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Andy & Judy in Concert!
Wednesday February 10, 7:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Blumer Room

Folk duo Andy and Judy perform cover versions of songs written by John Prine, Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia and Peter, Paul & Mary, as well as a growing list of their original songs. Their close harmonies blend Judy’s evocative alto with Andy’s deep baritone, accompanied by guitar and mandolin. 
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Thursday, February 11, 7:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Blumer Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, FSU

This poetic morality tale, with its great and enchanting verse, has a lesson for all of humanity.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
 
Brown Bag Learning Series: Marketing and Public Relations 101 for Organizations and Small Businesses
Friday, February 12, 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Edgell Memorial Library, 3 Oak St.

Presented by Susan Petroni

Join Susan Petroni and learn how to grow your small business, organization, non-profit, and PTO using content marketing and social media. Gain valuable tips on how to write a press release. Find out how blogging can help your small business. Discover practical social media advice - including how to use Facebook, Twitter, and more to increase traffic and engagement.

ABOUT SUSAN PETRONI: Susan Petroni has been a journalist for more than 3 decades. She is the owner of Petroni Media. Susan is a social media expert, a photographer, and an award-winning reporter and writer. She has helped market and plan events in New England and nationally. Susan is responsible for launching the Framingham Patch into a community news site 5 years ago.  
*Brown Bag Learning Series (Brown Bag Brain Boost)*
Join us from 12-1:00pm one Friday a month for an informal lunch time program featuring speakers from local businesses and organizations. A wide range of topics will be discussed that are educational and entertaining. The Brown Bag Learning Series is free to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch; refreshments will be provided.
Friday Night Film: Grandma (2015) 79 min R (language and some drug use)
Friday February 12, 7:00pm
Location: Callahan Center, 535 Union Ave.

A teenager facing an unplanned pregnancy seeks help from her acerbic grandmother, a woman who is long estranged from her daughter. Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner and Marcia Gay Harden. Doors are open 6:30-7:15pm. 
New McAuliffe Branch Open House
Saturday February 13, 1:00pm–4:00pm
New McAuliffe Branch, 746 Water Street

Saturday, February 13th, from 1pm-4pm, the Library would like to welcome the public for an Open House walkthrough event to experience the new state-of-the-art building, greet the staff, and learn about the building’s unique architecture.
There will be no services at the Open House, but the new Branch Library building will open for business at 9:30am, Tuesday, February 16th, after the President’s Day holiday on Monday.
Poetry Workshop Led by Bernard Horn
Tuesday February 16, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

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.
Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter, With author Kate Clifford Larson
Wednesday February 17, 7:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Ablondi Room

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s beautiful daughter Rosemary enjoyed all the advantages of her wealthy background, including attending exclusive schools and traveling the world with her high-spirited sisters. But, Rosemary was intellectually disabled, and it was a secret that the Kennedy clan fiercely protected.
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber
Thursday, February 18, 10:00am
New McAuliffe Branch Library, 746 Water Street

Led by Nancy Gentile.
 
Cabaret Germany: Society and Culture in the Weimar Republic (1919-1930) 
Thursday, February 18, 7:00pm

Location: Town Hall, Blumer Room
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. John Heineman, Professor Emeritus, Boston College

A richly-illustrated lecture on the German Republic, analyzing the role of cultural innovations in art, music and literature.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
 
Matinee Film: Suffragette (2015) 106 min PG-13 (some intense violence, thematic elements, brief strong language and partial nudity)
Monday February 22, 2:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Blumer Room

In this galvanizing feminist drama, a working-class laundress (Carey Mulligan) in 19th century London becomes radicalized when she meets a brave cadre of women organizing to obtain the vote. Also starring Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham-Carter. 
Poetry Workshop Led by Bernard Horn
Tuesday February 23, 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

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.

Cancelled this week
The Founders Were Not Cowards: Louis Brandeis and Freedom of Speech
Thursday, February 25, 7:00pm

Location: Town Hall, Blumer Room
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Dan Breen, Lecturer, Brandeis

This year celebrates the 100th anniversary of the nomination of Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
 
Lights, Camera, Acting: The History of American Film Acting
Thursday, March 3, 7:00pm
Location: T.B.D.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Claudia Springer, Associate Professor, FSU, and Julie Levinson, Professor, Babson College

Movie actors enthrall us with performances that appear effortless, but are actually carefully crafted. Join the authors of a new book on film acting, to explore the fascinating behind-the-scenes history.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
Brown Bag Learning Series: Introduction to Homeopathy
Friday, March 4, 12:00-1:00pm
Location: New McAuliffe Branch Library, Meeting Room

Presented by Vera Volfson, CCH, RSHom (NA)

Vera Volfson, CCH will give an introduction to Homeopathy and discuss remedies for alleviating conditions such as allergies, cold and flu. She will also cover the most common remedies for home emergencies (burns, stings, food poisoning, cuts, bruises). Vera will be happy to answer your questions on the topics presented. A free 30 minute private consultation will be offered for attendees. Join Vera as she explores a holistic approach to health and learn how to alleviate your conditions naturally.

About Vera: Vera Volfson, CCH, RSHom (NA) is nationally certified in classical homeopathy and is a registered member of the North American Society of Homeopaths. She has a private practice in Framingham, MA. Vera is certified in several other holistic modalities, homotoxicology (FCT and CEASE) and Pranic Healing. Visit behealthyhomeopathy.com for more information.

*Brown Bag Learning Series (Brown Bag Brain Boost)*
Join us from 12-1:00pm one Friday a month for an informal lunch time program featuring speakers from local businesses and organizations. A wide range of topics will be discussed that are educational and entertaining. The Brown Bag Learning Series is free to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch; refreshments will be provided.
Politics, Propaganda, and the Party-Line: The Grimm Brothers in German History
Thursday, March 10, 7:00pm

Location: T.B.D.
GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Laura Bohn Case, Visiting Assistant Professor, Wheaton College

The connection of the Grimm fairy tales to German history – from the 19th century through contemporary German culture.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
Sunday Concert Series: Sam Ou and Chi-Chen Wu
Sunday, March 13, 3:00pm
Location: T.B.D.

Sponsored in part by The Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation and Hammond Residential Real Estate, Metro Credit Union, Whole Foods Market, and Friends of the Framingham Library.
 
Are Kids Becoming Meaner? An Up-close Look at Cyberbullying and Suicide
Thursday, March 17, 7:00pm

Location: T.B.D.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Ira Silver, Professor, FSU

This presentation looks at recently publicized cases of cyberbullying, exploring current data on today’s adolescent experience.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
Hail to the Chief: The Creation of the American Presidency
Thursday, March 24, 7:00pm

Location: T.B.D.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Gary Hylander, Visiting Professor, FSU

Unanimously elected the nation’s first president, Washington was well aware of his unique position. “I walk,” he wrote, “on untrodden ground.”

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
Children and Schooling in the Twenty-first Century in the United States
Thursday, March 31, 7:00pm

Location: T.B.D.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Kelly Ann Kolodny, Professor, FSU

This talk provides a broad overview of the contexts of our nation’s schooling in the 21st century. Geographic settings, economic realities, and accountability measures will be addressed during the talk.
 
*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
Sunday Concert Series: Arneis Quartet
Sunday, April 3, 3:00pm
Location: T.B.D.

Sponsored in part by The Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation and Hammond Residential Real Estate, Metro Credit Union, Whole Foods Market, and Friends of the Framingham Library.
In the Footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh
Thursday, April 7, 7:00pm

Location: T.B.D.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Erika Schneider, Associate Professor

Although he was born in the Netherlands, Van Gogh traveled throughout France during his short painting career and immortalized these sites in his paintings. Join Professor Schneider on a pilgrimage to Arles, St. Remy, and Auvers-sur-Oise to visit these pivotal places and to discuss the impact of the settings on his work.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
Common Carrier: The Post Office in American Life
Thursday, April 14, 7:00pm 

Location: T.B.D.

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Joseph Adelman, Assistant Professor, FSU

An examination of the role of the Post Office as both a civic institution and a revenue-generating business enterprise.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). The series is sponsored in part by a grant from Constellation, an Exelon Company.
Sunday Concert Series: Ezekiel's Wheels
Sunday, May 15, 3:00pm
Location: T.B.D.

Sponsored in part by The Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation and Hammond Residential Real Estate, Metro Credit Union, Whole Foods Market, and Friends of the Framingham Library.


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

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Community Events (not sponsored by the library)

   
 

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News

The Move to the new McAuliffe branch has begun!!
-New McAuliffe Branch Press Release
-MetroWest Daily News Photos: Turning the pages in Framingham
-Join us for our Open House on Feb. 13 from 1-4pm.

New McAuliffe Branch Opening Soon!
The new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library is opening soon! You can still be a part of bringing it to life! Consider making a donation to the Framingham Public Library Foundation. For more information about naming opportunities, visit www.fplf.org or contact Ruth Winett (508-877-1938 or rwinett@rcn.com).

Adventures in Lifelong Learning – Winter/Spring 2016

Classes will take place on the following Tuesdays: March 8, 15, 22, 29 (Snow date – April 5). The brochure will be available by the first week of February, and Member Registration begins on February 9. Visit www.framinghamlibrary.org/adventures for more information.

Come Visit Our Pop-up Library!
During the Main Library closure, our temporary Popup Library at St. Stephen’s School, 25 Clinton Street in downtown Framingham, is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Pop-up Library features the NEWEST materials, and borrowing DVDs and printing are FREE. Public internet stations are also available for your use.

Please Support the Friends of the Framingham Library
For a limited time anyone who donates $25 or more to the Friends will receive a coupon for $5 to be used at a regular book sale. The Friends have not been able to hold book sales for several months and our revenues, which are used in support of the library, are significantly behind. Will you please consider a (tax deductible) donation to the Friends at this time? Mail it to Nancy Grifone, Treasurer, 1 Crosby Circle, Framingham MA 01701. Thank you.
The main Library remains closed and the January 16, 2016, sale will not take place. Please check the Friends website for updates and information about the February sale. Though the Friends are unable to raise money through book sales and the ongoing sale room, the Library’s many concerts and programs, movies, Homework Center, museum pass distribution, and more—funded by the Friends—take place as usual. In order to continue supporting the Library’s diverse programming, the Friends have set up a GoFundMe account for contributions to offset their financial losses. Donations are much appreciated. Please share this link with family and friends. Thank you.

Coming Soon: Seed Library at FPL
Planning a vegetable garden this year? Transition Framingham and the Library have teamed up to plan a Seed Library on the 3rd floor of the Main Library. Patrons will be able to sign out a limit of five small packets of seeds, open-pollinated and non GMO, and purchased each year from a reputable seed company. Look for upcoming programs designed to help gardeners have a successful season and, ideally, save seeds to share at a seed swap in the fall. If you’re interested in helping, please contact the Circulation Department.


Framingham Reads Together (FRT) 2016
The book selected for FRT 2016 is David McCullough’s The Wright Brothers, and copies of the book are available for borrowing at the Library. Iconic author David McCullough will do a talk and book signing on Saturday, May 14 in the Memorial Building’s Nevins Hall, located at 150 Concord Street.
Information on additional programs for Framingham Reads Together 2016 will be announced shortly.


Support the Library - At No Additional Cost to You!
Amazon.comOrder ALL your Amazon items, not just books, through the Library website portal and support your library for free! Click here to shop Amazon and support your Library. Thank you.


Looking for a Job? We Can Help!
Drop-in 10:00am-12:30pm, Tuesdays, NEW Location for January 2016: Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)
Get free expert job-hunting help! Our job-search coach is available to assist with your resume, cover letter, interview skills, or job-search techniques. Also find a wealth of information on job hunting, training, and education in our “Finding a great Job” Guide here!

The Homework Center
The Homework Center offers free tutoring for all Framingham students K-12. We are open Monday through Thursday from 2:30-5:30pm. The Center is operating from the Boys & Girls Club, 154 Pearl Street until the Main Library reopens.
We work with students who are struggling to pass their courses, honors students wanting to work beyond the parameters of their classes and everyone in between! Students are welcome to drop in for homework help or to schedule appointments for ongoing tutoring.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact jgatlin@minlib.net.


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 MutualOne.com.

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 www.framinghamlibrary.org/apps.
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.)


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

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 MichelleLM@minlib.net.

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.
Are you interested in a volunteer opportunity for the New Year? Literacy Unlimited is recruiting volunteers to work as tutors for adult students learning English. Join us for an informational session on Thursday, January 7 (10- 11:30am) to learn more!
The 6-week training session for new tutors will begin on January 14 (10:00am- 1:00pm; no class on February 18). You will learn techniques of English language learning and methods of lesson preparation. The information session and training classes will be held at Boys & Girls Pearl Street ClubHouse (154 Pearl Street; downtown Framingham).
For more information, please visit our webpage, or send an email to fplmail@minlib.net.

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 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.

Food Drive at the Main Library! (Ongoing)
November is the month for giving thanks, so please help the less fortunate in our community by replenishing the shelves at Hope International Food Pantry, 214 Concord Street in downtown Framingham. You can show your support for the Pantry by writing and mailing a check, or by donating any IN DATE non-perishable nutritional food item to our ongoing food drive. THANK YOU for helping to stamp out hunger in our community!

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. While the Main Library is closed, we cannot accept donations of books, CDs, DVDs.

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 strengthen local non-profits and public organizations in Newton and MetroWest.
With over 90 local nonprofit and public partners, SOAR 55 provides interested individuals with easy access to a myriad of volunteer positions. In addition, our staff uses a personalized, professional and unique approach to finding you the right volunteer experience by facilitating connections based on your interests, skills, experience, and schedule.
Some of our opportunities include: work with military and civilian media organizations to promote public understanding of the Employer Support Program of the Guard and Reserve; as a team member, assist third-grade students in homework help in an after-school program; write grants for a global educational network enabling members of disparate communities to recognize and accept their differences as they work toward a civil society; conduct home visits for sight-challenged consumers; assist a local museum with the inventory, record keeping, and data entry for the Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller Special Collection; teach inmates the skills to help prepare them for the workforce; work with culturally diverse families in early childhood literacy training; identify and develop relationships with real estate developers and investors with the goal of selling fine art in public buildings benefitting cancer research; assist low income elders and disabled individuals with their routine financial needs; and much more!
For information please contact Lois Levick at 508-532-5570, ext. 4353 or a llevick@minlib.net to learn more go to www.soar55.org and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soar55volunteer.
SOAR 55 is a Corporation for National & Community Service RSVP Program.
Until the main Framingham Public Library re-opens, the SOAR 55 satellite office will be temporarily located at the Boys & Girls Club, 154 Pearl Street, with office hours Wednesdays 10:30am-2pm.
The contact information will remain: llevick@minlib.net or 508-532-5570 ext 4353

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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 michellelm@minlib.net
to learn more.

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