Events Calendar / April 2019

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Weekly Storytime

Ages 2-4.

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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. 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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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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Main Library Book Group: Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

One night in 1917 Beatrice Haven sneaks out of her uncle’s house on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, leaves her newborn baby at the foot of a pear tree, and watches as another woman claims the infant as her own. When she returns to her uncle’s house ten years later, seeking a refuge from her unhappy life, she is inadvertently reunited with the woman who has been raising her abandoned child, Lucy Pear—a bright, bold girl with secrets of her own. This novel questions class, freedom, and the meaning of family.

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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.

Alan’s collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

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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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Stories for Scooters

Twenty fun-filled minutes of tiny tales and tunes in interactive fashion for little library-goers and their adults, with playtime afterward!

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver.

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Weekly Storycraft

Thursdays
10:15-10:45am 

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

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm 

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 ages.

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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

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

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 ages.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Total Life Energy

Life energy is the key to vibrant health, optimal weight, and longevity. Discover how fad diets, improper exercise, and modern lifestyles can cause further damage to the body’s energy system. Learn how to determine your life energy needs from your body’s indicators of weakness and strength. Develop a personal path to diet, exercise, and daily activities in a way that preserves and optimizes your vital energy.


Presented by Julia H. Sun
Julia is a passionate researcher and health consultant who has experience in both Eastern and Western systems of medicine and holistic self-care. Her research has enabled her to radically improve her health. She shares her research through health consultations, books, training, energy healing, and public speaking.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Saturday May 11, 3:00-4:00pm, 
Sundays May 5 and 19, 2:00-3:00pm

All ages. 

Registration required. 
Call 508-532-5570 x4 
or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Movie Matinee: Ralph Breaks the Internet

Six years after the events of "Wreck-It Ralph," Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure.

All ages at parents’ discretion.
(2018) 1 hr. 52 min. Rated PG.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

Sunday April 7, 2019
2:00-3:00pm

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

All ages. 
Registration required
​Call 508-532-5570 x4
or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Sunday Celebrations: All Hands Drumming

Join Tony Fonseca for hands-on, interactive drumming entertainment.  A variety of drums, shakers, tambourines, and blocks will be available as participants are led into creating rhythms of their own. The entire family is encouraged to attend this all ages event.

All Ages.

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Weekly Storytime

Ages 2-4.

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Framingham Public Library’s Bookmobile Unveiling and Celebration

Take part in the festivities! Be one of the first to see Framingham’s new Bookmobile. Join Mayor Yvonne Spicer, City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti, Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka, State Representatives Jack Lewis, Maria Robinson and Carmine Gentile, and members of the Framingham City Council for the launching ceremony at 8:30am on the Memorial Building Plaza, 150 Concord St. Then enjoy refreshments in Nevins Hall from 9-10:00am. Parking available at St. Stephen’s, 25 Clinton Street.

Featured stops on April 9:

  • Woodrow Wilson Elementary School
  • Brookdale Cushing Park
  • Carmel Terrace Assisted Living
  • Framingham YMCA

Refreshments in Nevins Hall 9-10:00 am compliments of Dunkin’ Donuts and Wegmans.

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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. 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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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

Wednesdays April 10-May 29, 2019
10:15-10:45am

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.

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver.

Pre-registration required.

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Origami Club

Wednesdays April 10 and 24, 2019
4:15-5:00pm

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 Storycraft

Thursdays
10:15-10:45am 

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

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm 

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 ages.

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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.

Grades 3-5.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Democracies Never Die, They Just Fade Away

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. John Ambacher, Professor Emeritus, Framingham State University


More than any other political system, democracy has an inherent ability to engineer its own demise. Democracy depends upon ordinary citizen capacities and motivations to absorb democratic values and to tolerate those with diverse social, cultural, ethnic and ideological backgrounds. These are precisely the values that have been under relentless attack in America over the past several decades. What went wrong and how do we fix it?

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Baby Lapsit

Fridays April 12 and 26, 2019
Saturday April 20, 2019
10:30-11:00am

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

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

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 ages.

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Library of Things Showcase

Looking for something to do during April break? Want to finally learn what that weird thing in the Library of Things does? Stop by the Library of Things Showcase! We’ll have all the Things on display to pick up and try out, including the Makey Makey, the tent, and some of the lawn games. Learn all about our Things on the Library of Things webpage.

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Friday Night Flicks: Green Book

Academy Award Winner for Best Picture of 2018, Green Book is a film is inspired by the true story of a tour in 1962 of the Deep South by Jamaican–American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and Italian-American bouncer Tony Vallelonga who served as Shirley's driver and bodyguard. Stars Mahershala Ali, Viggo Mortensen, and Linda Cardellini.

(2018) Rated PG-13, 2hr.10min.

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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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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Saturday April 13, 20 and 27, 2019
10:00-11:00am

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy.

All ages.

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

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Meditation for Body, Mind, and Spirit

Meditation is an invaluable tool helping people reduce stress, gain a deeper sense of fulfillment in life as well as foster greater physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Dr. Hughes will offer a practical technique of meditation, with first hand demonstrations of this simple yet highly effective method.


 

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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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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. 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 Craft: Peeps Dioramas (McAuliffe Branch Library)

We’re gonna have a contest this spring to see who can make the coolest Peeps diorama. Yup, the little marshmallow birds and bunnies. You can make yours at home if you’d like and bring it in to us by the end of April (deadline is Tuesday, April 30th), but we’re gonna give you all some time to work on it here at the library too. We’ll have all the basics you’ll need (including lots of Peeps), but bring anything else you’d like to use. Winner gets a cool prize.

Grades 6-12

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Vacation Week: Magical Mini Garden

Children create a mini dish garden with soil, plants and magical decorations. Plant and gardening tips included. Sponsored by the Buxton Branch of the American Begonia Society. Led by Betsy Szymczak.

Ages 5+

Registration Required.

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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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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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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.

Alan’s collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.

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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

Wednesdays April 10-May 29, 2019
10:15-10:45am

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.

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver.

Pre-registration required.

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Vacation Week Craft: Peeps Dioramas (Main Library)

We’re gonna have a contest this spring to see who can make the coolest Peeps diorama. Yup, the little marshmallow birds and bunnies. You can make yours at home if you’d like and bring it in to us by the end of April (deadline is Tuesday, April 30th), but we’re gonna give you all some time to work on it here at the library too. We’ll have all the basics you’ll need (including lots of Peeps), but bring anything else you’d like to use. Winner gets a cool prize.

Grades 6-12

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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!

For grades K+

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Weekly Storycraft

Thursdays
10:15-10:45am 

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: Science of Magic

How do magic tricks really work? This program investigates the science behind the “magic” of several classic magic tricks. For the grand finale, our educator demonstrates how science can make it safe to lie down on a real bed of nails.

Ages 5+

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Special Play Space Activities

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm 

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 ages.

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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

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

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 ages.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

Saturday May 11, 3:00-4:00pm, 
Sundays May 5 and 19, 2:00-3:00pm

All ages. 

Registration required. 
Call 508-532-5570 x4 
or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Vacation Week Movie Matinee: Mary Poppins Returns

Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

All Ages at parents discretion.
Bring your own snacks.

(2018) 2 hr. 10 min. Rated PG. 

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Saturday April 13, 20 and 27, 2019
10:00-11:00am

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy.

All ages.

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

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Friends’ Monthly Book Sale

9:30am-3:00pm Open to Friends Members

10:00am-3:00pm 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 have books of all genres, a huge children’s section, and a selection of foreign books.

Thanks to your support of the Friends, we are able to provide free movies, concerts, programs, museum passes, audio books, CDs, Children’s Room apps, and more!

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Baby Lapsit

Fridays April 12 and 26, 2019
Saturday April 20, 2019
10:30-11:00am

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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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: Makers’ Workshop

Are you ready for Spring? What better way to get ready than to encourage some friendly pollinators to make their homes in our area! This month we will be constructing homes for mason bees. Mason bees are non-stinging pollinators that are are solitary, meaning they live alone.

Ages 5+

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Weekly Storytime

Ages 2-4.

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Brazilian Movie Night: Que horas ela volta? (The Second Mother)

Bem-vindo! Join us for our first Brazilian Movie Night. There will be refreshments, opening remarks, movie screening and discussion. Speakers: Everton Vargas da Costa Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Framingham State University and Margareth Shepard, City Counselor, City of Framingham.

Rated R, 1hr.52min.

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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. 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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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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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

Wednesdays April 10-May 29, 2019
10:15-10:45am

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.

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver.

Pre-registration required.

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McAuliffe Matinee: Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Lee Israel made her living profiling notable celebrities. When her style falls out of favor and she can’t get work, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir of a bestselling celebrity biographer, starring Best Actress nominee Melissa McCarthy.

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Origami Club

Wednesdays April 10 and 24, 2019
4:15-5:00pm

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: A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

By the 26th century, nuclear war has devastated planet Earth, and whatever scientific knowledge remains lies in the hands of the monks of the mysterious Albertian Order of Leibowitz. Chronicling the rise from intellectual wasteland to the reclaiming of science and technology to space colonization in the year 3781, this sci-fi classic and winner of the 1961 Hugo Award projects past cycles of history onto a future landscape.

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Weekly Storycraft

Thursdays
10:15-10:45am 

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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Early Release Teen Movie: Into the Spider-Verse (Main Library)

It’s a half day from school, so you know that means it’s movie time! This month we’re gonna watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse because why not? Everyone loves it, and if you haven’t seen it yet, watching it on the big screen with snacks is the best way to do so.

Grades 6-12

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Early Release: Open Play

Drop in and make something creative with Keva Planks, Legos, Magnatiles, and more!

All ages.

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Early Release: 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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Special Play Space Activities

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm 

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 ages.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Can a New Breed of Media Moguls Save Newspapers?

GUEST SPEAKER: Dan Kennedy, Associate Professor, Northeastern University


Journalism professor and Beat the Press panelist Dan Kennedy will take a look at how wealthy newspaper owners like Jeff Bezos of The Washington Post and John Henry of The Boston Globe are trying to breathe new life into a dying industry.

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Baby Lapsit

Fridays April 12 and 26, 2019
Saturday April 20, 2019
10:30-11:00am

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

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

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 ages.

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Container Gardening

Join Jenna Porter of River's Edge and learn how to plan, prepare, plant and maintain beautiful containers of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Learn about soil, watering, fertilizing and of course plant selection. Jenna also lets you know her best picks for containers and talks about her favorite veggie, herb and tomato varieties and uses!

Image courtesy of RitaE from Pixabay
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Personal Essays that Get Published

Join your fellow local writers for a collegial and useful half-day retreat to work on personal essays you’d like to get published. Bring your own essays under 800 words and copies or create some of your own during the “get-to-the-heart-of-the-story” writing sessions. Topics covered include: Mining Your Life for Stories; Finding the Universal Truth; Pitching to Editors; Developing a Healthy Relationship with Rejection.
Bring a beverage, notebook and pens. We will take two short breaks.

Pre-registration required. Seats limited to 20. Please sign up by emailing Giulietta at giuliettan@gmail.com or calling 508-380-8799. Photos will be taken for grant and future grant requirements.

This grant-funded writing workshop will be led by local writer Giulietta “Julie” Nardone. Her essays have been published in Psychology Today, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Chicken Soup for The Soul, Christian Science Monitor and broadcast on NPR.

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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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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

Saturday April 13, 20 and 27, 2019
10:00-11:00am

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy.

All ages.

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

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

Saturday April 27, 2019
3:00-4:00pm

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Reading/Therapy Dogs Lilah, Montana and Eloise listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

All ages.

Registration required.
Call 508-532-5570 x4
or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

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Sunday Concert Series: Zefira Trio

Ashima Scripp, Eleanor Perrone and Olga will perform the music of Schumann: Canonic Etudes for Piano Trio; Granados: Intermezzo, arranged for Piano Trio; and Schubert: Piano Trio in E flat, D. 929 on bell, cello, piano and violin.

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 Storytime

Ages 2-4.

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Monday Matinee: On the Basis of Sex

The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.

 Rated PG-13, 2hrs.

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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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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. 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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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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Make It! - Soap Making

Gariné Arakelian from DuckieSoaps will be teaching Framingham teens how to design and make their own soap. Each participant will make their own soapy creations using white and clear glycerin soap, and a variety of templates to create the shapes. This is the second of our Make It! program series focusing on art and creativity.

Space is limited, and registration is required. Please click on the event listing, and fill out the form at the bottom of the page to sign up. When doing so, please put the grade of the person/people attending in the "Message" box, as well as the names of any additional registrants.

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

Grades 6-12

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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.

Alan’s collection, Immortality, was awarded the Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry in 2016.