Watch Read Listen - Experience a story with the Waltham Public Library


    Ongoing Events

    • ALL AGES
    • KIDS
    • TEENS
    • ADULTS
    • SENIORS
  • Science in the Lab
    Tuesdays June 27 - August 15 2:30pm (Storytime Room)

    Perform fun experiments in Dr. Frankenstein's Laboratory!

  • Monster Movie Mondays
    Mondays June 26 - August 7 6:00pm (Lecture Hall)

    Join us for various versions of Frankenstein including the 1931 classic and the Mel Brooks spoof!.

  • Family Movies
    Wednesdays June 28 - August 23 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

    Family Friendly free Flicks featuring Frankenstein and Friends!.

  • Teen Summer Coding
    Thursdays June 19 - August 17 6:00pm (Teen Room)

    Learn to make and host your own website!.

  • Summer Reading Lunches for Middle School and High School Students
    Middle School, Tuesdays in June and August 12:00pm; High School, Wednesdays June and August 12:00pm (Teen Room)

    Luke reads. You eat pizza!.

    • July

      • ALL AGES
      • KIDS
      • TEENS
      • ADULTS
      • SENIORS
    • Monster Lawn Games
      Monday, July 3 6:00pm (Library Lawn)

      Teens play Giant Jenga, Giant Twister, Bags, Kubb, and more!

    • Family Movie: Hotel Transylvania
      Wednesday, June 28 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Enjoy this exciting family movie on our big screen with surround sound in the Lecture Hall this afternoon.

    • Drumlin Farms -- Animal Program
      Thursday, July 6 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Meet animals from Drumlin Farm!

    • Pumpernickel Puppets "Sir George and the Dragon"
      Saturday, July 8 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Join the amazing Pumpernickel Puppets as they perform the classic tale.

    • Teen Yoga
      Monday, July 10 6:00pm (Teen Room)

      Stretch out with Chakra Power Yoga Instructor Kara Magaldi.

    • Monster Movie Mondays: Bride of Frankenstein, 1935
      Monday, July 10 6:00pm (Lecture Hall)

      Boris Karloff returns along with Elsa Lanchester whose wardrobe has inspired many a Halloween costume!

    • Family Movie: Big Hero 6
      Wednesday, July 12 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Enjoy this exciting family movie on our big screen with surround sound in the Lecture Hall this afternoon.

    • Frankenfood
      Wednesday, July 12 6:00pm(Lecture Hall)

      What is in our food? Learn about genetically modified food from Bentley Professor, Fred Ledley.

    • Waltham Public Library Book Club at Willian Stanley Senior Center: Frankenstein
      Thursday, July 13 2:00pm (William F. Stanley Senior Center; 488 Main Street)

      Regulars to the Senior Center and Council on Aging, please join us as we discuss Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    • Wingmasters and the World of Owls
      Thursday, July 13 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Learn about the World of Owls from Wingmasters' Jim Parks!

    • Grade 3-5 Book Club
      Thursday, July 13 7:00pm (Classroom B)

      Come discuss Franny K. Stein by Jim Benton!

    • Release your Inner Monster with Matthew Carriker
      Saturday, July 15 2:00pm (Lecture Hall)

      Let Matthew help you to reduce your stress using mindfulness and stress reduction techniques!

    • Junk Sculpture
      Monday, July 17 6:00pm (Teen Room)

      We'll bring the junk. You bring your creativity. Take inspiration from the middle and high school summer reading books—which both have artists as main characters—and let's see what you can make with all the odds and ends we can find. Use your creations to help decorate the new Teen Room or take it home. We're excited to see what you can come up with either way!

    • Monster Movie Mondays: Young Frankenstein, 1974
      Monday, July 17 6:00pm (Lecture Hall)

      Put the candle back, put on the ritz, and join us for this very funny version of Frankenstein.

    • Family Movie: Frankenweenie
      Wednesday, July 19 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Enjoy this exciting family movie on our big screen with surround sound in the Lecture Hall this afternoon.

    • Ice Cream Social
      Wednesday, July 19 6:30pm (Library Lawn)

      Join us on our front lawn for ice cream for sale and a free concert! Ice cream purchases support the Friends of the Waltham Public Library.

    • Frankentales: Cinderella's New Clothes
      Thursday, July 20 10:30am (Lecture Hall)

      Kidstock Theatre presents a fractured version of two popular fairy tales.

    • Waltham Public Library Book Club: Frankenstein
      Thursday, July 20 7:15pm (Trustees Room)

      Join us for our regular monthly book club as we discuss Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    • Open Mic Night
      Monday, July 24 6:00pm (Teen Room)

      Teens show off your talent during our open mic night!

    • Monster Movie Mondays: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 1994
      Monday, July 24 6:00pm (Lecture Hall)

      Director Kenneth Branagh's take on the gothic novel.

    • Family Movie: Scooby Doo! Frankencreepy
      Wednesday, July 26 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Enjoy this exciting family movie on our big screen with surround sound in the Lecture Hall this afternoon.

    • Frankenpaint
      Wednesday, July 26 6:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Frankenstein themed paint and collage night with Mary Coughlan.

    • Whalemobile
      Thursday, July 27 2:30pm (Library Lawn)

      Learn all about whales across New England with this exciting program!

    • Mr. Vinny's Shadow Puppets
      Thursday, July 27 6:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Join Mr. Vinny for an evening of magical storytelling told through shadows!

    • Mindfulness Training
      Monday, July 31 6:00pm (Teen Room)

      Join Matthew Carriker for mindfulness techniques.

    • Monster Movie Mondays: Gods and Monsters, 1998
      Monday, July 31 6:00pm (Lecture Hall)

      Tonight, we will be showing Gods and Monsters, the biopic about the waning days of the 1931 Frankenstein director, James Whale. Stars Ian McKellan and Lynn Redgrave both received Oscar nominations for their performances.

      August

      • ALL AGES
      • KIDS
      • TEENS
      • ADULTS
      • SENIORS
    • Family Movie: Monsters University
      Wednesday, August 2 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Enjoy this exciting family movie on our big screen with surround sound in the Lecture Hall this afternoon.

    • A Frank Conversation with WGBH host Callie Crossley
      Wednesday, August 2, 6:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      WGBH host, Callie Crossley, from "Under the Radar", "Basic Black", and "Beat the Press" conduct this very informative discussion about politics in 2017.

    • Frankentales: Sleeping Beauty and the Seven Dwarfs
      Thursday, August 3 at 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Kidstock Theatre presents a fractured version of two popular fairy tales.

    • Sciencetellers
      Thursday, August 3 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      show uses interactive science experiments to bring the sights and sounds of our original stories to life.

    • Waltham Public Library Book Club: Frankenstein
      Thursday, August 3 7:15pm (Classroom A)

      Join us for a bonus meeting of our library book club as we discuss Frankenstein.

    • Family Concert with Made in the Shade Jazz Band
      Saturday, August 5 2:30pm (Library Lawn, weather permitting)

      Join us on the library lawn for a special concert featuring jazz music from all over the country.

    • Teen Summer Movie Night
      Monday, August 7 6:00pm (Teen Room)

      Stop by the Teen Room to cool down in the AC and take in a movie.

    • Monster Movie Mondays: TV Double Feature! Buffy the Vampire Slayer: "Some Assembly Required" and The X-Files: "Post Modern Prometheus"
      Monday, August 7 6:00pm (Lecture Hall)

      Tonight, we will be showing a 'double feature' of episodes from two beloved television shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The X-Files. The second season episode of Buffy, 'Some Assembly Required' is about Chris, who brought his deceased brother back to life and tries to recreate the act by creating the perfect woman. In the X-Files episode, 'The Post Modern Prometheus' Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigate a town where the inhabitants may not be 100% human. Shot in black and white, the episode is a great spoof of 1930's monster movies.

    • Family Movie: The Iron Giant
      Wednesday, August 9 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Enjoy this exciting family movie on our big screen with surround sound in the Lecture Hall this afternoon.

    • Polar Exploration
      Wednesday, August 9 6:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Join us for a conversation with Brandeis University's Poet-Adventurer, Elizabeth Bradfield.

    • Mad Science Air and Ice Show
      Thursday, August 10 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      "Children will be dazzled and entertained as they interact with our Mad Scientist. The show includes foggy dry ice and demonstrations of how science is used to float beach balls in the air. And, with suggestions from the audience, the Mad Scientist will unlock the mystery of how to get "Egg-bert" back into his house. Ever see scissors sizzle and shiver? Ever taken a fog shower? Here's your chance!"

    • Concert with Toe Jam Puppet Band
      Saturday, August 12 10:30am (Library Lawn)

      Join us on the lawn with the Toe Jam Puppet Band "as they entertain with a unique combination of original songs, masterful shadow puppetry, storytelling and just plain old good fun."

    • Teen End of Summer Celebration
      Monday, August 14 6:00pm (Teen Room)

      Will you get to pie your librarian?

    • Frankenmedia: Navigating Fake News
      Monday, August 14 6:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Join University of Massachusetts professor, Allison Butler, for a discussion about navigating the media. What is fake news? How can you evaluate it?

    • Family Movie: Wall-E
      Wednesday, August 16 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Enjoy this exciting family movie on our big screen with surround sound in the Lecture Hall this afternoon.

    • Peanut Butter & Jelly: Where the Wild Things Are
      Saturday, August 19 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Join us as we watch this talented local dance troupe in their interpretation of Where the Wild Things Are.

    • Family Movie: Hotel Transylvania 2
      Wednesday, August 23 2:30pm (Lecture Hall)

      Enjoy this exciting family movie on our big screen with surround sound in the Lecture Hall this afternoon.