Events Calendar / May 2020

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Game Time 2 (The Sequel)

Grades 6-12

More online games! We had a ton of fun a few weeks ago, so let's go for another round. I've found another great stash of online multiplayer games, including ones similar to Werewolf and Codenames (two of my favorite group games!), as well as the classic Agar.io. And we've always got Gartic and SmashKarts to go back to if we want.

To play, just fill out the registration form at the bottom of the event page (click the title or poster to access). I'll send everyone who registers a Zoom link. On Zoom we can chat about the games, and I'll send out the codes to the private rooms.

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Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”

Course 101: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”

Dr. Helen Heineman, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Jane Austen’s Emma stands at the top of her achievements, even though she herself spoke of Emma as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”  While the main subject of Emma is marriage, the book is also a detective story, full of clues and subterfuges, and ever deepening mysteries.  Most of all, it’s a story about the way men and women in a particular situation try to work out the eternally challenging problem of living well and finding happiness. For the first meeting, participants should read as far as Chapter Seventeen, Volume I.

Note: Emma can be downloaded as a free eBook via Libby, Overdrive, or hoopla.

Emma as an eBook and an audiobook are in Overdrive's always available collection, resulting in no wait time and the ability to immediately renew. Here are the direct links to Emma in Overdrive:
eBook - https://minuteman.overdrive.com/media/784534
audiobook - https://minuteman.overdrive.com/media/106140

If you are unfamiliar with eBooks, please use our new Chat feature, accessible from our website, or email the Reference staff at fplmail6@minlib.net for assistance.

Registration required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

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Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material

Course 102: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material
Andrea Kamens, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 10: 45 am – 12:15 pm

There is a practicing community of New England storytellers working within a long tradition that honors the old by making it always new. We will create a space to listen, learn, and tell. We will build skills with
storytelling games, and work collaboratively as brave tellers and open and affirmative listeners. Each participant will develop a short (6-8 minute) performance-style story of their own. Participants will share their stories virtually at The Story Space, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

This is a registration required event. To register, please visit the Adventures webpage.

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Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them

Course 103: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them

Jack Perricone, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

The elements of songs – melody, harmony, rhythm/groove, texture, lyrics, and song form – will be demonstrated and discussed with original examples from our rich song literature. These songs will be stylistically diverse, ranging from country songs to electronic dance music (EDM), from Irving Berlin to Ed Sheeran. We will explore the way these elements conjoin to enhance the feelings each individual song expresses. We will listen to and discuss the different processes that contribute to the ways these songs are created, to develop a deeper perspective and appreciation of popular songs. No formal musical training is necessary.

Registration is required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

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Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan (Available on Libby)

This year’s best book about family... Elegant... Captivating... Deft and insightful... A quiet masterpiece...impressive. Saints for All Occasions is so unassuming that its artistry looks practically invisible. In a simple style that never commits a flutter of extravagance, Sullivan draws us into the lives of the Raffertys, and in the rare miracle of fiction makes us care about them like they were our own family.” – Ron Charles, The Washington Post. Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups2@gmail.com by May 6, 1pm to participate.

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Game Time 3: Third Time’s the Charm

Grades 6-12

Everyone who played the last few times wanted to keep going, so we're going for round three! By this point, we have a collection of online games big enough to fill many more hours than we have. We've got games similar to Werewolf and Codenames (two of my favorite group games!), Agar.io, Gartic.io (like Pictionary), SmashKarts (like Mario Kart battle mode), and more!

To join in on the fun, just fill out the registration form at the bottom of the event page (click the title or poster to access). While doing so, please put the grade you're in in the "Message" section. I'll send everyone who registers a Zoom link. On Zoom we can chat about the games, and I'll send out the codes to the private rooms.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich” thumbnail Photo

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”

Course 101: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”

Dr. Helen Heineman, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Jane Austen’s Emma stands at the top of her achievements, even though she herself spoke of Emma as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”  While the main subject of Emma is marriage, the book is also a detective story, full of clues and subterfuges, and ever deepening mysteries.  Most of all, it’s a story about the way men and women in a particular situation try to work out the eternally challenging problem of living well and finding happiness. For the first meeting, participants should read as far as Chapter Seventeen, Volume I.

Note: Emma can be downloaded as a free eBook via Libby, Overdrive, or hoopla.

Emma as an eBook and an audiobook are in Overdrive's always available collection, resulting in no wait time and the ability to immediately renew. Here are the direct links to Emma in Overdrive:
eBook - https://minuteman.overdrive.com/media/784534
audiobook - https://minuteman.overdrive.com/media/106140

If you are unfamiliar with eBooks, please use our new Chat feature, accessible from our website, or email the Reference staff at fplmail6@minlib.net for assistance.

Registration required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material thumbnail Photo

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material

Course 102: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material
Andrea Kamens, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 10: 45 am – 12:15 pm

There is a practicing community of New England storytellers working within a long tradition that honors the old by making it always new. We will create a space to listen, learn, and tell. We will build skills with
storytelling games, and work collaboratively as brave tellers and open and affirmative listeners. Each participant will develop a short (6-8 minute) performance-style story of their own. Participants will share their stories virtually at The Story Space, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

This is a registration required event. To register, please visit the Adventures webpage.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them thumbnail Photo

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them

Course 103: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them

Jack Perricone, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

The elements of songs – melody, harmony, rhythm/groove, texture, lyrics, and song form – will be demonstrated and discussed with original examples from our rich song literature. These songs will be stylistically diverse, ranging from country songs to electronic dance music (EDM), from Irving Berlin to Ed Sheeran. We will explore the way these elements conjoin to enhance the feelings each individual song expresses. We will listen to and discuss the different processes that contribute to the ways these songs are created, to develop a deeper perspective and appreciation of popular songs. No formal musical training is necessary.

Registration is required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

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Sci-Fi Book Group: Dune, by Frank Herbert

Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the "spice" melange, a highly coveted drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul's family will set the boy on a journey toward an unimaginable destiny.

 

To join the Zoom discussion, please mail Marcy Maiorana, mmaiorana@minlib.net.

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Overcoming Stress and Anxiety During These Challenging Times (online)

Presented by Nirav Sheth

We are living in a time that feels often confusing and stressful. People are more anxious and there is a struggle to find ways to stay positive. By incorporating meditation in our lives this can be the change that can make a big difference. By tapping into the power of Meditation we can learn a powerful technique that is life changing. Through meditation we can experience a profound peace, bliss and happiness unlike any we can find in the world. There will be a chance to try this simple meditation technique. Please join Nirav Sheth for this informative lecture.

Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com by 4:00 pm on May 14 to participate.

About Nirav Sheth:

Most recently Nirav Sheth served as General Manager and Senior Marketing Director at Smiths Medical. Prior to that he has over 20 years of experience at Medtronic, one of the world's largest medical device companies, including leadership roles in strategy, marketing, program management and engineering.  Nirav has a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He has 10 patents and 11 publications in peer reviewed journals. Nirav has been conducting meditation classes at Smiths Medical, Medtronic and other venues in the Minnesota area for over 8 years. He has been practicing meditation for over a decade. He lives with his wife and two children in the Minneapolis area.

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Virtual AniManga Club May

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. 

If you RSVP, I'll make sure to send you a reminder the morning of so you'll have the direct link at the ready!

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!"

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich” thumbnail Photo

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”

Course 101: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”

Dr. Helen Heineman, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Jane Austen’s Emma stands at the top of her achievements, even though she herself spoke of Emma as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”  While the main subject of Emma is marriage, the book is also a detective story, full of clues and subterfuges, and ever deepening mysteries.  Most of all, it’s a story about the way men and women in a particular situation try to work out the eternally challenging problem of living well and finding happiness. For the first meeting, participants should read as far as Chapter Seventeen, Volume I.

Note: Emma can be downloaded as a free eBook via Libby, Overdrive, or hoopla.

Emma as an eBook and an audiobook are in Overdrive's always available collection, resulting in no wait time and the ability to immediately renew. Here are the direct links to Emma in Overdrive:
eBook - https://minuteman.overdrive.com/media/784534
audiobook - https://minuteman.overdrive.com/media/106140

If you are unfamiliar with eBooks, please use our new Chat feature, accessible from our website, or email the Reference staff at fplmail6@minlib.net for assistance.

Registration required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material thumbnail Photo

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material

Course 102: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material
Andrea Kamens, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 10: 45 am – 12:15 pm

There is a practicing community of New England storytellers working within a long tradition that honors the old by making it always new. We will create a space to listen, learn, and tell. We will build skills with
storytelling games, and work collaboratively as brave tellers and open and affirmative listeners. Each participant will develop a short (6-8 minute) performance-style story of their own. Participants will share their stories virtually at The Story Space, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

This is a registration required event. To register, please visit the Adventures webpage.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them thumbnail Photo

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them

Course 103: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them

Jack Perricone, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

The elements of songs – melody, harmony, rhythm/groove, texture, lyrics, and song form – will be demonstrated and discussed with original examples from our rich song literature. These songs will be stylistically diverse, ranging from country songs to electronic dance music (EDM), from Irving Berlin to Ed Sheeran. We will explore the way these elements conjoin to enhance the feelings each individual song expresses. We will listen to and discuss the different processes that contribute to the ways these songs are created, to develop a deeper perspective and appreciation of popular songs. No formal musical training is necessary.

Registration is required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

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Online Book Discussion: The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan

A charming and quietly moving debut novel of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, and the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives. Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiancée, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objects-the things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidentally left behind-and writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret life's mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost.

Led by Jillian Holmberg. Find this ebook or audiobook on Overdrive or Hoopla! Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com for the Zoom link to join.

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Game Time Online

It's a new month, so Game Time is getting a reboot! By this point, we have a collection of online games big enough to fill many more hours than we have. We've got games similar to Werewolf and Codenames (two of my favorite group games!), Agar.io, Gartic.io (like Pictionary), SmashKarts (like Mario Kart battle mode), and more!

To join in on the fun, just click the event link and fill out the registration form at the bottom of the page. While doing so, please put the grade you're in in the "Message" section. I'll send everyone who registers a Zoom link. On Zoom we can chat about the games, and I'll send out the codes to the private rooms.

Also, keep an eye out for info on our first Netflix Party next week!

6-12TH GRADERS ONLY PLEASE
 

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich” thumbnail Photo

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”

Course 101: Emma Woodhouse: “Handsome, Clever and Rich”

Dr. Helen Heineman, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Jane Austen’s Emma stands at the top of her achievements, even though she herself spoke of Emma as “a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”  While the main subject of Emma is marriage, the book is also a detective story, full of clues and subterfuges, and ever deepening mysteries.  Most of all, it’s a story about the way men and women in a particular situation try to work out the eternally challenging problem of living well and finding happiness. For the first meeting, participants should read as far as Chapter Seventeen, Volume I.

Note: Emma can be downloaded as a free eBook via Libby, Overdrive, or hoopla.

Emma as an eBook and an audiobook are in Overdrive's always available collection, resulting in no wait time and the ability to immediately renew. Here are the direct links to Emma in Overdrive:
eBook - https://minuteman.overdrive.com/media/784534
audiobook - https://minuteman.overdrive.com/media/106140

If you are unfamiliar with eBooks, please use our new Chat feature, accessible from our website, or email the Reference staff at fplmail6@minlib.net for assistance.

Registration required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material thumbnail Photo

Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material

Course 102: Making the Old New: Personal Storytelling with Traditional Material
Andrea Kamens, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 10: 45 am – 12:15 pm

There is a practicing community of New England storytellers working within a long tradition that honors the old by making it always new. We will create a space to listen, learn, and tell. We will build skills with
storytelling games, and work collaboratively as brave tellers and open and affirmative listeners. Each participant will develop a short (6-8 minute) performance-style story of their own. Participants will share their stories virtually at The Story Space, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm.

This is a registration required event. To register, please visit the Adventures webpage.

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Adventures in Lifelong Learning:  Going to War: The President as “Commander-in-Chief”

Course 104: Going to War: The President as “Commander-in-Chief”
Dr. David Smailes, Tuesdays May 26 – June 16 10:45 am – 12:15 pm

The constitutional power to determine how and when to go to war is one of the most important parts of our founding document, and yet no power has undergone more changes throughout American history.
In this course, we will examine what the Founders intended in this crucial area, how the role of Congress and the President have changed over the years, and the ways presidents since 9/11 have increased their power as “Commander-in-Chief”.

Registration required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

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Adventures in Lifelong Learning: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them

Course 103: Popular Songs: The Art/Craft of Writing Them and Listening to Them

Jack Perricone, Tuesdays May 5 – May 26 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm

The elements of songs – melody, harmony, rhythm/groove, texture, lyrics, and song form – will be demonstrated and discussed with original examples from our rich song literature. These songs will be stylistically diverse, ranging from country songs to electronic dance music (EDM), from Irving Berlin to Ed Sheeran. We will explore the way these elements conjoin to enhance the feelings each individual song expresses. We will listen to and discuss the different processes that contribute to the ways these songs are created, to develop a deeper perspective and appreciation of popular songs. No formal musical training is necessary.

Registration is required. Please visit the Adventures webpage.

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Senior Conversation Hour Online Via Zoom

We are excited to introduce a new program for our seniors!  Join Marcy and Helen for a casual discussion about topics of interest and connect with fellow seniors. This month, we chat about your favorite book or movie.

Registration required. Limited to 10 participants.

To RSVP: 

Email your name and phone number to fplseniorhour@gmail.com. We will reply to confirm your attendance and provide you with instructions for linking to the session.

We hope you will join us!

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Senior Conversation Hour (for Seniors without Internet Access)

We are excited to introduce a new program for our seniors! Join Marcy and Helen for a casual discussion about topics of interest and connect with fellow seniors. This month, we chat about your favorite book or movie.

Registration required. Limited to 10 participants.

To RSVP: Call the Library main number, 508-532-5570, and enter the extension 4362 at any time. Leave a message with your name and phone number. We will call you back to confirm your attendance and provide you with the number to call on the day of the event.

We hope you will join us!

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Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This 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. Poets may discuss their work. If you are new to the group and would like to participate, please email FPLpoetryworkshop@gmail.com

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Netflix Party

READ CAREFULLY, NETFLIX PARTY INSTRUCTIONS BELOW

We're gonna switch it up a little bit this week, and do a Netflix Party to watch Avatar: The Last Airbender. Some of you may have used this program before during this quarantine, but if you haven't, here are the steps to using it.

  1. Register for the program using the form on the event page (click the poster) to get the Zoom link. I'll share the Netflix Party link over the Zoom chat
  2. Use the Chrome Browser. If you don't have it, you can download it for free here
  3. Download the Netflix Party browser extension here
  4. When you're in the Zoom chat on Friday, I'll share the Netflix Party link, click it. This will open up the Netflix Party viewer and chat
  5. IMPORTANT, DON'T SKIP THIS LAST STEP! Click the little red NP logo up at the top right of your Chrome browser. This will sync your video up with everyone else's
  6. Watch Avatar and chat!

6-12TH GRADERS ONLY PLEASE