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An Opera Goer’s Guide to Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte
Guest speaker: Phillip Radoff, opera instructor at the Brandeis Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (BOLLI)

Wednesday April 16, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room
In anticipation of the Metropolitan Opera’s live high- definition broadcast of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte presented live ONLY at AMC theatres nationwide, Mr. Radoff will give an hour-long preview of the opera. Refreshments.  
Opera
Framingham’s Role in the Development of Metropolitan Boston
Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

This presentation places particular emphasis on the influential role of Framingham and surrounding communities on latter 20th century suburbs.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Jim O’Connell, author and Community Planner for the National Park Service.
Refreshments.

*LIFELONG LEARNING LECTURE SERIES* This free 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. No registration required. Sponsored in part by Framingham State University and in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library.
LifeLongLearning
Friends of the Framingham Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, April 19
9:30–10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am– 3:00pm: Open to the public
Main Library

Our sale is a terrific place to find information and ideas on how to plan, plant and cultivate a garden. PLEASE keep the Friends in mind as you tackle that spring cleaning.  
April '14
Lives Change @ Your Library
Tuesday April 22, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Afer 20+ years as a stand-up comic in Las Vegas, Joan Spinazola returned home to re-kindle her love affair with Concord. Specializing in literary and historical tours, she has done extensive research to bring to life the fascinating people who changed the course of history. Joan is currently working on a program about Louisa May Alcott detailing her time as a nurse during the Civil War. In her spare time, Joan sells hotdogs from a food truck and sells cannolis at farmers markets. You have probably met her somewhere about town but now she will be at the library!
Sponsored in part by LVM Literacy Unlimited.
Joan
Men Still at Work: Professionals Over Sixty and On the Job
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth F. Fideler, EdD, Sloan Center on Aging & Work, Boston College, Research Fellow and Chair of the Framingham Public Library Trustees.

Wednesday April 23, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Men Still at Work explores the reasons why many men are continuing to work well beyond the traditional retirement age. Filled with profiles of older working men this book tackles thorny issues such as masculinity and the “need to provide,” as well as economic issues, job satisfaction, financial security, and more. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments.
Book Events
Poetry Workshop
Wednesdays April 23 & 30, 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. Poets who wish to have their work discussed will need to provide copies to be given out during the session.

Alan Feldman is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years he taught the advanced creative writing course at the Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.    
 
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion
Thursday April 24, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

Topic: The Professor and the Madman: a Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester. Copies of the book are available at the McAuliffe Library circulation desk. Discussion led by Emily Donnelly. Refreshments.
 
Documentary Film: The Ghost Army (2013) 68 min With Filmmaker Rick Beyer
Thursday April 24, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

War, deception and art come together in this documentary film. The Ghost Army was a secret WWII unit that duped Hitler’s army. Mr. Beyer will introduce the film and answer questions following the screening. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase. Refreshments.
Films
The YoYo Guy!
Sunday April 27, 1:30pm
Main Library, Costin Room

John Higby, a YoYo Master, brings back that nostalgic toy, reminding you of old favorite tricks, then amazing you with new tricks. High skill and deft timing to swingin’ music coupled with high energy and humor make the YoYo Guy a favorite for every age.
As seen on David Letterman, he holds 4 Guinness World Records and is a World YoYo Champion!

Refreshments provided byTJ's!
YoYo
iPhone Photography – An Introduction with Nicole Connolly of Nicole Connolly Photography
Mondays April 28 and May 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Main Library, Costin Room. For Beginners & Frustrated Intermediates.

Learn to love your iPhone camera and your iPhone photos through Nicole’s signature iPhone photography course. A quintessential workshop for any iPhone photographer who is just starting to use this new powerful tool, and for the one that has used the camera app many times but feels frustrated with the results. All iPhone versions are welcome. Refreshments. 
iPhone
Re-enactment: Julia Ward Howe and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Actors: Libby Franck and Rob Vilella
Wednesday April 30, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Actors Libby Frank and Rob Vilella bring to life the long friendship between Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Julia Ward Howe. Refreshments.
YoYo
Poetry Workshop
Wednesday, April 30, 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. Poets who wish to have their work discussed will need to provide copies to be given out during the session.
Alan Feldman is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years he taught the advanced creative writing course at the Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.   
 
Friday Night Film: Philomena (2013) 98 mins. PG-13
Friday, May 2, 7:00pm (Enter between 6:30 and 7:15pm on the Lexington Street side.)
Main Library, Costin Room

Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

 
Sunday Concert Series: Klezmer Ensemble Ezekiel's Wheels
Sunday, May 4, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room


Sponsored in part by Framingham Ford, the Friends of the Framingham Library and the Metro Credit Union. Refreshments.
Friends
Sunday Concert Series
iPhone Photography – An Introduction with Nicole Connolly of Nicole Connolly Photography
Mondays April 28 and May 5, 7:00-8:30pm
Main Library, Costin Room. For Beginners & Frustrated Intermediates.

Learn to love your iPhone camera and your iPhone photos through Nicole’s signature iPhone photography course. A quintessential workshop for any iPhone photographer who is just starting to use this new powerful tool, and for the one that has used the camera app many times but feels frustrated with the results. All iPhone versions are welcome. Refreshments.  
iPhone
John Lennon, the Beatles and Us (Rescheduled from February 13)
Thursday, May 8, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

The talk covers myths surrounding Lennon’s life and work, while bringing key insights to his most famous songs. Refreshments.
Guest speaker: Tim Riley, Assistant Professor, Emerson College and Lennon biographer.

*LIFELONG LEARNING LECTURE SERIES* This free 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. No registration required. Sponsored in part by Framingham State University and in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library.
LifeLongLearning
You Must Read This!
Saturday, May 10, 10:00am
Main Library, Trustees Room

Come to this monthly Saturday morning book chat. Bring books or titles others may enjoy, and gather suggestions for great reads you may have missed. Refreshments.
You Must Read This!
Movie Matinee: Philomena (2013) 98 mins. PG-13
Monday, May 12, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
 
Friends of the Framingham Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, May 17
9:30–10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am– 3:00pm: Open to the public
Main Library

Book sales are held in the Main Library from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm the third Saturday of the month, January through June and September through December.  
May '14
Classical Concert featuring World-renowned Pianist Shuann Chai and Violinist Shunske Sato
Saturday Evening, May 17

Main Library
Save the date: Support the Framingham Public Library Foundation’s fundraising efforts for the New Christa McAuliffe Branch Library Building program. More details to follow.
FPL Foundation
 
Motive Matinee: Nebraska (2013) 115 mins. Rated R
Monday, May 19, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte
 
Spring into Summer Fashion Show & Afternoon Tea
Saturday, May 31st, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Hosted by the Homework Center Student Advisory Board of Directors
The models for this event are our Middle School Principals, members of the Framingham School Committee, Director of Framingham Downtown Renaissance, members of the Library Board of Trustees and the parents of our boards members!
Tickets for the Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea - $20.00 (cash or check only, make checks payable to FPLF)
Proceeds of the event to benefit our new Christa McAuliffe Branch Building Project
Fashions provided by CAbi Carol Anderson by invitation
For information contact Judy Gatlin, jgatlin@minlib.net
 
Friday Night Film: About Time (2013) 123 mins. Rated R
Friday, June 6, 7:00pm (Enter between 6:30 and 7:15pm on the Lexington Street side.)
Main Library, Costin Room

Starring Domhnall Gleeson and Rachel McAdams
 
You Must Read This!
Saturday, June 14, 10:00am
Main Library, Trustees Room

Come to this monthly Saturday morning book chat. Bring books or titles others may enjoy, and gather suggestions for great reads you may have missed. Refreshments. 
You Must Read This!
Friends of the Framingham Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, June 21
9:30–10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am– 3:00pm: Open to the public
Main Library

Book sales are held in the Main Library from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm the third Saturday of the month, January through June and September through December. 
June '14

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

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

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. In early 2014, 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 or send an email to fplmail@minlib.net.

Food Drive at the Main Library! (Ongoing)
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 library online.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Friends of the Framingham Library
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. Thank you! 

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

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

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.

Thank You!
Framingham Town Meeting approves McAuliffe branch library project

Visions of the New McAuliffe Library

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

SOAR 55
If you are interested in connecting to community, feeling a sense of purpose and accomplishment, meeting new people, and using your skills and experiences in a new way, consider volunteering through SOAR 55. For information please contact Lois Levick at 508-532-5570 x4353 or at llevick@minlib.net. To learn more go to www.ncscweb.org/programs/soar55 and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soar55volunteer.

SOAR 55
SOAR 55 is a program of Newton Community Service Center with a satellite office located at the Framingham Public Library and is part of a national network of volunteer programs that mobilizes adults age 55 and over to contribute their skills and experience to help strengthen and expand the capacity of local nonprofit and public organizations. SOAR 55 provides individuals with a personalized and professional search for the right volunteer opportunity.

 

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 rwinett@rcn.com to donate or for more information.

 

The Foundation’s Fundraising Committee is looking for volunteers to help us meet our target. For more information please call or email: Ruth Winett, President, Framingham Public Library Foundation
Ruth Winett
President
Framingham Public Library Foundation
508-877-1938
rwinett@rcn.com

 

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


Volunteers for Literacy
Friends of Literacy Unlimited seeks volunteers to help with fundraising activities. We support the Framingham Public Library’s Literacy Unlimited tutoring program. Our fundraisers include May Baskets and an Annual Appeal mailing. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Erika Alvarez at 508-460-1113 or afolu7282@gmail.com.

Friends of Literacy Unlimited
Help students like Dolly reach their goals
Please click here for details on how you can help students like Dolly reach their goals

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.

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

Main Library Exhibits
Main Library April Exhibits
Art Gallery- Fountain Street Studios
Display Case- Framingham Garden Club

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

Library Volunteer Options 

Call 508 532-6347 or email michellelm@minlib.net to learn more.

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