Saturday, September 22, 2012

Main Library to be open Sundays and Mondays!

Main Library to be open Sundays!
Beginning October 19, the main library is open:
Sundays, 1:30 to 5:30 pm  (October 21, 2012 - April 26, 2013)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Q&A: using the new online catalog

Librarians answer your questions about Evergreen, the library new system

Q: What is my password to login my library account or the library's computer?
A: Your default password should be your last name in all caps. If your password does not work, ask a librarian to reset for you if you are in the library.  Or you can request a password to be sent to your email by clicking on Forget your password? link below your password box. See

Q: I know my password but I still cannot log into my library account. What should I do?
A: If your library card number starts with "D", make sure to type uppercase "D" instead of lowercase "d".

Q: I used to be able to search the library catalog at home. Now when I click on the catalog link, it gives me an error message. Is there something wrong with my computer?
A. No. On the contrary, your computer is so smart that it remembers the old link and tries to access that link.  Try one of the following.
1. If you see the "... cannot display the page" error message, click Back arrow of your Internet browser.

2. Go to . Click C/WMARS Online One Catalog. Then go to the library website and click on the catalog.

Q: In the old system, everytime you checked out a book, it was added automatically to a "book history" in my account.  Does "book history" function exist in the new system?
A: Yes. "Book History" in the new system is called "Checked out items/holds history", which you have to set up in your account under Search Preferences. Log into your library account at Under Account Preferences, click on Search Preferences. Choose "Keep history of Checked out items" and/or "Keep history of holds". As soon as you set it up, everything you check out/request will show up under the "Check out history" section of "Items Checked Out" or the "Holds History" section of "Holds". The staff at the library does NOT have access to your check out history or holds history.

Q: What is "My Lists"?
A: "My Lists" enables you to create temporary and permanent book lists, create and edit notes for items in lists, place holds on items in lists, and share lists via email or RSS feeds.
To create a list:
Log into your account under My Lists, name your first list, click Submit. Then search for titles and choose a title to add to your list by clicking Add to My List. Click View My List on top of the Search Results. Select those titles and then Click Actions for These Items. Move selected titles into an existing list.

Have more questions or want to share your tips? Email Ping at
If you have a question and need an answer soon? You may Ask a Librarian via phone, email,  text, Facebook, Twitter and G+.

E-Content of the Month, September 2012

Want to improve your grades, skills, find a job or start a business?

Credo Reference - Research starts here
Have to write a research paper and need to find resources of all types, such as reference works, books, journal articles, and images? Or can't find any relevant materials on the topic you are working on anywhere? Credo Reference is a great reference database to get you started. A valid WPL library card is required to use the database.   

Khan Academy - Free video courses for any subjects
Provides over 3,000 free videos for students and the general public to learn K-12 math, science, economics, computer science, history and various other subjects. Students can learn at their own pace by watching the short videos on their own computer. 

Crowdfunding - Raise money for startups
This WSJ article includes some popular Crowdfunding websites that will help you raise cash.

JobQuest Resources  - Local Job Postings and Help
The JobQuest Guide explains how to use the resources available through JobQuest, the Massachusetts Division of Career Services One-Stop Career Center site listing a wide range of job opportunities available statewide.
JobQuest connects job seekers to all the employment opportunities listed with more than 30 Massachusetts One-Stop Career Centers statewide.

Local Job Listings provides a more local resource, connecting only to those JobQuest employment opportunities located in the Central Massachusetts area, including Worcester, Milford, Southbridge and the 35 surrounding towns.

Job Training Programs provides information on training programs available through JobQuest, including Individual Training Account (ITA), Training Opportunities Program (Section 30) and Trade.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Credo Reference - Research Starts Here

Have to write a research paper and need to find resources of all types, such as reference works, books, journal articles, and images? Or can't find any relevant materials on the topic you are working on anywhere? Credo Reference is a great reference database to get you started. A valid WPL library card is required to use the database.

Credo Reference provides full-text online versions of nearly 1200 published reference works from more than 70 publishers in every major subject,  including general and subject dictionaries and encyclopedias.

To access Credo Reference:
Go to
Click Online Databases in the left column
Choose Credo Reference

Please email Ping at with any questions.

Celebrating Exceptional Authors

The Worcester Public Library Foundation’s Seventh Annual A Celebration of Authors Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Main Library 

Three authors appearing this year include Chris Bohjalian, author of fifteen books, including his critically acclaimed and newly published The Sandcastle Girls, a mesmerizing historical love story steeped in his Armenian heritage. Joining him is Leah Hager Cohen, a prolific fiction and nonfiction writer, whose most recent novel, The Grief of Others, is a perceptive, absorbing drama about the complex bonds of the modern American family. The delightful “diva of dialogue,” Elinor Lipman, rounds out the trio of acclaimed authors. Her latest humor-laden book, Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus, chronicles the 2012 election season with a poem a day—all 140 characters or less.

The evening’s program begins at 7 p.m. and includes a dessert reception and book-signing by the authors. Tickets: $35, $30/Friends of Worcester Public Library, and $100/sponsors. Sponsors may join the authors for a pre-program reception at 6 p.m. Proceeds benefit the library’s Foundation and its ongoing efforts to enhance library services. For tickets and more information, please call 508-799-1656.

Friends Film Series

Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saxe Room
— On Film, On Campus
Sept. 1: Labor Day weekend, no film
Sept. 8: The Paper Chase  
A Harvard law student struggles with balancing his coursework and his relationship with the daughter
(Lindsay Wagner) of a stern professor, 1973. (PG)
Sept. 15: Good News
An enthusiastic, good-hearted romp through 1920s college life. Stars Peter Lawford and June Allyson, 1947.
Sept. 22: The Sure Thing
Two mismatched college students (John Cusack, Daphne Zuniga) find themselves trapped together during a cross-country road trip to get home for the holidays, 1985. (PG-13) 

— Mrs. Month —
Oct. 6: Mrs. Miniver
Greer Garson commands this film in the title role as a middle-class British housewife whose strength holds her family together when World War II literally hits their home, 1942.
Oct. 13: Mrs. Brown
Charming film about Queen Victoria (Dame Judi Dench) and commoner John Brown who becomes her closest friend and confidant, 1997. (PG)
Oct. 20: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
All but abandoned by her family in a London retirement hotel, an elderly woman strikes up a curious friendship with a young writer, 2005.
Oct. 27: Mrs. Dalloway
Vanessa Redgrave shines as the heroine of this superb adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s novel, 1998. (PG-13) 

— A Month in the Trenches (Trench coats!) —
Nov. 3: Laura
This silky smooth film noir
features a gruff police detec- tive (Dana Andrews)
investigating the murder of a beautiful advertising executive
(Gene Tierney), 1944. 

Nov. 10: The Pink Panther
A bumbling French police inspector (Peter Sellers) tries to catch a daring jewel thief whose identity and features are unknown in this comedy, 1963.
Nov. 17: Columbo
Peter Falk stars as Columbo, the clas- sic cigar-chomping, rumpled trench coat-wearing police lieutenant, 1971.
Nov. 24: Casablanca
Set in Africa during World War II, an American expatriate (Humphrey Bogart) meets a former lover (Ingrid Bergman), with unforeseen complications, 1942.