Library News

City Informational Phone Line Replaces Emergency Operations Center, Effective May 26

Framingham activates its EOC during Citywide or large scale emergency incidents. On March 28, the City opened its EOC in response to the pandemic. As resident calls have begun to subside, it was decided to transfer operations to a City Informational phone line to be manned by library staff. The people operating the line will be informed with daily updated frequently asked questions. The new line, which is (508) 532-5411, will be answered by a person Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Like the EOC, residents will be able to get answers related to Framingham COVID-19, food resources, testing sites, and ways to slow the spread of the virus, such as social distancing and hygiene. When the Informational Line is not staffed (after 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and over the weekend), residents will receive a detailed message with information about City functions and where they can find additional information, as well as a request to leave their name, phone number and question. All messages will be returned the next business day.

Call (508) 532-5411, Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

BayPath Elder Services Is Still Here for YOU and YOUR Community

Things are changing, and it is challenging for us all to adapt. BayPath is still a strong support available to you, your neighbor, or your friend/family member.

 

BayPath is still a strong support available to you, your neighbor, or your friend/family member. Currently the MAIN focus has been ensuring food security. We are aware of the wonderful food supports throughout many of the communities in our service area. In addition, we are still running the Meals on Wheels program, with a modified delivery schedule. If you or anyone you know may benefit from this assistance please give us a call. Meals on Wheels are available to those 60 years and older, and those that are under 60 that live in housing primarily occupied by the elderly. BayPath also has a small food pantry on site that has shelf sustainable food for those with an urgent need.

We are still accepting referrals to the State Subsidized Home Care program which provides in-home assistance to those needing a little more help than they used to. This program can assist with grocery shopping, medication pick up, laundry and housework, and more! Please give us a call, even just to learn a little more. We want to remain in the forefront of your minds when you have a question or you know someone that would benefit from giving us a call!

Please call us at 508-573-7200.

Framingham Rolling Pride Parade

Framingham Rolling Pride Parade Framingham Rolling Pride Parade

Saturday, June 13, 9:30-10:30am

We're celebrating Pride with a festive car parade!

Join OUT MetroWest and other local organizations as we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with decorated vehicles and lots of joy! To ensure proper social distancing and safety, space is limited and free advance registration is required.

For more information and to register, go to:

Questions about the event? Please contact Kim at KimComatas@gmail.com.

For more information and to register, go to:

tinyurl.com/pridecars

Location and other details will be provided to those who register.

Census 2020 Deadline Has Been Extended to October 31

Due to the pandemic, the Census 2020 deadline has been extended until October 31. If you have not filled out your Census, please do so. It takes about ten minutes. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and our community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data. You can log in here to fill out the Census.

Zoom Community Hour: Laying the Foundation for Reopening the City, Tuesday, May 19, 5 pm

Logo for Framingham MassachusettsMayor Spicer will be joined by Adam Barnosky, Esq., Chair of the Framingham Board of License Commissioners; Dr. Sam Wong, Director of Framingham Public Health; and Jim Snyder, Director of Framingham Parks and Recreation to react to Governor Baker’s Monday, May 18, announcement about reopening the State and discuss what it means for Framingham.

Attendees will be able to pose questions during the hour via Zoom’s Chat function. If people cannot attend and have questions, please email kmcfalls@framinghamma.gov with the subject line: May 19 Community Hour. Click here for information on how to join. A video recording of the Zoom will be available following for those who cannot attend.

City is Distributing Homemade Cloth Face Coverings

From the May 14 City Press Release:

Last month, Framingham began collecting donated homemade cloth face coverings, and the City is now distributing them. To encourage
social distancing, the City will distribute the coverings through a variety of established channels:

  • The Callahan Center for older adults
  • The Framingham Public Schools (involved with the Food Donation Program) for students, and community organizations for their clients.
  • Individuals who wish to request a face covering can call the Framingham Emergency Operations Center at (508) 532-5800.

Distribution information is available in Portuguese and Spanish. Guidance from the Health Department on how to properly wash, wear, and remove cloth face coverings is available here.

NEW EVENT: Senior Conversation Hour

Senior Conversation Hour posterWe are excited to introduce a new program for our seniors! Join Marcy and Helen for a casual discussion about topics of interest and connect with fellow seniors. This month, we chat about your favorite book or movie. We are holding two sessions to accommodate those with and without internet access:

  • Wednesday, May 27, 1pm (video session). Seniors with access to the internet and are comfortable with Zoom. Limited to 10 participants.

  • Thursday, May 28, 11am (audio only). Seniors with no access to the internet. Limited to 10 participants.

To RSVP: 

To attend the Internet video session on Wednesday, May 27, email your name and phone number to fplseniorhour@gmail.com. We will reply to confirm your attendance and provide you with instructions for linking to the session.

To attend the no Internet audio only session on Thursday, May 28, call the Library main number, 508-532-5570, and enter the extension 4362 at any time. Leave a message with your name and phone number. We will call you back to confirm your attendance and provide you with the number to call on the day of the event.

We hope you will join us!

Food Resources for Those Experiencing Food Insecurity

Food and Donation Information from City of Framingham The Mayor's Office and the Framingham Public Schools are working with local food providers to coordinate food access and/or delivery to Framingham residents. The generosity of Framingham is demonstrated by several new resources added to the Food and Donation Information Page. The City recognizes that some residents are experiencing extreme food emergencies and cannot reach the resources noted on the page.. A Food Emergency phone number has been set up. Every effort will be made to meet the needs of these emergencies. Someone having an extreme food emergency is defined as a person who:

  • Has no ability to access other food resources in Framingham.
  • Has no formal or informal networks of support for help getting food.

Please call (508) 532-5479 for food emergencies only.