Events Calendar

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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.

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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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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. 

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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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Baby Sign Language Story Time

Looking to strengthen communication with your infant or toddler? Join us for a special series of story times with baby sign language professional Sheryl White, founder of Baby Kneads. No registration required. Contact the J Department for more information: 508-532-5570 X4

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McAuliffe Branch Book Group: The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman

Coralie Sardie is the daughter of the sinister impresario behind The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show that thrills the masses. Photographer Eddie Cohen is a Russian immigrant who has abandoned from his father’s Lower East Side Orthodox community. When he photographs of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire he becomes embroiled in the suspicious mystery behind a young woman’s disappearance. Set against the backdrop of the Coney Island heyday and a volatile New York City, Coralie’s and Eddie’s lives intersect in this spellbinding story of love and loss.

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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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Half Day Board Games!

We played video games in November, so in December we’re breaking out the board games. We can play one of the games we’ve played before like Munchkin or Ticket to Ride, or we can try something new. We’ll have a selection of games to choose from, as well as some tasty snacks.

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Half Day Board Games at McAuliffe!

We played video games in November, so in December we’re breaking out the board games. We can play one of the games we’ve played before like Munchkin or Ticket to Ride, or we can try something new. We’ll have a selection of games to choose from, as well as some tasty snacks.

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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.

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. 

Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

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.

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Make Your Own Magic Lanterns at McAuliffe

It’s school vacation week! Join us to celebrate by creating your very own magic lantern jar. Use it to decorate your room, or as a late holiday gift for someone else.

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 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. 

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!

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Vacation Book Chat

Come and chat about your favorite book or new books you received during the holiday season! Morning refreshments will be provided.

Please call 508-532-5636 or stop in at the McAuliffe Branch to register.

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Make Your Own Magic Lanterns

It’s school vacation week! Join us to celebrate by creating your very own magic lantern jar. Use it to decorate your room, or as a late holiday gift for someone else.

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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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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.

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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Brown Bag Learning Series: Kill Your Lawn

Presented by Mark Richardson of The New England Wild Flower Society

According to NASA, more surface area in the United States is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings.


About Mark Richardson:
Mark oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. He studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.
 

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.

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.

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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Mindfulness Book Group: Lunch with Buddha, by Roland Merullo

Join us as we continue our travels with Otto Ringling from the previous book Breakfast with Buddha, putting our skepticism aside and softening to the humor, kindness, and wisdom of his passenger, Volya Rinpoche.  The relationship between the two men has changed and they are now family, but even more important, Otto is opening up further to the purpose of his life and to what is possible.

Meditation will follow the book discussion.