Adult Classes and Programs

Adult Winter Programs 2017-2018

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December- February 2018

Books & Book Talks

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Melissa Caruso Author Event and Book Signing

Tuesday, January 16 @ 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Fiction Area of the Main Library

If you’re a fan of fantasy and enjoy book chats, join local author Melissa Caruso, who will be reading from her debut novel and discussing the writing life. Kirkus Reviews featured The Tethered Mage on its monthly must-read speculative fiction, and it made Barnes & Noble’s list of top new science fiction & fantasy releases for October 2017! Melissa Caruso is the author of The Tethered Mage, the first in the Swords & Fire trilogy. She lives in Massachusetts with her family. Free and open to all!

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Author Eamon McCarthy Earls Presents the Making of Wachusett

Wednesday, January 10 @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Saxe Room

From 1895 to 1908 one of the largest civil engineering projects in New England history transformed four Massachusetts towns, creating Boston’s first truly modern water supply system. One of the last hand dug reservoirs, the building of Wachusett stretched the bounds of 19th Century engineering and included human turmoil such as strikes, murders, and accidental deaths of more than 30 workers. Hear the dramatic story of visionaries, townsfolk, and immigrant laborers that made the Wachusett Reservoir a reality from local historian Eamon McCarthy Earls, author of Wachusett: How Boston's 19th Century Quest for Water Changed Four Towns and a Way of Life.

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Value of a Book

Saturday, January 13 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Saxe Room

Book dealer Ray Rickman presents a hands-on workshop that answers the following questions: "What determines a book’s value?" and, "How and why does this value change over time?” In the style of PBS's “The Antiques Roadshow,” attendees are invited to bring up to three books to be valued. Ray Rickman has extensive knowledge of rare and valuable books from 30 years’ experience in the book dealing business. He is also the former executive director of the Providence Human Relations Commission, and is currently the executive director of Stages of Freedom, an organization that promotes Black culture for the entire community.

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

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Popular Reads Cafe

Tuesdays, December 12, January 9, February 13 @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Banx Room

Join avid reader and reference librarian Veronica for spirited discussions of popular fiction and non-fiction books! Local authors and library staff will be featured, and refreshments will be provided. Free and open to all.
December: Holiday Cookbooks
January: Graphic Medicine
February: Science Fiction

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The Mortality of Eastern Hemlocks in the Connecticut Watershed

Wednesday, December 6 @ 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Saxe Room

What are the local consequences of Eastern Hemlock trees and their lifespan? Join us to learn about a 10-year survey of Eastern Hemlock tree mortality along Route 2 in Massachusetts and Southern Vermont, undertaken by faculty and students at Holy Cross, to track the devastating effect the woolly adelgid has had on these majestic trees. Holy Cross student and researcher Hugh O’Neil will present results and explain their impact on the New England ecology.

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Islam 101 with Mona Ives

Saturday, December 9 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Saxe Room

Demystify the world’s second-largest religion and learn about the basics of Islam at this special event with American-born Muslim educator Mona Ives. Mona is the President of Ansaar of Worcester, a non-profit agency providing charity, advocacy, social integration and increased access to refugees in Worcester; an adult and youth instructor; and devotes her time to educating others about Islam and helping to alleviate misconceptions about her faith and community.

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Citizenship Help

Wednesday, December 13, 20 & 27 @ 5:30 - 7:00 pm
New Americans Corner

During this holiday season Catholic Charities is providing free legal advice and assistance with citizenship applications at the Worcester Public Library. Accredited professionals will help you with every step on your path to citizenship! Come down or call Maddy Hennessy @ 508 860 2261 (mhennessy@ccworc.org) if you would like more information Catholic Charities 10 Hammond St. Worcester, MA 01610 Sponsored by: Worcester Public Library Massachusetts Office for Refugees & Immigrants The Greater Worcester Community Foundation.

Arts & Crafts

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DIY Crafts for Adults

Wednesdays @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Banx Room

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

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Knitting Circle

Thursdays @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Food for Thought Cafe

  Knit along with us on a themed project, knit for charity, or feel free to bring something you are working on already! Knitters of all skill levels and other needlecraft enthusiasts are welcome to join us. Bring your own supplies. Check online calendar for supplies needed to knit along. If you want to learn to knit, bring the following supplies: size 7 or 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. Themed Projects:

Cooking Classes

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Healthy Holiday Baking

Saturday, December 16 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Saxe Room

  Chef Kim Youkstetter from Worcester Technical High School will present a healthy baking program that will help you make better substitutions to your holiday baking-trimming calories but not taste! In addition, she will present some options for gluten free delights and ways to make holiday desserts for all. Come see, sample and share the fun. Recipes (and samples) will be provided. Chef Youkstetter is a graduate of the former Girls Trade in Worcester and the Culinary Institute of America. After working in various restaurants and hotels around the country, she settled back in the area, and in 2010, joined Worcester Technical HS as a culinary instructor.

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

December 16 - Register

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Amazing Vegan Sauces

Saturday, January 6 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Saxe Room

  One way to eat whole-food, plant-based meals is by making bowl meals: combining a mix of healthy foods then pouring on a delicious sauce, and you’ll have healthy meals where everyone will be asking for seconds! In this class, we will talk about the bowl-building basics, and four great sauces that will make healthy food addicting! Colin McCullough has been vegan for 20 years, and enjoys teaching people ways to include more whole-food, plant-based food into their diet. He believes that eating healthy food is the single most important step we can take to improve our health and happiness.

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

January 6 - Register

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Gluten-Free Cooking

Saturday, February 17 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Saxe Room

 Gluten-free baking and cooking can be simple with some important ingredients! Join us for a demonstration on mixing and rolling out pie dough where each participant will receive a pre-mixed piece of dough, a pie tin, and plastic wrap to roll out their own piece of dough. Then they can wrap up the ready to bake pie dough to take home! Samples will be available. BYORP: Bring your own rolling pin. Jordan L’Ecuyer is a student at Johnson and Wales University pursuing her Associates Degrees in Baking and Pastry Arts and Culinary Arts, as well as a Bachelors in Culinary Nutrition. She has bakery and restaurant experience in the industry with personal experience cooking and baking gluten-free.

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

February 17 - Register

Fitness

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Zumba

Saturdays (except Jan 6 & Feb 3) @ 10:00 - 11:00 am
Banx Room

  Zumba classes are for ages 12 and older. Wearing work-out clothes and sneakers is recommended. And remember to bring water! Zumba is an hour-long, high energy, calorie-burning fitness class that uses pop and Latin music to create a dance-party atmosphere. Low-intensity and high-intensity moves are easy to follow for all level participants who can set their own pace. It is an effective and fun cardio workout that melts fat, strengthens core, and improves flexibility. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register. Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 3 years' experience teaching Zumba and Zumba Tone classes. She loves music, dancing, and seeing smiling faces after each class!

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

Genealogy

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Massachusetts Society of Genealogists

Saturday, December 2, January 6, & February 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Banx Room

 December 2: Renowned Lecturer Richard Reid will be presenting “Eastern Canadian Research Tools”

 January 6: WPL’s Local History & Genealogy Librarian Joy Hennig and Former WPL Reference Supervisor and Genealogist Charlene Sokal will  present “On the Streets Where They Lived: Exploring the Riches Hidden in Massachusetts Town Records”

 February 3: Professional Genealogist Seema Kenney will discuss “Why, When and How to Conduct Research at the National Archives in Boston”

Language Learning

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Language Exchange Cafe

Saturdays, Dec-Feb @ 9:30 - 10:30 am
Food for Thought Cafe

  Share your language and culture with a new friend and learn about theirs! Participants will pair up to spend half an hour teaching their native language, and then half an hour learning their partner’s. Free and open to all adults.

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Andy & Judy Sing

Saturday, January 20 @ 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Saxe Room

  Join folksingers Andy & Judy Daigle for storytelling through song. Guitars, mandolins, banjos and harmonicas will be played, and music will range from traditional songs to the tunes of the folk music classics. Audience participation by singing along, clapping or stomping is encouraged! New England natives Andy & Judy Daigle have been singing together since 2009. They perform regularly at coffeehouses, festivals, libraries, and stages where they have been featured artists, openers and headliners blending their growing list of original songs with popular folk covers. This Old Town , their latest album, charted at number 11 on the U.S./International Folk DJ charts for July 2017.

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

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Local Musicians Night

Wednesdays, December 13, January 17, February 28 @ 7:00 - 8:300 pm
Saxe Room

  There’s a lot of underground music happening in Worcester, and now it’s coming to a library near you! Each night, two local bands play, and no cover charge! All ages are welcome.
December 13: Abdul Sherzai and Fist Inc.
January 17: Mitchell & Spear and Leah Raczynski
February 28: Instar and Privacy Papers

Small Business Series

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Steps to Starting a Small Business

Tuesday, February 20 @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Banx

  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 Lori Allen of the Center for Women & Enterprise. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3.

February 20 - Register

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Business Plan Basics with Lori Allen

Tuesday, February 27 @ 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Banx Room

  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 Lori Allen of the Center for Women & Enterprise. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3.

February 27 - Register

Winter Computer Class Series

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Microsoft Word

December 2 @ 9:15 - 10:45 am
3rd Floor Computer Lab

  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. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

December 2 - Register

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Gmail

December 6 @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
3rd Floor Computer Lab

  Gmail is a powerful tool for email and gives you access to many free Google products. You will set up a new Gmail account (if you don’t already have one), learn about sending, replying to, forwarding and searching emails, and options to personalize Gmail so it works the way you do. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers is required to participate in this class.

December 6 - Register

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MS Publisher

December 16 @ 9:15 - 10:45 am
3rd Floor Computer Lab

  An introductory class in the basics of Microsoft Publisher. Learn to create professional looking brochures and newsletters by formatting text and images. This class is designed for students who have little or no familiarity with Publisher. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

December 16 - Register

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Google Drive

January 3 @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
3rd Floor Computer Lab

  Google Drive provides a great solution for working on and storing documents in “the cloud,” as well as backing up important files and sharing files with others. We’ll cover uploading and downloading, sharing, and organizing your files with Google Drive. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid Gmail address are required to participate in this class.

January 3 - Register

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Organizing Your Genealogy Resources Electronically

January 6 @ 9:15 - 10:45 am
3rd Floor Computer Lab

  This class will cover how to download files and images from all major genealogy databases offered by the library. We will also be covering how to organize genealogy information using tools like Google Drive and Dropbox, and also tips and tricks like how to set up electronic folder trees and how to use the snipping tool. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

January 6 - Register

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Online Job Searching

January 20 @ 9:15 - 10:45 am
3rd Floor Computer Lab

  We’ll cover what information you’ll need to gather for job searching online, go over some of the most commonly used job search sites, and learn common tasks like uploading a resume and a cover letter. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

January 20 - Register

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Learn to Touch Type

January 27 @ 9:15 - 10:45 am
3rd Floor Computer Lab

  Learn how to type on the keyboard without looking! This class will show you how to position your hands and fingers to type faster and more accurately. This is a great skill to learn for your current job or to put on a resume for a future job. You will also leave with lots of great resources so you can practice and have fun developing your new typing skills. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

January 27 - Register

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Google Docs

February 7 @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm
3rd Floor Computer Lab

  With a Gmail account, you have access to a free online set of programs that allow you to create word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and drawing documents that are compatible with MS Office and always available to you anywhere with an internet connection. We’ll do a brief overview of the kinds of documents you can create, with a focus on creating and formatting a simple word processing document. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address are required to participate in this class.

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ONGOING

Tuesdays: Business, Research, Community

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CORI Sealing Workshops with EPOCA

December 26, January 30, February 27 @ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Banx Room

  Learn how to seal your CORI and make the most of your job search.

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Legal Assistance with Community Legal Aid’s CORI and Re-Entry Project

December 12, January 16, and February 13 @ 2:30 - 4:00 pm
2nd Floor, Main Library

  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 CORI.

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SCORE Small Business Counseling

First Tuesday of the month @ 4:30 - 8:30 pm
3rd Floor Study Room

  One-hour session with a SCORE counselor for those planning to start a business. 3rd Floor Study Room

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English Conversation Circles

Tuesdays @ 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Banx Room

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

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Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm
3rd Floor Desk

  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

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Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance

2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month @ 5:30 - 7:30 pm
2nd Floor Desk

  One-hour appointment with the Business and Grant Resources Librarian. 2nd Floor Desk

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Worcester Writers Group

Wednesdays @ 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Talking Books Library Room, Main Branch

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

Wednesdays: Citizenship and Tech Help

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Citizenship Class

Wednesdays @ 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Banx Room

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

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Tech Help

Wednesdays @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm
3rd floor lab

  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. Third Floor Lab (Drop-in)

Fridays: Technology

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Computer & Internet for Beginners

First 4 Fridays of the month @ 9:30 - 10:30 am
3rd Floor Lab

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

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Laboratorio Abierto

Fridays/Viernes @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
3rd Floor Lab/Laboratorio de computación

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

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Resume & Cover Letter Online Service

  Upload your resume and/or cover letter for review and editing by a certified resume librarian and receive feedback within 10 business days via your email. Submit your request on WPL’s Ask A Librarian page http://www.mywpl.org/?q=article/ask-librarian.

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eBook Help

  Get help downloading free library eBooks to your eReader or Smartphone. Bring your device or ask about our devices available for check out.

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