5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – July 17, 2019

5 Things You Need to Know Today in Worcester – July 17, 2019

Water Lantern Festival Coming to Worcester’s Elm Park

The nationwide Water Lantern Festival is making a stop in Worcester on Saturday, August 17. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Water Lantern Festival hopes to create thousands of lanterns to light up Elm Park’s Lincoln Pond. The event is family friendly and the cost of a ticket includes entry into the festival, a floating lantern, a commemorative draw string bag, a market and a wristband.

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Dr. Kevin A. Wisniewski joins AAS as Director of Book History 

Kevin A. Wisniewski, Ph.D. has joined the staff of the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) as director of book history and digital initiatives.

Dr. Wisniewski earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He also holds two masters, one in English and History from the University of Pennsylvania and one in Publication Design from the University of Baltimore. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from Stevenson University. Dr. Wisniewski has extensive experience in both traditional and digital history.

He is a founding editor of the online journal Textshops Experiments (http://textshopexperiments.org) and served as the managing editor of Roving Eye Press.  He has also served on the editorial boards of the Beyond Criticism Series published by Bloomsbury Publishing and the Calypso Editions. 

Worcester Parks & Rec Announce Elm Park Summer Program

The City of Worcester’s Parks and Recreation Dept. has announced the Elm Park Summer Drop-In Program.

The program includes youth activities like arts and crafts, sports, hiking and other special weekly events

The program runs from Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 23 — Monday thru Friday 9 AM to 5 PM.

The City of Worcester Parks and Recreation Department Presents: Elm Park Summer Drop In Program. This program runs from July 22 to August 23, Monday through Friday from 9AM to 5PM. https://t.co/iCyPaaN2w4 pic.twitter.com/YNQTxAhlaB

— DPW & P (@WorcesterDPW) July 16, 2019


Main South Neighborhood Meeting is Tonight

The Kilby St., Gardner St. and Hollis St. neighborhood meeting is tonight at 5:30 PM at the Main South CDC at 875 Main St. 

The meeting is attended by the Worcester Police, elected officials, local business owners, community organizations and other City department, who are encouraging all neighbors to participate in the discussion of issues facing the Main South neighborhood. 


Worcester Public Library Recognizes Volunteers

At a luncheon on Tuesday, the Worcester Public Library recognized more than 20 volunteers at the annual Volunteer Recognition event.

The event is held every year in order to honor the volunteers of the Worcester Public Library, and thank them for all they do for our community. City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. joined Stephanie Pasha, President of the Worcester Public Library Board of Directors, to express their gratitude.

“We are so grateful for the work that you do to help our library provide such excellent service to our patrons,” Pasha told the volunteers. “The work you do touches people across the community, and we do not take for granted that you are choosing to give us your time.”

Augustus told the audience how much he loves the library, and how important the volunteers are to the community. He also mentioned how important the Friends of the Worcester Public Library are to the organization. “I love the Friends,” Augustus said. “I’m so appreciative of all you do. It really makes a big difference with the programming, the museum passes, and all of the ways you help. All of that adds to the vibrancy of the library.”

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