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Monday March 30, 2020
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Cancelled - Sensory Play
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

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

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

 

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
 
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Cancelled - Construction Free Play
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop by for free play with LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, KEVA Planks, Magna-Tiles, or K'Nex. Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy some unstructured building time with our STEM toys.

 

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Cancelled - Construction Free Play
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Drop by for free play with LEGOs, Lincoln Logs, KEVA Planks, Magna-Tiles, or K'Nex. Children of all ages are welcome to enjoy some unstructured building time with our STEM toys.

 

CONTACT:  Tatnuck Branch    
LOCATION: Tatnuck Branch
Tuesday March 31, 2020
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CANCELLED - ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Cancelled - Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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CANCELLED - Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Cancelled - 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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Cancelled - Upcycled Disc Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Turn old CDs and DVDs into unique works of art!

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

March 3: Gem-covered Suncatchers

March 10: Monsters

March 17: Sparkling Snails

March 24: Rainbow Fish

March 31: Spinning Tops

CONTACT:  Burncoat Branch    
LOCATION: Burncoat Branch
 
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Cancelled - Upcycled Disc Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Turn old CDs and DVDs into unique works of art!

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

March 3: Gem-covered Suncatchers

March 10: Monsters

March 17: Sparkling Snails

March 24: Rainbow Fish

March 31: Spinning Tops

CONTACT:  Goddard Branch    
LOCATION: Goddard Branch
 
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Cancelled - Upcycled Disc Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Turn old CDs and DVDs into unique works of art!

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

March 3: Gem-covered Suncatchers

March 10: Monsters

March 17: Sparkling Snails

March 24: Rainbow Fish

March 31: Spinning Tops

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
 
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Cancelled - Upcycled Disc Crafternoons
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Turn old CDs and DVDs into unique works of art!

Ages 6 and up (while supplies last)

March 3: Gem-covered Suncatchers

March 10: Monsters

March 17: Sparkling Snails

March 24: Rainbow Fish

March 31: Spinning Tops

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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CANCELLED - Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Students are expected to have a valid email address and be able to use a mouse and an internet browser such as Chrome. Students must confirm interest via email a week before session begins.Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Wednesday April 1, 2020
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Materials about CORI sealing will be available, as well as guidance from an attorney for those interested in discussing legal reentry barriers, such as issues with housing, employment, or a driver’s license because of a CORI.

CONTACT:  Nina Harrison  508-425-2810   NHarrison@CLA-MA.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Thursday April 2, 2020
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Teen Space Create Cart
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Looking for a study break? Why not tap into your creative side! Every Thursday in the teen room, help yourself to art supplies and activities from our Create Cart, DIY, doodle, design, and more!

Ages 12 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
 
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Greendale Crime Watch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday April 3, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday April 4, 2020
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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! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Rockabye Beats
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ages 0-5, and their families, are invited to join us for a weekly musical experience that will get everyone singing, dancing, and learning. Learn fundamental musical concepts along with Spanish words and phrases in a catchy, inspiring, and fun format! 

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

CONTACT:  Roosevelt Branch    
LOCATION: Roosevelt Branch
Sunday April 5, 2020
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Friends of the WPL Annual Meeting
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CONTACT:  Terry Dorsey-Potts    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Tuesday April 7, 2020
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ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Students are expected to have a valid email address and be able to use a mouse and an internet browser such as Chrome. Students must confirm interest via email a week before session begins.Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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CANCELLED: Poetry Reading by City of Worcester Poets Laureate Juan Matos and Amina Mohammed
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Along with other local poets, newly named Poet Laureate Juan Matos and Youth Poet Laureate Amina Mohammed will join us to share their poetry through the lens of life in Worcester. Q & A to follow.

Juan Matos, a retired Worcester Public Schools teacher of 32 years, has written and published 12 poetry books and anthologies, taken part in local and international literary festivals, and founded several literary groups and workshops. Matos has a long record of actively advocating for poetry and the arts.

Youth Poet Laureate Amina Mohammed grew up in Worcester’s Main South neighborhood and has been writing since the eighth grade. She is currently a senior at Holy Name High School.

 

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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American History Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Please join our ongoing book discussion group focused on American history.  Copies of the following books will be provided:

March 3: Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

April 7: The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson

May 5: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
There are 12 spaces available.
Wednesday April 8, 2020
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Drop-In Math and Computer Programming Tutoring for Adult Learners
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Need homework help with math or computer programming? Preparing for a test? Free tutoring is available during the times listed above. Just drop in, no appointment needed.

 
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Facebook Live Book Recommendations
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WPL Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/worcesterpubliclibrary

Join us LIVE on the Worcester Public Library’s Facebook page as librarians and readers share recommendations for good reads. Watch from the comfort of your home, and join the conversation. The recorded session will be available on our Facebook page for people who could not attend the live session.

March 11: Super Science Fiction
April 8: Focus on Non-Fiction
May 13: M is for Mysteries

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
Thursday April 9, 2020
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Veterans Inc. Resource Table
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join case managers from Veterans Inc. to learn about transitional housing for homeless veterans, employment & training opportunities, VA/SSI/SSDI claim assistance and much more.

 

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

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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MOVIE DAY!! HOP
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come to the GBV Branch and watch HOP! with your family and friends

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Teen Space Create Cart
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Looking for a study break? Why not tap into your creative side! Every Thursday in the teen room, help yourself to art supplies and activities from our Create Cart, DIY, doodle, design, and more!

Ages 12 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
 
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eBooks and eReaders Q&A at BRANCHES
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday April 10, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

March 13:  Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story  Running time: 89 minutes
The story of Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr, one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s, and inventor of a radio system that is now the basis for Bluetooth technology.

March 27: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart  Running time: 118 minutes  
This documentary sheds light on the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), the first African American female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Features interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, & Louis Gossett, Jr.

April 10:  Rachel Carson: The Woman Who Launched the Modern Environmental Movement   Running time: 114 minutes 
Drawn from Carson's own writings and letters, this film illuminates both the public and private life of the woman who launched the modern environmental movement and revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world.

April 24:  Loving Vincent  Running time: 95 minutes 
The first film ever made entirely of oil paintings, Loving Vincent tells the story of the mysterious and tragic death of the world's most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh.

May 8: After Auschwitz  Running time: 82 minutes  
After Auschwitz chronicles the lives of six female Holocaust survivors who immigrate to Los Angeles to rebuild their lives after WWII. After being silenced for three decades, these women finally get a chance to tell their stories of the homeland they left behind and the difficulty of acclimating to American life.

May 22: Sound City    Running time: 108 minutes. 
Directed by Dave Grohl, this documentary explores the history of the Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles, where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were recorded. Features interviews and performances by Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday April 11, 2020
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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! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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How to Write and Self-Publish Your Story and Sell it on Amazon
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Henry Quinlan, a publisher with more than forty years of experience, will demonstrate how to write and self-publish for under $10.00 on Amazon. He will offer writing tips that will help amateur authors avoid the most common mistakes and present case studies on how self-published authors have succeeded. Q & A to follow.

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Nutrition for Beginners
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

April 11: Vegetables - More is Enough

Vegetables are necessary for health, and most of us don't eat nearly enough of them.  Find out what makes them nutritional superstars, and how we can easily increase vegetable consumption in our own lives.   

Presented by Judy Palken,  a registered dietitian, who provides the information and guidance to help you make effective and healthful dietary changes. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 14 spaces available.
Monday April 13, 2020
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Introduction to Finding Grants
11:30 AM - 12:30 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 Candid (formerly known as 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
Tuesday April 14, 2020
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Steps to Starting a 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 11 spaces available.
 
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ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Living Sustainably
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Vickash Mohanka, from Clean Water Action, will discuss how we can make better choices to live more sustainably at home as well as how we can advocate for action by our local leaders. 

Vickash Mohanka is the Clean Energy Organizer for Clean Water Action, Massachusetts.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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SCORE Small Business Counseling
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

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

3rd Floor Study Room

CONTACT:  Dan Ekberg    daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
There is 1 space 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: Talking Books Room
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Introduction to the world of computer programming, using the Python language. You will learn about expressions, variables, logic, and control structures, and use them to write simple programs. Students are expected to have a valid email address and be able to use a mouse and an internet browser such as Chrome. Students must confirm interest via email a week before session begins.Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Game Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a night of fun and friendly competition. Drop in at one of our game tables where you can choose from Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, UNO, Trouble, Scattergories, Clue, and Catchphrase. Instructions on how to play will be provided for each game. Bring it on!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Worcester Writer's Group
7:05 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday April 15, 2020
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New Start Brain Injury Community Center, BAMSI Table
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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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WPL Foundation Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Thursday April 16, 2020
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GAME DAY!
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Get unplugged and play some old fashioned board games

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

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Teen Space Create Cart
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Looking for a study break? Why not tap into your creative side! Every Thursday in the teen room, help yourself to art supplies and activities from our Create Cart, DIY, doodle, design, and more!

Ages 12 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
Friday April 17, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday April 18, 2020
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Microsoft Word
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

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

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
Tuesday April 21, 2020
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ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Students are expected to have a valid email address and be able to use a mouse and an internet browser such as Chrome. Students must confirm interest via email a week before session begins.Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance
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. 

 
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Sci-Fi Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you like reading about spaceships, parallel worlds, aliens, telepathy, time travel or droids? Join us to discuss great SF & Fantasy fiction. Ages 16 and up welcome.

March 17: Exhalation by Ted Chiang
April 21: All Systems Red by Martha Wells
May 19:  A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
There are 12 spaces available.
Wednesday April 22, 2020
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Materials about CORI sealing will be available, as well as guidance from an attorney for those interested in discussing legal reentry barriers, such as issues with housing, employment, or a driver’s license because of a CORI.

CONTACT:  Nina Harrison  508-425-2810   NHarrison@CLA-MA.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 10 spaces available.
 
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Drop-In Math and Computer Programming Tutoring for Adult Learners
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Need homework help with math or computer programming? Preparing for a test? Free tutoring is available during the times listed above. Just drop in, no appointment needed.

 
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Whodunit? That's what we'll find out at our new Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club! From cozies to noir to everything in between, we'll discuss a different type of mystery every month.

March: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
April: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
May: In the Woods by Tana French

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
There are 11 spaces available.
Thursday April 23, 2020
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Craft Day! Bunny Garland
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Come join us at the Great Brook Valley Branch for craft day, where we will make bunny garland to brighten up your room

All ages welcome

All supplies provided

CONTACT:  GBV Branch    
LOCATION: Great Brook Valley Branch
 
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Teen Space Create Cart
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Looking for a study break? Why not tap into your creative side! Every Thursday in the teen room, help yourself to art supplies and activities from our Create Cart, DIY, doodle, design, and more!

Ages 12 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
Friday April 24, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

March 13:  Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story  Running time: 89 minutes
The story of Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr, one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s, and inventor of a radio system that is now the basis for Bluetooth technology.

March 27: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart  Running time: 118 minutes  
This documentary sheds light on the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), the first African American female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Features interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, & Louis Gossett, Jr.

April 10:  Rachel Carson: The Woman Who Launched the Modern Environmental Movement   Running time: 114 minutes 
Drawn from Carson's own writings and letters, this film illuminates both the public and private life of the woman who launched the modern environmental movement and revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world.

April 24:  Loving Vincent  Running time: 95 minutes 
The first film ever made entirely of oil paintings, Loving Vincent tells the story of the mysterious and tragic death of the world's most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh.

May 8: After Auschwitz  Running time: 82 minutes  
After Auschwitz chronicles the lives of six female Holocaust survivors who immigrate to Los Angeles to rebuild their lives after WWII. After being silenced for three decades, these women finally get a chance to tell their stories of the homeland they left behind and the difficulty of acclimating to American life.

May 22: Sound City    Running time: 108 minutes. 
Directed by Dave Grohl, this documentary explores the history of the Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles, where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were recorded. Features interviews and performances by Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday April 25, 2020
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Research Your Family History Through Digital Real Estate Records
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

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

 
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 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! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Photo Editing with Pixlr X
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn all the essential photo editing tools needed to experience smarter and faster photo editing of digital photos online or on a device. Learn how to crop, fix, resize, or make unwanted objects disappear from your photos. Pixlr is easy to navigate will give you quick yet professional results!

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 10 spaces available.
Monday April 27, 2020
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Morningstar Investment Research Center
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Research is key to making informed choices when it comes to investing, and Worcester Public LIbrary has a subscription to the Morningstar Investment Research Center database that you can use to research stocks, bonds, ETF’s and mutual funds. You can access Morningstar remotely from home for free using your WPL card. This one-hour class will provide an overview of the tools and features of this database.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Tuesday April 28, 2020
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Business Plan Basics
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Introduction to Coding: Python for Beginners
5:30 PM - 7:00 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. Students are expected to have a valid email address and be able to use a mouse and an internet browser such as Chrome. Students must confirm interest via email a week before session begins.Sign-up for first week and you are automatically registered for all six weeks.

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

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

March 24: Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
April 28: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
May 26:  A Separate Peace by John Knowles

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
There are 10 spaces available.
Wednesday April 29, 2020
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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WPL Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Oak Room
 
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WPL Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Thursday April 30, 2020
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Teen Space Create Cart
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Looking for a study break? Why not tap into your creative side! Every Thursday in the teen room, help yourself to art supplies and activities from our Create Cart, DIY, doodle, design, and more!

Ages 12 to 17

CONTACT:  Teen Room    
LOCATION: Teen Room
 
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FPBL Adult Book Discussion Group
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us in reading and discussing The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth by Kenneth Grahame. Let's revisit old friends Mr. Toad, Mole, Mr. Badger and Rat (or as adults, meet them for the very first time!) in this 1908 novel set in pastoral Edwardian England.

Copies of the book will be available, or you can bring or reserve your own copy. 

Located in the Frances Perkins Branch program room, light refreshments will be offered.

*Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library

Questions? Contact the Frances Perkins Branch staff at 508-799-1687

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday May 1, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday May 2, 2020
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Microsoft Excel
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

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

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 8 spaces available.
 
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Language Exchange
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Workshop with Bret Herholz: Artist and Sometimes Writer
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join author and illustrator Bret M. Herholz to learn about scripting your own graphic novel projects,  working on collaborative efforts, and the different ways to create a graphic novel script. He’ll also discuss some of the programs on the market that aid in formatting stories for all you aspiring scriptwriters out there.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Tuesday May 5, 2020
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Steps to Starting a Business
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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American History Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Please join our ongoing book discussion group focused on American history.  Copies of the following books will be provided:

March 3: Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

April 7: The British Are Coming by Rick Atkinson

May 5: The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
There are 12 spaces available.
Wednesday May 6, 2020
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CORI Sealing with Community Legal Aid
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Materials about CORI sealing will be available, as well as guidance from an attorney for those interested in discussing legal reentry barriers, such as issues with housing, employment, or a driver’s license because of a CORI.

CONTACT:  Nina Harrison  508-425-2810   NHarrison@CLA-MA.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Thursday May 7, 2020
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Greendale Crime Watch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday May 8, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

March 13:  Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story  Running time: 89 minutes
The story of Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr, one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s, and inventor of a radio system that is now the basis for Bluetooth technology.

March 27: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart  Running time: 118 minutes  
This documentary sheds light on the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), the first African American female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Features interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, & Louis Gossett, Jr.

April 10:  Rachel Carson: The Woman Who Launched the Modern Environmental Movement   Running time: 114 minutes 
Drawn from Carson's own writings and letters, this film illuminates both the public and private life of the woman who launched the modern environmental movement and revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world.

April 24:  Loving Vincent  Running time: 95 minutes 
The first film ever made entirely of oil paintings, Loving Vincent tells the story of the mysterious and tragic death of the world's most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh.

May 8: After Auschwitz  Running time: 82 minutes  
After Auschwitz chronicles the lives of six female Holocaust survivors who immigrate to Los Angeles to rebuild their lives after WWII. After being silenced for three decades, these women finally get a chance to tell their stories of the homeland they left behind and the difficulty of acclimating to American life.

May 22: Sound City    Running time: 108 minutes. 
Directed by Dave Grohl, this documentary explores the history of the Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles, where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were recorded. Features interviews and performances by Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday May 9, 2020
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Microsoft PowerPoint
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.

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 10 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! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Nutrition for Beginners
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Health Benefits of Fiber  

One of the best dietary measures we can take is to increase fiber intake.  In this class we will discuss the many ways that fiber can improve health, and talk about how to get more through healthful, delicious plant-based eating. 

Presented by Judy Palken,  a registered dietitian, who provides the information and guidance to help you make effective and healthful dietary changes. 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 13 spaces available.
Monday May 11, 2020
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Introduction to Finding Grants
11:30 AM - 12:30 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 Candid (formerly known as 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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Marker and Ink-Based Illustration Workshop
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

This workshop, taught by Hank von Hellion from the Worcester PopUp, will cover the basics of ink and marker illustration in a no-pressure environment. For artists bringing their own supplies, we suggest marker-grade drawing paper, Copic markers, and Stabilo Point 88 marker pens. Different markers and paper will also be available. This workshop is appropriate for any skill level but geared towards the beginner. Come out, socialize with fellow creatives, and experiment with a versatile medium.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 8 spaces available.
Tuesday May 12, 2020
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ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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The Green Worcester Plan: What are “Green” Goals and How Do We Achieve Them?
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Worcester has recently developed a Green Worcester Plan.  Learn about the plan’s details, what it will mean for the city and for you, and how you can help.

John Odell is currently the City of Worcester’s Director of Energy and Asset Management and is responsible for managing many green initiatives, including the City’s large scale energy savings performance contract with Honeywell International, electricity aggregation, municipal energy supply contracts, and net metering purchases.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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SCORE Small Business Counseling
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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

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

3rd Floor Study Room

CONTACT:  Dan Ekberg    daniel.ekberg@scorevolunteer.org
There are 3 spaces available.
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Game Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us for a night of fun and friendly competition. Drop in at one of our game tables where you can choose from Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, UNO, Trouble, Scattergories, Clue, and Catchphrase. Instructions on how to play will be provided for each game. Bring it on!

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Worcester Writer's Group
7:05 PM - 8:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
Wednesday May 13, 2020
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 7 spaces available.
 
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Drop-In Math and Computer Programming Tutoring for Adult Learners
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Need homework help with math or computer programming? Preparing for a test? Free tutoring is available during the times listed above. Just drop in, no appointment needed.

 
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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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WPL Foundation Board Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Citizenship Class
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Facebook Live Book Recommendations
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM

WPL Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/worcesterpubliclibrary

Join us LIVE on the Worcester Public Library’s Facebook page as librarians and readers share recommendations for good reads. Watch from the comfort of your home, and join the conversation. The recorded session will be available on our Facebook page for people who could not attend the live session.

March 11: Super Science Fiction
April 8: Focus on Non-Fiction
May 13: M is for Mysteries

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
Thursday May 14, 2020
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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eBooks and eReaders Q&A at BRANCHES
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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

CONTACT:  Frances Perkins Branch    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday May 15, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday May 16, 2020
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Introduction to Google Drive
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

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

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

Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Melissa Caruso: Pursuing the Creative Dream
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Melissa Caruso always wanted to be an author but it took almost 30 years, many more novels, and hundreds of rejections to realize that dream. Join Melissa as she talks about persisting and adapting in pursuit of your creative goals, finding the time and energy to be creative, and how it’s never too late to make your dreams come true. Q & A to follow.

Melissa is the author of the Swords & Fire fantasy trilogy from Orbit Books, beginning with the Gemmell Morningstar Award shortlisted The Tethered Mage. Her newest trilogy begins with The Obsidian Tower, available in June 2020.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Food Safety with Chef Kim
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Ever wonder how long to keep leftovers, or if your food could be making you feel bad?  Chef Kim Youkstetter will discuss food handling, food safety and when you really need to let those leftovers go. Join us for an informative discussion on food safety and sanitation.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 30 spaces available.
Tuesday May 19, 2020
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Business Plan Basics
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

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

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance
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. 

 
LOCATION: Third Floor Reference Desk
There are 2 spaces available.
 
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Sci-Fi Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Do you like reading about spaceships, parallel worlds, aliens, telepathy, time travel or droids? Join us to discuss great SF & Fantasy fiction. Ages 16 and up welcome.

March 17: Exhalation by Ted Chiang
April 21: All Systems Red by Martha Wells
May 19:  A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
There are 12 spaces available.
Wednesday May 20, 2020
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New Start Brain Injury Community Center, BAMSI Table
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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WPL Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Oak Room
 
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WPL Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Thursday May 21, 2020
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative - Book Marketing and Publishing Essentials with Ursula Wong
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is offered free to Worcester community citizens through a grant from the Greater Worcester Foundation

Thinking about publishing a book but aren't sure what to do? Have you already published but don't know if you should do the same thing for your second novel? How do you get people to know about your book? Does advertising really work?

This class discusses traditional and independent publishing, and basic book marketing. The segment on traditional publishing will cover query letters, finding agents and publishers, the value proposition for small press, and author responsibilities. The segment on independent publishing will cover book content, formatting, tools (Amazon, Ingram Sparks, Vellum and Scrivener) distributors (draft2digital and smashwords) and distribution channels. The final segment on book marketing will cover social media, advertising, discoverability, libraries, and bookstores.

To enroll, please visit sevenbridge.org, please register by May 7, 2020

For questions email 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday May 22, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Movie Matinee
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

March 13:  Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story  Running time: 89 minutes
The story of Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr, one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1940s, and inventor of a radio system that is now the basis for Bluetooth technology.

March 27: Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart  Running time: 118 minutes  
This documentary sheds light on the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry (A Raisin in the Sun), the first African American female author to have a play performed on Broadway. Features interviews with Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee, & Louis Gossett, Jr.

April 10:  Rachel Carson: The Woman Who Launched the Modern Environmental Movement   Running time: 114 minutes 
Drawn from Carson's own writings and letters, this film illuminates both the public and private life of the woman who launched the modern environmental movement and revolutionized how we understand our relationship with the natural world.

April 24:  Loving Vincent  Running time: 95 minutes 
The first film ever made entirely of oil paintings, Loving Vincent tells the story of the mysterious and tragic death of the world's most famous artist, Vincent van Gogh.

May 8: After Auschwitz  Running time: 82 minutes  
After Auschwitz chronicles the lives of six female Holocaust survivors who immigrate to Los Angeles to rebuild their lives after WWII. After being silenced for three decades, these women finally get a chance to tell their stories of the homeland they left behind and the difficulty of acclimating to American life.

May 22: Sound City    Running time: 108 minutes. 
Directed by Dave Grohl, this documentary explores the history of the Sound City recording studio in Los Angeles, where some of the greatest rock albums of all time were recorded. Features interviews and performances by Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday May 23, 2020
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It's All Relative
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Please join us for an introduction to the genealogical resources available at the Worcester Public Library.

 
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 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! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Photo Editing with Pixlr X
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Learn all the essential photo editing tools needed to experience smarter and faster photo editing of digital photos online or on a device. Learn how to crop, fix, resize, or make unwanted objects disappear from your photos. Pixlr is easy to navigate will give you quick yet professional results!

 
CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 11 spaces available.
Tuesday May 26, 2020
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ESOL Navigator: Find an English Class
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
 
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Reading as Meditation
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Set aside an hour each week--same time, same place—to join a librarian in the practice of mindful reading. Increase your ability to concentrate and appreciate stillness by taking the time to enjoy the simple pleasure of reading together in a group. All are welcome to drop in and enjoy community and a shared love of books in a peaceful setting. Books will be provided and putting away phones is recommended!

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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English Conversation Circle
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Great American Read Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

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

March 24: Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
April 28: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott 
May 26:  A Separate Peace by John Knowles

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
There are 11 spaces available.
Wednesday May 27, 2020
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DIY Crafts for Adults
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

We provide the materials, you provide the creativity. For ages 16 and up.

Upcoming upcycled crafts may include scratch art, book folding, collaborative scribble art, foil art pictures, craft stick shelf, wire bookmarks, scrap paper bookmarks, dreamcatcher watercolor creation, koi fish paint with markers, watercolor paper hearts, shaving cream paintings, paint your own tile, mug, or wood, and lighthouse canvas paintings.

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Fiction Area
There are 9 spaces available.
 
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Drop-In Math and Computer Programming Tutoring for Adult Learners
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Need homework help with math or computer programming? Preparing for a test? Free tutoring is available during the times listed above. Just drop in, no appointment needed.

 
LOCATION: Second Floor Reference Desk
 
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Open Lab Tech Help
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: https://sevenbridge.org/seven-bridge-sessions/groups/writing-groups/writing-group-registration/

 

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Whodunit? That's what we'll find out at our new Murder by the Book Mystery Book Club! From cozies to noir to everything in between, we'll discuss a different type of mystery every month.

March: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
April: One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
May: In the Woods by Tana French

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Talking Books Room
There are 11 spaces available.
Thursday May 28, 2020
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eBooks and eReaders Table
2:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader/Smartphone or learn to use the features on your Android or iPhone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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

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

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

March: Upcycled Knits
April: Capes/Ponchos
May: Household Items

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
 
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative - Book Marketing and Publishing Essentials with Ursula Wong
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This class is offered free to Worcester community citizens through a grant from the Greater Worcester Foundation

Thinking about publishing a book but aren't sure what to do? Have you already published but don't know if you should do the same thing for your second novel? How do you get people to know about your book? Does advertising really work?

This class discusses traditional and independent publishing, and basic book marketing. The segment on traditional publishing will cover query letters, finding agents and publishers, the value proposition for small press, and author responsibilities. The segment on independent publishing will cover book content, formatting, tools (Amazon, Ingram Sparks, Vellum and Scrivener) distributors (draft2digital and smashwords) and distribution channels. The final segment on book marketing will cover social media, advertising, discoverability, libraries, and bookstores.

To enroll, please visit sevenbridge.org, please register by May 7, 2020

For questions email 7bridgewriterscollaborative@gmail.com

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Friday May 29, 2020
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Computer & Internet for Beginners
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to use a computer, save documents, search the Internet, access the library website and computers.

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

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

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
Saturday May 30, 2020
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Microsoft Word
9:15 AM - 10:45 AM

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

LOCATION: Computer Lab, Third Floor, Main Library
There are 12 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! Free and open to all adults.

3rd Floor Local History Area

CONTACT:  Reference Department    wplref@mywpl.org
 
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Friends of the WPL - POP UP Book Sales
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Come stop by and visit the Friends of the Library Pop-Up book sale

CONTACT:  Friends    
LOCATION: Lobby
Thursday June 4, 2020
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Seven Bridge Writers' Collaborative - GET THE WORD OUT!
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Share your work and celebrate and support other local writers with the SBWC community.

No preregistration is required but come early to sign up.

There is a 5-minute time limit per reading

OPEN MICS begin promptly at 6:30pm

LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Wednesday June 17, 2020
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WPL Foundation Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Wednesday June 24, 2020
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WPL Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Oak Room
 
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WPL Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday July 2, 2020
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Greendale Crime Watch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Wednesday July 15, 2020
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WPL Foundation Board Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday August 6, 2020
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Greendale Crime Watch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Wednesday August 12, 2020
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WPL Foundation Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday September 3, 2020
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Greendale Crime Watch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Wednesday September 16, 2020
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WPL Foundation Board Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Wednesday September 23, 2020
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WPL Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Oak Room
 
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WPL Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday October 1, 2020
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Greendale Crime Watch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Wednesday October 14, 2020
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WPL Foundation Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Wednesday October 21, 2020
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WPL Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Oak Room
 
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WPL Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday November 5, 2020
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Greendale Crime Watch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Tuesday November 17, 2020
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WPL Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Oak Room
 
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WPL Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Wednesday November 18, 2020
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WPL Foundation Board Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Thursday December 3, 2020
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Greendale Crime Watch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
LOCATION: Frances Perkins Branch
Wednesday December 9, 2020
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WPL Finance Committee Meeting
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Oak Room
 
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WPL Board Meeting
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
CONTACT:  Cara Stone    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.
Wednesday December 16, 2020
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WPL Foundation Executive Committee Meeting
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
CONTACT:  Christine Murray    
LOCATION: Dr. John Green Room.

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