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Wednesday December 13, 2017
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Toddler Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to the library! Toddlers will enjoy songs, stories, playtime, and lots of fun!

Ages: Recommended for ages 1 1/2 to 3 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Head Start Health & Nutrition Manager
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Meeting for Head Start Health and Nutrition Managers

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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SAFEPLAN Regional Meeting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Meeting with SAFEPLAN Advocates

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Drop in to try our craft ideas, bring your own crafts to work on, or just drop in to say hi to our crafting community! For ages 16 and up.   

This week: Sock Snowmen!

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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STEAM Make-n-Take: Putting the 'Art' in Steam!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is an innovative approach to education and everyday learning that promotes hands-on problem-solving and experimental methods. But let's not forget that it can be creative and FUN! We'll use a variety of STEAM-inspired tools like 3D pens, spirographs, and maker kits to create a one-of-a-kind craft.

All ages welsome!!

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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COW - Focus Group
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tech Help, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30, 3rd fl. lab (Drop-in)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents. Learn to set up a library or email account, or download e-books and e-audiobooks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Catholic Charities Free Citizenship Application Help
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Catholic Charities is providing free legal advice and assistance with citizenship applications. Accredited professionals will help you with every step on your path to citizenship, in the New American Center in the 1st Floor at the Main Library.

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Office for Refugees & Immigrants, The Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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WPL Foundation Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Free Citizenship Classes
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Polar Express Adventure
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Come in your pajamas and join in the fun as your elf librarians host a fun-filled Polar Express adventure! Cozy on up with hot cocoa and cookies, and take home your very own jingle bell after a reading of the award winning book The Polar Express. Parents don't forget your cameras. Be sure to come back Saturday for a screening of the movie.

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Local Musicians Night
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

There’s a lot of underground music happening in Worcester, and now it’s coming to a library near you!  Each night, two local bands play, and no cover charge! All ages are welcome. 

Tonight's lineup:  Abdul Sherzai and Fist Inc

Abdul Sherzai has made bedroom noise under various monikers since 2006, and has been booking local events since 2010.  His most recent collaborative projects, Gay Shapes, Gnärds, and Linda, perform throughout New England. He has released his music on the labels Moss Archive, Ayurvedic Tapes, YDLMIER, and HEC Tapes. 

FISTinc. presents: FACE FIRST Episode IV...What FISTinc. is, is a lifestyle catalyst and multi-level solutioneering firm with a focus on benefit hacks, asset retention, and a wealth of well-being management styles. FACE FIRST is a morning show hosted by FISTinc. meant to offer the user the tools to take an emboldened approach to the day, any day. 

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday December 14, 2017
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Statewide FI Meeting
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

FI bi-monthly meeting

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity,  or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along.

If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.  

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Craft Day - Make and Take Holiday Decoration
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us as we make a colorful paper winter garland and/or hanging decoration

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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COW - Focus Group
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Snowflake Sing-a-long & Storytime
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Join Mr. Frank for a Snowflake Sing-along and Storytime featuring winter stories, seasonal songs, a make n' take craft and snacks!

Free, just drop in! 

Best for younger children! 

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday December 15, 2017
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Computer and Internet For Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This class will build your basic computer skills by working with the mouse and keyboard, and by practicing basic internet searches. New class begins on the first Friday of every month.  Sign up at the 2rd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies! Rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplayfor babies with a parent or caregiver

Ages: 0 to 18 months

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto (Open Lab)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Para todos lo que necesitan ayuda usando dispositivos electrónicos.  Te enseñamos hacer lo que quieres en la computadora (búsquedas, Facebook, correo electrónico, escritura de resume, programas de Microsoft como Word o Excel) o tu teléfono.  

3er Piso, Laboratorio de Computación     

Gratis y abierto al público.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Room Reserved - Children's
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Gingerbread Houses
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Build your own Gingerbread House and then decorate your masterpiece wth candy!

All ages welcome

Please call 508-799-1687 to reserve your spot

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Holiday Craft: A Gift From the Heart
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us to make a beautiful holiday ornament for your favorite person with lots of love...and lots of glitter!!

Ages: families with children ages 6 years old and up

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Friday Flicks for Teens: Wonder Woman
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Small snack will be provded

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Gingerbread Houses
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Build your own Gingerbread House and then decorate your masterpiece wth candy!

All ages welcome

Please call 508-799-1687 to reserve your spot

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Saturday December 16, 2017
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MS Publisher
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

An introductory class in the basics of Microsoft Publisher. Learn to create professional looking brochures and newsletters by formatting text and images. This class is designed for students who have little or no familiarity with Publisher. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange Cafe
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Participants will pair up to spend half an hour teaching their native language, and then half an hour learning their partner’s. Free and open to all adults.

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Lego and Construction Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with a hands-on activity with Legos and construction pieces during FREE PLAY. A building theme and teamwork is encouraged each Saturday by librarians for kids to expirement with. Parents may join in. Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). 

All materials are provided by the library

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended. And remember to bring water!

Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register.

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 3 years experience teaching Zumba and Zumba Tone classes. She loves music, dancing, and seeing smiling faces after each class!

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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Fostering a Literacy for Worcester Refugee Children
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Songwriters in the Round Workshop for Teens with Laura Ramsey
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Ever wanted to express yourself through song? Professional musician and Berklee College of Music grad, Laura Ramsey, will be teaching a 6-week workshop for teens.

Week 6: Rhythm

(This week will be followed by a Songwriter Performance Circle at 2:30)

Ages: 13 to 17

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Healthy Holiday Baking
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Chef Kim Youkstetter from Worcester Technical High School will present a healthy baking program that will help you make better substitutions to your holiday baking-trimming calories but not taste! In addition, she will present some options for gluten free delights and ways to make holiday desserts for all. Come see, sample and share the fun. Recipes (and samples) will be provided.

Chef Youkstetter is a graduate of the former Girls Trade in Worcester and the Culinary Institute of America. After working in various restaurants and hotels around the country, she settled back in the area, and in 2010, joined Worcester Technical HS as a culinary instructor.

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Songwriter Performance Circle
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

This informal performance will feature teens who participated in our 6-week Songwriters in the Round Workshop. All are welcome to come and listen.

 

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee: Polar Express
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure, he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas. Light refreshments will be served.

Rated: G

Ages: Families with children ages 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Gingerbread Houses
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Get into the winter spirit with Gingerbread House Decorating! Engineer your fantasy gingerbread house and also make a piece of yummy art! 

All ages welcome

All materials provided, while supplies last

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Monday December 18, 2017
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SOC Seminars
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Seminars on early childhood mental health for SOC staff and partners statewide.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Help your child build early literacy skills in this interactive preschool program. Your child will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and other early literacy activities!

Ages: Recommended for ages 4-5

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Family Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

We will explore themes through rhymes, stories, books, and crafts.

All ages welcome!

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Gingerbread Houses
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Get into the winter spirit with Gingerbread House Decorating! Engineer your fantasy gingerbread house and also make a piece of yummy art! 

All ages welcome

All materials provided, while supplies last

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
Tuesday December 19, 2017
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Caregiver Homes
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use your imaginationto make Lego creations in the program room.

Ages: 4 to 12 with a caregiver

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Game On!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance (One-On-One)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

One-hour appointment with Genealogy & Local History librarian. Provide at least one week’s lead time for specific topics to allow the librarian sufficient time to investigate appropriate resources.

*Allow at least one week lead time for research on specific topics to allow the librarian sufficient time to investigate appropriate resources and strategies.

LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
There is 1 space available.
 
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Winter Solstice Celebration
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

We invite families to join us as we gather to celebrate the solstice, the beginning of Winter in New England. We will be making a "gift for the birds," listening to a story about the solstice and enjoying a warm snack on a cold winter's night.

Ages: 3 to 6 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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English Conversation Circles
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place and meet new friends as we learn by talking together!  No registration required. Snacks provided.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Worcester Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program Information Session
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Information Session for Free Job Training

The City of Worcester's Jobs Fund is offering a free 8-week job training program, the Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. This program is designed to teach local residents the skills necessary to obtain entry into local building trades apprenticeships including tools of the trade, construction math, and hands-on learning at apprenticeship training centers througout the region. This meeting is designed to provide potential applicants with the information about the Worcester Building Pathways program, the application process, and the construction industry.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Wednesday December 20, 2017
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Toddler Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to the library! Toddlers will enjoy songs, stories, playtime, and lots of fun!

Ages: Recommended for ages 1 1/2 to 3 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Drop in to try our craft ideas, bring your own crafts to work on, or just drop in to say hi to our crafting community! For ages 16 and up.   

This week: Sock Snowmen!

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Gingerbread Houses
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Get into the winter spirit with Gingerbread House Decorating! Engineer your fantasy gingerbread house and also make a piece of yummy art! 

All ages welcome

All materials provided, while supplies last

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tech Help, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30, 3rd fl. lab (Drop-in)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents. Learn to set up a library or email account, or download e-books and e-audiobooks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Catholic Charities Free Citizenship Applications Help
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Catholic Charities is providing free legal advice and assistance with citizenship applications. Accredited professionals will help you with every step on your path to citizenship, in the New Americans Corner on the 1st Floor of the Main Library.

Sponsored by Worcester Public Library, Massachusetts Office for Refugees & Immigrants, and The Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Free Citizenship Classes
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Sugar Mama
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

VegWorcester presents the Sugar Mama: Worcester's most awesome vegan cookie swap!

Only ONE can be crowned Sugar Mama, but everyone who enters will go home with a bunch of different vegan cookies!
 
Rules:

-All cookies for the contest must be entered onto the table between approx 6:00pm~6:30pm.

-All cookie ingredients must be vegan.

-Please bring 6 dozen total cookies

Awesome prizes for the winners!

Check out https://www.vegworcester.com/ for more information

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday December 21, 2017
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Worcester Regional Staff Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All Staff training 

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Information Session for Free Job Training
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City of Worcester's Job Fund is offering a free 8-week job training program, the Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program. This program is designed to teach local residents the skills necessary to obtain entry into local building trades apprenticeships including tools of the trade, construction math, and hands-on learning at apprenticeship training centers throughout the region. This meeting is designed to provide potential applicants with information about the Worcester Building Pathways program, the application process, and the construction industry.

 

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity,  or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along.

If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.  

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Craft Day - Winter Decorations
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us as we make winter felt decorations for your home!

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Gingerbread House Workshop
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

A librarian will instruct you how to build your very own Gingerbread house using only a few simple ingredients! Onc your house is built you will have time to decorate it with plenty of candy, graham crackers, frosting, and yummy toppings. 

While supplies last, and space is limited

Ages: 6 to 12 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Anime Club
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Come share yor love of Anime and Manga. We'll watch a few episodes and do an activity.

Suggested ages: 13 to 18

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Thursday Night Winter Solstice Cinema at FPBL
6:30 PM - 7:45 PM

We'll celebrate the Winter Solstice with screening of the 2015 holiday/horror/comedy film "Krampus".

Rated: PG13, 105 minutes, best for adults

Light snacks courtesy of the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday December 22, 2017
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Computer and Internet For Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This class will build your basic computer skills by working with the mouse and keyboard, and by practicing basic internet searches. New class begins on the first Friday of every month.  Sign up at the 2rd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies! Rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplayfor babies with a parent or caregiver

Ages: 0 to 18 months

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto (Open Lab)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Para todos lo que necesitan ayuda usando dispositivos electrónicos.  Te enseñamos hacer lo que quieres en la computadora (búsquedas, Facebook, correo electrónico, escritura de resume, programas de Microsoft como Word o Excel) o tu teléfono.  

3er Piso, Laboratorio de Computación     

Gratis y abierto al público.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Room Reserved - Children's
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Friday Flicks for Teens: Guardians of the Galaxy, vol. 2
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Small snack will be provded

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Teen & Tween Ugly Sweater Craft
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Get ready to make your own ugly sweater! You bring the sweater and we'll bring the ugly.

Ages 11 to 17

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Saturday December 23, 2017 - Monday December 25, 2017
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Library Closed - Christmas Holiday Weekend
Tuesday December 26, 2017
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Movie Matinee: Epic
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Mary cannot believe her dad's stories of unseen people who live in the woods. That is, until she is magically transported into their secret universe! Now she must join them to protect their queen and their world. A small snack will be provided.

Rated: PG

Ages: Families with children ages 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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CORI Sealing Workshops with EPOCA
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn how to seal your CORI and make the most of your job search.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day - Snowflakes
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Winter is here! Join us as we make snowflakes of all shapes and sizes!

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use your imaginationto make Lego creations in the program room.

Ages: 4 to 12 with a caregiver

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Game On!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance (one-on-one)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

One-hour appointment with Business & Grant Resources librarian to learn how to use Foundation Center resources, small business databases, and Morningstar Investment Research Center.

 

Location: 2nd Floor Reference Desk

There is 1 space available.
 
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English Conversation Circles
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place and meet new friends as we learn by talking together!  No registration required. Snacks provided.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Wednesday December 27, 2017
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Drop in to try our craft ideas, bring your own crafts to work on, or just drop in to say hi to our crafting community! For ages 16 and up.   

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day - Penguins
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

How cute are your penguins? You'll see when you make you very own!

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Garage Band! Digital Audio Design
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Channel your inner DJ and drop a beat with GarageBand on our iPads! Learn about digital audio production and jam with friends or go solo to create a track. GarageBand is a user-friendly iOS software application that provides preset MIDI keyboards and loops to create a unique tune. No prior musical knowledge or technical savvy required. You can use a variety of the pre-made loops, or combine them with your own melodies and beats. Participants are encouragedto post their completed tracks on Worcester Public Library's SoundCloud page. 

All materials provided

Ages: 8 and up

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tech Help, Wednesdays, 5:30-6:30, 3rd fl. lab (Drop-in)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents. Learn to set up a library or email account, or download e-books and e-audiobooks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Catholic Charities Citizenship Help
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Catholic Charities is providing free legal advice and assistance with citizenship applications. Accredited professionals will help you with every step on your path to citizenship.  1st Floor, New Americans Corner, Main Library.

Sponsored by Worcester Public Library, Massachusetts Office for Refugees & Immigrants, and The Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Free Citizenship Classes
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Free Citizenship Classes

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Thursday December 28, 2017
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Room Reserved - Children's
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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The Tanglewood Marionette's present 'Cinderella'
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Set in the eighteenth century and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed 30" maionettes, this production of Cinderella is a Tanglewood showpiece. 

*This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

Ages: Families with children ages 12 and under

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity,  or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along.

If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.  

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Movie Matinee - Home Alone
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Description: An 8 year old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidently left home by his family during Christmas vacation..

Rated PG

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Garage Band! Digital Audio Design
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Channel your inner DJ and drop a beat with GarageBand on our iPads! Learn about digital audio production and jam with friends or go solo to create a track. GarageBand is a user-friendly iOS software application that provides preset MIDI keyboards and loops to create a unique tune. No prior musical knowledge or technical savvy required. You can use a variety of the pre-made loops, or combine them with your own melodies and beats. Participants are encouragedto post their completed tracks on Worcester Public Library's SoundCloud page. 

All materials provided

Ages: 8 and up

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Cinema at the Library presents: Despicable Me 3
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for the hit movie Despicable Me 3 in which Gru teams up with his long lost brother Dru for one last heist.

Rated PG

Ages: Families with Children 12 and under

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday December 29, 2017
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New Year's Eve for Little Ones
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

We request the honor of your presence at our 3rd annual New Year's Eve Celebration for young children. Children 6 and under are invited to experience a countdown to 2018, including noisemakers and hats, refreshments, and of course lots of dancing. Dress in your best and prepare for a time out on the town. Parents don't forget your cameras.

Space is limited

Ages: Recommended for ages 6 and under with an adult

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto (Open Lab)
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Para todos lo que necesitan ayuda usando dispositivos electrónicos.  Te enseñamos hacer lo que quieres en la computadora (búsquedas, Facebook, correo electrónico, escritura de resume, programas de Microsoft como Word o Excel) o tu teléfono.  

3er Piso, Laboratorio de Computación     

Gratis y abierto al público.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Room Reserved - Children's
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Friday Flicks for Teens: Spiderman: Homecoming
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Small snack will be provded

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Saturday December 30, 2017
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Language Exchange Cafe
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Participants will pair up to spend half an hour teaching their native language, and then half an hour learning their partner’s. Free and open to all adults.

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Lego and Construction Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with a hands-on activity with Legos and construction pieces during FREE PLAY. A building theme and teamwork is encouraged each Saturday by librarians for kids to expirement with. Parents may join in. Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). 

All materials are provided by the library

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended. And remember to bring water!

Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register.

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 3 years experience teaching Zumba and Zumba Tone classes. She loves music, dancing, and seeing smiling faces after each class!

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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Red Cross Blood Drive
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Community blood drive to be held in the Saxe Room at the Main Library Branch.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Black Culture Edutainment Series
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate all aspects of Black Culture via film, discussion, music and more!!

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Tuesday January 2, 2018
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Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use your imaginationto make Lego creations in the program room.

Ages: 4 to 12 with a caregiver

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Game On!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

One-hour appointments with Genealogy & Local History librarian. Provide at least one week’s lead time for specific topics to allow librarian sufficient time to prepare. 3rd Floor Desk.

LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circles
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place and meet new friends as we learn by talking together!  No registration required. Snacks provided.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Wednesday January 3, 2018
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DIY Crafts
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Drop in to try our craft ideas, bring your own crafts to work on, or just drop in to say hi to our crafting community! For ages 16 and up.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Garage Band! Digital Audio Design
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Channel your inner DJ and drop a beat with GarageBand on our iPads! Learn about digital audio production and jam with friends or go solo to create a track. GarageBand is a user-friendly iOS software application that provides preset MIDI keyboards and loops to create a unique tune. No prior musical knowledge or technical savvy required. You can use a variety of the pre-made loops, or combine them with your own melodies and beats. Participants are encouragedto post their completed tracks on Worcester Public Library's SoundCloud page. 

All materials provided

Ages: 8 and up

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents. Learn to set up a library or email account, or download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Google Drive
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Google Drive provides a great solution for working on and storing documents in “the cloud,” as well as backing up important files and sharing files with others. We’ll cover uploading and downloading, sharing, and organizing your files with Google Drive. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid Gmail address are required to participate in this class.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 9 spaces available.
Thursday January 4, 2018
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Walgreens Business Meeting
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This is a Business meeting/Training to include Store Managers in our district.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Monthly meeting of non-profit and government organizations located in or serving the small businesses and entrepreneurs of Worcester.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity,  or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along.

If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.  

 
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Garage Band! Digital Audio Design
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Channel your inner DJ and drop a beat with GarageBand on our iPads! Learn about digital audio production and jam with friends or go solo to create a track. GarageBand is a user-friendly iOS software application that provides preset MIDI keyboards and loops to create a unique tune. No prior musical knowledge or technical savvy required. You can use a variety of the pre-made loops, or combine them with your own melodies and beats. Participants are encouragedto post their completed tracks on Worcester Public Library's SoundCloud page. 

All materials provided

Ages: 8 and up

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Greendale Crime Watch
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Neighborhood Issues

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday January 5, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This class will build your basic computer skills by working with the mouse and keyboard, and by practicing basic computer searches. Sign up at the 2rd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Para todos lo que necesitan ayuda usando dispositivos electrónicos. Te enseñamos hacer lo que quieres en la computadora (búsquedas, Facebook, correo electrónico, escritura de resume, programas de Microsoft como Word o Excel) o tu teléfono.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Saturday January 6, 2018
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Organizing Your Genealogy Resources Electronically
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

This class will cover how to download files and images from all major genealogy databases offered by the library. We will also be covering how to organize genealogy information using tools like Google Drive and Dropbox, and also tips and tricks like how to set up electronic folder trees and how to use the snipping tool. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3.

Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange Cafe
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Participants will pair up to spend half an hour teaching their native language, and then half an hour learning their partner’s. Free and open to all adults.

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Lego and Construction Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with a hands-on activity with Legos and construction pieces during FREE PLAY. A building theme and teamwork is encouraged each Saturday by librarians for kids to expirement with. Parents may join in. Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). 

All materials are provided by the library

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Massachusetts Society of Genealogists
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

WPL’s Local History & Genealogy Librarian  Joy Hennig and Former WPL Reference Supervisor and Genealogist Charlene Sokal will present  “On the Streets Where They Lived: Exploring the Riches Hidden in Massachusetts Town Records.”  

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Breakfast Club
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Enjoy breakfast with us while we talk about our favorite books! We'll choose one MCBA-nominated book per month and chat about it over juice, chocolate milk and donughts. No need to read the book before attending - all are welcome

The Massachusetts Children's Book Award Program encourages children in the fourth, fifth and sixth grades to read great books. It also gives children a chance to voice their opinion and choose the book they think deserves to be named the MCBA book of the year.

Open to grades 4 through 6

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Worcester Cares for Those in Need
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Free hamburgers, hot dogs, soup, coffee, and gently used winter clothing. In the McGrath Parking Lot next to the Main Library.

 
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VegWorcester Cooking Class: Healthy & Amazing Sauces
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

One way to eat whole-food, plant-based meals is by making bowl meals: combining a mix of healthy foods then pouring on a delicious sauce, and you’ll have healthy meals where everyone will be asking for 2nds!  In this class, we will talk about the bowl-building basics, and 3 great sauces that will make healthy food addicting!  

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 84 spaces available.
Monday January 8, 2018
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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Help your child build early literacy skills in this interactive preschool program. Your child will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and other early literacy activities!

Ages: Recommended for ages 4-5

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Worcester Family Partnership -Advisory Council Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Early Childhood Education agency information sharing

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Construction Club - New and Improved
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Manga Tiles, or "K"nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! 

Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Tuesday January 9, 2018
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Sensory Storytime
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sensory Storytime is an interactive and educational program that can be enjoyed by all children, but is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. It combines books, songs, movement, and activities ensuring that all children have a chance to learn pre-literacy skills.

Ages: 2 to 6

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Popular Reads Cafe - Graphic Medicine
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join avid reader and reference librarian Veronica for spirited discussions of popular fiction and non-fiction books! Local authors and library staff will be featured, and refreshments will be provided. Free and open to all.

 

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use your imaginationto make Lego creations in the program room.

Ages: 4 to 12 with a caregiver

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Game On!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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SCORE Small Business Counseling
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class has 4 slots available. Classes fill up quickly, register early!

Please contact Daniel Ekberg at daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org or 508-648-1251 if you need to cancel your appointment.

One-hour sessions with a SCORE counselor for those planning to start a business.

The sessions take place in the 3rd Floor Study Rooms.

For more information and to schedule other times for counseling sessions please refer to the SCORE Website

LOCATION: Third Floor Study Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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WPL - Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

One-hour appointments with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian. 2nd Floor Desk.

LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There is 1 space available.
 
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English Conversation Circles
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place and meet new friends as we learn by talking together!  No registration required. Snacks provided.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Worcester Writer's Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Are words your passion? Worcester Writers Group may be of interest to you. Read more http://www.meetup.com/writers-858/

LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday January 10, 2018 - Friday March 9, 2018
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Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference

A national traveling exhibition that introduces the role engineers play in our lives. The exhibit features hands-on multimedia components that allow exhibit visitors to interact with exhibit content in a dynamic way, encouraging new perspectives about engineers and their vital work.

The exhibit was organized by Space Science Insitute's National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association's Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Insitute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation

Location: Main Library, 1st floor

Wednesday January 10, 2018
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MRC Interpreter Team Meeting
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

This is a meeting for training and supervision of the staff interpreters of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Toddler Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to the library! Toddlers will enjoy songs, stories, playtime, and lots of fun!

Ages: Recommended for ages 1 1/2 to 3 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Drop in to try our craft ideas, bring your own crafts to work on, or just drop in to say hi to our crafting community! For ages 16 and up.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Garage Band! Digital Audio Design
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Channel your inner DJ and drop a beat with GarageBand on our iPads! Learn about digital audio production and jam with friends or go solo to create a track. GarageBand is a user-friendly iOS software application that provides preset MIDI keyboards and loops to create a unique tune. No prior musical knowledge or technical savvy required. You can use a variety of the pre-made loops, or combine them with your own melodies and beats. Participants are encouragedto post their completed tracks on Worcester Public Library's SoundCloud page. 

All materials provided

Ages: 8 and up

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents. Learn to set up a library or email account, or download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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WPLF - Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Author Eamon McCarthy Earls Presents the Making of Wachusett
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

From 1895 to  1908 one of the largest civil engineering projects in New England history transformed four Massachusetts towns, creating Boston’s first truly modern water supply system. One of the last hand dug reservoirs, the building of Wachusett stretched the bounds of 19th Century engineering and included human turmoils such as strikes, murders, and accidental deaths of more than 30 workers.

Hear the dramatic story of visionaries, townsfolk, and immigrant laborers that made the Wachusett Reservoir a reality from local historian Eamon McCarthy Earls, author of Wachusett: How Boston's 19th Century Quest for Water Changed Four Towns and a Way of Life.

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday January 11, 2018
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PMPD Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

PMPD Meeting

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Winter Wonder: Celebrating the Season - Mr. Snowman
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stories, poems, songs, and fun activities to learn about and enjoy the beauty of a wonderful winter.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity,  or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along.

If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.  

 
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Paws to Read
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Read to our wonderful pet therapy dog, Bridget! Boost reading skills and confiedence! 

Space is limited, register at the Children's Room Help Desk

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Garage Band! Digital Audio Design
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Channel your inner DJ and drop a beat with GarageBand on our iPads! Learn about digital audio production and jam with friends or go solo to create a track. GarageBand is a user-friendly iOS software application that provides preset MIDI keyboards and loops to create a unique tune. No prior musical knowledge or technical savvy required. You can use a variety of the pre-made loops, or combine them with your own melodies and beats. Participants are encouragedto post their completed tracks on Worcester Public Library's SoundCloud page. 

All materials provided

Ages: 8 and up

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Friday January 12, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This class will build your basic computer skills by working with the mouse and keyboard, and by practicing basic computer searches. Sign up at the 2rd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies! Rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplayfor babies with a parent or caregiver

Ages: 0 to 18 months

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Para todos lo que necesitan ayuda usando dispositivos electrónicos. Te enseñamos hacer lo que quieres en la computadora (búsquedas, Facebook, correo electrónico, escritura de resume, programas de Microsoft como Word o Excel) o tu teléfono.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Just Dance
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Turn down for what?! It's a new year and that's cause for a celebration. Join us for a dance party!

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Saturday January 13, 2018
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Language Exchange Cafe
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Participants will pair up to spend half an hour teaching their native language, and then half an hour learning their partner’s. Free and open to all adults.

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Lego and Construction Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with a hands-on activity with Legos and construction pieces during FREE PLAY. A building theme and teamwork is encouraged each Saturday by librarians for kids to expirement with. Parents may join in. Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). 

All materials are provided by the library

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended. And remember to bring water!

Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register.

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 3 years experience teaching Zumba and Zumba Tone classes. She loves music, dancing, and seeing smiling faces after each class!

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Explore Tech: Engineers make a World of Difference Exhibit Grand Opening
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Value of a Book
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Book dealer Ray Rickman presents a hands-on workshop that answers the following questions: "What determines a book’s value?" and, "How and why does this value change over time?” In the style of PBS's “The Antiques Roadshow,” attendees are invited to bring up to three books to be valued.  

Ray Rickman has extensive knowledge of rare and valuable books from 30 years’ experience in the book dealing business. He is also the former executive director of the Providence Human Relations Commission, and is currently the executive director of Stages of Freedom, an organization that promotes Black culture for the entire community.

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee: Cars 3
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Joing Lightning McQueen as he faces off against a new generation of racers! A small snack will be provided.

Rated G

Ages: Families with children ages 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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'Frozen' Sing-Along with Anna and Elsa
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Dreams do come true! Meet Anna and Elsa, take photos, read Frozen stories, and join us for a sing-a-long! 

This series was made possible by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Tuesday January 16, 2018
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Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use your imaginationto make Lego creations in the program room.

Ages: 4 to 12 with a caregiver

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Game On!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Friends of the WPL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

One-hour appointment with Genealogy & Local History librarian. Provide at least one week’s lead time for specific topics to allow librarian sufficient time to prepare. 3rd Floor Desk

LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
There is 1 space available.
 
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English Conversation Circles
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place and meet new friends as we learn by talking together!  No registration required. Snacks provided.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Melissa Caruso Author Event and Book Signing
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

If you’re a fan of fantasy and enjoy book chats, join local author Melissa Caruso, who will be reading from her debut novel and discussing the writing life. Kirkus Reviews featured The Tethered Mage on its monthly must-read speculative fiction, and it made Barnes & Noble’s list of top new science fiction & fantasy releases for October 2017!

Melissa Caruso is the author of The Tethered Mage , the first in the Swords & Fire trilogy. She lives in Massachusetts with her family.
Free and open to all!

LOCATION: Fiction Area
Wednesday January 17, 2018
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Toddler Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to the library! Toddlers will enjoy songs, stories, playtime, and lots of fun!

Ages: Recommended for ages 1 1/2 to 3 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Drop in to try our craft ideas, bring your own crafts to work on, or just drop in to say hi to our crafting community! For ages 16 and up.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Construction Club - New and Improved
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Manga Tiles, or "K"nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! 

Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Valentine Workshop with the Worcester Historical Museum
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join Bill Wallace from the Worcester Historical Society as he teaches us about Worcester's history with valentines, and then make your own unique valentine!

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents. Learn to set up a library or email account, or download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Local Musicians Night
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

There’s a lot of underground music happening in Worcester, and now it’s coming to a library near you!  Each night, two local bands play, and no cover charge! All ages are welcome.

Tonight's lineup:  Mitchell & Spear and Leah Raczynski

Mitchell & Spear

Phil Mitchell and Jeff Spear comprise this electronic duo.  Steeped in krautrock, ambient, and a touch of soul, they use a mixture of hardware and MIDI instruments, as well as their deep psychic connection, to construct their jams.  

Leah Raczynski

Leah plays a mixture of traditional and original folk songs about shadows, rivers, siblings, and love.  She has used her voice, acoustic guitar, percussion, and computer assistance to realize her work.  

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday January 18, 2018
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Winter Wonder: Celebrating the Season - Bundle Up
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stories, poems, songs, and fun activities to learn about and enjoy the beauty of a wonderful winter.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity,  or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along.

If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.  

 
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Take Apart Tuesday
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Wreck the tech! See what's inside CPU's old-school landline phones, VHS tapes and more! We'll identify different components of retired technology and see how technology evoloved. Gloves and goggles will be provided, as well as all the tools we'll need to wreck the tech.

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Sweet Science
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Conduct experiments using all your favorite candies! You may not recognize these sweets after we attempt to dissolve them, remove their color, and test them for acid.

Ages:Recommended for ages 7 to 10

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Friday January 19, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This class will build your basic computer skills by working with the mouse and keyboard, and by practicing basic computer searches. Sign up at the 2rd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies! Rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplayfor babies with a parent or caregiver

Ages: 0 to 18 months

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Mass Advocates Self-Advocacy Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Self-Advocacy meeting with MASS self-advocates and from NY.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Para todos lo que necesitan ayuda usando dispositivos electrónicos. Te enseñamos hacer lo que quieres en la computadora (búsquedas, Facebook, correo electrónico, escritura de resume, programas de Microsoft como Word o Excel) o tu teléfono.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Saturday January 20, 2018
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Online Job Searching
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

We’ll cover what information you’ll need to gather for job searching online, go over some of the most commonly used job search sites, and learn common tasks like uploading a resume and a cover letter. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange Cafe
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Participants will pair up to spend half an hour teaching their native language, and then half an hour learning their partner’s. Free and open to all adults.

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Lego and Construction Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with a hands-on activity with Legos and construction pieces during FREE PLAY. A building theme and teamwork is encouraged each Saturday by librarians for kids to expirement with. Parents may join in. Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). 

All materials are provided by the library

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended. And remember to bring water!

Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register.

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 3 years experience teaching Zumba and Zumba Tone classes. She loves music, dancing, and seeing smiling faces after each class!

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Yoga & Mindfulness
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

New year, new you! Yoga and mindfulness helps improve your body and your mind by reducing anxiety and increasing feelings of self-compassion. Live in the moment and go with the flow. Ivy Child International offers 30 minutes of yoga and mindfulness for families with children ages 12 and under.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Around the World Adventures
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Come discover our amazing world! We'll learn about different countries and cultures through songs, stories, dancing, food, and more!

Ages: Reccomended for ages 4 to 7

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Women In Action, Inc's 6th Annual Small Business and Entrepreneur Award Ceremony
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
The winners are experienced professional leaders,  support their community and excel in their career. The winners are trail blazers who have not followed but have carved their own path to success and have supported other people along the way. They must demonstrate high standards in all that they have done and serve as an example to others professionally and personally. The nominations are reviewed and a winner will be selected by the Board of Directors of Women In Action Inc. Everyone nominated for the 2017 Women In Action Inc Award Ceremony will be recognized at the 2018 Woman In Action Inc Conference in January. The winners will receive an award  certificate as a symbol of strength and empowerment and recognition of their contribute to the community
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Andy & Judy Sing
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Join folksingers Andy & Judy Daigle for storytelling through song. Guitars, mandolins, banjos and harmonicas will be played, and music will range from traditional songs to the tunes of the folk music classics. Audience participation by singing along, clapping or stomping is encouraged!

New England natives Andy & Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. They perform regularly at coffeehouses, festivals, libraries, and stages where they have been featured artists, openers and headliners blending their growing list of original songs with popular folk covers. This Old Town , their latest album, charted at number 11 on the U.S./International Folk DJ charts for July 2017.

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Monday January 22, 2018
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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Help your child build early literacy skills in this interactive preschool program. Your child will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and other early literacy activities!

Ages: Recommended for ages 4-5

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Construction Club - New and Improved
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Manga Tiles, or "K"nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! 

Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Tuesday January 23, 2018
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Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use your imaginationto make Lego creations in the program room.

Ages: 4 to 12 with a caregiver

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Coding Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Try your hand at coding! Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps. Also, play with our programmable Code n Go mice, and see your code come to life! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

Ages 7 to 12

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Game On!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

One-hour appointments with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian. 2nd Floor Desk.

LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circles
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place and meet new friends as we learn by talking together!  No registration required. Snacks provided.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Wednesday January 24, 2018
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Toddler Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to the library! Toddlers will enjoy songs, stories, playtime, and lots of fun!

Ages: Recommended for ages 1 1/2 to 3 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Drop in to try our craft ideas, bring your own crafts to work on, or just drop in to say hi to our crafting community! For ages 16 and up.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents. Learn to set up a library or email account, or download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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MA Division of Banks Check Casher Hearing (Northeast Check Cashing Inc.)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

When considering an advance change notice for a check casher relocation, the Division is required to assess the impact of the proposed business on the local economy and public safety.  This hearing is being held in the area of the proposed store location to afford residents of affected neighborhoods and interested parties an ample and meaningful opportunity to be heard. 

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday January 25, 2018
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Winter Wonder: Celebrating the Season - Winter Animals
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stories, poems, songs, and fun activities to learn about and enjoy the beauty of a wonderful winter.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity,  or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along.

If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.  

 
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Paws to Read
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Read to our wonderful pet therapy dog, Bridget! Boost reading skills and confiedence! 

Space is limited, register at the Children's Room Help Desk

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Construction Club - New and Improved
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Manga Tiles, or "K"nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! 

Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Thursday Night Comedy Cinema at FPBL
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

A classic comedy featuring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy!

Rated NR, 1933 69 minutes, best for adults

Free, just drop in

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday January 26, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This class will build your basic computer skills by working with the mouse and keyboard, and by practicing basic computer searches. Sign up at the 2rd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies! Rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplayfor babies with a parent or caregiver

Ages: 0 to 18 months

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Clean Water Action regional training
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Clean Water Action is a national nonprofit with local offices in MA, CT, and RI. This meeting is a diversity and inclusion training for staff members from these three states. 

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Para todos lo que necesitan ayuda usando dispositivos electrónicos. Te enseñamos hacer lo que quieres en la computadora (búsquedas, Facebook, correo electrónico, escritura de resume, programas de Microsoft como Word o Excel) o tu teléfono.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Saturday January 27, 2018
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Learn to Touch Type
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Learn how to type on the keyboard without looking!  This class will show you how to position your hands and fingers to type faster and more accurately.  This is a great skill to learn for your current job or to put on a resume for a future job.  You will also leave with lots of great  resources so you can practice and have fun developing your new typing skills. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange Cafe
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Participants will pair up to spend half an hour teaching their native language, and then half an hour learning their partner’s. Free and open to all adults.

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Lego and Construction Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with a hands-on activity with Legos and construction pieces during FREE PLAY. A building theme and teamwork is encouraged each Saturday by librarians for kids to expirement with. Parents may join in. Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). 

All materials are provided by the library

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended. And remember to bring water!

Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register.

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 3 years experience teaching Zumba and Zumba Tone classes. She loves music, dancing, and seeing smiling faces after each class!

Program generously sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Music Recital
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Studio and public school student recital given by the music students of Israel Saldana.

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Yoga & Mindfulness
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

New year, new you! Yoga and mindfulness helps improve your body and your mind by reducing anxiety and increasing feelings of self-compassion. Live in the moment and go with the flow. Ivy Child International offers 30 minutes of yoga and mindfulness for families with children ages 12 and under.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Black Culture Edutainment Series
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate all aspects of Black Culture via film, discussion, music and more!!

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Monday January 29, 2018
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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Help your child build early literacy skills in this interactive preschool program. Your child will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and other early literacy activities!

Ages: Recommended for ages 4-5

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Construction Club - New and Improved
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Manga Tiles, or "K"nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! 

Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Tuesday January 30, 2018
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CORI Sealing Workshops with EPOCA
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn how to seal your CORI and make the most of your job search.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use your imaginationto make Lego creations in the program room.

Ages: 4 to 12 with a caregiver

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Take Apart Tuesday
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Wreck the tech! See what's inside CPU's old-school landline phones, VHS tapes and more! We'll identify different components of retired technology and see how technology evoloved. Gloves and goggles will be provided, as well as all the tools we'll need to wreck the tech.

All ages welcome

LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Valentine Workshop with the Worcester Historical Museum
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join Bill Wallace from the Worcester Historical Society as he teaches us about Worcester's history with valentines, and then make your own unique valentine!

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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English Conversation Circles
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us to practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place and meet new friends as we learn by talking together!  No registration required. Snacks provided.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Wednesday January 31, 2018
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Toddler Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to the library! Toddlers will enjoy songs, stories, playtime, and lots of fun!

Ages: Recommended for ages 1 1/2 to 3 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Spectrum Victim Impact Forum
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. Drop in to try our craft ideas, bring your own crafts to work on, or just drop in to say hi to our crafting community! For ages 16 and up.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Make and Take
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us at the library for an amazing activity that you can take home with you!

All ages welcome

 

LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Weekly Game On program alternates between the videogame Just Dance (all ages) and Minecraft Mania (ages 8 to 17)

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents. Learn to set up a library or email account, or download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Make-A-Wish New Volunteer Training
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island would like to request space to conduct a new volunteer training session for Worcester area volunteers of the organization. 

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday February 1, 2018
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Winter Wonder: Celebrating the Season - Cozy on Up
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Stories, poems, songs, and fun activities to learn about and enjoy the beauty of a wonderful winter.

Ages: 3 to 5 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Monthly meeting of non-profit and government organizations located in or serving the small businesses and entrepreneurs of Worcester.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity,  or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along.

If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn.  

 
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Valentine Making Workshop
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Bill Wallace, director of the Worcester Historical Museum as he teaches us about our city's unique history with this holiday. We will also be making pur very own Valentine's Day cards.

All supplies provided

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Greendale Crime Watch
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Neighborhood Issues

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday February 2, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This class will build your basic computer skills by working with the mouse and keyboard, and by practicing basic computer searches. Sign up at the 2rd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies! Rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplayfor babies with a parent or caregiver

Ages: 0 to 18 months

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Para todos lo que necesitan ayuda usando dispositivos electrónicos. Te enseñamos hacer lo que quieres en la computadora (búsquedas, Facebook, correo electrónico, escritura de resume, programas de Microsoft como Word o Excel) o tu teléfono.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday February 3, 2018
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FCCERS
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Featuring a new spiral binding, the FCCERS-R is a thorough revision of the widely used program quality assessment instrument, The Family Day Care Rating Scale. Designed for use in family child care programs, it is suitable for programs serving children from infancy through school age. Following extensive input from users of the original scale, the authors have made many improvements and innovations that will make this program resource even more effective and easy to use. 

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Language Exchange Cafe
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Participants will pair up to spend half an hour teaching their native language, and then half an hour learning their partner’s. Free and open to all adults.

LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Lego and Construction Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with a hands-on activity with Legos and construction pieces during FREE PLAY. A building theme and teamwork is encouraged each Saturday by librarians for kids to expirement with. Parents may join in. Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). 

All materials are provided by the library

Ages: 12 and under

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Massachusetts Society of Genealogists
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Professional Genealogist Seema Kenney will discuss “Why, When and How to Conduct Research at the National Archives in Boston.”

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Yoga & Mindfulness
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

New year, new you! Yoga and mindfulness helps improve your body and your mind by reducing anxiety and increasing feelings of self-compassion. Live in the moment and go with the flow. Ivy Child International offers 30 minutes of yoga and mindfulness for families with children ages 12 and under.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Worcester Cares for Those in Need
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Free hamburgers, hot dogs, soup, coffee, and gently used winter clothing. In the McGrath Parking Lot next to the Main Library.

Monday February 5, 2018
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Preschool Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Help your child build early literacy skills in this interactive preschool program. Your child will enjoy stories, songs, crafts, and other early literacy activities!

Ages: Recommended for ages 4-5

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday February 6, 2018
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Lego Club
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Use your imaginationto make Lego creations in the program room.

Ages: 4 to 12 with a caregiver

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

One-hour appointments with Genealogy & Local History librarian. Provide at least one week’s lead time for specific topics to allow librarian sufficient time to prepare. 3rd Floor Desk.

LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circles
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place, and meet new friends as we learn by talking together. Banx Room.

LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Wednesday February 7, 2018
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Toddler Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to the library! Toddlers will enjoy songs, stories, playtime, and lots of fun!

Ages: Recommended for ages 1 1/2 to 3 years old

LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity.