Children

The Watertown Free Public Library Children’s Room serves infants through grade 5 and their caregivers. We also provide services for educators. Even while the Library is closed, there are so many ways to access free resources and connect online!

Children’s Resources for School Closure: Teachers and educators, we know you are working hard to provide remote learning opportunities for your students. To help you access the Library’s free online resources, we’ve put together this guide to WFPL’s digital Children’s Library.

Virtual Programs and Events

While the Library is closed, the Children’s Department will be offering virtual events and book clubs via Zoom and Facebook live. Visit our children’s events calendar, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, for the latest.

Story Time From Home

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Story Time via Facebook Live: Missing story time at the Library? Join us for stories and songs via Facebook Live! These live events are intended for families with children of all ages. Visit facebook.com/watertownfpl to tune in.

  • Mondays at 10:00am with Kathleen
  • Tuesdays at 10:30am with Emily
  • Thursdays at 11:00am with Kazia

Story Time Video Library: Our Children’s Department is also recording story time videos that you can watch anytime from home. They are posted here: watertownlib.org/storyvids

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Watertown Free Public Library encourages families to read, write, talk, sing, and play every day! Any family with a child younger than 5 years old is welcome to join our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program. It’s just as it sounds: read 1000 books, ANY books, before your child begins Kindergarten. Reading together at home promotes vocabulary development and school skills so children will begin school ready to learn. 1000 books may sound like a lot, so think of it this way: 3 books per day for 365 days is 1095 books!

We want you to be successful, so we’ve kept things easy for you. When you visit the library, tell a Children’s Librarian that you’re interested in the program. We’ll set you up with a book bag (pictured) and the basic instructions you need to reach this goal. As you read, you’ll reach milestones!  When you reach 100, 250, 500, 750, and 1000 books, visit the library and receive free books to take home!  

Questions about our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program? Please ask! 

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Outreach

School Visits

Librarians can make visits to inform students of the resources the library offers, to book talk new exciting titles, to bring the experience of a library story time to you, or to discuss any other library related services. If you’d like to arrange a Children’s Librarian to visit your school or classroom please call 617-972-6435 or email Emily.

Library Visits

Teachers are encouraged to bring their students to the library. To arrange a visit please call 617-972-6435 or email Emily.