Library News

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Framingham Public Library Foundation News

Installation has begun on the Commemorative Bricks at McAuliffe Branch Library. Thank you for your donations and your patience! Stay tuned for information on an unveiling celebration!

Framingham Public Library receives a $1,000 grant from Sisters in Crime!

Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization formed in 1987 to promote the development of women crime writers has awarded its monthly $1000 "We Love Libraries" grant to the Framingham Public Library! Three mystery loving librarians submitted the creative photograph above in application for the grant, which aims to recognize the role libraries play in supporting the work of women mystery writers.

To celebrate the receipt of the grant the Library will host a Brown Bag program on Friday August 4th, featuring a small panel of mystery writers from the Sisters In Crime membership who will talk about the writing process.

Silhouette Fundraiser for the Friends of the Library a Success

Kids of all ages, from babies to adults, thoroughly enjoyed having their silhouette portraits created at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29.  The event, sponsored by the Friends of the Framingham Library, featured Massachusetts artist Jean Comerford, who cuts these lovely portraits freehand, with no shadow or tracing.  In just minutes Ms. Comerford captured the image of her models, and they walked away with a special treasure.


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Framingham Public Library Foundation News

Soon we will install a second round of engraved bricks at the McAuliffe Branch Library. This will bring the total number of bricks to nearly 900! The FPLF continues to seek funds to match the $91,000 grant awarded to the FPL for improvements to the Costin Room’s audio and video systems. These improvements will bring Library programs to audiences at home, as well as in the Library. The FPLF appreciates the community’s generous support of both Libraries.

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LVM Literacy Unlimited

LVM Literacy Unlimited is the adult tutoring program of FPL. Interested in helping a newcomer learn English? Come to an orientation session to find out more, April 12, 6-7:30pm (J Program Room).

The next 6-week tutor training begins April 19, 6-9:00pm (J Program Room).

May Raffle Baskets are coming! Starting May 1, purchase a ticket to have the opportunity to win a May Basket. All proceeds benefit Literacy Unlimited. Call 508-834-0425 or email

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Silhouette Portraits

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library
746 Water Street, Framingham

Friday April 28, 12noon-5:00pm & Saturday April 29, 10:00am-5:00pm

A Fundraising Event to benefit the Friends of the Framingham Library

Hand-cut artist Jean Comerford, these lovely portraits make wonderful gifts and precious mementos. All work is done free-hand and wiggly little ones are welcome!

By appointment only: Please contact Marsha Farmelant at (508) 875-1918 or

Pricing: Silhouette…$35                 Duplicate of original silhouette…$15
               5x7 Frame…$35                8x10 Frame…$45
     For one silhouette                       For 2-3 silhouettes

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Early Learning Zone: Grand Opening!

Early Learning Zone Grand Opening!

Friday March 10
Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St.

Come celebrate with us as we introduce young children and families to our new space with a story and “Play, Learn and Grow Together” activity hour. There will be special guest visitors and refreshments. All ages.

The Framingham Public Library and the Early Childhood Alliance joined together for a unique collaboration that will benefit all families with young children in Framingham. The partnership is excited to announce the grand opening of this new parent-child early learning zone. Our celebration will include a recognition of the Sudbury Foundation’s valuable contribution to this space. It is the Foundation’s strong belief that this collaborative project highlights the importance of early education in the most natural and accessible of locations in the community – our local Library!

The ECAAF fulfills its mission by ensuring access to:

  • early learning experience for children prenatal to age eight
  • school readiness activities
  • early childhood resources and information
  • family support and education
  • professional development for early childhood educators
  • community advocacy of early childhood issues
  • transition supports from home to school, early intervention, preschool, kindergarten, special education, and out-of-school time

Sponsored by the Early Childhood Alliance of Ashland/Framingham, a Coordinated Family and Community Engagement grant, funded by the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care, administrated by the Framingham Public Schools and kindly supported by the Framingham Public Library.