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Monday August 20, 2018
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Kid's Free Lunch
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Tuesday August 21, 2018
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Lego 'n' More Constructive Playtime
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

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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CCC Energy & Environment Workgroup Meeting
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

A meeting of the Cannabis Control Commission Energy & Environment Workgroup

CONTACT:  Kay Doyle  (617) 701-8405  kay.doyle@mass.gov
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Kid's Free Lunch
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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Nutrition for Beginners
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

The Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Not sure how to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables? Keep it simple! Learn how to incorporate fruits and vegetables in your meals using our easy recipes.   

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Creating and Preserving Your Family Tree II: Digitally
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn how to preserve and organize your genealogy information electronically as well as how to record audio and video of your family’s history. A working email address and basic knowledge of computers are required. New or advanced genealogists welcome!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Mindful Movements
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ivy Child International invites children ages 7 to 10 years old to participate in a six week mindfulness program. Sessions will include mindful art, mindful movement, and mindful games.

Recommended for ages: 7 to 10

Mindfulness program is six weeks: July 10, 17, 31 and August 7, 14, 21

Space is limited and registration is required. Please sign up here, or visit the Children's Room  Desk at the Main Library.

Parents--if you are interested in Mindfulness too, try our Meditation Hour for adults which meets at the same time!

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's 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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Libraries Rock! Choir
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Do you like to sing? Great! Is reading music foreign to you? That’s fine! Our rehearsals will include music literacy for singers of all ability levels, so bring your questions, and our director will help to expand your fluency in the language of music.  

The group will be led by local musician & music educator, Annie Arsenault, and is open to ages 13 and up.  Rehearsal will be held weekly and will end the summer with a concert. You don’t have to have any experience, we only ask that you attend rehearsals, and give your best--by the end of the summer you will have grown musically.  Come join us!

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Sci-Fi Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

Tonight's discussion: Dune by Frank Herbert

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
There are 3 spaces available.
Wednesday August 22, 2018
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Sing & Play with Worcester Music Academy
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

In Sing & Play your child will get to explore the exciting world of music. This fun class enhances your child's listening skills and helps improve coordination - all through music.

Recommended for ages 2 to 3

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Kid's Free Lunch
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Service
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include dreamcatchers, reading rocks, hanging lanterns, ephemera bookmarks, jute rope containers, Paint Night!, and cat picture hotplates.

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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NAACP
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Meet and greet of Candidate for DA name TBA

CONTACT:  Edward G Robinson  5087566639  EdGRobinson1966@GMail.Com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday August 23, 2018
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WPL will be OUT TO LUNCH on the COMMON
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Come join the Worcester Public Library staff at Out to Lunch on the Common, sign up for a library card, summer reading, or just stop by and say hi!!!!!

CONTACT:  Welcome Desk    
 
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Kid's Free Lunch
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day!!!!
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us to make your very own Origami Flying Disc. See how far yours can fly!

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
Friday August 24, 2018
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Community Outreach Meeting
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Temescal Wellness of Massachusetts intends to apply for a retail marijuana establishment license at 141 SW Cutoff. 

CONTACT:  Julia Germaine  207.408.1748  julia@temescalwellness.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Clemente Course Recruitment Table
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Representatives from Clemente Worcester will be here each Friday from 11-2pm starting July 20 and ending August 24. Come meet recent graduates and learn what you need to do to enroll as part of this year's class! 

Why take the Clemente Course in the Humanities?

The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities:
·· Promotes personal growth and development,
·· Enriches life,
·· Deepens cultural awareness,
·· Improves powers of thought and self expression,
and
·· Helps create important new educational
opportunities.

The Clemente Course provides an opportunity to:

·· Experience a college level course taught by
top-level college instructors,
·· Earn six credits from Bard College that are
transferable to other colleges,
·· Study masterpieces in the fields of literature,
history, philosophy, and art,
·· Join with like-minded students in a supportive,
non-judgmental environment, and
·· Get special instruction in writing.

CONTACT:  Elizabeth Bacon    clementeworcester@gmail.com
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Kid's Free Lunch
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Saturday August 25, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs!  Participants will pair up to spend 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Lego & Construction Challenge and Free Play
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Develop literacy and critical thinking skills with Legos during our weekly FREE PLAY time. Children may work on a themed challenge, introduced monthly. All completed challenges will be featured in our Lego display case for the entire next month!

Ages: 12 and under

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

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility.

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

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

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Club del libro en espanol
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Nos reunimos cada mes para debatir y compatir temas literarios y soci-culturales a partir de la lectura de grandes autores latino americanos.

CONTACT:  Beatriz Alvarado     balvarado1@yahoo.com
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
 
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Kid's Free Lunch
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Michael Jackson’s 60th Birthday Bash
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate the King of Pop on what would have been his 60th Birthday! 

Live music, Documentary and Birthday Party!!  

CONTACT:  Parlee Jones.   5084101209  earthsister17@gmail.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Tuesday August 28, 2018
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CORI Sealing Workshop w/EPOCA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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REV Up! Register, Educate, Vote.
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Deaf and Hard of Hearing community and people with disabilities are under-represented at the polls. REV Up aims to increase the number of people who are Deaf/Hard of hearing and those with disabilities who vote. We are non-partisan, and invite voters of any party to join our efforts. 2018, even without a presidential election, is an extremely important year!  Many if not all supports, services and civil rights have been under attack.  While we have been largely protected in MA, voting has never been more important.  Multiple studies have shown that people with disabilities are under-represented, and could make a difference in many contests if they showed up at the polls. Come learn more about using your power to vote to make change!

CONTACT:  Ellen Perkins  508-502-7576  eperkins@centerlw.org
LOCATION: Saxe 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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Worcester City Seal - Mosaic Project
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Please join William S. Coleman, III as he discusses a project to create a large mosaic of the Worcester City Seal

LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
Wednesday August 29, 2018
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Spectrum Victim Impact Forum
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

 

CONTACT:  Peter Zoppo  508-425-3410  peter.zoppo@spectrumhealthsystems.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Service
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include dreamcatchers, reading rocks, hanging lanterns, ephemera bookmarks, jute rope containers, Paint Night!, and cat picture hotplates.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Room Reserved-Admin
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Friday August 31, 2018
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Red Cross Blood Drive
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Community blood drive hosted by the Red Cross.

CONTACT:  Katherine Lawler  781-439-0513  katherine.lawler@redcross.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Tuesday September 4, 2018
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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BMCHP- Mercy ACO/JOC meeting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Quareterly Joint Organization Committee meeting 

CONTACT:  Mary Vargas  413-730-4873  mary.vargas@bmchp-wellsense.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

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

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

We will meet every first Tuesday of the month

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
Wednesday September 5, 2018
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People of Color Union Educators
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

A meeting of union staff persons who identify as people of color

CONTACT:  Eric Bauer  413-363-3303  ericbauer3@gmail.com
LOCATION: Saxe 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.

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

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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MBSR (Mindful Based Stress Reduction) Orientation
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Required orientation session to upcoming 8-week MBSR instruction series led by Ginny Wholley. 

Ginny is an authorized instructor of the MBSR program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. This program is recognized world-wide as the gold standard in modern mindfulness for health and well-being. See September 19 to register for the 8-week series. 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Thursday September 6, 2018
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Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

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

Get unplugged and play some old fashioned games

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Back to School Bash and Library Tour!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Not too crazy about middle school? Nervous about turning 13? Come to our super special Back to School Bash and meet others just like you! Includes the choice of a school supply to decorate and take home, refreshments, and a Q&A with Erin our awesome teen librarian!

Space is limited! Hope to see you there!

Please sign-up by September 5th at the Children's Room desk or call 508-799-1671

Ages: 11 to 13

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

Neighborhood Issues

CONTACT:  Steve Greaney  508-340-3280  
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday September 7, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday September 8, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs!  Participants will pair up to spend 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Asian Brush Painting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Movie Matinee: The Incredibles
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The Incredibles, a family of superheroes each with their own set of powers, have tried living a normal life under the Superhero Relocation Program, but Mr. Incredible decides he cannot stay away from the excitement of saving lives. When he finds himself in danger, it will take the entire family to save him. A small snack will be provided. Rated PG

Ages: Families with children 12 and under

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Masonic Philosophical Society - September Meeting
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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

http://www.philosophicalsociety.org/

CONTACT:  Anouk VAN OPSTAL  7813710871  anoukvanopstal@gmail.com
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Monday September 10, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

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

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

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Magna Tiles, or K'Nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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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 September 11, 2018
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Talking Book Library Advisory Council
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
CONTACT:  Talking Book Library    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Daniel Ekberg  508-648-1251  daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Study Room
There is 1 space available.
 
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WPL Board of Directors Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Libraries Rock! Choir
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for an end-of-summer performance of WPL's Libraries Rock! Choir.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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MSOG--Massachusetts Society of Genealogists
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

          Andiamo! Finding Your Italian Family

          Presented by Margaret Fortier, Fortier is a professional genealogical speaker, researcher and writer, specializing in immigrant origins in New England.                                            

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday September 12, 2018
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Preschool Free Play Exploration - Squish and Stretch
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: Recommended for ages 3 to 5

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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SAFEPLAN Regional Meeting
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Regional Meeting for SAFEPLAN Advocates

CONTACT:  Jessie Aquino  413-387-4302  jessie.aquino@state.ma.us
LOCATION: Saxe 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.

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

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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WPLF - Board of Trustees Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
CONTACT:  WPLF    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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MassLEAP Slam Poetry Kick-Off
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Non-Profit MassLEAP supports youth poets across our state. This event will serve as a kick-off celebration at the Worcester Public Library, showcasing youth voice and bringing awareness to MassLEAP's new after school programming this school year.

For ages: 13 to 17

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday September 13, 2018
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Room Reserved - Administration
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe and Banx Rooms
 
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MOVIE DAY PRESENTS: A Wrinkle in Time
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Come join your friends for an afternoon screening of A Wrinkle in Time

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Paws to Read
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Age: Recommended for ages 5 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Coding Club: Ozobots
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ozobots are line-following robots that read color as code! Each week, children are invited to play with Ozobots, get them through a variety of mazes, and learn the basics of computational thinking

Ages: 7 and up

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

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday September 14, 2018
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Room Reserved - Administration
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe and Banx Rooms
 
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Computer & Internet for Beginners - Cancelled
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto - Cancelled
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 September 15, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs!  Participants will pair up to spend 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Bay State Council of the Blind
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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The Breakfast Club
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Asian Brush Painting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Hispanic Heritage Month: Music and Dance Celebration
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Local dance studio Ritmos Academy will help us kickoff Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15). "Ritmos" offers dance performances throughout New England with colorful cultural costumes and an energetic team of dance students. 

Ages: Families with children 12 and under

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Local History Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Copies of the following books will be provided:

September 15:   TBA
October 13:   TBA
November 10:  TBA

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
Monday September 17, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

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

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Welcome to the Member Voices Program
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This is an Orientation Session to the Commonwealth Care Alliance's Consumer Engagement Program, "Member Voices"

CONTACT:  Candace Smith  617-960-0383  casmith@commonwealthcare.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Providers Quarterly Meeting
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services through the Department of Public Health is seeking a spot for local providers for pregnant and postpartum women to come together for our quarterly providers meeting. 

CONTACT:  Rebecca Millner  8474310841  rebeccamillner@healthrecovery.org
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:  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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Early Engineers
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 to 8

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

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

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

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

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Nutrition for Beginners
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Moderation is the Key – Cutting Back on Fats
It is true that drastic changes are harder to maintain. It’s easier to make small changes in our favorite foods by lowering the fat and watching the portion sizes.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Friends of the WPL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Armenian Night
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
CONTACT:  Charles    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Sci-Fi Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

Tonight's discussion:  TBA

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
Wednesday September 19, 2018
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Preschool Free Play Exploration -Magnets and Magnifiers
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: Recommended for ages 3 to 5

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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New Start Brain Injury Community Center, BAMSI Table
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
CONTACT:  Krishna Morrow    krishnamorrow@bamsi.org
 
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Adult Gardening Club
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Toto the Tornado Cat
3:30 PM - 4:30 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 story. Stay for a meet and greet with Toto! he is very sociable and loves meeting new friends.

All ages welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Homeschooling Info Sessions
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join Beth Fleming, a local mom who has 14 years of homeschooling experience in Worcester. Our first info session is for families with younger children who are considering homeschooling in Worcester. Our second info session is for families with children in middle school and/or high school who are currently homeschooling and looking for info on the college application process. 

Parents/Caregivers are welcome to bring their families. Passive craft for younger children and light refreshments will be served.

*Session One: September 19th at 6:00pm for families with younger children

**Session Two: October 3rd at 6:00pm for families with older children

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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MBSR (Mindful Based Stress Reduction) Instruction with Ginny Wholley
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Week 1

Presents you with an overview of the course and guidelines. Sets learning objectives and expectations for your course experience.  You will become acquainted with mindful breathing and the body scan meditation.  You will experience moment-to-moment awareness, the foundation of mindfulness. 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe 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 September 20, 2018
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Diversity Informed Tenets Training Program
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cherry Tangri    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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MLA Youth Services Section meeting
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Massachusetts Library Association's Youth Services Section will hold its bi-monthly meeting.

CONTACT:  Marissa Antosh  (781) 934-2721 x5631  mantosh@ocln.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Social Security 101
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Learn about benefits & services provided by Social Security, how to qualify for benefits, how and when to apply, online services, planning tools and more. 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 12 spaces available.
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day! - Make Your Own Journal
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us at the GBV Branch as we create and decorate our own journals

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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3Doodler 3D printing pens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Coding Club: Ozobots
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ozobots are line-following robots that read color as code! Each week, children are invited to play with Ozobots, get them through a variety of mazes, and learn the basics of computational thinking

Ages: 7 and up

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

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday September 21, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 0 to 18 months

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Subsidy Management Training
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) will be hosting a mandatory Subsidy Management Training for all subsidy child care providers who hold a direct contract with EEC.   The Subsidy Management Training’s focus is on all aspects of the Subsidy Management Interim Policies being put in place on October 1, 2018.   Topics will include:

  • Intake Eligibility, Placement & Denial, Reduction & Termination
  • Assessment/Reassessment
  • Authorizations and Placements
  • Voucher Management
  • Attendance and Billing
  • Audit Compliance & Resolution
  • CCFA
CONTACT:  Alicia Siryon-Wells  617-988-6639  alicia.wells@mass.gov
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

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

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

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Hispanic Heritage Month: Folk Art 'Paint Day' for Kids
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Back by popular demand! Once again, local artist Edmy Ortiz offers a painting experience for kids with systematic painting instructions for creating cultural pieces.

Ages: 6 to 12

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday September 22, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs!  Participants will pair up to spend 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Club del libro en espanol
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
CONTACT:  Beatriz Alvarado     balvarado1@yahoo.com
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
 
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Financial Literacy Session for Ansaar of Worcester
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Financial literacy session for Ansaar of Worcester, Inc families.  How to manage finances and make the best of life opportunities.

CONTACT:  Noriah Nor  5084106859  scottnoria@charter.net
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Author Event & Book Signing with Michael Belanger
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Michael Belanger will discuss the inspiration for The History of Jane Doe and the process of getting it published, from the initial idea to finding an agent and editor. He will also read selections from the book and take questions from the audience. 

Praise for THE HISTORY OF JANE DOE:

”[An] impressive debut…Suffused with quirky humor and equal parts life-affirming and heartbreaking, John Green fans will gobble this one up.“ — Kirkus, starred review

“Readers looking for a moving, realistic portrayal of depression will appreciate this exceptional debut.” —Publishers Weekly

“A powerful debut with a story for fans of John Green and Jennifer Niven… guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings.” — BuzzFeed

Michael Belanger is a debut young adult author and high school history teacher. He is a member of the Westport Writers’ Workshop and faculty advisor to Greenwitch, a high school literary magazine that has published talented young writers–including Truman Capote–for over a hundred years. He currently lives in Connecticut.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
Monday September 24, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

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

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Subsidy Management Training
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) will be hosting a mandatory Subsidy Management Training for all subsidy child care providers who hold a direct contract with EEC.   The Subsidy Management Training’s focus is on all aspects of the Subsidy Management Interim Policies being put in place on October 1, 2018.   Topics will include:

  • Intake Eligibility, Placement & Denial, Reduction & Termination
  • Assessment/Reassessment
  • Authorizations and Placements
  • Voucher Management
  • Attendance and Billing
  • Audit Compliance & Resolution
  • CCFA
CONTACT:  Carole Meehan  617-988-7834  carole.meehan@mass.gov
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:  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 September 25, 2018
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Committee for Public Counsel Services Training
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Showing of documentary Untouchable and discussion in the morning. Workshop in afternoon by Dr. Laurie Guidry, psychologist. Training for attorneys, social workers, community advocates, and open to general public.

CONTACT:  Norma Wassel  617-306-4916  nwassel@yahoo.com
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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CORI Sealing Workshop w/EPOCA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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National Voter Registration Day Drive
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM

League of Women Voters  will be registering new voters at a table in the lobby from 1-3pm and 6-8pm.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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'Color-me' Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Color, personalize, and get creative with these customizable crafts. 

All ages welcome. While supplies last.

Tuesday's at 4:00pm at the Burncoat, Goddard, Roosevelt and Tatnuck Branches

Sept. 4 - Sneaker Keychains

Sept. 11 - Slap Bracelets

Sept 18 - Hacky Sacks

Sept. 25 - Drawstring Canvas Emoji Bags

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Bright Star Theatre presents: The Pirate Bully Bay
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Ahoy Maties! This seafaring adventure teaches young buccaneers how to navigate the sometimes choppy waters of friendship by learning how to recognize, report and stand up to bullying. A perfect choice for our whole school anti-bullying campaign.

Ages: Best for grades Pre-K through 5th

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Author Event & Book Signing with Gary Gemme
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Former Worcester Police Chief Gary Gemme will be reading from and discussing the process of writing and publishing his debut novel Margaret's Dove, a love story set on the Cape and Nashville Tennessee.  Q & A and book signing to follow.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
Wednesday September 26, 2018
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Preschool Free Play Exploration - Fall Fun
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: Recommended for ages 3 to 5

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Spectrum Victim Impact Forum
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

 

 

CONTACT:  Peter Zoppo  508-425-3410  peter.zoppo@spectrumhealthsystems.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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CRAFT DAY!! = FALL IS HERE!!
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us at the GBV Branch while we make a cute sign celebrating the Fall Season

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Flamenco: In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Professional flamenco dancer, Edmy Ortiz, will begin with a Flamenco dance performance, and then invite the audience to learn some moves of their own!

All ages welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

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

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

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

Week 2

We will explore the role of perception in mindfulness. Your assumptions, automatic responses to stimulus, and the context of your world play a large part in how you see things.  You will practice mindful breathing, body scan and yoga to develop awareness of how you react to stressful stimulus.  Developing awareness is the first step in changing how you respond to stress.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday September 27, 2018
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MSPCC/Eliot TM Regional Meeting
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Regional gathering of Therapeutic Mentor providers at MSPCC/Eliot to review best practices.

 
 
CONTACT:  Caitlin Thibeault  617-983-5861  cthibeault@eliotchs.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Paws to Read
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Age: Recommended for ages 5 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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3Doodler 3D printing pens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Coding Club: Ozobots
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ozobots are line-following robots that read color as code! Each week, children are invited to play with Ozobots, get them through a variety of mazes, and learn the basics of computational thinking

Ages: 7 and up

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

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday September 28, 2018
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My Choice Programs - Staff Meeting
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
CONTACT:  Debra Aharonian    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 0 to 18 months

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Women's Quarterly Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services through the Department of Public Health is seeking a spot for local providers working with pregnant and postpartum women  to come together for our quarterly providers meeting.

CONTACT:  Rebecca Millner   847-431-0841  rebeccamillner@healthrecovery.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday September 29, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs!  Participants will pair up to spend 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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WPL's 5th Annual Volunteer Fair
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Make your community better by volunteering! If you’ve ever considered volunteering in the community but didn’t know where to start, visit our Fifth Annual Volunteer Fair! Whether you enjoy working outdoors, assisting people in crisis, or being civically engaged, representatives from local organizations will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities for all interests and backgrounds, especially for those aged 16 and older.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
Monday October 1, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

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

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

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Magna Tiles, or K'Nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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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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Early Engineers
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 to 8

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday October 2, 2018
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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WPL Teen Advisory Group
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

We will meet every first Tuesday of the month

Ages: 13 to 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Daniel Ekberg  508-648-1251  daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Study Room
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
Wednesday October 3, 2018
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Preschool Free Play Exploration - Dig it! Find it!
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: Recommended for ages 3 to 5

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.

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

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Homeschooling Info Sessions
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join Beth Fleming, a local mom who has 14 years of homeschooling experience in Worcester. Our first info session is for families with younger children who are considering homeschooling in Worcester. Our second info session is for families with children in middle school and/or high school who are currently homeschooling and looking for info on the college application process. 

Parents/Caregivers are welcome to bring their families. Passive craft for younger children and light refreshments will be served.

*Session One: September 19th at 6:00pm for families with younger children

**Session Two: October 3rd at 6:00pm for families with older children

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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MBSR Instruction with Ginny Wholley
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Week 3

“There is power and pleasure in being present." Discovering the pleasure of daily events through awareness is the theme for this week. Practice includes mindful yoga, walking and sitting meditation. You will investigate the possibilities of brining mindfulness deeper into daily life.

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday October 4, 2018
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Worcester Business Resource Alliance (WBRA)
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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3Doodler 3D printing pens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Coding Club: Ozobots
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ozobots are line-following robots that read color as code! Each week, children are invited to play with Ozobots, get them through a variety of mazes, and learn the basics of computational thinking

Ages: 7 and up

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

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

All ages welcome

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

Neighborhood Issues

CONTACT:  Steve Greaney  508-340-3280  
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday October 5, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 0 to 18 months

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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EHS Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This meeting is for the purpose of information sharing. 

CONTACT:  Gwendolyn Hawk  413-658-4944  ghawk@communityaction.us
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Magic by Scott Jameson
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us for this very exciting performance in celebration of World Smile Day! Scott has over 20 years experience in performing magic professionally. His magic show features magic, juggling, comedy, routines choreographed to music, and lots of audience participation!

Ages: Families with children 12 and under

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Saturday October 6, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs!  Participants will pair up to spend 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Asian Brush Painting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
Tuesday October 9, 2018
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Teen Read Week Celebrates: Reach for the Stars with Tarot Reading in the Teen Zone
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Peer into the unknown with the Worcester Public Library's visiting tarot reader. Ask the cards your burning questions or take a peek into your future. Join us for an evening of tarot reading. Extra decks and books on tarot will be available for you to try your hand at reading for yourself.

Ages: 13 to 17

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There is 1 space available.
 
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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance (One-on-One)
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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How to Get a Literary Agent
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

Sharing Your Success: What Discoveries Did You Make this Summer?
MSOG members share their latest discoveries.

 

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday October 10, 2018
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Preschool Free Play Exploration - Fun with Colors
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: Recommended for ages 3 to 5

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.

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

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

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

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

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

Week 4

In this session, you will learn about stress reactivity and develop your abilities to recognize your choices in how you respond.  Deepening your practice to change your automatic stress response and grow your scope of awareness.  You will learn about your patterns of response and the physiological and psychological nature of stress reactivity. 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Thursday October 11, 2018
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DMHRSP FY19 Training
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Training by MA DHCD for the Central Area teammembers of the DMHRSP program

CONTACT:  Stephanie Kan  617-573-1222  stephanie.kan@mass.gov
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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GAME DAY!
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Get unplugged and play some old fashioned games

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Paws to Read
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Age: Recommended for ages 5 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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3Doodler 3D printing pens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 and up

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

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday October 12, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 0 to 18 months

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday October 13, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs!  Participants will pair up to spend 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Celebration of Coffee
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Celebrate different cultures around preparing and drinking coffee, learn about where coffee comes from and how it is processed, and increase awareness of how socioeconomic trends are affecting how coffee is grown, distributed, and prepared. The Celebration of Coffee provides a space for diverse community groups, businesses, and researchers to share their experiences around coffee with the public, in the hope of building bridges and forging connections over a cup of Joe.

Stop by for a cup of coffee and learn about how this classic beverage has changed throughout time. Today, we are more aware than ever of how important a healthy environment is to quality coffee, so please bring your own mug for samples!

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Ed Popielarczyk's Magical Moments
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Asian Brush Painting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Local History Book Club
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Copies of the following books will be provided:

September 15:   TBA
October 13:   TBA
November 10:  TBA

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
Monday October 15, 2018
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Terrific Toddlers! Learn and Play Storytime
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

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

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

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Magna Tiles, or K'Nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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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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Early Engineers
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 to 8

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Tuesday October 16, 2018
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

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

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

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Friends of the WPL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Sci-Fi Book Club
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

Tonight's discussion:  TBA

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
Wednesday October 17, 2018
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White Cane Day
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  TBL Library    
LOCATION: Saxe and Banx Rooms
 
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Preschool Free Play Exploration - Play-Doh Play
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: Recommended for ages 3 to 5

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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New Start Brain Injury Community Center, BAMSI Table
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
CONTACT:  Krishna Morrow    krishnamorrow@bamsi.org
 
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Game On!
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

All ages welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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WPLF - Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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MBSR Instruction with Ginny Wholley
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Week 5

You have been performing formal and informal mindfulness practices for 5 weeks.  In this session, you will explore how these practices may be changing your patterns and choices. You will investigate where you are still repeating unhealthy patterns. You will practice applying mindfulness at the point of awareness of physical sensation, emotion, or thoughts with the intention of choosing how you respond with attentiveness to the health implication.   

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Saxe 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 October 18, 2018
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MOVIE DAY PRESENTS: Sherlock Gnomes
2:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Come join your friends for an afternoon screening of Sherlock Gnomes

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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3Doodler 3D printing pens
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 and up

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

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Friday October 19, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Baby Bounce
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 0 to 18 months

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

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

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

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

Ages: 13 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Saturday October 20, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs!  Participants will pair up to spend 30 minutes teaching their native language, and then 30 minutes learning their partner's.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Zumba
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended, and remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 15 spaces available.
 
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Cooking Class with Colin McCullough
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Using an Air Fryer: Making Fried Food Healthier

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 12 spaces available.
 
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Movie Matinee: Coco
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

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

Ages: Families with children 12 and under

 

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

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

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

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

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

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Magna Tiles, or K'Nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

 

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

Do you like Legos, Lincoln Logs, Keva Planks, Magna Tiles, or K'Nex? Choose from a variety of materials each week as you visit different building stations. Bring a friend! Supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)! 

All ages welcome

 

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

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

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
Tuesday October 23, 2018
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YWCA's Empty Place at the Table Display
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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CORI Sealing Workshop w/EPOCA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Weekly Tour of Main Library
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Discover things about your library that you never knew! We will meet at the Food for Thought Cafe in the Main Library. No registration required, all are welcome!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Food for Thought Cafe
 
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Costume Building Blocks
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

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

Ages: 8 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org