Saturday, October 31, 2020

Weekly Reads Episode 30

Join Librarians Devon and Joy for another episode of Weekly Reads. This week's suggestions include a thriller with a narrator who may or may not be reliable, the history of the first Thanksgiving, the story of an accidentally immortal woman, a book by the producer of the podcast ArtCurious, and of course a coming soon title! Tune in next week for another round of Weekly Reads.

Featured Titles for Episode 30:
ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History by Jennifer Dasal
Moonflower Murders: The Magpie Murders, Book Two by Anthony Horowitz
Goodnight Beautiful by Aimee Molloy
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
This Land is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Trouble History of  Thanksgiving by David J. Silverman

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Featured November Releases

Did one of the book covers on our homepage catch your eye? They are all new titles being released in November 2020, and all are well-reviewed and anticipated. Read below for a description of each, and click the linked title if you'd like to request a copy or get your name on the wait list. And don't forget to watch for more featured releases next month!

Featured Fiction Titles for November:

Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
Orphaned Elsie learned early that there were two kinds of wizards: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood. Elite magic user Bacchus is one spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind. 

The Orchard by David Hopen
Ari’s life has been governed by strict rules. In ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn, his days are dedicated to study and religious rituals, and adolescence feels lonely. So when his family announces they are moving to a Miami suburb, Ari seizes his chance for reinvention. Enrolling in an opulent Jewish academy, he is stunned by his peers’ wealth, ambition, and shameless pursuit of life’s pleasures. When the academy’s golden boy, Noah, takes Ari under his wing, Ari finds himself in the school’s most exclusive group. These friends are magnetic and defiant—especially Evan, the brooding genius of the bunch, still living in the shadow of his mother’s death. Influenced by their charismatic rabbi, the group begins testing their religion in unconventional ways. Soon Ari and his friends are pushing moral boundaries and careening toward a perilous future—one in which the traditions of their faith are repurposed to mysterious, tragic ends. 

The Kingdom by Jo Nesbo
Roy has never left the mountain town he grew up in, unlike his brother Carl who couldn't wait to get out. Just like everyone else in town, Roy believed Carl was gone for good. But Carl has big plans for his hometown. And when he returns with a mysterious new wife and a business opportunity that seems too good to be true, tensions begin to surface and unexplained deaths come under new scrutiny. Soon powerful players set their sights on taking the brothers down by exposing their role in the town's sordid history. But Roy and Carl are survivors, and no strangers to violence. Roy has always protected his younger brother. As the body count rises, though, Roy's loyalty to family is tested. And then Roy finds himself inextricably drawn to Carl's wife, Shannon, an attraction that will have devastating consequences.

Featured Nonfiction Titles for November

We Keep the Dead Close: A Murder at Harvard and a Half Century of Silence by Becky Cooper
1969: the height of counterculture and the year universities would seek to curb student protest; the winter that Harvard University would begin the process of merging with Radcliffe, its all-female sister school; and the year that Jane Britton, a 23-year-old graduate student in Harvard's Anthropology Department and daughter of Radcliffe's Vice President, would be found bludgeoned to death in her Cambridge apartment. Forty years later, Becky Cooper, a curious undergrad, hears whispers of the story. At first the body was nameless and the story was this: a Harvard student had had an affair with her professor, and the professor had murdered her because she'd threatened to talk about the affair. Though the rumor proves false, the story that Cooper will follow for ten years is even more complex: a tale of gender inequality in academia, a 'cowboy culture' among empowered male elites, the silencing effect of institutions, and our compulsion to rewrite the stories of female victims. 

Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis by Jeffrey H. Jackson
This is the first book to tell the history of an anti-Nazi campaign undertaken by two French women, Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe, who drew on their skills as avant-garde artists to write and distribute “paper bullets”— insults against Hitler, calls to rebel, and subversive fiction designed to demoralize Nazi troops. Devising their own PSYOPS campaign, they slipped their notes into soldier’s pockets or tucked them inside newsstand magazines. Hunted by the secret field police, Lucy and Suzanne were caught in 1944, when the Germans imprisoned them and sentenced them to death. They survived, but even in jail they continued to fight by spreading a message of hope. Better remembered by their artist names, Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, the couple’s actions were even more courageous because they were lesbian partners known for cross-dressing and creating gender-bending work that the Nazis called “degenerate art.” In addition, Lucy was half Jewish, and they had communist affiliations in Paris, where they attended political rallies and socialized with artists like Gertrude Stein. 

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing: A Memoir by Jacqueline Winspear
After sixteen novels, Jacqueline Winspear has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Both shockingly frank and deftly restrained, her story tackles the difficult, poignant, and fascinating family accounts of her paternal grandfather’s shellshock; her mother’s evacuation from London during the Blitz; her soft-spoken animal-loving father’s torturous assignment to an explosives team during WWII; her parents’ years living with Romany Gypsies; and Winspear’s own childhood picking hops and fruit on farms in rural Kent, capturing her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer at its very inception. 

WooReads Adult Challenge: Turn a New Page


Hello WooReaders! It's getting colder outside, which means it's the perfect time to curl up with a book by the fireplace. Read our adult patron book reviews for suggestions on your next read for a chilly day. Don't forget to log the books you've read and the activities you've attended for the WooReads Adult Challenge: Turn a New Page. Log 20 books or attend 3 events and you'll be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Paperwhite! You'll also help Worcester achieve its community goal of 3,000 books read by May 31, 2021. 

DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff

Tank girl meets X-Men in beyond the thunderdome! ~ Myla S.

An enjoyable cozy mystery that reminded me of Donna Andrew's books. Julia Lanchester is trying to establish herself in a new life in the tiny village of Smeaton, but her old life keeps reappearing. When her father disappears and a dead body is found, Julia must follow the magpies and their clues to solve the murder.

Another wonderful read from Julia Quinn...something to keep me occupied while I wait for the Bridgertons debut on Netflix. We follow Cecila Harcourt as she travels to the Colonies to find her injured brother. Her search leads to her brother's best friend, Edward Rokesby, an injured soldier who has lost part of his memory. In order to get closer to the mystery surrounding her missing brother, Cecilia must pretend to be someone she is not...but someone she yearns to be.
~ Colleen J.

Wildland by Rebecca Hodge

A great story about finding the power within. A retired teacher finds herself in the middle of a wild fire with two children and two dogs. She finds the strength and ingenuity to save the day. ~ Frances N.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Explore WPL's Resources for Remote Learning

Worcester Public Library offers online resources to aid you in remote learning including databases, test prep and tutoring.  To access, go to, hover the mouse over “Resources,” and select “Online Databases.” This will bring you to an alphabetical list of all our databases.  You can also switch to a list organized by subject.  Select the "Home" option for remote access with your Worcester Public Library card number and PIN.  

Here's a sampling of available databases . . .

  • Encyclopedia Britannica (includes Leaning Zone - Kids, School Edition, & Spanish Reference Center)
  • Gale databases: Academic Onefile, Biography, Elementary, Global Issues, Opposing Viewpoints, Science, U.S. & World History, Literature Resource Center, Environmental Studies & Policy, Health & Medicine, High School Edition, Nursing & Allied Health
  • Infobase eBooks
  • KANOPY (documentaries & educational videos)
  • Learning Express
  • Mango Languages
  • Oxford Dictionaires
  • Peterson's Career Prep
  • TeenBook Cloud (includes National Geographic videos, classic literature & other eBooks)

Test Prep: Learning Express

Get help preparing for a variety of exams including GED, HiSET, ACT SAT, AP tests, and more.  Includes career prep and skill building resources for classroom and homework success for students in elementary through college.  Also includes exam prep for Nursing, Allied Health, Teaching and many other licenses and certificates. 

Live Online Tutoring Service: HelpNow

Brainfuse HelpNow eLearning is a service that provides online tutoring services and a variety of tools for students of all ages and levels. Get online help from expert tutors 7 days a week: 2 p.m. - 11 p.m. 

HelpNow offers:
  • Academic assistance in core subjects (math, reading, writing, science, social studies)
  • Live homework help
  • 24/7 Writing Lab & essay feedback/assistance
  • Academic content and practice tests for skills-building (including SAT preparation)
  • Spanish language tutoring
  • Make your own flashcards
  • Much more!

Monday, October 26, 2020

NEW! COVID-19 Grants for Small Business

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts announced on October 22nd that $50.8 million in grants will be awarded to support small businesses impacted by the pandemic. It's important to note that preference will be be given to those businesses that have not been able to secure financial assistance from other federal programs related to COVID-19. Learn more and apply now!

On this Date in WPL History: October 26, 1994: Greendale Branch renamed Frances Perkins Branch Library

Photo Credit: Worcester Telegram & Gazette, October 27, 1994

October 26, 1994 was a significant date in WPL history: after three days of events, we officially rededicated our Greendale Branch as the Frances Perkins Branch Library! 

Let's backtrack: what's the history of this branch and why was it renamed?

As you may be aware, Worcester Public Library came into existence with funds from Dr. John Green in 1859, with its first new Main Library building in 1861. We did have several "delivery stations" in the 1890s in which books and readers' cards would be sent back and forth between the stations and the Main Library. However, we did not have official permanent branches until Andrew Carnegie came along.

Andrew Carnegie, steel tycoon and philanthropist, delighted in giving money to cities to fund library buildings for the "improvement of mankind." In 1910, Worcester Mayor James Logan wrote to Carnegie requesting assistance in the creation of branch libraries (he actually hand-delivered the letter to Carnegie's representative on a trip to Scotland!). In 1913, Carnegie donated $75,000 for the building of three branches in Worcester. The city would be responsible for guaranteeing certain funds for maintenance and for providing the sites for the libraries. On March 26, 1913, Carnegie and his wife, Louise, visited Worcester to lay the cornerstones for the three Carnegie-funded libraries: South Worcester, Quinsigamond, and Greendale Branch. 

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The Greendale Branch would be located at 470 West Boylston Street, on property donated by several area manufacturers: the Norton Company, Morgan Spring Company, the Osgood Bradley Car Company, the Heald Machine Company, the Worcester Pressed Steel Company, the Allen-Higgins Wall Paper Company, the Walker Grinder Company, Young Brothers, and the Norton Grinding Company. The Greendale Branch, designed by architect Lucius Briggs and constructed by Central Building Company, opened in 1914. 

Photo credit: Sunday Telegram, April 16, 1961

Photo credit: Sunday Telegram, April 16, 1961

Massive budget cuts forced the closure of all of the Worcester Public Library branches in May 1990 (Great Brook Valley Branch reopened a few months later due to funding from Worcester Housing Authority). Greendale Branch finally reopened in September 14, 1992, with the help from many community volunteers who worked to get the library ready after two years of being closed. It was the only Carnegie library to reopen.

"Greendale branch open," Article from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, September 18, 1992

Fast forward to 1994, the 80th anniversary of the Greendale Branch. In honor of this significant milestone, the Celebrate 80! Committee decided to rededicate the Greendale Branch as the Frances Perkins Branch Library at Greendale. As per Tim Murray, chairman of the committee, in the Celebrate 80! commemorative booklet, "The Worcester Public Library Board of Directors voted to recognize the lifelong contributions and achievements made by a daughter of Worcester, Frances Perkins..."

So who was Frances Perkins? Frances Perkins, born Fannie Coralie Perkins in 1882, was raised in Worcester and graduated from Classical High School. She is most notable for being Secretary of Labor under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the first woman appointed to a U.S. cabinet position. One of our librarians wrote a blog post about Frances Perkins earlier this year:

The library paid tribute to Frances Perkins prior to the rededication by holding 3 programs from October 24-26. These programs included a panel discussion with women politicians on "Our Political Careers: The Real Story," a talk by Dr. Ruth Backes of Five Colleges on "Frances Perkins: The Worcester Connection," and a children's program by Penny Coleman, author of A Woman Unafraid, on "Frances Perkins: Especially for Children." The rededication ceremony took place at 2 P.M. on Wednesday, October 26. The official commemorative booklet featured a history of the Greendale Branch, a biography of Frances Perkins, information about the reasoning for the name change, and many memories by library patrons about the Greendale Branch. We especially love the "10 Best Things about Greendale Library" from sixth grade students from Greendale School!

Commemorative booklet featuring information about Frances Perkins and the branch

The Greendale Branch was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 5, 1980. Our renamed Frances Perkins Branch Library celebrated its 100th birthday in 2014 and continues to serve its Greendale community. We look forward to the day when we can safely welcome you back inside! 

Additional Reading:

Department of the Interior. National Park Service. "Massachusetts MPS Greendale Branch Library."

Green, Frances. (1961, April 16). "The Reason Andrew Carnegie Came to Town." Sunday Telegram.

Nilson, Roy (1992, September 18). "Greendale branch open." Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Nutt, Charles. (1919). History of Worcester and Its People, Volume 2. Lewis Historical Publishing Company.

Smith, Corinne H. "Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carnegie Visit Worcester, Massachusetts March 26, 1913"

Wiley, Winston, W. (1994, October 27). "Greendale Library Dedicated to Perkins." Worcester Telegram & Gazette. B1.

Worcester Public Library (1994). Celebrate 80! Frances Perkins Branch Library at Greendale. Rededication Events October 24-26, 1994

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Weekly Reads Episode Twenty-Nine

Join Librarians Devon and Joy for another episode of Weekly Reads. This week's suggestions include a Pulitzer Prize winner, the unexpected history of salt, a collection of short stories by the creator of BoJack Horseman, the story of a woman's search for her missing sister, and of course a coming soon title! Tune in next week for another round of Weekly Reads.

Featured Titles for Episode Twenty-Nine:
Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory: Stories by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
The Book of Atlantis Black: The Search for a Sister Gone Missing by Betsy Bonner
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food by Marcus Samuelsson

Thursday, October 22, 2020

WooReads Adult Challenge: Turn a New Page


Hello WooReaders! We know you love to read, so if you haven't started logging your books for the WooReads Adult Challenge: Turn a New Page now is the time to do it! We know you are doing your best with social distancing, so why not read a book with a friend? It's a great way to safely interact with someone. Chat with them by phone, email, text, or zoom about your favorite parts of the book. Together you can help Worcester reach our community goal of 3,000 books read by May 31, 2021. If you aren't signed up yet, create an account here

Not sure about what book to read next? Not to worry! We post adult patron book reviews every week that will help you choose your next read. This week's reviews feature titles with covers that give you the chills even before you read them! 

  Bone Parish by Cullen Bunn 

A new drug is abounding and is ripping through New Orleans. They call it “ash.” A powerful hallucination drug that lets you experience and feel like another person. But various nefarious groups need it so they can profit, and they are not willing to negotiate. 3.5/5. ~ Maximino M.

One of the scariest books. Have read it four times and still love it.
~ Miriam V.

I didn't care for the main character. He ran a book store and wrote a blog about almost perfect murders in books. Well someone starts copying the murders from the books and the FBI gets involved. ~ Karen S.

In "A Dream of Death", Kate Hamilton returns to the remote Scottish island where her husband died. His sister runs a historic hotel there and needs Kate's help. Kate must figure out who is recreating a two hundred old series of murders while navigating her own guilt about the past. History, mystery and adventure abound in this cozy. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. ~ Mary R.


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

On This Date in WPL History: October 21, 1962 - Cornerstone Ceremony at Main Library


Photo credit: Worcester Daily Telegram, October 22, 1962

Library life in the time of COVID-19 has meant that librarians have been able to work on projects that we might not have had a chance to tackle otherwise! Recently we've been examining interesting tidbits of Worcester Public Library's history from our local history collection. Our collection relating to WPL includes documents, photographs and other visual media, scrapbooks, many newspaper clippings, and other assorted ephemera. We are still organizing and inventorying our collection in hopes of preserving and making its contents more accessible. In the meantime, we hope to share some of our fascinating finds with our community through our #throwbackthursday posts on our Instagram feed as well as periodic blog entries and other social media posts. Therefore, in honor of our current renovation of the Main Library at 3 Salem Square, we look back at when we held the cornerstone laying ceremony for the new library building.

As you may be aware, the Main Library was not always located opposite the City Hall and the Worcester Common in downtown Worcester. Its previous location was on Elm Street (on a site that is now part of the Pearl Elm Municipal Garage) but space was an issue, even back in the 1920s as evidenced by several newspaper articles in our clipping files. After much debate over the years regarding where to build the new Main Library, the city purchased land in the Salem Square Redevelopment Project (on the site of the former Worcester Knitting Company building). Construction began in May 1962 and it was anticipated at that time that the construction would be completed the following May (spoiler alert: it was not completed by the following May!). By October 1962, the new Main Library construction would celebrate a significate milestone: the laying of its cornerstone.

Of course you might be wondering: what is a cornerstone and why should we celebrate it? According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, a cornerstone is a "ceremonial building block, usually placed ritually in the outer wall of a building to commemorate its dedication." Our new cornerstone also contained a time capsule with the following items as reported to the Worcester Evening Gazette prior to the ceremony:

Now, what ceremony would be complete without an invitation and commemorative program?

Invitation to the Laying of the Cornerstone, Sunday October 21, 1962

 The program is useful to researchers and fans of Worcester history because it reads like a veritable 1960s Who's Who of local and state dignitaries. Also a sign of the times: several local religious officials participated in the day's proceedings. 

Cornerstone Ceremony Program

The local newspapers of the day, including the Worcester Daily Telegram, covered the Cornerstone Ceremony.

"New Library's Cornerstone Is Laid," Article from the Worcester Daily Telegram, October 22, 1962

One of our most interesting finds relating to the Cornerstone Ceremony is a digitized video of the color slides from that day. Our current Facilities Manager recently shared the video with us and we would like to share it with our readers. Check out the fashion of the era!

The new Main Library at Salem Square was eventually completed in 1964. On May 10, 1964, the Elm Street location of the Worcester Public Library closed its doors to the public and on May 22, 1964, we held our dedication for the new building. It opened to the public the following Monday.

For more information on the history of Worcester Public Library, visit or check out other blog posts under the Worcester Public Library History label!

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Weekly Reads Episode Twenty-Eight

Join Librarians Devon and Joy for another episode of Weekly Reads. This week's suggestions include a supernatural mystery, a history of how WWI relates to horror imagery, a royal romance, a collection of humorous essays, and of course a coming soon title! Tune in next week for another round of Weekly Reads.

Featured Titles for Episode Twenty-Eight:
Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery by Juliet Blackwell
Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby
Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror by W. Scott Poole
The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

Thursday, October 15, 2020

MASS DOT Allston Muiltmodal Project Meeting: 10/20 @ 6:30 pm


The Massachusetts Department of Transportation invites you to a Public Information Meeting for the Allston Multimodal Project 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Use this link to enter the meeting:

877 853 5257 (Toll Free)

Webinar ID: 965 1293 2141

Passcode: 710477

The purpose of this meeting is to provide additional information to help inform public input on the choice of a Preferred Alternative from among the three Throat Options. The “throat” is the area of the Charles River waterfront where I-90, Soldiers Field Road, the Grand Junction Line tracks, the Paul Dudley White pedestrian and bicycle path, and two Worcester Mainline commuter rail tracks squeeze through a choke point that is approximately 204 feet wide at its narrowest point. MassDOT has formally requested the substitution of a Modified All At-Grade option in place of the at-grade throat option presented in the Scoping Summary Report, one based on extensive discussions with the City of Boston and A Better City .The Modified All At-Grade Option contains a wider version of the Paul Dudley White Path on a boardwalk, as well as a wider “living shoreline” at the edge of the Charles River. The MassDOT project team will present a new alternative analysis matrix to the public and will be available to answer questions.

MassDOT is in the process of selecting a preferred alternative, and while not required by the environmental permitting process is seeking public input until the end of the day on October 30 on the choice of a Preferred Alternative from among the three Throat Options, before moving ahead to the selection of a preferred alternative. MassDOT welcomes feedback on how the three throat options compare against both the project purpose and need and the selection criteria presented in the Scoping Summary Report, which can be emailed to:

MassDOT will share this feedback with FHWA and the cooperating agencies.

To be added to the project email list, please contact Nathaniel Curtis, at (617) 482-7080 x 236 or

This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (e.g interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, live captioning, videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats), as available. For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity & Civil Rights Officer by phone at (857) 368-8580, TTD/TTY at (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 or by email to Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten business days before the meeting.

To learn more about this project, visit

To place a hold on the National Environmental Policy Act Review Scoping Summary Report, click here. You will be contacted when it is ready to pick up. 

El Departamento de Transporte de Massachusetts Le invita a una Reunión de Información Pública para el Proyecto Multimodal de Allston

 martes, 20 de octubre de 2020

 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 877 853 5257 (Sin Cargo)

Id. del Seminario Web: 965 1293 2141

Código de Acceso: 710477

El propósito de esta reunión es proporcionar información adicional para ayudar a informar a la opinión pública sobre la elección de una Alternativa Preferida entre las tres Opciones de Garganta. La "garganta" es el área de la costa del Río Charles donde la carretera I-90, Soldiers Field Road, las vías ferroviarias de la línea Grand Junction, el sendero peatonal y de bicicletas Paul Dudley White, y dos vías ferroviarias del la Línea Morada Worcester se cruzan en una zona cuyo punto más estrecho es de aproximadamente 204 pies de ancho. MassDOT ha solicitado formalmente la sustitución de una opción Modificación a Grado en lugar de la opción de garganta en grado presentada en el Informe de Resumen de Alcance, basándose en extensas discusiones con la Ciudad de Boston y A Better City. La opción Modificación a Grado contiene una versión más amplia del Sendero Paul Dudley White en un malecón, así como una "costa viviente" más amplia en el borde del Río Charles. El equipo de proyecto de MassDOT presentará al público una nueva matriz de análisis alternativo y estará disponible para responder preguntas.

MassDOT está en el proceso de seleccionar una alternativa preferida, y aunque no es requerido por el proceso de permiso ambiental, busca aporte público hasta el final del día del 30 de octubre sobre la elección de una Alternativa Preferida entre las tres Opciones de Garganta, antes de pasar a la selección de una alternativa preferida. MassDOT solicita sus comentarios acerca de cómo se comparan las tres opciones de garganta con respecto al propósito y la necesidad del proyecto, y los criterios de selección presentados en el Informe de Resumen de Alcance, que se pueden enviar por correo electrónico a:

MassDOT compartirá estos comentarios con FHWA y las agencias cooperantes.

Para agregarse a la lista de correo electrónico del proyecto, comuníquese con Nathaniel Curtis, al (617) 482-7080 x 236 o

Esta reunión es accesible para personas con discapacidades.  MassDOT proporciona adaptaciones razonables y/o asistencia de idiomas de forma gratuita a petición (por ejemplo, intérpretes en el lenguaje de señas americano e idiomas distintos al inglés, subtítulos en vivo, videos, dispositivos de asistencia auditiva y formatos de materiales alternativos), según estén disponibles. Para obtener acomodaciones o asistencia de idioma, comuníquese con el Director de Diversidad y Derechos Civiles de MassDOT por teléfono al (857) 368-8580, TTD/TTY al (857) 266-0603, fax (857) 368-0602 o por correo electrónico a MASSDOT Las solicitudes deberían hacerse lo antes posible antes de la reunión, y para facilitar la solución de servicios, incluyendo lenguaje de señas, el CART o traducción o interpretación de idioma, las solicitudes deben presentarse al menos diez días hábiles antes de la reunión.

Para reservar una copia de Proyecto Multimodal de Allston hace un clic aquí. Recibirá un mensaje cuando está disponible para prestar.

WooReads Adult Challenge: Turn a New Page


We're doing a great job so far with our WooReads Adult Challenge: Turn a New Page. Check our blog each week for book reviews from your fellow adult WooReaders. You might find something you like! This week focuses on historical fiction about different decades and countries. Remember to log your books so we can reach our community goal of 3,000 books read by May 31, 2021. 

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

This book was well researched. I love how she wove fictional characters and events within the historical aspects. She lifts up the women of that time, honestly portraying the reality of their lives in that culture. She gave them a "voice."
~ Jane O.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I really liked this book. I didn't know it was loosely based on a true story until after I finished it. ~ Jasmine A.

The Mirror & The Light by Hilary Mantel 

This book was the best book of her trilogy. Cromwell, King Henry, Queen Jane Seymour and all the other people in Henry Tudor’s Court are well developed characters. This book was wonderful if you love historical fiction. Cromwell is a well developed protagonist. ~ Janis G.

This is a wonderful historical fiction story. Took a bit for me to get into it, but it was worth it!
~ Carolyn D.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Celebrate Halloween with Kanopy

Staying home for Halloween? Kanopy has plenty of options for a spooky movie night! Browse their collection of horror films, including classics and foreign cinema. If you need help choosing a film, try one of our top picks below. Kanopy is free with a WPL card and allows you to watch 3 films per month. If you don't have an account, click here to create one. 

If you enjoy discussing horror, join our HorrorFest 2020 film and book discussion. Click here to register. 

Nightmares in Red, White & Blue 

Running time: 97 minutes
Rating: Not rated 

A comprehensive history of the American horror film. Starting with Thomas Edison's version of Frankenstein and slashing its way through to Saw and beyond, this incisive documentary examines how these monstrous creations were gruesome reflections of their time.


Running time: 83 minutes
Rating: R

In a spooky small town, when a slew of pizza delivery boys are slain on the job, two daring survivors set out to catch the culprits behind the cryptic crime spree.

The Transfiguration 

Running time: 98 minutes
Rating: R

Follows troubled teen Milo who hides behind his fascination with vampire lore. When he meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to challenge Milo's dark obsession, blurring his fantasy into reality.

A Tale of Two Sisters

Running time: 111 minutes
Rating: R
Language: Korean

After spending time in a mental institution, two sisters return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. While dealing with their stepmother's obsessive ways, a mysterious ghost keeps them up at night, interfering with their fragile sanity.

Day of the Dead

Running time: 101 minutes
Rating: R

In the third film in the saga of the undead from George A. Romero, a small group of scientists and soldiers take refuge in an underground missile silo where they struggle to control a zombie outbreak.