Events Calendar / May 2017

Weekly Storytimes

Ages 2-4.

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

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Vertical Gardening

Vertical Gardening: the activity of making plants grow up a structure like a wall or a trellis.
This presentation will focus on the benefits of vertical growing for gardeners, mostly in regard to vegetable gardens. Local gardeners extraordinaire, Brigitte Griffin and Gesa Lehnert, will present options of trellises and where to place them in your garden.

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: Munchkin the 3rd

You all can't get enough Munchkin, so it's back for the third time!

Munchkin is a card based, epic fantasy quest full of dragons, barbarians, monsters, gold, and cursed poultry.

Join us at the library to create your character, and join our quest for treasure and glory. Snacks will be provided for weary warriors.

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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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Poetry Workshop

Led by Bernard Horn. 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. Bernard Horn, whose poetry collection, Our Daily Words, won the Old Seventy Creek Poetry Prize, is Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University.

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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. 

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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!

Early Release LEGO Building

You bring the LEGO building skills and we’ll supply the LEGOs! 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 May!

Grades K+.

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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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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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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.

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Early American Film 1897-1925: The Vitagraph Company

Guest Speaker: Curt Martin

The Vitagraph motion picture company was one of the pioneering silent film companies in the US and for a time was the most prolific and most successful. The company introduced feature length films, art films, comedies, special effects and animation. In 1925, Vitagraph was sold to Warner Brothers.

Refreshments.

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Weekly Storytimes

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Allergies 101

Presented by Kristin Dziadul, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Join Kristin as she explains the connection between food, environment and lifestyle and how it can cause inflammation, intolerance and allergies in the body.  Learn how you can pinpoint the cause and how to relieve symptoms the natural way.

About Kristin Dziadul:
Kristin is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach with a focus on helping clients with digestive issues (ulcerative colitis, leaky gut, acid reflux, etc.), fatigue, and anxiety.  She received her Health Coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® (IIN), where she studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.  Drawing on this knowledge, Kristin uses a personalized approach that is based on the unique body, lifestyle, preferences and goals of each client in order to help them achieve success.

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: Hidden Figures

The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. Refreshments. Doors open at 6:30pm. Please use the Lexington St. entrance.

2016. 127 min, PG

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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. 

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Dads & Donuts with Outdoor Rx

All ages.

This month bond with your dad (and with donuts) through stories, songs and fun while learning about the Appalachian Mountain Club’s local, outdoor events! 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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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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Free Comic Book Day

Yes, FREE! Whether you are new to comics or a super fan, have a comic book on us. There is something for all ages, kids through adults, while supplies last. Thank you to our supplier, Friendly Neighborhood Comics.

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Movie Matinee: Sing

A koala impresario stages a grand singing competition for the world's animals in order to save his elegant theater and bring it back to its former glory.

All ages at parents’ discretion. Rated PG for some rude humor and mild peril.

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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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The Library’s 4th Annual Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea

Bring your mom, grandma, aunt, sister and friends to the Library for an afternoon of tea and fashion! The show will feature fashion accessories from Under the Same Moon, a foundation promoting the work of Guatemalan artisans. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase a variety of the lovely handcrafted items. Petite sandwiches, desserts and refreshments with a Guatemalan flair will be served. Ole’! Tickets are $25.00.

The proceeds will benefit the Framingham Public Library Foundation and Under the Same Moon.

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 Bernard Horn. 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. Bernard Horn, whose poetry collection, Our Daily Words, won the Old Seventy Creek Poetry Prize, is Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University.

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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. 

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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 Group: The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Emiko is a genetically engineered concubine, designed expressly to serve her master. Anderson Lake works for a Western agricultural corporation, and is undercover in Thailand to lay claim to the seeds of a fruit that is resistant to the plagues ravaging the planet. When Emiko feeds Lake information about the Thai seed bank, she unwittingly triggers a civil war.

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Films Around the World: Mia Madre (2015)

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

Mia Madre (My Mother)- Nanni Moretti, Italy/France/Germany, 2015
While trying to complete her latest film, director Margherita Buy (in a superlative turn) must face with prospect of losing her seriously ill mother. One of Moretti’s most lauded, compassionate works. 107 min.
In Italian with English subtitles.

Part of the Films Around the World Series.

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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.

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Weekly Storytimes

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

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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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Art Lover’s Book Club: How to Be Both by Ali Smith

A contemporary and historical novel  which recounts the efforts of a teenager to deal with her mother’s death, the story of Italian Renaissance artist Francescho del Cossa who lived a duel identity as both a man and a woman, and the art that ties the two together. The two stories in the book can be read in either order.

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Mother’s Day Open Craft

All Ages.

Drop in and make a heartfelt handicraft for your mom to celebrate her on her day! We supply materials and ideas; you supply the clever hands and the loving hearts.

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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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Monday Matinee: Loving

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court’s historic 1967 decision. Refreshments.

2016, 123 min PG-13

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: Munchkin the 3rd

You all can't get enough Munchkin, so it's back for the third time!

Munchkin is a card based, epic fantasy quest full of dragons, barbarians, monsters, gold, and cursed poultry.

Join us at the library to create your character, and join our quest for treasure and glory. Snacks will be provided for weary warriors.

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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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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 whowould 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 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 second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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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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Ted Reinstein Book Talk

Since 1995, Ted Reinstein has been a reporter for Boston’s WCVB-TV’s Chronicle, the nation’s longest-running locallyproduced nightly newsmagazine. His first book, New England Notebook: One Reporter, Six States, Uncommon Stories, was released in 2013. In 2016, Ted’s second book, Wicked Pissed:
New England’s Most Famous Feuds
was released. His third book, all about New England’s iconic general stores will be released this fall. Refreshments.

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Bullet Journaling for Book Lovers

This virtual class with Anne Bogel from the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club will go over the basics of bullet journaling. Bullet journaling is a way to organize, inspire, beautify and maximize your reading life. After the presentation, you can work on a creation of your own.

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McAuliffe Book Club: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

Ex-convict Shadow finds out the ancient Gods are alive and well and woven into the American landscape in this award winning novel. The story takes the reader on a road trip as it unravels the mystery of Shadow’s story and explores questions of belief and devotion, as the Gods themselves struggle for survival in America’s ever changing cultural mindset. Led by Lena Kilburn.

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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: Evanescence IV, photographic C-print by Steven Duede; Rain Fish, book by Lois Ehlert.

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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.

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Composting to Combat Climate Change

Presented by: The Framingham Compost Crew (a project of Transition Framingham)
The Framingham Compost Crew is a community organization which aims to help individuals and groups in the community begin composting or expand their current composting capabilities. The goal is to keep “trash” out of landfills that could otherwise be turned into “black gold.”

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Weekly Storytimes

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

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Friends of the Framingham Library Book Sale

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

At this sale there will be new routes to the three sale areas (lobby, book room and bag room), but there will still be thousands of books available.

New, gently used book donations are needed. Small donations are gratefully received any day. Large donations are welcome at the Main Library on Friday mornings or on book sale days. Or call 508-532-5570 x4333 to arrange for drop-offs.

Are you aware of the Affinity Program? If you have a TD Bank account, the Bank will donate a percent of your annual balance to the Friends. Sign up is easy! Call Jeremy Brandon at 508-879-7400.

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FRAMINGHAM PUBLIC LIBRARY SALUTES VETERANS!

Join us as we celebrate our men and women of service and unveil our Veterans Resource Centers! Events include a tribute to the flag, stories from local veterans, music, crafts for kids and teens, refreshments and a visit from a combat canine.

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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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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.

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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.

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: Scratch Programming (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!

Scratch the surface of programming with Scratch! Developed by M.I.T, Scratch is one of the most engaging ways to teach kids to code. Students learn the basics of computer programming by arranging puzzle-like blocks into lines of code in a drag-&-drop graphical interface. Possible projects include video games, animations, simulators, and even role-playing games. After the class, projects are shared with family and friends, and everyone can continue to work on their projects from home. 

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.

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

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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 whowould 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 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 second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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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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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.

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Annual Town-wide Spelling Bee!

The Homework Center presents: Annual Town-wide Spelling Bee! Middle school students – sign up in your school office to represent your school! Scripts National Spelling Bee Word Study Packets will be available at middle school offices beginning April 10.

Questions? jgatlin@minlib.net

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Weekly Storytimes

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

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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. 

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.

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 whowould 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 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 second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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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!