Family Events in December

Drop in and make an ornament!

Saturday, December 7 from 10 AM—2 PM

As part of your Holiday Stroll feel free to park in the library parking lot and begin your day by dropping into the library with your kids to make an ornament.

All Ages Welcome.


LEGO® Family Free Build

Monday, December 23 & 30 from 12-5 PM

Strengthen your STEM muscles and spark your imagination with an abundance of Lego bricks. Parents bring your kids in during the school break and build. We will put the finished items on our display shelf!

(Please note:  this is a drop-by, no registration event. As per Library policies, parent/guardian supervision required for children under 8.)

Ages 5 and up.


KĒVA® Family Free Build

Friday, December 27 from 12-5 PM

Build with KĒVA® Planks in an engaging, interactive learning space. Try out quiet guided construction or activities that bring stories, STEM and art to life.

(Please note:  this is a drop-by, no registration event. As per Library policies, parent/guardian supervision required for children under 8.)

 Ages 5 and up.


Songwriting with the McHughs – 12/2 (Mon)

What: Songwriting with the McHughs

When: Monday, Dec. 2nd, 6-8:00pm

The songwriting workshop with the McHughs continues throughout the winter and spring. Dates are:

  • Monday, December 2nd,
  • Wednesday, January 29th,
  • Monday, February 17th, and
  • Wednesdays, March 25th and April 29th.

Basic elements of songwriting will be covered, along with fun, practical group exercises that will benefit everyone’s skillset.  Topics may include but are not limited to idea development, song structure, lyrical prosody, memorable melodies, basics of co-writing, how to give feedback and more. If you have a song to share, please bring a recording or feel free to bring your instrument or voice or both.  A keyboard and microphone will be available if needed.

The series is led by musicians and singer/songwriters Patrick and Alison McHugh.  The McHughs have been making music together for two and a half decades and have a passion for inspiring songwriters and aspiring songwriters to bring forth their unique talents and have a safe space to practice and hone their skills.  Pat is a drummer, guitarist, producer, and sound technician.  Alison is a singer, songwriter, and pianist.

The Monday and Wednesday evening gatherings are an informal time for songwriters of all abilities to collaborate in the sharing of their songwriting skills and ideas.  Prior experience is not a requirement.

Call 244-7036 to register for any and all of the workshops.


“Good Naked” Writing Workshop – 12/7 (Sat)

Author Joni Cole is back for another “Good Naked” writing workshop on Saturday, December 7th from 12:30-2:30 pm at the Waterbury Library.  Titled “Good Naked- Wit, Wisdom & a Writing Workshop,” Joni will invite participants to write from a “prompt” as a means of mining their own meaningful story material.

Whether you consider yourself a writer, an artist, a wannabe, or an enthusiast for new experiences, this event offers participants a chance to uncover the creative potential within all of us. Come, learn, have fun, and leave your self-doubts at the door.

Author bio: Joni B. Cole is the author of Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier (included in Poets & Writers list of “Best Books for Writers”). She founded the Writer’s Center of White River Junction, Vermont, and is a popular teacher and speaker at a variety of academic programs, writing conferences, and nonprofit organizations.

Registration is required.  To sign up and for more information call 244-7036.


Intro to Microsoft Word – 12/10 (Tues)

When: Tuesday, December 12th – 6:30pm

Come join our relaxed and friendly class on how to use a popular word processor. This is great class for either complete beginners or those who want to brush up on their skills.

Please register by calling the library at 244-7036 or emailing



Holiday Open House – 12/16 (Mon)

When: Monday, 6-8pm, December 16th

Holiday festivities abound at the Waterbury Library, Monday evening December 16th from 6-8 pm in the library’s cafe.  Think music, cookies and Ugly Sweaters! Singer-songwriter Steve Lotspeich will fill the air with holiday tunes and originals on guitar and banjo from 6:30-7:30.  Sing-alongs and song sheets will be included.

Got an ugly sweater?  Wear it!  Patrons and staff will vote on the “best” ugly sweater of the evening.  Results will be posted on our Facebook Page the following day.

A cookie swap will take place in the SAL room.  Bring your favorite dozen, wrapped to swap, and take a dozen home.

No cookies, no sweater?  No problem!  Come for music, come for fun, come for food!  Snacks and cider will be served from 6-8 in the library’s café.  Hope to see you there.

Beginner’s Bridge – Wed & Mon

When: Extended due to popular demand!

Mondays November 11th and 25th and Wednesdays, December 4th and 11th.

The times are the same 6-8 pm.

If you’ve always wanted to play bridge but felt intimidated, come to the Waterbury Library for a Beginners’ Bridge tutorial.

You may have played growing up or watched your parents back-in-the-day and wondered what it was all about.  Perhaps you play currently but want to go deeper into the strategies.  How do you bid?  What is the order?  What about your partner? How do you agree?  What is the language? What does trump mean and how does it function?

And then there is the play.  How do you play the hands?  How do you score? What does a rubber mean?  So many questions.

Grace Sweet has been playing bridge all of her adult life and began learning when she was just twelve. A retired elementary school teacher, Grace knows how to take a complicated subject and break it down into the basics.  She will go over the rudimentary plays and guide participants step-by-step.

Learn why bridge players are sharp in their old age.  Learn why bridge is “the game for a lifetime.”  Come away from the series more confident and skilled and have the option to join in a weekly bridge group right here in Waterbury.

Call 244-7036 to register.  12 people or 3 tables is the player limit, however others are welcome to sit in, observe and learn.