Framingham Reads Together (FRT) is a town-wide reading, discussion, and activity program that invites citizens to read the same book at the same time. FRT aims to bring the community together through shared experiences and special events. Every two years the Framingham Public Library and local partner institutions host a series of exciting and educational events for adults and children, such as talks, films, book discussions, music, art exhibits, panel discussions, displays, scientific demonstrations, and other activities, all based on a book and a theme to be selected.


The theme for FRT 2016, “Pioneers in Flight—From Kitty Hawk to Outer Space,” tied early flight and space exploration to the opening of Framingham’s new branch library named for the first teacher in space, Christa McAuliffe. The highlight of FRT 2016 was esteemed historian David McCullough’s May 14 talk at Nevins Hall in the Memorial Building, which was based on his book, The Wright Brothers.


FRT 2013 featured best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick’s In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex. In 2011 FRT commemorated the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and featured The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Greg Mortenson’s inspiring Three Cups of Tea launched the Library’s very first FRT in 2009.


The FRT Committee posts information about book selection and programming (when planning is complete) on the Library web site: All programs are free and open to the public, except where noted.