Events Calendar / February 2019

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Drop-in 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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Brown Bag Learning Series:  Be Heart Healthy: Prevention Strategies

February is Heart Health month. Join Kitty Mahoney for an informative presentation on how to arm yourself against cardiovascular disease and keep your heart healthy. Learn about screening options and prevention strategies!  Drop by for the presentation, gather some literature, and get your blood pressure checked by Ana Gordon, RN. Now is the best time to be heart healthy!

Presented by Kitty Mahoney, RN, BSN, MS:

Kitty Mahoney is the Chief Public Health Nurse for the City of Framingham. Kitty is the Medical Reserve Corps coordinator for Framingham and serves as Executive Director for the Region 4A MRC Advisory Board and represents Local Public Health on the Regional Emergency Planning Committee. She was awarded Public Health Fellow through the Local Public Health Institute / Boston University School of Public Health.

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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. Mothers, siblings and other family members welcome!

All ages welcome

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AniManga Club

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.

Grades 6-12

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Movie Matinee: The Princess and the Frog

Arrogant, carefree Prince Naveen is transformed into a frog by a conniving voodoo magician. Hardworking waitress Tiana follows suit when she decides to kiss the amphibian royalty. With the help of a trumpet-playing alligator, a Cajun firefly, and an old blind lady who lives in a boat in a tree, Naveen and Tiana must race to break the spell and fulfill their dreams.


All ages at parents’ discretion.

 (2009) 1 hr. 38 min. Rated G.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Practice reading with our furry pals Lilah, Montana, and Eloise. All ages welcome. 

Call 508-532-5570 x4 and reserve your 15 minute spot today!

Registration required. 

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Drop-in Resume Help

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

No session on Tuesday, September 10.

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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 (except the second Tuesday of the month) 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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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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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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February Book Group: Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín

Join us to discuss this “luminous” novel (Jennifer Egan, The New York Times Book Review) from one of contemporary literature’s bestselling, critically acclaimed, and beloved authors. Nora Webster is about a fiercely compelling young widow navigating grief, fear, and longing, and finding her own voice —“heartrendingly transcendant” (The New York Times, Janet Maslin).

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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. 

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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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From Slavery to Freedom: A Slave Narrative of Aunt Sally Williams as recorded by Edna Dean Proctor

Edna Dean Proctor, born in Henniker, NH and buried in Framingham, spent many years in Brooklyn, NY at the home of Henry Bowen, publisher of The Independent. When Aunt Sally showed up at the offices of the paper in January 1857, Edna was asked to record her story of slavery to freedom. Storyteller Libby Franck will portray abolitionist Edna Dean Proctor and Adrienne Williams will sing songs of the period in a tale that is as compelling today as it was in antebellum days. This program is offered in collaboration with the Framingham History Center.

Refreshments will be provided.

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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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Friday Night Flicks: The Wife

Glenn Close stars as a wife who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, where he is slated to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

(2017) 1hr. 40 min. Rated R.

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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. 

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Valentine’s Day Open Craft

Drop in and make some handmade Valentine’s for your friends and family. Or some sweet room decorations!

All ages

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Drop-in 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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Celebrating The Fandom Life: Featuring Documentary Filmmaker Hansi Oppenheimer

Hansi Oppenheimer, director of the documentary film series "Squee!" will be screening parts of her film as well as shorts from other women directors that examine what it means to be part of the Fandom Life. Artist Kat Ell and costume player Chana Odom will be joining us for a discussion following the films. Cosplay encouraged!

Refreshments served.

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Films Around the World: Aftermath

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

Called “the most controversial Polish film ever,” this stunning thriller focuses on two brothers who uncover a dark secret about their family’s history and their country’s past.

(2013) 1 hr. 50 min.
Polish with English subtitles.

Due to construction in the Costin Room, this event will take place at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library.

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Doggos Drop-In

Join us for our second Doggos Drop-In. Pets and People Foundation will return with their lovable pets to help you de-stress after a long day. This month’s program will feature board games. Drop in to play a game and pet a pup. Look forward to Mondays again. No registration necessary.

Geared towards ages 20 and up.

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Community Puzzle Swap

What to do with jigsaw puzzles you’ve completed? Swap them! Bring your puzzles to exchange with others. No puzzle to swap? Come anyway; we always have extras for you to try. All ages and levels welcome.

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Drop-in Resume Help

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

No session on Tuesday, September 10.

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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 (except the second Tuesday of the month) at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

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

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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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. 

Meets every Wednesday 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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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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Sci-Fi Book Group and Movie: The Martian by Andy Weir

Six days after astronaut Mark Watney joins a team on Mars, a severe dust storm strikes, leaving him stranded alone and without communications. While NASA concocts a rescue plan, Watney applies a combination of true grit, engineering skills, and ingenuity to survive until help arrives. Book discussion from 6-6:40pm, movie screening 6:40-9pm.

Led by Marcy Maiorana.

The Martian (2015), 2 hr. 21 min., rated PG-13

Note: Join us for the movie even if you haven't read the book.

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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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Video Game Hangout (February)

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the last day of school before February break! Celebrate at the library with video games and snacks!

Due to construction on our usual room, we'll be downstairs this 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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Drop-in 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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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs @ McAuliffe

Improve your reading skills by reading aloud to your Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs listen as children read.

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

All ages.

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Mindfulness Book Group: An Appeal to the World:The Way to Peace in a Time of Division

An Appeal to the World:The Way to Peace in a Time of Division, His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Frank Alt

In An Appeal to the World, the Dalai Lama inspires us and reminds us of our common humanity. He urges us to transcend our religious leanings and proposes secular ethics as the pathway to changing the world. Are we truly one in our pursuit of joy, in our wish to live in a more peaceful world? Reading this book will make you thankful for the Dalai Lama's loving voice in these times of divisiveness. Join our book discussion followed by a short meditation.

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Friends Monthly Book Sale

9:30am-3pm: Open to Friends Members
10am-3pm: 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 a huge children’s section, books of all genres, and a selection of foreign books.
 

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Framingham Community Song Circle

Monthly sing-along featuring folk songs, rounds, hymns, gospel, show tunes and more. Watch the words on the big screen! Accompanied by live band Folk Stew.

Fun for all ages, and refreshments provided.

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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.

No session on Tuesday, September 10.

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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 (except the second Tuesday of the month) at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

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

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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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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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.

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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. 

Meets every Wednesday 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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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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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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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 Makers Workshop: Paper Flowers

Escape from the winter doldrums with a fun and colorful flower making craft! There will be three paper flower tutorials but you are welcome to come up with your own, unique, flowers.

Ages 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.

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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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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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. 

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

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Drop-in 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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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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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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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.

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

Please note: The final class date has been changed from March 11 to March 25.

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 25, 7-8:30pm

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Drop-in Resume Help

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

No session on Tuesday, September 10.

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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 (except the second Tuesday of the month) at the Main Library. All conversations are free and confidential.

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

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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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. 

Meets every Wednesday 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

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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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.