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Welcome to the Worcester Public Library Teen Summer Reading online platform! This year's theme is "Build a Better World." How? Get involved at your library this summer! Read for fun, for school, or to someone else; listen to audiobooks and track your time to the left. 

Plus, you can earn cool stuff by hitting reading goals:
  • Bronze Level (260 minutes): A LED frisbee
  • Silver Level (500 minutes): A 4 GB USB drive 
  • Gold Level (1000 minutes): A Metal Earth model kit
One lucky person who reaches the gold level will also win our Grand Prize,  a creativity kit filled with rad stuff like Lumi photoreactive dyes, sculpey, a Wreck this Journal and more to help you keep creating after summer has ended.

We've got a bunch of great programs for when you're not reading, too - try to deduce your way out of one of our Escape Rooms,  learn about your rights in a Know Your Rights  program from the ACLU, chill out with both tabletop and video games at our Teen Games Guild and FIFA Fridays programs, learn to write your own music in our Lyrics Writing Workshop,  or  even help us shape the future of the library as part of our Teen Advisory Group. 

It all builds towards a great summer at the library! Just log your time to the left, and you'll be on your way towards awesome prizes!


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