For Adults

Adult's Events

  • Monday, August 3, 2015 - 6:30 PM

    Every Monday night we show a blockbuster hit up on our big screen! There's popcorn too, of course. Free and open to all. Please call ahead to learn the title at 617.972.6436. Or if you prefer, like us on Facebook or follow our Twitter feed!

  • Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 9:00 AM

    Watertown Free Public Library is pleased to offer our patrons drop in help sessions for basic computer skills and ereaders.  These sessions are intended to familiarize patrons with common computer, internet, and ereader functions in order to achieve a greater level of digital literacy and independence in our community.

    DATES IN AUGUST
    Thursday, August 6 from 9-11am in the Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room
    Thursday, August 13 from 7-9pm in the Raya Stern Trustees Room
    Thursday, August 20 from 9-11am in the Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room
    Thursday, August 27 from 7-9pm in the Lucia Mastrangelo Meeting Room

    We can help you with:

    • Basic computer skills
    • Using eReaders, tablets, and smartphones
    • Internet searching and email
    • Word processing
    • Spreadsheets and presentations
    • Library resources
    • Hoopla, Overdrive, Zinio, and more

    Drop in help policies are as follows:

    • This is a drop in session, and multiple people may show up.  Please be patient and courteous.
    • Priority will be given to first-time attendees.
    • Patrons will be limited to no more than 3 sessions in any 6 month period.
    • Library staff cannot be held responsible for damage to patron-owned equipment.

    We are not able to:

    • Run diagnostics
    • Troubleshoot (unless it is related to library databases, OverDrive, etc.)
    • Install software unrelated to library services
    • Computer maintenance, such as running antivirus scans
    • Cover advanced programs like Adobe Photoshop
    • Anything outside the realm of basic computer, internet, and ereader instruction
     


  • Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - 7:00 PM

    THEME: Cook the Farmers Market

    This month's Cook the Books is a little different. We're still cooking recipes from cookbooks, but this time we're challenging you to find ingredients at the Watertown Farmers Market. You can make anything you want, but find some or all of the ingredients at the market! 

    Bring your dish and the cookbook you prepared it from to share with the group on Tuesday, August 11 at 7pm. This will give everyone a chance to sample the dishes from an assortment of cookbooks, while only having to prepare one. It's like a potluck every month!

    The Farmers Market takes place every Thursday from 2-6pm, and is located on Kingsley Ave. off Arsenal St., under the iconic smokestack at Arsenal on the Charles and beside the free parking garage.

    No registration required. 

Whether you need to find a book or article, download an e-book, use a public computer, scan a document, or join a knitting class, the Adult and References Services staff is here to help! Here are a few of the services we offer:

Reference/Research Help

We can help you find all sorts of things: books on any subject, academic journal articles, rankings of the best vacuum cleaners, and the latest stock quotes are all part of a day’s work for us! Our staff of professional reference librarians is experienced and knowledgeable about both print and online sources, and stays up to date on the latest technological developments.

Databases

We’re delighted to be able to offer so many excellent online resources to our patrons! Of course, if you’re working on a report or project you can find source materials in our academic databases. But we offer so much more!

Like our Auto Repair Reference Center that you can use to view diagnostics, schematics, and service manuals for thousands of automobiles! It’s even accessible on your mobile device, so you can consult it while you’re out working on your car!

Or check out our fantastic Mango Languageswhere you can learn Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian, Russian and more – all at your own pace!

Browse through our offerings, you won’t be disappointed!

Public Computers

The Adult Department offers 24 public access computers, fully equipped with the latest versions of the most popular software. Two of these workstations are equipped with larger monitors and large yellow keyboards for our patrons with visual impairments, and all of them offer ZoomText.

Of course, you may print from these computers, as well. Your first 2 black-and-white prints each day are free; afterwards prints are 10 cents per page for B&W, or 40 cents per page for color.

We also offer an “Express” computer workstation that anyone may use for up to 15 minutes – a perfect, quick way to check email on the go!

There are 3 publicly accessible catalog workstations in the Adult Department where you may locate or request a book; but our staff is always happy to look something up for you, too!

Interlibrary Loans

We work hard to purchase materials that members of our community are sure to love. But if you ever find yourself wishing for something we don’t have, let us know! If someone else in the Minuteman Library network owns it, we can request it and have it sent here for you as soon as it’s available. If no one in the Minuteman Network has it, we can usually borrow it for you through our statewide Virtual Catalog resource, or our nationwide WorldCat* resource.

* If you are not a Watertown resident, we ask that you cover the cost of any loan charges for WorldCat items.

Foreign Language Materials

The library has books in Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, French, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as a few foreign language newspapers, and a large collection of foreign language DVDs.

Periodicals

We have subscriptions to a number of daily and weekly newspapers, including The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The New York Times, The Watertown Tab, The Waltham News Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

We also subscribe to over 200 periodicals, and you‘ll find them all in our beautifully elegant reading room on the 2nd floor.

Movies, Music, and More

We feature the latest blockbusters and small indie films, classics, foreign films, documentaries, and TV series, so you’ll always find something great to watch! We have over 7,000 DVDs in our collection, and they’re all yours to explore.

Music? We’ve got that covered, too! From classical to jazz, from new age to reggae, we’ve got CDs to suit your every mood.

More, too! We have a large collection of books on CD, so you can take your favorite authors with you wherever you roam. If you’d rather not fumble with changing CDs, consider our compact, digital books on Playaway. All you need is an AAA battery and a pair of headphones and you can listen to an entire unabridged recording of many of your favorite books.

And, of course, we offer loads of eBooks and audiobooks for download to your favorite device. Stop by the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor, call us at (617) 972-6436, or email us anytime.

We’re here to help!

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