Events Calendar / November 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 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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Early Release KEVA Plank Building

Explore your artistic nature, problem solve and engage in play with the deceptively simple KEVA planks. Amaze us with your creations!

For all ages.

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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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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: A Journey through the Weather: Worlds of English Literature

Presenter: Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University

Beginning in the 10th Century, writers relied on creating appropriate settings. This lecture will examine samples from Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Bronte, and Dickens and will show how weather has been written into the landscape of English Literature.

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

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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: Simple Flower Arranging

Presented by the Framingham Garden Club.

Join Nancy Martin and Marion Goodman for a lively flower arranging demonstration using inexpensive flowers from the supermarket or Trader Joe's. Learn to create simple, yet beautiful centerpieces that will be the envy of your family and friends.

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Friday Night Film: Hell or High Water

A divorced father and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate scheme to save their family’s ranch in Texas. Starring Chris Pine, Ben Foster, and Jeff Bridges. Refreshments.

Enter on the Lexington Street side between 6:30-7:15pm.

Hell or High Water (2016) 1 hr. 42 min.

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Mindfulness Book Group: Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

Take a cross country trip into the heart of America with Otto Ringling and his unwanted passenger, Skovorodinian monk Volya Rinpoche.  The skeptic and the holy man engage in a battle of wits and wisdom, as they share their adventure of cultural discovery and the awakening of one's true heart.

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Movie Matinee: DuckTales, the Movie: Treasure of the Lost

Celebrate the return of DuckTales, the TV show, by watching as Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webbigail accompany their wealthy uncle Scrooge McDuck on a trip to Egypt in search of the long-lost riches of Collie Baba's ancient pyramid but discover that friendship and family are far more valuable than even the most fantastic fortune.

All ages at parents’ discretion
Rated G

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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.

Registration Required. All ages are welcome!

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

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Sunday Concert Series: Constantine Finehouse and Daniel Kurganov

Pianist Constantine Finehouse and violinist Daniel Kurganov perform the works of Kreisler, Bloch, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Refreshments.

The Sunday Concert Series is sponsored in part by Roche Brothers, Metro Credit Union, Morton Shuman Law Offices, and Friends of the Framingham Library.

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FILMS AROUND THE WORLD SERIES: Monsieur Lazhar

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

Hired to replace an elementary school teacher who died tragically, an Algerian immigrant helps the class deal with grief, while grappling with his own painful memories. Refreshments. Sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Monsieur Lazhar (2011) 94min. In French, Arabic, and English with English subtitles.

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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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School’s Out Movie at McAuliffe: Wonder Woman

School’s out today, so Instead of being bored at home, come to the library to relive the amazingness of Wonder Woman! Justice League comes out next Friday, so catch up on the latest (and best) DCUniverse movie beforehand.

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Veterans Day Letters Open Craft

Drop in and help us write and decorate some thank you letters to our veterans to be delivered on Veterans’ Day to the Town of Framingham’s Veterans’ Services Officer. He will then distribute them to local area veterans. Bring your heartfelt thanks for their service...and we’ll provide the materials!

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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. Registration required at the McAuliffe circulation desk, or by calling 508-532-5636 x4374.

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Main Library Book Group: Run, by Ann Patchett

Since their mother’s death, Tip and Teddy have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father, a former mayor of Boston, who wants his sons in politics. But after an accident all he cares about is his ability to keep his children—all his children—safe. Led by Beth Beloff.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

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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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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. The four week class will also include a brief guided relaxation/meditation for stress reduction and pain management. The class will be taught by Laila Vehvilainen, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer who has been teaching exercise for over 12 years.

No registration required.

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Sci-Fi Book Group & Movie: Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro

This masterpiece of speculative fiction by Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature, describes the everyday experiences of a trio of "special students" sequestered from the world at a private school in the English countryside. But behind this bucolic paradise lurks the dark mission of the school and the fate that awaits its students, slowly revealed as the students mature to adulthood. Discussion from 6-7pm, movie at 7. Popcorn included!

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Make Time for Reading

Learn the importance of talking to babies using Jean Ciborowski Fahey’s methods from her book, Make Time for Reading. Build vocabulary which in turn builds reading comprehension.

For parents of preschoolers.

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Community Puzzle Swap

What to do with jigsaw puzzles you’ve completed? Swap them! Bring your puzzles to exchange with others. Primarily 500+ pieces, but all puzzles are welcome. Bring what you have; reuse, recycle!

All ages.

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NaNoWriMo Write-in

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

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Social Problems: The Hidden Stories

Presenter: Dr. Ira Silver, Professor, Framingham State University.

How can we move beyond our conventional understandings of problems that plague American society and embrace deeper, yet often hidden explanations?

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

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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

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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Open Building Play

Get creative with our Keva Planks (ages 4 & up), and Magnatiles and Duplos for younger kids.

All ages.

School’s Out Movie at the Main Library: Wonder Woman thumbnail Photo

School’s Out Movie at the Main Library: Wonder Woman

School’s out today, so Instead of being bored at home, come to the library to relive the amazingness of Wonder Woman! Justice League comes out next Friday, so catch up on the latest (and best) DCUniverse movie beforehand.

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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.

Registration Required. All ages are welcome!

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

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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. Registration required at the McAuliffe circulation desk, or by calling 508-532-5636 x4374.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

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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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Winter Holiday Open Crafts

Drop in and make some holiday cards for your loved ones.  Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, prepare now for springing a heartfelt card on your friends and relatives!

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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. The four week class will also include a brief guided relaxation/meditation for stress reduction and pain management. The class will be taught by Laila Vehvilainen, a certified fitness instructor and personal trainer who has been teaching exercise for over 12 years.

No registration required.

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Porch Party Mamas

Inspired by playing and singing each other’s songs at “porch parties,” these established Boston area musicians and singer/songwriters combined their individual talents to create their own brand of Urban Folk, Country and Blues. Between them, they have shared the stage with a distinguished litany of artists, including Willie Nelson, the Indigo Girls and Lyle Lovett. Refreshments.

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McAuliffe Branch Book Group: The Girl You Left Behind, by JoJo Moyes

Artist Edouard Lefevre leaves his young wife and their small town in France to fight at the front in WW I. Young Sophie will risk her family, her reputation, and her life to see her husband again. Edouard’s portrait of Sophie surfaces almost a century later in London when it is given to Liv Halston by her young husband shortly before his sudden death. This historical novel combines two love stories around the mystery of what happened to “The Girl You Left Behind.”

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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.

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Where Do We Come From?

Presenter: Dr. Irene Porro, Director of Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning at Framingham State University.

Take a journey through science and the arts to address a question as old as humanity itself.

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

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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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NaNoWriMo Write-in

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

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PBS’s POV Movie Series: Almost Sunrise

Attempting to put haunting combat experiences behind them, two friends embark on an epic 2,700-mile trek on foot across America, seeking redemption and healing as a way to close the moral chasm opened by war.

Enter between 6:30-7:15pm.

PBS’s POV Movie Series:Almost Sunrise (2017) 90 min.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to Chewie, our Book Buddy Certified Reading/Therapy Dog. Chewie listens as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Friends Book Sale

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

In the Library lobby on the sale day are newer books in great condition at $2, and sometimes we have games and puzzles, too. There is also a Book Room, only open on sale day. Most of those books are $1. Then there is our hugely popular Bag Room. Fill a grocery store paper bag for $7.

Welcome to our newest corporate sponsors: Allegra Print & Imaging, Automatic Appliance, Services, Inc., Avidia Bank and Saxonville Handmade Designs. And thanks to a renewing sponsor: Royal Cleaners & Tailors.

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Thanksgiving Open Craft

Drop in and continue your thankful month. Make some decorations to complete your Thanksgiving table decor. Instructions and materials provided; you bring the clever hands!

All ages are welcome!

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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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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.

Registration Required. All ages are welcome!

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

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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. Registration required at the McAuliffe circulation desk, or by calling 508-532-5636 x4374.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

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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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Early Release Maker’s Workshop

Join us for an afternoon of making downstairs in the craft room! Makers will be challenged to create shoebox cities. Open for grades K+

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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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School’s Out Video Games!

School’s out again (there’s a lot of that this month), so come down to the library and hang out! We’ll have a few different systems set up for you to choose from, and a selection of games for each. Make your pick and face off against each other while munching on some tasty snacks. And if board or card games are more your speed, we’ll have a few of those set up as well.

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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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Open Building Play

Get creative with our Keva Planks (ages 4 & up), and Magnatiles and Duplos for younger kids.

All ages.

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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.

Registration Required. All ages are welcome!

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

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NaNoWriMo Write-in

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

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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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Teen Tech Time - Lego Robotics

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!

Gear up for a class that combines engineering and programming using EV3, the newest generation of LEGO® MINDSTORMS. Our instructors teach the connection between code and physical action while kids work in pairs to create robots that walk, drive, and play music. Sensors help the robot make autonomous decisions, and kids learn to code using movement, loops, switches, and more.

Space is limited, so sign up by clicking on the event title and filling out the form at the bottom of the page. Please put the grade of the person attending in the message box.

 

Mass Cultural Council logoThis 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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The Photo Detective

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

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

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

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NaNoWriMo Write-in

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

Lifelong Learning Series: Winslow Homer in England

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

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

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

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Weekly Storytimes

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