Events Calendar / March 2017

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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 first and last Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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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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.

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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.

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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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 first and last Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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.

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 May 8, Framingham community police officers will share our story and craft time!

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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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.

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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Main Library Book Club: The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

Join us to discuss this breathtaking novel of love on the eve of World War I that reaches far beyond the small English town in which it is set. “A novel to cure your Downton Abbey withdrawal . . . a delightful story about nontraditional romantic relationships, class snobbery and the everybody-knowseverybody complications of living in a small community.”–The Washington Post

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.

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 first and last Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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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Reception for Framingham Public Schools Visual Public Art Show

A Visual Public Art Show featuring artwork from the Framingham Public Schools grades K-12 will be on display at the library from March 6 – March 31. Come meet the artists at a reception on Wednesday, March 8 from 5:30-7:00. Refreshments will be served.

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Sci-Fi Book Club: Feed by M.T. Anderson

“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.” If that opening line doesn’t hook you, keep reading. In a near future world of consumerism gone mad, brains are hooked up to the Feed at birth, allowing television and computers to continually broadcast the latest news, trends and ads directly to one’s mind. When Titus and his friends travel to the moon to party at the “stupid lowgrav Ricochet Lounge,” his meaningless existence takes a new direction upon meeting Violet, a home-schooled girl who thinks for herself and opens Titus’ eyes to the true agenda of the Feed.

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!

The Homework Center presents Future Leaders!

What does it mean to be a Leader? What are Leadership skills? Join us for the “Future Leaders Program” to find out!

Through research and discussion on pertinent topics, fourth and fifth grade students will share their thoughts, listen to their peers and develop appreciation for varied viewpoints. They will also hone their ability to express themselves respectfully in a group setting.

Facilitated by Ms. Meena Bharath of Red Crocus Learning Center. For questions and to sign up, contact jgatlin@minlib.net.

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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.

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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.

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Early Learning Zone

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

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.

Cookie Craft with Alison Schwartz

Ages 6-10.
Registration required. Please call 508-532-5636 x5 to register.
Alison will read stories on a theme then kids will decorate cookies (no cranberries).

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.

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Sunday Concert Series: The Formosa Duo

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 May 8, Framingham community police officers will share our story and craft time!

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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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.

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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 first and last Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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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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. This is a group, low impact exercise class and will include exercises for joint mobility and range of motion, muscle strengthening and stretching.
The class will also include a brief guided relaxation/meditation for stress reduction and pain management. Learn specific exercises for low back, hip and knee, hands and feet (including ankle and wrist joint mobility), upper back, neck and shoulders. No registration is required.

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.

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.

The Homework Center presents Future Leaders!

What does it mean to be a Leader? What are Leadership skills? Join us for the “Future Leaders Program” to find out!

Through research and discussion on pertinent topics, fourth and fifth grade students will share their thoughts, listen to their peers and develop appreciation for varied viewpoints. They will also hone their ability to express themselves respectfully in a group setting.

Facilitated by Ms. Meena Bharath of Red Crocus Learning Center. For questions and to sign up, contact jgatlin@minlib.net.

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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.

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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.

Book Bingo

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

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 May 8, Framingham community police officers will share our story and craft time!

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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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.

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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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.

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 first and last Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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 thumbnail Photo

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. This is a group, low impact exercise class and will include exercises for joint mobility and range of motion, muscle strengthening and stretching.
The class will also include a brief guided relaxation/meditation for stress reduction and pain management. Learn specific exercises for low back, hip and knee, hands and feet (including ankle and wrist joint mobility), upper back, neck and shoulders. No registration is required.

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!

The Homework Center presents Future Leaders!

What does it mean to be a Leader? What are Leadership skills? Join us for the “Future Leaders Program” to find out!

Through research and discussion on pertinent topics, fourth and fifth grade students will share their thoughts, listen to their peers and develop appreciation for varied viewpoints. They will also hone their ability to express themselves respectfully in a group setting.

Facilitated by Ms. Meena Bharath of Red Crocus Learning Center. For questions and to sign up, contact jgatlin@minlib.net.

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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.

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 first and last Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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!

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 May 8, Framingham community police officers will share our story and craft time!

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Know Your Rights: Immigration Issues and Workshop

Immigration Issues and Workshop: The Framingham Immigrant Experience

What can I do if ICE comes to my neighborhood?
What can I do to help the immigrant community?

Join us for a discussion of the impact of the recent immigration orders.
Find out accurate information about legal rights in many situations. We
will be joined by Diego Low, Coordinator of the Metrowest Workers
Center and Evan Benz, immigration attorney at Metrowest Legal Services.
Refreshments and Coffee.

Translation (Spanish and Portuguese) will be available.

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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Teen Tech Time: Minecraft Design (ALL SPOTS FILLED)

Teen Tech Time is a new program that will run during the spring and fall of 2017. The Framingham Public Library will be teaming up with Empow Studios to provide a series of STEAM programs focusing on programming, tech design, animation, robotics and more!

For our first event, grab a pickaxe and join your fellow Minecraftians for a class in design challenges. Our instructors teach the fundamentals of electrical engineering using Redstone, a special kind of element that mimics electricity almost perfectly. As they master their Redstone skills, we teach key concepts in programming, architecture, and pixel art, all while using teamwork and social skills. It’s the perfect blend of fun, learning, and creativity. All students must play in “Creative Mode,” and must follow our rules of respect.

Space is limited, and currently the program is full. If you'd like to be placed on the waitlist, please contact our teen librarian John Garrigan at jgarrigan@minlib.net, and he will get back to you if a spot opens up.

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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.

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 first and last Saturday of the month.   For questions please contact: Mary Murphy at Main Library or email mamurphy@minlib.net

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 thumbnail Photo

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. This is a group, low impact exercise class and will include exercises for joint mobility and range of motion, muscle strengthening and stretching.
The class will also include a brief guided relaxation/meditation for stress reduction and pain management. Learn specific exercises for low back, hip and knee, hands and feet (including ankle and wrist joint mobility), upper back, neck and shoulders. No registration is required.

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!

The Homework Center presents Future Leaders!

What does it mean to be a Leader? What are Leadership skills? Join us for the “Future Leaders Program” to find out!

Through research and discussion on pertinent topics, fourth and fifth grade students will share their thoughts, listen to their peers and develop appreciation for varied viewpoints. They will also hone their ability to express themselves respectfully in a group setting.

Facilitated by Ms. Meena Bharath of Red Crocus Learning Center. For questions and to sign up, contact jgatlin@minlib.net.

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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.

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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.