Happy April! We’ve got quite a month planned for you!
We started off on our month with our Phantom of the Opera Day on Lon Chaney Sr.’s birthday– despite the snow and ice storm. We thank all the brave souls who shared the haunting event with us.
And on Sunday, we kicked off our National Poetry Month celebration with poet and minister Judith Robbins, who shared her poetic memoir The North End with us.
We still have copies of The Phantom of the Opera novel, as well as historical references about the novel, the film, and dramatic presentations about our favorite opera ghost. There are also signed copies of The North End for those who missed the reading but want a great look back at historical Worcester in verse!
For National Poetry Month, we changed our large local author display to showcase more of the poetry collections and chap books of local authors. Come in and see the variety of talent, and support your local poetic community by picking up one of their books this month.
And April continues to go strong with events THIS WEEK!
THIS FRIDAY, April 7, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Mary Baures, author, psychologist, and wildlife photographer teaches us Love Heals Baby Elephants.
Dr. Baures talks about experiences working with baby elephants orphaned by the ivory trade. Her book, Love Heals Baby Elephants, tells and shows with beautiful prose and powerful photos the story of how she adopted four baby elephants, traumatized by seeing their families slaughtered. The book is a magical story of resilience, healing. and hope. These orphans teach us how to come back when everything you had is gone.
Mary Baures is also the author of Undaunted Spirits – Portraits of Recovery from Trauma, and many other publications on healing. Dr. Baures has a private practice in Beverly, Massachusetts. She is one of the organizers of the Boston Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. She is co-producer of the documentary film, Strong at the Broken Places – Turning Trauma Into Recovery.
And THIS SATURDAY, April 8, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, humor and mystery author Loren Schechter presents The Cure.
Loren Schechter is a retired psychiatrist who loves to write humorous fiction. He was very lucky in that he spent much of his career treating adolescents. His first novel was Murder in Millbrook, a cozy mystery, and his second was Ethics of the Undead, a YA paranormal novel. The Cure continues his efforts to entertain with witty adventures that have some serious messages for those who read between the lines.He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Susan and dog, Amigo. No animals, senior citizens or vampires, were injured in the writing of his novels.
The Cure asks the reader to believe that vampirism is a genetic disease, with the primary symptom being an addiction to blood. A doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital is working on a cure, but his data is seized by government agents. Some vampires are desperate for a cure; others enjoy the gift of immortality and the power their mutated genes give them.
And coming up the rest of this month…
Saturday, April 15, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers presents Hexbreaker by Jordan L Hawk.
Monday-Friday, April 17 – 21 – April Vacation Fun
- NEW LINK: Monday, April 17, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Crafts and Stories: Butterflies, Bugs, Spiders
- NEW LINK: Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Crafts and Stories: Dogs & Cats
- NEW LINK: Friday, April 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Where do Fairies Go? Signing and Fairy House Building. Pre-Registration STRONGLY suggested; limited supplies. $10 materials fee.
Thursday, April 20, 7:00 – Doctor Who Discussion Night.
Friday, April 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers features B.J. Hill.
As a reminder, here are 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 fourth 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. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month.April’s featured reader is B.J. Hill. Next meeting is April 28.
The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth 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. Next meeting is April 24.
Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. March’s topic is Machines and Immortals. Next meeting is April 20.
The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. January’s book is Ariah by BR Sanders. Next meeting is April 15.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!