In Support of Local Talent

Everyone here at the Watertown Free Public Library wants the library to be a core part of our community – a community center where people can come together, share, learn, grow, and get to know our neighbors.    And always, it seems, there are talented people willing to give of their time to enrich our community. 

I'd like to offer a sneak peek at some of the wonderful local talent we have the pleasure of welcoming to the WFPL in the coming weeks.

Throughout the month of April, Watertown artist Vladimir Volosov's stunning work is featured in our T. Ross Kelly Family Gallery.  Mr. Volosov's paintings represent lyrical realism and abstract composition, and are concerned with light, color, atmosphere and space.  His work can be found in galleries and private collections in Russia, the United States, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Israel, and Japan, and we are proud to have the opportunity to exhibit his work here, in his home town.

April is National Poetry Month, and throughout the month, you'll find poems by Watertown poet Carole-Jean Smith mounted in spaces around the library.   This display is our little tip of the hat to the growing “Poetry in Public Spaces” movement, and we hope you'll have fun happening unexpectedly upon Ms. Smith's poems – many of which center upon life in Watertown. 

On Wednesday, April 17th at 7:00 PM, the library will welcome Newton poet Ben Berman.   Mr. Berman's first full-length poetry collection, Strange Borderlands, was published in January to great critical acclaim.   The collection chronicles his time in Zimbabwe with the Peace Corps, and the challenges of returning home.  He'll read from the collection, and discuss how this slim volume from a relative unknown was able to garner a starred review in Publishers Weekly – no mean feat!   We're excited to hear his stories, and hope you'll join us!  (Light refreshments will be served.)




On Saturday, May 4th at 2:00 PM, we are thrilled to present one of the only Boston-area screenings of the documentary Ride Crazy: The Single Man March, chronicling the 520-mile bicycle journey of Watertown resident Camilo Atehortua from Boston to D.C. to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Mr. Atehortua rode through the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, then right into another Nor’Easter, and documented the ride and his many encounters along the way.   According to Anthony Barounis, director/editor/producer of Ride Crazy: The Single Man March, “The film is inspiring and entertaining and has a very positive message.”

Read coverage in The Boston Globe here:

Come see the film and meet Camilo Atehortua and Anthony Barounis at the Watertown Free Public Library!

Want more?  On Saturday, May 11th at 2 PM our monthly concert series continues with The Boston Jazz Voices!!   The Boston Jazz Voices is a group of 18 singers (including Watertown residents!) who will astound you with their 6-part jazz standards performed a cappella (without instruments).  Their repertoire includes arrangements of songs from the Great American Songbook, as well as contemporary songs sung with a jazz infusion.  

Our Saturday concert series takes place the 2nd Saturday of each month at 2 PM. 

We'll follow-up with our June concert on Saturday, June 8th at 2 PM, featuring period instrumentalists, Watertown resident Asako Takeuchi (Baroque violin) and Andrew Arceci (viola da gamba), who will present music composed before 1800.  Both musicians regularly work with world class ensembles and orchestras, and have given master classes in early music throughout the US and Asia.

As you can see, we're as busy as can be with planning fine programming for your enjoyment, and we always take extra care to highlight our local jewels.  Our community is brimming with people who possess an amazing array of talents, and we love bringing them to broader attention. 

If you know someone extraordinary who might be willing to perform, teach, or amaze at the library, please put them in touch with us!!


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