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

Separate fact from fiction in this virtual composting class where you'll learn the composting do's and don'ts from the experts and the options for community drop-off composting and curbside composting.  Questions were answered by Anya Pforzheimer, Watertown's Recycling and Sustainability Coordinator, and Conor Miller, CEO of Black Earth Compost.

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.

Ingredients:

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

Recipe:

  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.