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Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, April 18
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public
Main Library

An analysis of Museum Pass usage shows that library patrons have saved over $33,000 dollars by using museum passes provided by the Friends. It is your support through membership and purchases at the monthly sales and the Book Store that allows the Friends to continue this type of funding for the library. We appreciate it! Please remember to think of the Friends first when you are spring cleaning your bookshelves, playrooms and attics. We need your donations to help the Library.
Book Sale
"The Lancers are Coming! The Lancers are Coming!"
Saturday April 18, 3:00-4:00pm
Main Library Reading Garden, all ages.

Greet the National Lancers, a ceremonial cavalry troop in the Massachusetts Organized Militia based in Framingham. Prior to their Patriots’ Day re-enactment of Paul Revere’s and William Dawes’s rides to alert the Minuteman, the Lancers are riding to Framingham Public Library to meet and greet the public. Come meet the horses while their riders answer any questions you may have about the Lancers, their history, how to join, and what else they do during the year.

A Family Program - Open to all.
Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman
Tuesdays April 21 and 28, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

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 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. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Four Lakes Prize, from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015.   
Family Program: The Cure For The Common Show!! Featuring: Bryson Lang
Thursday April 23, 3-4:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Bryson Lang performs his creative, high-energy, family-friendly comedy-juggling act. All ages.
Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman
Tuesday April 28, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

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 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. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Four Lakes Prize, from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015.    
Friday Night Film: Wild (2014) 115 min R (sexual content, nudity, drug use, and language)
Friday May 1, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Reese Witherspoon stars in this adventure film about a woman who decides to do a 1,100 mile hike as a way to recover from a recent set of losses. Movie Habit says “Witherspoon carries Wild across the finish line.” Also starring Laura Dern. Enter on the Lexington Street side, 6:30-7:15pm. Refreshments.
Spring Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea
Saturday, May 2, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Enjoy a lovely afternoon viewing the latest spring fashions, while nibbling on an array of tea sandwiches and delicious desserts with tea and lemonade. After the show feel free to try on and order any clothing you find irresistible; 10% of the proceeds from clothing purchased will be donated to the Framingham Public Library Foundation. Our models are Framingham School principals, school committee members, Library trustees, and Library Foundation members!
Tickets $25 or $175 for a table of 8 (Tax Deductible) Available at both Library locations. Proceeds benefit the building of the new McAuliffe Library. For more information: Contact Judy Gatlin at Sponsored by the Homework Center.
Sunday Concert Series: Pianist Sylvia Berry
Sunday May 3, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Ms. Berry will perform the works of Mozart, Haydn, Soler, and Beethoven on her Viennese piano. Doors open at 2:30pm. Refreshments.
Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library, the Metro Credit Union, and Morton J. Shuman, attorney-at-law. Refreshments.
Main Library Book Club: The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Tuesday, May 5, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

Ronda Andrews will lead the discussion. 
Documentary Film: Babies (2010) 79 min PG (for cultural and maternal nudity)
Thursday, May 7, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Mothers & More Moderators: Kim Comatas, Co-President of Framingham Townwide PTO and Elizabeth Roy, Library Trustee

Mothers & More and Framingham Public Library are proud to co-sponsor this program, geared to parents. Filmmaker Thomas Balmes offers an adorable glimpse of babyhood in this documentary, through observing the first two years of the life of four babies and their families from around the world. Balmes reveals just how much we have in common despite our cultural differences. Mothers & More is sponsoring a diaper drive (this evening ONLY) to benefit Cradles to Crayons. Please consider donating a box of diapers. Light refreshments provided.  
Atwater-Donnelly in Concert
Wednesday May 13, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance. Elwood and Aubrey blend gorgeous harmonies and play an astonishing array of instruments including guitar, Appalachian mountain dulcimer, mandolin, tin whistle and more. As part of their concert, Aubrey performs a thrilling interpretation of freestyle Appalachian clog dancing. Refreshments.  
Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, May 16
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public
Main Library

Membership cards for the 2015-2016 year will be available beginning with the May Sale. First time patrons receive 2 months of membership free. Renewing members are welcome to renew at any time. This time, check out the foreign language section that has many books and CD’s to help you learn another language, plus a large selection of books in Spanish and Portuguese.    
Book Sale
You Must Read This!
Saturday May 16, 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.  
Matinee Film: Mr. Turner (2014) 149 min R (for some sexual content)
Monday May 18, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

This film explores the last quarter century of the great if eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851). Newsday says “Mike Leigh's biopic is so richly detailed that it feels like a documentary.” Starring Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson and Lesley Manville. Refreshments.  
Spies, Patriots, and Traitors with author Kenneth Daigler Wednesday May 20, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Mr. Daigler’s book Spies, Patriots, and Traitors covers American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War, from 1765 to 1783. In addition to covering intelligence sources and methods used, he will talk about how the Founding Fathers learned and practiced their intelligence role. Mr. Daigler is a retired CIA officer who provides insights into these events from an intelligence professional's perspective. Refreshments.  
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: Little Children by Tom Perrotta
Thursday, May 21, 10:00am-12pm
McAuliffe Branch Library

Little Children captures a summer snapshot of what seems like an ordinary, American suburb. But a look below the surface reveals murky things below. Characters like the young Prom King stay-at-home dad, the ambitious working mother, the feminist who finds herself suddenly traditional, the alpha mom and the accused pedophile orbit the playground and the results are anything but ordinary. Evocative and darkly funny, this novel is a slice of life story – with a heck of a twist. Led by Dawn Dellasanta.  
Cooking Program: Sensational Summer Salads With Ellie Deaner
Wednesday May 27, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

More information coming soon.
Main Library Book Club: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Tuesday, June 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

Annabel Dodd will lead the discussion.
Sunday Concert Series: Pianist Constantine Finehouse and Violinist Tudor Dornescu
Sunday June 7, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library, the Metro Credit Union, and Morton J. Shuman, attorney-at-law. Refreshments.
Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, June 20
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)




Celebrate Spring with the May Baskets Raffle!
The May Baskets Raffle benefits LVM Literacy Unlimited, the adult tutoring program in MetroWest. There’s something for everyone – electronics, toys, food, wine, fun, and more! The baskets will be on view in the lobby at Framingham Public Library, at McAuliffe Branch Library, and at Morse Institute Library (Natick).

You may purchase tickets at any venue ($2 for one ticket, $10 for a book of 6 tickets.) Just write your name on the ticket and choose the basket that you would like to win.

The raffle begins May 1st and runs through May 31st. The drawing will be held at noon on June 2nd.

All proceeds benefit the tutoring program for adults learning to read and learning to speak English, through our basic literacy and ESOL programs.

McAuliffe Branch Building Project
The Framingham Public Library Foundation is actively fundraising for the new McAuliffe Project and long- term for the entire Library System. The Foundation’s Fundraising Committee is looking for volunteers to help us meet our target. For more information please call Ruth Winett, President, Framingham Public Library Foundation at 508-877-1938 or email:

MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity Program to Benefit Framingham Main Library
MutualOne Bank announced that the Bank’s 2015 Checking for Charity initiative will benefit the Framingham Main Library and Morse Institute Library in Natick. For every new personal or business checking account opened during 2015, the Bank will donate $10 to be shared equally by the two libraries. For locations and more information please visit

Homework Center Essay Contest
Please click here to see Framingham Patch photos from the Homework Center's Essay Contest fundraiser, held at the Deluxe Depot Diner on Thursday, March 5. All of the entries for the Homework Center’s Why I Love Framingham Essay Contest will be displayed in the Costin Room for the month of April.

McAuliffe Branch Library Project
Do you know there are still naming opportunities for the new McAuliffe Branch Library Building? For a donation, you can see your name or a loved one’s name permanently displayed on a room, chair, computer, outdoor bench, bike rack or other places.
This is your chance to really be a part of this new building! Go to for more information.

Hundreds Turn Out For Steel Beam Signing Event

Several hundred Framingham residents of all ages and walks of life came to the Hemenway School on January 31 to sign one of the steel beams to be used in the construction of the new McAuliffe branch library across the street.
In addition to their signatures, many contributed words of inspiration and encouragement, literary quotes, as well as cash donations to the Framingham Public Library Foundation, which is raising $600,000 to reduce the town’s cost of the project.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning Classes
Welcome to new and returning students! Classes, geared to seniors, will start on March 3 and cover history, literature, art history, dance and more. Membership and class registration can be found online at www.framinghamlibrary. org/adventures. Member registration starts on January 27 and non-member registration starts on February 17.

Counting the Donation Boxes

Counting the money donated for the new McAuliffe Branch from the vortexes (clear donation boxes), are sitting left to right, Ruth Winett, Joann Thompson, Nancy Coville Wallace and, standing, Mary Craig and Elizabeth Fideler. The total raised by the Framingham Library Foundation was $10,765.52. The Foundation wants to express its gratitude to all who contributed in this round of donations. The boxes are now back at the Main Library and McAuliffe Branch and there is still time to become part of the future, by helping to build the new McAuliffe Branch Library.

Borrow a Kill A Watt Monitor and Save
You can now borrow a Kill A Watt electricity usage monitor, thanks to a generous donation. The Kill A Watt is a small device that measures how much power a plugged-in appliance or device is using at the moment and how much energy it consumes over time. Learn how you can save energy and money. The Kill A Watt is shelved on the Main Library’s How-To-Express Display. Please call 508-532-5570 x4351 to reserve.

Library Apps – Fun and Free!
Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines, videos and TV shows using apps from the Framingham Library.
• Download the Overdrive app to checkout eBooks (including Kindle eBooks), audiobooks and videos.
• Borrow digital magazines instantaneously with the Zinio app.
• Use the Hoopla app to instantly download music, audiobooks, videos and TV.
• Download the Mango app to learn a new language.

Get started at
Questions? Stop by the Main Library for Device Advice Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00- 9:00pm. Or call 508-532-5570 x4361 to schedule a Device Advice appointment (Or book online.)

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.

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.

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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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