teens and adults ages 11 and up. Registration is required.
Climbing Your Family Tree will be in meeting room 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Four times each year, local genealogy guru Charlotte Groth will be here to help you dive into the world of genealogy and help you discover your ancestry. Registration is required.
Sign up for a 15-minute appointment with a librarian on Monday or Wednesday. Registration is required. Call the reference desk at 920-262-4090, extension 2331 to register. Appointments will be available from 4 to 5 p.m.
Scam Prevention 101 will be in meeting room 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday. Join Office Stacey Schroeder from the Watertown Police Department as she talks about current trends in phone and cyber scams. She will give practical advice on how to protect you against them and will leave room at the end for a question and answer session.
Bookies Book Club will meet in meeting room 2 from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Join the Bookies Book Club the third Wednesday of each month for coffee, tea or cocoa and lively book discussion. New members are always welcome. No registration is required. Books may be reserved through the Cafe catalog or by calling the reference desk at 920-545-2331.
Retirement and Taxes Simplified will be in meeting room 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday. The class is designed for those looking for a worry free retirement. Topics include the importance of having a written income plan, if the market corrects will you be ok? and reducing taxes in retirement. The class is brought to you by Grutz Financial. Registration is encouraged.
Teen events — There will be a number of teen events taking place this week in the library.
Throughout the month of February, the library will have its post-it challenges. This month is Library Lover’s Month. The questions for this month are what do you love most about the library? What services/resources are most valuable to you? It’s also Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. The questions are what might be some red flags that someone may be in a violent relationship? What does a healthy vs. unhealthy relationship look like?
Random Acts of Kindness Week Bingo will take place from Tuesday to Saturday in the teen area. Pick up your bingo card at the children’s desk, mark off each random act of kindness you engage during the week then turn it in for a sweet surprise.
The Oreo cookie taste test will be in the teen area at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Test your Oreo knowledge as the library provides a wide assortment of Oreo flavors for you to vote on and sample.
High School Exams Study Hall will be on Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. in meeting rooms 1 and 2. For students in grades 9 to 12 who are preparing for exams the library will have school supplies, power strips and free printing available in room 1 and snacks, refreshments and games in room 2.
Children’s events — There are a number of weekly happenings taking place in the children’s room.
Little University Storytime will be on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. in meeting room 1. Little University Storytimes are for children ages 2 to 5 years old. This program’s focus is to incorporate stories, songs, rhymes, crafts, music and movement to promote pre-literacy skills, fine and gross motor skills and foster a love of reading at an early age. There are two Little University Storytimes per week; join for whichever fits your schedule.
Club LEGO will be in meeting room 1 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Each month, Club LEGO offers a new building challenge for participants to complete. LEGO creations are on display in the children’s room until the next Club LEGO. No registration is required.
Family S.T.E.A.M. will be in meeting room 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The Family S.T.E.A.M. programs are interactive programs for kids and families to come experience the wonders of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Each month will feature new challenges, activities, or kits focused on these five areas. Join for some family brain-building fun. No registration is required.
Baby Bounce will be in meeting room 1 from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday. Baby Bounce brings caregivers and babies together for 30 minutes of rhymes, songs, books and free play time. The program’s primary focus is the healthy brain development of infants aged 0-2 years, with an emphasis on language enrichment and pre-literacy skills. Siblings are always welcome.
Reading with Rover will be in the children’s are from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Children can improve their reading skills and make a new furry four-legged friend by reading aloud to a licensed therapy dog. No registration is needed.
TalkReadPlaytime: Snake, Rattle and Roll will be at 10 a.m. at the Watertown Senior Center on Saturday, Feb. 22.