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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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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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4 years old.

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Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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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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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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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.

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

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.

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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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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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 "Squee! Pop Culture and the Fangrrl Gaze" will be screening 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. Costumes encouraged!

Refreshments served.

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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4 years old.

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Films Around the World: Aftermath

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.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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.

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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Origami Club

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

Ages 7+

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Weekly 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.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit thumbnail Photo

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.

Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs @ McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

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.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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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+

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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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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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.

McAuliffe Book Discussion: The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick thumbnail Photo

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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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.

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 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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Weekly Storytimes at McAuliffe

Get in the library habit! Drop in every week for age appropriate stories and and craft with your favorite Children's Librarian!

Suggested for ages 2-4 years old.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Class size is limited and registration is required.

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

Drop-in Baby Lapsit at McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in 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.

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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.

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

The Kevin Harris Project presents “Embers."

New York-based jazz pianist Kevin Harris will join us for a unique and timely performance that highlights social justice.

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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.

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.