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

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

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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

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

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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.”

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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

COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR! FREE!

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!

FREE

Fresh produce will be available for purchase

DOOR RAFFLES!

Free snacks will be provided by Sodexo

PRIZES!

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Love this mural in our theater district!!!!

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A dream come true for me! As I drive around downtown Worcester now …

…taking photos of all the murals, all the art, I find myself having to wipe away tears…! SUCH A GIFT! SO BEAUTIFUL!! THANK YOU, CITY MANAGER ED AUGUSTUS AND CM’S OFFICE AND JESSICA WALSH/POW! WOW! WORCESTER … and all the ARTISTS!

I am so moved by this gift!

text/photos:Rosalie Tirella

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Uniquely yours …

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Me, yesterday, before heading to friends’ party/cook-out…

Strung out homeless dude, yesterday, after he kinda followed me into a POW!WOW! artist parking lot …

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… Thank goodness he lost interest in this bird when he saw that bird!:

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The artist, Qbic, was mildly amused…

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Of course, I had to foist an ICT on him …

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… before heading to Unique Finds Antiques and Vintage gift shop to buy a unique birthday party gift…So many choices and, of course, I was running late. Because, a la John Lennon, I could spend my life in bed…

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This isn’t John…?????…?????

Some unique finds at UNIQUE FINDS:

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– text/pics: Rose T.

WOW! It’s finally happening: Downtown Worcester mural fest!

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Mural –  Dramatic lady – Downtown Worcester, Hanover Theatre  pic:R.T.

By Rosalie Tirella

Several years back I was driving through Main South and I saw this: a mom and her little girl – the girl was about four or five – walking past the revamped PIP shelter. It was now a free lunch spot for the neighborhood’s downtrodden. This slice of downtown Worcester was truly menacing 15 or so years ago when the PIP was still a wet shelter. Outside the big, multi-storied brick PIP building at 701 Main St. men and women, strung out on heroin, coked-out on coke or just plain drop-dead drunk,  lurched and staggered across Main or Charlton street, talking/swearing to themselves words slurred… They were so high/drunk you feared for their lives! You feared for yours! They were craving – physically needing – their next fix, and many would do anything to get it.  They couldn’t help themselves! You saw, out in the open, the Main South drug biz. Women offered themselves up for sale so they could buy their drugs –  johns paid them 50 bucks (the cost then for a bag of smack) and abused the street girls: I know of one woman konked on the head with a beer bottle because she told her john that pigeons are messy birds, another woman got her hand smashed when some asshole slammed the refrigerator door on it; her face was swollen and bitten up from the bed bugs in the apartment. Sirens, screams, gun shots were all part of the aural scenery on this side of downtown Worcester…

Fast forward to seven or so years ago: Now I was looking at a less perilous area, with the mom and her little girl crossing Charlton Street, walking by the new and improved PIP. It was now a place for the hungry and homeless (addicted or sober) to eat a hot lunch and (oftentimes) be driven to the hospital by ambulance for first aid/detoxifixation.

The one true constant in that ‘hood, the one thing that had outlived the police cruisers, the street fights, the ambulances, the heroin, the prostitution, the old PIP’s angel executive director, Buddy Brousseau, the old PIP’s angel PIP doctor for the homeless and the big-hearted PIP case workers was the lovely mural painted on the Charlton Street side of the PIP. The mural’s tall flowers, its themes of beauty and love, its tropical colors, somewhat faded through the years, STILL gave this tough inner-city corridor warmth, softness …  As it always had and always WILL! Public street art – the artist’s urban dream superimposed on the urban reality. For all to experience!

Children are better, braver than adults! It was the little girl, walking with her mom on Main Street, who made me see! She, on catching sight of the mural,  ran away from her mom, to the PIP building, to its mural and flung herself at one of the mural’s painted sunflowers. With her arms outstretched over the painted brick wall I could see she was “hugging” the flower! For a long time! She was smiling … delighted! She had found a new friend during her walk with  her mom – a  yellow sunflower taller than she was! There they were: the painted flower, her petals unfolding,  and the little Latina girl, her heart unfolding. Mom, a nice young woman, had adult distractions: she was carrying a grocery bag and pushing a baby carriage, with a little one inside. It was July and crushingly hot. Mom wanted to keep on walking, get home, get out of the heat wave – intensified by all the concrete surroundings. She could’t pay too much attention to the mural that had captivated her daughter, though she was smiling when she walked up to her girl with her cheek pressed against the painted flower and took her by the hand and gently lead her away.

I think of that little girl and her mom often. I remember how the mural had moved the little girl, lifted her straight up off Charlton Street and deposited her on her own little cloud of happiness!

This is what I want for all our city kids – many of them deprived in ways you may not be able to relate to. You think it’s poverty. You think it’s sadness. You think it’s an abusive dad… You think it’s malnutrition. You’re certain it’s a shitty apartment. Often it’s all of the above – entwined, braided  … over and over again, through generation after generation sometimes.

And so it is with GREAT LOVE AND GREAT JOY that I SAY: POW! Knock out the hurt and pain! WOW! Look at all that great public art!

WORCESTER’S DOWNTOWN, the hub of our inner-city, the seat of our city govt, is getting a big MAKEOVER. Bright, huge, colorful  MURALS will be painted ON THE SIDES AND BACKS OF OUR DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS from August 26 to September 4. By local artists and visiting artists from all over the world. So much art! Such BIG COLORFUL PICTURES – a ton of them! – for all the little city kids to be  WOWED by!

This is HUGE, Worcester! This art fest, with so many artists creating street art right before our eyes, is a gift. Everbody – rich and poor; black, brown and white; old and young; college-educated and autodidact – can feast their peepers on our buildings.  And enjoy!

Collectively, these murals will be our very own STATUE OF LIBERTY! Yes, the millenials and upper-income empty nesters, people city leaders want to attract to our urban core, can and will enjoy the art, but for me, the murals are for the people. Power to the people! Especially the little kids! … of Green Island, South Worcester,  Main South, Piedmont…Our sometimes weary, hungry and forsaken…our immigrants, refugees. Without a lot of dough or connections, they may not be able to eat dinner at downtown’s new pricy restaurants. They may not be able to buy tickets to that special concert at Mechanics Hall. Maybe they are even afraid – intimidated because they are new to America and don’t have confidence in their English or American government! – to enter City Hall.

But the best things in life are free!  Like our glorious Free Worcester Public Library. Like all the BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND TREES growing in our downtown … And soon the folks from Lafayette, Hacker, Queen, Cambridge, Charlton streets (yes! PIP people, too!) will be able to walk through their downtown look up at its buildings and see “rocking horse people,” “newspaper taxis” … “girls with kaleidoscope eyes” – you name it! There are gonna be a lot of murals!

(Sun)flower to the people!

So $500,000 is being earmarked for yet another consultant to study Worcester’s …

… downtown.

Pathetic.

Instead of throwing more of our money away, why not put the money to good use? Why not see our money work for us in downtown instead of padding the pockets of some high-priced self-styled gurus?  Why not give all the money to local artists and have them paint murals on all the ugly half-empty buildings in downtown Worcester, Green Island (Wyman Gordon building on Lamartine Street, anyone?), etc? $20,000 for a big mural. $5,000 for smaller ones. Local artists needs jobs! Our core city cries out for beauty!

Over the decades, the City of Worcester has had a passel of urban renewal gurus preach to us,  scold us, encourage us, etc. Not much has changed; the urban renewal gurus got richer, that’s all.

This time around, let’s do this ourselves, Worcester! Why not send City Manager Mike O’Brien and our old city downtown development guys into pyschotherapy? Pay the $100/hour fees for a few sessions … and have them whine about the city’s downtown and why we can’t get new tenants for City Square, blah , blah, blah. Get them off our backs. Then have Chief Economic Development Officer  Tim McGourthy – a young,  super bright, super nice, super accessible human being – set up a nice big citizens advisory committee made up of artists, inner-city residents, inner-city biz owners and ask them what we need to do to jump start the process. Let’s have some charettes! But let’s do it all in-house and save half a million bucks! Tim is fairly new to our city. From Boston. He can see us from an outsider’s operspective while still loving his adopted home –  Worcester. Tim and his crew can look at the feedback and start implementing good suggestions!

Meanwhile, we can take the $500,000 set aside for the specialists we did not hire and spend it on … murals and artists and citizens! Spend it locally! Make artists feel great! Make residents feel proud of the city’s urban core!

From The Guardian. To see more photos, click here! – R. Tirella

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