One Book, One Watertown

2019 SELECTION: The Library Book 

The Watertown Free Public Library is thrilled to announce that The Library Book has been selected as our One Book, One Watertown community read for 2019.  Part true crime, part love letter to libraries (and the people who inhabit them), the book is expertly woven together by renowned author and journalist Susan Orlean.

“Somehow she manages to transform the story of a library fire into the story of literacy, civil service, municipal infighting and vision, public spaces in an era of increasing privatization and social isolation…and the central role libraries have always and will always play in the life and health of a bustling democracy.” Dave Eggers

One Book, One Watertown 2019 selection is The Library Book by Susan Orlean

In 2019, the Watertown Free Public Library will celebrate our 150th anniversary. Solon Whitney began the library as a room in Town Hall in March of 1869, and we’ve been evolving ever since. We chose The Library Book as our community read because it is a beautiful ode that amply illustrates the importance and vitality of libraries in our current age. What will the next 150 years bring? 

Borrow The Library Book: Copies of The Library Book will be available beginning in January. We will also have books on cd, as well as ebooks and eaudiobooks available. We hope you will read it, share it, discuss it, and join us in March for events and programs.

Upcoming Events

  • Community Book Discussion Wed. 3/6 | 7 pm | Mastrangelo Room
  • Trivia Night for Bookworms Wed. 3/13 | 7 pm | Watertown Savings Bank Room
  • Film Screening: Adaptation Sat. 3/16 | 2 pm | Watertown Savings Bank Room
  • Defying the Elements: The Aftermath of a Library Fire Thu. 3/21 | 7 pm | Watertown Savings Bank Room
  • Altered Books Workshop* Sat. 3/23 | 1-4 pm | Watertown Savings Bank Room | *registration required
  • Killing Memory: The Destruction and Resurrection of Libraries and Cultural Heritage 
    Tue. 3/26 | 7 pm | Watertown Savings Bank Room
  • Susan Orlean Talk and Book Signing, with Light Dinner* Thu. 4/4 | dinner at 6 pm, talk at 7 pm
    Watertown Savings Bank Room I TICKETS SOLD OUT.
  • 150th Anniversary Gala Sat. 4/6 

Read more about our One Book, One Watertown events here.

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.

Past Titles

In 2019, the Watertown Free Public Library will present its 11th One Book, One Watertown! Here are the titles we’ve presented in the past:

  • 2018 - Refuge by Dina Nayeri
  • 2017 - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • 2016 - The Race Underground by Doug Most
  • 2015 - The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
  • (In 2014, One Book, One Watertown shifted from October to March, so there was a gap of 18 months between programs.)
  • 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
  • 2008 - The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri