Programs/Events

Upcoming Programs at the Library

Science Nights

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Science Nights


Create, experiment, and engineer! Join us for Science Nights for interactive science activities throughout the month of February. 

Thursdays in February
6:30pm in the Main Library Children's Area

February 15th - Aluminum Foil Boats - Density
February 22nd - Paper Noise Maker / Chicken Cup - Sound
February 29th - Building Structures - Engineering

This program is intended for families. 

Universal Yums

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Universal Yums!


Young foodies! We invite you to our Universal Yum recurring program where we will learn about a different country each month through delicious snacks and interactive activities. 

Friday, February 16th
Third Friday of the Month
(Mar 15th, Apr 19th, May 17th, Jun 21st, Jul 19th, Aug 16th)
Starting at 2pm at the Freedom Branch Library


This program is on a first-come, first-serve basis as supplies is limited, and intended for ages 7-12. 

Disclaimer: Please be aware that some products featured in this program are manufactured in a facility that also handles common allergens such as wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, eggs, milk, fish, and shellfish.

Sewing 101

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Sewing 101: Absolute Beginners


Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew?  Learn about the various parts of a sewing machine, beginner vocabulary and techniques. Attend our absolute beginner session and then level up to our project focused advanced beginner sessions. We have only 6 machines, so bring a partner or your own machine.  

Tuesday, February 20th
Starting at 4pm at the Freedom Branch Library

This program is intended for older children, teens, and adults. 

Teen Anime Club

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Teen Anime Club


Looking for a community of people who appreciate anime? During our monthly Teen Anime Club programs we will explore and celebrate Japanese popular culture through cooking, craft-making and playing games. 

Third Wednesday of the Month
4pm at the Main Library

Wednesday, February 21st
(3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16, 11/13, 12/18)

The intended audience for this program is teens (grades 7-12)

Tribute to Mas Hashimoto

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Tribute to Mas Hashimoto

Watsonville Public Library, Friends of the Watsonville Public Library, and Watsonville-Santa Cruz Japanese American Citizens League invite you to the “Tribute to Mas Hashimoto” event. This special event will honor and commemorate the legacy of our beloved teacher, activist, and community leader, Mas Hashimoto. 

Saturday, February 24th
2:00-4:00pm at the Watsonville Civic Plaza, 4th Floor Community Room

All ages are welcome to attend.

The program will include a screening of Mas Hashimoto’s TEDx TALK introducing his presentation of "Racism and America's Concentration Camps", with opening remarks by Susan Tatsui D’Arcy who encouraged Mas to do the talk and arranged for filming of the impactful 19-minute video. 

Featured guests and performers include: Carol Heitzig, former WPL Director current Friends President, as the Mistress of Ceremonies; a performance by Watsonville Taiko Drummers; a Haiku in memory of Mas by Bob Gomez, Watsonville Poet Laureate; and speaker presentations and remembrances of Mas Hashimoto by Marcia Hashimoto, Sandy Lydon, Geri Solano-Simmons and Erica Padilla Chavez.

Paint Night

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Paint Night


Interested in learning how to paint? Join us for our monthly paint nights. Our upcoming paint night in February will feature Joel Silverman who will focus on watercolor painting. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis as supplies are limited. 

Monday, February 26
6:00pm at the Main Library Meeting Room

This program is for adults and will be presented in English.

Reading Buddies

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Reading Buddies


Looking for a way for your child to improve their literacy skills? Reading Buddies is a book club for youth in grades K-4th. With the guidance of volunteers, each small group (divided by reading levels) will read aloud a book. This drop-in program provides practice in reading confidently and boosts comprehension skills with a new book each week.  Participants are encouraged to arrive early as space is limited.

Fridays in March
2pm - 3pm at the Main Library

This program will be presented in English and is intended for young readers. 

Coffee with a Professional

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Coffee with a Professional 


Have you ever wanted to learn about the jobs that other people have? Our monthly Coffee with a Professional program will feature a special guest who will talk about their job, what it’s like on a day-to-day basis, and a discussion about a specific topic that connects with their job. Plus, coffee and snacks will be served! β˜• 

Tuesday, March 5th, 10:30am at the Main Library - Poet Laureate Bob Gomez
Tuesday, April 2nd, 10:30am at the Main Library - Author Jamie Cortez
Tuesday, May 7th, 10:30am at the Main Library - Reporter Fidel M. Soto
Tuesday, June 2nd, 10:30am at the Main Library - Beekeeper Emily Bondor
Tuesday, July 16th, 10:30am at the Main Library - Singer/Musician Alex Lucero
Tuesday, August 6th, 10:30am at the Main Library - Wildlife Photographer, Kara Capaldo

The audience for this program is adults and will be presented in English. 

Escape This

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Escape This


Have you ever wanted to visit an escape room? Join us for “Escape This!” our quarterly escape room program where you will get to meet new people and collaborate and solve puzzles together to reach an end prize. This time the theme will be “Library Spring Garden” ~ the library’s garden is growing so many different plants. Some have clues within them to uncover the key to the garden equipment box that may not actually hold equipment but some prizes inside. Can you find the key before time is up? 

Thursday, March 14th
5:30-7:30pm at the Main Library

This program is for ages 8 and up.

Pokemon Workshop

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Pokémon Workshop


Calling all Pokémon enthusiasts! Join us for our Pokémon Workshop. This will be an opportunity to understand Pokémon cards, learn how to build a deck, and how to play the card game. 

Thursday, March 14th
6:30pm at the Main Library

Beginners to pros of all ages are welcome to attend.

Tech Night

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Library Tech  Night


Join us for Library Tech Night ~ 

Monday, April 8th
5pm - 6:30pm at the Main Library

This program is for all ages.  

Watsonville Community Read

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Watsonville Reads is a community engagement program that aims to bring people together through the shared reading experience of books tied to a particular theme. This year’s Watsonville Reads theme is “Bringing Awareness to Japanese and Japanese Americans History, Culture and Heritage”. Watsonville Reads will feature book discussions, craft-making programs and writing workshops

We have selected two books that are representative of our selected theme and are intended to inspire and foster lively discussions: 

πŸ“š “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka  
πŸ“š “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” by Jamie Ford. 

Beanstack Reading Challenges


With Beanstack you can develop a reading habit, track your reading, and participate in various themed reading challenges. You can participate online through the Beanstack website, or with the Beanstack mobile app

For a group reading challenge, participate in the Big Library Read, the first global ebook club. 

This Month's Reading Challenge

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This Year's Challenge

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1000 Before K

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Online Book Clubs and Author Talks


Interested in participating in a community read online? The Big Library Read is the first global ebook club with selections every few months.  Together We Read is an annual open country wide community read. 

Love hearing from authors and asking questions about their work? Learn more about upcoming Author Talks. 

Author Talks

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Big Library Read

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Together We Read

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Ongoing and Other Recurring Programs

Crafternoons

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Crafternoon


Looking for a fun and creative way to spend your Wednesday afternoons with your family? Join us each week for a new and easy craft to complete at your own pace. Supplies will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis as supplies will be limited. 

Wednesdays & Fridays
2pm at the Main Library

This program is intended for youth ages 5-12. 

Family Movie Night

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Family Movie Night


Join us for a Family Movie Night. Movies will be rated G or PG. Light refreshments will be provided. 

First Wednesday of the Month
5:30pm at the Main Library Children's Storytime Room 

 
Wednesday, March 6th: Elemental (PG) 
Wednesday, April 3rd: Trolls Band Together (PG) 
Wednesday, May 1st: Wish (PG) 
Wednesday, June 5th: Migration (PG)

The intended audience for this program is families. 

Library Lego® Club

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Library Lego®  Club

We are back in action ~ Be a Master Builder at our Library Lego® Club! Join us and get creative with a provided theme or build whatever you want with the library’s collection of bricks. Bring the whole family along to join in on the fun.

This program takes place at the Main Library, Children’s Area, 
First Tuesday of the Month, 4-5pm

Mothersong

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Mothersong with Joya Winwood

Sing and dance with us!

Main Library Meeting Room, 10:30am
First Friday of the Month

The audience for this program is families.

Pajama Storytime

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Pajama Storytime

Grab your favorite stuffed animals and slippers! Come to our Pajama Storytime  in your favorite pajamas and have fun with stories and songs.

Main Library starting at 6:30pm 
Third Tuesday of the Month

The intended audience for this program is children and their families.

Poets' Circle

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Poets' Circle

Learn more about our next Poets' Circle meeting here

The intended audience for this program is older teens and adults.

Toddler Tumble Time

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Toddler Tumble Time


Get ready to tumble ~ Our Toddler Tumble Time program encourages toddlers to develop balance, coordination, and cooperation while participating in fun games, yoga, music, rhymes, and more! 

Main Library Meeting Room, 10:30am
Second Tuesday of the Month

The intended audience for this program is children ages four and under who are walking.

Weekly Storytimes

Bilingual Baby Laptime

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Bilingual Baby Laptime

Bienvenidos/Welcome ~  Help your child (newborn - 2yrs) build early literacy skills as we have fun with songs and stories. 

Wednesdays, 10:30am at the Freedom Branch
Fridays, 10:30am at the Main Library
 

Toddler Storytime

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Toddler Storytime

Our Bilingual Toddler Storytime features fun songs, rhymes and books that foster early literacy.

Wednesdays, 11:30am at the Freedom Branch
Thursdays, 10:30am at the Main Library
 

Events & Programs celebrating Art & Expression in our Community

Community Art & Expression

Community Art & Expression Programs

Annual Poetry Contest

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Graphic Novel Contest

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Photography Contest

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Photographs and videos may be taken at these events and may be used in marketing materials for library activities.

Virtual Programs & Resources

Baby Laptime Songs & Rhymes

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Mothersong - Virtual Editions

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Financial Literacy Tutorials

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Discover Your Roots

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Partnerships with Other Organizations to Explore Our World

California Parks Pass

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Shelf to Shore

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