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

  1. Financial Literacy and Budgeting for Basic Needs
  2. Ask the Docs: A COVID-19 Town Hall
  3. A Conversation with Culture-Keepers About Local Indigenous History
  4. Zine Roundtable
  5. Decoding the News

Gain a basic understanding of financial literacy and budgeting - especially for people who have been impacted by COVID-19 and for low-income families. Richard Tatarczuk (Former CFO) and Kate Peterson (Chief Financial Officer) of the Watertown Savings Bank present the basics of financial literacy and show how to create and stick to a budget.

Sophia Suarez-Friedman and Maysa Ramos, Watertown Social Services Resource Specialists (SSRS), discuss resources and services available to Watertown residents, including resources to reduce costs, for emergency financial needs, and specific to the pandemic. 

Sophia and Maysa's slides are embedded below, and the spreadsheet that Richard references can be found on Google Sheets.

Author Talks

  1. Emotional Currency
  2. The Secret Life of Groceries
  3. Urban Nature, Human Nature

Dr. Kate Levinson discussed building healthier relationships with money as guided by her book, Emotional Currency: A Woman's Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money.

Crafts, Cooking, & DIY

  1. DIY Ginger Ale
  2. Gouache Paint Night
  3. Waxed Cord Bracelets
  4. Light Up Greeting Cards
  5. Lip Balm & Body Butter
  6. Chocolate Truffles
  7. Leaf-Printed Towels
  8. Beeswax Wraps

Make a healthy, probiotic ginger ale that provides the health benefits of ginger without the artificial ingredients.  This program was hosted by Grounded Goodwife.


  • 1 inch grated fresh ginger root
  • Water (7 cups total)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast


  1. In a saucepan, combine 1 inch grated fresh ginger root, 1 cup water, and 3/4 cup sugar.  Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and steep, covered, for 1 hour.  Strain.
  3. In a 2-liter container with a tight-fitting lid, combine 6 cups water (lukewarm/room temp), 2 tablespoons lemon juice, the ginger syrup mixture, and 1/8 teaspoon active dry yeast.  Shake to mix.
  4. Leave container at room temperature for 48 hours.  1-3 times a day, carefully loosen the cap to relieve some of the pressure (without opening the bottle all the way).  The drink becomes very pressurized and fizzy!  Be very careful, and don't point the bottle at anyone (or your own face).  Refrigerate and drink within 10 days.

Explore the eLibrary

  1. Ancestry Library Edition
  2. Hoopla and Kanopy
  3. Overdrive and Libby

Working on our Genealogy Scavenger Hunt? Learn the basics of searching for your family on Ancestry Library Edition.

Stay Tech Savvy

  1. Online Privacy Basics
  2. Smarter Online Shopping
  3. Cutting the Cord
  4. Cloud Storage 101
  5. iPhone and iPad Basics

With so many people shopping and living life online, learn how to stay safe in a digital world.