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The Watertown Library Association is a nonprofit organization which has served the reading and research needs of its community since 1865. Learn More...

Curbside Service

No Contact Curbside Service is available at the Watertown Library for our patrons with a valid Watertown Library Card.

For more information about this service please contact the Watertown Library Association at (860) 945-5360.

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The Space Place

Space Place Partnership

Watertown Library is pleased to announce it's community partnership with NASA's Space Place.

Over 350 museums, planetariums and libraries participate in NASA's Space Place community partner program. Watertown Library patrons can visit monthly displays in the library to keep abreast of NASA's exploration efforts along with a bi-monthly newsletter created exclusively for Community Partners.


Visit the Book Nook - the library book store

The BOOK NOOK sells a wide assortment of HARDCOVERS and PAPERBACKS, both fiction and non-fiction, all BELOW RETAIL PRICES!

Run and organized by the FRIENDS of the WLA - proceeds benefit the Watertown Library Association.

Don't miss Hardcover Sale Days! The entire months of April, August and December!

What's New @ The Library

Holiday Hours

The Watertown Library Association will be closed on Monday, January 17, 2022 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Movie Matinees at the Watertown Library

Movie Matinees, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons at Watertown Library.

Tue, Jan 4th at 1:30pm - The Bridges of Madison County (rated PG-13)
An American romantic drama based on the 1992 bestselling novella by Robert James Waller. [With Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep]

Tue, Jan 18th at 1:30pm - Grumpy Old Men (rated PG-13)
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau play two Minnesota ice-fishing pals who vie for the attentions of the new attractive widow in the neighborhood (Ann-Margret). Good fun for all.

Tue, Feb 22nd, at 1:30pm - The War with Grandpa (rated PG) Sixth-grader Peter (Oakes Fegley) must give up his room to Grandpa Ed (Robert De Niro). This leads to some friendly shenanigans on both sides. Let the games begin! Also starring Cheech Marin, Jane Seymour and Christopher Walken.

This program is free and open to the public, however, space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please call the library at (860) 945-5360 or email us at Reference@watertownlibrary.org to reserve your seat.

Virtual Job Search Workshops

Watertown Library is offering two Zoom Workshops focused on job searching, managing stress and planning strategies. Each workshop will last approximately 90 minutes.

  • Let's Have A Conversation About Job Searching - January 13, 2022 at 12:00pm
    Discusses all aspects of job searching and answers questions participants have in an interactive setting.
  • Frustration When Job Searching - January 20, 2022 at 12:00pm
    Focuses on ways to cope with frustration, knowing how to deal with it and how to keep it from consuming your search.

Both programs will be presented by Joyce Mandel. Ms. Mandel has worked in human resources and as an employment specialist. She presents her various workshops that deal with employability skills, and life skills to both adults and youths. She has presented similar programs in-person as well as virtually across the country.

Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link to participate. To register, please contact the library at (860) 945-5360 or email Wtnzoom@watertownlibrary.org

Jedi Training for Your Padawans

On Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 12:00pm to 2:30pm the Watertown Library will open its doors for a special interactive children's program - Jedi Masters from the Saber Guild's Kessel Temple will be providing training to young "Padawans"!

Children ages 6-12 years old will be able to interact with the jedi as they learn to master light saber skills and role play.

Three sessions are being offered, each session run approximately 35 minutes.

  • Session One: 12:00pm - Ages 6-10
  • Session Two: 12:45pm - Ages 6-10
  • Session Three: 1:30pm - Ages 10-12

Parents or adult caregivers must be present during the program. Masks are recommended by request of performers. Light sabers will be provided for participants.

Space is limited, registration is required. Call the library at 860-945-5360 to register.

Kessel Temple is the Connecticut Chapter of Saber Guild, an international Star Wars lightsaber performance organization, which is Lucasfilm recognized. Come join the Master Jedi from the Saber Guild Kessel Temple and begin your training!

Mystery Book Club

Mystery Book Club - Virtual Program - Hosted by Robin Osborn

The Mystery Book Club meets at 7:00pm on the third Wednesday of each month via Zoom.

  • September 15, 2021: Noah Hawley, Before the Fall
  • October 20, 2021: Ellis Peters, A Morbid Taste for Bones
  • November 17, 2021: Nicci French, Blue Monday
  • December 15, 2021: Simon Brett, A Nice Class of Corpse
  • Januaury 19, 2022: Helene Tursten, An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good
  • February 16, 2022: Stacey Abrams, While Justice Sleeps
  • March 16, 2022: Richard Osman, The Thursday Murder Club
  • April 20, 2022: Louise Penny & Hillary Rodham Clinton, State of Terror

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to wtnlib@watertownlibrary.org or call the Watertown Library at 860-945-5360. You will then be put on the list to receive a Zoom invite.

NewsBank Databases

Three NewsBank databases are now available at the Watertown Library Association. You may access any of these databases from in the library or remotely by using your Watertown Library Card.

  • America's News:
    Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people, and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of news sources spanning the U.S., including The Town Times.
  • HeritageHub:
    Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1704 - today.
  • Black Life in America:
    The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media including 400 current and historical Black publications.

If you have any questions please contact the library at (860) 945-5360.

Gale Databases

The Watertown Library Association is pleased to offer four new databases from Gale CENGAGE Learning. These online resources are available in the library and may be accessed remotely by Watertown Library Card holders

  • Miss Humblebee's Academy:
    Designed for children ages 3 to 6, Miss Humblebee's Academy is an easy-to-use, interactive online solution for kindergarten readiness.
  • ChiltonLibrary.Com:
    Authoritative, money-saving car-care guidance available 24/7 through ChiltonLibrary. Chilton has been trusted by automotive enthusiasts and professionals for more than 100 years.
  • Legal Forms - CT:
    Gale LegalForms helps patrons understand common legal procedures and provides access to thousands of customizable legal documents.
  • Passenger & Immigration Lists Index:
    Passenger and Immigration Lists Index (PILI) covers more than 5 million names of persons who immigrated to North American between the late 1500s and mid 20th Century..

If you have any questions please contact the library at (860) 945-5360.

Winter Craft Kits

Starting Friday, December 10, 2021 during library hours, Winter Craft Kits will be available at Watertown Library to either take home or make at the library!

  • Popsicle Snowman Bookmarks for ages 3-6
  • Pinecone Snow Owls for ages 7 and up

If you need more information please contact the library at (860) 945-5360.

Get In Touch

Watertown Library Association
470 Main Street, Watertown CT 06795
VOICE: 860 945-5360
EMAIL: WtnLib@watertownlibrary.org

Oakville Branch Library
55 Davis Street, Oakville, CT 06779
Voice: (860) 945-5368
EMAIL: OakBr@watertownlibrary.org

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