Tuesday, December 20, 2022

NEW - Virtual 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group Starting in January

The Worcester Public Library is joining the Massachusetts Library Collaborative's 50+ Job Seekers Networking Group to support people fifty years or older who are looking for a new job, a new career direction,  or a "second act" career. These biweekly meetings are scheduled on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month, from 9:30am to 11:30am, via Zoom with a repeat session offered in the evenings at 6pm to 8pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday. Statistics show that 85% of jobs are found through networking.

Join us in a professional forum for networking with peers in an environment conducive to developing new relationships and developing skills and strategies to help in your career transition. Each meeting features a new topic. Meetings include a presentation and hands-on workshop on topics relevant to career transition, with guest speakers, access to hiring managers, small group breakout rooms to network, and 1-on-1 coaching guidance. Participating on a regular basis will give job seekers the tools and strategies needed for a successful job search.

Each meeting is facilitated by Deborah Hope, MBA, PCIC, an experienced executive career coach. Deborah is a former Fortune 500 executive, investment banker and entrepreneur and transitioned to executive coaching over 12 years ago. She has coached with Harvard Business School Executive Education programs, the Mass. Conference for Women, and has been trained or certified in a variety of coaching models and assessment tools. Deborah has facilitated 50+ job seekers networking groups since 2016. 

 Attendance at each session is not necessary but highly recommended. Job seekers can join at anytime. 

Register for 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 9:30 am-11:30 am 

Register for 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Monday, December 19, 2022

New Releases: January Edition


Check out these highly anticipated January releases featuring fiction and nonfiction titles. Click on the title to request a copy or get your name on the waitlist. Don’t forget to watch for more featured releases next month! 


The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff

A young Indian woman finds the false rumors that she killed her husband surprisingly useful—until other women in the village start asking for her help getting rid of their own husbands—in this razor-sharp debut.

How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

Your past and your family can haunt you like nothing else… A hilarious and terrifying new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Final Girl Support GroupEvery childhood home is haunted, and each of us are possessed by our parents. But some houses don’t want to be sold, and their home has other plans for both of them…

The Survivalist by Kashana Cauley

A single Black lawyer puts her career and personal moral code at risk when she moves in with her coffee entrepreneur boyfriend and his doomsday-prepping roommates in a novel that’s packed with tension, curiosity, humor, and wit from a writer with serious comedy credentials.


In Rough Sleepers, Tracy Kidder shows how one person can make a difference, as he tells the story of Dr. Jim O’Connell, a man who invented ways to create a community of care for a city’s unhoused population, including those who sleep on the streets—the “rough sleepers.”

Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature's Secret to Longevity by Nicklas Brendborg

Mixing cutting-edge research and stories from habitats all around the world, Nicklas Brendborg explores extended life cycles in all its varieties. Along the way, we meet a man who fasted for over a year; a woman who edited her own DNA; redwoods that survive thousands of years; and in the soil of Easter Island, the key to eternal youth. Jellyfish Age Backwards is a love letter to the immense power of nature, and what the immortal lives of many of earth's animals and plants can teach us about the secrets to longevity.

Fueled by her years as an elite runner and advocate for women in sports, Lauren Fleshman offers her inspiring personal story and a rallying cry for reform of a sports landscape that is failing young female athletes

Friday, December 16, 2022

Adult Winter Reading Challenge

Welcome to the Adult Winter Reading Challenge! This winter we're offering readers two different prizes. 

Prize 1: Pirates 2023 Season Kickoff Package
In partnership with The Massachusetts Pirates, we are offering readers a chance
to win a pair of tickets for any regular 2023 season home game and Pirates swag!

Prize 2: Cozy Readers Dream Package
Win this package geared towards all readers! Includes a neck reading lamp,
page holder, library-themed socks, and WPL swag!

Click here to log into your Beanstack account to start logging your books and reviews. If you don't have an account, you can create one today!

Read these patron book reviews submitted by your fellow readers to get an idea of what to read next! And don't forget to log what you read, WPL events you attend, and your book reviews!

After watching the television series I was interested in reading the book. I am so glad I did because each chapter explained each episode in more depth. It made it easier to understand the characters in the show as well since it created more understanding as to why the characters acted the way they did. ~ Stephanie D. 

This novel is based on true horse racing history. -lots of twists and turns going between 2 centuries- the author is a Pulitzer Prize winner, too - but for another book...which I must read. (I finished this book in 3 days!) ~ Agnes W.

Read this for WPL's True Crime Book Club. When I initially read the synopsis, it wasn't something I thought I'd enjoy. To my surprise, I found it to be a good and easy read. I'm looking forward to the discussion. In the 1800's, the Bender family setup a tavern and camp for unsuspecting travelers seeking respite on their journey. Their crimes were of a heinous nature, including burying a child alive! Thought to be dimwitted, they managed to out-run the law and disappear - never to be caught.               ~ Mary T. 

This book was absolutely amazing! And the twists had my jaw on the floor!!! Beautiful story throughout! I even found myself sobbing during some chapters. I really enjoyed this books so much. ~ Tiffany C. 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Adult Winter Reading Challenge

Welcome to WPL's adult winter reading challenge! This winter, WPL is offering two fun prizes. Learn how you can read to win!

Prize 1: Pirates 2023 Season Kickoff Package
In partnership with The Massachusetts Pirates, we are offering readers a chance
to win a pair of tickets for any regular 2023 season home game and Pirates swag!

Prize 2: Cozy Readers Dream Package
Win this package geared towards all readers! Includes a neck reading lamp,
page holder, library-themed socks, and WPL swag!

***How to Win***
If you don't have a Beanstack account, click here to create one. Beanstack is an online tool where you can track reading, post book reviews, discover good reads, win prizes, and stay connected with library-related programs and resources!

To win, readers need to log books, write reviews, and/or attend
virtual author talks to earn badges. With each badge, the reader will receive
a certain number of tickets to put towards the prize of their choice.
The more tickets earned, the more likely you are to win!

Drawings will be held shortly after February 28, 2023.
Winners will be contacted directly by staff. One winner per prize.

*Books read starting December 1, 2022 must be logged by February 28, 2023.
*Must be a Worcester resident to win prizes. Staff and members of their household are ineligible.

***WPL Programs and Resources***

Attend a WPL writing or poetry workshop to improve upon your writing skills.
Join one of our WPL virtual author events featuring bestselling authors. Be sure to log these in the activity badges to earn tickets!

Visit WPL’s Reader’s Corner for staff picks, new titles, book lists, and more.
Attend one of our several librarian-led WPL book clubs to discuss books and meet like-minded readers.

***How to Track Reading and Share Reviews***

Use the "Log Reading and Activities" and "Add a Review" buttons on the top of the page to
add to your log and share your reviews. Reviews are shared on Beanstack, and may also be
shared on WPL's Blog and Facebook page.

For mobile users, download the Beanstack Tracker app to get started.
For more information, call 508-799-1655 ext. 3 to speak to a librarian.