Events Calendar / February 2018

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Munchkin 2018 (at Main Library)

We haven’t played Munchkin in a little while, so it’s time for a return! Join us to loot dungeons, fight monsters, and make & break alliances in the pursuit of glory. Also, there will be snacks.

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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. In February, we will meet only the first Thursday of the month.

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Weekly Storytimes

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

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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: Road Scholar

Presented by Donna Brock


Do you love to travel, enjoy learning new things, explore interesting places, and like to meet people who share a love of adventure? Come and learn about Road Scholar, America’s first and the world’s largest educational travel organization for adults. Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire adults to learn, discover and travel. Our learning adventures engage expert instructors, provide extraordinary access, and stimulate discourse and friendship among people for whom learning is the journey of a lifetime. With educational travel adventures in 150 countries and all 50 states, Road Scholar is the university of the world.


About Donna Brock: Donna Brock is a member of the Road Scholar volunteer speakers' bureau, the Ambassador Program. She is a seasoned Road Scholar participant who volunteers her time to give informative and enthusiastic presentations about the educational travel adventures available through Road Scholar.

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FRIDAY NIGHT FILM: Stronger

The real life story of Jeff Bauman, an ordinary man who captured the hearts of his city and the world to become a symbol of hope after surviving the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Refreshments.

Stronger (2017) 1 hr. 59 min. Rated R

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

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Dads and Donuts with Baby Lapsit

Bond with your dad (and with donuts) through stories, songs and fun. Mothers, siblings and other family members welcome!

Volunteer readers and donut donators needed; contact the Children’s Room, 508-532-5570 x4, for details.

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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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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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Drop-in Resume Help

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

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not be available Wednesday, January 31.

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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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Marc Berger: RIDE Concert

Marc has performed at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival, and showcased at the 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. He has opened shows for Bob Dylan and other national acts. His song, “The Last One,” was a staple of Richie Havens’ concerts for over twenty years. His current release, RIDE, presents ten cinematic recordings capturing the vastness and romance of the American West. Refreshments.

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Weekly Storytimes

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

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HEALTHY LIVING SERIES: Kick Off Event

In collaboration with the Callahan Center, the Library is excited to announce the Healthy Living Series. This one year program is designed to help those over age 55 make lasting healthy lifestyle changes. The series consists of free drop in exercise and health/nutrition classes offered at three locations. The Kickoff Event will include an overview of the program, a presentation by dietitian Jane Polley and senior fitness specialist Laila Vehvilainen on “Healthy Habits: Moving from Survive to THRIVE.” Light refreshments will follow.

Upcoming classes in this series:

  • Stretch and Meditate beginning on Tuesday February 13, 1:30-2:15pm, McAuliffe Branch Library
  • Qi Gong beginning on Friday February 23, 2-3:00pm, Main Library
  • Low Impact Exercise beginning on Wednesday March 7, 3:15-4:00pm, Callahan Center (535 Union Ave).
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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.

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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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Valentine’s Day Open Craft

Drop in and make something heart-felt, or heart shaped for someone who makes you feel special! Materials will be provided. All ages are welcome!

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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: Susanne Friedrich and Ana Sorina Popa

Cellist Susanne Friedrich and Pianist Ana Sorina Popa perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Muczynski and Sergei Prokofiev. 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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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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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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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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Drop-in Resume Help

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

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not be available Wednesday, January 31.

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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

In the first workshop, participants will learn a few simple techniques that will enable them to fold the classic origami crane and create a string of colorful cranes to take home. In following meetings 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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SCI-FI BOOK GROUP: The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell

In a series of interlocking stories that traverse the 1980s through the 2040s, The Bone Clocks relates the battle between evil “soul decanters” and the “Night Shift” vigilantes. Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas, has written a critically acclaimed novel that combines elements of sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural.

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MCAULIFFE BOOK DISCUSSION: Mrs. Poe, by Lynn Cullen

Inspired by literature’s most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress’s tantalizing confession, and his wife’s frightening obsession. An intelligent and addictive masterpiece of historical fiction. Led by Kim Jung.

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Munchkin 2018 (at McAuliffe Library)

We haven’t played Munchkin in a little while, so it’s time for a return! Join us to loot dungeons, fight monsters, and make & break alliances in the pursuit of glory. Also, there will be snacks.

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Weekly Storytimes

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

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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.

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Book Bingo

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!

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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.

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Friends 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.

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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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Vacation Week Keva Plank Open Build

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

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Learn to Breakdance!

Boston Mobile Dance Studio is taking over the library during February vacation week to teach Framingham’s teens how to pop and lock. Register online, or by calling or email our teen librarian, John Garrigan, at 508-532- 5570x4335 or jgarrigan@minlib.net.

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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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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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Drop-in Resume Help

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

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not be available Wednesday, January 31.

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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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Vacation Week StoryWalk

Meet us in the Children's Room for a new librarian-led StoryWalk around the Library featuring a little known piece of African American History. We'll finish up with an airplane related activity in the Craft Room! Can't make it on this day? The StoryWalk will be up until March 17th!

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Giant Games

It’s winter break, which probably means it’s cold and snow outside. Warm up at the McAuliffe Library and play some giant games. We’ve got giant Jenga, giant Connect 4, giant checkers and more!

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Video Game Hangout

Video games are back! And due to popular demand, we’ll be hosting a video game hangout at the library every month from now on. Face off against your friends in games of your choosing.

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Vinylpalooza Party!

Celebrate the return of vinyl by bringing your favorite album from ANY decade, ANY genre! Step up to the mic and tell us a brief story about why this album is important to you, and our DJ will spin a track. Wear one of your old concert t-shirts and enter our t-shirt contest. Munch on Cheez Whiz on a Ritz and other retro snacks. Featuring DJ Jesse Kaminsky.

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Georgia O’Keefe: Art, Image and Style

Framingham Public Library and Framingham State University Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: SPRING 2018

Georgia O’Keefe: Art, Image and Style with Dr. Erika Schneider, PhD, Associate Professor, FSU. The Peabody Essex Museum exhibition explores the Art, Image and Personal Style of one of America’s most iconic artists. Dr. Schneider will share her impressions of this very special exhibit.

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Weekly Storytimes

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

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Vacation Week Story and Craft: The Skin on My Chin

Join us and children's book author Michelle Chalmers reads from her rhyming picture book, The Skin on My Chin, which explores diversity, ancestry, and consversation about skin. Children will learn about the sun and the diverse beauty of humaity, followed by a craft!

 

No regiustration required. For ages 5 and up. 

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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.

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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Drop-in Resume Help

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

Please note: Drop-in Resume Help will not be available Wednesday, January 31.

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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

In the first workshop, participants will learn a few simple techniques that will enable them to fold the classic origami crane and create a string of colorful cranes to take home. In following meetings 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.