This summer, people all over Watertown will be reading one of the most influential and beloved books of the 20th century: To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee’s poignant coming of age story won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960, and the film version won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1962. More than 50 years after its publication, this brilliant book remains one of the most contested books in school libraries and curricula, and we hope you’ll join us as we explore all the reasons why.
We’ll have a full slate of programs lined up for September and October, and we’re excited to be sharing our events in partnership with New Repertory Theatre, who will be touring New England with a production of To Kill a Mockingbird starting in October.
These are the events we have set up for the fall:
September 12 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Book discussion at the Watertown Senior Center led by a WFPL Librarian and a member of New Repertory Theatre.
September 13 from 6 - 8:45 PM
Dinner and a movie! Dinner by Blue Ribbon BBQ with dinner table book discussion, followed by the Academy-Award winning To Kill A Mockingbird on the big screen. Tickets can be purchased at the Circulation desk.
Tickets: $8 per person $15 for two
September 15, 22, 29, & October 6 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Interested in writing? Join our creative writing course! In this entertaining and instructive 4-week course, you’ll get the tools and tactics you need to get started on your writing or keep it going. Registration is required. You can sign up either in person or by calling the Reference Desk at 617.972.6436.
September 20 from 7 - 8:45 PM
From the Page to Stage with New Repertory Theatre at the WFPL. Learn what it takes to develop the written word into a professional theatrical production including story approach, character development, and the collaborative design process: sets, costumes, sounds, lights.
September 27 from 6 - 8:45 PM
Community Violence Through the Eyes of Children workshop with Families First of Cambridge. Join us for this workshop designed to help parents understand the effects of community violence on our children.
October 3 from 7 - 8:45 PM
Community Book Discussion and a sneak peek of the new film Our Mockingbird by Watertown filmmaker Sandy Jaffe.
October 16 * from 7 - 8:45 PM
Special preview screening of the film Our Mockingbird at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.
October 22 * from 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Free gospel/tradtional black spirituals performance by AzOne Trio prior to opening night of New Repertory Theatre’s production of To Kill A Mockingbird at the Arsenal Center for the Arts.
Tickets for opening night: $14 or $10 with library card
*Event held at Arsenal Center for the Arts.