Library and Community News
The City has launched a new section of its website called Reopening the City of Framingham to provide information on how businesses can reopen safely and healthily. Based on the State's reopening guidelines and the evolution of City processes, the new Framingham site will be updated.
The Framingham School Committee has presented the Outstanding School Partners Award to the Homework Center Program. This award is presented to outstanding out-of-school programs that help students thrive academically. The Homework Center currently provides remote tutoring, homework and school project help to students K-12, in all subjects and plans to remain open, offering tutoring and remote enrichment programming throughout the summer! To be matched with a tutor, contact Judy Gatlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Team Framingham runner Anatoly Prekrasnyy planned to run the April 20th Boston Marathon for the Friends of the Framingham Library. We contacted him recently to ask how he is doing. Here is his letter:
Hi everyone! I’ve been doing ok, just spending most of the time at home like all of us. I’ve been more relaxed about my training and have been mostly just going on easy runs. I also don’t plan on starting any specific training for September until it’s more or less clear that the race is actually happening. Going on casual runs will definitely help me not lose fitness and I will be able to quickly ramp up training to get ready for a race day. I also just recently got myself a road bike, so I am very excited for the summer and to spend more time doing something different but still getting a decent aerobic exercise out of it. Hope you are staying safe. Anatoly
Anatoly has raised $10K for us so far—doubling his goal!
NOTE: Since this letter was sent, the 2020 Boston Marathon has been canceled, but we’re sure Anatoly will continue to stay active, be safe and hopefully run the Marathon in 2021.
Looking to read something new? Try our personalized book recommendation service. Answer a few questions on our form and we’ll send 4-6 titles for you to enjoy. You can access the form here or by going to the Framingham Public Library website and selecting the “NEW: Recommend a Book to Me” menu item under the “Browse” or “How do I” drop-down menus.
For questions regarding COVID-19, food resources, testing sites, ways to slow the spread of the virus, City operations:
Call 508-532-5411. A person will answer Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm. Leave a message after hours, and your call will be returned the next business day.
As of May 26, Framingham’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been replaced by a new City informational phone line. Framingham activates its EOC during Citywide or large scale emergency incidents. On March 28, the City opened its EOC in response to the pandemic. As resident calls have begun to subside, it was decided to transfer operations to a City Informational phone line to be manned by library staff. The people operating the line will be informed with daily updated frequently asked questions. The new line, which is (508) 532-5411, will be answered by a person Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Like the EOC, residents will be able to get answers related to Framingham COVID-19, food resources, testing sites, and ways to slow the spread of the virus,such as social distancing and hygiene. When the Informational Line is not staffed (after 3:30 p.m.on weekdays and over the weekend), residents will receive a detailed message with information about City functions and where they can find additional information, as well as a request to leave their name, phone number and question. All messages will be returned the next business day.
We miss you at our monthly Brown Bag programs. For now, stay safe at home and keep learning something new.
Listen to this month's featured TED Talk: How Trees Talk to Each Other, Presented by Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forest Ecology, University of British Columbia.
If you want to learn more, we suggest borrowing these titles, available as digital books and/or audiobooks through Hoopla:
The Bookmobile can’t wait to get back on the road and to celebrate we want to visit you ! Get out your crayons and pens and draw us a picture or write us a story (or both) about why we should visit your house when we are back on the road. The Bookmobile will throw a party at the home of five lucky winners to be selected at random!
For ages K-12. Entry deadline date to be decided.
To enter the contest, click the image or here.
Framingham to Commemorate the National Day of Mourning Monday, June 1, with a Moment of Silence at Noon to honor the 100,000+ Americans who have died from COVID-19: The City will raise the Pride Flag Tuesday, June 2, rather than Monday, June 1, out of respect for the National Day of Mourning.