Events Calendar / March 2021

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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: Constellation Building

ALL KITS RESERVED: Take and Make Kit: Constellation Building
Monday March 8, 9:00am - 2:00pm, Ages 5-12.
In celebration of Women’s History Month make constellation flashlight projections and build your own constellation with this multi-craft kit! All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup. Sign-ups begin on March 1, pick-ups begin March 8. Supplies are limited. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/STEMconstellations starting March 1 and schedule a time to pick up your kit.    

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Tone and Stretch

A variety of functional fitness exercises to tone core, upper and lower body muscles followed by stretches. This is a low impact class designed to be adaptable to participants’ different levels.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

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Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman

PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME.

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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Mother Goose on the Loose

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

Zoom Mother Goose on the Loose with Jennifer
Wednesdays January 27- March 17 
10:15-10:45am

Contact JRosenberg@minlib.net beginning January 11 to pre-register, schedule your supply pick-up, and get the zoom invites. Spaces are limited.


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. A bag of supplies including books, shakers, and more is required to participate; remember to schedule a pickup time when you register. 

Ages 0-3 with caregiver

Stretch and Relax thumbnail Photo

Stretch and Relax

Join this class to maintain body flexibility, improve balance and reduce stress.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

LLL Series: From Poppies to Waterlilies, Claude Monet at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston thumbnail Photo

LLL Series: From Poppies to Waterlilies, Claude Monet at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Erika Schneider, Professor of Art History, Framingham State University

The MFA will bring together major works in the Boston collection for this exhibition which celebrates the museum’s 150th anniversary and its outstanding collection of works by Monet. Join Professor Schneider for a discussion of Monet’s early realism work, his avant-garde impressionist paintings and later abstracted Giverny pieces alongside the academic painters and his impressionist colleagues.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to join our Winter-Spring 2021 mailing list and receive Zoom links to lectures. All requests must be received by 5:00 pm on the day of the lecture. NOTE: If you registered for the Fall 2020 series, you do not need to re-register.

Weekly Zoom Baby Lapsits with Joanne and Lucy thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Baby Lapsits with Joanne and Lucy

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Break up your shelter in place time or take a break from your work from home time with some fun time with your little one, catch a glimpse
of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your child’s 1000 books before Kindergarten (retroactive sign up when we reopen)!

Email us at mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation to join us on Zoom.

Ages 0-2 and their caregivers, all welcome.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Dog Training 101

Presented by: Ameera Skandarani, CCUI
Did you welcome a new puppy, rescue, or adult dog into your family? Join Ameera for some tips on proper care and effective dog training. Learn about topics like training your dog to obey simple commands, housebreaking, reactivity, the Control Unleashed program, and sports training likeagility, obedience, and nosework. Ameera will also talk about how to handle bad behavior, transitioning your pet when the time comes for you to return to work, and what to look for in a dog walker.

ABOUT AMEERA SKANDARANI, CCUI (THEY/THEM):
Ameera is a Certified Control Unleashed Instructor with six years of professional experience. They are a positive reinforcement based trainer and have trained for several businesses in Massachusetts and have recently started their own business, Flash of Brilliance Pet Training. They actively train and compete in dog sports, including agility, obedience, and nosework. They specialize in reactivity and cooperative care. Ameera knows first hand how frustrating it is to bring home a dog with a certain set of expectations and have that dog not meet those expectations.

To register to receive an invitation to the Zoom session, please go to http://bit.ly/FPL-Events by 9am on March 5.
 

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Dads, (BYO) Donuts, and Discoveries

Contact ECAF—the Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham-- to sign up (links below).

A time for dads to enjoy special time with their children. Of course the whole family is welcome to join us for a story, music, movement, and more.
Sign Up to receive a Zoom link by completing the Registration Form and, if you would like to read a favorite story or lead an activity, email jdehaven@framingham.k12.ma.us. We love when parents take the lead!

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Bookworm Book Club with Max! thumbnail Photo

Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for Bookworm Book Club with Max! Sundays at 2:00 pm for Grades 3-6. Email us to receive an invite to join on Zoom at framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com.
Sunday, March 7 will discuss Charlie Small: The Puppet Master by Charlie Small.
Sunday, March 21 will discuss Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
These books are available on Overdrive/Libby, Hoopla, or request a copy from the Minuteman Catalog.

ALL KITS RESERVED: Take and Make Kit: Constellation Building thumbnail Photo

ALL KITS RESERVED: Take and Make Kit: Constellation Building

ALL KITS RESERVED: Take and Make Kit: Constellation Building
Monday March 8, 9:00am - 2:00pm, Ages 5-12.
In celebration of Women’s History Month make constellation flashlight projections and build your own constellation with this multi-craft kit! All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup. Sign-ups begin on March 1, pick-ups begin March 8. Supplies are limited. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/STEMconstellations starting March 1 and schedule a time to pick up your kit.    

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Changing Climate Series: Building Community Resilience for Emergency Weather Preparedness

Presented by Rev. Vernon K. Walker

Join Rev. Walker for a talk about building community resilience to strengthen the capacity to respond to climate emergencies. He will discuss the impacts of climate change on all and in particular, those who are disproportionately affected. Rev. Walker will share some of the ways to prepare for extreme weather as a community.

Rev. Vernon K. Walker is the Program Manager of Communities Respond to Extreme Weather (C.R.E.W.).

To register, go to bit.ly/FPL-Events. Register by 9am on March 8 for the Zoom link.

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Tone and Stretch

A variety of functional fitness exercises to tone core, upper and lower body muscles followed by stretches. This is a low impact class designed to be adaptable to participants’ different levels.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

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Book Discussion: The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

Book Discussion: The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

In December of 1926, Agatha Christie disappeared from her home. This prompted the largest manhunt in England’s history. When Agatha was found eleven days later she claimed amnesia. The puzzle of what actually happened during those eleven days has never been solved. Join us to discuss this interesting mystery.

Available in our catalogue in print or audiobook or as an ebook on Overdrive/Libby and ebook on Hoopla. Led by Linda Goldberg. Please email lgoldberg@minlib.net for the Zoom link to join.

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Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman

PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME.

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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Mother Goose on the Loose

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

Zoom Mother Goose on the Loose with Jennifer
Wednesdays January 27- March 17 
10:15-10:45am

Contact JRosenberg@minlib.net beginning January 11 to pre-register, schedule your supply pick-up, and get the zoom invites. Spaces are limited.


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. A bag of supplies including books, shakers, and more is required to participate; remember to schedule a pickup time when you register. 

Ages 0-3 with caregiver

Stretch and Relax thumbnail Photo

Stretch and Relax

Join this class to maintain body flexibility, improve balance and reduce stress.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

Sci-Fi Book Group: Zed, by Joanne Kavenna thumbnail Photo

Sci-Fi Book Group: Zed, by Joanne Kavenna

A blistering, satirical novel about life under a global media and tech corporation that knows exactly what we think, what we want, and what we do--before we do. One corporation has made a perfect world based on a perfect algorithm . . . now what to do with all these messy people? Lionel Bigman is dead. Murdered by a robot. Guy Matthias, the philandering founder and CEO of the mega-corporation Beetle, insists it was human error. But was it?

Led by Lucy Loveridge, Library Liaison. Please email lloveridge@minlib.net to receive the Zoom invitation.

The title for our April 14 discussion is Luna:New Moon, by Ian McDonald.

LLLS: Charitable Ladies: Women’s Benevolent Work and Women’s “Sphere” in Nineteenth-Century America thumbnail Photo

LLLS: Charitable Ladies: Women’s Benevolent Work and Women’s “Sphere” in Nineteenth-Century America

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

This talk explores how the charitable and reform activities women undertook in nineteenth-century American cities simultaneously were seen as marks of the “true woman” and yet also allowed them to push the boundaries of gender norms that designated the home as women’s “sphere.”

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to join our Winter-Spring 2021 mailing list and receive Zoom links to lectures. All requests must be received by 5:00 pm on the day of the lecture. NOTE: If you registered for the Fall 2020 series, you do not need to re-register.

Weekly Zoom Baby Lapsits with Joanne and Lucy thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Baby Lapsits with Joanne and Lucy

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Break up your shelter in place time or take a break from your work from home time with some fun time with your little one, catch a glimpse
of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your child’s 1000 books before Kindergarten (retroactive sign up when we reopen)!

Email us at mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation to join us on Zoom.

Ages 0-2 and their caregivers, all welcome.

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Celtic Music in America: The Atwater-Donnelly Duo

Join award-winning, internationally acclaimed duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly for an evening of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance. The duo blends gorgeous harmonies, playing an astonishing array of instruments to create music for all ages.


To receive the Zoom link, register at bit.ly/FPL-Events before 5pm on March 12.

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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 at Mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com; leave 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.

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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Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums
Tuesday March 23, 9:00am - 2:00pm, Ages 5-12.
A Den Den Drum (also known as a Japanese Pellet Drum), is a musical instrument with a two headed drum on a rod with beads or pellets hanging on threads on either side of the body of the drum. Create your own in our take and make kit this month! All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup. Sign-ups begin on March 15, pick-ups begin March 23. Supplies are limited. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/DenDenDrum

Tone and Stretch thumbnail Photo

Tone and Stretch

A variety of functional fitness exercises to tone core, upper and lower body muscles followed by stretches. This is a low impact class designed to be adaptable to participants’ different levels.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

Changing Climate Series Activity Kit: Order Your Bee House Take & Make Kit thumbnail Photo

Changing Climate Series Activity Kit: Order Your Bee House Take & Make Kit

As of Monday, March 23, we are out of kits. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Bees help to pollinate many types of plants; let's do our part to keep them safe by making a house for them to nest.

Supplies limited.

Order your kit HERE starting Tuesday, March 16; pick up your kit starting Tuesday, March 23.

For more information, please see our Changing Climate Series webpage.

Virtual Book Discussion: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson   thumbnail Photo

Virtual Book Discussion: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson  

Evening Discussion on Tuesday March 16, 7:00-8:00pm
Morning Discussion on Thursday March 18, 11:00am-12:00pm

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total. But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. Available to borrow by eBook on Overdrive, or request one of the copies at McAuliffe or through the Minuteman Catalog.

Join us for either our morning or evening discussion or both! Led by Jillian Holmberg. Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com for the link to join. April's title is Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller.

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Civics and American History Class for Students Preparing for U.S. Citizenship

Are you ready to start preparing for the Citizenship exam? Join us for an ONLINE 12-week class which will prepare you for the Civics and American History, and questions and terms that applicants need to know to successfully complete the process. A conversation leader will lead the class which you can access remotely by computer and phone. You must be at least an intermediate level English speaker to join the class.

The class will meet:
Tuesdays, March 16 to June 1, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

If you are interested, please contact fplmail4@minlib.net and you will be given the access code.

Brought to you by Literacy Unlimited, Framingham Public LibraryLiteracy Unlimited logo

Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman thumbnail Photo

Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman

PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME.

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

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums thumbnail Photo

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums
Tuesday March 23, 9:00am - 2:00pm, Ages 5-12.
A Den Den Drum (also known as a Japanese Pellet Drum), is a musical instrument with a two headed drum on a rod with beads or pellets hanging on threads on either side of the body of the drum. Create your own in our take and make kit this month! All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup. Sign-ups begin on March 15, pick-ups begin March 23. Supplies are limited. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/DenDenDrum

Mother Goose on the Loose thumbnail Photo

Mother Goose on the Loose

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. 

Zoom Mother Goose on the Loose with Jennifer
Wednesdays January 27- March 17 
10:15-10:45am

Contact JRosenberg@minlib.net beginning January 11 to pre-register, schedule your supply pick-up, and get the zoom invites. Spaces are limited.


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. A bag of supplies including books, shakers, and more is required to participate; remember to schedule a pickup time when you register. 

Ages 0-3 with caregiver

Stretch and Relax thumbnail Photo

Stretch and Relax

Join this class to maintain body flexibility, improve balance and reduce stress.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

Virtual Book Discussion: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson thumbnail Photo

Virtual Book Discussion: The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Evening Discussion on Tuesday March 16, 7:00-8:00pm
Morning Discussion on Thursday March 18, 11:00am-12:00pm

Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total. But trouble finds Cara when one of her 8 remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. Available to borrow by eBook on Overdrive, or request a copy through the Minuteman Catalog or being held at McAuliffe.

Join us for either our morning or evening discussion or both! Led by Jillian Holmberg. Please email framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com for the link to join. April's title is Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller.

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: The New Vice Presidency: From Dick Cheney to Kamala Harris thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: The New Vice Presidency: From Dick Cheney to Kamala Harris

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. David Smailes, Associate Professor, Political Science, and Program Coordinator, Master of Public Administration, Framingham State University

Many young people are encouraged to grow up to become president of the United States, but how many of us are have dreamed of becoming vice president? While the vice presidency has often been dismissed as inconsequential, recent vice presidents have exercised important influence over the administrations they served. This presentation will discuss the changing role of the vice president in American politics, the influence recent vice presidents have enjoyed and the likely role Vice President Harris will play in the Biden administration.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to join our Winter-Spring 2021 mailing list and receive Zoom links to lectures. All requests must be received by 5:00 pm on the day of the lecture. NOTE: If you registered for the Fall 2020 series, you do not need to re-register.

Weekly Zoom Baby Lapsits with Joanne and Lucy thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Baby Lapsits with Joanne and Lucy

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Break up your shelter in place time or take a break from your work from home time with some fun time with your little one, catch a glimpse
of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your child’s 1000 books before Kindergarten (retroactive sign up when we reopen)!

Email us at mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation to join us on Zoom.

Ages 0-2 and their caregivers, all welcome.

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AstroNights LIVE: A Framingham State University Program

AstroNights LIVE is a live, family-friendly exploration of your night sky that you can join from the comfort of your home. View live on YouTube or join the Zoom Webinar for extra interactive features! Our educators leave audiences with simple advice for observing your real night sky when the program is over. Click HERE for more information.

 Ages 7+

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums thumbnail Photo

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums
Tuesday March 23, 9:00am - 2:00pm, Ages 5-12.
A Den Den Drum (also known as a Japanese Pellet Drum), is a musical instrument with a two headed drum on a rod with beads or pellets hanging on threads on either side of the body of the drum. Create your own in our take and make kit this month! All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup. Sign-ups begin on March 15, pick-ups begin March 23. Supplies are limited. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/DenDenDrum

Bookworm Book Club with Max! thumbnail Photo

Bookworm Book Club with Max!

Join us for Bookworm Book Club with Max! Sundays at 2:00 pm for Grades 3-6. Email us to receive an invite to join on Zoom at framinghamlibrarybookgroups@gmail.com.
Sunday, March 7 will discuss Charlie Small: The Puppet Master by Charlie Small.
Sunday, March 21 will discuss Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.
These books are available on Overdrive/Libby, Hoopla, or request a copy from the Minuteman Catalog.

Tone and Stretch thumbnail Photo

Tone and Stretch

A variety of functional fitness exercises to tone core, upper and lower body muscles followed by stretches. This is a low impact class designed to be adaptable to participants’ different levels.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

Changing Climate Series: Climate Change in Metrowest and Beyond thumbnail Photo

Changing Climate Series: Climate Change in Metrowest and Beyond

Presented by Joy Marzolf, Owner of The Joys of Nature

Massachusetts has changed much in the last 400 years: from forest to farm to town and now in many places, suburbs. Now, more recently, we are seeing rapid changes going on around us. From weather extremes like warmer winters and colder, wetter springs to spells of drought and extensive heat, torrential downpours and tornado warnings. How are these and other changes affecting our area wildlife and us? Find out more and discuss what each of us can do to make a difference.

To register, go to bit.ly/FPL-Events. Register by 9am on March 22 for the Zoom link.

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums thumbnail Photo

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums
Tuesday March 23, 9:00am - 2:00pm, Ages 5-12.
A Den Den Drum (also known as a Japanese Pellet Drum), is a musical instrument with a two headed drum on a rod with beads or pellets hanging on threads on either side of the body of the drum. Create your own in our take and make kit this month! All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup. Sign-ups begin on March 15, pick-ups begin March 23. Supplies are limited. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/DenDenDrum

Civics and American History Class for Students Preparing for U.S. Citizenship thumbnail Photo

Civics and American History Class for Students Preparing for U.S. Citizenship

Are you ready to start preparing for the Citizenship exam? Join us for an ONLINE 12-week class which will prepare you for the Civics and American History, and questions and terms that applicants need to know to successfully complete the process. A conversation leader will lead the class which you can access remotely by computer and phone. You must be at least an intermediate level English speaker to join the class.

The class will meet:
Tuesdays, March 16 to June 1, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

If you are interested, please contact fplmail4@minlib.net and you will be given the access code.

Brought to you by Literacy Unlimited, Framingham Public LibraryLiteracy Unlimited logo

Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman thumbnail Photo

Online Poetry Workshop with Alan Feldman

PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND TIME.

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

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums thumbnail Photo

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums

Take and Make Kit: Spoon Den Den Drums
Tuesday March 23, 9:00am - 2:00pm, Ages 5-12.
A Den Den Drum (also known as a Japanese Pellet Drum), is a musical instrument with a two headed drum on a rod with beads or pellets hanging on threads on either side of the body of the drum. Create your own in our take and make kit this month! All materials are provided in a kit available for curbside pickup. Sign-ups begin on March 15, pick-ups begin March 23. Supplies are limited. Please register at https://tinyurl.com/DenDenDrum

Stretch and Relax thumbnail Photo

Stretch and Relax

Join this class to maintain body flexibility, improve balance and reduce stress.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

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Women’s History Month: Modern Heroines

Join mystery authors and “sisters in crime,” Tilia Klebenov Jacobs and Lisa Lieberman as they spotlight recent heroines in crime fiction through images and book excerpts from mysteries featuring women.

Register at bit.ly/FPL-Events before 5pm on March 24.

About Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
Tilia Klebenov Jacobs is the bestselling author of two crime novels, one middle-grade fantasy book, and numerous short stories. HarperCollins describes her as one of “crime fiction’s top authors.”

About Lisa Lieberman
Lisa Lieberman is president of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime. She writes the Cara Walden series of historical mysteries based on old movies and featuring blacklisted Hollywood people on the lam in dangerous international locales.

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

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

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

By the early nineteenth century, the English East India Company (1600–) had tamed the lingering Mughal-Indian Empire and was shaping an abusive Anglo-Indian military and commercial regime, the Company Raj. Following the devastating Sepoy Mutiny/Indian Uprisings of 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.

Please email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com to join our Winter-Spring 2021 mailing list and receive Zoom links to lectures. All requests must be received by 5:00 pm on the day of the lecture. NOTE: If you registered for the Fall 2020 series, you do not need to re-register.

Weekly Zoom Baby Lapsits with Joanne and Lucy thumbnail Photo

Weekly Zoom Baby Lapsits with Joanne and Lucy

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Break up your shelter in place time or take a break from your work from home time with some fun time with your little one, catch a glimpse
of your friends on the gallery screen, and keep adding to your child’s 1000 books before Kindergarten (retroactive sign up when we reopen)!

Email us at mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com to receive an invitation to join us on Zoom.

Ages 0-2 and their caregivers, all welcome.

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Pop Up Browsing for Kids (All Ages)

Spring is Here! 

Celebrate better weather (we hope!) while maintaining social distancing, keeping our mask on and disinfecting our hands on entering, by looking through shelves of Children’s Books and AV—Graphic Novels, Picture Books, Easy Readers, Chapter Books, books in other languages, movies, even nonfiction for school reports. You’ll get to 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.

*Masks required*

 

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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 at Mcauliffechildrensroom@gmail.com; leave 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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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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Mother Goose on the Loose (REGISTRATION OPENS)

Zoom Mother Goose on the Loose with Jennifer – Second Session Registration Begins
The program will be Wednesdays April 14-June 9, 10:15-10:45am

 

TO REGISTER contact JRosenberg@minlib.net beginning March 29 to pre-register, schedule your supply pick up and get the zoom invites. Spaces are limited.


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. A bag of supplies including books, shakers and more is required to participate; remember to schedule a pickup time when you register.

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Tone and Stretch

A variety of functional fitness exercises to tone core, upper and lower body muscles followed by stretches. This is a low impact class designed to be adaptable to participants’ different levels.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again. 

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Women’s History Month: We Did It For You! Women’s Journey Through History

This is the story of how women got their rights in America, told by the women who were there. Join this troupe of dedicated women for an entertaining and quick tour of history (an expanded version of their August 2020 performance), starting with the women of the 17th century Puritan Revolution to today’s empowered politicians.

Register at bit.ly/FPL-Womens-History.

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Tea and Talk Tuesdays: Sincerely, X: Soft Power

An Orthodox Jewish woman with OCD speaks anonymously about how she is raising awareness of mental health issues in a society that perceives mental illness as a taboo subject.  With her quiet voice and deep respect for her community, she shows that one can effect change in a gentle yet powerful way, proving that one doesn't have to present a bold or forceful personality to be an agent of progress.

Before you join us for the discussion, we invite you to listen to the podcast HERE.

To receive an invitation to the Zoom session, please go to http://bit.ly/FPL-Events by 9am on March 30.

Online Poetry Workshop with Bernard Horn

Led by Bernard Horn, Professor, 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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Stretch and Relax

Join this class to maintain body flexibility, improve balance and reduce stress.

If you have NEVER attended this class, please register at this link: http://bit.ly/FPL-Exercise-Classes. If you HAVE attended any of our online exercise classes in the past, we already have your information, and you do not need to register again.