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Hello and welcome to the Worcester Public Library Summer Reading Program! How does it work? Well, we hope you will do lots of reading this summer, and if you keep track of how many minutes you read right here, you can win some great prizes! Read at least 260 minutes to get to our bronze level and the first prize. Read at least 500 minutes and you'll get to our silver level when you'll win a another prize. Reach our gold level by reading at least 1000 minutes this summer, making you a super reader!

We also have tons of programs happening at all of our libraries around town. This year we want to help you Build a Better World, so lots of our programs include fun building activities (like Lego), making buildings (like Fairy Houses) or building community (like learning about kindness and helping others).  We hope you'll come to lots of programs at the library! Come have some fun with us!

Finally, you'll find some great challenges to complete in this program. Just click on the challenge tab once you're registered to find out what to do. The more challenges you complete, the more chances you have to win cool prizes!

So let's get started! Register now, and get ready to start reading!!


2018-02-25 Sat, Feb 24, 2018 -- Language Exchange Cafe at 9:30 AM

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.

Location: Food for Thought Cafe


2018-02-25 Sat, Feb 24, 2018 -- Family Engineering Challenge - Build a Rube Goldberg Machine at 10:00 AM

Attention kids and parents! Come take our Family Engineering Challenge!

We want you to build a machine that will complete a specific task—is your family up to the challenge? We’ll provide lots of different materials, and your family provides the ingenuity!

Think, design, build and try it again—come have lots of fun with this wacky engineering challenge!  All materials are provided by the library. Recommended for families with kids ages 5 and up.

This program is part of the Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference exhibit at the Worcester Public Library through March 9, 2018.

Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference was organized by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation. The Worcester Public Library is proud to partner with the Eureka! program at Girls Inc. of Worcester and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Location: Children's Room - Main Library


2018-02-25 Sat, Feb 24, 2018 -- Zumba at 10:00 AM

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.

Location: Banx Room - Main Library


2018-02-25 Sat, Feb 24, 2018 -- Black Culture Edutainment Series at 2:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate all aspects of Black Culture via film, discussion, music and more!!

Location: Saxe Room - Main Library


2018-02-25 Sat, Feb 24, 2018 -- How to Run for Public Office at 2:00 PM

Ever thought about running for office?

What about joining a city board or commission? How many signatures does it take to get a referendum on the ballot? What are the deadlines for registering for state and local elections? There are many ways for motivated individuals to get involved in the democratic process, at the city level and beyond. Join the Massachusetts Pirate Party and other civic groups for a discussion on the options available to motivated members of the Worcester community.

Location: Banx Room - Main Library