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A Worcester Public Library card – always in style!

A Library Card is the Coolest Card! See the “cool cats” across the street from our library when you get your library card! pics:R.T.

The YWCA, right next door, has more public art that will WOW! you! CHECK OUT THE AMAZINGLY LOVELY MURALS!


Near the library’s front entrance, the City of Worcester is puttin’ in benches, trees, flowers! Pow! Wow!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

The Worcester Public Library celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month during the month of September! Stop by and get your free library card and see all the things it can do for you!

For one month only, the library will also be giving out replacement library cards. If you have misplaced your library card and would like a new one just visit any branch during the month of September, and we will replace it free of charge.

Today’s libraries are about more than books. They are creative educational spaces for learners from birth to high school and beyond. This annual observance occurs at the start of the school year.

During this Library Card Sign-up Month, the Worcester Public Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all – a free library card.

Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development, by teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy, which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness. In 2015, the One City, One Library Branches held 1,760 class visits through its partnership with the Worcester Public Schools. These visits helped students access the library and the educational materials available right in their own schools.

Older students can access high-speed Internet, digital tools, and the opportunity to work with trained professionals on how to use them.

Librarians provide guided training in digital media and help to grow digital literacy skills. Libraries also provide equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet access in the home.

Libraries are also a training ground for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. Resources at the Worcester Public Library are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and knowledgeable library staff that support academic achievement, including book clubs, STEM related programs, and summer reading activities.

“Our library provides access and programs for students of all ages,” said Geoffrey Dickinson, Head Librarian. “For preschool age children we offer early literacy and storytimes to encourage school readiness, for older children and teens we supplement education with hands-on programs and fun activities, and for nontraditional students we offer language and citizenship resources, resume help, and so much more. There’s really something for everyone, and it’s all free with a library card.”

Throughout this month, the library will host a number of activities, including:

Maker Mondays with the Learning Hub

Cooking classes

A volunteer fair

Cultural performances

… and much more!

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Worcester Public Library in person or visit the library online at mywpl.org.


P.S. Spotted yesterday afternoon at the Peace Park Piano Playground in Piedmont!:

pic: R.T.

Today! Check out the murals across from the main WP Library, Salem Sq!

Check out your downtown! SO EXCITING!!!!
pics+text:Rosalie Tirella



WP Library school branch hours:

Worcester Public Library – One City, One Library Branches

Public Hours for 2016-2017 School Year

The Worcester Public Library’s One City, One Library Branches will have updated hours for the 2016-2017 school year:

The Burncoat Branch, located at 526 Burncoat Street, Worcester, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Goddard Branch, located at 14 Richards Street, Worcester, will be open Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Roosevelt Branch, located at 1006 Grafton Street, Worcester, will be open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Tatnuck Magnet Branch, located at 1083 Pleasant Street, Worcester, will be open Monday through Friday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

All One City, One Library Branches will be closed on Sundays. Library hours are subject to change during holiday/vacation periods, please check www.mywpl.org for changes.

For more information about the Worcester Public Library or the One City, One Library branch hours please visit www.mywpl.org or call the Main Library at 508-799-1655.

3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608

First day of school! Mom and son across the street, heading home, after a school day at the QUINSIGAMOND VILLAGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL!


The future! Downtown Worcester mural! CHECK ALL OF THE ART OUT TODAY!!!

From the WP Library:

The Worcester Public Library has been offering World Language Storytimes in Vietnamese and Portuguese for the past two years thanks to a grant from the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA).

The LSTA is the only federal program exclusively for libraries, and is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The World Languages Storytimes began in October 2014.

This two-year project made it possible for children and families who don’t frequent the Worcester Public Library to be exposed to the Library and its services while attending storytimes in their own language. (Vietnamese and Portuguese).

It also allowed this new audience to engage in other cultural and educational events offered at the Library.

Community members were invited to participate as presenters conducted storytimes in their native language, with the help of a Children’s Librarian.

A dozen patrons and Youth Services staff participated in an all-day training session.

The grant helped develop and increase the World Languages area, adding books, videos, music, posters and decorations, children’s musical instruments, and storytime supplies.

In February, the Library hosted a Chinese New Year and Kung Fu Demonstration by Leaders Way Kung Fu Academy in Worcester, with a traditional Lion Dance, and in April a Brazilian Cultural Stories and sing-along was offered.

The Librarians involved worked to build a solid foundation to continue the world languages storytimes program for the future. “It is important to be inclusive in offering these and all types of services to children and families,” said Iris Delgado, Youth Services Manager. “This grant gave us the opportunity to develop a reciprocal relationship between the Library and these communities. While attending World Language Storytimes they have become aware of the Library’s rich services, and we have learned through the presenters and participants the value of their communities to our library.”



GOOD STUFF! City of Worcester should host a fair like this one!

Mayor Stephen DiNatale and the City of Fitchburg Community Development Department invite you to the Fitchburg School Community Coalition


DATE: Thursday, September 15

TIME: 4 pm – 7 pm

PLACE: 14 Wallace Ave, Fitchburg

Come and learn about the services offered by Fitchburg City Departments and area agencies including:

housing and shelter assistance;

elder care;

food resources;

energy and fuel assistance;

health and wellness;

support groups;

child care;

domestic violence;

substance abuse information;

cultural offerings, veterans services –
and many more!


Fresh produce will be available for purchase


Free snacks will be provided by Sodexo



Love this mural in our theater district!!!!


WPL parked in PS … Today! Maker Mondays comes to the Worcester Public Library!


Maker Mondays with the Learning Hub will be coming to the Worcester Public Library on Mondays in August!

3 Salem Square

These events take place in the new Tween Space in the Main Library’s Children’s Room.

This program is for children ages 9-12.


Put on a lab coat and enter the Maker Lab!

Join Giselle from The Learning Hub for this 4-week series of STEM Maker Classes.

These classes will have you creating new things and discovering the world around you.

On August 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., check out Paint Lab for a discussion about Van Gogh and Impressionism.

Students will recreate the famous The Starry Night painting.

Information about Van Gogh and the impressionism period will be given for students to review at home with links to his work.

On August 8 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., it’s Science Lab, a discussion about clouds.

Students will create cloud jars to understand visually how clouds hold water. A print out of the experiment will be given to students to take home and try it again!

Swing by August 15 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for Creative Writing Lab, a discussion about writing stories. Students will learn to breakdown the concepts of characters, plot, and story line. Students will then create their own story to take home and share with their families.

On August 22 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., learn about Food Sustainability with a discussion about sustainable food and the importance of farms and locally grown products.

Students will plant their own vegetable seeds and take them home to care for with instructions. We will also give them access to The Learning Hub community garden.

Maker Mondays is part of the Summer Reading Program at the Worcester Public Library.

The theme for the 2016 program is “Wellness, Fitness, and Sports” – with loads of free programs being offered through August 20 at the Main Library and all branches.

Participants are eligible for prizes for reading and participating in programs.

All ages are invited to sign up for summer reading at mywpl.org or at any library location until August 20.

WPL parked in A.I. … TODAY!! … Major Taylor World Champion Comes to the Worcester Public Library!

Let’s get Main Middle looking as beautiful as the Worcester Common – and our public library!


With Special Guest Pro Cyclist Daniel Estevez!!!

Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square
6 p.m.

The Major Taylor Association will present Major Taylor World Champion at the Worcester Public Library, today, Tuesday, July 19 at 6 p.m.

The group will teach patrons the history of Marshall W. “Major” Taylor, as well as info on bikes and cycling!

Professional cyclist Daniel Estevez will be a special guest for the program, discussing his own career and answering questions!

Major Taylor won the world one-mile track cycling championship in 1899. Throughout his career he set numerous world records, all while working to overcome racial discrimination.

Taylor moved to Worcester in 1896 after he was banned from bicycle racing in Indiana. He was the first African-American cyclist to achieve world champion status, and the second black man to become a world champion in any sport.

Daniel Estevez emigrated to Worcester from the Dominican Republic as a child. He began his professional cycling career as a teenager, earning a scholarship to attend college. After two years of professional and collegiate cycling he took a step back from racing, finishing college, and starting his own business. After a six-year hiatus, Estevez returned to the cycling field in 2016. He credits cycling with giving him opportunities beyond what may have existed otherwise, and he plans to give back to the community that helped him on his path.

The Major Taylor Association will also invite families to the George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor, which takes place on July 24. The event brings young and old out to see how fast they can pedal up George Street, a steep hill in downtown Worcester that was also the training ground for the 1899 world champion Major Taylor.

The Major Taylor Association, Inc. was formed by residents of Worcester, in order to memorialize Major Taylor. The statue of Major Taylor at the Worcester Public Library recognizes his athletic achievements, and strength of character. The organization continues to create a living memorial to Major Taylor by conducting good works in his name, and educating people about his life and legacy.

The Major Taylor World Champion program is part of the Summer Reading Program at the Worcester Public Library.

The theme for the 2016 program is “Wellness, Fitness, and Sports” – with loads of free programs being offered through August 20 at the Main Library and all branches.

Participants are eligible for prizes for reading and participating in programs. All ages are invited to sign up for summer reading at mywpl.org or at any library location until August 20.

WPL parked in Yum Yums!


Worcester Public Library
3 Salem Square


The Tanglewood Marionettes!

The Tanglewood Marionettes will be a very special guest at the library on Wednesday, February 17.

They will be performing their production of “Cinderella” at 2 p.m.

Set in the eighteenth century, and featuring a dozen lavishly costumed marionettes, this production is the Tanglewood Marionettes’ showpiece.

The story unfolds as the pages of a giant book open to reveal each beautifully painted setting. This family event is not to be missed, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
On Thursday, February 18 at 1 p.m. join us for a screening of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic fairytale “Cinderella” featuring an all-star, multi-racial cast. 

Stick around, at 3 p.m. children from the Goddard School of Science and Technology and Woodland Academy take part in a children’s performance based on the stories, “How Frog Went to Heaven” and “The Adventures of Mouse Deer,” presented by “In Our Own Voices,” from the Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University.
The fun continues on Friday, February 19 with “A Visit from Cinderella” from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Come meet Cinderella, listen to her tell her story and sing beautifully.  She’ll also show you how to bow and dance in a kid-friendly ballroom style circle. Be sure to bring your camera!

Princesses and Princes are welcome to dress up to meet this fairytale character come to life! This magical visit is sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
There’s so much more going on during the week, including a book club for chocoholics, a screening of “Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” a visit from a certified pet therapy dog, and games of all kinds.

Be sure to stop by for Beauty Basics, a program where you can learn to make your own beauty products!

… There’s also Poetry with Pizza, legos, knitting, and the always exciting Science Saturdays – this month learn about George Crum and his invention of the potato chip in celebration of Black History Month.
Mark your calendars and be sure to join us the following Friday, February 26 at 4 p.m. for African Drumming, where you can learn about West African Drumming and have fun making noise. This exciting event is also sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
For more information on the Worcester Public Library and a complete list of events and programs visit www.mywpl.org

Bob Marley celebration! Be there!

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OurStory Edutainment Presents …

Bob Marley Birthday Bash 2016

You and your family are invited to celebrate the life and music of …

Robert Nesta Marley!

On Saturday, February 6

From 1 pm to 5 pm

At the Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square

Video Documentary on his life

Live Music featuring the Small Axe Band & Sunta Africa

Worcester’s Best Performers

Sample Authentic Jamaican Food

Spoken Word Poets

Love * Peace * Happiness * 


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Be there! Tomorrow! Sunday, October 18! Ice Cream Sundaes and Songs at the Worcester Public Library!

The Worcester Public Library Hosts …

Grand Sunday ice cream “Sundae” Celebration!


TOMORROW! Sunday, October 18

2 p.m.

The celebration marks the start of seasonal Sunday hours!
The Worcester Public Library will be hosting a Grand Sunday “Sundae” Celebration on Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. to celebrate the start of seasonal Sunday hours at the Library.

The Worcester Public Library opens Sundays from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. from October through April.

These extra hours allow patrons additional access to the facility during the busy school season.

All are welcome to attend the celebration and enjoy a sundae while supplies last.

The main library is located at:
3 Salem Square, Worcester

And …

The Worcester Public Library Presents Mariachi Music and More
for Everyone Featuring Gian Carlo Buscaglia on Sunday, October 18

In Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!
The Worcester Public Library will present Mariachi Music and More for Everyone TOMORROW, Sunday, October 18 at 3 p.m. in the Children’s Room Ellipse. The event features Gian Carlo Buscaglia, and celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month.

Mariachi is a form of folk music that originated in western Mexico. Originally played only with strings instruments, and musicians dressed in the white pants and shirts of peasant farmers, it is an integration of stringed instruments, and was highly influenced by the cultural impacts of the historical development of the area.

About the Performer:
Buscaglia is known for his range of local performances. His repertoire embodies the tradition of Latin America’s New Song movement with its deep sense of poetry, the sounds of Salsa, Latin Jazz, Nueva Trova, Guaracha and Bomba resonate in his playing. He has a deep soulful voice and complex Latin guitar stylings. Buscaglia is one of the premier Latin American singers of the Boston area, and his solo performances are enticing and romantic.

About Hispanic Heritage Month:
Hispanic Heritage Month is observed to recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States, and to celebrate their heritage and culture. Hispanic Heritage Month, whose roots go back to 1968, begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of five Latin America countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library, and is free and open to the public.

Tomorrow! At the mighty Worcester Public Library! FREE!

Enjoy your Saturday at the BEAUTIFUL Worcester Public Library, DOWNTOWN WORCESTER. So many activities happening! So many treats! Computers, lap tops, tablets, CDs, DVDs, study rooms, books, magazines, exhibits, free community classes, a BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN’S ROOM! Knowledgeable, helpful staff. Be there! Enjoy a heaping, healing helping of civic awesomeness!!   – Rosalie Tirella

Worcester Public Library

3 Salem Square

Tomorrow!  Saturday, March 14!


Pages and Palates Book Club!

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

We’re exploring ethnic cooking and family recipes at our first cookbook edition of Pages and Palates.

Enjoy a taste of the exotic while we discuss cookbooks and share stories of food and family.

Bring a copy of your favorite recipe to exchange!

Pages and Palates meets on the 3rd floor in the Ellipse



Rosalie’s April … surrounded by books since kitten-hood! Poor little old girl, just diagnosed with diabetes. Breaking Rose’s heart…


2:30 pm – 3 pm

Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library: Family story time

Bring your whole family out to enjoy stories, songs and movement activities that help foster a love of books and reading in your child.

Supports the 5 Literacy practices of Every Child Ready to Read.

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to participate!

Recommended for families with children ages 6 and under. Just drop in!

Location: Children’s Room

Annual Bob Marley bash!

Come celebrate this amazing artist and cultural icon with our Parlee Jones!

Worcester Public Library

3 Salem Square

Tomorrow! Friday, February 6 ~ Bob Marley Bash Movie!

3 pm  ~ screening of the film MARLEY

~ Bob Marley’s universal appeal, impact on music history, and role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. MARLEY is the definitive life story of the musician, revolutionary, legend, and the man, from his early days to his rise to international super stardom.

Made with the support of the Marley family, the film features rare footage, never before seen performances, previously unreleased music, and revelatory interviews with the people that knew him best.

Also Friday ~ Bob Marley Bash concert!

Come and enjoy Conscious, Cultural Vibes as we Celebrate Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday with Worcester’s Original Sound Systems ~ SATALITE MUSIC AND URBAN FIRE!

Live Performances by Worcesters Finest Reggae Performers!

Old School ~ New School ~ Classic ~ Roots and Culture ~ Conscious Vibe ~ Revolution Music!

$7 before 11 pm $10 after. Food and Merchandise will be on Sale also! Electric Haze, 26 Millbury St. ~ 9 pm to 2 am.


February 7 (Saturday) ~ Bob Marley Bash 1 pm to 5 pm at the Worcester Public Library 

OurStory Edutainment Presents … Bob Marley Birthday Bash 2015

You and your family are invited to celebrate the life and music of Robert Nesta Marley.

Bob Marley Related Video

Live Music featuring Worcester’s Best Performers


Sample Authentic Jamaican Food

Spoken Word Poets

Give Aways

Big Family Fun!

Love * Peace * Happiness *


February 8 (Sunday) at the Worcester Public Library ~ Bob Marley Birthday Celebration film

Documentary ~ Rocksteady Roots of Reggae Music 

While everybody has heard the music of Bob Marley, the superstar of reggae, few people know that it was Rocksteady that developed the buoyant rhythms, prominent bass pulse, soulful vocals and socially conscious lyrics that gave reggae its power.

This film features a mix of studio recording sessions at Tuff Gong Studios, rarely seen archival footage from the period and interviews with the performers at home or at places on the island that had had profound effects on their music and lives.

Drumming too with Francesca Abbey Worcester Public Library

Be there! 2 pm – 5 pm

“Don’t let them change ya!/ Or even rearrange ya!”