Summer Film Series-
It Started with Eve (1941) 90 min NR
Wednesday July 23, 7:00pm Main Library, Costin Room A man trying to make his dying father happy makes his love life very complicated indeed in this musical comedy starring Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings and Charles Laughton.
Variety calls it “… a neatly-devised romantic comedy drama.”
Join us for our summer classic romantic comedy film series. Ice cream provided by Mad Willie’s Ice Cream!
Poetry Reading Thursday July 24, 7:00pm Main Library, Costin Room Guest Poets:
Bernard Horn, Judy Ferrara,
and Carla Schwartz
Join us for a wonderful evening of readings, spotlighting three talented poets from Massachusetts.
Bernard Horn is the author of Our Daily Words, winner of the Old Seventy Creek Press 2009 Poetry Prize. His poems and his translations of poems by Yehuda Amichai have appeared in The New Yorker, Moment Magazine and others.
Judy Ferrara is an artist and poet. She has published two collections of poetry:
Gestures of Trees (Mellen Poetry Press, 2000) and
A Brush with Words (Autumn Light Press, 2013), poems inspired by paintings.
Carla Schwartz is a poet, poetry filmmaker, photographer and lyricist. She is the author of the Turning Point books collection,
Mother, One More Thing. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fulcrum, Common Ground Review, Cactus Heart and others.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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: email@example.com
Literacy Unlimited needs tutors to help teach
adults to speak English or learn to read and write.
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.
Please consider supporting
The Hope Food Pantry located at 214 Concord Street
in downtown Framingham. You can show your support
for the pantry by writing a check or by donating any
IN-DATE non-perishable nutritional food item to
our ongoing food drive. The most-needed items are:
hearty beef stew, peanut butter, cereal, juice, coffee,
tuna fish, rice and canned fruit. THANK YOU for
helping to stamp out hunger in our community!
Digital Public Library:
http://dp.la/ 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
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.
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
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
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 jump on the
website at www.framinghamlibrary.org
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 www.framinghamlibrary.org
and click on the Amazon portal.
@ 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.
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
http://digital.minlib.net 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.
LIBRARY GIFT — Celebrating the MutualOne
Charitable Foundation’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!
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
www.fplf.org or contact the Foundation through Ms Ruth Winett at
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
President Framingham Public Library Foundation
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
http://digital.minlib.net/ 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.
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.
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