Events Calendar / Main Library

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Vacation Week Keva Plank Build

Explore your artistic nature, problem solve and engage in play with the deceptively simple KEVA planks. Come amaze us with your creations!

Grades K+

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Drop-in Resume Help

Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and job-search strategies.

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not take place on Tuesday, March 19.

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Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

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Preparing for U.S. Citizenship Workshop

If you are thinking of applying for U.S. citizenship, attend one of our monthly information sessions. Topics include:

  • Review of eligibility to apply for citizenship
  • Documents needed to complete the N-400 application
  • Meaning of terms/words used in the N-400 application
  • How to file your application

Drop-in, no registration required.

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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. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should bring copies.

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Mother Goose on the Loose Returns!

Mother Goose on the Loose is an eight-week, thirty-minute program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers.

Wednesdays, January 9- February 27.

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver. Pre-registration IS Required.

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February Break Teen Movie at the Main Library - Venom

It’s February Break week, so let’s watch some movies! On Tuesday the 19th, we’ll watch Mission: Impossible - Fallout at the McAuliffe Branch, and then on Wednesday the 20th, we’ll watch Venom at the Main Library. Join us for either or both!

Grades 6-12

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Weekly Story Time

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

Ages 3-5

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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Adult Coloring Night

Join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Whether you love to color for fun or enjoy filling in all the details, coloring is relaxing and therapeutic! We will provide colored pencils and coloring pages for all levels. You are welcome to bring your own materials. No registration is required.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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Vacation Week Secrets of the Super Heroes

Question: What’s the difference between Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel, and Captain Marvel? And where does Captain Marvel Jr. fit in?  Find out this and much more by attending this super event hosted by Marvel freelancer and Framingham Public Library employee Dana Perkins! SHAZAM!

Ages 6-106!

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Vacation Week 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!

Grades K+

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Sunday Concert Series: Matt Graybil and Rhiannon Banerdt

Graybil has performed as a recitalist, concerto soloist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. Banerdt is the assistant concertmaster with the Cape Symphony, on the violin faculty at Bloomingdale School of Music and a violinist for the Ulysses String Quartet in New York City. Together, they represent a small but mighty group of emerging musicians who are eager to keep classical music relevant — particularly to young ears. “Music represents who someone is, and that’s sort of the central question for a young person exploring different aspects of their identity,” Banerdt says. “Music is about personal expression, and that’s something we all share.” They will be performing works by Chopin, de Falla, Saint Saens and Prokofiev.

Doors open at 2:30pm.

Refreshments.

The series is sponsored in part by Roche Brothers Supermarkets, Brookdale Cushing Park, Metro Credit Union, St. Mary’s Credit Union and Friends of the Framingham Library.

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Films Around the World: Close-Up (Namaye-e Nazdik)

Discussion Leader: Dr. Arthur Nolletti, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Framingham State University

A fascinating investigation into the nature of identity, this film combines real documentary footage and fictional reenactments to tell the story of a young man who impersonates his idol, Iranian filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf.

(1990) 1 hr. 38 min.

Persian with English subtitles.

Note location change: Due to updates to the Costin Room, this event will take place at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library.

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Back to Basics: User’s Manual for the U.S. Six Part Series with Paul Fideler

Are you thinking that America’s political discourses have become too shallow, too partisan, too angry? If so, perhaps it’s time that you step back and reacquaint yourself with the user’s manual for the U.S.—its founding documents, the philosophies and practicality they embodied and the compelling humans who authored them. The convener for this effort will be Paul Fideler, Professor Emeritus of History & Humanities at Lesley University.

Please contact Paul for more information and to register for this course at pfideler@lesley.edu.

Class size is limited and registration is required.

Mondays October 29, November 26, December 17, January 14, February 25 and March 11, 7-8:30pm

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Drop-in Resume Help

Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and job-search strategies.

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not take place on Tuesday, March 19.

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Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

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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. We begin with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should bring copies.

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started.  We look forward to seeing you every Wednesday from 10-11 and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

Mother Goose on the Loose Returns! thumbnail Photo

Mother Goose on the Loose Returns!

Mother Goose on the Loose is an eight-week, thirty-minute program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers.

Wednesdays, January 9- February 27.

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver. Pre-registration IS Required.

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Kevin Harris Project

New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris presents a timely performance. It’s easy for many to ignore racism, classism, sexism, and the likes when it takes place in much poorer neighborhoods, countries, and continents, outside of our comfort zones. These compositions are not about blame or taking sides…just the courageous ability to say and do what is right. Kevin will be joined by Zach Lober on Acoustic Bass and Tyson Jackson on drums.

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Weekly Story Time

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

Ages 3-5

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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Bookmarkers

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.

Open to children grades 3-5.

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Lifelong Learning Lectures: Black Writers and Boston Publishing – At the Turn of the 20th Century

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Lucas Dietrich, Visiting Lecturer, Framingham State University


African American literature was just beginning to attract national attention. Black writers published their work for a predominantly white audience. This talk explores two important authors, W.E.B. DuBois and Charles W. Chesnutt, who were both published by Boston’s Houghton Mifflin & Co.

Please note location change: This event will take place at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room.

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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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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Dads, Donuts and Discoveries

Bond with your dad (and with donuts) through stories and songs and while discovering new friends and activities. This month we’ll tinker and enjoy another visit from Outdoor Rx. Mothers, siblings and other family members welcome!

All ages.

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Drop-in Resume Help

Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and job-search strategies.

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not take place on Tuesday, March 19.

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Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

Entrepreneur Workshop

Do you have a great idea for a small business or startup? Do you own a small business that you’d like to see grow? This workshop is for you! Learn the key steps and activities necessary to bring your dream idea to life with start-up veteran and Framingham State professor Mark Hardie. Please register for this program by emailing lkilburn@minlib.net or call 508-532-5570, x4357.

About Mark Hardie, Workshop Leader:
Mark Hardie is a serial entrepreneur and start-up veteran with a passion for innovation. The FSU Innovation Center’s hybrid model is similar to a startup incubator concept Mark developed and pitched to area venture capital investors. The son of two teachers, he has taught and lectured on technology issues at Harvard, MIT, University of Virginia, and University of Hartford. He is a career-long mentor at the MIT Sloan School and currently a Career Coach at Harvard Business School, working with start-up teams, founders and would-be entrepreneurs.

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Main Library Book Club: Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Join us to discuss this celebrated, award-winning novel about a young couple who meet and fall in love as their city disintegrates into violence. This spare, allegorical novel is an intimate, poignant love story that explores the refugee and immigrant experience shared by countless people around the world.

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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!

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver.

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Weekly Storycraft

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

Ages 3-5.

Keva Plank Build thumbnail Photo

Keva Plank Build

Explore your artistic nature, problem solve and engage in play with the deceptively simple KEVA planks. Come amaze us with your creations!

Grades K+

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Ireland to America with Rodger Tincknell

An upbeat, participatory program that includes mostly traditional and contemporary Irish and Irish American songs performed on multiple instruments! Audience participation may include singing, moving, dancing and spoon playing.

All Ages.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 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. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

All ages

Back to Basics: User’s Manual for the U.S. Six Part Series with Paul Fideler thumbnail Photo

Back to Basics: User’s Manual for the U.S. Six Part Series with Paul Fideler

Are you thinking that America’s political discourses have become too shallow, too partisan, too angry? If so, perhaps it’s time that you step back and reacquaint yourself with the user’s manual for the U.S.—its founding documents, the philosophies and practicality they embodied and the compelling humans who authored them. The convener for this effort will be Paul Fideler, Professor Emeritus of History & Humanities at Lesley University.

Please contact Paul for more information and to register for this course at pfideler@lesley.edu.

Class size is limited and registration is required.

Mondays October 29, November 26, December 17, January 14, February 25 and March 11, 7-8:30pm

Drop-in Resume Help thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Resume Help

Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and job-search strategies.

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not take place on Tuesday, March 19.

Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main thumbnail Photo

Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

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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!

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver.

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Origami Club

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

Ages 7+.

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Weekly Storycraft

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

Ages 3-5.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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Friends’ Monthly Book Sale

9:30am-3:00pm: Open to Friends Members

10:00am-3:00pm: Open to the Public

  • Most Books $1.00 or less, Children’s .50 or less, single DVDs $2.00.
  • 3 Rooms + the Lobby chock full of books.
  • This month we have an assortment of interesting and diverse books at $2.00 each in our lobby.
  • We are also featuring DVD’s in our lobby 2 for $1.00

We have books of all genres, a huge children’s section, and a selection of foreign books. Thanks to your support of the Friends, we are able to provide free movies, concerts, programs, museum passes, audio books, CDs, Children’s Room apps, and more.

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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!

Grades K+.            

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Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

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Preparing for U.S. Citizenship Workshop

If you are thinking of applying for U.S. citizenship, attend one of our monthly information sessions. Topics include:

  • Review of eligibility to apply for citizenship
  • Documents needed to complete the N-400 application
  • Meaning of terms/words used in the N-400 application
  • How to file your application

Drop-in, no registration required.

Stories for Scooters thumbnail Photo

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!

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver.

Weekly Storycraft thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storycraft

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

Ages 3-5.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture: The Friendship of Thoreau and Emerson, Jeffrey Cramer

GUEST SPEAKER: Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections at Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods


Jeffrey S. Cramer will discuss his new book, Solid Seasons: The Friendship of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cramer is considered the leading authority on Thoreau’s life and writings.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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Friday Night Movie: A Star is Born

A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral. Nominated for 8 Oscars. Starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.

(2018). 2hr.16min. Rated R.

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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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Makers Workshop: Rain Globes

Come celebrate the start of spring by creating a Rain Globe! We will be making snow globes but instead of snow scenes we will fill our globes with the colors of spring

Ages 5+.

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Drop-in Resume Help

Get expert help with resumes, cover letters and job-search strategies.

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not take place on Tuesday, March 19.

Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main thumbnail Photo

Social Services Assistance from SMOC @ FPL Main

If you need help with health insurance, finding shelter or housing, and other basic services, you can talk to SMOC staff in private every Tuesday at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

Please check in at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor.

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Make It! - Sewing 101

Mandy Roberge will be joining us to teach an intro to sewing. Learn how to thread/operate a sewing machine; how to sew a button, and how to hem clothing! This is the first in our new Make It! program series focusing on art and creativity. Space is limited, and registration is required. Please click on the event listing, and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to sign up.

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

Stories for Scooters thumbnail Photo

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!

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver.

Origami Club thumbnail Photo

Origami Club

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

Ages 7+.

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Women in World Jazz

Featuring women composers, Women In World Jazz bring together women of different nationalities with extensive experience in performance and education. All members of the group are accomplished musicians playing a variety of music ranging from Jazz to World/Ethnic. The group highlights music from the US, Cuba, Brazil, Cape Verde, Japan, and the Middle East.

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Weekly Storycraft

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

Ages 3-5.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

Bookmarkers thumbnail Photo

Bookmarkers

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.

Grades 3-5.

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. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our new Play Space. Check out our Facebook page to discover which rotating station we will showcase each week.

Preschool aged children.

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AniManga Club March

AniManga club is for everyone who enjoys all things Anime and Manga. We’ll be watching an assortment of your favorite anime TV shows, and eating some delicious Japanese snacks.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 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. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

All ages