Library Expansion

Watertown Public Library Expansion

Our partnership with Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation:

We, at the library, are so excited to partner with the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation (GWCHF) on the upcoming children’s library, which will be a state-of-the art TalkReadPlay Center. TalkReadPlay is a community movement designed to strengthen families by promoting quality, positive interactions between parents/caregivers and their children ages birth to five. To continue TalkReadPlay’s momentum, the GWCHF contributed funds for the library to build the new children’s library as a 6,000 square foot TalkReadPlay Center. 

The Center’s mission is to 

  • Inspire and support learning interactions 
  • Facilitate access to resources 
  • Champion caregivers as their child’s first teacher 
  • Work beyond its walls to build the community supports families need to thrive 

Within the Center families will have access to a Family Resource Network, offering connections to community supports that help to build: 

  • Knowledge of parenting and child development 
  • Social and emotional competence of children 
  • Parental resilience 
  • Social connections 
  • Concrete supports in times of need 

96% of families participating in TalkReadPlay programs said they learned new ways to positively interact with their children. 

Learn more: 

Interior renderings of Talk Read Play Center

Construction Update, October 26:

It’s hard to believe that November is around the corner. The Miron construction crew has been hard at work pushing the project along and meeting construction deadlines. As you can see by these photos we have a large opening cut into the west side of the building. This opening will transform into the entryway/steps from the old building into the new portion and the new elevator. The elevator will now go up to the top floor of the building providing easier access to the third floor and roof for maintenance and repairs of HVAC units and storage. It is also interesting to see the foundation outline the shape of the building, especially the curve of on the north/Main St side of the project. Behind the scene, we are finalizing the details…selecting carpet, tiles, doorknobs, light fixtures, ceiling tiles, paint colors, grout colors, etc. I will keep taking pictures and providing updates to the project. Thank you for your continued support and excitement for the new and enhanced Watertown Library Center.

~ Peg Checkai, Library Director

The latest architectural renderings by Studio CG

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