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Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, December 20
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public
Main Library

The Book Bag for $4 sale will extend one more month through December. Purchase one at the sale, then shop to find some great items to fill it with to give a friend for the holidays.

It may be a harsh winter, so plan ahead now for those long winter nights.

We look forward to receiving your donations of books, etc. during the sale.
Book Sale
Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays December 23 and 30, 7:00pm
Main Library Program Room (lower floor), Children’s Department

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Generally, each session will begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session. Alan Feldman is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years, taught the advanced creative writing course at Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.    
Vacation Week Family Event—Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
Tuesday December 30, 7:00-8:45pm
Main Library, Costin Room, All ages at parents’ discretion.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Rated G). Come Be Our Guest as we celebrate Disney with a Sing-Along showing of the Beauty and the Beast movie. Come dressed as your favorite Disney character, enjoy light refreshments and follow along as both Beauty and the Beast lead you in the movie’s musical numbers! Costin room doors open at 6.30 p.m. 
Poetry Workshop
Tuesday December 30, 7:00pm
Main Library Program Room (lower floor), Children’s Department

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Generally, each session will begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session. Alan Feldman is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years, taught the advanced creative writing course at Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.     
Main Library Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
Tuesday, January 6, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. Elizabeth Beloff will lead the discussion. Rachel Kushner creates an unforgettable character in her highly-acclaimed novel. Reno, who is fascinated with motorcycles and speed, arrives in New York in 1977 intent on turning her passions into art. Coincidentally, it is at a time of artist colonization in SoHo, and many social changes. Reno is a fierce observer, and gets a sentimental education of sorts in her trial-by-fire story. “Superb...Scintillatingly alive...A pure explosion of now.”—The New Yorker
Fifty+ Years of Broadway Featuring Guest Performer: David Polansky
Wednesday, January 7, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Always a crowd pleaser, David performs the music of America’s favorite Broadway hits from 1921 to 1978. With his versatile voice and exciting playing style on the trumpet and keyboard, David has a warm and wonderful way with the audience you are sure to enjoy. Don't miss this concert! 
Friday Night Film: Like Father, Like Son (2013) 121 min NR
Friday January 9, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) is a successful Tokyo architect driven by money. But when a blood test reveals his son Keita and another baby were switched at birth, Ryota confronts his own issues of responsibility and what it means to be a father. Enter on the Lexington Street side, between 6:30- 7:15pm. Refreshments. 
Sunday Concert Series featuring Rivers String Quartet
Sunday January 11, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

The Rivers String Quartet performs the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Brahms. Members include: Joshua Peckins on Violin, Lilit Hartunian on Violin, Gillian Rogell on Viola and Susanne Friedrich on Cello. This series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library, the Metro Credit Union and Morton J. Shuman, attorney at law. Refreshments.
Matinee Film: The Lunchbox (2013) 104 min PG
Monday January 12, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young, lonely housewife to an irritable widower. Starring Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan. Refreshments. 
The Enigmatic Music of Johann Sebastian Bach
Lecturer: Gil Harel, Ph.D., CUNY Baruch College

Wednesday January 14, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Dismissed during the late baroque era as unnecessarily complex and taxing on the ears, J.S. Bach's music was lost and forgotten for nearly a century after his death. Since the 19th century, however, Bach has occupied an important spot in the canon of Western European art music. During this talk, Professor Gil Harel will unravel some of the mysteries surrounding Bach's musical style, illuminating specific works to demonstrate the composer's ample gifts while analyzing the reception of his compelling - and sometimes enigmatic - creations. Refreshments. 
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison
Thursday January 15, 10:00 am
McAuliffe Branch

The Silent Wife is a chilling psychological thriller about a marriage, a way of life, and how far one woman will go to keep what is rightfully hers. 
Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, January 17
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public
Main Library

For the first sale of 2015, we have a special on a selection of overstocked books. Library discards will be 5 for $1. Many cookbooks will be on sale as well. Start the year off by saving money and helping to support the library. We look forward to receiving your donations of books, etc. during the sale.   
Book Sale
You Must Read This!
Saturday, January 17, 10:00am
Main Library, Trustees Room

Looking for a good book? Join other readers in this informal book chat. Participants have the opportunity to share with the group a book or two they have enjoyed. Everyone leaves with a list of recommended titles. Refreshments. To see what was recommended last month, please click here.  
Documentary Film: Fed Up (2014) 92 min
Wednesday January 21, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Filmmaker Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric team up to investigate the American food industry and find that it may be responsible for more sickness than previously realized. Refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market in Framingham. 
Life Lessons Learned on the Pacific Crest Trail
Guest Speaker: Wendy Johnston

Thursday January 22, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

From April to September of 2013, Wendy Johnston backpacked the entire 2,700 mile long Pacific Crest Trail from the US/Mexican Border to the US/Canadian border through California, Oregon, and Washington. Join Wendy for a powerful talk focusing on the reasons she hikes long trails, some of the adversity she has overcome (both in life and on the trail), and the universal lessons that she has learned on her long hikes, as well as a slideshow of photos taken along her PCT hike. A question and answer session will follow. Refreshments. 
Islam in America: A Sociocultural Profile of the Muslim Community in Massachusetts
Guest Speaker: Dr. Yaser Najjar, Dean of Graduate Studies, Framingham State University.
Thursday January 29, 7:00pm

Main Library, Costin Room
This lecture is re-scheduled from December 4 is part of the series cosponsored by the Library and Framingham State University. Refreshments.
Main Library Book Club: Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Tuesday, February 3, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser. Robert Dodd will lead the discussion.   
Building Your Social Media Circle of Trust
GUEST SPEAKER: Seth Worby, CEO and Founder of Champ Internet Solutions
Wednesday February 11, 7:00pm

Main Library, Costin Room
A program geared to small business: Learn how to develop your brand and establish your circle of trust using social media.
Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, February 21
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public

Main Library Third Saturday of each month, September - June.    
Book Sale

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


Community Events (not sponsored by the library)




Check it out, again!
We are happy to announce that as of January 1st we are able to renew an item a second time if there is no one else waiting for the item. Anything that is renewable can now be renewed twice!

Non-rental dvds can be renewed 2x for a total of 3 weeks
14 Day items can be renewed 2x for a total of 6 weeks
21 Day items can be renewed 2x for a total of 9 weeks

We hope you enjoy having some extra time to read, listen to or watch whatever you find of interest to borrow at the Library!

Streaming Videos in Overdrive
We now offer streaming videos in OverDrive! Titles include feature films, documentaries, exercise videos and movies for children. Streaming videos may be borrowed for 3 days. To start watching go to and in the Featured Collections click Streaming Videos.

If you have any questions stop in to Device Advice at the Main Library Reference Desk Mondays or Wednesdays from 6-9pm and by appointment. We can go over streaming videos or how to download eBooks, audiobooks, magazines or music from the Library. Go to to access all our downloadable collections.

McAuliffe Branch Library Groundbreaking
A message from Framingham Public Library Foundation President, Ruth Winett:
I am delighted to report that we recently broke ground for the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library and began construction! Your past generous donation has helped us reach this milestone.

On a wet and miserably cold October afternoon, over 100 enthusiastic supporters attended the groundbreaking for the new McAuliffe Branch Library.

Photo on the left --Selectmen Cheryl Tully Stoll and Mike Bower; Christa McAuliffe’s nephew, Mark Bristol, her sister Lisa Bristol, her brother, Christopher Corrigan; and town manager Bob Halpin break ground. On the right--a capacity crowd looks on appreciatively.

Since the groundbreaking, the contractors have cleared trees and begun laying the foundation for the new branch library. Construction will take about a year.

Your past contribution has helped us reach this point, but we still have a way to go. Please include the FPLF in your year-end charitable giving plans. And, ask your friends to donate, as well.

Thanks for generously supporting the New McAuliffe Library Project.

Happy Holidays,
Ruth Winett, President
Framingham Public Library Foundation

PS. Your tax deductible donation will help us reach our fund raising goal before the new McAuliffe is completed.

Ancestry Library
We now have Ancestry Library at FPL! This new database is in-library use only. Stop by the library to get started.

A Thank-You from the Christa McAuliffe Charter School
Students from the Christa McAuliffe Charter School made us this lovely poster as a thank-you to the library staff for helping them with their research on CSX railroad and Farm Pond. During their library trip, the students looked through the materials in our Framingham local history collection and even used the microfilm reader. We are very glad that is was such an enjoyable learning experience. Many thanks to Mr. Ward and his class for making us this touching poster!
charter school

This Holiday Season, 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. Click here to shop Amazon through the portal. Thank you!

In-Home Program for the Homebound
Do you have a friend or family member who is homebound, and unable to visit the library due to a chronic physical illness or as a result of a temporary hospital stay? If so, the library can register them for the In-Home program, which provides delivery of library materials to their door. All applicants must reside in Framingham. If you are interested or know someone who could benefit from this service, please call Michelle at 508-532-6347 or email

The Library from Your Living Room: Music, Movies, Mags and More

No time to come to the library? Then bring the library to you! Download books, magazines, music and movies for FREE, 24/7, with new services from the Library. Zinio provides free access to full digital versions of your favorite magazines. hoopla brings you thousands of movie, television, music, and audiobook titles. And, borrow ebooks and audiobooks for your commute with Overdrive. Visit our Digital page for more information.

Need help? Drop by the Main Library on Mondays or Wednesdays, 6-9:00pm, or email the Reference Staff at

Framingham Public Library Foundation
The Framingham Public Library Foundation has met the first part of an anonymous challenge to match all new pledges and cash contributions made to the Framingham Public Library Foundation up to $20,000 between August 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, or whenever the goal is met. After nine weeks, $11,000 was raised and the donor provided the first of two checks. If this challenge is successful, the Foundation will receive a total of $40,000!

This offer includes the purchase of engraved bricks for the new McAuliffe Branch Library walkways ( There are also numerous naming opportunities available for areas and furnishings at the new Branch, starting at $250. Engraved bricks and naming opportunities offer a way to publicly demonstrate your commitment to and support of the new Branch Library project, as well as provide a lasting legacy for individuals, families, and organizations. Learn more or donate online at

Help Us Increase Our Donation to the Library Foundation to $10,000!
As part of an energy efficiency outreach campaign in the summer of 2013, Next Step Living was able to donate $8,200 to FPLF. We now want to help increase that donation to $10,000 to further support the new Christa McAuliffe Branch. To do this, NSL will make a donation to the FPLF for every completed visit taken by Framingham Library patrons.
HOW? If your home is good for solar, sign up for a visit and NSL will donate $50 to FPLF on your behalf when you have completed the no-obligation visit.
WHY? Save money on your utility bills and learn about generous incentives and rebates available to reduce your energy consumption, and help the Library reach its goals and build a green Branch Library.
WHAT? 36 families who complete solar visits will help us reach our goal of a $10,000 donation. Help today by visiting to schedule a visit.

The Homework Center is open!

Free tutoring, homework and school project help available to all Framingham elementary, middle and high school students every Monday through Thursday afternoon from 2:30-5:30. Helpful tutors, computers, color printers, resources, school and craft supplies. Stop in and check us out!

The Student Advisory Board represents the middle and high schools in Framingham. Together we plan and facilitate events for the school year. Our next board meeting is Monday, October 6th. Everyone is welcome! We need student representatives from Walsh, Cameron, Fuller and St.Bridget’s Middle Schools. Share your ideas and inspire us! For more information email Judy Gatlin at

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 e-mails, click here.

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

CREATION STATION at 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, IrfanView, 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.

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.

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.

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.

The Friends of the Framingham Library
SAVE MONEY - HAVE FUN!! 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 do so online here. 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. Also- Don't forget to check out the Friends' Monthly Book Sales. 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!

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 MetroWest.

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 Corporation for National & Community Service RSVP Program.

Main Library Exhibits
Main Library December Exhibits
Art Gallery- Framingham Artists Guild
Display Case- Veterans’ Display: Christmas Truce of 1914



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Volunteer Opportunities

Library Shelf Reading Volunteer Program
We are accepting volunteer applications for shelf readers.

Library Volunteer Options
     -Shelf reading the library collection. See Volunteer Application Page.

     -Tutor adults in literacy and English as a Second Language
       through the Literacy Unlimited program.

     -Work on the Friends of the Framingham Library’s monthly booksale.

     -Volunteer for the Framingham Public Library Foundation.

Call 508 532-6347 or e-mail
to learn more.






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