(Before we get to the meat of the post, you can renew your membership in the WPL Friends online, and the latest edition of the MBLC notes is up as well.)
Via WoMag’s Worcester Diversions blog, here are some National Library Week (and pre- and post-NLW) events at the Worcester Public Library:
Tuesday, April 5 at 4:00pm: Civil War Cinema & Discussion-Feature Film Gettysburg followed by discussion with scholar Reynaldo Rodriguez from the GAR
Wednesday, April 6 at 6:00pm: Teen Poetry Slam with Alex Charalambides
Saturday, April 9 at 2:00pm: Writer’s Workshop with Laurel D. King
Wednesday, April 13 at 4:00pm: Literacy and Reading with Young Children with Sharon Lindgren
Thursday, April 14 at 10am: Heart-full Songs for Children, a musical performance featuring Cheryl Melody, all ages
Friday, April 15 at 4:00pm: Managing Stress for Parents with Sharon Lindgren
Saturday, April 16 at 9:30am – Legos Club
Saturday, April 16 at 2:00pm: Writer’s Workshop with Laurel D. King
Sunday, April 17 at 2:30pm: Friends of Worcester Public Library Annual Meeting with guest speaker Eamon McCarthy, author of Wachusett: How Boston’s 19th Century Quest for Water Changed Four Towns and a Way of Life.
Wednesday, April 20 at 7:00pm: A Writing Life with Diane Williamson
Friday, April 22 at 10:30am: Worcesterooners Cartooning for little kids!
Friday & Saturday, April 29, 30: Family Genealogy Days Conference (registration required)
For those of you interested in a brief history of bookmobile revival starts and stops in Worcester…
(As always, to access the links, click here first.)
Worcester lost its bookmobile in the FY1992 cuts that also saw the loss of most of the branch libraries. (From my reading, it’s unclear whether there were two bookmobiles whose service stopped — one in 1990 and one in 1991 — or if it was the same one.) The City Council expressed an interest in bookmobile services in 2000, and a year later they voted to spend $304,348 towards the purchase and staffing of a bookmobile. I don’t think anything ultimately came of this, because in 2006, bookmobile services were (once again) supposed to be restored.
Right now, I think Worcester is in possession of a bookmobile that Fitchburg used to own. (Or at least that’s according to a friend who knows more about this stuff than I do, and Gary also says that we do own a bookmobile.)
My impression is also that this is something that is very much on the radar screen of the Mayor, and that this is something the library is actively pursuing funding for.
I have no firsthand experience with bookmobiles, but I think that they are part of a larger discussion going on in society at large about what future libraries will look like. (I don’t think it’s a question of “what’s the future of libraries”, but more what we want libraries to do.)
We’ll likely hear more about bookmobile plans at next Monday’s library board meeting. Do let me know beforehand if you have any questions you’d like me to ask.