Events Calendar

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Virtual Halloween Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Virtual Halloween Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Monday, October 26, 2020 , 10:00am - 10:30 am
Thursday, October 29, 2020 , 10:15 am - 10:45 am

Join Miss Jill and Mr. Dana for a special not-so-spooky Halloween storytime! Wear your Halloween costume, get ready for some stories, and perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends in costume too on the gallery screen! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation. If you are already signed up to receive our weekly storytime links, then you are all set to receive the links for these Halloween Storytimes! Ages 2-6, all welcome.

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LLL Series: The Global Rise of Authoritarian Populism: Trump Style Politics in a Time of Uncertainty

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Joseph Coelho, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Framingham State University

The rise of authoritarian populist forces in recent years presents a new challenge to many long established democracies around the world. What does this mean for the future of the world order established after World War II?

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to join our Fall 2020 mailing list and receive Zoom links to these lectures.
Information on all lectures in the series can be found on our Lifelong Learning Lectures webpage.

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Poetry Workshop

Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This class welcomes serious poets who would like to participate for one or more sessions. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry. Poets may discuss their work. If you are new to the group and would like to participate, please email FPLpoetryworkshop@gmail.com.

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Trick or Treat Pop Up Browsing for Kids (All Ages)

The Trick is to maintain social distancing, keep your mask on and disinfect your hands on entering; the Treat is you get to look through shelves of Children’s Books—Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Easy Readers, Chapter Books, Halloween and Thanksgiving books, even nonfiction for school reports--and pick your own!! Library staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you make selections. Once you've picked an item (or more!!), we'll check the book out using our mobile library setup.

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Puzzle Swap is back!

Request a puzzle to pick up at McAuliffe through http://bit.ly/Puzzle_Swap_Request and then take it home! Choose how many pieces you'd prefer the puzzle to contain and bring home some fun. Just like with our in-person Puzzle Swap, you can choose to return it to the Branch when you are finished, or bring back a completely different puzzle (or any extra puzzles you wish to join the swap!).

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Take and Make Kit: Paint By Sticker

Take & Make Craft: Paint by Stickers
Tuesday November 3 (Ages 8-12)

Includes everything you need to create one fantasy inspired image using stickers. Step 1: Find the sticker. Step 2: Peel the sticker. Step 3: Place the sticker. Add the next, and the next, and watch your enchanting paintings come to life!

All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup starting November 3. Supplies are limited. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/PaintBySticker and schedule a time to pick up your kit.  

We'd love to see and share your creations! If you're comfortable, please send us photos of your kids building the kit or after for us to share on our social media.

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Main Library Book Group: Dear Edward, by Ann Napolitano

Dear Edward tells the story of a 14 year old boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash that kills all of the 191 other passengers. Join us for a discussion of this bestseller The New York Times calls  “A surprisingly uplifting story, full of hope and dry humor, with an underlying...message about the decency of strangers.”
Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups2@gmail.com for the Zoom link to join.

Available in our catalog, and as an eBook and Audiobook on Overdrive/Libby.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: What Happened? The Presidential Election in Perspective

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. David Smailes, Associate Professor, Political Science, Framingham State University

This year has been unlike any other in America, and the presidential election we have just witnessed has been like no other as well. Join us as we discuss the election that just concluded by looking back on the nomination process by the two major parties as well as third party candidates, and some of the reason for the outcome of the election. Looking forward, we’ll also talk about what might come next in American political life.

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Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry. Poets may discuss their work. If you are new to the group and would like to participate, please email FPLpoetryworkshop@gmail.com

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Brown Bag Learning Series: The Upside of Depression

Presented by Marcy Venezia, CEO, MBA, RN, PMP

Depression is part of the natural ebb and flow of life. If you think it’s a sign of illness you may be missing its benefits. Understanding this rhythm from a spirit, mind and body perspective reveals some surprising healing properties. Experience the healing difference. You will feel better and learn practical skills for managing depression. This class will lift your spirits!

Please email brownbagprogram49@gmail.com by 9am on November 6 to receive the link to the Zoom session. 

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Meet the Black Composers: Giving Thanks

MEET THE BLACK COMPOSERS: a Deep Dive Series with Castle of our Skins Part II.

Join the Framingham Public Library and Ashleigh Gordon for a deep dive into the Black composers who have influenced classical music.


Monday November 9, 7pm – Giving Thanks: meet the early pioneers and trailblazers who paved the way for generations to come.
Monday December 14, 7pm – Singing for Freedom: the power of African American spirituals.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com for an invite and link to the Zoom session.

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Online Book Discussion: The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

This moving story of a 7-year-old boy who was kidnapped from his home in India, sold to an orphanage and then adopted by a family in the United States is based on a real narrative. As an adult, he confronts his past on a journey of self-discovery.

Led by Linda Goldberg. Please email lgoldberg@minlib.net for the Zoom link to join.

Available in our catalog, and as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby and Hoopla.

The title for our December 8 discussion is The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore.

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Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry. Poets may discuss their work. If you are new to the group and would like to participate, please email FPLpoetryworkshop@gmail.com

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Pop-up Browsing for Seniors and Adults

Special browsing hour for Seniors only (60 years+) from 9-10am.

Browse carts of books, movies and music set up in our Learning Yard at the Main Library. Staff will be on hand to help you check out your books. Please be advised that masks are required to enter the learning yard and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

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Virtual Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for Bookworm Book Club with Max! Sundays at 2:00 pm for Grades 2-5. Email us to receive an invite to join on Zoom at framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com.

Sunday, November 15 will discuss The BFH by Roald Dahl.

Sunday, November 29 will discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

These books are available on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook and audiobook.

Sunday Concert: Buswell-Ou Duo

Violinist James Buswell and cellist Carol Ou will perform Handel-Halvorsen’s Passacaglia, Glière’s 8 Pieces for Violin and Cello, op. 39, and Kodály’s Duo for Violin and Cello, op. 7.

The series is sponsored in part by Middlesex Savings Bank, Metro Credit Union, Brookdale Cushing Park, Roche Bros., Law Office of Framingham Attorney Jeffrey M. Steinberg, St. Mary’s Credit Union, and Friends of the Framingham Library.

Facebook Live: www.facebook.com/framinghamlibrary
YouTube Live: www.youtube.com/framinghampubliclibrary

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Puzzle Swap is back!

Request a puzzle to pick up at McAuliffe through http://bit.ly/Puzzle_Swap_Request and then take it home! Choose how many pieces you'd prefer the puzzle to contain and bring home some fun. Just like with our in-person Puzzle Swap, you can choose to return it to the Branch when you are finished, or bring back a completely different puzzle (or any extra puzzles you wish to join the swap!).

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Take & Make Kit: Turkey Headband Craft

Create a silly turkey headband out of construction paper! All materials (except glue) are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup starting November 17. Supplies are limited.  (Ages 5-9) Please register at https://tinyurl.com/TurkeyHeadband and schedule a time to pick up your kit. 

We'd love to see and share your creations! If you're comfortable, please send us photos of your kids building the kit or after for us to share on our social media.

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Online Book Discussion: City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

In 1940, Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, but when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Now 95 years old and telling her story at last, she recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life.

Led by Jillian Holmberg. Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com for the Zoom link to join.

The title for our December 15 discussion is The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.

(Available in our catalog, and as an eBook and audiobook on Overdrive/Libby).

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SciFi Book Group: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

A visionary work that combines speculative fiction with deep philosophical inquiry, The Sparrow tells the story of a charismatic Jesuit priest and linguist, Emilio Sandoz, who leads a scientific mission entrusted with a profound task: to make first contact with intelligent extraterrestrial life. The mission begins in faith, hope, and beauty, but a series of small misunderstandings brings it to a catastrophic end. 

(Note 3rd instead of 2nd Wednesday of the month due to Veteran’s Day) (Available in our catalog, and as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby)

Led by Lucy Loveridge. Please email lloveridge@minlib.net to receive the Zoom invitation.

The title for our December 9 discussion is A Million Open Doors by John Barnes.

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Relax and Reinvigorate with Meditation

Start your week off right with a half hour of guided meditation and other opportunities for care free relaxation techniques!

Join us the third Thursday of each month as Leslie teaches us valuable techniques to relax and reinvigorate before the stresses of the week take hold. With Love and Gratitude is a nonprofit organization dedicated to service and education.

Email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com for an invitation and link to the Zoom session.

About Leslie Gabriele:

Leslie founded With Love and Gratitude in 2001. Leslie is a clairaudient, clairsentient, clairempath "energetic catalyst” who is trained in multiple healing modalities.  Leslie’s work is guided in the moment, done without attachment.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: William Wordsworth: Our Contemporary

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University

The great romantic poet William Wordsworth was born 250 years ago in a little market town in northern England. For all his distance from us, in space and time, he is our contemporary, mainly because he boldly chose himself as his great and best subject. His masterpiece is The Prelude, a poem of 13 books in iambic pentameter, never published in his lifetime and often called the finest 19th century English autobiography. He lived the longest of the tragically short-lived Romantic poets like Keats and Shelley, but was the most original. Resisting the influence of his 18th century forebears, he insisted on using the real language of people, and traced his creative life back to his infancy, prefiguring recent child psychology and the work of Freud. The Prelude’s first two books are the best, and this talk will concentrate on these, while summarizing the remainder, which encompass more than half his life. His daring subject is the birth of the creative imagination, as he gives the reader the experience of his childhood and young adulthood with vivid and haunting power. The lecture will also include images of his surroundings in paintings and drawings of his time. 

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to receive a Zoom link.

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Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry. Poets may discuss their work. If you are new to the group and would like to participate, please email FPLpoetryworkshop@gmail.com

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Tea & Talk Tuesdays

Can being vulnerable make you happier? Brené Brown studies human connection—our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. Watch her TEDTalk, “The Power of Vulnerability” and then join us for a discussion. Email us at framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to receive an invitation and link to the Zoom session.

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Virtual Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for Bookworm Book Club with Max! Sundays at 2:00 pm for Grades 2-5. Email us to receive an invite to join on Zoom at framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com.

Sunday, November 15 will discuss The BFH by Roald Dahl.

Sunday, November 29 will discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

These books are available on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook and audiobook.

Puzzle Swap is back! thumbnail Photo

Puzzle Swap is back!

Request a puzzle to pick up at McAuliffe through http://bit.ly/Puzzle_Swap_Request and then take it home! Choose how many pieces you'd prefer the puzzle to contain and bring home some fun. Just like with our in-person Puzzle Swap, you can choose to return it to the Branch when you are finished, or bring back a completely different puzzle (or any extra puzzles you wish to join the swap!).