Events Calendar / July 2018

Artist Reception: Lan-Ting-Ya-Ju Calligraphy Group thumbnail Photo

Artist Reception: Lan-Ting-Ya-Ju Calligraphy Group

Chinese, unlike Western languages, has no alphabet. The basic unit is called a character. The group formed in 2012 and this exhibition highlights members’ works of the Ou style calligraphy and are the brush copies of the “Jiucheng Palace Sweet Spring Ode.” A study of the “Jiucheng Palace Sweet Spring Ode” will be on display in the art gallery in the Main Library lobby July 1-31.

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Stories for Scooters at Main Library

Join us every Wednesday for stories, songs, and puppets at our weekly storytime! Parents and child can both enjoy a variety of picture books, classic nursery rhymes and meeting new people!

Ages 0-3 years old. 

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Weekly Storytime at Main Library

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

For Ages 3-5.

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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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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.

Healthy Living Series: Healthy Habits: Diet, Fitness and Other Lifestyle Habits for Healthy Aging thumbnail Photo

Healthy Living Series: Healthy Habits: Diet, Fitness and Other Lifestyle Habits for Healthy Aging

What do you think about the MetroWest Health Foundation funded Healthy Living Series? Come and let us know. Join us for this mid-grant event which will include a presentation by dietitian Jane Polley and senior fitness specialist Laila Vehvilainen on strategies for changing and maintaining healthy habits. It will be followed by participant feedback and light refreshments.

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STEM with Sarah

Help celebrate Libraries Rock! Come to explore the science of sound through hands-on experiments! No registration required. This event is for children ages K+.

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A Day with the History and Culture of Puerto Rico

Come learn more about the history and culture of Puerto Rico. Dance Salsa with us, sample food, watch a slide show and view children’s posters on the history and culture of Puerto Rico.

This program is to raise awareness for Raise Your Hands For Puerto Rico, an island side non-profit support agency, to highlight a need for medical supplies in elderly and disabled communities on the island who are in need of medical supplies such as wipes, adult diapers and more.

Salsa Dance Demonstration and Instruction at 2:00pm.

This event is organized by Discovering Hidden Gems and Welcoming Framingham.

Special thanks to: Raise Your Hands for Puerto Rico, Discovering Hidden Gems, Welcoming Framingham, Pelham Rec., Conexión Latinoamerica, and Edgardo Torres, District 9 City Councilor.

All ages.

View information in Spanish.

View information in Portuguese.

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Summer Science Program

Join us at the Library for hands on coding activities! Children ages 6-11 years old are invited to participate with the 4-H Extension groups summer program running the week of July 9th-13th (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

This program is currently FULL. Please call 508-532-5570 x4 for questions about the program.

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.

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Film Screening: La Traviata

Phil Radolf will be on hand to introduce the screening of Franco Zeffirelli’s La Traviata. Zeffirelli wrote, designed and directed the dazzling screen version of La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi, which has met wide acclaim. Starring in the title role is Teresa Stratas, the Canadian born Metropolitan Opera soprano with Placido Domingo playing Alfredo.

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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. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

Stories for Scooters at Main Library thumbnail Photo

Stories for Scooters at Main Library

Join us every Wednesday for stories, songs, and puppets at our weekly storytime! Parents and child can both enjoy a variety of picture books, classic nursery rhymes and meeting new people!

Ages 0-3 years old. 

Summer Science Program thumbnail Photo

Summer Science Program

Join us at the Library for hands on coding activities! Children ages 6-11 years old are invited to participate with the 4-H Extension groups summer program running the week of July 9th-13th (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

This program is currently FULL. Please call 508-532-5570 x4 for questions about the program.

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Magician Awesome Robb

Join us as the library rocks with amazement and the audience participates in awesome tricks!

This event is for children ages K+.

Sci-Fi Book Group: The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman thumbnail Photo

Sci-Fi Book Group: The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

Never mind the 100 years war. Private William Mandella is fighting a war that takes place over a period of 1000 years through the vastness of space and time. As Mandella suffers the effects of time travel to battle after battle throughout the millennium, he faces increasing doubts about the seemingly endless conflict with the Taurans, which surely echo the author’s own experience as a soldier in the Vietnam War.

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Thrills and Chills with Hitchcock: The 39 Steps

Chill with ice cream and thrill with Hitchcock this summer at the Library. Some classics and some lesser known thrillers will be shown in the Costin Room of the Main Library.

A man in London tries to help a secret agent. When the agent is killed, the man stands accused. He then goes on the run to save himself and stop a spy ring. Stars Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Join us and see if you can spot Hitchcock’s cameo appearance.

 The 39 Steps (1935) 86 min.

Weekly Storytime at Main Library thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storytime at Main Library

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

For Ages 3-5.

Summer Science Program thumbnail Photo

Summer Science Program

Join us at the Library for hands on coding activities! Children ages 6-11 years old are invited to participate with the 4-H Extension groups summer program running the week of July 9th-13th (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

This program is currently FULL. Please call 508-532-5570 x4 for questions about the program.

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Pop-Up Art Class at McAuliffe

Stop by the McAuliffe Branch and learn fun printmaking techniques to create your own poster!

Registration for this event is required. Please reserve a spot by calling 508-532-5570 x5 or sign up at the McAuliffe Branch!

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Outdoor Summer Jazz Series: Joe Raia Band

In collaboration with Amazing Things Arts Center, four local Jazz bands will perform on Thursday evenings at our Christa McAuliffe Branch. Swing by to enjoy an outdoor evening of jazz. Don’t forget your chair or blanket!

Coming in August:
August 9 – David Eure Band
August 23 – Michelle Hirsch Band

In case of rain, performances will be in the Community Room. Sponsored in part by Middlesex Savings Bank and Friends of the Framingham Library.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Introduction to QiGong

Brenda Scott will provide a brief introductory overview of QiGong and guide you through a 30 minute exercise routine that she developed using movements from various traditions.  This routine is a great way to greet your day.  It can energize you and have you feeling grounded and calm. QiGong uses refined movements, breath and focused intention to increase the strength and flexibility of body and mind.  It is a moving meditation that with consistent practice may surprise you as to its power to change your life. 

About Brenda Scott:

Brenda is a certified QiGong "Tai Chi Easy Trainer" through the Institute of Integral QiGong & Tai Chi. Brenda has been a practitioner of QiGong for over 20 years.  She is also a licensed acupuncturist, LAc, who has practiced Chinese Medicine using Chinese, Japanese and Korean styles of Acupuncture.   She loves to practice QiGong, for both her health and well-being and to enhance her patients experience with acupuncture and cultivating their energy to enhance their quality of life.    

Summer Science Program thumbnail Photo

Summer Science Program

Join us at the Library for hands on coding activities! Children ages 6-11 years old are invited to participate with the 4-H Extension groups summer program running the week of July 9th-13th (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday).

This program is currently FULL. Please call 508-532-5570 x4 for questions about the program.

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. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

Healthy Living Series: All Ages Zumba Party thumbnail Photo

Healthy Living Series: All Ages Zumba Party

Come celebrate the mid-point of our Healthy Living Series. Participate in an outdoor Zumba class with our bilingual Zumba instructor, Sandra Thorbjornsen and then stay to chat and enjoy some healthy summer refreshments.

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LEGO Contest at Main Library

Everyone gets their own bag to create the best build on the night. Prizes will be awarded!

This event is for children ages K+.

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.

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. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

Stories for Scooters at Main Library thumbnail Photo

Stories for Scooters at Main Library

Join us every Wednesday for stories, songs, and puppets at our weekly storytime! Parents and child can both enjoy a variety of picture books, classic nursery rhymes and meeting new people!

Ages 0-3 years old. 

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Yo-Yos Music and Dance

Come see Ooch, master Yo-Yo performer, combine yo-yo ticks, music, and dance. You can request songs or tricks and dance all day!

This event is for children ages K+.

McAuliffe Book Group: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon thumbnail Photo

McAuliffe Book Group: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A worldwide bestseller story about a boy’s magical journey through the shadows and secrets of postwar Barcelona in search of a mysterious author whose book has proved as dangerous to own as it is impossible to forget. An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance and a moving homage to the mystical power of books.

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Weekly Storytime at Main Library

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

For Ages 3-5.

NEW! – Feldenkrais® with Mara Yale thumbnail Photo

NEW! – Feldenkrais® with Mara Yale

Improve your balance and flexibility, and reduce pain through Feldenkrais® lessons. These lessons revisit the way that you learned to move as a young child through gentle movements and guided awareness that help awaken your brain to new possibilities.

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Teen Summer: K-Cup Bath Bombs

It’s DIY bath bomb time! Make your mix, pick your color and scent, and mold it in a re-used K-Cup pod. After it hardens overnight, cut it out of the K-Cup, and you’re good to go.

Registration isn't required, but please do by clicking on the event title and filling out the form at the bottom of the page. In addition, please put the grade the attendee is going into in the fall in the "message" box.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at Main Library thumbnail Photo

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.

Framingham Community Song Circle thumbnail Photo

Framingham Community Song Circle

Everyone can sing! Come share your traditional folk songs. Grab your guitar, ukulele, drum or tambourine, and bring the family—this program is for all ages! Refreshments will be provided.

Todos Cantan! Ven y comparte tus canciones tradicionales. Trae tu guitarra,  ukulele, tambor o pandereta. Este programa es para todas las edades! Habrá refrigerio!

Todos nós podemos cantar! Vamos compartilhar nossas canções folclóricas. Peguem seu violão, cavaquinho, tambor e pandeiro e traga sua família. Este evento é para todas as idades.  Refrescos serão servidos!
 

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Teen Summer: Nerf Carnival

Everyone loves Nerf guns, and everyone loves to hate impossible, yet addictive, carnival games. We’re combining them! We’ll have target shooting, Nerf ski-ball, and lots more. Compete to be the champion (and to maybe even to win a prize).

Registration isn't required, but please do by clicking on the event title and filling out the form at the bottom of the page. In addition, please put the grade the attendee is going into in the fall in the "message" box.

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.

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. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

Stories for Scooters at Main Library thumbnail Photo

Stories for Scooters at Main Library

Join us every Wednesday for stories, songs, and puppets at our weekly storytime! Parents and child can both enjoy a variety of picture books, classic nursery rhymes and meeting new people!

Ages 0-3 years old. 

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Whalemobile Exploration

Come to the library and explore a 43-foot replica of a whale! Our scientists will show us how ocean life is effected by humans and explore beautiful whale songs!

Sign up today by calling 508-532-5570 x4.

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Libraries Rock! Movie: School of Rock

Libraries Rock! is the Summer Reading theme this year, so what better movie is there to show than School of Rock? Grab your instruments, make sure you're not late to band practice, and enjoy this modern comedy classic.

School of Rock (2003) Rated PG-13.

Weekly Storytime at Main Library thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storytime at Main Library

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

For Ages 3-5.

NEW! – Feldenkrais® with Mara Yale thumbnail Photo

NEW! – Feldenkrais® with Mara Yale

Improve your balance and flexibility, and reduce pain through Feldenkrais® lessons. These lessons revisit the way that you learned to move as a young child through gentle movements and guided awareness that help awaken your brain to new possibilities.

Outdoor Summer Jazz Series: David Fuller Trio thumbnail Photo

Outdoor Summer Jazz Series: David Fuller Trio

In collaboration with Amazing Things Arts Center, four local Jazz bands will perform on Thursday evenings at our Christa McAuliffe Branch. Swing by to enjoy an outdoor evening of jazz. Don’t forget your chair or blanket!

Coming in August:
August 9 – David Eure Band
August 23 – Michelle Hirsch Band

In case of rain, performances will be in the Community Room. Sponsored in part by Middlesex Savings Bank and Friends of the Framingham Library.

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. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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FriendsFest: Outdoor Summer Fun for All Ages

Come celebrate summer with the Friends of the Framingham Public Library! Browse the book sale and stock up on lots of great summer reading. Stop by our BBQ. Join in some fun children’s activities. Visit our Technology Petting Zoo where
you can ask questions and try out some of the latest tech items we have available for check out in our Library of Things.


Proceeds benefit the Friends who support the Library.

Rain or Shine

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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.

Framingham Community Song Circle thumbnail Photo

Framingham Community Song Circle

Everyone can sing! Come share your traditional folk songs. Grab your guitar, ukulele, drum or tambourine, and bring the family—this program is for all ages! Refreshments will be provided.

Todos Cantan! Ven y comparte tus canciones tradicionales. Trae tu guitarra,  ukulele, tambor o pandereta. Este programa es para todas las edades! Habrá refrigerio!
Sábados 9 de junio, 03:00pm – Biblioteca principal, Costin Room

Todos nós podemos cantar! Vamos compartilhar nossas canções folclóricas. Peguem seu violão, cavaquinho, tambor e pandeiro e traga sua família. Este evento é para todas as idades.  Refrescos serão servidos!
Sábados 9 de junho, 03:00pm – sala Costin da Biblioteca principal

Summer Music Series: Swearingen and Kelli thumbnail Photo

Summer Music Series: Swearingen and Kelli

Swearingen and Kelli recreate the music, memories and magic of the most famous folk-rock duo of our time, Simon and Garfunkel. AJ Swearingen has been performing this music for twenty years with mastery of Paul Simon’s intricate guitar playing. His deep baritone blends perfectly against Kelli’s angelic
vocals delivering a true tribute to the sound of the 1960s Greenwich Village, NY coffeehouse performances.