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Friday October 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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 with rhymes, songs, stories, bounces and fingerplays.

Ages: 0 to 18 months

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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WPL's Anime Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for the Worcester Public Library's Anime Club - just for teens! Every month we'll do something fun and anime/manga related, including a craft, eating some Japanese snacks, and watching some anime!

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Mini-Pumpkin Decorating
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We will bring the pumpkins - you can bring your creativity! Decorate your pumpkin with paint, glitter, pompoms and more! Space is limited. Please call 508-799-1687 to register or visit us at the Frances Perkins Branch.

Suggested for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Saturday October 20, 2018
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Microsoft Excel for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

An introductory class in the basics of Microsoft Excel. Learn to create basic worksheets, edit, perform calculations, and save documents. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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LEGOS
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. Your structure may be featured in our Lego display case. All materials are provided by the library. Don't miss a visit with Master Lego Builder Dan Steinger this November 3rd, at 2pm.

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
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.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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Cooking Class with Colin McCullough
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Using an Air Fryer: Making Fried Food Healthier

One of the newest kitchen appliances, air fryers promise to make fried food healthier by using much less oil than deep-fryers, but is it possible to have crispy fries without all the fat?  In this class, we'll talk about the tips and tricks of using an air fryer to make healthy fries, and more!

Colin McCullough has been vegan for 20 years, and enjoys teaching people ways to include more whole-food, plant-based food into their diet. He believes that eating healthy food is the single most important step we can take to improve our health and happiness.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Asian Brush Painting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An introduction to Asian brush painting. Learn how to hold the brush, paint on Mulberry paper, handle the right amount of water and ink and take a journey in meditative repetitive stroke making. We will cover basic strokes; followed by bamboo, orchid, chrysanthemums and plum flower strokes. Free and open to adults.

Worcester artist Bayda Asbridge, mentored by Sharon Smith Viles and Jan Zaremba in Asian Brush Painting, teaches and exhibits widely in the New England Area.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Worcester Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
 
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Movie Matinee: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Coco
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Miguel dreams of becoming a great musician although his family has banned music long ago. After entering the Land of the Dead, Miguel meets Hector, a very interesting new friend. Together they learn a lot about music and just as importantly, family. A small snack will be provided. Rated PG

Ages: Families with children 12 and under

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Monday October 22, 2018
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YWCA's Empty Place at the Table Display
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

You're growing so fast so let's celebrate terrific you and all you are learning to do!

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

Ages: 1 1/2 to 3 years old with a caregiver

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Sensory Play
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Sensory Play is an interactive program for children birth to 5 years old to explore different textures, substances and tools. We'll have moon sand, colored rice, toys and much more!

 

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Construction Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Magna 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

 

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Construction Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Magna 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

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Craft Day! - WHOO has seen the Owl Pumpkin
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us at the GBV Branch as we create and decorate your own Owl Pumpkin

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
Tuesday October 23, 2018
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YWCA's Empty Place at the Table Display
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Behind the Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover facts and go places you’ve never gone in the library! Meet at the Food for Thought Bookstore. No registration required, all are welcome! No registration required, all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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CORI Sealing Workshop w/EPOCA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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ESOL Navigator: Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Lego 'n' More Constructive Playtime
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Kids ages 4-12 can enjoy an open-ended constructive playtime using Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and trains!

Build solo or buddy up and work on a team project! 

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Costume Building Blocks
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

While supplies last, WPL is giving YOU the building blocks you need to make a great Halloween Costume! Older kids/teens will be given the choice of one free item, purchased with a grant generousley provided by te Greater Worcester Community Foundation -- from vampire fangs and face paints to masks and more, we're helping you get ready for trick or treating. 

We'll also accept donations of clean, gently used Halloween Costume items at the Children's Service Desk until October 25th.

Ages: 8 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons -Sand Art Candy Corn & Haunted House Magis Scratches
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

Tuesday's @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons -Sand Art Candy Corn & Haunted House Magis Scratches
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

Tuesday's @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons -Sand Art Candy Corn & Haunted House Magis Scratches
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

Tuesday's @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons -Sand Art Candy Corn & Haunted House Magis Scratches
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

Tuesday's @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance (One-on-One)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Jewish Genealogy Event
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In collaboration with the Jewish Historical Society of Central Mass and Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston, the Library will present a program on Jewish genealogical research and highlighting the resources available at the Library. The evening will include a presentation of interesting tidbits of local history pertaining to the Jewish experience in Central MA.

Jessie Klein is a co-President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston and has served as a co-director of the Society’s course, Jewish Genealogy: Discover Your Family History. She has been doing family research for fifteen years.

Carolyn Lee Kohlman is co-president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston.She is a proud graduate of Clark University and earned her MSW at Boston University. Carolyn also serves as a Board member and VP of Caring Community at her congregation, Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Wednesday October 24, 2018
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Early Voting
8:45 AM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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YWCA's Empty Place at the Table Display
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Adult Gardening Club
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Dreaming of growing your own fresh herbs and vegetables at home?  Have you perfected the art of bucket gardening and want to share your wisdom?  Looking for someone to compare composting techniques with? Let's get together!  All levels of experience welcome.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include bumper stickers, stained glass coloring pages, paper clay houses, personalized mugs, jute rope coasters, and ornaments!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Halloween Party
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come in costume to this all ages, family Halloween party! Visit a variety of arts and crafts stations, play some spooktacular games, and earn your Halloween treats by completting a monster scavenger hunt!

*All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Relax and play video games! XBox games alternate weekly between Sonic Mania Plus and Just Dance. Both games are rated E for everyone.

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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MBSR Instruction with Ginny Wholley
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Week 6

Mindfulness does not eliminate difficult situations, but; empowers you to be resilient in the moment. You will learn strategies to strengthen your inner resilience in the face of difficult personal communications. 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Thursday October 25, 2018
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Friends Book Sale
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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YWCA's Empty Place at the Table Display
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Jumpstart: Read for the Record
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Come to our read-aloud! On October 25, 2018 we join children and adults worldwide by participating in the 12th anniversary of the world's largest shared reading experience featuring the picture book "Maybe Something Beautiful" by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. Illustrated by Rafael Lopez.

What good can a splash of color do in a community of gray? As Mira and her neighbors discover, more than you might ever imagine! Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation-and how even the smallest artists can accomplish something big.

Ages: Best for 3 to 5 year olds

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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MSCA Regional Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
CONTACT:  Joy Rehfeld  508-791-7783  jrehfeld@rsvp-worcester.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out. You may also drop-in for eBook and eReader help during librry hours.

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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.  

Themed Projects for October:

Hurricane Hat:

1 skein worsted weight yarn, size 7 16” circular needles and size 7 double pointed needles, stitch marker

Malabrigo Head Thingie:

1 skein worsted weight yarn, size 5 and size 9 16” circular needles, size 9 double pointed needle, stitch marker

Fisher:

1 skein worsted weight yarn, size 7 16” circular needles and size 7 double pointed needles, cable needle, tapestry needle, stitch marker

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Rocket Launch! With the Ecotarium
3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Does a rocket's shape affect its flight? Use engineering, math, and physics to design and build rocket prototypes!

Ages: 8 to 12 - Registration is required, space is limited

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day! - STAINED GLASS
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us at the GBV Branch as we create and decorate your own "Stained Glass" Scarecrow Display

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Cinema at the Library: Ant Man and the Wasp
3:30 PM - 5:40 PM

In the latest Marvel movie, Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, as Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Rated PG-13

Children under 13 must be accompanied by a caregiver

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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3Doodler 3D printing pens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

If you can imagine it, you can doodle it! Use 3D printing pens to construct a model, building, jewlery, or anything else you can possibly imagine! Supports STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

Ages: 6 and up

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

Relax and play video games! XBox games alternate weekly between Sonic Mania Plus and Just Dance. Both games are rated E for everyone. 

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday October 26, 2018
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Friends Book Sale
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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YWCA's Empty Place at the Table Display
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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 with rhymes, songs, stories, bounces and fingerplays.

Ages: 0 to 18 months

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Halloween Party
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come in costume to this all ages, family Halloween party! Visit a variety of arts and crafts stations, play some spooktacular games, and earn your Halloween treats by completting a monster scavenger hunt!

*All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Caravan Puppets Presents: Tales of Mystery
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Caravan Puppets brings classic literature and folk tales to the puppet stage with heart and humor. Audiences are treated to a wide diversity of puppets and puppetry styles with beautiful staging and original music. TALES OF MYSTERY is not too scary for younger children, and filled with puppet creatures!

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Saturday October 27, 2018
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Friends Book Sale
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Microsoft Publisher for Beginners
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

An introductory class on creating professional looking brochures and newsletters by formatting text and images. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required.

 
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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LEGOS
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. Your structure may be featured in our Lego display case. All materials are provided by the library. Don't miss a visit with Master Lego Builder Dan Steinger this November 3rd, at 2pm.

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
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.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Club del libro en espanol
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
CONTACT:  Beatriz Alvarado     balvarado1@yahoo.com
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
 
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CactusHead Puppets present: Shadow Puppet Workshop
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join the Cactushead Puppets' workshop to learn about different kinds of shadow puppets and also learn how to make your own.

Ages: 6 years old and up

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Halloween Party
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come in costume to this all ages, family Halloween party! Visit a variety of arts and crafts stations, play some spooktacular games, and earn your Halloween treats by completting a monster scavenger hunt!

*All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Monday October 29, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

You're growing so fast so let's celebrate terrific you and all you are learning to do!

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

Ages: 1 1/2 to 3 years old with a caregiver

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Construction Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Magna 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

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Craft Day! - HAUNTED HOUSE
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us at the GBV Branch as we create and decorate a scary Haunted House scene

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Halloween Party
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come in costume to this all ages, family Halloween party! Visit a variety of arts and crafts stations, play some spooktacular games, and earn your Halloween treats by completting a monster scavenger hunt!

*All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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REAL TALK
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Professional Learning Community for Educators and Leaders of Color to discuss topics around race and equity.

CONTACT:  carmen melendez  5087972143  melendezquinteroc@worcesterschools.net
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow with J.T. Turner
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

The Headless Horseman Rides Again! Storyteller J.T. Turner portrays Washington Irving telling his most famous tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Taking on all the roles of this Halloween tale, Turner has adapted the piece to keep all ages entertained. It is a story theater at its best!

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Tuesday October 30, 2018
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Eliot Statewide Meeting
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Training

CONTACT:  Alicia Herlihy  3392234805  aherlihy@eliotchs.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Behind the Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover facts and go places you’ve never gone in the library! Meet at the Food for Thought Bookstore. No registration required, all are welcome! No registration required, all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Introduction to Finding Grants
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

There are many considerations to be made when seeking funding to support your non-profit organization. This workshop will provide an overview of the grant seeking process as outlined by the Foundation Center and will provide a look at how to use the Foundation Directory online database.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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ESOL Navigator: Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Lego 'n' More Constructive Playtime
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Kids ages 4-12 can enjoy an open-ended constructive playtime using Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, and trains!

Build solo or buddy up and work on a team project! 

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Sugar Skull Ceramic Banks
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Sugar Skull Ceramic Banks
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Sugar Skull Ceramic Banks
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Sugar Skull Ceramic Banks
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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WPL Teen Zone's Nightmare Carnival
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

For one night the Teen Zone will be filled with the spirit of Halloween and host a Nightmare Carnival! There will be special effects, makeup artists, props for a photobooth, spooky crafts, and a tarot reader. 

Come in costume and enter to win a prize for best costume!

Ages: 13 to 17

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
 
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LVGW Annual Event
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Introduction to the world of computer programming, using the Python language. You will learn about expressions, variables, logic, and control structures, and use them to write simple programs. Computer skills and email address required. Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

Feel free to contact the instructor Melody, at mfriedenthal@mywpl.org with any questions.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Wednesday October 31, 2018
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Early Voting
8:45 AM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Spooktacular Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

It's Halloween day and you are invited to join our fun spooky-time with games and stories, music and crafts.Children are welcome to come in costumes.

Ages: 3 to 5

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include bumper stickers, stained glass coloring pages, paper clay houses, personalized mugs, jute rope coasters, and ornaments!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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MBSR Instruction with Ginny Wholley
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Week 7

You will explore ways of integrating mindfulness into your life. Learning how to maintain a consistent yet flexible practice to suit the dynamic nature of your life.  You will construct your own practice choosing from the formal and informal practices you have learned.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Thursday November 1, 2018
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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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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SORB Workshop
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Traing for Attorneys that handle Sex Offender Registry Board cases

CONTACT:  Rob Ploski  617-910-5827  rploski@publiccounsel.net
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out. You may also drop-in for eBook and eReader help during librry hours.

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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.  

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Greendale Crime Watch
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Neighborhood Issues

CONTACT:  Steve Greaney  508-340-3280  
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday November 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Massachusetts Division of Insurance Alternate Pain Management Guidelines
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Public Information Session on New Law

CONTACT:  Kevin Beagan  617-521-7323  
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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STEM Make & Take: Candy Corn Catapults
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We will use a variety of materials to design, build, and test your own catapult. Then, compete with others to see who can launch their candy corn the farthest!

Ages: 6 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday November 3, 2018
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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LEGOS
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. Your structure may be featured in our Lego display case. All materials are provided by the library. Don't miss a visit with Master Lego Builder Dan Steinger this November 3rd, at 2pm.

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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MBSR Retreat
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

This all day retreat is meant to deepen your accessibility to the benefits of your mindfulness practice.  This intensive retreat sets your practice firmly to have it readily available to you throughout your life’s experiences.  You will be introduced to new formal and informal practices.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe 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.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Dan worked for the LEGO company as a Master Builder for over 23 years, building and designing life-sized LEGO models. Join him for an entertaining presentation about his career as a Master Builder, a children's group building activity, and a question and answer session about LEGO building!

Ages: 5 to 12 target age for building activity, all ages may join the presentation

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Idol Talk: Author Panel
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Authors Elizabeth Searle, Suzanne Strempek Shea and Caitlin McCarthy discuss their latest work, the anthology Idol Talk: Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations that Changed Their Lives. Q & A and book signing to follow.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Young Leaders Network Meeting
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Epilepsy Foundation of New England hosts a monthly meeting for their teen group to discuss ideas for planning advocacy, providing resources, and fundraising for their group. 

CONTACT:  Allison Doherty  7742004196  adoherty@epilepsynewengland.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Monday November 5, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

You're growing so fast so let's celebrate terrific you and all you are learning to do!

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

Ages: 1 1/2 to 3 years old with a caregiver

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Early Engineers
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This interactive STEM program will introduce kids to creative problem-solving through 4 weekly building challenges. Inspired by stories of how real structures were created, kids will engineer their own versions of a tower, a bridge and more using a variety of materials.

Ages: 6 to 8

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Office Hours for Constituents of Rep. Jim O'Day
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Office hours for the constituents of Rep. Jim O'Day. Opportunity to discuss community issues!

CONTACT:  Gianina Chua  6177222090  gianina.chua@mahouse.gov
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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WRTA Paratransit Automated Fare Collection
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Overview of Automated Fare Collection system for WRTA Paratransit service.

CONTACT:  Constance Mellis  508 459 3328  cmellis@cmrpc.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Tuesday November 6, 2018
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Behind the Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover facts and go places you’ve never gone in the library! Meet at the Food for Thought Bookstore. No registration required, all are welcome! No registration required, all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Start, Manage and Grow Your Business Using ReferenceUSA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This program teaches business owners and those aspiring to start a business how to identify their vertical market & generate sales leads based on what community is most likely to buy their products and services.  Other concepts are taught through the database including competitive analysis, market research, and varying outreach methods to attract new customers. Presented by Thomas Pridell of InfoGroup.

 

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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ESOL Navigator: Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Career Search Strategies: Uncovering the Hidden Job Market
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

This program will assist job seekers in identifying a wealth of information that will help them expand their opportunities in the job market.  Using this free service offered through the library, ReferenceUSA allows users to research area businesses and apply to available job openings, create marketing plans, & provide helpful tips on how to strengthen their resume.  Presented by Thomas Pridell of InfoGroup.

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Skull Suncatchers
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Skull Suncatchers
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Skull Suncatchers
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Skull Suncatchers
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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WPL Teen Advisory Group
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

RAISE YOR VOICE! Do you have ideas for things you want to do and see in the teen zone? The WPL Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is the place to be. We are looking for teens ages 13 to 17 to meet once a month and discuss programs, books and displays, and activities they want to see in the library. Snacks will be provided. Interested?  Ask the teen librarian, Erin, or pick up an application at the teen/children's services desk.

We will meet every first Tuesday of the month

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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SCORE Small Business Counseling
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class has 4 slots available. Classes fill up quickly, so 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.

CONTACT:  Daniel Ekberg  508-648-1251  daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Study Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Connecting to Your Irish Ancestors at the Worcester Public Library
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Having trouble finding your Irish ancestors?  You are not alone. Join us in examining online and print resources that may assist you in your quest.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Skype with Angie Thomas, author of The Hate You Give
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Angie Thomas, author of "The Hate U Give" will be giving an author talk on her book, her writing process, and will take questions from the audience. There will be a giveaway of five copies of her books.

Ages: 12 and up

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

Introduction to the world of computer programming, using the Python language. You will learn about expressions, variables, logic, and control structures, and use them to write simple programs. Computer skills and email address required. Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

Feel free to contact the instructor Melody,at mfriedenthal@mywpl.org with any questions.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Wednesday November 7, 2018
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Spectrum Victim Impact Forum
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CONTACT:  Peter Zoppo  508-425-3410  peter.zoppo@spectrumhealthsystems.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include bumper stickers, stained glass coloring pages, paper clay houses, personalized mugs, jute rope coasters, and ornaments!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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International Board Game Day
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us in celebrating International Board Game Week by trying out a few of the new games at the Worcester Public Library!

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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MBSR Instruction with Ginny Wholley
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Week 8

The last session of the program is the beginning of your life practice. You will have a review of the objectives and everything you have learned throughout the course.  You will learn about resources available for you to continue your practice and evolve in your mindful experience.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday November 8, 2018
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Mass Library System Continuing Education Class
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Professional Development classes for library staff at MLS Member Libraries. 

CONTACT:  Sarah Donnelly  508-357-2121 x 301  sdonnelly@masslibsystem.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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GAME DAY!
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

gather your friends and join us at the library to get unplugged and play some old fashioned games

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out. You may also drop-in for eBook and eReader help during librry hours.

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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.  

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Paws to Read
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Read to Bridgette, our certified therapy dog. Boost reading skills and confidence.

For ages 5 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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DPW&P Integrated Water Resources Management Plan Public Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Staff will discuss the results of the evaluation of the City’s water systems needs and projects that will address them to benefit residents, businesses and the environment.

CONTACT:  DPW    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Friday November 9, 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Room Reserved - Teen
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Saturday November 10, 2018
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Microsoft Word for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

An introductory class in the basics of Microsoft Word. Learn to create, edit, and format text and paragraphs, and save documents. This class is designed for students who have little or no familiarity with Word. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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LEGOS
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. Your structure may be featured in our Lego display case. All materials are provided by the library. 

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
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.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Social Security Workshop
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

An educational workshop for those folks approaching Social Security. Try to educate folks on the comman mistakes people make on when accepting Social Security.

CONTACT:  Michael Coombs  5089810680  mcoombs@amerilife.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Local History Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Ongoing book discussion group focused on books set in Worcester County.  

Copies of the following books will be provided:

September 15: East Side of Addiction by James diReda, Henry Grosse and Jack Maroney
October 13: The Worcester Account by S.N. Behrman
November 10: Landscape of Industry: An Industrial History of the Blackstone Valley by the Worcester Historical Museum

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
 
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Masonic Philosophical Society - November Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind.

http://www.philosophicalsociety.org/

CONTACT:  Anouk VAN OPSTAL  781-371-0871  anoukvanopstal@gmail.com
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Monday November 12, 2018
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BMCHP-Mercy ACO/JOC
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Leadership Meeting

CONTACT:  Mary Vargas-Alcala  413-730-4873  mary.vargas@bmchp-wellsense.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Tuesday November 13, 2018
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Head Start State Nutrition Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
CONTACT:  Kirsten Dumaresq  978-372-5052 ext 207  
LOCATION: Saxe and Banx Rooms
 
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Behind the Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover facts and go places you’ve never gone in the library! Meet at the Food for Thought Bookstore. No registration required, all are welcome! No registration required, all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Steps to Starting a Small Business
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you will learn to: develop your business ideas and planning; consider your legal structure; discuss choosing a name and entity; learn how to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance. Leave the session with an A-to-Z overview and specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly. Presented by The Center for Women & Enterprise.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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ESOL Navigator: Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Star Spangled Wreaths
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Star Spangled Wreaths
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Star Spangled Wreaths
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Star Spangled Wreaths
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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WPL Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance (One-on-One)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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How to Get Published
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Owner and literary agent Amaryah Orenstein of GO Literary, a boutique agency in Boston, knows what publishers want to see on submitted works. Join us to learn how to successfully edit and submit your work.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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MSOG--Massachusetts Society of Genealogists
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

African American Research in New England, presented by Cheryl Toney Holley

Holley is regionally known as a historian specializing in Native American and African American genealogies. She is a sought after speaker and panelist.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Worcester Writer's Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday November 14, 2018
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Room Reserved
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Autumn Songfest with Musician Jeannie Mack
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Sing and clap along with Jeannie in celebration of the autumn season! Listen along as she tells stories about falling leaves, pumpkins, and Thanksgiving Day!

Ages: 2 to 6

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include bumper stickers, stained glass coloring pages, paper clay houses, personalized mugs, jute rope coasters, and ornaments!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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WPLF - Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
CONTACT:  WPLF    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Worcester v. the Flu
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A panel of local writers/researchers commemorate the 100th anniversary of the great flu pandemic of 1918.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday November 15, 2018
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SAFEPLAN Continuing Ed
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bi-annual SAFEPLAN Continuing Education Series 

CONTACT:  Jessie Aquino  413-387-4302  jessie.aquino@state.ma.us
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out. You may also drop-in for eBook and eReader help during librry hours.

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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.  

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day! Make an Indian Corn Pin or Magnet
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us for a fun filled "Crafternoon" at the GBV branch where you can make an Indian Corn Pin or Magnet to keep for yourself or give as a gift!

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
Friday November 16, 2018
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CIES PROCUREMENT SST
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The meeting we are holding is the provider's forum for the CIES (competitive integrated employment service procurements)/  The meeting will include DTA staff and  employment service providers.  The will be a morning session as well as an afternoon session.

CONTACT:  Aida Sanchez  617-348-5026  Aida.Sanchez@massmail.state.ma.us
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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homeschool dance class
10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

A latin dance class for a small group of homeschool children and teens ages 10-15.

CONTACT:  Karen Stephenson  202-230-2603  stepheka@yahoo.com
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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WPL's Anime Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for the Worcester Public Library's Anime Club - just for teens! Every month we'll do something fun and anime/manga related, including a craft, eating some Japanese snacks, and watching some anime!

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Saturday November 17, 2018
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Microsoft Publisher for Beginners
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM

An introductory class on creating professional looking brochures and newsletters by formatting text and images. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required.

 
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 16 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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LEGOS
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. Your structure may be featured in our Lego display case. All materials are provided by the library. 

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
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.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Cooking Class with Chef Kim Youkstetter
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Nothing says love like home made pasta! Join Chef Youkstetter as she demonstrates how easy it is to make fresh pasta at home. The class will cover both pasta and pierogi dough as well as raviolis. Participants will have a chance to sample some fresh pasta, get different recipes and maybe even make some dough!

Chef Youkstetter is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.  After working in a various restaurants and hotels around the country, she began teaching locally and joined Worcester Technical High School as a culinary instructor.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There is 1 space available.
 
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Refugee Artisans of Worcester Art Demo
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Observe and learn about he diverse and beautiful artistic work of our  city’s refugees. Demonstrations of indigenous crafts by RAW artisans will reflect the following countries: Bhutan, Burundi, Burma (Myanmar), Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Nepal, Rwanda.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Movie Matinee: Incredibles 2
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Elastigirl is on a mission to save the world from the evil villain Screenslaver, but she will need help from the rest of her family, including baby Jack-Jack. Movie includes several scenes with flashing lights.

 A small snack will be provided. Rated PG

Ages: Families with children 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Monday November 19, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

You're growing so fast so let's celebrate terrific you and all you are learning to do!

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

Ages: 1 1/2 to 3 years old with a caregiver

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday November 20, 2018
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Behind the Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover facts and go places you’ve never gone in the library! Meet at the Food for Thought Bookstore. No registration required, all are welcome! No registration required, all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Business Plan Basics
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan. Topics include: why you need to write a business plan, an overview of each section of a business plan, research and writing tips, and resources for help and support. A sample business plan template will be provided to get you started. Presented by The Center for Women & Enterprise.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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ESOL Navigator: Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Craft Day! Make a Pinecone Turkey
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

It's time for another fun and exciting "Crafternoon" at the GBV Branch. Come join us to make a Pinecone Turkey to decorate for your Thanksgiving table.

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Thanksgiving Potholders & Magic Rainbow Leaves
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Thanksgiving Potholders & Magic Rainbow Leaves
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Thanksgiving Potholders & Magic Rainbow Leaves
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Festively Fall Crafternoons - Thanksgiving Potholders & Magic Rainbow Leaves
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Celebrate different fall holidays each week by creating a fun and unique seasonal craft. Ages 6 and up. While supplies last

Tuesdays @ 4 p.m. at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branch Libraries

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
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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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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 librarian sufficient time to prepare.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There is 1 space available.
 
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Sci-Fi Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you like reading about spaceships, parallel worlds, aliens, telepathy, time travel or droids? Join us to discuss great SciFi & Fantasy fiction at WPL’s newest book club.

Tonight's discussion:  TBA

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
There are many spaces available.
Wednesday November 21, 2018
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New Start Brain Injury Community Center, BAMSI Table
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
CONTACT:  Krishna Morrow    krishnamorrow@bamsi.org
 
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include bumper stickers, stained glass coloring pages, paper clay houses, personalized mugs, jute rope coasters, and ornaments!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Friday November 23, 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday November 24, 2018
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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LEGOS
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. Your structure may be featured in our Lego display case. All materials are provided by the library. 

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Club del libro en espanol
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
CONTACT:  Beatriz Alvarado     balvarado1@yahoo.com
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
 
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Nipmuc Youth Cohort
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Nippeash Waapemooash youth will meet for storytelling and other activities

CONTACT:  Cheryll Holley  5088535575  crwritings@aol.com
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Native American Nature Tales with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Native American Nature Tales brings to life tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natrual world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon's Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. Join one of England's favorite storytellers, Diane Edgecomb as these rich stories create a colorful weave embracing all of nature. 

Ages: Families with children ages 4 and up

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Monday November 26, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

You're growing so fast so let's celebrate terrific you and all you are learning to do!

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

Ages: 1 1/2 to 3 years old with a caregiver

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday November 27, 2018
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Behind the Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover facts and go places you’ve never gone in the library! Meet at the Food for Thought Bookstore. No registration required, all are welcome! No registration required, all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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CORI Sealing Workshop w/EPOCA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Introduction to Finding Grants
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

There are many considerations to be made when seeking funding to support your non-profit organization. This workshop will provide an overview of the grant seeking process as outlined by the Foundation Center and will provide a look at how to use the Foundation Directory online database.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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ESOL Navigator: Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Worcester Behavioral Health Provider Forum
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

MBHP Training

CONTACT:  Barbara Smith  508-890-6400  barbara.smith@beaconhealthoptions.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Room Reserved - Teens
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance (One-on-One)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There is 1 space available.
Wednesday November 28, 2018
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include bumper stickers, stained glass coloring pages, paper clay houses, personalized mugs, jute rope coasters, and ornaments!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Thursday November 29, 2018
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CFCE Regional Meeting
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Department of Early Education and Care Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grantees will meet for professional development and grant updates.

CONTACT:  Gail DeRiggi  617-988-7813  gail.deriggi@mass.gov
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out. You may also drop-in for eBook and eReader help during librry hours.

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee: My Pet Dinosaur
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Come join us for an afternoon movie. We will be watching My Pet Dinosaur. Rated G

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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3D Doodling
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Try our 3D printing pens! We will provide the materials and you provide the creativity to draw your own 3-dimensional creation! 

Ages: 6 to 12

*Please register at the Children's Welcome Desk, there are 2 time slots available: 4:00pm and 4:30pm

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
Friday November 30, 2018
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Free Construction Training Information Session: Worcester Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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 necesary 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 Information Session meeting is designed to provide potential applicants with information about the Worcester Building Pathways program, the application process, and the construction industry. The meeting will last 90 minutes and it is important attendees arrive on time to start the session.

CONTACT:  Kelsey Lamoureux  508-373-7641  lamoureuxK@MassHireCentral.com
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Worcester Behavioral Health Provider Forum
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MBHP Meeting

CONTACT:  Barbara Smith  5088317013  bsmith1345@verizon.net
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Saturday December 1, 2018
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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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.

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 4 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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McKinney 2019 Family Reunion Planning Meeting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Monday December 3, 2018
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Member Voices Advisory Group
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Commonwealth Care Alliance Meeting of the Member Voices OneCare Advisory Group

CONTACT:  Candace Smith  860-459-2200  casmith@commonwealthcare.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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S2S meeting
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

We are a research group in the Division of Health Informatics and Implementation Sciences, Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School

We develop technology tools to help smokers quit smoking, such as a website: www.decide2quit.org  and motivational messages sent by email or text. This meeting is to reach out to both community health providers and smokers who have either quit or have attempted to quit in the past to be collaborators on our research project.`

CONTACT:  Greg Seward  774-455-4141  gregory.seward2@umassmed.edu
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Tuesday December 4, 2018
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Talking Book Library Advisory Council
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CONTACT:  Talking Book Library    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Behind-the-Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required and all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing a group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Steps to Starting a Small Business
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

If you are planning to start a business or are in the early stages of launching one, then this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you will learn to: develop your business ideas and planning; consider your legal structure; discuss choosing a name and entity; learn how to obtain an employer identification number, licenses, permits and insurance. Leave the session with an A-to-Z overview and specific tools and tips that will help you get started quickly. Presented by The Center for Women & Enterprise.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Worcester Behavioral Health Provider Forum
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

MBHP Training

CONTACT:  Barbara Smith  508-890-6400  barbara.smith@beaconhealthoptions.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Afternoon Meditation
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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WPL Teen Advisory Group
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

RAISE YOR VOICE! Do you have ideas for things you want to do and see in the teen zone? The WPL Teen Advisory Group (TAG) is the place to be. We are looking for teens ages 13 to 17 to meet once a month and discuss programs, books and displays, and activities they want to see in the library. Snacks will be provided. Interested?  Ask the teen librarian, Erin, or pick up an application at the teen/children's services desk.

We will meet every first Tuesday of the month

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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SCORE Small Business Counseling
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class has 4 slots available. Classes fill up quickly, so 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.

CONTACT:  Daniel Ekberg  508-648-1251  daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Study Room
There are 4 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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 librarian sufficient time to prepare.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
Wednesday December 5, 2018
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Spectrum Victim Impact Forum
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CONTACT:  Peter Zoppo  508-425-3410  peter.zoppo@spectrumhealthsystems.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Worcester Women Activists
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

The Worcester Women's Oral History Project, as part of its ongoing outreach to the greater Worcester community, will present Dr. Selina Gallo-Cruz, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of the Holy Cross, and Milagros Montenegro, recipient of the prestigious Imse Award at Holy Cross, who will speak about the lives of Worcester women activists and their contributions to nonviolent social change and community building. Dr. Gallo-Cruz and her students have conducted and transcribed over 20 oral histories of these local women. The Worcester Women's History Project's mission is to raise awareness of the rich history of women in the Worcester area and to create national recognition of Worcester's pivotal role in the Women's Rights Movement.

 

CONTACT:  Maureen Ryan Doyle  508-735-3217  Mryandoyle@aol.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday December 6, 2018
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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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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GAME DAY!
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

gather your friends and join us at the library to get unplugged and play some old fashioned games

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out. You may also drop-in for eBook and eReader help during library hours.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Greendale Crime Watch
5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

Neighborhood Issues

CONTACT:  Steve Greaney  508-340-3280  
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday December 7, 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 2nd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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EHS Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meeting of MA Early Head Start grantees

CONTACT:  Gwendolyn Hawk  413-658-4944  ghawk@communityaction.us
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday December 8, 2018
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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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.

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 4 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Hidden Wonders of Korea
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM

The event will include two short documentary films.  One of the documentaries that we present will focus on King Sejong the Great, a truly enlightened monarch from the 15th century Korea.  His motto was, “The duty of a king is to love his people. That is all.”  With this belief, King Sejong initiated numerous cultural achievements and scientific inventions to improve the welfare of his people and our other films illustrate modern-day achievements of Korea.  Following the program, a traditional Korean meal will be served. 

The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture.  In appreciation for the United States' support for Korea during the Korean War and in the years that followed, KSCPP has held 1700 presentations about the history and culture of Korea throughout the country. Based in New York, KSCPP is a not-for-profit organization that was formed in September 2005 to promote Korean history and culture to the wider world. 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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American History Book Club
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Ongoing book discussion group focused on books written about various aspects of American history.  Will meet in the Local History area.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
 
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Masonic Philosophical Society - December Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

The Masonic Philosophical Society embraces the concept of learning, not for school, but for life, and believes that all men, who seek it, deserve access to continued education. We further embrace the concept of a community environment, where ideas can be shared and debated in an open forum. From the seven liberal arts to the arcane, we seek to gain and to share the knowledge that is the legacy of mankind.

http://www.philosophicalsociety.org/

CONTACT:  Anouk VAN OPSTAL  781-371-0871  anoukvanopstal@gmail.com
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Tuesday December 11, 2018
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Behind-the-Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required and all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing a group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Business Plan Basics
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business plan. Topics include: why you need to write a business plan, an overview of each section of a business plan, research and writing tips, and resources for help and support. A sample business plan template will be provided to get you started. Presented by The Center for Women & Enterprise.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Afternoon Meditation
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day! Create a Woodland Snowman
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us for a fun filled "Crafternoon" at the GBV branch where you can make aWoodland Snowman to decorate your house

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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WPL - Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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WPL Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance (one-on-one)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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How to Get a Literary Agent
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Literary agent Lorin Rees of the Rees Literary Agency in Boston will present the ins and outs of obtaining literary representation and how writers can effectively bring their ideas to fruition.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Worcester Writer's Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday December 12, 2018
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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WPLF - Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday December 13, 2018
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out. You may also drop-in for eBook and eReader help during library hours.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee Double Feature: How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the Polar Express
3:15 PM - 4:45 PM

Come join us for an afternoon double feature movie matinee. We will be watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Polar Express

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
Friday December 14, 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 2nd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday December 15, 2018
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Language Exchange
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 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Bay State Council of the Blind
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx 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.

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 4 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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WCACA Holiday Party
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The WCACA Annual Childrens Holiday Party will include a visit from Santa, games, and gift giveaways for children ages 0-12.

CONTACT:  Jennifer Gaskin  5084141149  jgaskin@worcestercarib.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Digital Photography
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee: A Wrinkle in Time
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Meg and Charles travel across dimensions to find their scientist father with the help of Meg's friend, Calvin, and three mysterious travelers. Based on the novel by Madeleine L'Engle. A small snack will be provided. Rated PG

Ages: Families with children under 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday December 18, 2018
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Behind-the-Scenes Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required and all are welcome! If you are interested in bringing a group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the new ESOL Navigator. You can learn about the many options offered in Worcester and get a personalized referral.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Afternoon Meditation
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Room Reserved - Teen
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day! Make a Kaleidoscope
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us for a fun filled "Crafternoon" at the GBV branch where you can make and decorate your very own Kaleidoscope!

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Friends of the WPL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Book a one-hour appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter. Bring your existing resume with you to the appointment.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
Wednesday December 19, 2018
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New Start Brain Injury Community Center, BAMSI Table
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CONTACT:  Krishna Morrow    krishnamorrow@bamsi.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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SAFEPLAN Regional Meeting
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Central MA Regional Meeting

CONTACT:  Jessie Aquino  413-387-4302  jessie.aquino@state.ma.us
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

SMOC Outreach staff will be available to community members in need of assistance and resources on a broad range of complex issues, including but not limited to: CORI/SORB, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse issues; obtaining primary care and affordable housing; and applying for SSI/SSDI, MAHealth, Veteran’s Benefits, and SNAP food stamps.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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20s & 30s Meetup
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Calling all 20-30 somethings in Worcester looking to make the most out of your early adulthood. If you are looking for a group where you can meet new friends, play games, enjoy conversation, and get free advice from experts on topics such as healthy cooking, living on a budget, and nailing that interview, then join our meetup group, 20-30 Somethings Worcester Living Meetup, on meetup.com.

Find us here: www.meetup.com/20-30-Somethings-Worcester-Living-Meetup/

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday December 20, 2018
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out. You may also drop-in for eBook and eReader help during library hours.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day! Create a Snowglobe
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us for a fun filled "Crafternoon" at the GBV branch where you can create and decorate your very own Snow Globe!

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
Friday December 21, 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 2nd floor desk or call 508-799-1655 x3.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Free Construction Training Information Session: Worcester Building Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM