We’re beginning the second full week of the new year, and we’re already planning ahead! Besides scheduling and promoting events (we’re booking for February and March!), we’re also having fun with the 2016 Chase’s Calendar of Events, which is “the most comprehensive and authoritative reference available on special events, holidays, federal and state observances, historic anniversaries, astronomical phenomena, and more.” We’ll be pulling out some lesser-known and esoteric themes to celebrate each month. Besides displays for “Black History Month” in February (particularly in our children’s room), we’ll have displays and other surprises for the themes of “Boosting your Self-Esteem” and “Teen Dating Violence Awareness.”
We’re also working on activities for February School Vacation Week (February 15-19). Some of the activities will require or strongly urge pre-registration. Others may include glitter—for which one can never have enough early warning. Either way, keep an eye on our pages!
Also with winter here, we may as well repeat that you should keep an eye on our website and Facebook page (even linked here and at the bottom of the email for your convenience) to check for any changes in our hours or events due to inclement weather. It is New England after all; what’s our weather if not chaotic?
We still have available copies of How to be a Normal Person by TJ Klune for THIS SATURDAY’s, January 16, Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts LGBTQA Book Club meeting. Want to know more? Here’s the book blurb:
Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.
Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.
Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.
But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.
After all, what could possibly go wrong?
Even if you haven’t had a chance to read the book, come and join us for a great discussion about GLBTQA topics and fiction!
And NEXT WEEK, on Thursday, January 21, from 7:00-8:00 PM, we continue with our regular Doctor Who Talk series with this month’s focus on Planets. Join us for a discussion about the different planets the Doctor has visited, saved…or possibly destroyed. Remember, sweetie, no spoilers from this season!
Then on Friday, January 22, from 7:00-8:30 PM, we welcome Worcester Storytellers back for their regular open mic event with a featured reader—stay tuned to find out who!
For the rest of the month and onward, here is the updated events information. With weather in particular, these things can get changed or postponed, so keep an eye on our Facebook page in case of any last-minute notes.
UPDATED: MOVING TO SUNDAY, MARCH 6, 2:00-4:00 PM – Author Sharon Legasey presents The House of Wonder.
Local author and teacher Sharon Legasey shares her historical adventure children’s book.
Monday, January 26, 7:00 PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop.
UPDATED: MOVING TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 7:00 PM – Adult Coloring Night
Pre-registration is required. There will be a $20 materials fee, and anyone who pre-registers gets a discounted price on our adult coloring book selections.
Monday, January 25, 7:00-8:00 PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop.
Join us for an evening of creating, networking, and getting feedback from local fellow artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.
Saturday, January 30, 2:00-4:00 PM – Cozy Cat Mysteries with Liz Mugavero
We already have copies in of her latest Pawsitively Organic Mystery release, Murder Most Finicky, and we have her other books on order. Stop in to reserve your copy today!
As we move into a new year, we’re still continuing our regular events!
Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!
Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on January 22.
The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.
Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting on January 21.
The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA Book club that will meet once a month on Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting on January 16.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!