Events Calendar / Adults

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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NaNoWriMo Write-in

We provide quiet space and a snack; you bring your novel and creativity. Share ideas and encouragement or just work quietly in the company of others.

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The Photo Detective

Maureen Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on historic photograph identification, photo preservation and family history research. She is the author of several books and has appeared on The View and the Today Show and has been dubbed “the nation’s foremost historical photo detective” by The Wall Street Journal. Refreshments.

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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 should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

NaNoWriMo Write-in thumbnail Photo

NaNoWriMo Write-in

We provide quiet space and a snack; you bring your novel and creativity. Share ideas and encouragement or just work quietly in the company of others.

Lifelong Learning Series: Winslow Homer in England

Presenter: Dr. Erika Schneider, Associate Professor, Framingham State University.

This lecture explores the artist’s time in England in 1881-82. It corresponds to a November 11-February 4 show at the Worcester Art Museum called “Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England.”

The Thursday 7:00pm series is a partnership between Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library.

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Brown Bag Learning Series:  Lunchtime Hypnosis Stress-Buster

Presented by Marisa Fanelli

Join Marisa for a talk about how hypnosis can be used to help you take control of your life. This modality can give you the power to create changes in your habits and thought patterns, which will benefit you in all aspects of your life. Get educated, and then get ready to experience it for yourself.  She will be incorporating a mini session of anxiety-reducing hypnotherapy during the presentation. Each participant will also receive a stress relief hypnosis recording to listen to at home.


About Marisa Fanelli:
Marisa is the owner of Healing Point Therapeutics, in Natick. She is an acupuncturist and hypnotherapist, with a specialization in anxiety and insomnia. She is licensed in acupuncture through the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, and certified in hypnotherapy through the Thomas Institute of Hypnosis and the National Guild of Hypnotists.
 

Ballroom Blast: Learn to Dance

Join us for beginning ballroom fun! We’ll start with performances by competitive dancers, followed by lessons in ballroom basics from Ilta Dance Studios of Framingham. Stay and practice your moves! Already experienced? Come cut a rug!

No partners needed. Ballroom Blast is generously supported by a Framingham Cultural Council grant.

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Mindfulness Book Group - Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill


Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

French author Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist Monk living in Nepal. He has had a career as a cellular geneticist, as a photographer, and is an active participant in scientific studies on the visible effects of meditation on the brain. In this book he weaves together many disciplines: fiction, poetry, Eastern and Western philosophy, scientific research, and his own life experiences to help us apply a different perspective to the realities of today's world. 

Join us for a discussion of this positively joyful book.  A short meditation will follow.

Mindfulness Book Group: Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill

French author Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist Monk living in Nepal. He has had a career as a cellular geneticist, as a photographer, and is an active participant in scientific studies on the visible effects of meditation on the brain. In this book he weaves together many disciplines: fiction, poetry, Eastern and Western philosophy, scientific research, and his own life experiences to help us apply a different perspective to the realities of today's world. Join us for a discussion of this positively joyful book.  A short meditation will follow.

Sunday Concert Series: Igor Lovchinsky

World-renowned pianist Igor Lovchinsky will perform the works of Bach/Busoni, Chopin, and Gershwin/Wild.
Refreshments.

This series is sponsored in part by Roche Brothers, Metro Credit Union, Morton Shuman Law Offices and Friends of the Framingham Library.

Films Around the World Series: Fill the Void (Lemale et ha’hala)

Discussion Leader: Dr. Arthur Nolletti, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Framingham State University

In director Roma Burshstein’s thoughtful comedy-drama, a young Hasidic woman is pressured by family and tradition to marry her deceased sister’s husband. Refreshments.

Sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Fill the Void (2012) 90min. In Hebrew with English subtitles.

Artists’ Guild Art Reception

The Framingham Artists’ Guild is presenting a members’ art exhibit in the Library Gallery from December 2-30. Beautiful and unusual subjects interpreted in paint, fabric, and photography will be on display. A qualified judge will choose his/her winners. Do you agree? Which will be your favorites? Refreshments.

Main Library Book Group: City of Thieves by David Benioff

Join us in a discussion of this novel that Kirkus calls “glorious” and describes as “a wild action-packed quest, and much else besides: a coming-of-age story, an odd-couple tale and a juicy footnote to the historic World War II siege of Leningrad.” Led by Mary Evans.

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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 should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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Low Impact Exercise Class: Keeping Fit Through the Holidays

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 four 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.

No registration required.

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Adult Coloring Night

Join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Coloring is relaxing and therapeutic! We will provide colored pencils and coloring pages. You are welcome to bring your own materials. No registration is required.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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Local Authors’ Literary Festival

Join us for our first Literary Festival! Eight local authors will speak for fifteen minutes each about their book throughout the morning. Following their talk, they will be available in the Main Lobby for you to ask questions or purchase an autographed copy of their book. A perfect gift for the holidays! Joining us are: Suzanna Parpos, Erica Ferencik, Melinda Ponder, Carrie Johnson, Carla Schwartz, Ted Elliman, Debbie Clark and Charles Beck. Refreshments.

A Christmas Carol: A Dramatic Reading

With Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University

This reading has become an annual tradition, so don’t miss the opportunity to see Charles Dickens’ masterpiece come to life! Dickens prepared a special reading version of A Christmas Carol that he used during reading tours in England and America, ending in Boston. Dr. Heineman will perform a dramatized reading of this version, enhanced by a slideshow of over 250 illustrations. Refreshments.

Three Mediums Demonstration & Workshop

This is a two part series with Nan Hass Feldman.

December 12 – Mixed Medium Art Demonstration Nan will show how to work with the Caran D’ache Crayons, oil pastels, and watercolor resist.
December 19 – Mixed Medium Workshop Participants will use materials provided to create a mixed-media work of their own.
Nan Hass Feldman has been painting for more than 40 years. In that time she has had 49 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 50 group shows, and 28 museum exhibitions. She recently appeared on Boston Public Radio with Margery Eagan and Jim Braude.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Class size is limited. You MUST attend both sessions.
Please email asadkin@minlib.net or call 508-532-6347 and leave your name and contact info.

Poetry Workshop thumbnail Photo

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 should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

Low Impact Exercise Class: Keeping Fit Through the Holidays thumbnail Photo

Low Impact Exercise Class: Keeping Fit Through the Holidays

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 four 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.

No registration required.

Sci-Fi Book Group and Movie: The War of the Worlds

The classic story of a Martian invasion of Earth that inspired Orson Welles’ infamous broadcast, which led to nationwide panic. After discussing the book, we’ll watch the 1953 screen adaptation. Popcorn and beverages provided.

Discussion from 6-7pm, movie from 7-8:30pm.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Come watch The Force Awakens with a crowd one more time before going to see The Last Jedi. Get caught up in the adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren, and the whole original Star Wars cast all over again, and eat some tasty movie popcorn while doing so.

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Veterans Coffee Hour

All Vets are welcome to join us for free coffee and other refreshments at this monthly event.

PBS’s POV Movie Series: Web Junkie

Web Junkie follows the treatment of three Chinese teenagers, obsessive gamers whose preference is for the virtual world over the real one. Israeli filmmakers Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia gained extraordinary access to a three-month military-style rehab program.

(2015) 74 min.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

9:30-10:00am: Friends Members Only
10:00am-3:00pm: Open to the public


The monthly sale falls early enough this year for you to complete some quality holiday shopping with offerings to meet all your interests.


The winner of the $100 VISA Gift Card drawing in October was Roche Brothers, who very graciously donated it back to the Friends. Thank you to everyone who joined the Friends between May 1 and September 30. We appreciate your support of the Friends and the Library. Thank you also to our new corporate member, The Optical View, and our renewing member, Shillman House Residence.

Three Mediums Demonstration & Workshop

This is a two part series with Nan Hass Feldman.

December 12 – Mixed Medium Art Demonstration Nan will show how to work with the Caran D’ache Crayons, oil pastels, and watercolor resist.
December 19 – Mixed Medium Workshop Participants will use materials provided to create a mixed-media work of their own.
Nan Hass Feldman has been painting for more than 40 years. In that time she has had 49 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 50 group shows, and 28 museum exhibitions. She recently appeared on Boston Public Radio with Margery Eagan and Jim Braude.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Class size is limited. You MUST attend both sessions.
Please email asadkin@minlib.net or call 508-532-6347 and leave your name and contact info.

Poetry Workshop thumbnail Photo

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 should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

McAuliffe Branch Book Group: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. Photographer Eddie Cohen is a Russian immigrant who has abandoned from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community. When he photographs of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance. Set against the backdrop of the Coney Island heyday and a volatile New York City, Coralie’s and Eddie’s lives intersect in this spellbinding story of love and loss.

Adult Coloring Night thumbnail Photo

Adult Coloring Night

Join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Coloring is relaxing and therapeutic! We will provide colored pencils and coloring pages. You are welcome to bring your own materials. No registration is required.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

Poetry Workshop thumbnail Photo

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 should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net