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  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.

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

Play, Learn and Grow Together with Hot Topics (Sign-up required through ECAF, tel. 508-782-6932)
Tuesdays through June 23, 1:00-2:00, J Program Room, all ages.
Until June 9, the Read & Rise program, a new way of looking at how we read to our children and what new ideas we can explore in expanding our strategies to enhancing language development and literacy, will continue.
On June 16, Tiffany Szyanmanski from Reinforcing Children's Strengths (RCS Consulting) will share information about child development focused on the speech and language of young children. Come learn more, and ask your pressing questions about your child's speech and language.
Afterwards, at these groups, you and your child will strengthen your child’s early literacy skills through music, movement, and stories while having fun! Child Activity provided! Siblings always welcome. It’s never too early or too late to become a Brain Builder.

Book Buddies Reading to Dogs
Improve your reading skills the fun way by reading aloud to your new Book Buddy. Certified Therapy Dogs Lilah, Tessie, Willis, or Montana listen as children read aloud from a book of their choice.
Wednesdays June 3 and 17, 7:00-8:00pm, Saturdays June 6 and 20, 2:00-3:00pm, and Sundays June 14 and 28, 2:00-3:00pm. J Program Room, all ages. Registration required. Call 508-532-5570 x4 or drop by to sign up for a 15 minute slot.
Book Buddies

Early Release Mighty Makers Mob
Thursday June 4, 3:00-4:00pm, J Craft Room, ages 8 and up. Registration required.

Join the Mighty Maker’s Mob for fun, creative projects that encourage innovation and ingenuity! Come learn an exciting new process every month!  

Dads & Donuts
Saturday June 6, 10:00am-11:00am, Costin Room, ages 2-6.

Bond with your dad (and with donuts). Mothers, siblings and other family members welcome! Volunteer readers needed; contact the Children’s Room, 508-532-5570 x4, for details.

Mother Goose on the Loose at Drop-in Baby Lapsit
Saturdays June 6 and 20, and Fridays June 12 and 26, 10:30-11:00am, J Program Room, ages 0-3 with caregiver.
This month, 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.

Passport to Parenting Workshop: Sustaining Skills over the Summer
Tuesday June 9, 7:00-8:00pm, J Program Room, For parents and caretakers of children in elementary school or with special needs. Pre-registration preferred through ECAF (tel. 508-782-6932).
Learn about the many ways you can reinforce your child’s learning over the summer months. Led by Tiffany Szymanski from RCS, Realizing Children’s Strengths.

Help Me Get Ready to Read Workshop
Saturday June 13, 11:00am-12:00noon, Costin Room. For parents, caretakers and teachers (PDP credits available) of preschool children.
Join professionals Susan Marx and Barbara Kasok as they share tips and techniques to add to your read-aloud times with children that will help them get ready to read!  

Fathers’ Day Open Craft
Saturday June 20, 10:00-3:00pm, J Craft Room, ages 5 and up.
Drop in and make something clever and heartfelt to show your dad how much he means to you. Ideas and materials supplied; you bring the feeling!  

*Thursday June 25 - Saturday June 27, FPL Main Branch, All Ages.*
Join us for our first ever Super-Con!
See the exciting lineup of all-ages events below!
Don’t miss Super-Con!

FPL Super-Con Program: Every Hero Has a Great Story!  
Thursday June 25, 7pm-8pm, Main Library Costin Room, All Ages.

Comic mime Robert Rivest is the kickoff act for the FPL Super-Con! He leads family audiences on a fun, upbeat journey of everyday heroes, superheroes and heroes from Greek mythology and popular books. This exciting program is highly participatory. Everyone gets the opportunity to learn mime, act out their favorite hero, and help Robert create a new hero and story on the spot. Join the fun! Open to all ages.  

Film: The Incredibles (Rated PG: for action violence)
Friday June 26, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Costin Room, All Ages.

A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world.

Saturday June 27th, All day, Main Library
All day photo-ops with our Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman cut-outs made for us by students at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical Vocational School. Please bring your own camera.

Open Craft
Saturday June 27th, 10am - 12pm, J Craft Room, Ages 3 and up
Design your own superhero mask and cuffs.

Face Painting
Saturday June 27th, 10am - 12pm, Costin Room
Have a superhero emblem painted on your face!

Toy Story Marathon (all rated G)
Saturday June 27th, J Program Room, All ages
Toy Story:   10-11:30am
Toy Story 2:    12-1:30pm
Toy Story 3:   2-3:45pm

Captain America and Supergirl Appearance
Saturday June 27th, 11am - 12pm, Costin Room, All ages
Come meet our special guests and find out what it takes to be a superhero.

Hero Costume Contest
Saturday June 27th, 12pm - 1pm, Costin Room
Come as your favorite hero - historical, literary, community or super!
Prizes for best costume in three categories:
children (up to age 11), teen (12-19) & adult (20 +).

Superhero Trivia Contest presented by Vertigo Trivia
Saturday June 27th, 1pm - 2pm, Costin Room, All ages
Show off your Superb Knowledge! Team sign-ups start at 10am on Saturday. Bring your own team of up to 6 players or join up with new people at the sign-up. Best team wins a prize!

Comic Drawing for Teens
Saturday June 27th, 2:15pm - 4:15pm, Costin Room, Grades 6-12
Dean Calusdian, author and illustrator of the graphic novel The Stocking Dead, will lead a complete workshop on the basics of creating your own comic strip from story to inking to publishing! All drawing materials provided.

Open Lego Build
Monday June 29, 2:00-4:00pm, J Craft Room, ages 5 and up.
Drop in and make something creative with our supplied LEGOs. Plus, look through our new LEGO idea books to make something super exciting! Leave your name with the creation and we’ll display it on top of our shelves for a month!  


    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.   

Truck Day Summer Reading Kick-off with special guests, Batman and Merida! 
Saturday June 20, 10:00am-12noon, McAuliffe Branch Library/Pinefield Shopping Center parking lot, all ages.

Explore big trucks from the DPW, Fire, and Police Departments! Even more trucks from the post office and other community hero groups. An Ice Cream truck, too! Meet special superheroes at the Library that day and sign up for our summer reading program. .... Every Hero Has A Story!  


    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.


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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.


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