The Worcester Public Library is excited to announce that the Burncoat Branch, located at the Burncoat Street Preparatory School at 526 Burncoat Street, will be opening on Friday, April 1. Regular public hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!
National Library Week - April 10-16
The Worcester Public Library will observe National Library Week from April 10 to 16. The theme for this year is Libraries Transform! Your Library will join libraries of all types in a national, unified effort to increase awareness of the changing role of libraries and the ways in which libraries are transforming to meet the digital and print information needs of their users. We'll have special community readers and events! Check our website for details.
I found my smile @MYWPL.org
This month we spoke with Briyana, a teen patron who frequently visits the Worcester Public Library and the Teen Zone. She is a junior at Worcester Technical High School, and is an avid writer.
The Library is one of her favorite places to spend her time. "The Worcester Public Library has been a place to escape and get advice from friends, whether real of fictional," she said.
Briyana is currently writing her first novel, which she plans on finishing in the next five years. She is currently exploring multiple colleges, and is interested in majoring in Networking, with the hopes of becoming an IT professional, or an author.
Adult Programs & Classes
The Worcester Public Library will host its Second Annual Local Author Fair & Bookfest on Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will allow patrons to meet local authors, and attend readings, signings and storytimes. The free event is open to all ages, and includes over 25 authors from all genres, who will be on hand to meet and greet. For more information and a complete schedule click here.
There will also be three writing and publishing workshops held in the Banx Room during the event on April 2. How to Be a Freelance Writer with Ethan Gilsdorf will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Now What? Getting into Print with Jennifer Freed will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Finally, Introduction to Self-Publishing with Diane Vanaskie Mulligan will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required, find more details here.
There are many other fun and information events and programs going on during the month of April. For a complete listing, including small business classes, financial help workshops, and our current ongoing programs visit our website.
During the months of April and May the Library will also host musical performances as part of Worcester's Ethnic Mosaic 2016. On Tuesday, April 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. the Shirim Klezmer Orchestra will take you on a rollicking ride through the world of klezmer music. The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic fold music and storytelling to the library on Saturday, April 23 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Finally, don't miss Crocodile River Music and a hands-on drumming experience inspired by the music of Mali, West Africa on Saturday, May 7 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
These three muscial events are programs 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
This month in the Teen Zone you can join us for Book Cart Drill Team on Wednesday, April 6 from 5 to 6 p.m. Help us make an awesome video with choreographed dancing using book carts! The video will be entered in the Massachusetts Library Association contest and the winner - maybe us! - will receive a prize.
We'll also be running a Book Spine Poetry How-to and Contest on Saturday, April 9 from 1 to 2 p.m. Learn how to make your own poetry by creatively stacking books, then enter it in our poetry contest! Learn more here.
Join us for a new ongoing program that puts art in motion! Action Art on Friday, April 1 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the AV Room Learning Lab. You'll learn art skills - but you won't JUST be drawing! Paint a song, tap out a beat for a comic, use science to make your art even better - Action Art will bring in influences from all sorts of places to help you find new ways to make art!
Don't forget all your favorite programs continue during the month of April, click here for all the details.
The Children's Room has a lot of fun things going on for the month of April and during school vacation week! In celebration of National Library Week: Libraries Transform patrons can visit the Caught Reading! Photo Booth from April 4-16. Take a selfie and if you get caught reading we'll post your picture to our Facebook page!
There are two events going on in honor of Holocaust Remembrance. The book "Number the Stars" will be discussed on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. and the movie "Anne Frank's Diary" will be shown Wednesday, April 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both events include a discussion.
Some super special events going on this week include the Fun Literacy Magic Show by Pete and Chris Amusement on Thursday, April 21 at 2 p.m. With over 15 years of entertaining experience, Pete and Chris bring the fun to you! Sponsored by the Friends of the Worcester Public Library.
You also won't want to miss our DIA Celebration! with award winning performers, Davis Bates and Roger Tincknell on Saturday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Children's Day, Book Day/Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros with Across the Americas: A Song & Story Celebration. This is a participatory program for families, and is funded, in part, by a grant from the Worcester Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Click here for a full listing of all the events going on during the month of April. For a printable calendar click here.
There's lots of cool stuff headed your way in April at the One City, One Library Branches!
At Goddard be sure to check out Poetry Picnic on Wednesday, April 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Feast on Words! Try a sampling of poetry activities to celebrate National Poetry Month. Or visit for Cookie Decorating on Wednesday, April 27 at 4 p.m. Let's decorate some cookies! We'll have lots of supplies so you can create a masterpiece - and then we'll eat them!
The Roosevelt Branch also has a great line up for April! They will also be hosting Poetry Picnic on Thursday, April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. Also be sure to join us for a new adventure, Family Fort Night on Thursday, April 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring your family to build a fort in the Library, then relax and share a story together!
There are a lot of awesome events going on for everyone this month at the Frances Perkins Branch! Lego continues every Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There will also be Family Storytime and Anime Club. Be sure to check out Crafty Kids: Make Paper Bowls on Friday, April 15 from 4 to 5 p.m. If you need somewhere to put your things, join us to make a bright, colorful tissue paper bowl. For the teens be sure to visit for Teen Games on Thursday, April 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Click here for a complete listing.
Libby and Lilly continue to deliver books to schools and neighborhoods throughout Worcester! Check out MyWPL for a complete schedule!
NEW! Sensory Bags
The Worcester Public Library is happy to announce that Sensory Bags are now available at the Main Library and the Frances Perkins Branch Library. These bags are full of sensory toys, and are intended to create a comfortable environment for all our patrons. The bags are available to any child, adult, or caregiver who might benefit from these tools. Simply ask to borrow the bag at the Main Library Children's Help Desk or the Frances Perkins Branch desk.
Get the Answers You Seek with Ask-A-Librarian Service
When you need information fast, you can always call WPL at 508-799-1655, ext. 3. Through the Telephone Information Service, you can get answers to questions right from home or work. This service is available during library hours. Or maybe you're on the go and need an answer? Text your question to 508-335-2396 and get an answer delivered to your cell phone. This service, staffed by professional librarians, is also available during library hours.
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Best of 2016 Book Recommendations & Reviews
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Please note:The Worcester Public Library will be closed on Sunday, April 17 and Monday, April 18 in observance of Patriots's Day.
Please note: The last Sunday of the season will be Sunday, April 24. The Main Library will be closed on Sundays through the fall.