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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
 
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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

Materials needed: 

Diagonal Knit Dishcloth: Size 6 straight needles, 1 skein worsted weight cotton yarn

Mo Chroi: Size 7 straight needles, 1 skein worsted weight cotton (solid color)

Thermal Stitch: Size 7 straight needles, 1 skein worsted weight yarn

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Craft Day! - Make 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
 
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STEM Kids: Catapults
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Have you ever wondered how a catapult works? All you need are simple household materials to make a popsicle stick catapult. learn how a catapult works and build one to take home.

Suggested for ages 6 and up

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins 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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DTA Conference Board Inc Planning Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Planning meeting for annual conference for non profit organization

CONTACT:  Daniella Domingo  9789735093  daniella.a.domingo@gmail.com
LOCATION: Banx 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
 
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Preschool Free Play Exploration
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children will enjoy a series of stations that teach early childhood education concepts through free play.

Suggested for ages 2 to 5

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Saturday September 22, 2018
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Microsoft Excel for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

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

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 5 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

Ages: 12 and under

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 4 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
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Monday September 24, 2018
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M.A.S.S. Statewide Training
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Tis is a meeting for all the Trainers that are part of our EPA and A&A trainings.

CONTACT:  Marie Daoust  6176247549  marie@ma-advocates.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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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Sensory Play
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

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

 

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

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

All ages welcome

 

CONTACT:  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 25, 2018
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ESOL Network Meeting
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meeting of English for Speakers of Other Languages providers in the Worcester area working together to build a stronger network and improve services.

CONTACT:  Katelyn  508-799-1684  kduncan@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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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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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'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:  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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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (WAITING LIST FULL)
Wednesday September 26, 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!

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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Reiki Wellness Clinic
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

My intention is to educate and help others treat chronic pain, anxiety and stress. The workshop will allow people to ask questions regarding Reiki and how it can be used as an additional or alternative self care practice for health and well-being.

CONTACT:  Anissa Pennyman  4049645304  ajoyce817@yahoo.com
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

Materials needed: 

Diagonal Knit Dishcloth: Size 6 straight needles, 1 skein worsted weight cotton yarn

Mo Chroi: Size 7 straight needles, 1 skein worsted weight cotton (solid color)

Thermal Stitch: Size 7 straight needles, 1 skein worsted weight yarn

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

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

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

For ages 5 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Cinema at the Library: Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom
3:30 PM - 5:45 PM

In the next Jurassic World instalment set 3 years after the first Jurassic World, Owen and Claire must save the island from an extinction level volcanic eruption. Rated PG.

Children under 13 must be accompanied by a caregiver

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

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

Ages: 6 and up

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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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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Microsoft Powerpoint for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

An introductory class on creating your own professional presentation using slides, images, links, etc. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required.

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 11 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

Ages: 12 and under

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 8 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
Monday October 1, 2018
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MassHealth LTSS Provider Training, a Quality Forum
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Greg Stupin  617-530-2294  
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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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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Family Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

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

Children of all ages are welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

 

CONTACT:  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! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Emoji Candy Corn Magnets
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Emoji Candy Corn Magnets
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Emoji Candy Corn Magnets
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Emoji Candy Corn Magnets
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

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

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

We will meet every first Tuesday of the month

Ages: 13 to 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Daniel Ekberg  508-648-1251  daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Study Room
REGISTRATION CLOSED.   (NO WAITING LIST)
 
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Birth, Marriage, Death: Connecting to Your Ancestors Through Vital Records
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Locating vital records for our ancestors is often harder than we think it should be.  Come share tips and strategies for finding these important, and often elusive, sources.

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Wednesday October 3, 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!

For ages 3 to 5

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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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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

***Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

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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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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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LEGOS
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

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

Ages: 12 and under

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
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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 5 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! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

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

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

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

Healthy Eating for Healthy Living

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.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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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Tissue Paper Candy Corn Decorations
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Tissue Paper Candy Corn Decorations
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Tissue Paper Candy Corn Decorations
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Tissue Paper Candy Corn Decorations
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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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
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Wednesday October 10, 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!

For ages 3 to 5

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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 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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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

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

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

For ages 5 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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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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1199SEIU Team Meeting
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

1199SEIU team meeting

CONTACT:  Linnea Rego  6172841216  linnea.rego@1199funds.org
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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Homecare Training Benefit
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Team meeting for HomecareTraining Benefit

CONTACT:  Linnea Rego  6172841216  linnea.rego@1199funds.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - 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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Just Dance
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Turn down for what?! Show your killer dance moves and join us for some Just Dance on the Xbox.

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Preschool Free Play Exploration
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Children will enjoy a series of stations that teach early childhood education concepts through free play.

Suggested for ages 2 to 5

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Saturday October 13, 2018
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Microsoft Word for Beginners
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

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

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 14 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

Ages: 12 and under

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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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
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Create MAGICAL Memories
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Come experience MEFA’s magical moments with comedian magician Ed Popielarczyk. Children will be treated to excerpts from Peter Pan while Tinkerbell sprinkles magic pixie dust to make children fly, money drop from thin air and so much more. This highly interactive show gets children one hundred percent involved with full audience participation. Watch your children grow their most vivid imaginations. Each child will leave with a free gift to take home.

Ages: Families welcome

*Sponsored by MEFA, the UFund College Savings Plan and $eedMA

 

 

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room  508-799-1671  
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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The Breakfast Club
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
 
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Masonic Philosophical Society - October 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 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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Family Storytime
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

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

Children of all ages are welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

 

CONTACT:  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! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Candy Corn Banner
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Candy Corn Banner
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Candy Corn Banner
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Candy Corn Crafternoons - Candy Corn Banner
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There 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:  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
There are many spaces available.
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
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 - 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!

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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SMOC Outreach Table
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: New Americans Corner
 
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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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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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New England Council of RSVP Directors Annual Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Annual meeting of the New England Council of RSVP Directors

CONTACT:  Lindsay Bennett-Jacobs  4133874558  lbennett-jacobs@hcg-ma.org
LOCATION: Saxe and Banx Rooms
 
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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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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

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

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

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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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
 
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Anime Club
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Come share your love of anime and manga. We will watch a few episodes and do an activity.

Suggested for ages 13 to 18

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins 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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SCP/FGP CNCS Director's Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

This is a meeting for both SCP/FGP regional directors to meet, and discuss programming and updates. T

CONTACT:  Joy Rehfeld  508-791-7783  jrehfeld@rsvp-worcester.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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Laboratorio Abierto
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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

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

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

Ages: 13 to 17

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

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

Suggested for ages 3 and up with a caregiver.

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

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

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

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department  508-799-1655  wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 17 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

Ages: 12 and under

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 10 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 6 spaces available.
 
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Movie Matinee: Coco
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

Ages: Families with children 12 and under

 

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

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

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

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

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

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

 

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

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

All ages welcome

 

CONTACT:  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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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
 
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REAL TALK
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  carmen melendez  5087972143  melendezquinteroc@worcesterschools.net
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
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! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

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

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

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

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

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

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

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

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

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

Ages: 8 to 17

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

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

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

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

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

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

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

Ages 6 and up. While supplies last.

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
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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Jewish Genealogy Event
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*All ages welcome

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

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

All ages welcome

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

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

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

Week 6

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
Thursday October 25, 2018
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Friends Book Sale
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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YWCA's Empty Place at the Table Display
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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MSCA Regional Meeting
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
CONTACT:  Joy Rehfeld  508-791-7783  jrehfeld@rsvp-worcester.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
 
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eBooks/eReader Q&A
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

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

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

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

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

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

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

Children under 13 must be accompanied by a caregiver

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

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

Ages: 6 and up

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

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

All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Rocket Launch! With the Ecotarium
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

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

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Friday October 26, 2018
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Friends Book Sale
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
 
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YWCA's Empty Place at the Table Display
9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

Ages: 0 to 18 months

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
 
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Eliot Statewide Meeting
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Statewide leadership team meeting for non-profit agency

CONTACT:  Kristianna Penman  617-777-4991  kpenman@eliotchs.org
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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Halloween Party
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

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

*All ages welcome

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

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

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

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

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

 
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 13 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

Ages: 12 and under

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Club del libro en espanol
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
CONTACT:  Beatriz Alvarado     balvarado1@yahoo.com
LOCATION: AV Room Computer Lab
 
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CactusHead Puppets present: Shadow Puppet Workshop
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

Ages: 6 years old and up

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

 

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

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

*All ages welcome

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

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

Songs, stories, playtime, and more!

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

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

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

All ages welcome

 

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

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

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

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

*All ages welcome

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
 
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Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow with J.T. Turner
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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

 

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Saxe Room - Main Library
Tuesday October 30, 2018
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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! If you are interested in bringing your group for a tour, please contact vhowley@mywpl.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ages: 13 to 17

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
7:00 PM - 8:45 PM

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

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

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

Ages: 3 to 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Week 7

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

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

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

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

Traing for Attorneys that handle Sex Offender Registry Board cases

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

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

 
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Knitting Circle
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

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

Themed Projects:

September: Afghan squares and dishcloths

October: Knitting with circular needles and double pointed needles

November: Mittens and wrist warmers

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

Neighborhood Issues

CONTACT:  Steve Greaney  508-340-3280  
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday November 2, 2018
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

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

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

Ages: 6 to 12

CONTACT:  Children's Room    
LOCATION: Children's Room - Main Library
Saturday November 3, 2018
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

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

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

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

Ages: 12 and under

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Banx Room - Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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LEGO Master Builder Dan Steinger
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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

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

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

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