Events Calendar / September 2017

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit

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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.

Brown Bag Learning Series: Framingham Downtown Renaissance: Spurring Growth in our Urban Core thumbnail Photo

Brown Bag Learning Series: Framingham Downtown Renaissance: Spurring Growth in our Urban Core

Presented by Courtney Thraen

Framingham Downtown Renaissance seeks to catalyze growth in our walkable, urban core by implementing policies and plans that usher in a new era of community and economic development underscored by a high-quality environment. Join Courtney as she discusses the mission of the Framingham Downtown Renaissance, its current projects and future plans.  Courtney will also discuss funding initiatives for features that will create wonderful vibrancy along the streetscape.

About Courtney Thraen:
Courtney is the Executive Director of the Framingham Downtown Renaissance.  She received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and earned her Masters of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts while at Massachusetts Maritime Academy and her Master of City Planning at Boston University.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe

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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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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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Stories for Scooters

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

Ages 0-3.

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Low Impact Exercise Class

Low Impact Exercise Class is back! 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. Please note new location.

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Receita de Samba Trio

Boston area husband and wife team Anna Borges and Bill Ward are the creative force behind Receita de Samba. They combine the excitement of a Brazilian batucada with the refinement and subtlety of the more jazz-tinged sounds of the Bossa Nova era creating a highly rhythmic and energetic performance. Refreshments.

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Weekly Story Times

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!

Ages 3-5.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.

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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.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.

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Friday Night Movies: Silent Movie Double Feature

Buster Keaton's The Cameraman and Laurel and Hardy short, with piano accompaniment by Richard Hughes

The Cameraman tells the tale of a clumsy man hopelessly in love with a woman working at MGM Studios. He attempts to become a motion picture cameraman to be close to the object of his desire. Considered to be Buster Keaton’s last great film. Refreshments.

The Cameraman, (1928) 1 hr. 9 min.
Enter on the Lexington Street side between 6:30-7:15pm.

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

Mindfulness Book Group: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life thumbnail Photo

Mindfulness Book Group: Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life, by Thich Nhat Hanh
Within this book are the teachings, anecdotes, and personal stories of spiritual leader, Thich Nhat Hanh. He gently guides the reader in ways to cultivate inner peace in everyday life as the key to world harmony. A guided meditation will follow the book discussion.

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit

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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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End of Summer Reading Ice Cream Party!

Summer is over, and school is back in session, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have one last summer party! Join us for ice cream, games, and the Summer Reading grand prize drawings on Saturday, September 9th.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe

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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Artist Reception: Kajal SenGupta thumbnail Photo

Artist Reception: Kajal SenGupta

Kajal is a self-taught artist whose love of art goes back to her childhood days. She grew up in India and currently lives in Framingham. Her artwork reflects nature in many forms—animals,still life, landscapes and portraits. Kajal is deeply inspired by nature in all its diverse forms and her paintings reflect that inspiration. Her style is representational and her favored medium is watercolor, though she also works in pastels and mixed media. Refreshments.

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

Stories for Scooters thumbnail Photo

Stories for Scooters

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

Ages 0-3.

Low Impact Exercise Class thumbnail Photo

Low Impact Exercise Class

Low Impact Exercise Class is back! 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. Please note new location.

Sci-Fi Book Group and Movie: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, with Blade Runner thumbnail Photo

Sci-Fi Book Group and Movie: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, with Blade Runner

This month, we’re combining the sci-fi book discussion with a movie viewing! In celebration of the October release of the sequel to Blade Runner, we’ll discuss Philip K. Dick’s classic novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, followed by a screening of Blade Runner, based on the book. Popcorn and beverages included.

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Weekly Story Times

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!

Ages 3-5.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.

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Friends Book Sale

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

After a summer of donations, the September sale is chock full of new material!  Members of the Friends may enter at 9:30 for a first look at all this new stock.  If you’re not yet a member, you may join by clicking here or by picking up a form at either library.

*Make sure you join soon.  Signing up between May 1 and September 30, 2017, makes you eligible to be entered into a drawing for a $100 Visa Gift Card, generously donated by TD Bank!

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Book Discussion: The Lemonade War

Join us for a discussion of The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies, a Massachusetts Children’s Book Award winner. With realistic characters about to start a new school year, the book promises to make this a lively book discussion that all readers will enjoy.  Call 508-532-5636 or stop in to request a copy of the book. Refreshments provided.

Grades 3-5, Registration required.

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Teen Workshop Double Feature - Immersive Language Study Scholarship & College Prep Information

We’ll be hosting a double workshop on Saturday the 16th of September. First up, Rahul and Rohan Krishnan will share their immersive travel and language study experiences through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). Then, Emilia Gordon will be talking about the need for college coaching and planning. Both will be sticking around for questions after their talks.

This is a chance for students and parents to come together and learn more about some great opportunities!

Registration isn't required, but we would appreciate it if you would, so that we have an estimate of how many people will be there. To do so, click the event title, and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.

More information on the individual programs is available if you click on the event title.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe

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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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Discover Journal Writing

Discover personal growth and enrichment through journal writing. We will be writing, learning new tips and techniques and possibly sharing our stories.

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

Stories for Scooters thumbnail Photo

Stories for Scooters

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

Ages 0-3.

Low Impact Exercise Class thumbnail Photo

Low Impact Exercise Class

Low Impact Exercise Class is back! 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. Please note new location.

Identifying and Dating Family Photos- CANCELLED

Tonight’s program at McAuliffe, Identifying and Dating Family Photos, is CANCELLED and will be rescheduled. Please watch our website for a new date. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Weekly Story Times thumbnail Photo

Weekly Story Times

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!

Ages 3-5.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.

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.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.

Art Unveiling and Workshop with the Artist, Sara Zieve Miller thumbnail Photo

Art Unveiling and Workshop with the Artist, Sara Zieve Miller

Join us as we unveil our new Children's Room hanging sculptures and meet the artist who made them, Sara Zieve Miller. Then Sara will show us how to make a shape more interesting by adding paint and textures.

Grades K+. Registration required for workshop.

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

Drop-in Baby Lapsit thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

Framingham Public Library Foundation Brick Celebration

Join the Framingham Public Library Foundation as we thank our generous donors and celebrate the completion of the two brick patios at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library. Entertainment will be provided by Framingham High School students and refreshments will be served.

Event will be held rain or shine.

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Monday Matinee: Lion

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost in Calcutta, thousands of miles from home. He wanders the streets and survives many dangerous encounters before being adopted by a couple in Australia. Twenty five years later, he searches for his lost family. This film received six Oscar nominations. Stars Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman and Rooney Mara. Refreshments.

(2016) 1 hr. 58 min. PG-13

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime at McAuliffe

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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs, Eloise, Montana, and Lilah listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

All ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Teen Tech Time - Video Game Design

Teen Tech Time returns! We’re back from summer break, and we’ll be having monthly programs through November up at the McAuliffe Branch Library. For this one, go from gamer to designer. Video Game Design encompasses storytelling, pixel art, and object-oriented programming, all through a user-friendly, 2D game design platform.

Limited space available: Please register online by clicking the event title and filling out the form at the bottom of the page. When you do, please put the grade you're in in the "Message" section.

SPOTS ARE CURRENTLY FULL. FILL OUT REGISTRATION FORM TO GO ON WAITLIST.

Discover Journal Writing thumbnail Photo

Discover Journal Writing

Discover personal growth and enrichment through journal writing. We will be writing, learning new tips and techniques and possibly sharing our stories.

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

Stories for Scooters thumbnail Photo

Stories for Scooters

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

Ages 0-3.

Low Impact Exercise Class thumbnail Photo

Low Impact Exercise Class

Low Impact Exercise Class is back! 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. Please note new location.

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Maintaining the Genetic Integrity of Our Food System

Hannah Traggis, Garden to Table Program Educator and Coordinator for the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in Wellesley will be here to talk about food systems and nutrition education for all ages. Saving seeds, exploring heirloom varieties and promoting community supported horticulture is something we can all do. Hannah will explain the why and the how. This program is sponsored by Transition Framingham and the Framingham Public Library Seed Library.
NOTE: New seeds for fall are now available from the Seed Library!

Weekly Story Times thumbnail Photo

Weekly Story Times

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!

Ages 3-5.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: JFK@100

Presenter: Dr. Gary Hylander, Ph.D., Boston College.

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the birth of John F. Kennedy. Join us as we discuss the life, politics and legacy of JFK. Topics to be covered include: civil rights, Krushchev and Cuba, the Vietnam War and more. Refreshments.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit

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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool ages.

The Play Space is funded in part by a LSTA grant awarded from the MBLC.