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Monday December 17, 2018
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Meeting with UMass Food Science and local food processing centers
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

This is a small meeting with a group from the UMass food science department who is working on a project to help local food processing centers. Representatives from the FCCDC and Commonwealth kitchen will be present and a discussion will follow. 

 

CONTACT:  Jennifer Robeson  5413904911  jrobeson@umass.edu
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Terrific Toddlers!
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! Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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

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

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

Children of all ages are welcome

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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Tween Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tweens are invited to spend an afternoon creating sticker art, coloring, puzzling and more. Snacks will be provided. No younger sibilings allowed please smiley

Ages: 9 to 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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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: 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

Mindful meditation is simple and can positively impact our health and sense of wellbeing. The hardest part is making time to practice. Whether you are learning for the first time or have been practicing for years, feel free to join these one-hour guided meditation practices. These mini-retreats begin with a brief explanation of the style of meditation to be practiced in that session. There will be a few minutes for Q & A and then practice will begin.  Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer, bring your own mat or cushion.


Led by Ginny Wholley, an experienced leader and coach who was trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wholley has decades of personal practice and teaching yoga and meditation.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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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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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Gingerbread Houses
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Build your own gingerbread house -- and then decorate your masterpiece with candy! 

Space is limited (while supplies last).

For children and teens of all ages, and their families

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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DIY Spa Gifts
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

In preperation for the holiday season, teens can come and make spa packages for their friends and family as a no-cost present. We will make everything from bath bombs, to slime and body scrubs.

Ages: 13 to 17

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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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

All appointments for this evening are closed. To schedule an appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter with a certified professional resume writer, email Christina at cconnolly@mywpl.org. 

Or, submit a resume and/or cover letter for review and editing on our Ask a Librarian page. Please limit each submission to one resume and/or one cover letter, and allow up to ten business days for completion of request.

 

CONTACT:  Christina    cconnolly@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Polar Express Adventure
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Sci-Fi Book Club
7:15 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.

Tonight's discussion: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
Wednesday December 19, 2018
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Preschool Free-Play Exploration
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fun, interactive stations are set up with activities that encourage early literacy, motor skill development, curiosity, and play! 

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

Ages: 3 to 5

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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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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EOHHS Public Listening Session
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) is holding a public listening session to receive comments on the TBI waiver renewal application. For more information, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/home-and-community-based-services-waiver-renewal-applications-public-input-process

CONTACT:  Carolyn Sharzer    HCBSWaivers@State.MA.US
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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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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Construction Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 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:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt 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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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:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Santa Visit
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Santa Claus is coming to town! Children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa* and take a magical photo. Please bring your own camera. Numbers to see Santa will be handed out upon arrival. Free and open to all! Program time and space is limited.

**Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

For ages 12 and under

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard 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

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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MassHealth LTSS Provider Education
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

MassHealth Quarterly Forum for Lon Term Services and Supports Providers, to help educate providers.

CONTACT:  Greg Stupin  339-236-6766  gregory.stupin@optum.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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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
 
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Polar Express Party
3:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Come watch the Polar Express, have a seasonal treat, and hot chocolate! In the Polar Express a young boy takes a magical journey to the North Pole. Rated G

Children of all ages and their families are welcome

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Gingerbread Houses
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Build your own gingerbread house -- and then decorate your masterpiece with candy! 

Space is limited (while supplies last).

For children and teens of all ages, and their families

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt 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

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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Baby Bounce
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies with rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplays.

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather

Ages: 0 to 17 months old

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Computación Basica
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Aprende los pasos básico de computación enfocado en el uso de Internet.  No es necesario registrarse 

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 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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Winter Craft Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us and make a beautiful winter ornament with lots of love and lots of glitter as a gift for your favorite person

Ages: 6 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday December 22, 2018
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MS Office - PowerPoint for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

An introductory class on creating your own professional presentation using slides, images, links, etc. 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 15 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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Lego and Construction Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. 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 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
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Weekly Playgroup
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 4 years old? Are you looking to help them be "school ready"? Drop by the Worcester Family Partnership's playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play.

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Winter Solstice
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Winter Solstice activites

CONTACT:  Cheryll Holley  508-853-5575  crwritings@aol.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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More Than Just Names: A Look at City Directories
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Many genealogists use city directories to locate family members in time and place. However, these volumes do much more.  Join us in exploring this rich resource.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
Wednesday December 26, 2018
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Tanglewood Marionettes presents Hansel and Gretel
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Hansel and Gretel is based on the classic fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm, and features melodies from the Humperdinck Opera. As the tale unfolds, Hansel and Gretel must call upon their inner reserves and learn new methods to overcome the challenges they encounter while lost in the woods. 

Ages: Families with children ages 12 and under

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
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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Craft Day! Drop in Winter Crafts
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 special winter crafts! 

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley 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

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 December 27, 2018
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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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Retro Fun Remix: The 90's
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Retro Remix has returned! Come travel back in time to the 1990's! We'll celebrate all things from the 90's with games, sampling retro food, and more! Drop in!

Ages: 7 to 12

 

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Cinema at the Library: The House with a Clock in Its Walls
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

A young orphan moves to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan, a warlock. There he discovers the existence of a magical device capable of ending the world, a clock. With the help of his uncle he needs to find the clock and save the world.

Rated PG

Adults must be accompanied by a child

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday December 28, 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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Computación Basica
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Aprende los pasos básico de computación enfocado en el uso de Internet.  No es necesario registrarse 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Super Epic Dog Man Fun
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

If you are an epic Dog Man book fan, join us as we celebrate the newest book release, Dog Man: Brawl of the Wild. We will discuss the series, have trivia and prizes, decorate a Petey cookie, and you could have the chance at being one of the first kids to check out the new book!

Ages: 7 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Movie
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Follow Charlie and his grandpa Joe on their exciting adventure inside a very special chocolate factory. Will you find the lucky golden ticket in YOUR bar of chocolate? Join us and see! Based on the book by Roald Dahl. Rated PG

Ages: Families with children under 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday December 29, 2018
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Red Cross Blood Drive
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Community blood drive to be held in the Saxe Room.  This is an annual event!

CONTACT:  Katherine Lawler  781-439-0513  katherine.lawler@redcross.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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MS Office - Publisher for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 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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Lego and Construction Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. 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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Princess Ariel
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Join us for an enchanting time with Princess Ariel! She will tell a story, sing songs, and then meet with every individual child. Don't forget to bring a camera to capture the magical moment!

All ages welcome

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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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
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Weekly Playgroup
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 4 years old? Are you looking to help them be "school ready"? Drop by the Worcester Family Partnership's playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play.

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Monday December 31, 2018
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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
Wednesday January 2, 2019
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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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Construction Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 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:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt 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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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:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat 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

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 January 3, 2019
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SESP Orientation
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

~~The Recruitment, Training, and Support Center offers orientation trainings for parents, professionals, community members and others interested in becoming Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs). This training helps potential volunteers learn more about what is involved in becoming an SESP and the types of special education decision-making services that SESPs provide for students.

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Participants of this orientation…
•Explore the important services SESPs provide for eligible students
•Become familiar with students eligible for SESPs and the impact of trauma on their lives
•Review educational processes that involve SESPs, such as IEP development, transition, and procedural safeguards
•Learn about the role of an SESP and the appointment process
•Identify the first steps an SESP takes when assigned a student
•Gain confidence in own skills and talents needed to become an effective SESP
•Become a member of a support network for SESPs at the Federation

During the Orientation Training you will learn about the role of an SESP, how traumatic experiences can impact learning and how to incorporate the appropriate supports into the IEP. Below are the documents that will be referred to during the orientation presentation. A notarized CORI application must be signed and submitted with a copy of your license photo. We cannot proceed with the assignment of your student until this process is completed.

CONTACT:  Elaine  Arsenault  earsenault@fcsn.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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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Zine Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Zine Club, where you'll learn how to make your very own zine, a self-published, do-it yourself-style magazine! Whether it's works of fiction, poems, artwork, personal stories, just about anything at all - we can show you the way to express yourself through zine-making!

Ages 8 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Friday January 4, 2019
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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
 
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Yarn Art Workshop - Squiggle Art
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We'd like to invite you and your friends to join our art with yarn workshops. These projects will have you using yarn in creative new ways.

Ages: 7 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday January 5, 2019
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MS Office - 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 20 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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Lego and Construction Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. 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 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
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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The Breakfast Club
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Grades 4-6; come talk about your favorite MCBA-nominated books. You do not need to read the books prior to attending; just show up and we'll chat about them over juice and Dunkin Donuts!

The Massachusetts Children's Boo Award Program encourages children in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades to read great books. It also gives children a chance to voice their opinion and choose the book they think deserves to be named the MCBA book of the year.

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

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Slime Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ages 8 and up are invited to a special slime workshop with artist Many Roberge. Supports STEAM (science, technology, engineering, match, and art.) 

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

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
Monday January 7, 2019
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Terrific Toddlers!
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! Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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LUK, Inc. Transition to Independent Living Table
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

A caseworker with Information about LUK, Inc.'s Transition to Independent Living Services (TIL) department and Young Parent Support program will be available.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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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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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Talk it up! Book Group
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Are you excited to read a new book and share your thoughts? Come join our monthly Talk It Up group to make new friends and discover new books.

Refreshments will be provided

Ages: 9 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday January 8, 2019
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MLS Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CONTACT:  Sarah Donnolly    
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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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

Mindful meditation is simple and can positively impact our health and sense of wellbeing. The hardest part is making time to practice. Whether you are learning for the first time or have been practicing for years, feel free to join these one-hour guided meditation practices. These mini-retreats begin with a brief explanation of the style of meditation to be practiced in that session. There will be a few minutes for Q & A and then practice will begin.  Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer, bring your own mat or cushion.


Led by Ginny Wholley, an experienced leader and coach who was trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wholley has decades of personal practice and teaching yoga and meditation.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Teen Advisory Group
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

RAISE YOUR 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 from 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, Wrin, or pick up an application at the teen/children's service desk. We will meet the 1st Tuesday of the month.

Ages: 13 10 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Snow Slime
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Snow Slime
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Snow Slime
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Snow Slime
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

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

This class has 4 slots available. Classes fill up quickly, 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:  Dan Ekberg  508-648-1251  daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Study Room
There is 1 space available.
 
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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

To schedule an appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter with a certified professional resume writer, email Christina at cconnolly@mywpl.org. 

Or, submit a resume and/or cover letter for review and editing on our Ask a Librarian page. Please limit each submission to one resume and/or one cover letter, and allow up to ten business days for completion of request.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    cconnolly@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

To schedule a one-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian to learn about available resources, please email Jackie at jdzugan@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    jdzugan@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Publicity Today
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Attention aspiring writers! Authors Steve Liskow and Sarah Smith from Sisters in Crime, New England Chapter, will share what they’ve learned about how to publicize books, including blogging, use of social media, planning events, and making videos.

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
 
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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 in the Code Academy environment. 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. 
 

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 3 spaces available.
Wednesday January 9, 2019
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Preschool Free-Play Exploration
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fun, interactive stations are set up with activities that encourage early literacy, motor skill development, curiosity, and play! 

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Construction Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 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:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt 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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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:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Room Reserved - City
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe 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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WPL Foundation Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  WPLF    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday January 10, 2019
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MA statewide forensic Interviewers
10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Peer review of MA forensic interviewers

CONTACT:  RoAnn Vecchia  413-236-1852  Roann.Vecchia@state.ma.us
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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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Paws to Read
3:25 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Ages: 5 to 12

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

Join us for Zine Club, where you'll learn how to make your very own zine, a self-published, do-it yourself-style magazine! Whether it's works of fiction, poems, artwork, personal stories, just about anything at all - we can show you the way to express yourself through zine-making!

Ages 8 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Friday January 11, 2019
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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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Baby Bounce
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies with rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplays.

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather

Ages: 0 to 17 months old

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Computación Basica
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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Friday Fun & Games - Minute To Win It
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Test your skills with these fun, minute-long challenges and maybe even win a prize

Ages: 6 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday January 12, 2019
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MS Office - 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 19 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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Lego and Construction Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. 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 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
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Winter Social
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Nipmuc Winter Social

CONTACT:  Cheryll Holley  508-853-5575  crwritings@aol.com
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Cooking Class with Colin McCullough
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

You hear it all the time - eating unprocessed, nutritious food is a healthy way to eat, but who has time to spend hours making meals every day?  In this class, we'll learn some of the tips and tricks of making healthy food quick and easy, so you can leave all the preservatives, additives, hidden salt, and sugar behind!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are many spaces available.
Sunday January 13, 2019
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DNA and Family History
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Please join local genealogists in exploring the connections between DNA and family history. Free and open to all.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Monday January 14, 2019
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Terrific Toddlers!
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! Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

Ages: Toddlers 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:  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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Make and Take - 3D Doodler Pens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Draw your own 3-dimensional creations

Ages: 6 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday January 15, 2019
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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. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3.

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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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Snowflake Necklaces & Winter Ornaments
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Snowflake Necklaces & Winter Ornaments
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Snowflake Necklaces & Winter Ornaments
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Snowflake Necklaces & Winter Ornaments
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat 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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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
There is 1 space available.
 
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Resume One-on-One Assistance
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

To schedule an appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter with a certified professional resume writer, email Christina at cconnolly@mywpl.org. 

Or, submit a resume and/or cover letter for review and editing on our Ask a Librarian page. Please limit each submission to one resume and/or one cover letter, and allow up to ten business days for completion of request.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    cconnolly@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Leadership Worcester Working Group
6:00 PM - 7:45 PM

Leadership Worcester '19 Working Group January meeting

CONTACT:  Sonia Paulino  7742323548  s_paulino1@hotmail.com
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 in the Code Academy environment. 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.
 

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Sci-Fi Book Club
7:15 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.

January's title:  Provenance by Ann Leckie

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
Wednesday January 16, 2019
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MaSEA Tax Talk
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The MA society of Enrolled Agents is a non profit organization of tax professionals.  A round table discussion of tax issues and procedures will help tax payers and tax professionals to better under stand tax compliance responsibilities.  

CONTACT:  John warren  781-219-4206  John@medfordtax.com
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Preschool Free-Play Exploration
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fun, interactive stations are set up with activities that encourage early literacy, motor skill development, curiosity, and play! 

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

Ages: 3 to 5

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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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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Social Security 101
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Meet with a representative from Social Security for an individual session to find out what your monthly retirement benefit will be depending on your individual circumstances. Learn about benefits & services provided by Social Security. Presented by Sabrina Feliciano, Public Affairs Specialist with the Social Security Administration.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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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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Construction Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 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:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt 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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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:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat 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

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 January 17, 2019
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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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Zine Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Zine Club, where you'll learn how to make your very own zine, a self-published, do-it yourself-style magazine! Whether it's works of fiction, poems, artwork, personal stories, just about anything at all - we can show you the way to express yourself through zine-making!

Ages 8 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Dragon Fans Unite!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Are you wild about dragons? So are we! Come join us as we celebrate Dragon Appreciation Day! Snacks and craft materials provided while they last

Ages: 7 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Friday January 18, 2019
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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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Baby Bounce
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies with rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplays.

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather

Ages: 0 to 17 months old

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Computación Basica
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 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 January 19, 2019
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MS Office - PowerPoint for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

An introductory class on creating your own professional presentation using slides, images, links, etc. 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 19 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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Lego and Construction Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. 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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Dino-Adventures: Fossil & Live Animal Show
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Dino-Adventures features fossils, dinosaur skulls, velociraptor claws, and dinosaur skin you can see and touch. Meet live animals such as monitor lizards, alligators, scorpions, birds, and snapping turtles. 

A perfect program for any dinosaur lover. Free! Open to all ages

*This show was made possible by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

**Show will be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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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
There are 11 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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Digital Photography
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

An introduction to digital photography.

Learn the basic functions of your digital camera or iPhone and how to take better photos. The class will introduce students to camera functions like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. In addition improving and sharing your photos with editing programs and apps will also be covered.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 6 spaces available.
 
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MLK Movie day
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Celebrate and join us for movie in honor of Martin Luther King's birthday. A snack will be provided

Ages: 6 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Read All About It! Using Newspapers in your Genealogical Research
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Local newspapers are a gold mine for genealogists and the next great frontier for digitizers.  Find out how your local paper can throw light on the lives of you ancestors.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 11 spaces available.
Tuesday January 22, 2019
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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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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: 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

Mindful meditation is simple and can positively impact our health and sense of wellbeing. The hardest part is making time to practice. Whether you are learning for the first time or have been practicing for years, feel free to join these one-hour guided meditation practices. These mini-retreats begin with a brief explanation of the style of meditation to be practiced in that session. There will be a few minutes for Q & A and then practice will begin.  Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer, bring your own mat or cushion.


Led by Ginny Wholley, an experienced leader and coach who was trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wholley has decades of personal practice and teaching yoga and meditation.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Tissue Paper Snowmen
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Tissue Paper Snowmen
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Tissue Paper Snowmen
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Tissue Paper Snowmen
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard 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

To schedule an appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter with a certified professional resume writer, email Christina at cconnolly@mywpl.org. 

Or, submit a resume and/or cover letter for review and editing on our Ask a Librarian page. Please limit each submission to one resume and/or one cover letter, and allow up to ten business days for completion of request.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    cconnolly@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

To schedule a one-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian to learn about available resources, please email Jackie at jdzugan@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    jdzugan@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Author Event with Dr. Joe Cardillo
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Who wouldn’t want to have higher quality physical and mental energy, end daily fatigue, increase focus, memory, get better sleep at night and wake up ready to greet the day?

Join author, inspirational speaker, and sought after body-energy expert, Joseph Cardillo, PhD and find out how easily and naturally you can tap your body’s full energy spectrum.  Modeled on his nationally acclaimed book, Body Intelligence – Harness Your Body’s Energies for Your Best Life, Dr. Cardillo combines Western science, technology, psychology, and holistic wellness to show how to eliminate daily energy drains and increase your energy gains. He appears as an energy management expert for Football Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan, in his new book, Wake Up Happy.   Copies of Dr. Cardillo’s book will be available for autographing at the event.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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 in the Code Academy environment. 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.
 

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Great American Reads Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Registrants will receive a free copy of the month’s selection.

January 22: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
February 26: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
Wednesday January 23, 2019
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Preschool Free-Play Exploration
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fun, interactive stations are set up with activities that encourage early literacy, motor skill development, curiosity, and play! 

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Construction Club
4:00 PM - 5:00 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:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt 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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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:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Room Reserved - Teen
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday January 24, 2019
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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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Paws to Read
3:25 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Ages: 5 to 12

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

Join us for Zine Club, where you'll learn how to make your very own zine, a self-published, do-it yourself-style magazine! Whether it's works of fiction, poems, artwork, personal stories, just about anything at all - we can show you the way to express yourself through zine-making!

Ages 8 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Friday January 25, 2019
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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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Baby Bounce
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies with rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplays.

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather

Ages: 0 to 17 months old

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Computación Basica
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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Valentine Making Workshop with the Worcester Historical Museum
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Make your own unique and beautiful Valentine while learning about the history of this Valentine's Day in Worcester. All supplies provided.

Presented by the Worcester Historical Museum

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday January 26, 2019
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MS Office - Publisher for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 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 20 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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Lego and Construction Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. 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 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
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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McKinney 2019 Family Reunion Planning Meeting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Asian Brush Painting
2:30 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 6 spaces available.
Monday January 28, 2019
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Terrific Toddlers!
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! Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

Ages: Toddlers 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:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Tween Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tweens are invited to spend an afternoon creating sticker art, coloring, puzzling and more. Snacks will be provided. No younger sibilings allowed please smiley

Ages: 9 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Valentine Making Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Bill Wallace as he teaches us about Worcester's history with Valentines, and then make your own unique Valentine! 

Presented by the Worcester Historical Museum

All families welcome

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Tuesday January 29, 2019
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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. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 11 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

Mindful meditation is simple and can positively impact our health and sense of wellbeing. The hardest part is making time to practice. Whether you are learning for the first time or have been practicing for years, feel free to join these one-hour guided meditation practices. These mini-retreats begin with a brief explanation of the style of meditation to be practiced in that session. There will be a few minutes for Q & A and then practice will begin.  Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer, bring your own mat or cushion.


Led by Ginny Wholley, an experienced leader and coach who was trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wholley has decades of personal practice and teaching yoga and meditation.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Valentine Making Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Bill Wallace as he teaches us about Worcester's history with Valentines, and then make your own unique Valentine! 

Presented by the Worcester Historical Museum

All families welcome

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Polar Paw Cookie Decorating
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Polar Paw Cookie Decorating
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Polar Paw Cookie Decorating
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Winter Wonderland Crafternoons - Polar Paw Cookie Decorating
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Brrrr, it's cold out there! Warm up in the library with weekly seasonal arts and crafts.

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

 

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt 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

To schedule an appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter with a certified professional resume writer, email Christina at cconnolly@mywpl.org. 

Or, submit a resume and/or cover letter for review and editing on our Ask a Librarian page. Please limit each submission to one resume and/or one cover letter, and allow up to ten business days for completion of request.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    cconnolly@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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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 in the Code Academy environment. 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.
 

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Wednesday January 30, 2019
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Preschool Free-Play Exploration
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fun, interactive stations are set up with activities that encourage early literacy, motor skill development, curiosity, and play! 

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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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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:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Valentine Making Workshop
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Bill Wallace as he teaches us about Worcester's history with Valentines, and then make your own unique Valentine! 

Presented by the Worcester Historical Museum

All families welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt 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

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 January 31, 2019
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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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Zine Club
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for Zine Club, where you'll learn how to make your very own zine, a self-published, do-it yourself-style magazine! Whether it's works of fiction, poems, artwork, personal stories, just about anything at all - we can show you the way to express yourself through zine-making!

Ages 8 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Friday February 1, 2019
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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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Computación Basica
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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Yarn Art Workshop - Woven Hearts
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

We'd like to invite you and your friends to join our art with yarn workshops. These projects will have you using yarn in creative new ways.

Ages: 7 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday February 2, 2019
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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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Lego and Construction Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. 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 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
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Asian Brush Painting
2:30 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.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 13 spaces available.
Monday February 4, 2019
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Terrific Toddlers!
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! Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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LUK, Inc. Transition to Independent Living Table
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

A caseworker with Information about LUK, Inc.'s Transition to Independent Living Services (TIL) department and Young Parent Support program will be available.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Talk it up! Book Group
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Are you excited to read a new book and share your thoughts? Come join our monthly Talk It Up group to make new friends and discover new books.

Refreshments will be provided

Ages: 9 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday February 5, 2019
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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

Mindful meditation is simple and can positively impact our health and sense of wellbeing. The hardest part is making time to practice. Whether you are learning for the first time or have been practicing for years, feel free to join these one-hour guided meditation practices. These mini-retreats begin with a brief explanation of the style of meditation to be practiced in that session. There will be a few minutes for Q & A and then practice will begin.  Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer, bring your own mat or cushion.


Led by Ginny Wholley, an experienced leader and coach who was trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wholley has decades of personal practice and teaching yoga and meditation.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Teen Advisory Group
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

RAISE YOUR 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 from 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, Wrin, or pick up an application at the teen/children's service desk. We will meet the 1st Tuesday of the month.

Ages: 13 10 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx 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

To schedule an appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter with a certified professional resume writer, email Christina at cconnolly@mywpl.org. 

Or, submit a resume and/or cover letter for review and editing on our Ask a Librarian page. Please limit each submission to one resume and/or one cover letter, and allow up to ten business days for completion of request.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    cconnolly@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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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 in the Code Academy environment. 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.
 

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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American History Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Ongoing book discussion group focused on books written about various aspects of American history.  Copies of the following books will be provided:

December 4: Countdown to Pearl Harbor by Steve Twomey
February 5: Lies My Teacher Told Me by James Loewen  

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Wednesday February 6, 2019
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Preschool Free-Play Exploration
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fun, interactive stations are set up with activities that encourage early literacy, motor skill development, curiosity, and play! 

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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.

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 February 7, 2019
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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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Paws to Read
3:25 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Ages: 5 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Friday February 8, 2019
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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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Baby Bounce
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies with rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplays.

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather

Ages: 0 to 17 months old

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Computación Basica
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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Friday Fun & Games - Board Games
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Test your strategy playing a favorite game or try something new from our selection of board games available.

Ages: 6 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday February 9, 2019
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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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Lego and Construction Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. 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 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
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Smoothies that Taste Like Girl Scout Cookies with Colin McCullough
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Is there a way to enjoy your favorite Girl Scout Cookies, but in a heart-healthy way?  Yes! In this class, we'll break down the flavors of your favorite Girl Scout Cookies and recreate them using healthy, whole-food ingredients.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Sunday February 10, 2019
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DNA and Family History
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Please join local genealogists in exploring the connections between DNA and family history. Free and open to all.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Monday February 11, 2019
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Terrific Toddlers!
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! Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Make and Take - Crazy Painting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Use anything except paint brushes to paint your own creation

Ages: 6 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday February 12, 2019
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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. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3.

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

Mindful meditation is simple and can positively impact our health and sense of wellbeing. The hardest part is making time to practice. Whether you are learning for the first time or have been practicing for years, feel free to join these one-hour guided meditation practices. These mini-retreats begin with a brief explanation of the style of meditation to be practiced in that session. There will be a few minutes for Q & A and then practice will begin.  Chairs will be provided, but if you prefer, bring your own mat or cushion.


Led by Ginny Wholley, an experienced leader and coach who was trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wholley has decades of personal practice and teaching yoga and meditation.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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:  Dan Ekberg  508-648-1251  daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Study Room
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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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

To schedule an appointment to review, critique or begin building a resume and/or cover letter with a certified professional resume writer, email Christina at cconnolly@mywpl.org. 

Or, submit a resume and/or cover letter for review and editing on our Ask a Librarian page. Please limit each submission to one resume and/or one cover letter, and allow up to ten business days for completion of request.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    cconnolly@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

To schedule a one-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian to learn about available resources, please email Jackie at jdzugan@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    jdzugan@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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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: 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
 
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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 in the Code Academy environment. 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.
 

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Wednesday February 13, 2019
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Preschool Free-Play Exploration
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Fun, interactive stations are set up with activities that encourage early literacy, motor skill development, curiosity, and play! 

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather.

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.

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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WPL Foundation Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  WPLF    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday February 14, 2019
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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
Friday February 15, 2019
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Room Reserved - Children's
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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 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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Baby Bounce
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Get your little one bouncing and singing in this storytime just for babies with rhymes, songs, stories, bounces, and fingerplays.

Storytimes will be cancelled if the Worcester Public Schools cancel or delay classes due to inclement weather

Ages: 0 to 17 months old

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Computación Basica
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 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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