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Monday March 25, 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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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!

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

 

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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MassEdCO Resource Table
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Staff from http://www.massedco.org/ will be available to answer questions about applying for college, obtaining financial aid, and more.  Drop by and say hi!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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
Tuesday March 26, 2019
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Foster Care & Adoption Info Table
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Foster Care / Adoption Information from the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

CONTACT:  Jenny Parker    jenny.parker@state.ma.us
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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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Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the ESOL class navigator from RIAC. 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.  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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Nutrition for Beginners
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Reading Food Labels: Learn how to read a food label, compare information, and understand the percentages for daily values.

SNAP/Ed Instructors represent the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Sand Art @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Use a variety of colored sand to make your own unique, layered patterns.

Ages: 6 and up

March 5 - Wavy sand bottles

March 12 - "Peel and pour" sand scenes

March 19 - Dolphin keychains

March 26 - Teddy bears, seashells, or dinosaurs

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Sand Art @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Use a variety of colored sand to make your own unique, layered patterns.

Ages: 6 and up

March 5 - Wavy sand bottles

March 12 - "Peel and pour" sand scenes

March 19 - Dolphin keychains

March 26 - Teddy bears, seashells, or dinosaurs

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Sand Art @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Use a variety of colored sand to make your own unique, layered patterns.

Ages: 6 and up

March 5 - Wavy sand bottles

March 12 - "Peel and pour" sand scenes

March 19 - Dolphin keychains

March 26 - Teddy bears, seashells, or dinosaurs

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Sand Art @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Use a variety of colored sand to make your own unique, layered patterns.

Ages: 6 and up

March 5 - Wavy sand bottles

March 12 - "Peel and pour" sand scenes

March 19 - Dolphin keychains

March 26 - Teddy bears, seashells, or dinosaurs

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Toto the Tornado Cat
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

In 2011, a tiny 2-week old kitten was swept up into an F3 tornado that tore through central MA. The critically injured kitten ended up at the local fire station in Brimfield, where Jonathan (an animal-loving EMT) nursed him back to health and then adopted him. Jonathan and Toto are now living happily ever after. join Jonathan and Toto for a reading of Toto the Tornado Cat, the picture book inspired by this amazing true story. Stay for a meet and greet with Toto! He is very sociable and loves meeting new friends.

All ages welcome

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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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Basic knowledge of computers and email address required. Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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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 an appointment with the Business and Non-Profit Grant Resources Librarian to learn about available resources, please email jdzugan@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Great American Read Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

While supplies last, registrants will receive a free copy of the month’s selection.

March 26:  Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 5 spaces available.
Wednesday March 27, 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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City of Worcester's Dept. of Health and Human Services
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City's Homelessness Projects Manager/Outreach staff will be available to help navigate resources concerning shelter and affordable housing.

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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Transparent: Luminary Arts Workshop
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Work with scissors, translucent materials and a light box-all materials provided. Photograph and create transparent luminaries for the Teen Zone at WPL and take home a paper luminary to put in a sunny window

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Saxe 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:  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:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Slime Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 8 and up are invited to a special slime workshop with artist Mandy Roberge. Supports STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.) 

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

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 March 28, 2019
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-one assistance from an attorney from Community Legal Aid's CORI and Reentry Project.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

Simple Linen Stitch Coaster: size 7 straight needles, 1 skein worsted weight cotton yarn

St. Patrick’s Day Cloths: size 3 straight needles, 1 skein worsted weight cotton yarn, tapestry needle

Classic Textures Pillow: size 8 straight needles, 2 skeins worsted weight yarn, 18” square pillow form

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day!
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Welcome spring with a birds in a tree craft 

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:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Worcester NOW - Grandma Film Showing
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Film Showing

CONTACT:  Dina Tedeschi  774-272-2675  
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday March 29, 2019
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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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Crafty Kids Umbrella Decorating
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Spring showers are here! Come decorate an umbrella to keep you dry all spring and summer long. 

Suggested for children 12 and under with a caregiver

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins 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:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Saturday March 30, 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 9 spaces available.
 
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Grupo de juego
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

¿Tiene un hijo entre las edades de nacimiento y 5 años? ¿Estás buscando ayudarlos a estar "listos para la escuela"? Pase por el grupo de juego de Worcester Family Partnership para arte, canciones, historias y juegos sociales.

*El programa está dirigido en inglés.”

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Weekly Playgroup
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 5-years-old? Are you looking to help them be "school ready"? Drop by for Worcester Family Partnership's playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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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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Local Music with ARKM Foam
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Massachusetts-based musician ARKM Foam uses tape, DSP, sound placement and sample collage to make sound art. The sounds he uses are informed by his extensive history as a performer and organizer  in the New England experimental scene.  Movement and listening complement and eclipse one another.    

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Monday April 1, 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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MassEdCO Resource Table
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Staff from http://www.massedco.org/ will be available to answer questions about applying for college, obtaining financial aid, and more.  Drop by and say hi!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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  (YPS) 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:  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
Tuesday April 2, 2019
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Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the ESOL class navigator from RIAC. 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.  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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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Teen Advisory Group
4:30 PM - 5:30 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, Erin, 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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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Basic knowledge of computers and email address required. Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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:

April 2: Boom!: Voices of the Sixties by Tom Brokaw
May 7: The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by Jon Margolis

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 10 spaces available.
Wednesday April 3, 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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City of Worcester's Dept. of Health and Human Services
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City's Homelessness Projects Manager/Outreach staff will be available to help navigate resources concerning shelter and affordable housing.

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
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:  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 April 4, 2019
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Pathways For Change Information Table
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-one assistance from an attorney from Community Legal Aid's CORI and Reentry Project.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Slime Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 8 and up are invited to a special slime workshop with artist Many Roberge. Supports STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.) 

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

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Burncoat Neighborhood Watch Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  Kathleen Napoli  508-769-4621  
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday April 5, 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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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:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Saturday April 6, 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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Grupo de juego
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

¿Tiene un hijo entre las edades de nacimiento y 5 años? ¿Estás buscando ayudarlos a estar "listos para la escuela"? Pase por el grupo de juego de Worcester Family Partnership para arte, canciones, historias y juegos sociales.

*El programa está dirigido en inglés.”

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Weekly Playgroup
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 5-years-old? Are you looking to help them be "school ready"? Drop by for Worcester Family Partnership's playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Slow Flow Yoga
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

A well-rounded yoga practice suitable for all levels. Ages 14 and up. Bring your own mat.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Chef Secrets with Chef Kim Youkstetter
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Everything you always wanted to know to cook like a pro. We will review basic knife skills, how to make sauces and all sorts of other culinary "secrets". The class will be demonstration and hands on, so come ready to roll up your sleeves and get cooking!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 6 spaces available.
Sunday April 7, 2019
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Friends of the Worcester Public Library Annual Meeting
1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Monday April 8, 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:  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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Guard Up! Inc. Family Swordsmanship presents 'A Knight's Tale!'
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

You are invited to take part in this exciting adventure! Meet and experience what it was like to be a Knight in armor and hear stories of his life during Medieval times

Ages: Families with children 6 to 12 years old

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Tuesday April 9, 2019
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Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the ESOL class navigator from RIAC. 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.  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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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard 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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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WPL Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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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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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Basic knowledge of computers and email address required. Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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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 an appointment with the Business and Non-Profit Grant Resources Librarian to learn about available resources, please email jdzugan@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Worcester Writer's Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday April 10, 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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LVGW
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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City of Worcester's Dept. of Health and Human Services
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City's Homelessness Projects Manager/Outreach staff will be available to help navigate resources concerning shelter and affordable housing.

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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Egg Hunt!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hop on over for spring egg hunt! Ages 12 and under. Participants must check-in and receive the "rules" and an egg hunt bag. Please arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. Hunts begin promptly at the listed times. Those who can locate the elusive golden eggs will be rewarded with egg-cellent prizes!

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:  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:  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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WPL Foundation Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  WPLF    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday April 11, 2019
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-one assistance from an attorney from Community Legal Aid's CORI and Reentry Project.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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GAME DAY!
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come get unplugged and play some old fashioned bosrd games

All ages welcome

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Paws to Read
3:30 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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Anime & Manga Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Calling all tweens and teenagers! Do you love all things anime? Each week, we'll watch anime on the big screen, eat Japanese snacks, and explore the world of Japanese animation through different Japanese themed activities. We'll also tie our weekly feature to related manga and graphic novels. We bet we know lots of series you've never even heard of!

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Writing Workshop for Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Have a book idea that you want to write but don't know how to start? Have one almost finished but feeling daunted by the idea of editing and maybe, someday publishing your work? Publisher and editor, Beth Marshea, will work with teens on how to start their own writing projrcts and think about what publishers and editors might want in the future.

Ages: 13 to 17

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
There are many spaces available.
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday April 12, 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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Egg Hunt!
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hop on over for spring egg hunt! Ages 12 and under. Participants must check-in and receive the "rules" and an egg hunt bag. Please arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. Hunts begin promptly at the listed times. Those who can locate the elusive golden eggs will be rewarded with egg-cellent prizes!

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Saturday April 13, 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 13 spaces available.
 
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Magic Tricks Workshop
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

TWEENS and TEENS: Join professional magician, Steven Craig, as he teaches you amazing magic tricks sure to wow your friends and family. Magicians never reveal their secrets....until now!

Ages: 11 to 18

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Grupo de juego
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

¿Tiene un hijo entre las edades de nacimiento y 5 años? ¿Estás buscando ayudarlos a estar "listos para la escuela"? Pase por el grupo de juego de Worcester Family Partnership para arte, canciones, historias y juegos sociales.

*El programa está dirigido en inglés.”

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Pumpernickel Puppets' Three Billy Goats Gruff
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

All ages are welcome to this puppet adaptation of the classic fairy tale of three scrappy billy goats who must outwit an evil troll using their wit and good sense. 

Sponsored by the Worcester Family Partnership

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Weekly Playgroup
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 5-years-old? Are you looking to help them be "school ready"? Drop by for Worcester Family Partnership's playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Outdoor Digital Photography
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A hands-on class designed to introduce composition techniques and demystify some camera functions. The class will be taught outside while walking around downtown Worcester taking photos. We will cover aperture, shutter speed, exposure settings, composition, and file types. Learn how to eliminate distractions, use line and texture and the Rule of Thirds to create more dynamic images. This class is open to digital camera and smartphone photographers of all experience levels, aged 18 and older.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 23 spaces available.
 
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Behind the Screen! A Dungeons and Dragons Workshop
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Whether you've heard about it from your friends and family or seen it on Stranger Things, Dungeons and Dragons is making a comeback and you should be part of it! Come and learn the basics of the game and try your hand at making a character! (We will be learning how to play the 5th edition of the game)

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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LEGO Master Builder Dan Steininger
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Dan worked for the LEGO company as a Master Builder for over 23 years, building and designing life-sized LEGO models. Join him for an entertaining presentation about his career as a Master Builder, a children's group building activity, and a question and answer session about LEGO building! Building activity for ages 5-12, all ages may enjoy the presentation.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Digital Organization for Genealogists
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

This class will cover how to download files and images from all the major genealogy databases offered by our library.  We will also be covering how to organize genealogy information using tools like Google Drive and Dropbox, and also tips and tricks like how to set up electronic folder trees and how to use the snipping tool.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 7 spaces available.
Tuesday April 16, 2019
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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 10 spaces available.
 
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Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the ESOL class navigator from RIAC. 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.  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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Kids Animated Film Festival
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a different family friendly movie each day during school vacation week!

Tuesday, April 16th

Smallfoot (PG) - A yeti named Migo discovers that humans really do exist!

Wednesday, April 17th

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) - Video game star, Wreck-It-Ralph, must brave the Internet to help fix the popular video game Sugar Rush

Thursday, April 18th

Early Man (PG) - A Stone Aged tribe defends their land from a group of invaders

Friday, April 19th

Land and the Tramp (G) - A pampered dog, Lady, falls in love with a homeless stray in the Disney classic

Saturday, April 20th

Paddington 2 (PG) - Join Paddington and the Brown family as they work to unmask a thief!

Ages: For familes with children 12 and under. A small snack will be provided

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Princess Jasmine and Genie
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join us for an enchanting time with Princess Jasmine! 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:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Basic knowledge of computers and email address required. Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance (One-on-One)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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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. 

April's Title:  Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Wednesday April 17, 2019
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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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Henna Tattoos
10:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Let local henna artist Mandy Roberge adorn your body with beautiful henna tattoos! 

Ages: 8 and up - first come, first serve

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

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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City of Worcester's Dept. of Health and Human Services
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City's Homelessness Projects Manager/Outreach staff will be available to help navigate resources concerning shelter and affordable housing.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Kids Animated Film Festival
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a different family friendly movie each day during school vacation week!

Tuesday, April 16th

Smallfoot (PG) - A yeti named Migo discovers that humans really do exist!

Wednesday, April 17th

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) - Video game star, Wreck-It-Ralph, must brave the Internet to help fix the popular video game Sugar Rush

Thursday, April 18th

Early Man (PG) - A Stone Aged tribe defends their land from a group of invaders

Friday, April 19th

Land and the Tramp (G) - A pampered dog, Lady, falls in love with a homeless stray in the Disney classic

Saturday, April 20th

Paddington 2 (PG) - Join Paddington and the Brown family as they work to unmask a thief!

Ages: For familes with children 12 and under. A small snack will be provided

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx 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:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Room Reserved - Teens
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
 
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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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Indoor Planting Workshop with the REC
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Students will be able to put photosynthesis to action by planting seedlings of their very own and identifying what plants need to frow. They will make grow charts and be able to transplant their seedlings into their school garden in May. 

For families with children of all ages

Sponsored by the Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts

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
 
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20s & 30s Meetup
7:00 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: Banx Room - Main Library
Thursday April 18, 2019
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Paws to Read
11:00 AM - 12:00 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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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-one assistance from an attorney from Community Legal Aid's CORI and Reentry Project.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Egg Hunt!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Hop on over for spring egg hunt! Ages 12 and under. Participants must check-in and receive the "rules" and an egg hunt bag. Please arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. Hunts begin promptly at the listed times. Those who can locate the elusive golden eggs will be rewarded with egg-cellent prizes!

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Kids Animated Film Festival
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a different family friendly movie each day during school vacation week!

Tuesday, April 16th

Smallfoot (PG) - A yeti named Migo discovers that humans really do exist!

Wednesday, April 17th

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) - Video game star, Wreck-It-Ralph, must brave the Internet to help fix the popular video game Sugar Rush

Thursday, April 18th

Early Man (PG) - A Stone Aged tribe defends their land from a group of invaders

Friday, April 19th

Land and the Tramp (G) - A pampered dog, Lady, falls in love with a homeless stray in the Disney classic

Saturday, April 20th

Paddington 2 (PG) - Join Paddington and the Brown family as they work to unmask a thief!

Ages: For familes with children 12 and under. A small snack will be provided

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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MOVIE DAY!!
2:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Come stop by and enjoy Mary Poppins Returns

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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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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Anime & Manga Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Calling all tweens and teenagers! Do you love all things anime? Each week, we'll watch anime on the big screen, eat Japenese snacks, and explore the world of Japanese animation through different Japanese themed activities. We'll also tie our weekly feature to related manga and graphic novels. We bet we know lots of series you've never even heard of!

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

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday April 19, 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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Egg Hunt!
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Hop on over for spring egg hunt! Ages 12 and under. Participants must check-in and receive the "rules" and an egg hunt bag. Please arrive early, as space and supplies are limited. Hunts begin promptly at the listed times. Those who can locate the elusive golden eggs will be rewarded with egg-cellent prizes!

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Kids Animated Film Festival
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a different family friendly movie each day during school vacation week!

Tuesday, April 16th

Smallfoot (PG) - A yeti named Migo discovers that humans really do exist!

Wednesday, April 17th

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) - Video game star, Wreck-It-Ralph, must brave the Internet to help fix the popular video game Sugar Rush

Thursday, April 18th

Early Man (PG) - A Stone Aged tribe defends their land from a group of invaders

Friday, April 19th

Land and the Tramp (G) - A pampered dog, Lady, falls in love with a homeless stray in the Disney classic

Saturday, April 20th

Paddington 2 (PG) - Join Paddington and the Brown family as they work to unmask a thief!

Ages: For familes with children 12 and under. A small snack will be provided

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - 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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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:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Saturday April 20, 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 13 spaces available.
 
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Grupo de juego
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

¿Tiene un hijo entre las edades de nacimiento y 5 años? ¿Estás buscando ayudarlos a estar "listos para la escuela"? Pase por el grupo de juego de Worcester Family Partnership para arte, canciones, historias y juegos sociales.

*El programa está dirigido en inglés.”

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Weekly Playgroup
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 5-years-old? Are you looking to help them be "school ready"? Drop by for Worcester Family Partnership's playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Slow Flow Yoga
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

A well-rounded yoga practice suitable for all levels. Ages 14 and up. Bring your own mat.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Author Event & Book Signing with Ted Reinstein
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

In talking about New England’s General Stores: Exploring an American Classic, his newest book, written in collaboration with his wife, Anne-Marie, broadcast journalist Ted Reinstein shares the rich and colorful history of this iconic institution, how they figured in the rise of early American commerce, why they began to fade, and why—like another New England icon, the diner—they have begun to come back and even be re-invented and re-imagined for a new era. Told with anecdotes from a variety of local landmark stores across the region, the presentation is accompanied by the award-winning photography of Art Donahue. The presentation runs about 50 minutes, followed by Q&A, and book purchase/signing.

Since 1995, Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for Boston’s WCVB-TV’s “Chronicle,” the nation’s longest-running locally-produced nightly newsmagazine. Ted is a native of Winthrop, Massachusetts, and lives just west of Boston.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Kids Animated Film Festival
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for a different family friendly movie each day during school vacation week!

Tuesday, April 16th

Smallfoot (PG) - A yeti named Migo discovers that humans really do exist!

Wednesday, April 17th

Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) - Video game star, Wreck-It-Ralph, must brave the Internet to help fix the popular video game Sugar Rush

Thursday, April 18th

Early Man (PG) - A Stone Aged tribe defends their land from a group of invaders

Friday, April 19th

Land and the Tramp (G) - A pampered dog, Lady, falls in love with a homeless stray in the Disney classic

Saturday, April 20th

Paddington 2 (PG) - Join Paddington and the Brown family as they work to unmask a thief!

Ages: For familes with children 12 and under. A small snack will be provided

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Introduction to Google Drive
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Did you know that Google Drive can provide you with access to free document and photo storage, including access to Microsoft office apps such as Word (docs), Excel (sheets) and much more? Come learn how to use Google Drive to create files in the cloud, sync documents, share folders and easily access your files from anywhere. Basic knowledge of computers and a Google account or gmail required.
 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 11 spaces available.
Monday April 22, 2019
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MassEdCO Resource Table
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Staff from http://www.massedco.org/ will be available to answer questions about applying for college, obtaining financial aid, and more.  Drop by and say hi!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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
Tuesday April 23, 2019
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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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Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the ESOL class navigator from RIAC. 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.  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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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Nutrition for Beginners
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Shop Wisely on a Budget: Become a wise shopper! Join us to learn how to eat better on a budget and get tips on how to keep you and your family healthy.

SNAP/Ed Instructors represent the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program.  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Basic knowledge of computers and email address required. Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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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 an appointment with the Business and Non-Profit Grant Resources Librarian to learn about available resources, please email jdzugan@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Great American Read Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

While supplies last, registrants will receive a free copy of the month’s selection.

April 23:    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho  

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 7 spaces available.
Wednesday April 24, 2019
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City of Worcester's Dept. of Health and Human Services
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City's Homelessness Projects Manager/Outreach staff will be available to help navigate resources concerning shelter and affordable housing.

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
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:  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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Indoor Planting Workshop with the REC
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Students will be able put photosynthesis to action by planting seedlings of their very own and identifying what plants need to grow. They will make grow charts and be able to transplant their seedlings into their school garden. 

For families with children of all ages

Sponsored by the Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts

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
Thursday April 25, 2019
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-one assistance from an attorney from Community Legal Aid's CORI and Reentry Project.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day!
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join your friends and make a " stained glass" candle holder

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Paws to Read
3:30 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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Anime & Manga Club
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Calling all tweens and teenagers! Do you love all things anime? Each week, we'll watch anime on the big screen, eat Japenese snacks, and explore the world of Japanese animation through different Japanese themed activities. We'll also tie our weekly feature to related manga and graphic novels. We bet we know lots of series you've never even heard of!

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

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday April 26, 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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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:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
Saturday April 27, 2019
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MS Office - Word
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    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 7 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 13 spaces available.
 
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Grupo de juego
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

¿Tiene un hijo entre las edades de nacimiento y 5 años? ¿Estás buscando ayudarlos a estar "listos para la escuela"? Pase por el grupo de juego de Worcester Family Partnership para arte, canciones, historias y juegos sociales.

*El programa está dirigido en inglés.”

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Weekly Playgroup
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 5-years-old? Are you looking to help them be "school ready"? Drop by for Worcester Family Partnership's playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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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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Star Bright Touring Theater presents 'The Velveteen Rabbit'
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The Velveteen Rabbit is a heartwarming tale of childhood and imagination. Based on the classic tale by Margery Williams Bianco, this show examines what it means to love and what it means to be real. For the young-at-heart.

Ages: Best for ages 4 to 11

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Local Music with Riparian
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Riparian is the solo musical project of Nick Pagan, a multi-instrumentalist singer songwriter from Worcester, MA.  Pulling from a wide array of influences, Nick combines a traditional songwriting approach with ambient textures to create atmospheric and meaningful music. He is currently in the process of recording his fourth album, A Little Memory, which should be released in the Fall of 2019.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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The Mall and the Library: Urban Renewal in the City of Worcester 1960s-1970s
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

During the 1960s-70s, our city’s downtown was transformed. Explore what the library has to offer for those interested in researching this important aspect of our history.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 10 spaces available.
Monday April 29, 2019
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MassEdCO Resource Table
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Staff from http://www.massedco.org/ will be available to answer questions about applying for college, obtaining financial aid, and more.  Drop by and say hi!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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
Tuesday April 30, 2019
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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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Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the ESOL class navigator from RIAC. 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.  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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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Hello Spring! Crafternoons @ the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt, or Tatnuck Branch Libraries
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Enjoy a fun spring-themed craft each week

Ages: 6 and up

April 2 - Rainbow Weaving Mats

April 9 - Bunny Banners

April 16 - Gnome Pop-up crafts & Paper straw tulips

April 23 - Bug Stenciling

April 30 - Weave your own spider web

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Who Will Write Our History?: History-Writing as Spiritual Resistance and Justice During and After
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

The Oyneg Shabbes Archive was a secret historical archive created by a group of Polish Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust.  This presentation will explore the Archive's important role as a form of spiritual resistance against the Nazis, and its continued importance after the war as a form of justice for Jewish survivors across postwar Europe and beyond.

Alexandra Kramen is a second-year doctoral student in History at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University, where she is a recipient of a Claims Conference Fellowship and a Marlene and David Persky Research Award.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
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
Wednesday May 1, 2019
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City of Worcester's Dept. of Health and Human Services
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City's Homelessness Projects Manager/Outreach staff will be available to help navigate resources concerning shelter and affordable housing.

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 May 2, 2019
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-one assistance from an attorney from Community Legal Aid's CORI and Reentry Project.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Burncoat Neighborhood Watch Group
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  Kathleen Napoli  508-769-4621  
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday May 3, 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
Saturday May 4, 2019
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MS Office - Excel
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    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 2 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 13 spaces available.
 
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Grupo de juego
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

¿Tiene un hijo entre las edades de nacimiento y 5 años? ¿Estás buscando ayudarlos a estar "listos para la escuela"? Pase por el grupo de juego de Worcester Family Partnership para arte, canciones, historias y juegos sociales.

*El programa está dirigido en inglés.”

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Weekly Playgroup
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Do you have a child between the ages of birth and 5-years-old? Are you looking to help them be "school ready"? Drop by for Worcester Family Partnership's playgroup for crafts, songs, stories, and social play

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Slow Flow Yoga
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

A well-rounded yoga practice suitable for all levels. Ages 14 and up. Bring your own mat.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Summer Smoothies--Cooking with Colin McCullough
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Learn how to make delicious whole-food smoothies with fresh summer flavors!  In this class, we’ll learn four new recipes that are loaded with healthy ingredients!  Come find out how to take your smoothie game to the next level with a Summer Blush Smoothie, Lemon Lime Basil Smoothie, and more!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 13 spaces available.
Monday May 6, 2019
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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  (YPS) program will be available.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Room Reserved - Children's
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Tuesday May 7, 2019
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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 11 spaces available.
 
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Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the ESOL class navigator from RIAC. 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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Teen Advisory Group
4:30 PM - 5:30 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, Erin, 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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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:

April 2: Boom!: Voices of the Sixties by Tom Brokaw
May 7: The Last Innocent Year: America in 1964 by Jon Margolis

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
Wednesday May 8, 2019
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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 9 spaces available.
 
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City of Worcester's Dept. of Health and Human Services
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City's Homelessness Projects Manager/Outreach staff will be available to help navigate resources concerning shelter and affordable housing.

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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Room Reserved - Teens
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Drop in and get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents, learn to set up a library or email account, or download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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WPL Foundation Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
CONTACT:  WPLF    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday May 9, 2019
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-one assistance from an attorney from Community Legal Aid's CORI and Reentry Project.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Friday May 10, 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
Saturday May 11, 2019
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MS Office - Word
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    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 9 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 13 spaces available.
 
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Outdoor Digital Photography
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

A hands-on class designed to introduce composition techniques and demystify some camera functions. The class will be taught outside while walking around downtown Worcester taking photos. We will cover aperture, shutter speed, exposure settings, composition, and file types. Learn how to eliminate distractions, use line and texture and the Rule of Thirds to create more dynamic images. This class is open to digital camera and smartphone photographers of all experience levels, aged 18 and older.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 22 spaces available.
 
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Behind the Screen! A Dungeons and Dragons Workshop
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Whether you've heard about it from your friends and family or seen it on Stranger Things, Dungeons and Dragons is making a comeback and you should be part of it! Come and learn the basics of the game and try your hand at making a character! (We will be learning how to play the 5th edition of the game)

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Research your family history through digital real estate records
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Learn about tips and tricks to research the history of your family and their home through the use of real estate web resources such as Mass Land Records, Google Maps and Zillow.  Learn about the different kinds of records you can find, as well as the limits of available data and potential pitfalls. We will also discuss other resources that the library has to supplement your searching.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 9 spaces available.
Monday May 13, 2019
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Learn Spanish with Mango
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Learn how to use your library card to learn Spanish on your computer, smartphone, or tablet with Mango Languages.  Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required.
 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 11 spaces available.
Tuesday May 14, 2019
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Finding an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

If you are learning English and want help finding a class at the right time, place and level for you, come sit down with the ESOL class navigator from RIAC. 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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Introduction to Google Drive
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Did you know that Google Drive can provide you with access to free document and photo storage, including access to Microsoft office apps such as Word (docs), Excel (sheets) and much more? Come learn how to use Google Drive to create files in the cloud, sync documents, share folders and easily access your files from anywhere. Basic knowledge of computers and a Google account or gmail required.
 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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WPL Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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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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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance (one-on-one)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

To schedule an appointment with the Business and Non-Profit Grant Resources Librarian to learn about available resources, please email jdzugan@mywpl.org.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Worcester Writer's Group
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday May 15, 2019
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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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City of Worcester's Dept. of Health and Human Services
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The City's Homelessness Projects Manager/Outreach staff will be available to help navigate resources concerning shelter and affordable housing.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

Drop in and get extra help with your job applications and Microsoft Word documents, learn to set up a library or email account, or download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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20s & 30s Meetup
7:00 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: Banx Room - Main Library
Thursday May 16, 2019
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

One-on-one assistance from an attorney from Community Legal Aid's CORI and Reentry Project.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Friday May 17, 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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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 May 18, 2019
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MS Office - Publisher
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.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 9 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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Slow Flow Yoga
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

A well-rounded yoga practice suitable for all levels. Ages 14 and up. Bring your own mat.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Tuesday May 21, 2019
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Business Plan Basics
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

This workshop provides an overview of writing a business