Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Holiday Romance Book List



It's the most wonderful time of the year for romance readers - snuggly, steamy, and heartwarming Holiday Romances are here! We've put together a list of our newest titles to look for, and in December we'll have plenty of displays up on the first floor of the Main Library, highlighting our entire holiday fiction collection. Keep warm with some Holiday Happily Ever After!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Massachusetts Health Connector Open Enrollment Period: November 1st, 2017 through January 23, 2018

Open enrollment starts today, November 1st. What do the changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mean for Massachusetts residents?

While the ACA enrollment period has been cut in half to only 45 days, Massachusetts residents open enrollment period is almost twice as long.

Massachusetts residents have from November 1, 2017 through January 23, 2018, to renew their current plan or apply for a new health or dental plan. Visit the Massachusetts Health Connector to buy or renew a commercial health plan and receive financial assistance if you qualify.

Recent cuts to the Cost-Sharing Reduction (CSR) payments affect lower income consumers on the silver tier plans. Find out how the president’s recent decision to cut CSR payments could affect your Massachusetts plan.

Need help navigating the system? Find a trained and certified Enrollment Assister in Worcester who can help you navigate the application process.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

New Urban Fiction in Fall 2017



Have you seen our expanded Urban Fiction collection? We’ve been hard at work getting the latest titles with that steamy, gritty drama you love! We have books from your favorite authors, like the latest in The Cartel series by Ashley and Jaquavis, or Hoodlum 2 by K’wan, but also lots of up-and-coming authors like Tyrone Bentley, Aija Monique, and Amir Sanchez. Stop into our fiction section and browse our special urban fiction display, highlighting all the juicy reads that keep this genre so hot! 


Thursday, October 5, 2017

October is Health Literacy Month!

If you have ever left the doctor’s office confused or tried to research a health topic but did not quite understand the information, you are not alone.  


Medical information, prescription instructions, and the health system as a whole are complex notions for the layperson and especially for those with learning disabilities and English as a second language. A patient’s ability to process health information is affected by literacy skills, age, disability, cultural competency, and emotional responses.


Health Literacy Month highlights the need for plain language, easy-to-access, and reliable health information understood by all.    


At Worcester Public Library we strive to provide jargon-free health information for our patrons. In our Consumer Health Reference area, we offer health reference books that are easy to read and understand. We also provide pamphlets, brochures, and community information.


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Health Reference Center
On our website, we have selected a list of health websites with reliable information. One website in particular, Healthfinder.gov, specializes in plain language medical information. This site offers easy-to-read health information in both English and Spanish on topics ranging from health conditions and diseases to doctors visits to parenting.  Medlineplus.gov, also in English and Spanish, is another reliable website to research health needs.


When researching health information on the internet:


  • be sure to verify the information is current; most health articles will have a “last updated” date somewhere on the page
  • if the website ends in .com, be wary; if it ends in .gov, .edu, or .org you can expect the information to be reliable
  • always ensure the information is accurate by checking other reliable websites and health books to verify the information
  • websites full of advertisements may indicate the website is in the business of selling ads and not in the business of providing reliable health information


If English is your second language you have the right to language help at no cost to; talk with doctors, nurses, and other staff members; talk about bills and insurance; and to make appointments.


Misunderstanding medical information can have costly and unnecessary consequences. Ask questions to clarify, do your research using reliable health resources, and ask for an interpreter when needed, to make sure your health needs are met.  


Review our Health Literacy Reading List and visit the Health Literacy Display on the 2nd floor of the Main Library for more information today.
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Health Literacy display; up for the month of October


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Booklists for the Fall


As the weather cools and swimsuit weather fades away, thoughts turn to coziness and comfort food.  Here's a list of foodie memoirs that will make you want to hit the kitchen and get cooking, like The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken, a recipe-laden account of the author's quest to retrieve her great-grandmother's elusive ravioli recipe, taking her throughout her home state of New Jersey and her family's homeland of Liguria into the circles of numerous relatives. Mangia!


And speaking of coziness, what's cozier and more romantic than New England in the fall?  For a list of romance novels set in nearby locales, click here. Books like Heroes Are My Weakness, which tells the tale of a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows who finds herself trapped on a remote island off the coast of Maine. Her only company is with a sexy novelist who knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands.  



Finally, in honor of our Worcester Arts Council's grant funded calligraphy workshop series, here's a list of titles recommended by Worcester artist CJ Kennedy on the art of calligraphy. For other books on this topic, visit the 745.6 collection on the 3rd floor of the Main Library or ask a librarian!