Events Calendar

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MINDFULNESS BOOK GROUP: How to Train a Wild Elephant: and Other Adventures in Mindfulness

How to Train a Wild Elephant: and Other Adventures in Mindfulness, by Jan Chozen Bays, MD

How restful it is to find a book that guides our untamed minds through waking up to our daily lives.  In a series of 53 exercises, you will discover tips, discoveries, and deeper lessons. Join us and share what you have observed and learned about your present moments.  Meditation will follow the book discussion.

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit at Main Library

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Open Lego

Drop in and make something creative with our supplied LEGOs. Look through our LEGO idea books to make something super exciting or design your own structure! Leave your name with the creation, and we’ll display it on top of our shelves for a month!

For Grades K+. No registration required.

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Book Buddy Main Library

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to one of our furry friends! Book Buddy Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana, and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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AniManga Club

Framingham Library is now hosting an AniManga club for everyone who enjoys all things Anime and Manga.

We had a lot of fun competing in AniManga trivia last month, so this month let's just relax with some snacks and watch some anime of your choice!

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Book Buddy Main Library

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to one of our furry friends! Book Buddy Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana, and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4.

Seed Packaging Party

Still seeds to package! Please join us for this final meeting to prepare for the opening of the seed catalog March 3rd.

 

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Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Journal Writers Group

Drop In or join the group as we discuss and discover the many ways to journal for personal growth and enrichment. We meet every Tuesday from 7-8pm.

Drop-in, no registration required.

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As One Opera Selections and Discussion

As part of a course overseen by Dr. Judith Bose and in collaboration with the Boston Opera Collaborative, students of the school will present excerpts from the opera, a story surrounding Hannah and the many facets of her own transgender experience.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

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 should provide copies to distribute. Alan’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Join us for the return of the popular children's program Mother Goose on the Loose! For ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver. Please pre-register at the Children's Department desk!

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Origami Workshop Series

We will be folding a variety of animals and geometric shapes. Led by Lucas Gustafson, a middle schooler who started folding at the age of 6 and is a longtime member of the Origami Club at MIT.

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Celebrate ‘88 Film Series: Hairspray

Framingham Public Library is proud to announce our new 30th Anniversary Celebration film series with many movies of 1988! Re-watch an old favorite, re-live your childhood, or catch something great for the first time.

Celebrate '88 continues in February with the original John Waters classic, Hairspray!

February-May Schedule:
February 28 – Hairspray (PG)
March 28 – Beetlejuice (PG)
April 25 - Bull Durham (R)
May 38 - The Naked Gun (PG-13)

All ages event (some movies rated R).

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: Some Great Blacks of Framingham: Crispus Attucks and the Fuller Legacy

Dr. Brown will speak about Crispus Attucks, the first man to die in the Revolutionary War. Attucks was a Black Framingham native whose early life was as an enslaved person. Following his talk, Framingham resident David Fuller will speak about the accomplishments of his grandparents, Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller and Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller.

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Weekly StoryTimes at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

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Perler Bead Creations (at the Main Library)

If you’ve never used Perler Beads before, you’re in for a treat. You line them up on a tray to make a cool, pixelated shape, and then iron them down so they merge together. You can turn what you’ve made into a magnet or keychain, or just keep it as a decorative figurine.

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit at Main Library

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Kill Your Lawn

Presented by Mark Richardson of The New England Wild Flower Society

According to NASA, more surface area in the United States is covered by lawn than by any other single irrigated crop. Lawns are resource-heavy, requiring irrigation, fertilizer, and pesticides to thrive in our climate. Learn why you should “kill your lawn” and how to replace it with beautiful and environmentally friendly native plantings.


About Mark Richardson:
Mark oversees the Society’s botanic garden, Garden in the Woods, and its native plant nursery operation, Nasami Farm. He studied ornamental horticulture at University of Rhode Island while helping to run a mid-sized ornamental plant nursery before finding his true passion in public horticulture. He led undergraduate programs at Longwood Gardens, where he overhauled the curriculum of the Professional Gardener Program, and oversaw adult education at Brookside Gardens. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Delaware’s Longwood Graduate Program.
 

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Movie Matinee at Main Library

The LEGO Ninjago Movie (Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor). Shunned by everyone for being the son of an evil warlord, a teenager seeks to defeat him with the help of his fellow ninjas.

All ages at parents’ discretion

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4.

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Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

Main Library Book Club: Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape…

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Millard

This epic adventure story of bravery, savagery, and chance encounters includes a cast of historical characters and reveals how the lessons Churchill took from the Boer War would profoundly affect twentieth century history. Bob Dodd will lead the discussion.

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Stories for Scooters

Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!

For Ages 0-3 years old.

The Kitchen Garden

Talented local gardener and chef Renée Faubert (of Renée's Kitchen in Natick) will share some of her gardening expertise and talk about how she chooses what to grow in her garden.

Friday Night Film: Darkest Hour

The British war drama stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and is a fictionalized account of his early days as Prime Minister. Refreshments.

Enter on the Lexington Street side between 6:30-7:15pm.

Darkest Hour (2017) 125 min.

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Weekly StoryTimes at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit at Main Library

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Book Buddy Main Library

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to one of our furry friends! Book Buddy Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana, and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Book Buddy Main Library

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to one of our furry friends! Book Buddy Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana, and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

Sunday Concert Series: Formosa Duo

Cellist Sam Ou and pianist Chi Chen Wu will be playing selections from Beethoven, de Falla and Brahms. Refreshments.

The series is sponsored in part by Roche Brothers, Metro Credit Union, Morton Shuman Law Offices and Friends of the Framingham Library.

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4.

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Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Book Buddy Main Library

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to one of our furry friends! Book Buddy Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana, and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Stories for Scooters

Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!

For Ages 0-3 years old.

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Origami Workshop Series

We will be folding a variety of animals and geometric shapes. Led by Lucas Gustafson, a middle schooler who started folding at the age of 6 and is a longtime member of the Origami Club at MIT.

Atwater-Donnelly Duo

This award-winning,internationally acclaimed duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly present delightful programs of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and
percussive dance.

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Weekly StoryTimes at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

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Perler Bead Creations (at the McAuliffe Library)

If you’ve never used Perler Beads before, you’re in for a treat. You line them up on a tray to make a cool, pixelated shape, and then iron them down so they merge together. You can turn what you’ve made into a magnet or keychain, or just keep it as a decorative figurine.

Bookmarkers Book Group: Organizational Meeting

On Thursday March 15th (grades K-2) and Thursday March 29th (grades 3-5) enjoy reading by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together. You’ll increase your comprehension, discuss what you know, and turn reading into a social activity that encourages more reading! Interested? Come choose the first book to read and help shape how Bookmarkers will work!

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Special Fundraising Event at Barnes & Noble for the Library Bookmobile

In support of the Framingham Public Library Foundation, Barnes & Noble will contribute a portion of your product purchase to help make our Bookmobile a reality. Come to the store on March 16 or make your purchase online from March 16-20 at BN.com/bookfairs.

And while you're at Barnes & Noble, enjoy this special event:
Author to Author Event: March 16, 7:00pm, Barnes & Noble
Come enjoy this discussion with Kate Moore, author of Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, and author Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Veterans Coffee Hour

All Vets are welcome to join us for free coffee and light refreshments at this monthly event.

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit at Main Library

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

Author to Author Event: Special Event at Barnes & Noble

Come enjoy this discussion with Kate Moore, author of Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women, and author Hank Phillippi Ryan.

Part of an all-day event at Barnes & Noble to help fund the Library Bookmobile. For more information, see our Bookmobile page.

McAuliffe’s Reel Life: PBS’s POV Movie Series: Cutie and the Boxer

Cutie and the Boxer, by Zachary Heinzerling

An Oscar®-nominated reflection on love, sacrifice and the creative spirit, this candid New York tale explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed “boxing” painter Ushio Shinohara and artist Noriko Shinohara.
Winner, Directing Award: U.S. Documentary, 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Doors open at 6:30pm.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs at McAuliffe

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to our Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dog, Chewie, listens as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by sign up for a 15 minute slot.

All ages.

Friends of the Library Two Day Book Sale

9:30-10:00am: Friends Members Only
10:00am-3:00pm: Open to the public

Bonus Sale: Sunday March 18, 1-4:00pm


Most books $1.00 or less, children’s .50 or less; single DVDs $3.00; and $7.00 for a “fill a paper grocery bag” with books in our Bag Room.


This month’s feature is music CDs in the Book Room, including Jazz, Classical, Latin, Portuguese, Country, Rock, and Broadway. Buy One for $1.00, Get One Free.


The Friends provide free movies, concerts, museum passes, audio books, CDs, and many other services to patrons and the community. Donations are gratefully accepted and may be brought in the day of the sale or made at the Library during the week.


For a full list of our corporate members , visit the Friends' web page .

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Pop-Up Makers’ Workshop

Get in the habit of making! Join us for an afternoon of St. Patrick’s Day S.T.E.M. challenges!

All ages are welcome! No registration required.

Friends Bonus Book Sale

Most books $1.00 or less, children’s .50 or less; single DVDs $3.00; and $7.00 for a “fill a paper grocery bag” with books in our Bag Room.


This month’s feature is music CDs in the Book Room, including Jazz, Classical, Latin, Portuguese, Country, Rock, and Broadway. Buy One for $1.00, Get One Free.


The Friends provide free movies, concerts, museum passes, audio books, CDs, and many other services to patrons and the community. Donations are gratefully accepted and may be brought in the day of the sale or made at the Library during the week.


For a full list of our corporate members , visit the Friends' web page .

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4.

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Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Stories for Scooters

Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!

For Ages 0-3 years old.

Community Puzzle Swap

What to do with jigsaw puzzles you’ve completed? Swap them! Bring your puzzles to exchange with others. Primarily 500+ pieces, but all levels are welcome. Bring what you have; reuse, recycle!

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Weekly StoryTimes at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

Citizenship Corner Ribbon Cutting

Celebrate with us as we launch our brand new Citizenship Corner! Meet Library staff and hear from newly naturalized U.S. Citizens as we welcome you to explore our new space and learn all about United States Citizenship and the naturalization process.


Made possible by a generous grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

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Mindfulness Book Group: The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere

Pico Iyer is an author and world traveler. He has learned that traveling within and paying attention to the stillness around you is invaluable in this modern world that spins with distractions.  It is time to step back and notice all that surrounds you in quiet contemplation. Isn't that where you would like to be for some part of each day?  Come join our book discussion, followed by a short meditation.
 

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit at Main Library

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Open Lego

Drop in and make something creative with our supplied LEGOs. Look through our LEGO idea books to make something super exciting or design your own structure! Leave your name with the creation, and we’ll display it on top of our shelves for a month!

For Grades K+. No registration required.

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Book Buddy Main Library

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to one of our furry friends! Book Buddy Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana, and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

Book Buddy Main Library thumbnail Photo

Book Buddy Main Library

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to one of our furry friends! Book Buddy Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana, and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4.

Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Stories for Scooters

Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!

For Ages 0-3 years old.

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Origami Workshop Series

We will be folding a variety of animals and geometric shapes. Led by Lucas Gustafson, a middle schooler who started folding at the age of 6 and is a longtime member of the Origami Club at MIT.

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Weekly StoryTimes at Main Library

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.

For Ages 3-5.

Bookmarkers Book Group: Organizational Meeting

On Thursday March 15th (grades K-2) and Thursday March 29th (grades 3-5) enjoy reading by meeting with friends to choose, read, and discuss books together. You’ll increase your comprehension, discuss what you know, and turn reading into a social activity that encourages more reading! Interested? Come choose the first book to read and help shape how Bookmarkers will work!

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit at Main Library

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Book Bingo at McAuliffe

Prizes, laughs, and best of all — books! Join us to win some bookish treats, and pick up some fun books to alternate with your school assignments!