Events Calendar / March 2020

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs (ALL SESSIONS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

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.

All ages.

ALL SESSIONS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
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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Seed Lending Library Packaging Party

The Seed Lending Library is re-opening at both Libraries on March 14! The Seed Lending Library will have plenty of seeds for you to take so you can start your garden indoors.
We have scheduled three seed-packaging “parties” in preparation for the re-opening and we are looking for volunteers.

  • Monday March 2, 1-3pm, Main Library, Children’s Program Room
  • Monday March 9, 7-8:30pm – Main Library, Children’s Program Room
  • Wednesday March 11, 7-8:30pm – McAuliffe Branch, Community Room
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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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Learn to Crochet & Hand Sew

Learn to Crochet from 4:30-5:30 pm
Learn to Hand Sew from 5:30-6:30 pm


Learn to crochet your own cute hair scrunchie and hand sew an emoji mini pillow with Svetlana and Mila. All materials provided.

Ages 9-14
Sign up for just one or both! 
Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by the McAuliffe Branch Children’s Desk to register before the program.
 

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Early Release Day Fun

It's an early release day for middle school, so we’ll be showing a movie at the Main Library, and playing video games at the McAuliffe Branch. Take your pick!

Grades 6-12

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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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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: The Boston Massacre and Historical Memory

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Daniel Breen, Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies, Brandeis University
The story of the aftermath of the Boston Massacre is almost as fascinating as the story of the Massacre itself, both of which we will tell during this presentation, commemorating the 250th anniversary of the event.

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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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Brown Bag Learning Series: All You Wanted to Know About Recycling

Presented by Darren Guertin and Stephen Sarnosky

Earth Day is around the corner! Join Stephen Sarnosky and Darren Guertin to learn how to properly recycle in Framingham. We’ll also share some creative ideas and resources on how to reuse or repurpose items you no longer need. Let’s do our part to reduce waste and make a difference. Bring your questions.

About Darren Guertin and Stephen Sarnosky:

Darren Guertin is the Operations Manager, Solid Waste Division and Stephen Sarnosky is the Recycling Coordinator, Department of Public Works, City of Framingham.

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Movie Matinee: Frozen

Frozen II

Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven leave Arendelle to travel to the ancient, autumn-bound forest of an enchanted land. They set out to find the origin of Elsa's powers in order to save their kingdom.


2019, running time: 103 minutes
Rated PG for action/peril and some thematic elements
All ages at parents’ discretion.

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Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for an exciting book club discussion with a craft and light refreshments, led by 8th grader Max!

“Frindle” by Andrew Clements on the 8th
“Lunch Money” by Andrew Clements on the 22nd 

​Grades 2-4

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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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Seed Lending Library Packaging Party

The Seed Lending Library is re-opening at both Libraries on March 14! The Seed Lending Library will have plenty of seeds for you to take so you can start your garden indoors.
We have scheduled three seed-packaging “parties” in preparation for the re-opening and we are looking for volunteers.

  • Monday March 2, 1-3pm, Main Library, Children’s Program Room
  • Monday March 9, 7-8:30pm – Main Library, Children’s Program Room
  • Wednesday March 11, 7-8:30pm – McAuliffe Branch, Community Room
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Learn to Crochet: Flowers

Learn the basics of crocheting while making a flower! We are partnering with the Framingham Makerspace, who will be installing a Yarn Flower Community Art Project in the Arlington Street Park during ArtWeekMA in May.  All materials provided, but if you have your own crochet hooks please bring them.

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SparkLab for Adults: Intro to Machine Sewing

3 sessions:
March 10, 2020
March 17 , 2020
March 24, 2020

Always wanted to learn how to use a sewing machine?  Now’s your chance! Join us for an introduction to the machine, threading and creating an even seam.  Then we’ll construct a basic tote bag out of donated fabrics or your own materials (ask for a materials list at registration). You’ll have the chance to add options to your bag that expand your machine sewing skills.

THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS.
Teens will be considered if there is extra space.
Preregistration required as machines are limited.
By registering you are agreeing to attend all 3 sessions.

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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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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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Learn to Crochet: Flowers

Learn the basics of crochet while making a flower! We are partnering with the Framingham Makerspace who will be installing a Yarn Flower Community Art Project in the Arlington Street Park during ArtWeekMA in May.  All materials provided, but if you have your own crochet hooks please bring them.
 

Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by the McAuliffe Branch Children’s Desk to register before the program.

Ages 9+
Registration required.

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Sci-Fi Book Group: The Power, by Naomi Alderman

In this dystopian novel, teenage girls have acquired immense physical power: they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. Will women be kinder, gentler rulers, or would they be just as ruthless as their male counterparts?

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Seed Lending Library Packaging Party

The Seed Lending Library is re-opening at both Libraries on March 14! The Seed Lending Library will have plenty of seeds for you to take so you can start your garden indoors.
We have scheduled three seed-packaging “parties” in preparation for the re-opening and we are looking for volunteers.

  • Monday March 2, 1-3pm, Main Library, Children’s Program Room
  • Monday March 9, 7-8:30pm – Main Library, Children’s Program Room
  • Wednesday March 11, 7-8:30pm – McAuliffe Branch, Community Room
CANCELLED: Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World thumbnail Photo

CANCELLED: Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Eunice: The Kennedy Who Changed the World

CANCELLED.

GUEST SPEAKER: Eileen McNamara, Director of Journalism Program, Brandeis University and Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for The Boston Globe

While Joe Kennedy was grooming his sons for the White House and the Senate, his Stanford educated daughter was tapping her father’s fortune and her brother’s political power to engineer one of the great civil rights movements of our time on behalf of millions of children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

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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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Veterans Coffee Hour

All Vets are welcome to join us for free coffee and light refreshments at this monthly event.

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Baby Lapsit

Fridays March 13 and 27
Saturday March 21

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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Friday Night Movie: Knives Out: CANCELLED

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Featuring Ana de Armas and an all-star cast including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Christopher Plummer, and Jamie Lee Curtis.

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

(2019) 2h 10min. PG-13. 

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CANCELLED ToBe Fit, the Juggling Nutrition Magician Show

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Join us for a fun-filled performance that turns kids on to healthy eating and active living, empowering kids with the skills needed to take charge of growing up healthy, happy, and fit!  Special guest, Anatoly, will also add a few words about his road to healthy eating and active living which resulted in an opportunity for him to run the Boston Marathon in April in support of the Friends of the Framingham Library!

All ages

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Sunday Concert Series: Calyx Piano Trio

Pianist Nina Ferrigno, violinist Catherine French, and cellist Jennifer Lucht will perform Beethoven’s Sonata in A Major, Op. 12 No. 2 for Violin and Piano and Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 97 “The Archduke.”

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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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SparkLab for Adults: Intro to Machine Sewing

3 sessions:
March 10, 2020
March 17 , 2020
March 24, 2020

Always wanted to learn how to use a sewing machine?  Now’s your chance! Join us for an introduction to the machine, threading and creating an even seam.  Then we’ll construct a basic tote bag out of donated fabrics or your own materials (ask for a materials list at registration). You’ll have the chance to add options to your bag that expand your machine sewing skills.

THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS.
Teens will be considered if there is extra space.
Preregistration required as machines are limited.
By registering you are agreeing to attend all 3 sessions.

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American Experience: One Woman, One Vote

Introduced by Fredie Kay, President of Suffrage 100MA

How could America call itself the world’s greatest democracy, but continue to deny the right to vote to more than half of its citizens? Witness the 70-year struggle for women’s suffrage.

(1995) 1 hr. 46 min. Not rated.

This is Part I of our 100 Years Strong: Celebrating Women’s Suffrage Film Series in partnership with League of Women Voters of Framingham.

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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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McAuliffe Book Discussion: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that had prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid - but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. Wonder begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include that of his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.
 

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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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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Brian Friel’s Beginnings

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Kelly Matthews, Associate Professor of English, Framingham State University and Vice President of the American Conference for Irish Studies

Irish playwright Brian Friel is best known in the U.S. for “Dancing at Lughnasa,” which was adapted for film in 1993. When he died in 2015, the Guardian called him “Ireland’s greatest contemporary playwright.” But how did Friel get his start? This lecture will explore archival sources which build a new understanding of this important writer’s early work.

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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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Friends Monthly Book Sale: CANCELLED

The March 21 book sale has been cancelled.

9:30-10:00am: Friends Members 

10:00am-3:00pm: Open to the public

Special this month only in the Book Room: Vintage Books (sets & singles) at great prices.

3 Big Rooms, thousands of books + the lobby chock full of books on all topics. Something for everyone!

Most Books $1.00, children’s .50 or less and single DVD’s $2.00.

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.

A big welcome to our newest corporate member Automatic Appliance Service, Inc.!  Thank you!

A big thanks to Alta Union House for their generous banner sponsorship in support of our Marathon runner Anatoly!

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Baby Lapsit

Fridays March 13 and 27
Saturday March 21

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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Women in STEAM: Fossil Making

In celebration of Women’s History Month, we will learn about women archaeologists and paleontologists and how real fossils are made while we make fossil records from air drying clay.
Ages 7-12.

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Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for an exciting book club discussion with a craft and light refreshments, led by 8th grader Max!

“Frindle” by Andrew Clements on the 8th
“Lunch Money” by Andrew Clements on the 22nd 

​Grades 2-4

SparkLab for Adults: Intro to Machine Sewing thumbnail Photo

SparkLab for Adults: Intro to Machine Sewing

3 sessions:
March 10, 2020
March 17 , 2020
March 24, 2020

Always wanted to learn how to use a sewing machine?  Now’s your chance! Join us for an introduction to the machine, threading and creating an even seam.  Then we’ll construct a basic tote bag out of donated fabrics or your own materials (ask for a materials list at registration). You’ll have the chance to add options to your bag that expand your machine sewing skills.

THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS.
Teens will be considered if there is extra space.
Preregistration required as machines are limited.
By registering you are agreeing to attend all 3 sessions.

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March Math Madness: Middle School Math Competition (POSTPONED UNTIL A DATE IN MAY)

Teams of students from Framingham’s four middle schools will pit their wit against one another to solve fun, complex, and... tricky math problems!


Each Middle School is invited to send three teams with three students per team. Teams will be made up of students in the same grade or mixed grades.

 

FHS math teacher Ilana Killgoar will be serving as the judge for March Math Madness!

For more information please contact jgatlin@minlib.net.

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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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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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Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: The Victorians and India: From Company Raj to Crown Raj

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Paul Fideler, Professor Emeritus, History and Humanities, Lesley University

By the early 19th century the English East India Company (1600) had tamed the lingering Mughal-Indian Empire and was shaping an abusive Anglo-Indian commercial regime, the Company Raj. Following the devastating Sepoy Mutiny (1857), the Victorian British presence in India became an explicitly colonial one. Victoria was named Empress of India in 1876, and the Indian National Congress formed in 1885.

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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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Baby Lapsit

Fridays March 13 and 27
Saturday March 21

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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First Virtual AniManga Club!

6-12th graders only please

Everyone's stuck at home right now, but that doesn't mean we can't still watch anime together!

This Friday at 1PM, click right here to start watching. It will open up a private screening room in a program called Kosmi.io. If you create a Kosmi.io account, please use your real name as your username so we know who we're talking to. However, everything is browser based and you don't need to create an account or download anything to watch. Regardless, you will be able to watch along and chat with everyone in the room. 

NOTE: Even though you're at home and we're not in the library, the same rules apply. That means no cursing, no bullying, etc. In the words of the immortal Bill & Ted, "Be excellent to each other!"