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Framingham’s 4th Annual Essay Contest

We have elected Framingham’s first mayor. Congratulations, Dr. Spicer! Although middle and high school students weren’t old enough to vote, we know you have ideas, hopes and dreams for Framingham. We want to give you a voice by inviting you to tell us (and our new mayor) three things you would like Dr. Spicer to do for Framingham. Tell us how you arrived at each idea, why you think each idea would be good for Framingham and why you think it’s important the mayor gets on board to support each idea.

Essays are due Monday January 8 at 5:00pm. One winning middle school and one winning high school essay will be chosen. Each winning author will be awarded a $100.00 cash prize at the Essay Authors’ Reception which will be held at the Library in January. Questions? Contact Judy Gatlin at jgatlin@minlib.net.

 

 

Learn Chinese at “Just Another Mandarin Monday”

Mondays, October 16 - November 20, 4-5pm

Attend six consecutive Mondays and learn to speak, read and write in Mandarin!

 

The “Road to Code” Leads to the Library

Wednesdays, October 16-November 20
Classes in the fun-damentals of coding! Lessons from “The Swami of Code” Meenakshi Bharath at 3:30-4:30pm and Java for Juniors at 4:30-5:30pm.

 

Homework Center Turns Seven

The Homework Center Program is excited to kick-off our 7th year on Monday September 11! The Homework Center at the Main Library will continue to provide free homework and school project help Monday-Thursday 2:30-5:30pm. Volunteer tutors are retired professionals, parents and National Honor Society students who are proficient in all academic subjects. Students may stop in any time for help, or they can make an appointment in advance.

Tutors are also available evenings and weekends by appointment only. The Homework Center offers computers, a color printer and a variety of school and craft supplies for projects. There are after school snacks, too—everything your student needs to succeed!


The Homework Center is run with the help of a student advisory board made up of middle and high school representatives. They meet monthly to plan fun special events such as spelling and geography bees, essay contests, fundraising fashion shows, holiday handcrafting workshops, after hours scavenger hunts, Robotics day, Coding Club and leadership groups.


To make an appointment for tutoring, to apply to be a tutor, or for more information on the student advisory board please contact Judy Gatlin at jgatlin@minlib.net.

 

Sneak Peak: Academic year 2017-2018

The Homework Center Student Advisory Board plans fun academic programs throughout the school year. Watch for the library newsletter and save the dates for: The Coding Club, Girls Empowerment Workshop, Wise Guys Leadership Group, Annual Essay Contest, Fundraising Fashion Show and Spelling Bee.

Questions? For information about serving on the board or to schedule tutoring for this coming fall, contact Homework Center Coordinator, Judy Gatlin, jgatlin@minlib.net.
 

Spelling Bee Results 2017

Congratulations to Cameron Middle School's Cougarettes, winners of the 4th Annual Framingham Public Library Spelling Bee! Thank you to all who participated in this fantastic event! 

 


For more photos from the Spelling Bee, please click here to see coverage from the Framingham Source.
 

Fashion Show 2017

The following article appeared in the May 12, 2017 issue of the Framingham Tab:

The following article appeared on January 11, 2017 in the Framingham Source:

"Library’s Homework Center Offering Free Coding Club on Thursdays,"
January 11, 2017, Framingham Source

FRAMINGHAM – Last Thursday, about a half dozen elementary students began to learn how to code thanks to middle and high school students with the Framingham Public Library’s Homework Center.

The Homework Center is hosting the Coding Club for students in grades 2-5 on Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at the main Framingham Library.

One of the founders of the Club is Framingham High junior Varun Tekur, who learned how to code in high school.

Tekur said coding “has helped me learn to create interesting projects and to improve my problem solving skills,” and it hopes to provide those skills to the members of the new Coding Club.

The Club is free and those interested in participating need to pre-register by emailing Homework Center Director Judy Gatlin at jgatlin@minlib.net.

“We thought that a coding club would be a great opportunity for elementary school students because the world around us is dominated by programmed technology,” said Tekur. “Although many students don’t realize this, its very important to know how much can be created using code. Also, the basic principles of coding can be taught to very young students, allowing these students to build upon their knowledge in middle and high school with more advanced programming.”

Tekur said “even if students don’t decide to pursue programming in high school, it is still an awesome experience for them to understand the inner workings of the technology around them.”

Tekur, who has been a member of the youth advisory board of the Framingham Homework Center said “coding also teacher people a different way of thinking which can help enhance their problem-solving skills.”

“Working with the students was a very fun and rewarding experience, and it was great to see the students work through problems and their excitement when they solved a problem,” said Tekur of the first session of the Coding Club.

Gatlin said the Thursday Coding Club can handle about a dozen students, and if the Coding Club proves to be more popular she will look at adding additional sessions beyond the Thursday at 4 p.m. one."
 

The Homework Center was originally funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the first 18 months of the Program. Today the Homework Center is in its 6th year and is funded by FPL.


Join the Homework Center Coding Club!

Students grades 2-5 are invited to come for a fun hands-on opportunity to learn computer programming. The Coding Club will meet Thursdays 4-5:00pm beginning January 5. Computer themed snacks will be served. To sign up contact jgatlin@minlib.net.