Events Calendar / October 2022

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Baby Sensory Craft: Soft Obstacle Course

Sensory activities for infants need to be fun, safe, and simple, so join us for this program in helping your baby explore. Drop-in to climb and tumble over stuffed animals, cushions, and other soft toys placed under textured blankets. Ages 1-4.

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Anime Club

Watch your favorite anime and eat tasty Japanese snacks!

If you'd like to be added to our monthly reminder email list for our Anime Club, just fill out the form at this link: https://bit.ly/Anime-Reminder

Grades 6-12

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Monday Storytime at McAuliffe

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories and a craft, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten list.

Ages 2-5, all welcome. In-person.

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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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Celebrate Framingham Artists: Artists’ Reception

Meet the artists who painted during Noche de Fiesta. Bids welcome until October 15 for an auction to benefit the Framingham Public Library Foundation and the artists. Bid online at bit.ly/FPL-Fiesta.

Refreshments will be served.

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Weekly McAuliffe Baby Lapsit

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Ages 0-2 years

Astronaut Grove (Community Room in inclement weather)

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Lego League

Make a LEGO creation based on each month’s theme. October’s theme is Halloween!

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Terrifying Campfire Tales for the Whole Family

Tho’ awful wails of ghosts give fright,

And fearful beasts infest the night,

Don’t be afraid of the storyteller’s power.

Come to the library at the appointed hour

This month’s guest storyteller: Roxie Zwicker from New England Curiosities!

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Advanced Poetry Workshop

This class welcomes serious poets with 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 by noon on the day of the workshop.

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Main Library Yarn Club

Join us for knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

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Pool Noodle Monsters

Summer may be over but pool noodles never stop being fun! Make spooky, kooky, or even friendly monsters with pool noodles and other craft supplies. Ages 5+.

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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.

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Yarn Social Hour

Join us for a HYBRID in-person or through Zoom knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

1st and 3rd Mondays from 11:00am-12:00pm

All Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm

Show up in-person on any of the program days at the McAuliffe Branch Library, or register for the Zoom Link at: http://bit.ly/FPL-Events

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TBR: Sarah Penner

TBR is "to be read" and with a little help from our favorite authors, we can refine or (goodness!) add to our piles. Wonder what they’ve read and loved lately? Join us for our final chat! 

Register: http://bit.ly/FPL-Events

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Job Search Assistance

Looking for a job? Need to create or update a resume?
Make an appointment for remote, one-on-one Resume Help and Job Searching Strategies.
 

Please email elawrence@minlib.net for your appointment.
 

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Haunted Arduino (Program Series)

It’s Haunted Arduino time! For the first three weeks of October we’re going to be creating some Halloween animatronics using Arduino that we’ll reveal at the Zombie Survival night on the 21st.

NOTE: This is a program series designed for everyone to attend all three sessions as they build on each other, and so you can finish your animatronic. We understand that life happens and plans can change unexpectedly, but if you're signing up, please plan on attending all three.

Registration required: Please click the link below to fill out the registration form.

https://bit.ly/Haunted-Arduino

Grades 5-12

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Baby Lapsit at Main

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit.

Ages 0-2 and their caregivers, all welcome.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Murder and Mayhem in Metrowest Boston

Join us for an historical look beyond the outward beauty of our New England towns into a chilling past.  Hear stories that shocked residents at the time and still capture our imagination today. Co-authors Kevin A. Swope and James L. Parr present stories from their book, Murder and Mayhem in Metrowest Boston.

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Video Game Hangout

Play video games and eat snacks!

If you'd like to be added to our monthly reminder email list for our Video Game Hangouts, just fill out the form at this link: https://bit.ly/VGH-Reminder

If you've already filled this out in the past, there's no need to do so again.

Grades 6-12

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Friday Night Film: Nightmare Alley (2021, 2h 30m, R)

Nightmare Alley is a 2021 neo-noir psychological thriller film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, and based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. It is the second feature film adaptation of Gresham's novel, following the 1947 version.

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Main Library Yarn Club

Join us for knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

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Film Noir Club: Sunset Blvd (PG, 1950,  1h 55m)

Join us for Film Noir club! Movie description: A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

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Community Night Out at the Movies- Space Jam: A New Legacy

Join us for this “Stop the Hate” event where we all come together as a community for food, games, music, and, of course, a movie! Seating provided or BYO comfy chair or blanket.

In collaboration with Community Vibes Framingham.

 

Noite da comunidade no cinema - Space Jam: A New Legacy

Em colaboração com Community Vibes Framingham

Sábado, 8 de outubro, 17h30

Learning Yard da Biblioteca Principal

Junte-se a nós neste evento “Stop the Hate”, onde todos nos reunimos como uma comunidade para comida, jogos, pintura de rosto, música e, claro, um filme! Assentos fornecidos ou traga sua própria cadeira ou cobertor confortável.

 

Noche comunitaria en el cine: Space Jam: A New Legacy

En colaboración con Community Vibes Framingham

Sábado 8 de octubre, 17:30 h.

Patio de aprendizaje de la biblioteca principal

Únase a nosotros para este evento "Stop the Hate" donde todos nos reunimos como comunidad para comer, jugar, pintar caras, música y, por supuesto, ¡una película! Asientos provistos o traiga su propia silla o manta cómoda.

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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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Weekly McAuliffe Baby Lapsit

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Ages 0-2 years

Astronaut Grove (Community Room in inclement weather)

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McAuliffe Evening Book Club: Devil House by John Darnielle

Gage Chandler is descended from kings. That's what his mother always told him.

Now, he is a true crime writer, with one grisly success--and movie adaptation--to his name, along with a series of subsequent lesser efforts that have paid the bills but not much more. But now he is being offered the chance for the big break: To move into the house--what the locals call "The Devil House"--in which a briefly notorious pair of murders occurred, apparently the work of disaffected 1980s teens. He begins his research with diligence and enthusiasm, but soon the story leads him into a puzzle he never expected--back into his own work and what it means, back to the very core of what he does and who he is.
Register: http://bit.ly/FPL-Events

11/08: TBA

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Advanced Poetry Workshop

This class welcomes serious poets with 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 by noon on the day of the workshop.

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Main Library Yarn Club

Join us for knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

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Amigos de Libros: Lee a Perritos

¡Se requiere registrarse! Llame al 508-532-5636 ext 4, o regístrese en persona para un espacio de 15 minutos.

Mejore sus habilidades de lectura de forma divertida leyendo en voz alta. Apto para todas las edades.

Parents from the Framingham Dual Language Parent Advisory Council (DLPAC) will be there to welcome our readers and their families!
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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.

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Yarn Social Hour

Join us for a HYBRID in-person or through Zoom knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

1st and 3rd Mondays from 11:00am-12:00pm

All Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm

Show up in-person on any of the program days at the McAuliffe Branch Library, or register for the Zoom Link at: http://bit.ly/FPL-Events

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Community Library Puzzle Grab

Stop by our table and grab a free puzzle to keep!

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Job Search Assistance

Looking for a job? Need to create or update a resume?
Make an appointment for remote, one-on-one Resume Help and Job Searching Strategies.
 

Please email elawrence@minlib.net for your appointment.
 

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Paper Mache Pumpkins

Come make a paper mache pumpkin that you won’t need to throw away! Construct your pumpkin in the first session, and come back the next week to decorate. Must attend both sessions. Ages 8+.

Session 1: Make - Thursday October 13, 1:30-3:30PM 

Session 2: Paint - Thursday October 20, 1:30-3:30PM

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Haunted Arduino (Program Series)

It’s Haunted Arduino time! For the first three weeks of October we’re going to be creating some Halloween animatronics using Arduino that we’ll reveal at the Zombie Survival night on the 21st.

NOTE: This is a program series designed for everyone to attend all three sessions as they build on each other, and so you can finish your animatronic. We understand that life happens and plans can change unexpectedly, but if you're signing up, please plan on attending all three.

Registration required: Please click the link below to fill out the registration form.

https://bit.ly/Haunted-Arduino

Grades 5-12

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Lifelong Learning Lecture: “Africans’ Experiences of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade”

This talk will examine Africans' experiences of the trans-Atlantic and intra-American slave trades, from their initial capture in Africa to their final sale in the Americas, and how the routes of the trade helped to shape the African diaspora in the Atlantic world. This talk is a companion to last fall's lecture on the scope and scale of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, but you don't need to have attended the first to attend this one.

Youtube Live: https://www.youtube.com/c/FraminghamPublicLibrary

Dr. Maria Bollettino Associate Professor of History, FSU.

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Baby Lapsit at Main

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit.

Ages 0-2 and their caregivers, all welcome.

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Neurodiverse Storytime

This story time is particularly designed for neurodiverse children — children who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing challenges, ADHD, or have difficulty sitting through our other storytimes. A parent or supporting adult should accompany the child. Registration is required and limited to create a smaller more accessible group. Please call 508-532-5636 x4 or stop by to register with a Children’s librarian. Ages 5-10

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Author Talk & Storytime: How to Bake a Universe by Alex Carvlin

Calling all cosmic chefs! Alec Carvlin will be reading his debut picture book, How to Bake a Universe! Kids will love decorating their own cosmic sunglasses, hearing the book read aloud by the author, and asking questions about the fun and funky science at the end. So come on down and bring nothing! Just make sure you have enough.

 

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Anime Club

To celebrate Halloween, and the recent release of the movie, we'll be watching Jujutsu Kaisen 0 this month!

If you'd like to be added to our monthly reminder email list for our Anime Club, just fill out the form at this link: https://bit.ly/Anime-Reminder

If you've already done this in the past, there's no need to do so again.

Grades 6-12

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Monday Storytime at McAuliffe

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories and a craft, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten list.

Ages 2-5, all welcome. In-person.

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Fire Safety Storytime

Help us celebrate Fire Safety Month with a special fire safety storytime with firefighters from the Framingham Fire Department, stories, and a craft!  Ages 2-5

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Fairytale Engineering

 Every fairytale has a problem, join us to help solve the problems using fun and strange materials! Ages 8+

Join us September 12 Jack & the Beanstalk, October 17 for Rapunzel, November 14 for Three Billy Goats Bluff, and December 12 for Three Little Pigs.

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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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Adult Coloring Night

Join us for an evening of coloring, calming tea, and music. Whether you love to color for fun or enjoy filling in all the details, coloring is relaxing and therapeutic! We will provide colored pencils and coloring pages for all levels. You are welcome to bring your own materials. No registration is required.

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Weekly McAuliffe Baby Lapsit

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Ages 0-2 years

Astronaut Grove (Community Room in inclement weather)

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Book Buddies: Reading to Dogs

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. All Ages

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Advanced Poetry Workshop

This class welcomes serious poets with 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 by noon on the day of the workshop.

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Main Library Yarn Club

Join us for knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

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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.

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Yarn Social Hour

Join us for a HYBRID in-person or through Zoom knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

1st and 3rd Mondays from 11:00am-12:00pm

All Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm

Show up in-person on any of the program days at the McAuliffe Branch Library, or register for the Zoom Link at: http://bit.ly/FPL-Events

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Job Search Assistance

Looking for a job? Need to create or update a resume?
Make an appointment for remote, one-on-one Resume Help and Job Searching Strategies.
 

Please email elawrence@minlib.net for your appointment.
 

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McAuliffe Morning Book Club: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history....Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor," and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of, a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

Register at: http://bit.ly/FPL-Events

11/17: TBA

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Release, Relax, & Reinvigorate

Leslie will teach valuable techniques to help you learn to release, relax and reinvigorate your mind. With Love and Gratitude is a nonprofit organization dedicated to service and education. 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, and done without attachment. Visit her website at (www.withloveandgratitude.com). 

Registration required: http://bit.ly/FPL-Events

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Paper Mache Pumpkins

Come make a paper mache pumpkin that you won’t need to throw away! Construct your pumpkin in the first session, and come back the next week to decorate. Must attend both sessions. Ages 8+.

Session 1: Make - Thursday October 13, 1:30-3:30PM 

Session 2: Paint - Thursday October 20, 1:30-3:30PM

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Haunted Arduino (Program Series)

It’s Haunted Arduino time! For the first three weeks of October we’re going to be creating some Halloween animatronics using Arduino that we’ll reveal at the Zombie Survival night on the 21st.

NOTE: This is a program series designed for everyone to attend all three sessions as they build on each other, and so you can finish your animatronic. We understand that life happens and plans can change unexpectedly, but if you're signing up, please plan on attending all three.

Registration required: Please click the link below to fill out the registration form.

https://bit.ly/Haunted-Arduino

Grades 5-12

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Card Making with Rebecca

If there's one thing Rebecca loves more than designing cards it's teaching and sharing the card making experience with others. Join her in creating this unique harvest-themed card designed for all crafting levels. Supplies are limited.  Please register here https://bit.ly/FPL-Card-Making.

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Baby Lapsit at Main

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit.

Ages 0-2 and their caregivers, all welcome.

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Main Library Yarn Club

Join us for knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

Book Buddies: Reading to Dogs thumbnail Photo

Book Buddies: Reading to Dogs

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. All Ages

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Monday Storytime at McAuliffe

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories and a craft, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten list.

Ages 2-5, all welcome. In-person.

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Diwali Crafts

Join us in making an accordion fold paper diya, paper & craft stick lantern, or join us to simply color!  Ages 3-12.

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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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DIY Apple Crisp and Hand-Shaken Vanilla Ice Cream

Come cook with us! We’ll bake our own apple crisps in our library convection ovens, and then shake our way to some fresh vanilla ice cream to put on top. All you need to bring is your elbow grease for shaking! Supplies and space are limited, register: https://bit.ly/FPL-Apple-Crisp 

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Community Puzzle Swap!

What to do with jigsaw puzzles you’ve completed? Swap them! Bring your puzzles to exchange with others. No puzzle to swap? Come anyway; there are always extras for you to take. All ages and levels welcome.

No registration required. For updated mask requirements, please check our website.

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Weekly McAuliffe Baby Lapsit

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Ages 0-2 years

Astronaut Grove (Community Room in inclement weather)

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Advanced Poetry Workshop

This class welcomes serious poets with 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 by noon on the day of the workshop.

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Main Library Yarn Club

Join us for knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

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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.

Yarn Social Hour thumbnail Photo

Yarn Social Hour

Join us for a HYBRID in-person or through Zoom knitting, crochet, and yarn crafting social hour! This is not a learn to knit or crochet program, but in person we can offer pointers and tips.

1st and 3rd Mondays from 11:00am-12:00pm

All Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm

Show up in-person on any of the program days at the McAuliffe Branch Library, or register for the Zoom Link at: http://bit.ly/FPL-Events

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Fright Night Outdoor Movie: Poltergeist (PG)

The weather may be getting a little chillier, but that’s perfect for a spooky classic. We’ll have some treats for a taste of fall before the movie.

Make sure to bring your own lawn chair and/or blankets to get nice and cozy!

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Spooky Storytime

Are you brave enough to listen? Join Mr. Dana as he reads stories for the not-so-easily scared. For grades 2-5.

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Job Search Assistance

Looking for a job? Need to create or update a resume?
Make an appointment for remote, one-on-one Resume Help and Job Searching Strategies.
 

Please email elawrence@minlib.net for your appointment.
 

Lifelong Learning: “Why Make (Ancient) Art? From Bronze Age Bull-Leapers to Amerindian Body-Pots” thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning: “Why Make (Ancient) Art? From Bronze Age Bull-Leapers to Amerindian Body-Pots”

Art is ubiquitous in antiquity. It is one of the markers of our emergent humanity. In this talk, I address the question, Why make art? A common enough question to which there are a series of common enough responses: to express our inner selves, to brighten up an otherwise dreary existence, or perhaps to represent an idea inexpressible in language. Art undoubtedly does all these things. But what can ancient art, specifically, tell us? Here, I take two cases to think through other possible responses, fresco art from Bronze Age Knossos (1500 BCE) and anthropomorphic ceramics from Formative period Northwest Argentina (first millennium CE). What is revealed through the comparison is that artworks, far from simple expressions of belief or identity, were active participants in their respective communities. Though, importantly, who and what those communities consisted of – the targets for the art – were quite different. In the one case, the State and a privileged few; in the other, spirits. Ancient art, it turns out, can tell us not only what it means to be human but also who counts as a human in the first place.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FraminghamPublicLibrary.

Dr. Benjamin Alberti, Professor of Anthropology, Framingham State University.

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Baby Lapsit at Main

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit.

Ages 0-2 and their caregivers, all welcome.

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The Bob Dodd Sunday Concert Series @ FPL:  Constantine Finehouse and Daniel Kurganov

Join us in person at the Main Library or watch on YouTube Live at youtube.com/FraminghamPublicLibrary.

Registration or event questions? Call us at 508.532.5570 or email framinghamlibraryevents@gmail.com.

This event is sponsored in part by Metro Credit Union, St. Mary’s Credit Union, Roche Brothers, Friends of the Framingham Library, and Framingham Cultural Council.

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Monday Storytime at McAuliffe

Join your familiar children’s librarians for some stories and a craft, and keep adding to your 1000 books before Kindergarten list.

Ages 2-5, all welcome. In-person.

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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.