For Adults

Adult's Events

  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 9:15 AM

    The Watertown Free Public Library invites you to Rise and Shine Yoga on Wednesday mornings from 9:15 - 10:30 starting on June 25 through November 19. Come to one class or all of them! Open to ages 12 and up!

    Yoga and meditation are proven to help manage stress, gain flexibility, improve ability to focus, and give a sense of overall wellbeing. Classes begin with 5 minutes of breathing exercises meant to calm the central nervous system and prepare the body for a 55-minute physical practice focused on strength and flexibility. The session ends with a 15-minute guided meditation, aimed to further quiet the mind and relax the body. Students leave feeling balanced and refreshed. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your own yoga mat and small blanket (if desired).

    All skill levels are welcome. Classes will be taught by Sarah Barkhuff, a Registered Yoga Teacher, who has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation for 20 years. Please email Sarah at sarah@rolyoga.com with questions.

  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 11:30 AM

    Wednesdays from 11:30 AM - 1 PM in the Raya Stern Trustees Room on the second floor.

    Even if you've never picked up knitting needles (or if you once learned but have forgotten), our Introduction to Knitting will get you on track. You'll learn the basics and create a fast, fun project to show off! 

    This class is free, but space is limited, so please register by September 12th, 2014 at the Reference Desk or by calling 617.972.6436.

    A materials list will be provided at the first class. 

  • Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 7:00 PM

    The Adult Book Discussion Group meets the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 P.M.  Discussions are lively and informal, generally based on personal reactions, not academic analysis.  Our Book Group members love to read and share ideas and impressions about what we have read. View the calendar to find out when we're meeting next. Copies of these titles are available 2 weeks before the meeting date at the Circulation desk. To see this month's title, click here.

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!

Four of our computers are loaded with the WestLaw database for legal research.

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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