Events Calendar / January 2018

MAIN LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: Enemy Women, by Paulette Jiles thumbnail Photo

MAIN LIBRARY BOOK GROUP: Enemy Women, by Paulette Jiles

Get to know the Framingham Reads Together author, Paulette Jiles by joining us for a discussion of her debut novel, Enemy Women. Jiles’ critically acclaimed debut chronicles the challenges a young woman, falsely imprisoned as a spy during the Civil War, faces when her home is destroyed and her heart given to the enemy. Led by Ruth Winett.

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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. 

Woodland Critter Felties (w/ Hot Cocoa!) thumbnail Photo

Woodland Critter Felties (w/ Hot Cocoa!)

As we learned in October, making felties is fun! So now they’re back, and even more adorable than the monsters we worked on last time. In January we’ll be crafting woodland critters fit for any winter scene. Make a fox, or a bunny, or something else. The limit is your imagination!

First, we'll be at the Main Library at 3:30 PM on Thursday, January 4th, and we'll follow up at the McAuliffe Library at 3:30 PM on Thursday, January 18th.

And since it's cold outside, we'll have plenty of snacks and hot cocoa to warm you up.

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Adult Coloring Night

Join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Coloring is relaxing and therapeutic! We will provide colored pencils and coloring pages. You are welcome to bring your own materials. No registration is required.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

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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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MONDAY MATINEE: Dunkirk

Christopher Nolan directs this WWII thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance co-star. Refreshments.

Dunkirk (2017) 107 min. PG-13 (for intense war experience and some language)

Poetry Workshop

Tuesdays October 2 and 30, led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesdays October 9 and 16, led by Bernard Horn

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. 

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM: Dunkirk thumbnail Photo

FRIDAY NIGHT FILM: Dunkirk

RESCHEDULED FROM FRIDAY, JANUARY 5

Christopher Nolan directs this WWII thriller about the evacuation of Allied troops from the French city of Dunkirk before Nazi forces can take hold. Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh and Mark Rylance co-star. Refreshments.

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

Dunkirk (2017) 107 min. PG-13 (for intense war experience and some language)

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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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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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Movie Matinee at McAuliffe

Despicable Me 3 (Rated PG; for action and rude humor). Gru meets his long-lost, charming, cheerful, and more successful twin brother, Dru, who wants to team up with him for one last criminal heist.

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Video Game Hangout

They’re back! Due to popular demand, we’ll now be doing a video game hangout at the Library monthly. Face off against your friends in games of your choosing.

Poetry Workshop

Tuesdays October 2 and 30, led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesdays October 9 and 16, led by Bernard Horn

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.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

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. 

MCAULIFFE BRANCH BOOK GROUP: Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova thumbnail Photo

MCAULIFFE BRANCH BOOK GROUP: Left Neglected, by Lisa Genova

Neuroscientist and bestselling author Lisa Genova brings us a story of resilience in the face of a devastating diagnosis. After a car crash leaves a vibrant mother in her thirties with a traumatic brain disorder called “left neglect,” she learns what truly matters most in life. Led by Paula Marsh.

Woodland Critter Felties (w/ Hot Cocoa!) thumbnail Photo

Woodland Critter Felties (w/ Hot Cocoa!)

As we learned in October, making felties is fun! So now they’re back, and even more adorable than the monsters we worked on last time. In January we’ll be crafting woodland critters fit for any winter scene. Make a fox, or a bunny, or something else. The limit is your imagination!

First, we'll be at the Main Library at 3:30 PM on Thursday, January 4th, and we'll follow up at the McAuliffe Library at 3:30 PM on Thursday, January 18th.

And since it's cold outside, we'll have plenty of snacks and hot cocoa to warm you up.

Adult Coloring Night thumbnail Photo

Adult Coloring Night

Join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Coloring is relaxing and therapeutic! We will provide colored pencils and coloring pages. You are welcome to bring your own materials. No registration is required.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY: Disturbing the Peace thumbnail Photo

AWARD WINNING DOCUMENTARY: Disturbing the Peace

Discussion Leader: Stephen Apkon, Producer, Director

Disturbing the Peace follows former enemy combatants—Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinian fighters, many of whom served years in prison—who have joined together to challenge the status quo and say “enough.” Winner of the Roger Ebert Humanitarian Award; Ebertfest, Most Valuable Documentary; Cinema for Peace, Conflict & Resolution winner; Hamptons International Film Festival feature. Refreshments.

Disturbing the Peace (2016) 82 min.

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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.

MCAULIFFE REEL LIFE MOVIES: The PBS POV Movie Series: The Islands and the Whales thumbnail Photo

MCAULIFFE REEL LIFE MOVIES: The PBS POV Movie Series: The Islands and the Whales

On the isolated North Atlantic archipelago of the Faroe Islands, the longtime hunting practices of the Faroese are threatened by dangerously high mercury levels in the whales, decimated seabird populations, and anti-whaling activists. The Faroe islanders consider themselves a canary in the mine, their tale a warning to the rest of the world. Winner of the 2016 DOC NYC Grand Jury Prize.

Enter between 6:30-7:15pm.

The Islands and the Whales (2016). 60 min.

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Friends of the Library Book Sale

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


Please keep the Friends in mind during this busy time of year when you have books, CDs, DVDs or games in good condition. Donations are gratefully accepted during the sale. Smaller donations may also be made at the Main Library during the week. Please check with the Library if that is a more convenient way for you to donate.


We are pleased to welcome back Gudrun Hord of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage who has renewed its corporate membership. The full list of corporate members may be found online on the Friends Corporate Members and Supporters page.


As a reminder:  Due to the citywide ban on plastic bags, we will no longer have them at our sale beginning in January.

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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.

Poetry Workshop

Tuesdays October 2 and 30, led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesdays October 9 and 16, led by Bernard Horn

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.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

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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American Girl Play and Craft

Join us for an American Girl doll craft and the chance to play with the library’s collection of dolls and accessories.

Registration Required. For Grades K+.

Documentary: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power thumbnail Photo

Documentary: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this riveting and rousing follow-up shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Refreshments.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (2017) 99 min.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

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. 

MINDFULNESS BOOK GROUP: Lunch with Buddha, by Roland Merullo thumbnail Photo

MINDFULNESS BOOK GROUP: Lunch with Buddha, by Roland Merullo

Join us as we continue our travels with Otto Ringling from the previous book Breakfast with Buddha, putting our skepticism aside and softening to the humor, kindness, and wisdom of his passenger, Volya Rinpoche.  The relationship between the two men has changed and they are now family, but even more important, Otto is opening up further to the purpose of his life and to what is possible.

Meditation will follow the book discussion.


 

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Annual Robotics Day

Come and have some fun with the Framingham High School Robotics Team! Learn how to build robots and watch the high school team in action! No experience necessary.

 

Elementary through High School age students are welcome!

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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.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

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


We will feature paperback fiction in the Library lobby and Young Adult materials in the Bookroom.


Because of your support of the Friends, we are able to provide free movies, concerts, museum passes, audio books, CDs, DVDs, Children’s Room apps and many other services to patrons.


Donations are needed and are gratefully accepted during the sale. Smaller donations may also be made at the Main Library during the week. Please check with the Library.


Herb Connolly Auto Group has become our newest corporate member. The full list may be found here.

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Open LEGO at Main Library

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! LEGO makers can participate in our LEGO contest! Enter your creation for a chance to win a prize!

For Grades K+. No registration required.

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AniManga Trivia

We are starting an AniManga club for everyone who enjoys all things Anime and Manga. To kick things off, we’ll be hosting a trivia night (complete with trophies for the winning team) to test your knowledge.

Journal Writers Group thumbnail Photo

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.

Poetry Workshop

Tuesdays October 2 and 30, led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesdays October 9 and 16, led by Bernard Horn

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.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

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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Celebrate ‘88 Film Series: Big

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. First up in January is the Tom Hanks’ crowd pleaser, Big.


January-March Schedule:
January 31– Big (PG)
February 28 – Hairspray (PG)
March 28 – Beetlejuice (PG)

All ages event (some movies rated R).

Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984): Proper Bostonian, Activist, Pacifist, Reformer, Preservationist thumbnail Photo

Margaret Pearmain Welch (1893-1984): Proper Bostonian, Activist, Pacifist, Reformer, Preservationist

With Elizabeth F. Fideler, EdD, Research Fellow, Center on Aging & Work, Boston College

Elizabeth Fideler will be discussing her most recent book about Margaret Pearmain Welch, a Proper Bostonian from Louisburg Square who defied the mores of her social set and got away with it. Her country house was the 1787 Nixon House on Edmands Road, situated between the Millwood Hunt Club on one side and the meetinghouse of the Framingham Friends (which she cofounded) on the other, with Stearns Farm directly across the road, managed by her companion and caregiver Penelope Turton.