Library makes improvements, expands programming after COVID-19

Patronage at Watertown Regional Library is climbing back to pre-COVID-19 levels, according to its annual report.

“This past year of 2021 has been a year of challenges, but it has also been a year of growth,” Deirdre Whitman, library director, told city council members earlier this month.

The library is working toward goals of providing a wide variety of programs for all ages, a well-developed collection of media and public access to technology. It is also striving for more engagement by staff within the community, an area where there was some success in 2021.

One of the ways the library has gotten more involved with the community is through participation in the Watertown Lighted Parade during the holiday season. It allowed engagement with residents, and the library won a $ 1,000 grant from the Watertown Optimist Club at the event. The money was used to help provide an interactive children’s area within the library.

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