Events Calendar / McAuliffe Branch

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Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

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No Short Climb: ‘Race Workers’ and America’s Defense Technology

Framingham State University Professor Robert Johnson, Jr. will screen his documentary film “No Short Climb,” and will discuss the contributions made to science and technology by African-Americans prior to and during WWII. This documentary brings to light this previously unknown story and the important role of these African-American scientists and technicians in the technological success of WWII.

McAuliffe Book Discussion: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick thumbnail Photo

McAuliffe Book Discussion: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick

Arthur Pepper is merely existing one year after the death of his wife – dutifully rising at the same hour, wearing the same clothes, and watering his plant. He remains in this emotional stasis until the discovery of a gold charm bracelet that belonged to his wife, which launches him on a mission to uncover the secret life his wife led prior to their marriage.


Led by Marcy Maiorana

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Duct Tape Wallets

Who doesn’t want a wallet covered in rubber duckies or galaxies? Join us to make your own, or anything else you can think of using duct tape.

Grades 6-12

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Vacation Week Movie at McAuliffe: Snowtime!

To amuse themselves during the winter break, the kids in a small village decide to have a massive snowball fight. The winning side gets to occupy an elaborate snow fort, but a more serious conflict arises. Can they work things out and become friends again?

 

(2015) 82 minutes, Rated PG for mild thematic elements and rude humor.

 

All ages at parents discretion. Please bring your own snacks.

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Red Carpet and Oscars Watch Party

Drop by and watch the Oscars with us!

View the red carpet arrivals, then settle in to watch the awards. Feel free to bring on the glamour (or not)—feather boas will be available. And snacks will be provided, courtesy of Wegman’s and Trader Joe’s!

Red Carpet coverage starts 6:30pm; Oscars broadcast begins at 8:00pm.

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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 years old.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way thumbnail Photo

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

Brown Bag Learning Series:  Understanding the Opioid Epidemic (at McAuliffe Branch Library) thumbnail Photo

Brown Bag Learning Series:  Understanding the Opioid Epidemic (at McAuliffe Branch Library)

Over the past decade, opioid misuse has risen to an epidemic level in the United States. Opioid overdose is now the leading cause of death for those under 50, surpassing motor vehicle accidents and firearms.  Massachusetts has been hit particularly hard, and no community has been immune to the devastating consequences of this public health crisis. This foundational workshop will provide an overview of the opioid epidemic.  Attendees will gain an understanding of the disease of addiction, how opioids work, the local impact, and learn about the important role that individuals have in helping to reduce the risk of substance misuse in their community.
 

Presented by Kelly E. Joseph:

Kelly Joseph, MS currently works as a Program Coordinator for the Framingham Health Department where she manages the MetroWest cluster of the Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC) – a Department of Public Health funded grant serving the communities of Framingham, Ashland, Hudson and Natick. In this role, Kelly leads a coalition and oversees the implementation of regional programs and initiatives aimed at preventing opioid misuse and fatalities.

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Open Play

Drop in and make something creative with Keva Planks, Legos, Magnatiles, and more!

All Ages.

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Weekly Storytime

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

Ages 2-4

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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Baby Lapsit

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way thumbnail Photo

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

Weekly Storytime thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storytime

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

Ages 2-4

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Baby Lapsit thumbnail Photo

Baby Lapsit

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way thumbnail Photo

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

McAuliffe Matinee: A Star is Born (1976) thumbnail Photo

McAuliffe Matinee: A Star is Born (1976)

Starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. Rock star John Norman Howard’s career is on the decline, thanks to his excessive drinking. He falls in love with talented young singer Esther Hoffman and helps her move into the spotlight. But as Esther’s success grows, his career continues its downward spiral.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy.

All ages.

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Movie Matinee: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

All Ages at parents discretion. Bring your own snacks.

(2018) 1 hour 52 minutes. rated PG for some action and rude humor

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Weekly Storytime

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

Ages 2-4

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Community Puzzle Swap

We're adding board games to our puzzle swap this month! Bring games and puzzles to exchange with others. No puzzle to swap? Come anyway; we always have extras for you to try. Primarily 500+ pieces, but all ages and levels welcome.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Baby Lapsit thumbnail Photo

Baby Lapsit

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way thumbnail Photo

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

Starting Seeds Indoors

Join members of the Seed Lending Library for a demonstration and discussion of seed-starting methods, from basic, no frills (i.e. on your window sill) to using grow lights and heating pads. The Seed Lending Library opens on Saturday March 2. Make a plan for the seeds you will start indoors this season.

McAuliffe Book Discussion: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon thumbnail Photo

McAuliffe Book Discussion: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

One night in 1917 Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. When she returns to her uncle’s house ten years later, seeking a refuge from her unhappy life, she is inadvertently reunited with the woman who has been raising her abandoned child, Lucy Pear—a bright, bold girl with secrets of her own. This novel questions class, freedom, and the meaning of family.

Weekly Storytime thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storytime

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

Ages 2-4

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Baby Lapsit thumbnail Photo

Baby Lapsit

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way thumbnail Photo

Journal Writers Group: SPECIAL 12 WEEK SESSION: The Artist’s Way

Join us for an amazing twelve weeks as we discuss Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way. This international bestseller has inspired millions to overcome the limiting beliefs and fears that inhibit the creative process. In it, Julia Cameron takes readers on an amazing twelve week journey to discover the inextricable link between their spiritual and creative selves.


This groundbreaking program includes:
• An Introduction to two of Cameron’s most vital tools for creative recovery – “The Morning Pages and The Artist Date”
• Hundreds of highly effective exercises and activities
• Guidance on starting a “Creative Cluster” of fellow artists who will support you in your creative endeavors
 

Program runs every Tuesday from January 8 - March 26.

Lifelong Learning Lecture: A Poet in Our Midst: The Work of Alan Feldman thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture: A Poet in Our Midst: The Work of Alan Feldman

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


Winner of several prizes in poetry, Alan has been writing for more than 40 years chronicling subjects like traveling on land and sea, home, workplaces, parents and children, marriage, friendship and love. This lecture will cover selections from The Happy Genius through his most recent work, The Golden Coin.

Please Note: This lecture will be at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy.

All ages.