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Summer Concert Series: Neptune's Car
Thursday July 31, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Neptune’s Car (Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes) is a nationally touring, acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who play original, Contemporary Folk music. The duo has become known for their intimate performance style, carefully crafted lyrics, generous harmony singing, and exceptional guitar picking. Refreshments provided by TJ's.
Sunday Concert Series
Summer Film Series- Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) 101 min
Wednesday, August 6, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Eddie Bracken plays the son of a World War I Marine hero who signs up for military service and is promptly discharged for hay fever. To save face, his Marine buddies decide to accompany him home and tell everyone he has served valiantly in the Pacific. Lauded as a hero, the townspeople coerce him into running for mayor! Starring Ella Raines and Raymond Walburn.

Our summer classic romantic comedy film series concludes this month. Ice cream provided by Friendly’s Ice Cream!
Summer Films
Summer Concert Series: Opera on Tap presents "Summer Evening Songs"
Thursday August 7, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Opera on Tap Boston is thrilled to present some of its finest artists in a concert featuring selections of the most beautiful and beloved music from opera, musical theater and the art song repertoire. Join nationally acclaimed baritone Ron Williams, the award-winning soprano Elaine Crane, New England favorite mezzo-soprano Angela Jajko, and the internationally in-demand pianist Mark McNeill for a delightful evening of music by Verdi, Puccini, Rodgers & Hammerstein, and more! Refreshments.

The concert series wraps up on Thursday, August 14 at 7pm with the Adult Summer Reading Finale, featuring a concert with Blackstone Valley Bluegrass in the Costin Room!

Sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library.
MA Friends
Sunday Concert Series
From Bebop to Modal Jazz - Rapid Musical Developments in Post-World War II America, Guest Speaker: Gilad Harel, Musicologist and Music theorist
Wednesday August 13, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Perhaps no period in jazz history witnessed as much rapid change and stylistic evolution as the era following the end of World War II. As the large swing orchestras of the 1930s disappeared, they were replaced with smaller ensembles playing hard-driving, virtuosic, and eventually quasi-minimalist music that polarized some fans and sparked fierce debates on the future of jazz. During this talk, Professor Gil Harel (CUNY Baruch College) will focus on three individuals - Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and John Coltrane - unraveling their musical styles, contributions to the repertoire, and legacies as three of jazz’s most storied figures. Refreshments.  
Summer Concert Series: Blackstone Valley Bluegrass & Adult Summer Reading Finale
Thursday, August 14, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

A variety of bluegrass styles on a range of instruments. Refreshments.

Ice cream donated by Ben & Jerry's Natick Scoop Shop.
Ben and Jerry's
Summer Film Series- The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) 99min
Wednesday, August 20, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Based on a Broadway hit, sparks fly between Laura Partridge (Judy Holliday) and Edward L. McKeever (Paul Douglas), the owner of the corporation she vows to take on. “Great teaming of legendary Holliday and Douglas.” (Mountain Express).

Our summer classic romantic comedy film series concludes this month. Ice cream provided by Friendly’s Ice Cream!
Summer Films
Third Annual Backpack Event
Monday August 25, 10:00am-12:00pm
Main Library

Jewish Family Service of MetroWest (JFS) requests that you save the date for our third annual Backpack Event! Bring a new backpack and help fill it with provided school supplies and JFS will donate it to students in the MetroWest community. Stay tuned in early August for the invitation and registration link! 
Main Library Book Club: Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Tuesday, September 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi. What to do when your imaginary muse arrives on your doorstep and she is none too happy with your creative writing. This complex modern tale with multiple layers and intertwined stories is a delight. Copies to borrow are available at the library. A.J. Sullivan will lead the discussion.
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- Minorities in China
Thursday, September 18, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester, Professor of World Languages, Framingham State University. Explores the uniqueness of China’s minority groups, and how they fit into Chinese society.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Lecture Series
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- A Healthy Community: A Transcendental Perspective
Thursday, October 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections, Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. Examines the principles of Transcendentalism and how they apply today toward healthy communities.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Lecture Series
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- D-Day June 6th, 1944
Thursday, October 9, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Gary Hylander, Visiting Professor, Framingham State University. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Lecture Series
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- Poets: The Unacknowledged Legislators of the World
Thursday, October 16, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Helen Heinemen, President Emerita, Framingham State University. An analysis of In Defense of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley, in which he argues the poet is both legislator and prophet.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Lecture Series
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
Thursday, October 23, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Heineman, Professor Emeritus, Boston College. A history of the trials, and an evaluation of their failure to become a model to hold future “war criminals” accountable.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Lecture Series
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- What to Listen for in Opera
Thursday, October 30, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Charles R. Beck, Professor Emeritus, Framingham State University. A lecture interspersed with selected songs from several DVD versions of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Dr. Beck will highlight some vocal and dramatic techniques used in the opera.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Lecture Series

Adult programs are funded in part by the
Friends of the Framingham Library Association


 Community Events (not sponsored by the library)

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The Homework Center is closed for summer
We provide Free Tutoring and Homework Help for all Framingham middle and high school students! The Center is open during the school year Monday–Thursday from 3:00–5:00pm. Our tutors are matched with individual students for ongoing academic support.
Come for help with homework assignments, school reports and projects (individual and group.)
We have computers, a color printer and any supplies that you need to achieve academic success (including snacks!) If you have any questions or would like more information please email Judy Gatlin:

Literacy Unlimited needs tutors to help teach adults to speak English or learn to read and write.
You don’t need teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language to be a volunteer. We will schedule training for volunteer tutors of both Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). After completion of the training, tutors are carefully matched with a student to begin one-on-one tutoring. Please contact us if you are interested – we will send you updates on the training schedule.

For more information, please call Literacy Unlimited at 508-532-5574, visit our webpage, or send an email to

Food Drive at the Main Library! (Ongoing)
Help to re-stock the empty shelves of the Hope Worldwide – Framingham Food Pantry this month by either donating a nutritious food item at the Main Library or sending a check to: Hope Worldwide – Framingham Food Pantry, 214 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702. Thank you for your generosity!

Digital Public Library:
Starting with over two million items, each with its own special story and significance, the Digital Public Library of America will now begin to assemble the riches of our country’s libraries, archives, and museums, and connect them with the public. The Digital Public Library of America—to shape a new, open portal to knowledge and wonder. Sign in and explore this amazing new library online.

A ceremony was held at the Framingham Public Library to accept the first of five checks from the state to build the new McAuliffe Branch Library in Framingham.
MBLC Check Ceremony
In attendance were three Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC), Mary Ann Cluggish, Mary Rose Quinn, Gregory Shesko and Celeste Bruno, MBLC staff, Sen. Karen Spilka, Rep. Chris Walsh, Rep. Tom Sannicandro and Rep. Tom Conroy, Town Manager Robert Halpin, Selectmen Dennis Giombetti (Chair) and Michael Bower, Moderator Terri Banerjee and Framingham Library Trustees Elizabeth Fideler (Chair), Sam Klaidman, Chris Walsh and Director Mark Contois.

New McAuliffe Branch Library Update
January 2014 Update:
The Foundation is pleased to report that we unveiled a sign on the Water Street site of the new branch on November 14, and that we expect to break ground in late spring or early summer 2014. Your support and the support of others in the community have helped make the dream a reality.

We have held several fundraising events in the last two years and have received generous donations from numerous individuals and corporations. We are making progress but have not yet reached our fundraising target.

As you plan your final charitable donations for 2013, please consider making a gift to the Framingham Public Library Foundation. You can contribute by check or online. Please visit to donate online. Please send checks to the Framingham Public Library Foundation, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA 01702.

Our BRICK fundraiser (with custom inscribed bricks) to purchase online will be available shortly. The bricks will be used in the walkways of the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library. Bricks are a permanent way to honor or remember friends, colleagues, and family members while supporting the Framingham Public Library. Look for more information about our bricks campaign early in 2014.

Hindi Language Books
Do you know someone who reads Hindi? We now have Hindi language books in our International Collection. Thank you to the Morse Institute Library for their generous loan of this wonderful collection. We also have Hindi language books in our Children’s room. Please ask for details about our Hindi books, or about other languages in our International Collection.

The Friends of the Framingham Library
Check out all of our wonderful museum passes, most of which are sponsored by the Friends. Contact the reference desk to make a reservation at 508-532-5570 x4361 or jump on the website at and click on “museum passes” on the left-hand side. ENJOY!
The Friends are a 501c(3) nonprofit organization; contributions are tax deductible and eligible for corporate matching gifts. Your membership helps us to provide many services to library patrons including book discussion groups, Adult and Children’s Programs, and Museum Passes. We appreciate your support!
Please always keep the Friends in mind when disposing of your books, CDs and DVDs. We need donations. All donations need to be clean and ready to find new homes. Please call the library to arrange a convenient time to drop them off. If you can’t find or don’t see what you want at the sale, please ask one of our volunteers.
All programs are free and open to all. See you at the Library!

Order ALL your Amazon items, not just books, through the Library website portal and support your library for free!
The Framingham Public Library Foundation has added a portal to Amazon on the Library website as a fundraiser for the Library. A percentage of each sale will benefit the Library at no additional cost to you. Go to and click on the Amazon portal. Thank you! 

CREATION STATION @ Framingham Public Library
The Creation Station offers access to advanced software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Project, Visio, and Visual Studio. Please see staff at our Reference Department to get started. The Friends of the Framingham Library graciously provided funding for much of the Creation Station.

Available software on the Creation Station:
Adobe Creative Suite 6: Photoshop CS6, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Professional CS6, Illustrator CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, InDesign CS6, Fireworks CS6, Extension Manager CS6, Media Encoder CS6, ExtendedScript Toolkit CS6, Adobe Bridge CS6
Microsoft Office 2010: Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, SharePoint Workspace
More: Visio 2013, Project 2013, Visual Studio 2012, QuickBooks Premier Edition 2012, Infran View, Windows MovieMaker, VLC, RealPlayer

More eBooks Just For You!
To keep up with the exploding demand for downloadable eBooks, the Framingham Public Library has started a collection of sought-after titles that is available only to Framingham residents. Called OverDrive Advantage, this collection will shorten the time you have to wait for bestselling titles in digital format. Go to  and sign in with your library card number and PIN before you start searching the Overdrive catalog, and look for titles with a bright orange check mark.

Thank You!
Framingham Town Meeting approves McAuliffe branch library project

Visions of the New McAuliffe Library

LIBRARY GIFT — Celebrating the MutualOne Charitable FoLibrary Gift from MutualOneundation’s $50,000 pledge to support the new Christa McAuliffe Library are, from left:
Susan Acton, MutualOne Charitable Foundation Trustee; Ruth Winnet, President of the Framingham Public Library Foundation (FPLF); Mark Contois, Framingham Public Library Director; Nancy Gentile, Christa McAuliffe Library Branch Manager; Elizabeth Fideler, FPLF Board member; Rachel Stewart, Administrative Director, MutualOne Charitable Foundation; and Jo-Anne Thompson, FPLF Board member.

SOAR 55- Your Local Resource for Volunteering  
At SOAR 55, we place, train, and support volunteers, age 55 and over, who want to use their skills and experience to help local non-profits and public organizations in Newton and Metro West.

With over 80 nonprofit and public partners, we can provide a professional, personalized and thoughtful search to find the right opportunity that matches your interests, values, and schedule.

Some opportunities include: help an at-risk elementary school child improve their reading or math skills; assist consumers with issues through education and mediation; co-lead health workshops as a certified leader for The Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs; provide guidance and advice to veterans transitioning out of the military who seek second careers in K-12 public education; provide tutoring in math, science, Language Arts, and/or Social Science to homeless youths and adults placed at a local Travelodge Motel who are enrolled in a GED program, and much more!

For information please contact Lois Levick at 508-532-5570 x4353 or at To learn more go to and find us on Facebook at

SOAR 55 is a program of Newton Community Service Center and the Corporation for National & Community Service RSVP Program.

New McAuliffe Building Project Donations Update
Donations continue to come to the Framingham Public Library Foundation, now well over half way to its goal. The Foundation wishes to thank Petrini & Associates, P. C. Counselors at Public Law for the generous donation of $10,000. A pledge of $25,000 from the Friends of Framingham Library was gratefully accepted. Mutual One Bank has made a contribution of $50,000, a gift from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. The Foundation was established in 1998, by the Framingham Co-Operative Bank, now Mutual One Bank, to primarily support charitable, educational and civic purposes within the greater Framingham area. Please see the Framingham Public Library Foundation’s website at or contact the Foundation through Ms Ruth Winett at to donate or for more information.

The Foundation’s Fundraising Committee is looking for volunteers to help us meet our target. For more information please call or email: Ruth Winett, President, Framingham Public Library Foundation
Ruth Winett
Framingham Public Library Foundation

WOWbrary!! Receive free alerts about our newest items.
We now offer weekly emails with information about the latest books, movies, music, audiobooks and more added to our collection. You can request items directly from the email, so it is a great way to get the latest bestsellers. To sign up to receive these emails click here.

Download eBooks and Audiobooks
Visit our redesigned Digital Media Catalog at and download eBooks or Audiobooks to your ereader or handheld device. The addition of wireless delivery to the Kindle and the Overdrive Media Console App for mobile devices has made it easier to download to many devices. New titles are added to the catalog each week, so check back often to see the latest additions to the collection.

Donate Your No-Longer-Needed Books, Dvds, and CDs To The Library
We welcome your surplus books which are in good condition. Small donations of 1 or 2 bags are gratefully received any day. Larger donations are welcome on Friday mornings or the day of the monthly book sale. You may also call 508-532-5570 x4333 to arrange for drop-offs. Thank you.

Main Library Exhibits
Main Library July Exhibits
Art Gallery- Boston Camera Club
Display Case- FPL Summer Reading

Main Library August Exhibits
Art Gallery- River Stewardship Council
Display Case- Walking Sticks by David Williamson



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