May 31, 2016

WPL Newsletter - June 2016

Here is what's going on this month @MyWPL!
Summer Reading!

Children, teens and adults are invited to join us for Summer Reading 2016, Wellness, Fitness, and Sports. The program runs June 17 to August 20, 2016. Sign-ups begin June 1! Use your online log to keep track of time spent reading, listening to a book, or attending a library program. There are prizes and incentives for participants, and fun, exciting and informative programs and classes all summer!

Don't forget to join us for the Summer Reading kick-off at all branches on June 17 and at the Main Library on June 18Check the events calendar for details.
I found my smile

This month we spoke with Christian, a volunteer at the Worcester Public Library. The Library has always been one of his favorite places to hang out, read, and write, and he was excited to be able to give back through his volunteer work. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a double major in Journalism and English, Christian has been looking for a position in the journalism field.
"This volunteer position at the Library is a great way for me to network with other professionals, and I really like giving back to the community," he said. "The Library staff has been very helpful and supportive, and they have already helped me find work as an assistant director for a local youth program."
Adult Programs & Classes 

Summer Reading Program registration begins June 1! Track your reading online beginning June 17 to be eligible for prizes and giveaways. Visit any branch for fabulous, fit and fun summer programming!

The Summer Reading Kickoff Event will be Saturday, June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Exercise Your Mind and Nourish Your Body when you join us at our summer reading program kickoff! Register to track your reading, indulge at healthy foods tasting stations, learn new exercises, download e-books, and discover interesting, helpful library programs and services that are free for you and your family. There will be activities for young and old alike, Staff Picks reading lists, Superfood recipes, giveaways, and more, so start your summer with a trip to WPL!

Pop by for our Pop Up Library at Out to Lunch on the Common on Thursdays, June 23 - August 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Flex your reading muscles with WPL's Outreach Team at Out to Lunch on Thursdays! Sign up for summer reading, take a reading recess (books provided!), or get active with our outdoor games.

Come to our fun fitness classes, including Improving Your Life through Meditation, with Dr. Allan Hughes, Tai Chi with Master James Keenan, Vinyasa Flow: Yoga for all levels, and a Hula Hoop Exercise Class for Adults.

Learn to eat well at Superfoods! Super You! on Wednesday, June 29. This workshop is for people who want to explore plant-based nutrition without sacrificing variety, excitement, and balance in their diet and who want to take advantage of the best foods our earth has to offer.

Don't forget our Small Business Workshops and ongoing classes, available throughout the year at WPL. Click here for more information, updates and registration details.
Teen Services - Main Library

This month in the Teen Zone there are a ton of awesome new events going on! First off, don't forget to sign up for our 2016 Summer Reading Program beginning on June 1. The program begins June 17, with a Kick-Off on June 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. which will include Giant Bowling and Henna Tattoos!

This month join us for Action Art! This is a new ongoing program that puts art in motion! 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! We'll also be running the Teen Games Guild where we'll play Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh, tabletop and video game galore!

The Teen Advisory Group meets Tuesday, June 21. Join us for free food and the chance to shape the future of the Library's teen services. Check out Fandom Friday this month for trivia, crafts, snacks, and games, all centering on your favorite fandoms.

Get all the details! Click for a full list of programs.
Youth Services - Main Library

Sign ups for the 2016 Summer Reading Program will begin Wednesday, June 1. People of all ages are welcome to sign up. This year's theme is "Wellness, Fitness, and Sports." Mark your calendar for the Main Library Summer Reading Program Kickoff on June 18.

We have so many cool new programs and classes going on for the month of June and all summer long! Check out the June calendar here and mark your calendars!

WAMS World Drums joins us Friday, June 3. We will celebrate the talent of Worcester Arts Magnet School's after-school drummers. School's Out Library Mini-Golf will be Wednesday, June 8. Celebrate the end of the school year with a round of mini-golf at the library! Swing by for a Summer Treasure Hunt Friday, June 17 and search the Children's Room for clues about favorite books and summer activities!

Our big 2016 Summer Reading Program Kickoff "Wellness, Fitness, and Sports" will be Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign-up for summer reading and take part in fitness, nutrition, and wellness family activities!

EXERCISE & FITNESS WEEK begins Monday, June 20. Join us for a Dance Party, try our new Read & Reach Class, and be sure to check out the Bubble Man Show on Wednesday, June 22. This week we also start our summer garden with a Garden Planting!

The following week it's NUTRITION & FOOD WEEK. Check out our Healthy Snacks Expo, join us for a Food Fiesta, do some more Gardening, and be sure to swing by for a Growing Veggie Soup Puppet Show!

For all the details, including time and locations, click here!
Branch Updates

Don't forget to sign up for our Summer Reading Program 2016, and join us all summer long for activities and programs related to the theme Wellness, Fitness, and Sports.

This month at the Burncoat Branch we'll feature a fun new class Read & Reach. This movement storytime class invites you to come stretch, dance, and read with us! Lego Challenge, PAWNED Video Gaming, and Crafternoon will continue throughout the month. Don't forget our SUMMER READING KICKOFF!!! Join us Friday, June 17 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for all sorts of fun! Finally, don't forget to visit us for a Camp Out on Tuesday, June 28. Join us for stories and camp inspired crafts. Click here for all the details.

Crafternoon, Lego Challenge, and Bingo! will continue at the Goddard Branch. Be sure to swing by for our SUMMER READING KICKOFF!!! Join us Friday, June 17 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Finally, get up and move with Just Dance on Friday, June 24. Enjoy dance, music, and fun with your family and friends with Just Dance on our big screen! Click here for all the details.

The Roosevelt Branch will continue Lego Challenge, Coloring Club, Pawned Video Gaming, Just Dance, and Crafternoon for June. This month we'll feature the new Read & Reach class. Be sure to visit our SUMMER READING KICKOFF!!! on Friday, June 17 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Swing by for a Camp Out on Wednesday, June 29 for stories and camp inspired crafts. Click here for all the details.

This month at the Tatnuck Magnet Branch we will start Tending the Tatnuck Garden on Thursdays from 4 - 5 p.m. Help us tend the garden each week. We'll be picking vegetables, weeding, and watering. All ages welcome. We'll also host Lego ChallengePAWNED Video Gaming, and Crafternoon. Don't forget our SUMMER READING KICKOFF!!! Join us Friday, June 17 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Finally, swing by for our Camp Out on Wednesday, June 29. Click here for all the details.

The Frances Perkins Branch has some exciting new programs for the month of June. Our SUMMER READING KICKOFF!!! will be Friday, June 17 from 2 - 5 p.m. The new Read & Reach Storytime will be Mondays, June 20 & 27 from 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. Legos, Sensory Play, and Anime Club will continue. You'll want to check out Pied Potter of Hamelin and His Magical Pottery Wheel on Friday, June 24. This is an all ages pottery demonstration with a focus on the arts, the exploration of creativity and technique with a touch of history. Finally check out Pool Noodle Sports and see how everyone's favorite pool toy can be used for all sorts of games. Check out all the details here.

Libby and Lilly continue to deliver books to schools and neighborhoods throughout Worcester! Check out MyWPL for a complete schedule!
Full-text Telegram & Gazette available on Proquest Newsstand and MORE!

Attention all researchers and genealogists: If you are looking for an article or obituary, ProQuest Newsstand is the database for you! It provides access to the full text of over 1300 newspapers, news websites and blogs from leading publishers throughout the world, including a backfile for most newspapers. Detailed indexing helps users quickly find the news information they need by providing access to not only top news stories, but also the information featured in various sections of the papers.

Major newspapers include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian and many other national and regional titles. The Telegram & Gazette is covered in full-text from January 16, 1989 to the present. All that is required to get started is a WPL library card. Visit, Click Research, select Online Databases, and Proquest is listed alphabetically. For additional newspaper holdings in our Genealogy & Local History Department, click here.

Plus, the Periodicals Department houses twenty-two newspapers and all are available for your perusal. Sixteen of them are displayed on A-frames and six of them (Investor's Business Weekly, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and the Telegram & Gazette) are given out at the service desk. We also carry foreign language newspapers Armenian Weekly, Illyria, Nowy Dziennik, and Shih Chieh Jih Pao. These are located in the World Language section on the 1st Floor.

All the news that's fit to WPL!
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 Charlie Jane Anders

All the Birds in the Sky tells the story of Patricia and Laurence, a young witch and genius inventor, respectively. The book follows the two over a period of years from childhood to adulthood as their lives intersect multiple times. Read more...

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