Earth Day Site Coordinator Reminder

If you’re interested in becoming a site coordinator for this year’s REC Earth Day cleanup, you need to get your application in by March 16.  This year you can enter your application via a Google Form (though there might be a slight delay between your asking permission to update it and receiving the permission).

If this is something that you’re interested in but you’re nervous about starting, please read a short guide to beginning cleanups in your neighborhood; I’ve listed some additional tips here and here.  The first year is the most difficult, and don’t feel like you need to go it alone — there are a lot of people who are available to help you.

If you’re interested in being a site coordinator but don’t know which site to pick, I’d like to suggest the side of Coes Pond on Mill Street across from the old Price Chopper.  There’s always trash along the shore, it’s a site that could be done with just a few volunteers, and it’s something that would look a lot better after just a few hours’ work.

Traveling Library Naming Contest

(Note: I have found that we’ll be using “traveling library” or “mobile library” rather than “bookmobile.”)

The rules for the Traveling Library Name Contest have been released; I’ve listed them below.  Please share with the sixth graders in your life!


The Worcester Public Library is seeking a name for its new traveling library. The mobile library will be filled with hundreds of books, new computers and technology, and it will travel throughout the City of Worcester to visit neighborhoods, public schools, senior centers, veterans and more. There will be programs and activities for all ages on the vehicle, and professional librarians will be available to help citizens find what they are looking for. The College of the Holy Cross is the proud sponsor of this new library.

This is the Mobile Library of today, not the bookmobile of yesteryear. It will have high-speed Internet connections, space-saving electronic tablets, intuitive touch screen technology, and public access to a half million items in the Worcester Public Library and nine million items in the region’s collection. Patrons will also be able to check out material in advance via the Internet and have it delivered by the Mobile Library for immediate check-out.

Now, all we need is a catchy name that reflects all that this new library will offer.

The contest is open to all sixth grade students who live in the City of Worcester whether attending a public, private or parochial school.

There are no restrictions on creativity, and no themes – be creative. This is more than just a bookmobile!

SUBMISSIONS must be received by 5 p.m. on April 11 (National Bookmobile Day).

Only one entry can be submitted per student.

Entries must be mailed or hand-delivered to: Head Librarian, Worcester Public Library, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA 01608.

Students must include on a sheet of paper their idea for a name, as well as their full name; home address; city/state/zip; student’s phone number; student/parent e-mail; school name; teacher’s name; teacher’s e-mail; student’s grade; and student’s age. Students must provide all information requested to be eligible to win.

The winner will be announced on April 30th – and will receive a prize and publicity for their contribution. More details on this will follow.

CWW: Broad Meadow Brook Camp

Broad Meadow Brook hosts a Nature Day Camp every summer.  This Saturday, March 10, they’re offering discounts when you register in person (from 11:30am to 3:30pm).  The discount is $20 off a two-week session and $10 off a one-week session.  (Equally as important is that they will occupy your kids with activities while you fill out the paperwork.)

It’s worth it to become a MassAudubon member if you’re not already, as there are major discounts for members.  Here’s a link to a brochure about their camp.