Events Calendar / February 2020

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Dads, Donuts and Discoveries

Bond with your dad (and with donuts) through stories and songs while discovering new friends and activities. Mothers, siblings and other family members welcome!

All 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

All ages.

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

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Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for an exciting book club discussion led by 8th grader Max on “How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowell on February 2  with crafts and light refreshments!

Grades 2-4

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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 Dog Lilah listens as children read aloud from a book of their choice.

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

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Weekly Storytime

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

Ages 2-4

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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.

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Journal Writer’s Group

Please join the group to explore the many ways to journal for personal growth and enrichment. Starting in February, we will be working through the book Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.

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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

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.

*This program is full*
 

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

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

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

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

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

Preschool ages.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Health & Wellness Fair

Brown Bag Learning Series: Health & Wellness Mini Fair

Presented by Cynthia Stone and Regis College Nursing Students

Just added: Drop by for a quick massage and learn breathing exercises to alleviate stress! Get your blood pressure checked!

Please drop in for a health and wellness mini fair with the Regis College Community Health Nursing students led by Cindy Stone. Learn how a little medical prevention now can help you lead an improved healthier life. The agenda will include numerous strategies to maintain and improve your overall wellness. We will discuss basic lifesaving skills with a demonstration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation and choking. Information on stroke prevention with blood pressure screenings available with educational material. Additionally, an opportunity for questions and answers regarding a new medical diagnosis or medication will be provided with other informative health topics.

About Cynthia Stone:

Cindy Stone is an adjunct clinical nursing instructor for Regis College. She educates on the importance of community health nursing and has led multiple health and wellness classes throughout the area. Her passion for educating stemmed from her years as an emergency department nurse at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham and as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for the Department of Public Health. She holds numerous certifications in the field of Nursing and is a member of the Emergency Nurses Association and the International Forensic Nursing Association.

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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. 

Saturdays February 8 and 22
Fridays February 14 and 28

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Girl Power Movie Club: Captain Marvel

Girls are pretty cool, and we’re going to be watching the movies that celebrate that! For our first Girl Power Movie Club, we’re going to screen and talk about Captain Marvel. And if you’re not a girl but still want to watch? Don’t worry, everyone is welcome.

Grades 6-12

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Run, Anatoly, Run! Fundraising Event for the Friends of the Framingham Library

Join us for a fun event with Anatoly Prekrasnyy, at the new Alta Union House Apartments, 55 Concord Street, Framingham. Enjoy tap beer in a specially designed glass and take the glass home as a souvenir!* Anatoly will also raffle off gifts from Russia and Exhibit A Brewery, as well as some new fancy men’s and women’s running shoes!

Donation: $25 per person. Sponsored by Alta Union House Property Management. 

The Friends of the Framingham Library are excited to announce that Team Framingham runner Anatoly Prekrasnyy is running the 2020 Boston Marathon for us! He picked the Friends because it is a community asset, serving all ages. To support Anatoly and the Friends, check out his GoFundMe page. Thanks, Anatoly, for your support of the Library!

*While supplies last.
 

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Sunday Concert Series: Eliko Akahori and Justin McCarthy

Pianist Eliko Akahori and double bassist Justin McCarthy will perform works by J.S. Bach, Franz Schubert, and Serge Koussevitzky.

The series is sponsored in part by Middlesex Savings Bank, Metro Credit Union, Brookdale Cushing Park, Law Office of Framingham Attorney Jeffrey M. Steinberg, St. Mary’s Credit Union, and Friends of the Framingham Library.

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Weekly Storytime

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

Ages 2-4

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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.

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Journal Writer’s Group

Please join the group to explore the many ways to journal for personal growth and enrichment. Starting in February, we will be working through the book Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.

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U.S. Citizenship Workshop

Framingham Public Library is hosting monthly information sessions on the first steps to becoming a citizen.

Included:

  • Review of eligibility to apply for citizenship
  • Documents needed to complete the Application for Naturalization
  • Meaning of terms/words used in the Application for Naturalization
  • How to file your application

Sessions are held 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month in the Citizenship Corner, which is located on the third floor of the main branch of the Framingham Public Library.

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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

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.

*This program is full*
 

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African American/Black History Month: McAuliffe Matinee Movie: Harriet

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Starring Cynthia Erivo, who earned three Awards nominations for her role.

Harriet (2019) 2h 5min. PG-13.

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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: Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel

On the night that a famous Hollywood actor has a heart attack on stage during a production of King Lear, a devastating flu pandemic arrives and within weeks, civilization comes to an end. Twenty years later, a small troupe of actors and musicians strives to keep the remnants of art and humanity alive, but is threatened by the rise of a violent prophet. Led by Marcy Maiorana.

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Video Game Hangout (Main Library)

Video games and snacks! And this month, we’re playing double the games since we’ll have events at both libraries.

Grades 6-12

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

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

Preschool 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. 

Saturdays February 8 and 22
Fridays February 14 and 28

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

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

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

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.

We have something for everyone!! Three big rooms + the lobby chock full of books.

Check out our huge Book Room with thousands of books, most costing a dollar or less. This month we are featuring a great selection of sewing and craft books in our lobby plus much more!! The Friends provide free movies, concerts, programs, museum passes, audio books, CDs, Children’s Room apps, and many other services to patrons and the Framingham community because of your continued support. Thank you!

Learn more about the Friends here.

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New Parent/Grandparent Open House

Learn how to use the library as a new parent/grandparent/guardian, sign up for a library card, get age appropriate book and movie recommendations, and learn about all the things the library can offer you!

All Ages.

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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.

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Journal Writer’s Group

Please join the group to explore the many ways to journal for personal growth and enrichment. Starting in February, we will be working through the book Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.

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McAuliffe Evening Book Discussion: The Life We Bury, by Allen Eskens

Note: This event has been postponed to Tuesday, February 18.

Joe Talbot has to write a biography of a stranger for a college assignment. He meets Carl, a man convicted of a murder. Carl is also a Vietnam Vet and as Joe learns more about him he is determined to understand the murder and find out what really happened. Led by Linda Goldberg

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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

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.

*This program is full*
 

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McAuliffe Morning Book Discussion: Night Film by Marisha Pessl

Twenty-four-year-old Ashley Cordova is found dead in a warehouse in lower Manhattan. Her death is ruled a suicide, but veteran journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: a legendary, reclusive cult-horror film director. Led by John Garrigan.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

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

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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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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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

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

Preschool ages.

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Friday Night Movie: Ford v Ferrari

American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale.

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

Ford v Ferrari (2019) 2h 32min. PG-13.

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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. 

Saturdays February 8 and 22
Fridays February 14 and 28

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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AniManga Club Trivia Party

It’s the two year anniversary of AniManga Club, so we’re going to celebrate with an Anime and Manga trivia party! Compete in teams to prove you’re the best, and win first prize. Registration isn't required, but if you already know your team (no more than four people!), use the registration form on the event page to sign up early.

Grades 6-12

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Movie Matinee: Abominable

Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs.
2019, running time: 97 minutes, rated PG for some action and mild rude humor

All ages.

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Weekly Storytime

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

Ages 2-4

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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; there are always extras for you to take. All ages and levels welcome.

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Homework Center Essay Authors’ Reception

We invite the community to join us in celebrating the work and vision of our 2020 Essay Contest middle and high school participants! Mayor Spicer will announce the winners and present the $100.00 cash prizes. The winning authors will read their essays. Students, families, friends, school staff, elected officials and the press are invited to attend. All essays will be on display.

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

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.

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McAuliffe Craft: Fun with Sharpies!

Create abstract art using Sharpie markers on a coaster. Then, make your own "stained glass" jar to put in a windowsill or add a tealight and it becomes a colorful luminary!

Grades 6-12

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Journal Writer’s Group

Please join the group to explore the many ways to journal for personal growth and enrichment. Starting in February, we will be working through the book Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg.

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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

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.

*This program is full*
 

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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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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

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

Preschool ages.

Poetry Workshop thumbnail Photo

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 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. 

Saturdays February 8 and 22
Fridays February 14 and 28

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 Play Space. 

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

Preschool ages.

Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs thumbnail Photo

Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

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