Virtual Program Videos

We’ve recorded some of our most popular library classes and guest programs so you can learn from home, anytime.

Democracy Talks

  1. The Digital Traces of Pregnancy: Privacy & Reproductive Rights
  2. Russia's Invasion, Ukraine's Resistance, & Prospects for Peace

This webinar covers the ways that our digital lives—including app use, social media, purchases, GPS data, and more—expose information about our reproductive choices. Viewers will learn how to map out their own personal risk profile and will leave with strategies to protect themselves, as well as protect the safety and choices of those around them.

Claire Lobdell is the distance education librarian and archivist at Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA. Claire is a member of the Library Freedom Project, a surveillance resistance and digital privacy organization.

Author Talks

  1. The Ransomware Hunters
  2. Hopepunk Panel
  3. Emotional Currency
  4. The Secret Life of Groceries
  5. Urban Nature, Human Nature

Pulitzer Prize finalist Renee Dudley and Pulitzer Prize winning local author Daniel Golden discuss their latest book, The Ransomware Hunting Team. Urgent, uplifting, and entertaining, The Ransomware Hunting Team is a real-life technological thriller that illuminates a dangerous new era of cybercrime.

Scattered across the world, an elite team of code crackers is working tirelessly to thwart the defining cyber scourge of our time. You’ve probably never heard of them. But if you work for a school, a business, a hospital, or a municipal government, or simply cherish your digital data, you may be painfully familiar with the team’s sworn enemy: ransomware. Again and again, an unlikely band of misfits, mostly self-taught and often struggling to make ends meet, have outwitted the underworld of hackers who lock computer networks and demand huge payments in return for the keys. The Ransomware Hunting Team traces the adventures of these unassuming heroes and how they have used their skills to save millions of ransomware victims from paying billions of dollars to criminals. 

Library Programs

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

Learn about health and environmental impacts of organic landscaping from local experts! Facilitated by Debbie Smith, attorney, Justice of the Peace, and longtime Watertown resident.

Part 1: Jim Agabedis from Minuteman Landscaping

For this session, join Jim Agabedis from Minuteman Landscaping to learn how a natural organic program works, take a look at how to successfully use a natural organic program, and understand what to expect.

Part 2: Denise Breiteneicher from Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

For this session, join Denise Breiteneicher from Massachusetts Water Resources Authority to discuss what you can do in and outside your home to protect our water supply. She will also address concerns associated with pesticide use.

Part 3: Dr. Sarah Evans from Mount Sinai Hospital

For this session, join Dr. Sarah Evans from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital to discuss the latest science on how pesticides impact health, children's unique vulnerability, and steps that families can take to reduce pesticide exposures.

Crafts, Cooking, & DIY

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

Join Watertown resident Namita Kiran-Thuene for this special cooking workshop! Nepali cuisine is based on ancient principles of Ayurveda, which means long life. In this workshop, Namita demonstrated how to make a well-balanced Nepali vegetarian meal by using aromatic herb seeds, herbs and freshly ground spices.

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.