Virtual Program Videos
We’ve recorded some of our most popular library classes and guest programs so you can learn from home, anytime.
Library Programs and Talks
- Ask the Docs: A COVID-19 Town Hall
- A Conversation with Culture-Keepers About Local Indigenous History
- Zine Roundtable
- Decoding the News
- Urban Nature, Human Nature
On March 24, 2021, Watertown Free Public Library and Providence Public Library hosted a virtual Town Hall-style event about COVID-19. Brown University’s Dr. Philip A. Chan and Mass General’s Dr. Robin Schoenthaler answered your questions about COVID-19.
Dr. Chan is an Associate Professor for Warren Alpert Medical School and School of Public Health at Brown. He is also an Attending Physician at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center and Consultant Medical Director for the Rhode Island Department of Health Division of Preparedness, Response, Infectious Disease and EMS. Dr. Robin Schoenthaler is board-certified radiation oncologist for Massachusetts General Hospital, still she has come to be known by the moniker “the-Boston-cancer-doctor-who-writes-about-COVID”. Since March 2020 she has become a “COVID-translator,” with a weekly column on COVID reaching a national lay audience.
New Repertory Theatre, Pigsgusset Initiative, and the Watertown Free Public Library hosted a dynamic community conversation about local Indigenous history and the role of Indigenous culture-keepers in challenging narratives that attempt to erase them.
In May of 2021, New Rep will premiere their second Moving Play, centering on local Indigenous history. Discussion participants are Moving Play Playwright, Mwalim Morgan J. Peters (Mashpee Wampanoag), and Director, Jaime Carrillo (Aymara). Dr. Mishy Lesser (Upstander Project/Pigsgusset Initiative) moderated this inspired dialogue.
The Zine Roundtable celebrates alternative storytelling and zine resources as part of Zine Month at the Watertown Free Public Library. Moderated by Hatch Assistant and artist Yi Bin Liang, the discussion explores the production and power of zines.
The Zine Roundtable features area artists and organizations, including Papercut Zine Library, Seth K. Deitch, Adrian Alvarez, and Somerville Public Library.
Go beyond the headlines and be sure you’re getting accurate facts about the election, the pandemic, and more. Skip the bias, lose the hype, and quiet the noise. Get pro tools and tactics from David Wallace, former business/tech reporter for The New York Times and Reuters, and journalism lecturer at Boston University.
Peter Del Tredici of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University reveals the wild, cosmopolitan ecosystem that exists all around us. This book talk celebrates the second edition publication of Del Tredici’s book, Wild Urban Plants of the Northeast: A Field Guide (Cornell Univ. Press).
Crafts, Cooking, & DIY
- Waxed Cord Bracelets
- Light Up Greeting Cards
- Lip Balm & Body Butter
- Chocolate Truffles
- Leaf-Printed Towels
- Beeswax Wraps
Take your friendship bracelet-making skills to the next level! Pauli will show you how to make three types of bracelets using waxed cords, beads, charms, and a few simple tools.
This square knot tutorial explains the knots used as the bracelet closure.
Learn the basics of paper circuits and light up someone's day with a light up greeting card! We'll show you how to make a simple card with copper tape, LED lights, and 3 volt batteries.
Enhance your next at-home spa day with sumptuous body butter and lip balm! We'll show you how to make your own lip balm or you can use these instructions to whip up some body butter.
Simple chocolate truffles make a perfect gift - or a lovely treat for yourself! We'll show you how to make this quick and easy recipe.
Bring the beauty of autumn into your kitchen! We'll show you how to make leaf-printed towels in this simple nature-based craft.
Save your leftovers in a sustainable way! We'll show you how to make a simple, reusable beeswax wrap.
Explore the eLibrary
Working on our Genealogy Scavenger Hunt? Learn the basics of searching for your family on Ancestry Library Edition.
Stay Tech Savvy
- Online Privacy Basics
- Smarter Online Shopping
- Cutting the Cord
- Cloud Storage 101
- iPhone and iPad Basics
With so many people shopping and living life online, learn how to stay safe in a digital world.
With so many people shopping and living life online, we discuss tips and tricks for smart shopping.
Tired of paying for expensive cable packages? We’ll navigate equipment options and explore streaming services, including what the library has to offer!
Running out of space on your hard drive or device? Want a backup that you can’t accidentally misplace? Move your files to cloud storage! We’ll cover the basics, including what cloud storage is and how to keep it safe.
Get familiar with navigating your Apple devices and learn how to use the various applications that come with them.