Events Calendar / February 2017

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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Join us for another Adult Coloring Night!

If your New Year's resolution is to find more time for yourself then join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Coloring is relaxing and therapeutic. We will provide coloring pages and colored pencils.  You are welcome to bring your own materials.  No registration is required.

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: The Link between Chronic Disease & Nutrition

Presented by Denise Roskamp, M.D.

Join us for a fun and informative talk about the brand new dietary guidelines released by the US Government which BUST the low-cholesterol and low-fat diet myth. The new Federal dietary recommendations say healthy eating DOES include EGGS and FAT! We will share shopping tips and easy recipes for yummy, FAT-filled and HEALTHY meals.

ABOUT DENISE ROSKAMP: Since May of 2012, Denise has been the owner and president of Home Helpers, a fully licensed, insured and bonded home care agency providing compassionate and reliable support and care to elders and their families throughout the Boston MetroWest area. Denise holds a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and is a licensed Dementia Trainer and Practitioner.

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.

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Friday Night Film: Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) 110 min.

Meryl Streep is generating Oscar buzz starring as Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York heiress who became an opera singer known for her painful lack of singing skill. Hugh Grant plays her husband and manager. Refreshments. Doors open at 6:30pm. Please use the Lexington Street entrance.

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.

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.

Movie Matinee: Kubo and the Two Strings (PG)

All ages at parents’ discretion.
Kubo and the Two Strings (Rated PG for thematic elements, scary images, action and peril). A young boy named Kubo must locate a magical suit of armor worn by his father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past.

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: Arneis String Quartet

Boston-based Arneis Quartet will perform Mendelssohn op. 80 and Janacek String Quartet #1 (inspired by Tolstoy Kruetzer Sonata). This prizewinning quartet has performed internationally in Canada, Italy, and China.

Refreshments. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

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.

FPL Seed-Packaging Party

The FPL Seed Lending Library is gearing up for a new season. The seeds have arrived and two seed-packaging “parties” have been scheduled:
Monday February 6, 1-3:00pm – Main Library, J Craft Room and Tuesday February 7, 7-8:30pm– Christa McAuliffe Branch, J Craft Room
Come meet other gardeners and talk about your plans for this year!

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iPhone Photography with Nicole Connolly - Part II (Intermediate)

Whether you have taken the iPhone photography intro and would like to learn more or are simply ready to learn some new iPhone photography tricks, join us for a fun filled evening and learn how to organize and share your photos, some photo editing techniques, advanced iPhone camera & photo settings, and Photostream & Airdrop. You should already be familiar with basic iPhone photography features we captured in the Intro Class.

All iPhone versions are welcome.

Nicole Connolly is a passionate photographer that frequently travels to Europe. Besides her DSLR camera the iPhone has become her most trusted companion on her trips. Through those travels she learned about the benefits of this small but powerful device and discovered many new creative ways to use it with stunning results.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe

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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Teen Tuesdays: Munchkin Returns!

Back by popular demand!

Teen Event
Grades 6-12
3:30-5:00 PM

Create your character and join our quest for treasure and glory. Snacks will be provided for weary warriors.

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.

FPL Seed-Packaging Party

The FPL Seed Lending Library is gearing up for a new season. The seeds have arrived and two seed-packaging “parties” have been scheduled:
Monday February 6, 1-3:00pm – Main Library, J Craft Room and Tuesday February 7, 7-8:30pm– Christa McAuliffe Branch, J Craft Room
Come meet other gardeners and talk about your plans for this year!

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Main Library Book Club: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Acclaimed author Emily St. John Mandel’s National Book Award nominated novel about art, fame, and ambition is set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse. One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time as a Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains, this spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people. Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. Beth Beloff leads.

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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Sci-Fi Book Club: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Jason Dessen, a moderately successful physics professor with a happy family life, is about to find the answer to a universal question: how would my life have turned out if I had made different decisions? While walking home one night, Jason is abducted, beaten, and injected with a drug that renders him unconscious, and when he wakes up, he finds that the life he now inhabits is not the one he remembers. The new Jason has no wife or son, and he’s a world renowned physicist who has achieved what had been thought of as impossible – access to an infinite number of parallel universes. This is a fast moving sci fi adventure that makes your head hurt in a good way.

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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Art Lover’s Book Club

Book Discussion: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro. Discuss this engrossing novel inspired by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heist.

Artwork Slide Presentation & Discussion: We will consider how to identify an artist’s distinctive style while looking at slides of a selection of artwork from the collection of Danforth Art Museum.

A collaborative program organized by the Framingham Public Library and Danforth Art Museum\School

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 508-532-5570 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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Starting Seeds Indoors

Local gardener extraordinaire, Renée Faubert, will share her expertise on starting plants from seed indoors. She will demonstrate some of the equipment she uses, share helpful online resources, and talk about how she decides what and when to plant. Refreshments.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe

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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Love Follies Over Time

One of Boston’s dynamic storytellers, Helena Leet-Pellegrini will share stories about the journey of relationship through the different stages of life— from meeting, to marrying, to growing older together. Refreshments.

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!  

McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

In this gothic suspense novel, biographer Margaret Lea receives a request from Vida Winter, one of Britain’s most prolific novelists, asking for her services. Intrigued by why Winter’s Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation has only twelve tales, Lea agrees to act as Vida’s biographer. The collaboration brings forth dark secrets from Winter’s childhood at Angelfield, a now abandoned family estate. As Margaret becomes more immersed in the strange stories of Winter’s past, both women will have to confront their pasts and the weight of family secrets, and the ghosts that haunt them still.

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!

Job Fair!

Come join PeopleReady and the Framingham Public Library staff at our HIRING EVENT and Open House! Jobs available in a number of specialties including automotive driver, warehouse/shipping and hospitality positions such as prep cooks and housekeepers/housemen. Never a fee. When you join the PeopleReady team, we make it easy for you to get to work. Must be at least 18 years of age. Please bring proper identification.

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ISIS: An Old New Phenomenon: The Roots of Radical Islamic Movements in the Middle East

Presenter: Dr. Yaser Najjar, Dean of Graduate Studies, FSU.
The rise, vision, scope, spread and future of ISIS and the current and future political map of the region will be discussed.

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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Book Sale!

9:30 am Members only
10:00 am - 3:00 pm open to all

We have a critical need for donations this winter. If you have books to donate, please call the Main Library at 508-532-5570 x4333 to arrange a drop off time. Donations are always gratefully accepted during the sale. Smaller donations may also be made at the Main Library during the week.
We have received many wonderful high quality art books which will be featured this month in the lobby and in the special feature bookcase at the front of the book room.

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!

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.

Both Libraries Closed

Both Libraries will be closed for Presidents’ Day.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe

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.

Book Bingo

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

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Teen Tuesdays: Munchkin Returns!

Back by popular demand!

Teen Event
Grades 6-12
3:30-5:00 PM

Create your character and join our quest for treasure and glory. Snacks will be provided for weary warriors.

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!  

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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.

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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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 at McAuliffe

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.