Calendar of Events

Ongoing Events

Preschool Storytime
Mondays, 1/8/2018 - 1/29/2018 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Worcester Public Library, Main Library - Children's Program Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - FREE
Help your child build early literacy skills in this interactive
preschool program. Your child will enjoy stories, songs,
crafts, and other early literacy activities! For ages 4 to 5.
THERE IS NO PRESCHOOL STORYTIME SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 15.
Main Library - Childrens Program Room.
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-799-1655.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesdays, 1/10/2018 - 1/31/2018 10:00 AM-11:00 AM
Worcester Public Library, Main Library - Children's Program Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - FREE
Bring along your favorite stuffed animal to the library!
Toddlers will enjoy songs, stories, playtime, and lots of fun!
For ages 1 1/2 to 3.
Main Library - Childrens Program Room
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-799-1655.

Winter Wonder Preschool Stories
Thursdays, 1/11/2018 - 2/15/2018 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Worcester Public Library, Main Library - Children's Program Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - FREE
Thursdays at 11 a.m.

January 11: Mr. Snowman
January 18: Bundle Up
January 25: Winter Animals
February 1: Cozy on Up
February 8: Outside Fun
February 15: Hugs & Kisses

Stories, poems, songs and fun activities to learn about and enjoy the beauty of a wonderful winter.
Main Library - Childrens Program Room - For ages 3 - 5.
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-799-1655.

January 2018

Paws to Read
Thursday, 1/25/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library, Main Library - Children's Program Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - FREE
Read to a certified pet therapy dog! Boost reading skills and confidence! Space is limited, register at the Children's Room Help Desk. For ages 5-12. Located in the Children's Program room, Main Library.
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-799-1655.

Valentine Making Workshops
Tuesday, 1/30/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 AM
Worcester Public Library Burncoat School Branch, 526 Burncoat Street, Worcester, MA - FREE
Valentine Making Workshops - For Kids of All Ages
Learn historic Worcester valentine styles & techniques. All materials are provided along with a powerpoint presentation on the history of valentines in Worcester.
Make cards for family and friends at one of several FREE Worcester Public Library workshops:
1/30 Burncoat School Branch
1/31 Roosevelt School Branch
2/1 Main Library, Children's Room
2/2 Frances Perkins School Branch
2/6 Goddard School Branch
2/7 Great Brook Valley Branch
2/8 Tatnuck School Branch

Sponsored by: Worcester Loves to Read, Worcester Historical Museum, and Worcester Reads, and Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-753-8278.

Valentine Making Workshops
Wednesday, 1/31/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library Roosevelt School Branch, 1006 Grafton Street, Worcester, MA - FREE
Valentine Making Workshops - For Kids of All Ages
Learn historic Worcester valentine styles & techniques. All materials are provided along with a powerpoint presentation on the history of valentines in Worcester.
Make cards for family and friends at one of several FREE Worcester Public Library workshops:
1/30 Burncoat School Branch
1/31 Roosevelt School Branch
2/1 Main Library, Children's Room
2/2 Frances Perkins School Branch
2/6 Goddard School Branch
2/7 Great Brook Valley Branch
2/8 Tatnuck School Branch
Sponsored by: Worcester Loves to Read, Worcester Historical Museum, and Worcester Reads, and Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-753-8278.

February 2018

40th Annual Valentine Contest
Thursday, 2/1/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA - FREE
For nearly 100 years, Worcester was the center of the commercial valentine industry in the
United States. In 1847, according to local folklore, Worcester resident Esther Howland received an English valentine, which inspired her to design her own. She sold her cards through her father's stationery store. Business flourished, and Esther recruited friends to assemble cards in a third-floor room at the family residence, 16 Summer Street.

While it is generally agreed that Esther Howland was the first to make valentines in Worcester,
Jotham Taft of nearby Grafton was also making valentines. He and his wife built a successful
valentine industry from their home in the early 1840s. Jotham's son Edward formed a partnership
with Esther Howland in 1879, called the New England Valentine Company.

In 1863, George C. Whitney joined his brother Edward in the family stationery store begun by their late brother,Sumner, at 218 Main Street. The brothers worked together as the Whitney Valentine Company until 1869, when Edward withdrew from the partnership. In 1881, George C. Whitney bought the New England Valentine Company and incorporated it into his operation. The Whitney business proved to be highly successful. After George died in 1915, his son Warren took over management. The George C. Whitney Company continued to prosper until 1942,when the wartime paper shortage caused the liquidation of the largest greeting card company in the world.

Contest Rules
1. In order to be judged, each valentine MUST be clearly labeled on the reverse with (a) name, home address, and home phone number; (b) Worcester Public Library Card number (if applicable);
(c) school, school phone number and grade of valentine maker; and (d) the category in which the
entry is to be judged:
(H) Historic:
Any design in the style of valentines made in Worcester in the late 1840s to 1942.
(C) Contemporary:
Worcester. The City That Reads. Feature the theme or character(s) from one of your favorite
books or stories. Be sure to write the name of the book and the character on the back of your valentine.
(V) Verse:
An original verse by the valentine maker.
2. Valentines must be made of non-perishable materials.
3. Size must not exceed 11 in any direction.
4. Individual entries only. One entry per student.
5. All entries become the property of Worcester
Historical Museum. Entries cannot be returned.
Masters Competition
Children in grades 4, 5, and 6 who have won prizes in previous museum valentine contests
may enter again, but only in the Masters Competition. Entries in this category will be
judged separately from all others. Masters Competition entries must have the additional
designation of (M).
How to Enter Bring one entry per child to Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street, by 4 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
Prizes
Prizes will be awarded to each grade level in each category, with the exception of the
Masters Competition. The Masters judges will select one winner in each of the three
categories (see rule #1).

Award Celebration
Prizes will be presented at a valentine party(with festive cookies and punch) for winners,
their families, principals and teachers. Monday, February 12, 2018, 4 pm
Fletcher Auditorium Worcester Historical Museum, 30 Elm Street
SNOW DATE:
Tuesday, February 13, 4 pm
Winners will be notified at their schools not later than Thursday, February 8.
Valentines will be on display at WORCESTER HISTORICAL MUSEUM,30 Elm Street


Sponsored by: Worcester Loves to Read, Worcester Historical Museum, and Worcester Reads, and Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-753-8278.

Valentine Making Workshops
Thursday, 2/1/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library, Main Library - Children's Program Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - FREE
Valentine Making Workshops - For Kids of All Ages
Learn historic Worcester valentine styles & techniques. All materials are provided along with a powerpoint presentation on the history of valentines in Worcester.
Make cards for family and friends at one of several FREE Worcester Public Library workshops:
1/30 Burncoat School Branch
1/31 Roosevelt School Branch
2/1 Main Library, Children's Room
2/2 Frances Perkins School Branch
2/6 Goddard School Branch
2/7 Great Brook Valley Branch
2/8 Tatnuck School Branch
Sponsored by: Worcester Loves to Read, Worcester Historical Museum, and Worcester Reads, and Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-753-8278.

Valentine Making Workshops
Friday, 2/2/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library Frances Perkins School Branch, 470 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA - FREE
Valentine Making Workshops - For Kids of All Ages
Learn historic Worcester valentine styles & techniques. All materials are provided along with a powerpoint presentation on the history of valentines in Worcester.
Make cards for family and friends at one of several FREE Worcester Public Library workshops:
1/30 Burncoat School Branch
1/31 Roosevelt School Branch
2/1 Main Library, Children's Room
2/2 Frances Perkins School Branch
2/6 Goddard School Branch
2/7 Great Brook Valley Branch
2/8 Tatnuck School Branch
Sponsored by: Worcester Loves to Read, Worcester Historical Museum, and Worcester Reads, and Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-753-8278.

Valentine Making Workshops
Tuesday, 2/6/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library Goddard School Branch, 14 Richards Street, Worcester, MA - FREE
Valentine Making Workshops - For Kids of All Ages
Learn historic Worcester valentine styles & techniques. All materials are provided along with a powerpoint presentation on the history of valentines in Worcester.
Make cards for family and friends at one of several FREE Worcester Public Library workshops:
1/30 Burncoat School Branch
1/31 Roosevelt School Branch
2/1 Main Library, Children's Room
2/2 Frances Perkins School Branch
2/6 Goddard School Branch
2/7 Great Brook Valley Branch
2/8 Tatnuck School Branch
Sponsored by: Worcester Loves to Read, Worcester Historical Museum, and Worcester Reads, and Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-753-8278.

Valentine Making Workshops
Wednesday, 2/7/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library Great Brook Valley Branch, 89 Tacoma Street, Worcester, MA - FREE
Valentine Making Workshops - For Kids of All Ages
Learn historic Worcester valentine styles & techniques. All materials are provided along with a powerpoint presentation on the history of valentines in Worcester.
Make cards for family and friends at one of several FREE Worcester Public Library workshops:
1/30 Burncoat School Branch
1/31 Roosevelt School Branch
2/1 Main Library, Children's Room
2/2 Frances Perkins School Branch
2/6 Goddard School Branch
2/7 Great Brook Valley Branch
2/8 Tatnuck School Branch
Sponsored by: Worcester Loves to Read, Worcester Historical Museum, and Worcester Reads, and Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-753-8278.

Valentine Making Workshops
Thursday, 2/8/2018 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
Worcester Public Library Tatnuck School Branch, 1083 Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA - FREE
Valentine Making Workshops - For Kids of All Ages
Learn historic Worcester valentine styles & techniques. All materials are provided along with a powerpoint presentation on the history of valentines in Worcester.
Make cards for family and friends at one of several FREE Worcester Public Library workshops:
1/30 Burncoat School Branch
1/31 Roosevelt School Branch
2/1 Main Library, Children's Room
2/2 Frances Perkins School Branch
2/6 Goddard School Branch
2/7 Great Brook Valley Branch
2/8 Tatnuck School Branch
Sponsored by: Worcester Loves to Read, Worcester Historical Museum, and Worcester Reads, and Worcester Public Library
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-753-8278.

Sensory Storytime
Tuesday, 2/13/2018 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Worcester Public Library, Main Library - Children's Program Room, 3 Salem Square, Worcester, MA - FREE
Sensory Storytime is an interactive and educational
program that can be enjoyed by all children, but is especially designed for children with sensory integration challenges. It combines books, songs, movement, and activities ensuring that all children have a chance to learn pre-literacy skills.
Main Library - Childrens Program Room, for ages 2 - 6.
For more information, e-mail info@earlychildhoodcentral.org or call 508-799-1655.

Storytime in the Conservatories
Monday, 2/19/2018 - Friday, 2/23/2018 11:30 AM-12:00 PM
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA - Member: Free, Nonmember: Free with admission
Join us each morning during vacation week in the conservatories to hear stories about plants, the seasons and the natural world around us.
Sponsored by: Tower Hill Botanic Garden
For more information, e-mail thbg@towerhillbg.org.

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