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Adult Classes and Programs Main Library

Adult Summer Programs 2017

June- August 2017

 

Read and Have Fun Making a Difference this Summer!

Registration begins June 1

  • Read for your own pleasure OR alound to a child or friend
  • Get involved by joining an WPL Community Coversation
  • Learn something new by attending a class or programs
  • Track your own reading, classes, and/or event participation at mywpl.org and win prizes

Summer Reading Kickoff  
Saturday, June 24   
10:00 am - 1:00 pm    

Register to track your reading, class, and/or event participation and win prizes! Sign up for summer programs, check out or download summer reads, visit with staff from the Talking Book Library, and Blackstone Valley Veggie Garden will be onsite with samples and tips for growing summer salads and herbs. Start your summer with a trip to WPL!

Join us to register to track your reading, class and/or event participation and win prizes! Sign up for WPL Community Conversation Series and/or summer classes, check out or download summer reads, discover library programs and services that are free for you and your family, and for readers who struggle with standard size print or have difficulty holding a book, staff from Talking Books Library will be available to explain their services. Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens will be onsite with samples and tips for growing summer salads and herbs. Start your summer with a trip to WPL!

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 Books & Authors

Community Conversations

Author Event: Nancy Thayer 

Saturday, July 22 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Fiction Area

Nancy Thayer is the author of twenty-three novels, including Summer House, The Hot Flash Club, Beachcombers, Heat Wave, Summer Breeze, and Island Girls. Her books concern the mysteries and romance of families and relationships: marriage and friendships, divorce and love, custody and step parenting, family secrets and private self-affirmation, the quest for independence and the normal human hunger for personal connections. The Nantucket-based, New York Times bestselling author will be discussing her latest novel Secrets in Summer.

WPL Summer Reading Reccomendations


 "It's time to get off the beaten path. Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust, Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world. Talk about a bucket list: here are natural wonders-- the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand, or a baobob tree in South Africa that's so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably. Architectural marvels, including the M.C. Escher-like stepwells in India. Mind-boggling events, like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain, where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants. Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia, Turkmenistan's 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell, a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh, eccentric bone museums in Italy, or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches, still on display in Devon, England ..."-- Amazon.com.

"It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a general of the South Vietnamese army is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his trusted captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of the country. The general and his compatriots start a new life in Los Angeles, unaware that one among their number, the captain, is secretly observing and reporting on the group to a higher-up in the Viet Cong. The Sympathizer is the story of this captain: a man brought up by an absent French father and a poor Vietnamese mother, a man who went to university in America, but returned to Vietnam to fight for the Communist cause. A gripping spy novel, an astute exploration of extreme politics, and a moving love story, The Sympathizer explores a life between two worlds and examines the legacy of the Vietnam War in literature, film, and the wars we fight today."--Publisher description.

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Community Conversation Series

Community Conversations

Addiction & Recovery: The East Side of Addiction Book Talk and Discussion

Tuesday, August 1 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saxe Room

Join Worcester authors James DiReda and Jack Maroney and School Safety Director Robert Pezzella as they discuss their experiences leading to and during the writing of their biographical tale of substance abuse addiction and recovery The East Side of Addiction.

The East Side of Addiction is an altogether real and gritty depiction of a middle class Worcester neighborhood's descent into addiction and the collateral damage suffered by their families and the community at large. The book narrates an against-all-odds themed story, written to give hope to a generation devastated by the current opioid epidemic.

Co-author Jack Maroney is now the CEO of Recovery Centers of America in Westminster, MA and President of Creative Addiction Recovery Estates, Inc. Dr. James DiReda is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Director of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at Anna Maria College. Robert Pezzella is the Director of School Safety for the Worcester Public Schools.

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Community Conversations

Travelling with Purpose: Making a Difference Overseas

Tuesday, July 11 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saxe Room

Listen to experienced travellers share their journeys of volunteering, studying abroad, and making a difference overseas. Registration Required

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Community Conversations

Returning to Community After Prison

Tuesday, July 18 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saxe Room

Join Anne Keyworth, AmeriCorps Attorney with CLA, and Steve Denson, Volunteer Coordinator from EPOCA in a discussion of post-incarceration obstacles that individuals face after paying their debt to society, and how these obstacles impact the community. Registration required. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register.

Community Legal Aid’s CORI and Reentry Project aims to support members of central and western Massachusetts community who have a criminal background, most of whom have spent time in jail or prison, in addressing legal barriers to becoming self sufficient and successfully reintegrating into society. The project assists people with sealing their criminal record, appealing housing and employment denials due to their criminal background, reinstating their driver’s licenses, accessing public and disability benefits, and more.

EPOCA (Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement) pursues a strategy of engaging leaders in community-based leadership development and power building campaigns among former prisoners. Members are involved in the enforcement of our city ordinance and the state law, CORI-related community outreach helping people to learn how to obtain and seal their criminal records and are active in providing re-entry services.  Registration required.  Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

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CommunityCoversations

Civic Engagement: Serving and be Heard

Wednesday, July 19 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saxe Room

Want to learn how to be heard? Join us for a panel explaining how you may run for political office; serve on a board; and participate in your community by attending committee, board, or other meetings. Join us, and be part of the discussion. All are welcome. Registration required.  Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

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Community Conversations

Get Involved: Supporting Worcester's Refugees

Day, Date @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saxe Room

Worcester’s diverse community has long welcomed refugees: from eastern Europeans post-WWII, to the Vietnamese in the 70s and 80s, to those escaping today’s crises in the Middle East and beyond. Come find out how you can help newcomers in our city at this panel with representatives from local resettlement agencies and other humanitarian groups.  Registration Required.  Register by clicking below or call 508-799-1655 x3

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Community Coversations

Urban Planning with the People

Wednesday, August 16 @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saxe Room

This interactive presentation and discussion will explore ways that cities such as Worcester can include citizens in early stages and throughout the urban planning process. Registration required. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register.

Dr. Tom Conroy is the Chair and Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Worcester State University. An urban historian by training with a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, both his scholarly work and community-engaged scholarship focuses on the idea of urban exclusion historically and contemporarily, and ways to redress it. Urban exclusion refers to the variety of processes whereby people are disenfranchised in and by the cities in which they live and work. He has recently co-authored "In Search of Opportunity: Latino Men’s Path to Post-Secondary Education in Urban Massachusetts" and is a co-creator of the CitySpeak Initiative, a research- and arts-based approach to urban planning and community development.

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Learn Something New

Art

Family Art Journal

Family Art Journal with CJ Kennedy

Saturdays, July 15, 22, 29 @ 1:00 - 3:00pm
Saxe Room

Taught by award-winning local artist C.J. Kennedy, this workshop is comprised of three sessions that results in a beautiful handmade scrapbook unique to your multi-generational family. Designed for families of 2-4 members, and recommended for ages 9+. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring 6-8 copies of photographs of memorable occasions to the first session.

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Summer Computer Class Series

Computer Help

Microsoft Office & Keyboarding

Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 9:30 - 10:30am
Third Floor Computer Lab

An introductory course in the basics of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Publisher, Excel and Keyboarding. Learn to create documents, brochures, presentation slides, spreadsheets and keyboard typing.  Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required. 

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Computer HelpResources at the Library

Fridays, July 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 9:30 - 10:30am
Third Floor Computer Lab

An introductory course in the basics of Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Publisher, Excel and Keyboarding. Learn to create documents, brochures, presentation slides, spreadsheets and keyboard typing. Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required. 

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Click here to register for July 7, Job/ Career resources at the library

Click here to register for July 14, Library Website: Catalog, your account, and how to place holds

Click here to register for July 21, Ebooks and ereaders: download ebooks and eaudio using OverDrive and Commonwealth ebook catalogy

Click here to register for July 28, Introduction to genealogy using Ancestry.com

Computer Help

Digital Literacy Basics

Fridays, August 4, 11, 18 @ 9:30 - 10:30pm
Third Floor Computer Lab

August's computer classes focus on digital literacy basics.  Basic knowledge of computers and a valid email address required. 

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Health and Fitness

Tai Chi with Master James Keenan

Saturdays, July 1 - August 26 @ 9:30 - 10:30pm
Banx Room

Free Tai Chi classes with Master Jim Keenan are now available at the Main Library during the summer. These classes are designed for all ages and all fitness levels. Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes, and you’ll be good to go.

Free Tai Chi classes with Master Jim Keenan will provide basic Chinese exercises for cultivation of health and inner well being. While previous taiji practice may be helpful, no previous skill is required. Sessions will be suitable for all ages and physical conditions and allowances will be made for participants who must practice while seated. Registration required. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register.

Jim Keenan is an internationally recognized master who has been teaching taiji and Chinese internal arts for 45 years. He trained in multiple styles of taiji under exceptional Chinese masters like Zhang Luping and Chen Meili. His background in Chinese language and culture has allowed him to bring additional insight to Westerners as they learn and feel the personal benefits of these ancient health and self defense practices. Mr. Keenan is known for his high level of skill and in-depth knowledge. He is also patient and kind and will ensure all participants have the opportunity for an invigorating and uplifting experience practicing this wonderful ancient Chinese art.

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Zumba

Saturdays, July 8, 15,22
Saturdays, August 12, 1, 26 @ 10:40 - 11:40pm
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.

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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!

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Lunchtime Meditation

Tuesday, July 11, 18, 25
Tuesday, August 1 @ 12:00 - 1:00pm
Saxe Room

Mindful meditation is simple and can positively impact our health and sense of wellbeing. The hardest part is making time to practice. Whether you are learning for the first time or have been practicing for years, feel free to join these one-hour guided meditation practices. These mini-retreats begin with a brief explanation of the style of meditation to be practiced in that session. There will be a few minutes for question and answers then the rest of the time and then practice will begin. Registration is required. Registration required. Please call 508-799-1655 x3 or visit www.mywpl.org to register. Led by Ginny Wholley, an experienced leader and coach who was trained by the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Wholley has decades of personal practice and teaching yoga and meditation.

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Healthy Living for your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Wednesday, June 28 @ 6:00 - 7:00pm
Saxe Room

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.Presented by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Hands-Only CPR Training

Wednesdays, July 12 & August 9 @ 6:00 - 7:00pm
Saxe Room

Free instruction and hands-on learning for what the American Heart Association calls "Hands-Only CPR." Hands-Only CPR varies from traditional CPR in that it does not require rescue-breaths to be administered. Quick and easy to learn, gain the knowledge and confidence to recognize and respond appropriately to a person in cardiac arrest. Taught by Jesse D. Wolff, CPR Instructor and Owner of Wolff Emergency Management and Training.

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Gardening

Urban Gardening 101

Monday, June 26 @ 2:30 - 3:30pm
Saxe Room

Join staff of the Regional Environmental Council (REC) who’ll be presenting on the basics of starting your own garden. You’ll learn about the many urban gardens and farming projects happening in the city. There’ll be room for discussion and questions after the presentation.

The REC is a grassroots environmental justice organization located in Worcester, Massachusetts--New England's second largest city. Founded in 1971, REC has been dedicated to building healthy, sustainable and just communities in Worcester and beyond for more than 40 years

Vegetable Gardening

Monday, July 3 @ 10:00 - 11:00am
Saxe Room

Vegetable gardening is something everyone can enjoy, from the novice to the experienced gardener. It can be a way to bring fresh food to your table, teach children where food comes from, or even a way to beautify your yard! We’ll look at different types of vegetable gardens and discuss layout, variety choices, and growing techniques. Gretel Anspach is a Lifetime Master Gardener, and education coordinator for the Massachusetts Master Gardener Association. Gretel helped to establish and maintain two food production gardens that have provided fresh produce to the Marlboro Food Pantry for the last five years.

Grant Resources & Small Business

Introduction to Finding Grants

Day, Date @ 6:00 - 7:30pm
Saxe Room

There are many considerations to be made when seeking funding to support your non-profit organization. This workshop will provide an overview of the grant seeking process as outlined by the Foundation Center and will provide a look at how to use the Foundation Directory online database.

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Rock Your Business with Government Contracting

Tuesday, June 13 @ 1:00 - 3:00pm
Banx Room

Looking to diversify or expand your business? Do you have a product or offer a service you can sell to the government? Gain a better understanding of SBA programs and services directly from representatives of the Small Business Administration and the City of Worcester to learn how government contracting opportunities can help your business grow and succeed.

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Music & Film

Laura Ramsey & Groove Trane

Laura Ramsey & Groove Trane

Saturday, August 5 @ 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saxe Room

Come hear Berklee -trained performer and educator Laura Ramsey and her jazz quartet play from the great American songbook.

Laura Ramsey is an experienced teacher and performer with a long history of working in the primary/secondary education, using development skills cultivated at Berklee College of Music.

This program is administered by the Worcester Arts Council, for the Local Cultural Council – an agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Uncommon Cinema

June 10, July 8, August 19 @ 2:00 - 4:00pm
Saxe Room

Join us for a monthly screening of thought provoking film followed by a lively discussion of the issues presented.

June 10: Birth of a Nation This important work illustrates the life of Nat Turner, a slave who led a rebellion of slaves, killing 55 to 65 people, the highest number of fatalities caused by any slave uprising in the Southern United States. Rated R.

July 8: Trainspotting Mark Renton and his attempt to give up his heroin habit leads him and his friends down a dark road. Rated R.

August 19: The Crying Game Friendship and love against the backdrop of conflict between the British and the IRA. What could be controversial? Rated R.

Ongoing Tuesday Classes: Business and Research Assistance

Score Small Business Counseling

First Tuesday of each month 4:00 - 8:30pm
Third floor study room

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

Every Tuesday @ 5:30 - 6:30pm - Level 2
6:30 - 7:30pm - Level 1
Banx Room

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

Registration Required. Register today on our Events Calendar

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

First and Third Tuesdays of the each month @ 5:30 - 7:30pm
Banx Room

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
Banx Room

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

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Worcester Writer's Group

Second Tuesday of Each Month @ 7:00 - 9:00pm
Banx Room

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

Registration Required. Register today on our Events Calendar

Ongoing Wednesday Classes: Citizenship, Tech Help, & Book Discussions

Citizenship Classes (Drop-in)

Wednesdays @ 5:30 - 7:30pm
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 @ 5:00 - 6:30pm
Third floor lab

Room: 3rd fl. 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.

Great Books! Discussion Group

Wednesday, June 7 7:00 - 9:00pm
Talking Books Room

Join us in a discussion of the classic, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo. Reserve your copy today!

Legal Assistance with Community Legal Aid's CORI and Re-Entry Project (Drop-in)

Wednesday, June 14 @ 2:30 - 4:00pm
Second Floor

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. Drop-in, no registration required.

Ongoing Thursday Classes: Crafts

Take a Break Thursdays (Drop-in)

Every Thursday @ 3:00 - 5:00pm
Saxe Room

Join us for crafting and more hands-on creative fun! Make one of our projects or feel free to bring something you’re working on already! For ages 16 and up. Upcoming upcycled crafts may include T-shirt Yarn Macrame Plant Hangers, Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art, Plastic Bottle Bird Feeders, Washer/Glass Bottle Wind Chime, Rock art/Mandalas, Yarn Bottle Wrapping, Thumbprint Dandelions, Marbled Ring Dish, DIY Wooden SIgns, Mason Bee House, and Pencil/Chopstick Harry Potter Wands. Drop-in class, no registration required.

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

Thursdays, June 29 , July 27, August 31 @ 1:00 - 2:00pm
Banx Room

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

Ongoing Friday Classes

Laboratorio Abierto

Every Friday Cada Viernes @ 11:30 - 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.

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

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