Adult Classes and Programs

Adult Fall Programs 2017

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September - November 2017    

Books & Authors

Community Conversations

Author Event: Brunonia Barry

Saturday, October 7 @ 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Fiction Area in the Main Library

Brunonia Barry is the New York Times and international best-selling author of The Lace Reader, The Map of True Places and the recently published novel The Fifth Petal. Her work has been translated into more than thirty languages. She was the first American author to win the International Women’s Fiction Festival’s Baccante Award as well as the winner of New England Book Festival’s award for Best Fiction and Amazon’s Best of the Month. Her reviews and articles on writing have appeared in The London Times and The Washington Post. Brunonia co-chairs the Salem Athenaeum’s Writers’ Committee. She will be signing books after her presentation. Free and open to all.

Community Conversations

Remembering the Cocoanut Grove Fire with Author Stephanie Schorow

Tuesday, November 7 @ 6:30 - 8:00pm
Saxe Room

Stephanie Schorow, author of The Cocoanut Grove Fire, will explore the story of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire which took place in Boston in November of 1942 and took the lives of nearly 500 people, including many from central Massachusetts.  Schorow recounts the events that led to the fire, its investigation, and its enduring mysteries. There will be time for those who wish to share their stories of the Grove.  Please join us in the Saxe Room for this moving, interactive event.  Program is free and open to all.

Community Conversations

Popular Reads Cafe

Tuesdays, September 19, October 10, November 14 @ 3:00 - 4:00pm
Banx Room

Join avid reader and reference librarian Veronica for spirited discussions of popular fiction and non-fiction books and find out what’s recently been published by your favorite authors!  For September's Popular Reads Cafe, join us as local author Catherine Zebrowski reads from her novel Sleepwalking Backwards.  Refreshments will be provided. Free and open to all. 

 

WPL Fall Reading Recommendations

"A generations-spanning family of psychics--both blessed and burdened by their abilities--must use their powers to save themselves from the CIA, the local mafia, and a skeptic hell-bent on discrediting them in this hilarious, tender, magical novel about the invisible forces that bind us. The Telemachus family is known for performing inexplicable feats on talk shows and late-night television. Teddy, a master conman, heads up a clan who possess gifts he only fakes: there's Maureen, who can astral project; Irene, the human lie detector; Frankie, gifted with telekinesis; and Buddy, the clairvoyant. But when, one night, the magic fails to materialize, the family withdraws to Chicago where they live in shame for years. Until: As they find themselves facing a troika of threats (CIA, mafia, unrelenting skeptic), Matty, grandson of the family patriarch, discovers a bit of the old Telemachus magic in himself. Now, they must put past obstacles behind them and unite like never before. But will it be enough to bring The Amazing Telemachus Family back to its amazing life?"-- Provided by publisher.

America’s foremost novelist reflects on the themes that preoccupy her work and increasingly dominate national and world politics: race, fear, borders, the mass movement of peoples, the desire for belonging. What is race and why does it matter? What motivates the human tendency to construct Others? Why does the presence of Others make us so afraid?

Drawing on her Norton Lectures, Toni Morrison takes up these and other vital questions bearing on identity in The Origin of Others. In her search for answers, the novelist considers her own memories as well as history, politics, and especially literature. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, and Camara Laye are among the authors she examines. Readers of Morrison’s fiction will welcome her discussions of some of her most celebrated books—Beloved, Paradise, and A Mercy.

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Community Conversation

Community Conversations

WPL's 4th Annual Volunteer Fair

Saturday, September 23 @ 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saxe Room & Lobby

Make your community better by volunteering! If you’ve ever considered volunteering in the community but didn’t know where to start, visit our Fourth Annual Volunteer Fair!  Whether you enjoy working outdoors, advocating for children, assisting people in crisis, or helping our immigrant population, representatives from local organizations will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities for all interests and backgrounds, especially for those aged 16 and older.

 

Learn Something New

Art

Family Art Journal

Hand Lettering Make-and-Takes with Artist C.J. Kennedy

Saturdays, September 9 & 30, October 14 & 28 @ 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saxe Room

In each workshop, learn a decorative alphabet you can use to personalize greeting cards, enhance scrapbook pages and journals, and more. Use your new skill to create a seasonal themed craft you can take home. Space is limited and registration is recommended. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. 

Click here to register for Sep 9    Decorated Initials: Back to School Bookmarks
Click here to register for Sep 30  Autumn Door Hanger
Click here to register for Oct 14   Spooky Lettering Halloween Goodie Bag
Click here to register for Oct 28   Thanksgiving Card
Click here to register for Nov 4    Thanksgiving Place cards
Click here to register for Nov18   Holiday Gift Tags

Family Art Journal

DIY Crafts for Adults 

Wednesdays @ 3:00 - 4:00pm
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.

Sep 13 & 20              Special Guest: Drawing with Dots
Sep 27 &Oct 4          Tie-dye (socks, shirts, sheets, etc)
Oct 11 & 18               Fairy Lanterns
Oct 25 & Nov 1         Clay Leaf Bowls
Nov 8 & 15                Halloween Jars
Nov 22 & 29              CD Owls

Family Art Journal

Knitting Circle

Thursdays, @ 3:00 - 4:00pm
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.

September  Blanket/Afghan Squares
October       Hats
November   Scarves
 

Fall Computer Class Series

Computer Help

Internet Safety Tips for Seniors

Wednesday, September 6 @ 6:30 - 7:30pm
Third Floor Computer Lab

Everything you ever wanted to know about using the internet safely, but were afraid to ask! We’ll talk about:
     -Keeping personal information secure
     -Strong passwords
     -Common email scams
     -And other questions you have!
This class is for senior adults - computer beginners especially encouraged! The atmosphere will be relaxed, with time to talk and answer questions. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address is required to participate in this class.

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for Internet Safety Tips, September 6

Computer Help

Microsoft Word

Saturdays, September 9 and October 7 @ 9:15 - 10:45am
Third 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. 
Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address is required to participate in this class.

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for Microsoft Word, September 9

Click here to register for Microsoft Word, October 7

 


Microsoft Excel

Saturday, September 16 @ 9:15 - 10:45am
Third Floor Computer Lab

An introductory class in the basics of Microsoft Excel. Learn to create basic worksheets, edit, perform calculations, and save documents. This class is designed for students who have little or no familiarity with Excel.  Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address is required to participate in this class.

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for Microsoft Excel, September 16

Computer Help

Microsoft PowerPoint

Saturday, September 30 @ 9:15 - 10:45am
Third Floor Computer Lab

An introductory class in the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint. Create your own professional presentation using slides, images, links, etc. This class is designed for students who have little or no familiarity with PowerPoint. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address is required to participate in this class.

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for Microsoft PowerPoint, September 30

 

Computer Help

Google Drive and Google Docs

Wednesday, October 4 @ 6:30 - 7:30pm
Third Floor Computer Lab

Did you know that you can keep your resume and other important documents “in the cloud” so you can access them from anywhere online? Learn how to save files online, create your own documents using Google's word processor, and learn about Drive's sharing features. Basic knowledge of computers and a Gmail email address is required to participate in this class. 

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for Google Drive and Google Docs, October 4

Computer Help

Cyber Security at Home and at Work: Horror Stories and Tips to Fight Back

Saturday, October 14 @ 9:15 - 10:45am
Third Floor Computer Lab

Data breaches and hacking seem to be happening all the time, but did you know your personal devices—including smartphones or even browsing the web at the library—could have an impact on your job? In this discussion, we’ll look at four examples of how criminals can take advantage of both “worlds” to get into your digital stuff, and some proactive steps we can all take to fight back.

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for Cyber Security at home and at Work, October 14

 

Computer Help

Downloading eBooks, eAudio, and eMusic

Saturday, October 21 @ 9:15 - 10:45am
Third Floor Computer Lab

Learn about the various e-resources available through the library to download eBooks, eAudio and eMusic. Bring your WPL library card along with your Kindle, smartphone or other device and learn to download library books to them. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address is required to participate in this class. 

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for Downloading eBooks, eAudio, eMusic, October 21

Computer Help

Pixlr Express & Editor

Wednesday, November 1 @ 6:30 - 7:30pm
Third Floor Computer Lab

Pixlr is a free, web-based alternative to Adobe Photoshop! It can be as easy or as complex as what you want to do with it! We’ll try a few techniques and show you how to use the site. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address is required to participate in this class.

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for Pixlr Express & Editor, November 1

 

Health and Mindfulness

Zumba

Saturdays, September 9 - November 4 @ 10:00am - 11:00am
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.

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Alina Khaspekov is a certified Zumba instructor with over 3 years of experience teaching Zumba and Zumba Tone classes. She loves music, dancing, and seeing smiling faces after each class!

Click here to register for Zumba, September 9

Click here to register for Zumba, September 16

Click here to register for Zumba, September 23

Click here to register for Zumba, September 30

Click here to register for Zumba, October 7

Click here to register for Zumba, October 14

Click here to register for Zumba, October 21

Click here to register for Zumba, October 28

Click here to register for Zumba, November 4

MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Tuesdays, September 12 - October 31 @ 6:00 - 8:30pm
Saxe Room

Eight-week series consisting of Instruction on formal and informal mindfulness practices, guided meditations, experiences directed at developing awareness, group discussions and mindful movement, such as yoga. Commitment to attendance at all eight sessions is strongly recommended. 

Registration Required. Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

Click here to register for the full 8 week MBSR course. 

 

Small Business Series

Steps to Starting a Small Business with Lori Allen

Tuesdays, September 5, October 3, November 7 @ 1:00 - 2:30pm
Banx Room

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. 

Click here to register for Steps to Starting a Small Business, September 5

Click here to register for Steps to Starting a Small Business, October 3

Click here to register for Steps to Starting a Small Business, November 7

Business Plan Basics with Lori Allen

Tuesdays, September 19, October 17, November 28 @ 1:00 - 2:30pm
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. 

Click here to register for Business Plan Basics, September 19

Click here to register for Business Plan Basics, October 17

Click here to register for Business Plan Basics, November 28

Crowdfunding: Alternative Funding for your Business

Tuesday, September 12 @ 1:00 - 3:00pm
Banx Room

Are you looking for an alternative way to finance your startup? This session will teach you how to use your personal and professional networks to gain capital to start your business. This class will cover: what Crowdfunding is, its advantages and limitations; the various online Crowdfunding platforms; how to best plan a Crowdfunding campaign; and keys to a successful and popular Crowdfunding campaign. Presented by Jerry Johnson and the Center for Women & Enterprise. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3.

Click here to register for Crowdfunding, September 12

MA Department of Revenue Small Business Workshop

Tuesday, October 24 @ 1:00 - 2:30pm
Banx Room

This workshop is designed to educate new business owners of the responsibilities regarding personal income tax, sales, meals, and payroll taxes. Registration, file and remittance of these taxes through DOR’s on-line application Mass Tax Connect will be discussed. Presented by Brian Lynch of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. Register online at mywpl.org or call 508-799-1655 x3.

Click here to register for MA Department of Revenue Small Business Workshop, October 24

Music 

Laura Ramsey & Groove Trane

Music by North High School Students

Saturday, October 21 @ 2:00 - 3:30pm
Saxe Room

Come enjoy performances from the North High School Music program as students perform select compositions from a variety of genres.  

Women in World Jazz

Saturday, November 18 @ 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saxe Room

Women In World Jazz brings together women of different nationalities with extensive experience in performance and education. The music is easy to relate to, diverse, and engaging, and perfect for the whole family. All members of the group are accomplished musicians playing a variety of music ranging from Jazz to world/ethnic. Our international roster directly influence the choice of repertoire. Featured music is from US, Cuba, Brazil, Cape Verde, Japan, and the Middle East. The program has an educational component which allows audience participation for all ages--playing, dancing, and singing along will be encouraged! 

Genealogy

Massachusetts Society of Genealogists

September 13, October 11, and November 14 @ 7:00 - 8:45pm
Saxe Room

September 13:  Genealogist Pam Holland presents Discovering Cousins Using DNA: Tools and Case Studies for Exploring Your Autosomal DNA Matches
October 11:  Genealogist Lilly Cleveland presents “Lineage Societies: Taking the Mystery Out of the Magic
November 14: Author Mike Walling leads an open discussion on WWII

Ongoing Tuesday Classes

CORI Sealing Workshops with EPOCA (Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement)

Tuesday, September 26, October 31, November 21 @ 3:00 - 4:00pm
Banx Room

One-hour session with a SCORE counselor for those planning to start a business.

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

Tuesday, October 17, November 14 @ 2:30 - 4:00pm
Second 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.

SCORE Small Business Counseling

First Tuesday of each month @ 4:30 - 8:30pm
Banx Room, Main Library

One-hour session with a SCORE counselor for those planning to start a business.

Registration Required. Register today on our Events Calendar

English Conversation Circles

Tuesdays @ 6:00 - 7:30pm  
Banx Room

Practice speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable place, and meet new friends as we learn by talking together.  Drop-in, no registration required.

Citizenship Small Group Tutoring

Tuesdays @ 4:00 - 5:30pm , September 26 - December 5 (except October 10) 
First Floor AV Room

Do you need extra help studying for the Naturalization Test to become a U.S. citizen? Come to our drop-in session and work in a small group setting to prepare for reading sentences in English, writing sentences in English, and practicing the civics questions. Main Library - AV Room on the First Floor.  Must be 18 or older and able to speak and understand English.

Introductory Genealogy and Local History Research Assistance (1-on-1)

First and Third Tuesday of each month @ 5:30 - 7:30pm
Third Floor Reference 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.

Registration Required. Register today on our Events Calendar

Small Business

Small Business, Non-Profit Grant Research, and Personal Investment Resources Assistance (1-on-1)

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month @ 5:30 - 7:30pm
Second Floor Reference Desk

One-hour appointment with Business & Grant Resources librarian to learn how to use Foundation Center resources, small business databases, and Morningstar Investment Research Center.

Registration Required. Register today on our Events Calendar

Worcester Writer's Group

Second Tuesday of Each Month @ 7:00 - 8:30pm
Talking Books Room

Are words your passion? Worcester Writer’s Group may be of interest to you. Read more here.

Ongoing Wednesday Classes

Citizenship Classes (Drop-in)

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

Covers U.S. Citizenship test material. Participants must be 18 or older and be able to speak and understand English. Drop-in class, no registration required.

Tech Help (Drop-in)

Wednesdays @ 5:30 - 6:30pm
Third Floor Computer 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. Drop-in class, no registration required.

Ongoing Friday Classes

Computer and Internet for Beginners

First 4 Fridays of each month @ 9:30 am - 10:30pm
Third Floor Computer 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.

Laboratorio Abierto

Every Friday Cada Viernes @ 11:30 am - 12:30pm
Third Floor Computer Lab

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.

Anytime

 

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.

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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