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WPL Newsletter - May 2016

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Here is what's going on this month @MyWPL!
NEW Charging Stations!

The Worcester Public Library is happy to offer you a new service at the Main Library. Our first public charging station has been installed on the first floor. This station will allow you to stay connected, with several varieties of charging cords for all your mobile electronics. If you're in a pinch and need a charge just swing by!
I found my smile

This month we spoke with Marina, an alumni of WPL's Citizenship Class, who recently achieved her United States citizenship. She came here to escape the war in Columbia, with a dream of being safe.

Soon after arriving here Marina found out about the Worcester Public Library. She came here often to work and study. "I transformed the place into my study room and began my new life in the U.S.," she said.

Marina used the Literacy Volunteers to learn English, started a small business, met many people from around the world, and attended WPL's Citizenship Class. "I wanted to become a citizen because I believe in America," she said. "I am living my American dream here at WPL."
Adult Programs & Classes 

Programming at the Main Library for adults and families!

Music: The Worcester Public Library presents a special performance by Crocodile River Music on Saturday, May 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Saxe Room. Join them in a hands-on drumming experience inspired by the music of Mali, West Africa. Play authentic djembes, dunun, and caxixi while you learn traditional rhythms straight from the source. All ages and levels of experience welcome; together we will bring the exciting music of Mali to the Worcester Public Library!*

Learning Fun: Check out Backyard Astronomy: Using the New Library Telescopes! On Tuesday, May 24 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Saxe Room. This family-friendly presentation will teach you how to use the new library telescopes to find objects within their reach. Space-y door prizes will be offered, and Aldrich Astronomical Society will host an outdoor observing event if weather permits!

Small Business Workshops: There are many Small Business Workshops and classes going on this month at the Worcester Public Library. Special guests from local organizations have joined forces to bring local entrepreneurs what they need to get ahead. Some of the classes include: Let's Put Worcester On The Map!; Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?; MASS Department of Revenue Small Business Workshop; and Create Your Business Plan. Click here for a complete listing and all the details.

The Library will also be offering some Business Workshops in Spanish, including Marketing on a Shoestring and Steps for Starting a Business. Click here for more details.

*This muscial event is administered by the Worcester Arts Council, for the Local Cultural Council - an agency supported by the Massachusetts Council, a state agency.
Teen Services - Main Library

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Here in the Teen Zone join Karen Kapinos from Community Healthlink for a Mental Health Awareness Month program covering topics such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse, and what to do if you or someone you care about is dealing with any of these issues. The program is for teens ages 13 to 18 and will be held Monday, May 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Banx Room. We hope you can join us for this important conversation.

On Wednesday, May 4 from 6 to 7 p.m. join us as we celebrate May the Fourth Be With You with Star Wars fans all over the world. Celebrate Star Wars Day at the library by making your own Star Wars plushie.

Want to learn how to make Bath Bombs as a gift for Mom for Mother's Day, or maybe just for yourself? Join us in the Teen Room on Saturday, May 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. as we create our own bath bombs. For ages 13 to 17.

Don't forget our Minecraft Monday, on the second Monday of every month in the Third Floor Computer Lab. This month we'll see you on Monday, May 9, for kids ages 8 to 12 from 3 to 4 p.m. and for teens ages 13 to 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by Friends of Worcester Public Library!

Youth Services - Main Library

We're gearing up for Summer Reading this month in the Children's Room, but there's still plenty of fun and exciting things to do!

Celebrate Children's Book Week with a screening of Matilda on Tuesday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. in the Children's Program Room. Join us as we watch this adaptation of a Roald Dahl's work that tells the funny story of Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a gifted girl forced to put up with some crude parents and worse a terrifyingly strict bully principal at Matilda's school. Rated PG.

While you're visiting, in celebration of Children's Book Week enjoy a display of Caldecott Award winning books through the years in the Children's Room.

Continue to celebrate Children's Book Week with Hooray for Hat! A Read Aloud on Thursday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the Children's Program Room. Hooray for Hat by Brian Won was the commemorative children's 2016 book poster designed for Children's Book Week. Bring your favorite hat (adults too) and enjoy a morning read aloud with show & tell.

Join us for a Mother's Day Craft on Friday, May 6 at 4 p.m. in the Children's Program Room. Make your own card for Mom or someone you love!

Chinese Language Storytime will be held Saturday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the Children's Program Room. Join us for this Chinese language program with stories, rhymes and a simple craft by the International Chinese Reading Association (ICRA).

Can You Pass the Kale? Salsa Making Activity will be held on Friday, May 13 at 3:30 p.m. in the Children's Program Room. Kids will learn the importance and benefits of eating veggies more often.

Brazilian Cultural Stories and Sing-along with Bruna Palhares will take place Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Children's Room Ellipse. With stories and songs in Portuguese.

Don't forget to join us for a Visit from Dora the Explorer! Dora will stop by on Tuesday, May 31 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Children's Room Ellipse. Come for stories with Dora the Explorer! Brought to you by the U.Fund Start U. Reading Series, a youth literacy initiative that travels with popular costume characters throughout the state of Massachusetts. Created 12 years ago, The U.Fund Start U. Reading series helps educate parents on different literacy activities designed to engage their toddler's passion for learning.

There are a lot of other favorites going on all month long, for more details click here or check out our May Calendar here.
Branch Updates

There are so many fun activities going on this month at the Burncoat Branch! We hope that you will join us!

Book Bunnies Scavenger Hunt will visit from Tuesday, May 3 at 4 p.m. to Saturday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. The Book Bunnies are back to help us celebrate Children's Book Week! Stop by and see if you can find them all!

Crafternoon starts Tuesdays, May 3, 17 and 31 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Lego Challenge will run Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 4 - 6 p.m. Or join us for PAWNED Video Gaming on Tuesdays, May 10 and 24 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. Kids are invited to play videogames on the big screen!

Come visit for a Block Party on Friday, May 13 from 4:30 - 6 p.m. We'll have lots of blocks and activities to help you build, play, and explore! Finally, join us for a Family Movie on Friday, May 27 at 4:30 p.m. Bring your family and enjoy a movie on our big screen!

For more info on programs at the Burncoat Branch click here.

This month at the Goddard Branch there's lots to do. Book Bunnies Scavenger Hunt returns from Tuesday, May 3 at 3 p.m. to Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. Have fun with BINGO on Wednesday, May 18 at 4 p.m.

Finally, join us for Block Party on Tuesday, May 24 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Lots of other favorites are happening all month long, click here for all the details.

This month is an exciting one at the Roosevelt Branch! Book Bunnies Scavenger Hunt returns Tuesday, May 3 at 3 p.m. to Saturday, May 7 at 2:30 p.m. Join us for Coloring Club on Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 4 - 5 p.m. Stop in to relax, color, and meet new friends!

We hope you can visit for a Block Party on Wednesday, May 11 from 4 - 6 p.m. There's a lot more going on too, click here for a complete listing.

Over at Tatnuck Magnet Branch there's some fun stuff planned for May!

Book Bunnies Scavenger Hunt returns on Monday, May 2 at 3 p.m. to Saturday, May 7 at 9 a.m. PAWNED Video Gaming will be Wednesdays, May 11 and 25 from 4 - 6 p.m. Kids are invited to play videogames on the big screen!

Don't forget to stop by for a Block Party on Tuesday, May 17 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Check out the full Tatnuck Magnet Branch schedule here.

There are a lot of awesome events going on for everyone this month at the  Frances Perkins Branch! An extra special event, Star Wars Origami will be Thursday, May 5 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Star Wars Day with origami versions of your favorite characters inspired by The Origami Yoda series. Make Your Own Mother's Day Bouquet on Friday, May 6 from 4 - 5 p.m. Come make a great gift for your mother to show your appreciation!

Preschool Science: The Weather will be Friday, May 13 from 4 - 5 p.m. Do you know why it rains? Join us for a hands on exploration of the weather. Do you love Jack and Annie? Check out Magic Treehouse Club: Dinosaurs Before Dark on Friday, May 20 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. We'll discuss the book and learn about the dinosaurs they visit through a series of activities.

There are lots of other fun programs going on all month long. Click here for a full list of programs.

Libby and Lilly continue to deliver books to schools and neighborhoods throughout Worcester! Check out MyWPL for a complete schedule!
NEW! Health Reference Center

WPL has always offered reference material on medical and consumer health matters, but there is now a new designated Health Reference Center, with room to grow, on the 2nd Floor of the Main Library. This updated collection includes not just reference books, but also newsletters from such institutions as Harvard, Tufts, and the Mayo Clinic; take-away pamphlets on topics including MassHealth One Care, HIV, asthma, diabetes, healthy eating, tobacco/substance abuse, parenting, etc., in a variety of languages; and postings of current information on accessing local services, such as the Worcester Free Clinic Coalition.

Don't forget to make WPL a part of your healthcare routine!
Best of 2016 Book Recommendations & Reviews



There's something for everyone here! Recommendations from library staff for literary fiction, fantasy, romance, sci-fi, sports, biography, non-fiction, teen lit and children's books...Don't know what to read next? Browse our most requested titles, and the New York Times fiction and nonfiction bestsellers lists!

By Paul Harding

For readers interested in nonlinear stories with beautiful and descriptive language, Tinkers should be on your to-read list. Tinkers is a 2010 Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Massachusetts author Paul Harding. Based on Harding's own family history, the novel focuses on the lives and relationships of three generations of New England men whose stories are infused throughout the novel. Read more...

Please note: The Worcester Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
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