Thursday, October 25, 2018

A Celebration of Authors 2018

A Celebration of Authors 2018 
The signature fundraising event of the Worcester Public Library Foundation 

Please join us for an extraordinary evening of cocktails, food and conversation with four celebrated authors to benefit the programs and services of the Worcester Public Library.
 Thursday, October 25, 2018: 5:30-9:00 p.m. Mercantile Center @ 100 Front Street Worcester, MA 

Featured Authors 

Ann Hood 

Ann Hood is the author of the bestselling novels The Knitting Circle, The Obituary Writer, and The Red Thread as well as the memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief which was named one of the top ten non-fiction books of 2008 and was a New York Time's Editor's Choice. The winner of two Pushcart Prizes, two Best American Food Writing Awards, a Best American Spiritual Writing and a Best American Travel Writing Award, her most recent books include the novel The Book That Matters Most and the memoir Morningstar: Growing Up with Books.

Gregory Maguire 

Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of After Alice, Confessions of an Ugly
Stepsister, Lost, Mirror Mirror, and The Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked - the beloved classic that is the basis for the blockbuster, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical- Son of a Witch, A Lion Amoung Men and Out of Oz. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family near Boston, MA.

Roland Merullo

Roland Merullo is the award-winning author of twenty books of fiction and non-fiction. These range from suspense novels (Fidel's Last Days, A Russian Requiem, Revere Beach Boulevard, The Return) to love stories (A Little Love Story, The Talk-Funny Girl, Leaving Losapas) to golf and travel books (Golfing with God, Passion for Golf, The Italian Summer, Taking the Kids to Italy) to humorous spiritual road trips (Breakfast with Buddha, Lunch with Buddha, Dinner with Buddha, American Savior). His work has been translated across the globe, from China to Brazil, from Korea to Croatia and has sold hundreds of thousands of copies to date. His most recent novel is The Delight of Being Ordinary.

 Randy Susan Meyers

 Randy Susan Meyers' internationally bestselling novels are informed by years working with families
impacted by violence. Her fourth novel, The Widow of Wall Street, was called an "engrossing emotional journey" by Kirkus Review, and "compelling" by Associated Press. She has written The Comfort of Lies and Accidents of Marriage, which was chosen by People Magazine as "Pick of the Week." The Murderer's Daughters, Meyers' debut, was a month-long Target Book Club pick for the country and called a "knock-out debut" by the LA times.

Moderator: Stephanie Pasha is currently the President of the Worcester Public Library Board of Directors. She is the Assistant Vice President of Strategic Volunteer Engagement at WPI.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Read the daily edition of Telegram & Gazette Online

No time to visit the library to browse the daily edition of the T&G? We've got you covered! WPL cardholders can now access for FREE, the daily Telegram & Gazette in full color which includes all news articles, classifieds, weather reports, puzzles and more! Access is available same day as print edition.

What Do I Need To Access the daily edition of T&G?

  • A device with internet access
  • A valid WPL card

That's it! Click here to find it on our website.

Text only versions of the T&G are also available from 1989-present via the WPL website. If you need to access any issues of the T&G from before 1989, please come to the Main Branch of WPL for access to our microfilm collection, or submit an information request through Ask a Librarian.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

WooReads Patron Book Reviews: Cozy up with some book reviews!

Worcester! Join our community and help us read 5,000 books before the end of May 2019. Register for WooReads: Adult Reading Challenge and start logging your books today. There will be random drawings throughout the program for books logged and reviews written. Logging more books and sharing more reviews will increase your chances of winning one of our random drawings.

Not sure what to read? Check out these book reviews below written by your fellow patrons. This is the perfect time of year to cozy up with a good book!

Keep on reading. 

Hot Milk
By Deborah Levy

Although its scope is wide (set in Spain, Greece and influential references to England), this novel is successfully claustrophobic, detailing how a 20-something budding anthropologist who is bruised by her divorced parents comes to terms with the dysfunctions of her life and those of her temporary friends. A tightly-written and therefore rewarding reading experience even if it is not filled with many feel-good moments.

~William C. (First winner of our Book Critic Drawing!)

The Leavers
By Lisa Ko

A wonderful, heartbreaking book about belonging. The Leavers is the story of Deming and his mother Polly who come to America from China. It is a great story about the immigrant experience, about love, about family, ,about multicultural adoption, about fitting in, about education... it's all here and it is beautifully written.

~Jeri G.

Crazy House
By James Patterson

Love James Patterson books for the most part, but this one was a disappointment. It was geared to a teen, suppose to be like a Hunger Games. No where as action packed. It was a future world with individual colonies, too many rules and hardships to fight.

Finished it I guess I can get a second book. I know I’ll skip that.

~Karen S.