Events Calendar / December 2017

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Brown Bag Learning Series:  Lunchtime Hypnosis Stress-Buster

Presented by Marisa Fanelli

Join Marisa for a talk about how hypnosis can be used to help you take control of your life. This modality can give you the power to create changes in your habits and thought patterns, which will benefit you in all aspects of your life. Get educated, and then get ready to experience it for yourself.  She will be incorporating a mini session of anxiety-reducing hypnotherapy during the presentation. Each participant will also receive a stress relief hypnosis recording to listen to at home.


About Marisa Fanelli:
Marisa is the owner of Healing Point Therapeutics, in Natick. She is an acupuncturist and hypnotherapist, with a specialization in anxiety and insomnia. She is licensed in acupuncture through the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine, and certified in hypnotherapy through the Thomas Institute of Hypnosis and the National Guild of Hypnotists.
 

Ballroom Blast: Learn to Dance

Join us for beginning ballroom fun! We’ll start with performances by competitive dancers, followed by lessons in ballroom basics from Ilta Dance Studios of Framingham. Stay and practice your moves! Already experienced? Come cut a rug!

No partners needed. Ballroom Blast is generously supported by a Framingham Cultural Council grant.

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Mindfulness Book Group - Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill


Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life's Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

French author Matthieu Ricard is a Buddhist Monk living in Nepal. He has had a career as a cellular geneticist, as a photographer, and is an active participant in scientific studies on the visible effects of meditation on the brain. In this book he weaves together many disciplines: fiction, poetry, Eastern and Western philosophy, scientific research, and his own life experiences to help us apply a different perspective to the realities of today's world. 

Join us for a discussion of this positively joyful book.  A short meditation will follow.

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Dads and Donuts with Baby Lapsit

Bond with your dad (and with donuts) through stories, songs and fun. Also get some consumer education from Matt Paradise. 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: Cars 3

The legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves by a new generation of racers. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, inspiration, and a few unexpected turns. Rated (G) All ages welcome at parents' discretion.

Sunday Concert Series: Igor Lovchinsky

World-renowned pianist Igor Lovchinsky will perform the works of Bach/Busoni, Chopin, and Gershwin/Wild.
Refreshments.

This 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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Mother Goose on The Loose: Registration Now Open

Mother Goose on the Loose is an eight-week, thirty-minute program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Registration opens December 4th down in the J Department!

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Baby Lapsit 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.

Main Library Book Group: City of Thieves by David Benioff

Join us in a discussion of this novel that Kirkus calls “glorious” and describes as “a wild action-packed quest, and much else besides: a coming-of-age story, an odd-couple tale and a juicy footnote to the historic World War II siege of Leningrad.” Led by Mary Evans.

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Low Impact Exercise Class: Keeping Fit Through the Holidays

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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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!

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Main Library Movie Battle Royale: Valerian vs. War for the Planet of the Apes

Two movies enter, only one gets watched! Everyone who shows up gets to vote, and snacks will be had regardless of what gets chosen. We'll be doing this on Thursday, December 7th in the J Program Room at the Main Library (downstairs) at 2 PM, and on Tuesday, December 12th in the Community Room at the McAuliffe Library, so if the movie you want to watch doesn't get chosen the first time, you have another chance a few days later!

The choices are:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. From the director of the Taken series, The Fifth Element, and Lucy.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

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Book Bingo

Prizes, laughs, and best of all — books! Join us to win some bookish treats, and pick up some fun books to alternate with your school assignments!

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Animation Workshop With Empow Studios

Learn to create your own mini movies in this hands on computer and webcam workshop. Use materials like paper and clay to create characters, backgrounds and props which will then become animated through the power of technology.

 

Registration Required.

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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

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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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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Local Authors’ Literary Festival

Join us for our first Literary Festival! Eight local authors will speak for fifteen minutes each about their book throughout the morning. Following their talk, they will be available in the Main Lobby for you to ask questions or purchase an autographed copy of their book. A perfect gift for the holidays! Joining us are: Suzanna Parpos, Erica Ferencik, Melinda Ponder, Carrie Johnson, Carla Schwartz, Ted Elliman, Debbie Clark and Charles Beck. Refreshments.

A Christmas Carol: A Dramatic Reading

With Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University

This reading has become an annual tradition, so don’t miss the opportunity to see Charles Dickens’ masterpiece come to life! Dickens prepared a special reading version of A Christmas Carol that he used during reading tours in England and America, ending in Boston. Dr. Heineman will perform a dramatized reading of this version, enhanced by a slideshow of over 250 illustrations. Refreshments.

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Baby Lapsit 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.

McAuliffe Library Movie Battle Royale: Valerian vs. War for the Planet of the Apes thumbnail Photo

McAuliffe Library Movie Battle Royale: Valerian vs. War for the Planet of the Apes

Two movies enter, only one gets watched! Everyone who shows up gets to vote, and snacks will be had regardless of what gets chosen. We'll be doing this on Thursday, December 7th in the J Program Room at the Main Library (downstairs) at 2 PM, and on Tuesday, December 12th in the Community Room at the McAuliffe Library, so if the movie you want to watch doesn't get chosen the first time, you have another chance a few days later!

The choices are:

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe. From the director of the Taken series, The Fifth Element, and Lucy.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.

Three Mediums Demonstration & Workshop

This is a two part series with Nan Hass Feldman.

December 12 – Mixed Medium Art Demonstration Nan will show how to work with the Caran D’ache Crayons, oil pastels, and watercolor resist.
December 19 – Mixed Medium Workshop Participants will use materials provided to create a mixed-media work of their own.
Nan Hass Feldman has been painting for more than 40 years. In that time she has had 49 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 50 group shows, and 28 museum exhibitions. She recently appeared on Boston Public Radio with Margery Eagan and Jim Braude.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Class size is limited. You MUST attend both sessions.
Please email asadkin@minlib.net or call 508-532-6347 and leave your name and contact info.

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Low Impact Exercise Class: Keeping Fit Through the Holidays

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.

Sci-Fi Book Group and Movie: The War of the Worlds

The classic story of a Martian invasion of Earth that inspired Orson Welles’ infamous broadcast, which led to nationwide panic. After discussing the book, we’ll watch the 1953 screen adaptation. Popcorn and beverages provided.

Discussion from 6-7pm, movie from 7-8:30pm.

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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!

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Come watch The Force Awakens with a crowd one more time before going to see The Last Jedi. Get caught up in the adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren, and the whole original Star Wars cast all over again, and eat some tasty movie popcorn while doing so.

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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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Veterans Coffee Hour

All Vets are welcome to join us for free coffee and other refreshments at this monthly event.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

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


The monthly sale falls early enough this year for you to complete some quality holiday shopping with offerings to meet all your interests.


The winner of the $100 VISA Gift Card drawing in October was Roche Brothers, who very graciously donated it back to the Friends. Thank you to everyone who joined the Friends between May 1 and September 30. We appreciate your support of the Friends and the Library. Thank you also to our new corporate member, The Optical View, and our renewing member, Shillman House Residence.

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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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KEVA Plank Building

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

 All ages.

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Baby Lapsit 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.

Three Mediums Demonstration & Workshop

This is a two part series with Nan Hass Feldman.

December 12 – Mixed Medium Art Demonstration Nan will show how to work with the Caran D’ache Crayons, oil pastels, and watercolor resist.
December 19 – Mixed Medium Workshop Participants will use materials provided to create a mixed-media work of their own.
Nan Hass Feldman has been painting for more than 40 years. In that time she has had 49 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 50 group shows, and 28 museum exhibitions. She recently appeared on Boston Public Radio with Margery Eagan and Jim Braude.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Class size is limited. You MUST attend both sessions.
Please email asadkin@minlib.net or call 508-532-6347 and leave your name and contact info.

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!

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.

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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.

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.

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Early Release Open Lego

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!

For Grades K+. No registration required.

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Baby Lapsit 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.

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!

Weekly Storytimes thumbnail Photo

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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Vacation Week Family Game Afternoon

Got friends and relatives visiting and need some entertainment? Drop in and enjoy a variety of board and card games with them. Also watch Jumanji (rated PG for menacing fantasy action and some mild language).

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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.