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Every Hero Has a Story!
This year’s summer reading adventure is coming to a library near you!!—
Signups begin Saturday, June 20!
When you sign up at either branch, you’ll get a packet that explains:
how to win a prize at the end of the summer as well as receive a free t-shirt,
and how to keep track of your reading online if you’re spending the summer away.
This year, get your name up on our wall of reading fame—
no special lists, no restrictions on what you read.

Paid for by the Framingham Cultural Council and Friends of the
Framingham Library, Framingham Coalition, DCU Digital Federal Credit Union and
Mutual One Bank as well as our t-shirt sponsors.

Every Hero Has a Story
is sponsored by the Framingham Public Library,
the Massachusetts Library System, the Boston Bruins,
and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

  Main Library Special Events

Weekly Storytimes: Get in the library habit—drop in every week for some age appropriate stories, some school readiness activities, and the occasional thematic craft.
- Ages 2–3½: Wednesdays 10:15–10:45am - OR - Thursdays 10:15–10:45am.
*Special appearance by Buzz Lightyear on Wednesday July 22 at 10:15 sponsored by U Fund*

Stories and Songs
Wednesdays 1:15-2:00pm, J Program Room, Ages 2 -5.
Drop in for age appropriate stories, songs, and musical activities.  

Mother Goose on the Loose at Drop-in Baby Lapsit
Fridays July 10 and 24 and Saturday July 18,10:30-11:00am, J Program Room, ages 0-3 with caregiver.

In June and on Fridays in July, sample Mother Goose on the Loose, an eight-week, thirty-minute program that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, instruments, and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. The complete series will start in the fall on a new day and time.  

Wingmasters: North American Birds of Prey
Wednesday July 8, 3:00-4:00pm, Costin Room, Main Library, grades K+

Wingmasters brings in live raptors and tells us something of the raptors’ lives as aerial super hunters.  

Knight at the Castle
Thursday July 9, 7:00-8:30pm, J Program Room, Main Library, ages 3+
Join us, in costume (princess, dragon, knight, wizard, etc) if you’d like, for crafts, stories, and a movie celebrating the days of old when knights and princesses lived. Refreshments.  

Toddler Palooza
Saturday July 11, 11:00-12:00noon, Costin Room, Main Library, ages 0-3
Join us as we let the toddlers go wild amongst a whole host of sensory experiences and a lot of zany activities.  

Lego Contest
Monday July 13, 7:00-8:30pm, Costin Room, Main Library, grades K+, Registration required.
Come test your Lego skills against other builders. Everyone gets a weighed bag of Legos supplied by the library, the same theme to build around, and the same amount of time to create the best construction of the night! Prizes!  

Sciencetellers present Superheroes
Wednesday July 15, 3:00-4:00pm, Costin Room, Main Library, grades K+

You will laugh, learn and have fun as you enjoy this spectacular adventure! You will be swept away to a place where truly “super” heroes really do exist!  

Magic by Scott Jameson  
Wednesday July 22, 3:00-4:00pm, Costin Room, Main Library, grades K+
Join magician and juggler Scott Jameson for an extraordinary performance that will have you laughing out loud and perched on the very edge of your seat!

Bedtime Book Bingo  
Thursday July 23, 7:00-8:00pm, J Craft Room, Main Library, grades K+

Prizes, laughs, and best of all books! Join us for our ever-popular Book Bingo and find some bedtime books for pre-sleep reading.  

Vic & Sticks, Everyone Can Be a Recycling Hero
Wednesday, July 29, 3:00-4:00pm, Costin Room, Main Library, grades K+

This music show is fast paced and encourages audience participation, as the children in the audience become part of the Recycled Rhythm Band!  

Friday Flick- The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water
July 31, 2:00-4:00pm, Costin Room, all ages at Parents’ Discretion

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge out of Water (Rated PG for mild action and rude humor)
When a pirate steals the secret recipe for the beloved Krabby Patties, SpongeBob and friends come ashore to bring back the missing formula, unleashing their inner superheroes along the way.  


    McAuliffe Branch Special Events

Weekly Storytimes
Mondays 10:00-10:20am, McAuliffe Branch Children’s Room, Ages 2-4, Drop-in  

Drop-in Baby Lapsit Storytime
Tuesdays 10:00am, McAuliffe Branch Children’s Room, Ages 0-2 with an adult.

Come sing and play with words, rhyme and puppets at baby lapsit time. 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.   

Jammin’ at the Library
Wednesday July 8, 7:00-8:00pm, McAuliffe Branch Children’s Room, grades K-3. Registration required.
Playful Tunes will be bringing their large collection of exciting instruments for you to try out and play, there will also be musical activities and a marching band, everyone will make music together!  

Drop-in Craft
Thursday July 16, 2:00-4:00pm, McAuliffe Branch Children's Room, all ages.
Drop in to make a summer-inspired craft and browse our seasonal display of books.  


    Preschool Storyhours

Get in the library habit—drop in every week for some age appropriate stories and the occasional thematic craft time.

Main Library, 49 Lexington Street
508-532-5570 x4336

2 to 3 1/2 Year Old Storytimes
J Program Room

Wednesdays 10:15-10:45am or Thursdays 10:15-10:45am
3 1/2 to 5 Year Old Storytimes
J Program Room

Wednesdays 1:15-2:00pm

McAuliffe Branch, corner of Nicholas and Water Streets

2 to 4 Year Old Storytime
Mondays 10:00-10:20am
Drop-In Baby Lapsit Storytime
0-2 years old with an adult
Tuesdays 10:00am 
Come sing and play with words, rhyme, and puppets at baby lapsit time! Parents can network while babies pick up phonemic awareness, one of the foundations for successfully learning to read. 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.


    New Items

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Framingham FAB (Family Advisory Board)
The Library is interested in starting a Family Advisory Board to help us plan and schedule programming and services through the Children’s Department that will be entertaining, educational and/or useful to, as well as popular with, library members of all ages. We may discuss a different topic every month such as using social media in programs, getting ready for Kindergarten, brain building in preschoolers and elementary students, what you are looking for in school vacation week programs, programs in other languages, etc. We’d like to make Framingham FAB. Please contact Lucy Loveridge,, with your best times for getting together. 

Need homework help?
Come to the Homework Center at the Framingham Public Library!

Monday through Thursday 3:00pm to 5:0
- Dedicated computers
- Free tutoring servicesIMLS
- Research resources
- Homework supplies

We provide free tutoring and homework help for all Framingham middle and high school students! Our tutors are matched with individual students for ongoing academic support.

Come for help with homework assignments, school reports and projects (individual and group.) We have computers, a color printer and any supplies that you need to achieve academic success (including snacks!)

No appointment needed, Just drop by the Young Adult Center!
Questions? Contact Judy Gatlin at
The Homework Center is funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Meet Fred, the Library’s new mascot who resides in the Main Library Children’s Room! Click here to see photos of Fred. Meet our official library mascot Fred! Stop by the Children's Room at the Main Library to say hello!

Read Fred Turtle's new blog for book recommendations and Children's Room news!  
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Children's programs are funded in part by the
Friends of the Framingham Library




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