We can't gather in person this year, but One Book, One Watertown programs will continue online! As we look forward to a re-opened world, let's share what we love most (and miss the most) about being human. We hope you'll participate in whatever way feels comfortable.
COMMUNITY BOOK DISCUSSION Wednesday, 3/3 | 7 PM | The Wednesday Book Group is WFPL’s monthly book discussion group for adults. Discussions are informal and generally based on personal reactions, not academic analysis.
"AMONG US" COMMUNITY PLAY Friday, 3/5 and 3/19 | 7 PM | Join us for a rousing community game of Among Us! See if you can figure out who among us is the alien in this popular online game of deduction. Detailed instructions will be provided upon registration. Space is limited. Recommended for ages 15+. Register for March 5 or March 19.
THE HUMANS PET PARADE In Haig's novel, Newton the dog made being human almost bearable. Now we’re inviting you to celebrate your furry best friends! Send a photo of your pet (or you with your pet) to email@example.com. Please include: 1.) your pet's name, 2.) species/breed, 3.) what they think is the BEST thing about humans. We'll post the photos and captions on social media in March!
“Funny, poignant and full of heart." - Entertainment Weekly
This year, we faced the task of selecting a title during this time of great uncertainty, isolation, and hardship in our community, our country and around the world. Despite the challenges we all face, we have also observed wonderful demonstrations of bravery, selflessness, and kindness. We wanted to find a book to help us celebrate the good we see around us. Matt Haig’s bookis a laugh-out-loud, heart-filled exploration of what it truly means to be human. We believe this is the kind of story we all need to read right now.
The Humans tells the story of a reluctant alien who arrives on Earth with the goal of erasing all traces of a monumental scientific discovery. To do this, he takes the place of Professor Andrew Martin, the mathematician who made the breakthrough. The alien’s initial impression of humanity is one of disgust and confusion, and he finds he prefers the company of Martin’s dog, Newton. Through creating a life with Martin’s wife and teenage son, he comes to see the hope and beauty in their mortality, and the value in human life. As he begins to understand the concept of love, he realizes his mission endangers everything he now holds dear.
Borrow The Humans
We invite you, your friends, and families, to read this novel during the cold and dark of January and February, then join us for themed programs in March! Copies of The Humans will be available at the Reference Desk beginning in January. In addition to regular hardcover books, we’ll have large print books, ebooks, and e-audiobooks available.
About our Community Read
Each year, the Watertown Free Public Library chooses a book, encourages everyone in the community to read it along with us, and hosts a variety of programs related to the book, its setting, and its themes. This community reading program is known as One Book, One Watertown.
Selected titles are usually announced in mid to late December, and hundreds of copies of the book become available for borrowing at the beginning of the calendar year. Programs take place during the month of March.
In 2021, the Watertown Free Public Library will present its 13th One Book, One Watertown community reading program. Here are the titles we’ve presented in the past:
2020 - The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
2019 - The Library Book by Susan Orlean
2018 - Refuge by Dina Nayeri
2017 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
2016 - The Race Underground by Doug Most
2015 - The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
2014 - No selection, One Book, One Watertown shifted from October to March
2013 - WOOL by Hugh Howey
2012 - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
2011 - Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam
2010 - March by Geraldine Brooks
2009 - Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas L. Friedman