Events Calendar

Stories for Scooters

Ages 0-3.
Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!  

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The People Could Fly: African-American Tales & Tunes

Family Program for ages 4+

Storyteller Mary Jo Maichak leads an exploration of the songs and stories of the African-American community with plenty of audience participation that will take you from the struggle to the soaring spirit.

Weekly Story Times

Ages 3-5.
Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft. And on the first Thursday of the month, meet some of our community police officers as they help out with Story Time!

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Teen Movie Time - Captain America: Civil War

This month's early release day teen movie is Captain America: Civil War.

Join us to watch some superhero fights, and eat some snacks.

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On the Go Storytime Workshops with the Danforth Art Museum

Ages 4+.
Join Museum staff as they look at an art reproduction from their permanent collection, read a thematically related book and finish with a simple art-making activity. This month: Untitled (Collaborations #22), watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, gouache, and collage by Morgan Bulkeley and Jessica Hess; The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend, book by Dan Santat.

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Racing for Freedom: Harriet Tubman’s Journey

Presenter: Dr. Kate Larsen, Author and Historian, Winner of the Mass Book Award for her biography, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter.
The remarkable archival discoveries that have revealed how she survived slavery to become one of the most prolific Underground Railroad agents of all time.

This free lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council. Refreshments.

Open Lego

Grades K+.
Drop in and make something creative with our supplied LEGOs. Look through our LEGO idea books to make something super exciting or design your own structure! Leave your name with the creation, and we’ll display it on top of our shelves for a month!

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success.

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Artists’ Reception

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape- Photographs of New Americans
by Mark Chester

Mark has photographed people from 185 of the world’s 196 countries, all of them immigrants who have settled in Massachusetts. All his subjects have become naturalized U.S. citizens. His collection of more than 350 photographs has been exhibited all across Massachusetts including the Statehouse and is now being published in book form. Mark is a professional photographer who lives on Cape Cod. Refreshments served.

The exhibit will run from February 1 through February 28.

Vacation Week Movie Matinee: Finding Dory (PG)

All ages at parents’ discretion.
Finding Dory (Rated PG for mild thematic elements and peril).
When Dory, the forgetful blue tang, suddenly remembers she has a family who may be looking for her, she, Marlin, and Nemo take off on a quest to find them with help from a cantankerous octopus, a beluga whale who thinks his biological sonar skills are on the fritz, and a nearsighted whale shark.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Lilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Weekly Storytimes

Ages 2-4.
On March 6, Framingham community police officers will come in to share our story and craft time!

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Monday Matinee: The Light Between Oceans (2016) 132 min.

This romantic period drama is based on the novel by M. L. Stedman. The film tells the story of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who rescue and adopt an infant girl adrift at sea. Refreshments.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime

Ages 0-2 with an adult.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Drop-in Resume Help

Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and job-search strategies.

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Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller and Her Art

Guest Speaker: Jessica Roscio, Curator of the Danforth Art Museum

Meta Fuller is considered to be one of the first African-American female sculptors of importance. A Framingham resident, she was part of the Harlem Renaissance movement and studied under August Rodin. The Danforth Art Museum is home to a large body of her work.

There will be a 45 minute lecture followed by a 15 minute question and answer period. Refreshments will be served.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was most recently awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

Stories for Scooters

Ages 0-3.
Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!  

Weekly Story Times

Ages 3-5.
Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft. And on the first Thursday of the month, meet some of our community police officers as they help out with Story Time!

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Wilson and the Great War

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Gary Hylander, Ph.D., Boston College
This year marks the centennial of America’s entry into WWI. Join us as we discuss Wilson’s unsuccessful efforts to preserve American neutrality, his reasons for entering the Great War of 1914-1918 and his efforts to make the world safe for democracy.

This free lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council. Refreshments.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: T’ai Chi for Healthy Living

Presented by Jon Woodward

T’ai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that nowadays is more often seen as a form of relaxing exercise. It combines slow, fluid movements with a meditative state of mind that helps to improve our balance, health and well-being. At this workshop, we will explore the roots of T’ai Chi and have the opportunity to try out a few simple movements. For more information on this program, please visit www.MetroWestTaiChi.com/BrownBag.

ABOUT JON WOODWARD: Jon Woodward has studied T’ai Chi for the last 32 years and has been teaching for more than ten years. He is certified as both a “Yang Style T’ai Chi” and “T’ai Chi Moving for Better Balance” instructor. He holds more than a dozen classes in Framingham and surrounding towns, teaching well over 100 students.

Brown Bag Learning Series (Brown Bag Brain Boost)
Join us from 12-1:00pm one Friday a month for an informal lunch time program featuring speakers from local businesses and organizations. A wide range of topics will be discussed that are educational and entertaining. The Brown Bag Learning Series is free to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch; refreshments will be provided.

Friday Night Movie: Sunrise: a Song of Two Humans

This silent film was the winner of 3 Academy Awards in 1929. Richard Hughes will provide a piano accompaniment to the movie. 95 minutes. Refreshments served.

Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All Ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dog, Chewy, listens as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Dads & Donuts

All ages.
Bond with your dad (and with donuts) through stories, songs and fun. Mothers, siblings and other family members welcome! Volunteer readers and donut donators needed; contact the Children’s Room, 508-532-5570 x4, for details.

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Movie Matinee- Trolls (PG)

All ages at parents’ discretion.
Trolls (Rated PG for some mild rude humor). When their village is invaded by the grumpy Bergens, two mismatched friends must work together in perfect harmony to save the day.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Lilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Weekly Storytimes

Ages 2-4.
On March 6, Framingham community police officers will come in to share our story and craft time!

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime

Ages 0-2 with an adult.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Teen Tuesdays: Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is a game of strategic deception and planning. Try your hand at taking over the world’s railroads before anyone else!

Snacks will be provided.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Lilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Stories for Scooters

Ages 0-3.
Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!  

Weekly Story Times

Ages 3-5.
Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft. And on the first Thursday of the month, meet some of our community police officers as they help out with Story Time!

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Patronage, Politics, and the Power of the Pen

Patronage, Politics, and the Power of the Pen: The Making of the French Royal Midwife Louise Bourgeois (1563-1636)

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Bridgette Sheridan

This free lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council. Refreshments.

Early Learning Zone Grand Opening

All Ages.
Come celebrate with us as we introduce young children and families to our space with a story, and “Play, Learn and Grow Together” activity hour.  There will be special guest visitors and refreshments.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success.

KEVA Plank Building

All ages.
Explore your artistic nature, problem solve and engage in play with the deceptively simple KEVA planks. Come amaze us with your creations!

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Lilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

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Sunday Concert Series: Sam Ou and Chi Chen

Cellist, Sam Ou and pianist, Chi Chen Wu will be playing selections from Beethoven, Schumann, Debussy and Prokofiev. Refreshments served.

The series is sponsored in part by the The Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation, Cumberland Farms, Roche Bros., Metro Credit Union, Hammond Residential Real Estate, Morton Shuman Law Offices and Friends of the Framingham Library.

Weekly Storytimes

Ages 2-4.
On March 6, Framingham community police officers will come in to share our story and craft time!

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime

Ages 0-2 with an adult.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

Stories for Scooters

Ages 0-3.
Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!  

Low Impact Exercise Class

Come and learn exercises to maintain healthy joints, increase strength and flexibility and improve overall stamina based on the Arthritis Foundation's land exercise program.  The six week class will also include a brief guided relaxation/meditation for stress reduction and pain management. The class will be taught by Laila Vehvilainen, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer who has been teaching exercise for over 12 years.

Wednesdays March 15, 22, 29, and April 12, 19, 26. No class on April 4.

McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: I Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
Led by: Dawn Dellasanta

I Capture the Castle tells the story of seventeen-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in a ramshackle old English castle. Here she strives, over six turbulent months, to hone her writing skills. She fills three notebooks with sharply funny yet poignant entries. Her journals candidly chronicle the great changes that take place within the castle's walls, and her own first descent into love. By the time she pens her final entry, she has "captured the castle"-- and the heart of the reader-- in one of literature's most enchanting entertainments.

Weekly Story Times

Ages 3-5.
Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft. And on the first Thursday of the month, meet some of our community police officers as they help out with Story Time!

Early Release LEGO Building

Grades K+.
You bring the LEGO building skills and we’ll supply the LEGO’s! Create your favorite structures or work on new ideas with our LEGO idea books. Leave your name with your structure and we’ll display it on top of our shelves for the month of March!

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Early Release Teen Movie: Doctor Strange

It's an early release day in Framingham, so join us at either library (Main or McAuliffe Branch) to watch the recently released Doctor Strange, and have some tasty snacks.

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Early Release Teen Movie: Doctor Strange

It's an early release day in Framingham, so join us at either library (Main or McAuliffe Branch) to watch the recently released Doctor Strange, and have some tasty snacks.

On the Go Storytime Workshops with the Danforth Art Museum

Ages 4+.
Join Museum staff as they look at an art reproduction from their permanent collection, read a thematically related book and finish with a simple art-making activity. This month: South End Facade, oil on board by Lawrence Kupferman; Last Stop on Market Street, book by Matt de la Peña.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Lilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

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What Makes a Masterpiece?

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Lindsay Alberts, Visiting Assistant Professor, FSU
How do we define a masterpiece of art? Using paintings from the collection at the MFA, Dr. Alberts will explore the question of how we define a masterpiece of art.

This free lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council. Refreshments.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success.

Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All Ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dog, Chewy, listens as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

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Art Lovers Book Club

Book Discussion: The Last Nude by Ellis Avery

In 1927 Paris a young American named Rafaela Fano agrees to model for the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara’s most iconic Jazz Age images. Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice and a season as the painter’s muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons. Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy.

Friends of the Framingham Library Book Sale

9:30 – 10:00am FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00-3:00pm Open to the public

The Friends have added two extra sales this year: Sunday April 2, 1-4pm (no bag room) and Saturday July 15, 10am-3pm (9:30am for members).

Are you aware of the Affinity Program that the Friends have in partnership with TD Bank?  If you have a TD Bank account, the bank will donate a % of your annual balance to the Friends.  It’s easy to sign up!  Ask at the Temple Street location or call 508-879-7400 and speak with Jeremy Brandon.

Donations are still a critical concern for the Friends! Donations of relatively recent books are most important and are always gratefully accepted during the sale.  Smaller donations may also be made at the main library during the week.  Please, if you have books to donate, call the main library for information at 508-532-5570x4333 to arrange your donation.

Book Bingo

Prizes, laughs, and best of all — books! Join us for our ever-popular Book Bingo.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Lilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Weekly Storytimes

Ages 2-4.
On March 6, Framingham community police officers will come in to share our story and craft time!

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime

Ages 0-2 with an adult.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Teen Tuesdays: Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride is a game of strategic deception and planning. Try your hand at taking over the world’s railroads before anyone else!

Snacks will be provided.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Lilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Stories for Scooters

Ages 0-3.
Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!  

Low Impact Exercise Class

Come and learn exercises to maintain healthy joints, increase strength and flexibility and improve overall stamina based on the Arthritis Foundation's land exercise program.  The six week class will also include a brief guided relaxation/meditation for stress reduction and pain management. The class will be taught by Laila Vehvilainen, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer who has been teaching exercise for over 12 years.

Wednesdays March 15, 22, 29, and April 12, 19, 26. No class on April 4.

Weekly Story Times

Ages 3-5.
Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft. And on the first Thursday of the month, meet some of our community police officers as they help out with Story Time!

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success.

Open Lego

Grades K+.
Drop in and make something creative with our supplied LEGOs. Look through our LEGO idea books to make something super exciting or design your own structure! Leave your name with the creation, and we’ll display it on top of our shelves for a month!

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Lilah, Montana, Eloise and Friday, listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Weekly Storytimes

Ages 2-4.
On March 6, Framingham community police officers will come in to share our story and craft time!

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime

Ages 0-2 with an adult.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

Stories for Scooters

Ages 0-3.
Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!  

Low Impact Exercise Class

Come and learn exercises to maintain healthy joints, increase strength and flexibility and improve overall stamina based on the Arthritis Foundation's land exercise program.  The six week class will also include a brief guided relaxation/meditation for stress reduction and pain management. The class will be taught by Laila Vehvilainen, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer who has been teaching exercise for over 12 years.

Wednesdays March 15, 22, 29, and April 12, 19, 26. No class on April 4.

Weekly Story Times

Ages 3-5.
Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft. And on the first Thursday of the month, meet some of our community police officers as they help out with Story Time!

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Frida Kahlo and Her Circle

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Erika Schneider, Associate Professor, FSU
In connection to the MFA acquisition of Kahlo’s painting and installation, Dr. Schneider will discuss the art and cult of the artist.

This free lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council. Refreshments.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.
Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success.