Events Calendar / September 2020

Book Discussion: The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason thumbnail Photo

Book Discussion: The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason

Love, loss and freedom take center stage in Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier. The novel chronicles the life of Lucius, a Polish-Austrian doctor from Vienna, beginning with his days as a medical student in the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire; through his time as a doctor in a World War I field hospital; and finally to the post-war period as Lucius tries to put his life back together and find the woman he lost during the war. (From New York Journal of Books review.)

Email framinghamlibrarybookgroups2@gmail.com for the Zoom link to join.

eBook available on Overdrive/Libby. Limited copies of the book are available for curbside pick up at the Main Library. Call 508-532-5570 to place a request and schedule a pick up time.

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Vision Board Take & Make Craft

The world doesn’t look like it’s going back to “normal” anytime soon, so this kit will give you the supplies you need to make a vision board to help plan for whatever comes next.

Kits are limited, so click here to register now and make sure you get one!

Grades 6-12

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Take and Make Kit: Pom Pom Art

Everything you need to create your very own pom pom art! Choose between an elephant, hot air balloon, or a flower. All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup starting September 1. Supplies are limited. Ages 4-12. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/PomPomArt and schedule a time to pick up your kit.

Program is paid for by the Framingham Cultural Council and through the Mass Cultural Council.

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Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories, perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten or since Kindergarten list. Keep
your library habit going even during shelter in place! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation.

Ages 2-6, all welcome.

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Poetry Workshop

Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This class welcomes serious poets 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.

Virtual Book Discussion: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford thumbnail Photo

Virtual Book Discussion: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

Henry Lee, a 12-year old Chinese American boy lives in Seattle, WA in 1942, just after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He develops a friendship with a Japanese American girl named Keiko, which is a source of conflict with his parents. Henry and Keiko are separated when her family is moved to an internment camp. The story alternates between 1942 and 1986 when after the death of Henry's wife, Henry becomes interested in a hotel that has a basement filled with the belongings of Japanese Americans left behind in 1942.

Led by Linda Goldberg. Please email lgoldberg@minlib.net for the Zoom link to join. (eBook and Audiobook available on Overdrive/Libby)

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Vision Board Take & Make Craft

The world doesn’t look like it’s going back to “normal” anytime soon, so this kit will give you the supplies you need to make a vision board to help plan for whatever comes next.

Kits are limited, so click here to register now and make sure you get one!

Grades 6-12

Sci-Fi Book Discussion: The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi thumbnail Photo

Sci-Fi Book Discussion: The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi

Riding The Flow, an extradimensional field available at certain points in space-time, humanity spreads to innumerable planets through the universe. A new empire arises, the Interdependency, maintaining its control based on the doctrine that no one human outpost can survive without the others. But just as a river changes course, the Flow changes as well. In rare cases, entire worlds have been cut off from the rest of humanity. When it's discovered that the entire Flow is moving, possibly separating all human worlds from one another forever, three individuals--a scientist, a starship captain, and the Emperox of the Interdependency--must race against time to discover what can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

Led by Marcy Maiorana. Email mmaiorana@minlib.net to receive the Zoom invitation.

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories, perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten or since Kindergarten list. Keep
your library habit going even during shelter in place! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation.

Ages 2-6, all welcome.

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Bob Dylan thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Bob Dylan

GUEST SPEAKER: Tim Riley, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, Emerson College

Bob Dylan has grown old with his baby boomer audience, and reflected many of the cultural changes they pursued. His mercurial persona now serves as a template for pop stars looking to recreate themselves to sustain decades long careers. Tim Riley, author of Hard Rain, views Dylan as a self-conscience weathervane, attuned to the most compelling mysteries underlying American song, with a common touch that makes many of his strangest hits universal. Riley’s talk will examine how Dylan’s particularities manifest in epic and daring performances, from his early protest phase through his recent Frank Sinatra tribute, Triplicate.

This free Thursday 7:00pm lecture series via Zoom is a partnership between Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to join our Fall 2020 mailing list and receive Zoom links to these lectures.

Information on all lectures in the series can be found here.

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Poetry Workshop

Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This class welcomes serious poets 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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Brown Bag Learning Series: The Rise of Social Entrepreneurs

Presented by: Brandale Randolph

The 1854 Cycling Company started as a small business in Framingham, Massachusetts.  The company was founded by Brandale Randolph, who is also the CEO.  Join Brandale for an inspirational talk about how he pivoted from a career in Finance, managing commodities for a hedge fund to fighting for poverty alleviation.  He'll share his vision for his company and his passion to help stop the cycle of poverty and lower the recidivism rate through the creation of gainful employment opportunities and skill development for formerly incarcerated people. 1854 Cycling seeks to carve out a niche for itself in the bicycle industry while joining the efforts of companies like TOMS and Warby Parker, who are committed to making a positive social impact. 


About Brandale Randolph:
Brandale attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He is the Founder and CEO of The 1854 Cycling Company.  Brandale is an author and an activist.  He lives with his wife and children in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Please email brownbagprogram49@gmail.com by 9am on September 11, to receive an invitation to the Zoom session.  

Virtual Bookworm Book Club with Max! thumbnail Photo

Virtual Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for Bookworm Book Club with Max! Sundays at 2:00 pm. Email us to receive an invite to join on Zoom at framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 13 will discuss The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (book 2 of the A Series of Unfortunate Events series).

Sunday, September 27 will discuss How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell (Book 3 of the How to Train Your Dragon series).

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories, perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten or since Kindergarten list. Keep
your library habit going even during shelter in place! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation.

Ages 2-6, all welcome.

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Puzzle Swap is back!

Request a puzzle to pick up at McAuliffe through http://bit.ly/Puzzle_Swap_Request and then take it home! Choose how many pieces you'd prefer the puzzle to contain and bring home some fun. Just like with our in-person Puzzle Swap, you can choose to return it to the Branch when you are finished, or bring back a completely different puzzle (or any extra puzzles you wish to join the swap!).

Virtual Book Discussion: Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family thumbnail Photo

Virtual Book Discussion: Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to the Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Mitch and his wife, Janine operate. But at age five, Chika was suddenly diagnosed with a terminal disease that no doctor in Haiti could help with. Mitch and Janine took Chika to America, hoping that treatment there would enable her to go back home. Instead, Chika became a permanent part of their lives, as they embarked on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika's boundless optimism and humour taught Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learnt that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost. 

Led by Jillian Holmberg. (eBook and Audiobook available on Overdrive/Libby, or ask for a copy being held at McAuliffe). Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com for the link to join.  
 

Vision Board Take & Make Craft thumbnail Photo

Vision Board Take & Make Craft

The world doesn’t look like it’s going back to “normal” anytime soon, so this kit will give you the supplies you need to make a vision board to help plan for whatever comes next.

Kits are limited, so click here to register now and make sure you get one!

Grades 6-12

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories, perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten or since Kindergarten list. Keep
your library habit going even during shelter in place! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation.

Ages 2-6, all welcome.

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: 100 Years of Bauhaus Design: Craftsmanship for the Machine Age thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: 100 Years of Bauhaus Design: Craftsmanship for the Machine Age

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Amy Finstein, Assistant Professor, Visual Arts, College of the Holy Cross

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the German national school of art, architecture and craft that merged interests in honest functionality with a celebration of the new materials of the machine age. As its teachers and students fled Nazi Germany, they brought their designs to new audiences around the world. This lecture will explore the legacy of key Bauhaus designers in Germany and abroad, including local examples.

This free Thursday 7:00pm lecture series via Zoom is a partnership between Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to join our Fall 2020 mailing list and receive Zoom links to these lectures.

Information on all lectures in the series can be found here.

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Poetry Workshop

Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This class welcomes serious poets 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.

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories, perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten or since Kindergarten list. Keep
your library habit going even during shelter in place! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation.

Ages 2-6, all welcome.

Vision Board Take & Make Craft thumbnail Photo

Vision Board Take & Make Craft

The world doesn’t look like it’s going back to “normal” anytime soon, so this kit will give you the supplies you need to make a vision board to help plan for whatever comes next.

Kits are limited, so click here to register now and make sure you get one!

Grades 6-12

ALL KITS RESERVED: Take and Make Kit: Play-Doh™ Building thumbnail Photo

ALL KITS RESERVED: Take and Make Kit: Play-Doh™ Building

Using craft materials such as straws, popsicle sticks, and more as building tools, make a Play-Doh™ sculpture. Play-Doh™ and some building supplies are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup starting September 22. Supplies are limited. Ages 4-12. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/PlaydohBuilding and schedule a time to pick up your kit.  

Program is paid for by the Framingham Cultural Council and through the Mass Cultural Council.

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories, perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten or since Kindergarten list. Keep
your library habit going even during shelter in place! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation.

Ages 2-6, all welcome.

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: A Revolution in the News thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: A Revolution in the News

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Joseph Adelman, Associate Professor, History, Framingham State University

Shrewdly gauging the political climate and interests of their communities and balancing them with their own commercial interests, eighteenth century printers were instrumental in creating propaganda and rallying the public to the Revolutionary cause. Join us to learn more about printers and editors, the American Revolution’s forgotten instigators.

This free Thursday 7:00pm lecture series via Zoom is a partnership between Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to join our Fall 2020 mailing list and receive Zoom links to these lectures.

Information on all lectures in the series can be found here.

Poetry Workshop thumbnail Photo

Poetry Workshop

Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, and 24

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This class welcomes serious poets 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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Virtual Anime Club September

Back to school Anime Club! Everything’s still weird, but anime is forever. Click here to access the private virtual screening room where we can watch anything on Crunchyroll.

Grades 6-12

Virtual Bookworm Book Club with Max! thumbnail Photo

Virtual Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for Bookworm Book Club with Max! Sundays at 2:00 pm. Email us to receive an invite to join on Zoom at framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com.

Sunday, September 13 will discuss The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket (book 2 of the A Series of Unfortunate Events series).

Sunday, September 27 will discuss How to Speak Dragonese by Cressida Cowell (Book 3 of the How to Train Your Dragon series).

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories, perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten or since Kindergarten list. Keep
your library habit going even during shelter in place! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation.

Ages 2-6, all welcome.

Puzzle Swap is back! thumbnail Photo

Puzzle Swap is back!

Request a puzzle to pick up at McAuliffe through http://bit.ly/Puzzle_Swap_Request and then take it home! Choose how many pieces you'd prefer the puzzle to contain and bring home some fun. Just like with our in-person Puzzle Swap, you can choose to return it to the Branch when you are finished, or bring back a completely different puzzle (or any extra puzzles you wish to join the swap!).

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Tea & Talk Tuesdays

Let’s address one of the big elephants in the room and talk about the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of personal experience. Some of us are enjoying the opportunity for introspection and exploration of long neglected interests while others are struggling with the social isolation and longing for interpersonal connection.  How has the pandemic affected not only your daily life, but your outlook on life? 

Pour yourself a comforting cup of tea, and connect with others in a warm and open conversation about an historical event that has changed everyone’s lives.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to receive a link to the Zoom session.

Vision Board Take & Make Craft thumbnail Photo

Vision Board Take & Make Craft

The world doesn’t look like it’s going back to “normal” anytime soon, so this kit will give you the supplies you need to make a vision board to help plan for whatever comes next.

Kits are limited, so click here to register now and make sure you get one!

Grades 6-12