Events Calendar / October 2020

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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: My Two Cities, a Story of Immigration and Inspiration

Presented by: Robin Stein & Hanni Myers

In 1938, Hanni Myers and her family escaped from Vienna to the United States at the start of World War II.  Eighty years later, Hanni--a vibrant, energetic teacher, musician, hiker, mother and grandmother--sat down with Robin Stein to tell her story. The result is their book, My Two Cities, A Story of Immigration and Inspiration. Hanni hopes her story will give hope and encouragement to young people who immigrate to this country today.

Join us for a conversation about family history, traditions and the American spirit. Bring your own stories to share!

Please email brownbagprogram49@gmail.com by 9am on October 2, to receive an invitation to the Zoom session

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Meet the Black Composers: A Deep Dive Series with Castle of our Skins

Join the Framingham Public Library and Ashleigh Gordon for a deep dive into the Black composers who have influenced classical music.

October 5, 7 PM  - The Power of Her Voice: women composers, past and present, in classical music.

November 9, 7 PM - Giving Thanks: meet the early pioneers and trailblazers who paved the way for generations to come.

December 14, 7 PM- Singing for Freedom: the power of African American spirituals

Ashleigh is co-founder, Artistic/Executive Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. Along with receiving a Master of Contemporary Music degree from the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA), Ashleigh received degrees in viola performance from the New England Conservatory and Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com for an invitation and link to these Zoom sessions.

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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!).

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ALL KITS RESERVED: Take and Make Kit: 3D Puzzle Foam Animals

ALL KITS ARE CURRENTLY RESERVED. IF WE HAVE EXTRAS, THE REGISTRATION FORM WILL OPEN UP AGAIN.

Make a puzzle out of foam pieces to create a surprise 3D animal. All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup starting October 6. Supplies are limited. Ages 5-12. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/AnimalPuzzle and schedule a time to pick up your kit. This program is paid for by the Framingham Cultural Council and through the Mass Cultural Council.

We'd love to see and share your creations! If you're comfortable, please send us photos of your kids building the kit or after for us to share on our social media.

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Main Library Book Group: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Patchett is at her subtle yet shining finest in this gloriously incisive, often droll, quietly suspenseful drama of family, ambition, and home ... With echoes of F. Scott Fitzgerald and in sync with Alice McDermott, Patchett gracefully choreographs surprising revelations and reunions as her characters struggle with questions of heredity, altruism, forgiveness, social expectations, and the need to be one’s true self. (From Booklist review by Donna Seaman.)

Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups2@gmail.com for the Zoom link to join.
 

Available in our catalog, and as an eBook and audiobook on Overdrive/Libby, and audiobook on Hoopla.

 

The title for our November 3 discussion is Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano.

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LLL Series: Climate Change on the Coast of Massachusetts: Causes, Consequences, Choices

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Larry McKenna, Assistant Professor, Earth Science, Framingham State University

It’s easy to understand Cape Cod’s enduring popularity; a long way from a busy world. The Cape seems insulated from forces raging just over the horizon. But global climate change has no horizon and fragile places like the Massachusetts coastline turn out to be unusually sensitive to the effects of climate change.


Dr. McKenna will discuss the physical and ethical forces behind global climate change, the consequences of these changes to the coastline of Massachusetts and what individuals, governments and businesses can do to reduce risks and costs associated with climate change.

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 on our Lifelong Learning Lectures webpage.

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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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Pop Up Browsing for Kids (All Ages)

Join us for a socially distanced, masked and hand disinfected  outdoor browse of some Children’s Books—Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Easy Readers, Chapter Books, Halloween books, even nonfiction for school reports--and pick your own!! Library staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you make selections. Once you've picked an item (or more!!), we'll check the book out using our mobile library setup. Let’s jump into the new school year with the support of books from your local library!

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs (All ages)

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.

Register by sending an email to Mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com with your your email, your child’s name, and your preferred time for the appointment.  You will receive the Zoom link and the time of your appointment in a response email.

Virtual Book Discussion: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin thumbnail Photo

Virtual Book Discussion: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

A.J. Fikry is the curmudgeonly owner of Island Books. His wife has died, a rare first edition book has been stolen and book sales are declining. Then a toddler is abandoned in his store with a note asking him to care for her. If you like quirky characters, bookstores and heartwarming stories, this book will appeal to you.

Led by Linda Goldberg. Please email lgoldberg@minlib.net for the Zoom link to join.

Available to borrow by eBook or Audiobook on hoopla.

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Lego Halloween Zoom Challenge

Join Dana, your children's librarian, as he poses some live Lego challenges with a Halloween theme!  Participants will use their Lego blocks to design some creations such as monsters and spooky environments to show off their Lego building imagination and skill!

 

Register at Mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com specifying “Lego challenge” to receive the Zoom link.

Please note: Lego bags are available if needed, but please feel free to use your own for this challenge.  If Legos are needed, call the library starting October 1st to arrange pickup of your bag of Legos for the challenge.

Ages 5+

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David Eure Jazz Duo

Jazz violinist David Eure virtually transforms the violin into a human voice, embodying a soulful sound with precision, clarity and finesse. He effortlessly bridges classical and jazz styles with elegant aplomb. He has performed with many well-known jazz artists and continues to record and perform. Eure is an instructor at the New England Conservatory of Music. Sponsored by the Framingham Cultural Council.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/framinghamlibrary

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3qOIyPmZHY

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Sci-Fi Book Discussion: The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

What if the plague killed 99 percent of Europe’s population instead of one third? How would the world have changed? This is a look at the history that could have been-—a history that stretches across centuries, a history that sees dynasties and nations rise and crumble, a history that spans horrible famine and magnificent innovation.  Led by Lucy Loveridge. Please email lloveridge@minlib.net to receive the Zoom invitation.  The title for our November 18 discussion is The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

Available in our catalog, as an eBook on Overdrive/Libby, and as an audiobook on Hoopla.

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Relax and Reinvigorate with Meditation

Start your week off right with a half hour of guided meditation and other opportunities for care free relaxation techniques!

Join us the third Thursday of each month as Leslie teaches us valuable techniques to relax and reinvigorate before the stresses of the week take hold. With Love and Gratitude is a nonprofit organization dedicated to service and education.

Email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com for an invitation and link to the Zoom session.

About Leslie Gabriele:

Leslie founded With Love and Gratitude in 2001. Leslie is a clairaudient, clairsentient, clairempath "energetic catalyst” who is trained in multiple healing modalities.  Leslie’s work is guided in the moment, done without attachment.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture: Great Leaders – Great Legends

GUEST SPEAKER: Rabbi Rifat Sonsino, Ph.D, Dept. of Psychology and Philosophy, Framingham State University

Throughout history, great leaders have generated great legends. In his presentation, Dr. Sonsino will discuss the cases of Alexander the Great, Moses and King Solomon, and derive practical lessons about dealing with past heroes.

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 on our Lifelong Learning Lectures webpage.

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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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October Virtual Anime Club (J-Horror Edition!)

It's October, so that means it's J-Horror month! Join us to watch Ringu 2, the sequel to Ringu, the movie we watched last year (which was remade in the US as The Ring). If you haven't seen the first one, don't worry! All you need to know is that there's a cursed video tape, and if you watch it, a creepy ghost girl crawls out of a tv and kills you in exactly 7 days. Click here to access the private virtual screening room to watch.

Grades 6-12

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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. For Grades 2-5.

Sunday, October 18 will discuss The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket (book 3 of the A Series of Unfortunate Events series).

This book is available on Overdrive/Libby as an ebook and audiobook.

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Sunday Concert: Ana Sorina Popa and Susanne Friedrich

Pianist Ana Sorina Popa and Cellist Susanne Friedrich perform Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Cello #5, op. 102/2, Eroica Variations for Piano, op. 35, and Seven Variations on the theme “Bei Männern welche Liebe fühlen” from Mozart’s opera “The Magic Flute.”

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.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/framinghamlibrary

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID-U2YI_9qY

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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!).

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ALL KITS RESERVED: Take and Make Kit: Foam Pumpkin Craft

ALL KITS ARE CURRENTLY RESERVED. IF WE HAVE EXTRAS, THE REGISTRATION FORM WILL OPEN UP AGAIN.

Make a cute stack of pumpkins out of foam pool noodles and draw faces on them. All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup starting October 20. Supplies are limited. Ages 5-9. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/PumpkinCrafts and schedule a time to pick up your kit. 

We'd love to see and share your creations! If you're comfortable, please send us photos of your kids building the kit or after for us to share on our social media.

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Virtual Book Discussion: The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin  

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? It's 1969 in New York City and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes. The prophecies inform their next five decades. Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. 

Led by Jillian Holmberg.

Request a copy from the McAuliffe Branch Library by emailing framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com, or borrow the eBook or Audiobook on Overdrive/Libby.

Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com for the link to join. November's title will be City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert. 

Community Event: Ballot Question 3, Community Preservation Act

Framingham Public Library is facilitating a public information discussion via Zoom on November Ballot Question 3, which asks if Framingham should adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA). The meeting will include a half-hour presentation, providing an overview of CPA and reviewing the provisions of Question 3 on the Framingham ballot. This will be followed by a question and answer session. RSVP required. To register, email CPAinfoframingham@gmail.com.

This is a community sponsored event. The views and opinions expressed in this presentation are those of the author/creator and do not necessarily represent the official policy or position of the Framingham Public Library.

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ALL KITS RESERVED: Pop Up Art Presents: Peekaboo Kitty in Pumpkin Painting Class

ALL KITS ARE CURRENTLY RESERVED. IF WE HAVE EXTRAS, THE REGISTRATION FORM WILL OPEN UP AGAIN.

Join Pop Up Art School live on Zoom at 12:00pm on October 22 to paint a black kitty peeking out from inside a jack-o'-lantern. More treat than trick; you'll paint with acrylic paints on a pre drawn canvas panel. Kit included with all the supplies you need. Kits are limited. Ages 8 -12. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/PumpkinKitty and schedule a time to pick up your kit before the program date. This program is paid for by the Framingham Cultural Council and through the Mass Cultural Council.

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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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Goldfish Swim School Presents: W.A.T.E.R. Safety

Join the Goldfish Swim School as their team of water safety and early childhood experts teach families about water safety and drowning prevention, based on the principles taught by the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation. This fun and interactive program introduces kids to the concept of water safety and helping them learn safety methods to avoid potential dangers in and around the water, educates children about the importance of water safety and ways to handle water crisis situations, and provides materials and information to your students and you in an effort to prevent water-related accidents!

Please register for the program by emailing mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com and to schedule a time to pick up your take-home goody bag that includes a free Family Swim pass, a safety-related coloring sheet, temporary tattoos, and information for their parents about what they learned during the program to help reinforce the skills at home. Goody bag pickup begins October 16th.

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs (All ages)

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.

Register by sending an email to Mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com with your your email, your child’s name, and your preferred time for the appointment.  You will receive the Zoom link and the time of your appointment in a response email.

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Virtual Halloween Storytime with Jillian and Dana

Virtual Halloween Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Monday, October 26, 2020 , 10:00am - 10:30 am
Thursday, October 29, 2020 , 10:15 am - 10:45 am

Join Miss Jill and Mr. Dana for a special not-so-spooky Halloween storytime! Wear your Halloween costume, get ready for some stories, and perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends in costume too on the gallery screen! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation. If you are already signed up to receive our weekly storytime links, then you are all set to receive the links for these Halloween Storytimes! Ages 2-6, all welcome.

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Tea & Talk Tuesdays

What hobbies or free-time activities have you enjoyed while staying-at-home for the past few months? Join us for a casual and fun discussion.  Feel free to bring examples to share! Perhaps you will leave our conversation with a new interest to pursue.  
 

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Virtual Halloween Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Virtual Halloween Storytimes with Jillian and Dana

Monday, October 26, 2020 , 10:00am - 10:30 am
Thursday, October 29, 2020 , 10:15 am - 10:45 am

Join Miss Jill and Mr. Dana for a special not-so-spooky Halloween storytime! Wear your Halloween costume, get ready for some stories, and perhaps catch a glimpse of your friends in costume too on the gallery screen! Email mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation. If you are already signed up to receive our weekly storytime links, then you are all set to receive the links for these Halloween Storytimes! Ages 2-6, all welcome.

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LLL Series: The Global Rise of Authoritarian Populism: Trump Style Politics in a Time of Uncertainty

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Joseph Coelho, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Framingham State University

The rise of authoritarian populist forces in recent years presents a new challenge to many long established democracies around the world. What does this mean for the future of the world order established after World War II?

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 on our Lifelong Learning Lectures webpage.

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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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Trick or Treat Pop Up Browsing for Kids (All Ages)

The Trick is to maintain social distancing, keep your mask on and disinfect your hands on entering; the Treat is you get to look through shelves of Children’s Books—Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Easy Readers, Chapter Books, Halloween and Thanksgiving books, even nonfiction for school reports--and pick your own!! Library staff will be on hand to answer questions and help you make selections. Once you've picked an item (or more!!), we'll check the book out using our mobile library setup.