Thursday, June 14, 2018

Kick-Off Summer Reading 2018 with the WPL Magazine Collection!

Summer Reading is kicking off this Saturday June 16th at the Main Library with a musical bang! With this year’s theme of “Libraries Rock! Read, Learn, Connect”, the WPL is bursting with programs, classes, and reading suggestions. Periodicals (Main Branch, 3rd floor) will display a selection of our popular rockin’ magazines in celebration of our musical Summer Reading kick-off, but we don’t stop there! With over 400 magazine titles to choose from, there are plenty of opportunities to read, learn, and connect.

Read: Whether it’s poetry, political commentary, or good ol’ fiction stories, The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Granta, and The Atlantic have plenty of content to help you reach your reading goals this summer.

Learn: New ideas and skills are easy to integrate into your reading this summer – titles like Cooks Illustrated, Make, and Popular Mechanics yield everything from recipe testing for the perfect brownie to how to make a pizza oven from an old car (and we’re all suddenly very hungry.)

Connect: Whether it’s in our backyards or across state lines, we can find ways of connecting with our community through local magazines like Boston Magazine, Worcester Living, Connecticut Magazine, and Yankee Magazine. Find out what’s happening in New England this summer!

The Adult Summer Reading Kick-Off will be from 10:00am- 1:00pm in the Fiction Area of the Main Library. You’ll be able to sign up for SummerReading, register for programs and classes, and learn about events and services provided by the WPL this summer. Also enjoy rock painting, for all ages!

Rock (or read) on!


Wednesday, March 7, 2018


Our cooking series continued with a recent Gluten-Free class held at the Main Library, with Johnson and Wales culinary student, Jordan L’ecuyer.  She demonstrated how to make gluten-free flour from scratch and techniques on how to mix and roll out pie dough.  Each participant got to roll out their own piece of dough, wrap it up and then take home the ready-to-bake pie crust. Samples and recipes were also provided!

 The program concluded with a Q&A session about community
farming with Amanda Baker from 
Cotyledon Farm in Leicester
Click here to sample some Gluten-Free Cooking titles from our catalog 

NEW Spring Cooking Classes:

WPL continues to partner with VegWorcester, for Colin McCullough's return with two classes:

March 24 -  Fresh Whole-Food Soups
Use fresh, whole-food ingredients to make delicious, heart-healthy soups--ditch the cans of soup and learn how much healthier and tastier fresh soups can be!  Come learn how to make Fragrant Coconut Soup, Lebanese Red Lentil Soup, Creamy Tomato Soup, and Broccoli Cheezy Soup. (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
April 21 - Breakfast Smoothies that Taste Like Dessert
Why not have dessert for breakfast?  In this class, learn how to make delicious whole-food smoothies that taste like dessert but are great for your health!  Recipes for the class include Carrot Cake Smoothie, Key Lime Pie Smoothie, Orange Creamsicle Smoothie, Chocolate Power Smoothie, plus how to make fresh almond milk. (2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
Chef Kim Youkstetter also returns . . .
May 5 - Tea Party Appetizers
Appetizers fit for royalty! Chef Youkstetter will share recipes and ideas for appetizers that are truly “royal”. In honor of the royal wedding,come create and sample different types of sweet and savory bites that are not only beautiful, but easy to recreate at home. This class will provide samples, recipes and a chance to make and take some creations. (note this class runs from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
See our website for details and to register online. 

Popular Magazines archived at Worcester Public Library

Check out how the world has changed through this snapshot of America’s Popular Reads!

Cosmopolitan (first issue published in 1886): The WPL holds the very first issues of the magazine, back when it went by “The Cosmopolitan”, covering family and domestic interests, along with publishing various serial novels and stories. Today, “Cosmopolitan”, or, “Cosmo” as it is commonly referred to, covers topics focused more on romance and fashion. 

Then (July 1922)
Now (Feb. 2018)
Digital Access: New/recent issues of Cosmopolitan can be accessed through the RB Digital Magazine Collection on our website through any phone, tablet, or computer by creating an account with a valid Worcester Public Library card.


Harper’s Magazine (first issue published in June 1850): According to its website, Harper’s Magazine is “the oldest general-interest monthly in America, explor[ing] the issues that drive our national conversation, through long-form narrative journalism and essays”. In its over 168 years in print, Harper’s Magazine featured the early printed works of Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Robert Frost, and many others. Today, Harper’s Magazine, in both its online and print materials, continues to highlight well-researched opinion and culture pieces. 

Then (June 1893)

Now (Feb. 2018)

Microfilm Access: Harper’s Magazine from June 1850-December 1989 is available on microfilm on the third floor Periodicals department of the Main Branch of the WPL.


National Geographic (first issue published in 1888): National Geographic, best known for its extensive and rich color photography, began as a text-based scientific journal in 1888 as the official publication of the National Geographic Society. The first issue contained no pictures or photography whatsoever, but did include maps, geographic surveys, and the Proceedings of the National Geographic Society along with their members list. 
Then (Jan. 1915)

Now (Feb. 2018)

Digital Access: New/recent issues of National Geographic can be accessed in the RB Digital Magazine Collection on any phone, tablet, or computer by creating an account with a valid Worcester Public Library card.


Print Access: Patrons may check out any circulating copy of any of the magazines listed for 1 week with up to 2 renewals. Check our catalog to see when we get the newest issue, to place a hold, or to check availability. 

Archived issues/volumes may be requested at the Periodicals desk on the third floor of the Main Branch of the Worcester Public Library located at 3 Salem Square, Worcester MA, 01608.

If you have any questions regarding the archives at the WPL or online access to any journal, magazine, or newspaper, please let us know through the Ask a Librarian function of our website, by calling the WPL’s information line at 508-799-1655, ext 3 or the Periodicals Department at 508-799-1669.

Happy researching!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Bringing HIV/AIDS Information to the Heart of the Commonwealth

Together with University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) Lamar Soutter Library and AIDS Project Worcester, Worcester Public Library seeks to improve the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS by delivering HIV/AIDS information to the residents of Worcester and the surrounding areas. 

Through our collaborative community project funded by a National Network of Libraries of Medicine grant, Bringing HIV/AIDS Information to the Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester Public Library will raise awareness of the disease through the purchase of books and DVDs and make available resources such as AIDSinfo, AIDSource,, MedlinePlus, and PubMed.

Just this past week, books and DVDs were processed and are available on the 2nd floor of the Main Library.

View our Reading List and discover some new information today. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

New issues of magazines this week!

The New England Patriots are headed for their eighth Super Bowl against Philadelphia Eagles in hopes of catching their sixth ring. The latest issue of Sports Illustrated tackles highlights from the AFC Championship and shares professional predictions for Sunday’s big game. Check out a copy to learn more about how Belichick, Brady, and the rest of the team prepare for the biggest game yet!
Looking to upgrade your Super Bowl menu that scores a touchdown with your party guests? February’s Food Network Magazine helps you get game day ready with easy and delicious recipes like Bacon-JalapeƱo Popcorn and Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins.
Also, check out the “custom game day cocktails” created for each NFL team—spirits to put you in the team spirit!
Lights, Camera, Action! Get ready for a whole new Oscars this year by checking out “The Oscars 2018 Viewers Guide” in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. Find out how the Academy diversified its membership of women, minorities, and genres (yes, there is now a superhero genre!)
You will also find insider interviews with Hollywood’s biggest film star nominees like Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out) and Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird.). Read the thorough film critiques, explore the Academy Awards history, and more!
Who will win and take home the golden Oscar?
Visit Periodicals on the 3rd floor of the Main Branch and browse our collection of over 300 magazines! Speak to one of our knowledgeable library staff and get helpful recommendations on whatever you may need. Don’t forget to check our online catalog!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


WPL is offering a new series of cooking classes at the Main Library. These classes are taught  in the Saxe Room on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:30.

We had an amazing turnout recently for Chef Colin McCullough’s Amazing Vegan Sauces cooking class! Colin demonstrated how to prepare several delicious sauces for bowl meals and the audience got to sample them all!

WPL will be partnering with VegWorcester,
to continue our vegan cooking series with Colin’s return on March 24.  Watch our website for details.  Click here for more photos from the Vegan Sauces class and photos from other events held at WPL:

Next up will be Gluten-Free Cooking, Saturday, February 17. Join us for a demonstration on mixing and rolling out pie dough.  Each participant will receive a pre-mixed piece of dough, a pie tin, and plastic wrap to roll out their own piece of dough. Then wrap up the ready-to-bake pie crust to take home! Samples and recipes will be available. Register online:

Click here to sample some titles from our catalog:  Vegan Cooking List