Events Calendar

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in 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 leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should bring copies.

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Wednesdays September 4-October 23, 2019 
10:15-10:45am

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.

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver. 

Pre-registration required.

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McAuliffe Matinee: Kinky Boots

Based on a true story. Charlie Price is facing a closure of his family’s Northampton shoe factory. Just when he feels that all is lost, a chance encounter with Lola, a flamboyant transvestite cabaret star, provides a glimmer of hope. Lola's desire for stylish, kinky boots for herself and her colleagues just may be the answer.

(2006). 1 hr.47 min. Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving sexuality, and for language.

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McAuliffe Book Discussion: The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

In 1865, a series of gruesome murders occur in post-Civil War Boston. The Dante Club, a group of writers including Oliver Wendell Holmes and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, is working secretly on a translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy and observe that the murders are imitating the tortures of Hell’s punishments in The Inferno. The group conducts its own investigation into the killings, racing to find the killer before their secret is exposed. Led by Kim Jung.

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Early Release Makers Workshop: 3-D Doodle Pen Pumpkins

Come join us to make some 3-D pumpkins with our new doodle pens! There are a limited amount of 3D pens so this program will be first-come, first-craft. This event is open to children 7 and olden but it is a harder craft which may require some help from a guardian. 

 

Don’t forget to bring any outgrown Halloween costumes to put into our Costume Swap.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

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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.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture: The President and the Press: From Teddy Roosevelt to Donald Trump

Presented by Dr. David Smailes, Associate Professor, Political Science, Framingham State University

Presidents have always had a complicated relationship with the press. We will explore that relationship, beginning with Theodore Roosevelt’s skillful use of the press and ending with current debates surrounding the fairness of political coverage and whether truly “objective” political reporting can take place.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm 
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

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Book Buddy: Reading to Dogs

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

Registration required. Call 508-532-5636 x5 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

 All ages.

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Friends Monthly Book Sale

9:30-10:00am: Friends Members 
10:00am-3:00pm: Open to the public

Most Books $1.00 or less; Children’s .50 or less; single DVD’s $2.00.

We have something for everyone!! 3 Rooms + the lobby chock full of books

Check out the vast children’s section, discover the foreign books collection, and peruse the many books in all genres.  The lobby features an assortment of high-quality books at $2.00 each.

Thanks to your support of the Friends, we can provide free movies, concerts, programs, museum passes, audio books, CDs, Children’s Room apps, and many other services to patrons and the Framingham community.

Many thanks to renewing corporate members: Bernardi Toyota, L/R General Contractors, The Optical View, & True Salon and Color Cafe. And a big welcome to this month’s new member: McCarthy, McKinney, & Lawler Funeral Home.

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Baby Lapsit

Saturday October 19
Fridays October 11 and 25

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

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Open LEGO

Drop-in and make something creative with our supplied LEGOs. Look through our LEGO idea books to make something super exciting or design your own structure! Leave your name with the creation, and we’ll display it on top of our shelves for a month!

Grades K+.       

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Sunday Celebrations: Halloween Costume Swap and Storywalk

All Ages!

1:30pm Storywalk
Come join together for a walk around the library to read our fall title, Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds! Snack provided afterward (I bet you can guess what it is!)

2:00-3:00 pm Costume Swap Room Open
Have an outgrown costume or one in good condition that you just aren’t using? Drop off your gently used costume(s) of any size between before Saturday, Oct. 19! Then, come grab one that’s new to you at Framingham Public Library’s Costume Swap. Costume Room open from 2-3 pm or while supplies last.

3:00 pm Storywalk
Come join together for a walk around the library to read our fall title, Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds! Snack provided afterward (I bet you can guess what it is!)

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Weekly Storytime

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories and school readiness activities.

Ages 2-4

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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.

Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

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Make It! Henna Tattooing - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Diwali is coming up on October 27th, so let’s celebrate a little early with Manisha Trivedi from Henna Cafe! She’ll be going over the history, culture, and science of henna tattooing, along with the fundamentals of Indian, African, and Moroccan designs, with plenty of time for participants to practice and draw on their own mehndi! 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS REQUIRED. If you would like to register, fill out the form at the bottom of the page. When doing so, please put the grade of the person/people attending in the "Message" box, as well as the names of any additional registrants.

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency."

Grades 6-12

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Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in 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 leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should bring copies.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Mother Goose on the Loose

Wednesdays September 4-October 23, 2019 
10:15-10:45am

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.

Ages 0-3 accompanied by a caregiver. 

Pre-registration required.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

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Baby Lapsit

Saturday October 19
Fridays October 11 and 25

Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at Baby Lapsit!  Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. 

Ages 0-2 with caregiver.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm 
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

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Survive the Zombie Apocalypse! - REGISTRATION REQUIRED

It’s back!! Can you survive the annual zombie invasion of Framingham? It’s up to all of you to find the tools to defeat them and survive. 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS REQUIRED. If you would like to register, click the link above and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. When doing so, please put the grade of the person/people attending in the "Message" box, as well as the names of any additional registrants.

Grades 6-12

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Friday Night Movie: Yesterday

A struggling singer-songwriter whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, suffers a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout. He wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never  existed...and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

(2019) 112 min. Rated PG-13

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Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Halloween Open Craft

All Ages.

Drop-in and make some scary decorations to complete your Halloween haunted house. Instructions and materials provided; you bring the clever hands!

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“Beyond Playing” Portuguese Storytime

Ages 2-5.

Join Alexa Chew as she brings a delightful hour of resourceful, playful interactions and stories in Portuguese to your children.

Es un programa artísticamente diseñado y conducido por la importancia del juego en el desarrollo infantile.

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Fall Fest at McAuliffe

Join us for a fun fall day of crafts, baby animal petting zoo with Animal Craze: Traveling Petting Zoo and Farm Animals, a Screaming Contest, and more! Fun for all ages and the whole family! Light refreshments provided.

Animal Craze: Traveling Petting Zoo and Farm Animals: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Back Patio

 

Children’s Mask Craft: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, Craft Room. Decorate your own eye mask!

 

Screaming Contest: 12:00 pm, Outside in Front of Library. We'll be judging the loudest, scariest, funniest, and quietest screams!

In case of rain, Animal Craze will be inside the Community Room.

 

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Book Buddy Reading to Dogs

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.

Registration required.

Call 508-532-5570 x4

or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.

 

All ages. 

Weekly Storytime thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storytime

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories and school readiness activities.

Ages 2-4

Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

Poetry Workshop thumbnail Photo

Poetry Workshop

Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University

This drop-in 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 leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed should bring copies.

Drop-in Knitting thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Knitting

Unwind with your knitting and your crocheting at the library!  Share tips, conversation, and a love of making. Drop in for a little while or for the whole time. Instruction is provided if needed. Bring your own materials, although we do have some tools to get you started. 

Meets every Wednesday and the second and fourth Saturday of the month. 

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Knitting with Round Needles

Interested in knitting on round needles but are a bit intimidated? Now is your chance! In this workshop you will learn to use round needles to make a basic hat. Supplies provided. Must be able to knit and purl. 

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Barrett Family Wellness Center Play & Learn Event

Ages 2-5.

Participate with your preschooler in fun and engaging sensory stations known to stimulate both language and play. Chat with pediatric speech and occupational therapists to gain insight into your child’s development and learn what upcoming developmental milestones to expect.

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Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm 
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

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Brown Bag Learning Series: Making Progress Together

Presented by Courtney Thraen

Learn about Downtown Framingham, Inc.'s overall strategy and specific tactics to fulfill the four tenets of the Main Street America model, including economic vitality, urban design and placemaking, organizational partnerships, and area promotion. Discover the program's benchmark progress toward over-arching measurable goals along with 2020 projects and policy objectives. Come ready to ask questions, and learn how to participate as a volunteer.

About Courtney Thraen:

Courtney is an Executive Director of Downtown Framingham, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to building business, community, and culture.  A U.S. Navy Veteran, she has professional experience in higher education at Boston University and in federal government with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Courtney holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth and a Masters Degree in City Planning from Boston University.

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Friends of the Framingham Library Make & Take Sign Fundraiser

Join us for a fun evening with friends at a unique DIY Fun-Raiser! Guests make 4x24 hand painted wooden signs with their choice of a pre-designed saying/quote!

NO drawing, writing or stencils involved, perfect for those that feel they aren't crafty as well as anyone who wants to be creative!

Choose from over 200 pre-designed quotes & sayings. There is something for everyone—funny, romantic, holidays, motivational, sports, grandkids, and pets. Leave with them dry and ready to gift or hang! Quick, Easy, and FUN!

Unlike that stack of embarrassing paintings hidden in the closet or under the bed, you and your friends will be proud to display (or gift) these unique signs created to match your personal taste and decor, all while helping The Friends of the Framingham Library.

Create 1 sign for $30 or 2 signs for $55
Check some holiday gifts off your List!
Light refreshments will be served

Space is limited.
To reserve your spot contact: Marsha Farmelant
mfarmelant@aol.com
508-875-1918

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Weekly Storytime

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories and school readiness activities.

Ages 2-4

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

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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.

Meets first and third Thursdays of the month.

Lifelong Learning Lecture: SGT Pepper At 50: How the Beatles Transformed Pop thumbnail Photo

Lifelong Learning Lecture: SGT Pepper At 50: How the Beatles Transformed Pop

Presented by Tim Riley, Associate Professor, Emerson College, NPR, and New York Times Music Critic

This talk will focus on the intricacies of the iconic 1967 rock album SGT Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band which legitimized the Beatles and rock music itself. How does its message still inform rock mythology?

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm 
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

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Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

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Lifelong Learning Lecture: In the Beginning: The Art of Openers in the Novels of Charles Dickens

GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University

Creating a good opening scene is an important launching operation on the part of a novelist. Dickens was a master at it, and this talk will look at how he created unforgettable ‘‘openers’’ in several of his 15 novels. We’ll look at his most famous–and best–in Bleak House as well as openers in Dombey and Son, Great Expectations and Edwin Drood.

Please Note: This lecture will be at the McAuliffe Branch Library.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm 
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

Weekly Storytime thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storytime

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories and school readiness activities.

Ages 2-4

Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm 
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.

Weekly Storytime thumbnail Photo

Weekly Storytime

Get in the library habit — drop in every week for some age appropriate stories and school readiness activities.

Ages 2-4

Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe thumbnail Photo

Drop-in Baby Lapsit @ McAuliffe

Tuesdays 10:00-10:30am

Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at Baby Lapsit. Parents can network while babies pick up phonological awareness, one of six foundations of future reading success. This informal program for babies and their parents/caregivers runs about 20 minutes and introduces the pleasures of the library to your baby or toddler.

Special Play Space Activities thumbnail Photo

Special Play Space Activities

Drop in to play with the additional, rotating stations in our Play Space. 

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm 
Fridays 11:00am-1:00pm

Preschool ages.