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Brown Bag Learning Series: Basics of Self-defense and Safety
Friday, May 6, 12:00-1:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

Presented by Debi Nau
Self-defense and safety techniques are important life skills that can
benefit everyone.  Learn how to empower and protect yourself with basic, easy to remember, yet extremely effective techniques for some of the most common attacks.  Debi's approach will be hands-on and informative.

Debi is a Framingham Parking Enforcement officer. She studied and taught Kenpo Karate for about 10 years, attaining a 3rd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate, and a 1st degree black belt in Kenpo Jiu-Jitsu. In 2008 she was inducted into the "World Martial Arts" Hall of Fame as the Female Youth Instructor of the Year. Presently, she is a certified fitness instructor through AFAA, BTS (Mossa). She teaches Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing, Step-Aerobics, and Group Power (weights) as well as Group Core. She is also a certified RAD and RAD Kids instructor.

*Brown Bag Learning Series (Brown Bag Brain Boost)*
Join us from 12-1:00pm one Friday a month for an informal lunch time program featuring speakers from local businesses and organizations. A wide range of topics will be discussed that are educational and entertaining. The Brown Bag Learning Series is free to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch; refreshments will be provided.
 
Friday Night Film: The Martian (2015) 144 min PG-13
Friday May 6, 7:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

During a mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a storm and left behind. But Watney has survived, and tries to signal Earth that he is alive.
 
Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesdays May 10, 17, 24 and 31, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session. Alan Feldman’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Four Lakes Prize, from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015.
 
Framingham Reads Together (FRT) Keynote Event: Pulitzer Prize-winning author and eminent historian David McCullough speaks about his book, The Wright Brothers
Saturday May 14, 10:30am
Memorial Building (Town Hall), 150 Concord Street
(Doors open at 9:30am)

Mark your calendars for the keynote event on May 14 at 10:30am, featuring Pulitzer Prizewinning author and renowned historian David McCullough speaking about his book.
The New England Mobile Book Fair will sell copies of David McCullough's books in the Nevins Hall lobby before and after the talk. Mr. McCullough will sign books in the Blumer Room (lower level) following his talk.
We thank TD Bank for their grant, and the New England Mobile Book Fair for being the bookseller for the David McCullough event. In addition, we thank our collaborative partners: the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest/ Pearl Street Clubhouse, the Callahan Center, Danforth Art, the Town of Framingham and Framingham State University. Framingham Reads Together is an initiative of the Framingham Public Library.
www.framinghamlibrary.org/framreads.htm

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library Dedication Day
Sunday May 15, 1:00-3:30pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, 746 Water Street

Program 1:15-2:15pm
Dedication Celebration only- no Library services this day

Music by the Belfast Cowboys

FAMILY EVENTS: Visit our craft table for children to make a space or science themed craft, and stop by for a henna tattoo by Mandy Roberge.

Refreshments by Keefe Regional Technical School and Poland Spring

Parking on site or at the Hemenway School across the street
 
Matinee Film: The Martian (2015)
Monday, May 16, 2:00pm
Town Hall Blumer Room, 150 Concord Street
JUST ADDED SCREENING!!
During a mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a storm and left behind. But Watney has survived, and tries to signal Earth that he is alive. 
 
Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesdays May 17, 24 and 31, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session. Alan Feldman’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Four Lakes Prize, from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015.
 
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Thursday May 19, 10:00am
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

Talk about unlucky sevens. Seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded in Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small town. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to an eccentric librarian who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her—and you, too—on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey.
 
What's the Buzz? 3rd Annual Town-wide Middle School Spelling Bee
Friday May 20, 7:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Library
The Framingham Public Library is hosting the 3rd Annual Town-wide Spelling Bee! Team Sign-up forms and study lists will be available at all middle school offices Wednesday April 13. Sign up to represent your school! For more information contact Judy Gatlin at jgatlin@minlib.net. Sponsored by the Homework Center Student Advisory Board.
 
Matinee film: The Danish Girl (2015) 120 min R
Monday May 23, 2:00pm
Town Hall, Blumer Room

The film is loosely based on the lives of Danish artists, Einar Wegener and his wife, Gerda. Einar becomes enamored with his feminine identity and undergoes one of the world’s first gender-reassignment surgeries in the 1930s, as he transfigures into Lili Elbe. Both Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander won Oscars for their performances.
 
Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesdays May 24 and 31, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session. Alan Feldman’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Four Lakes Prize, from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015.
 
Ezekiel’s Wheels Concert
Wednesday May 25, 7:00pm
Callahan Center, 535 Union Ave.

This high-energy klezmer ensemble is internationally recognized for their virtuosity and passion. “Boston has no shortage of klezmer bands, but Ezekiel’s Wheels has a playfully inventive style which makes it one of the best.” (Boston Arts Review). Doors open at 6:30pm and close at 7:15pm. Sponsored by the Friends of the Framingham Library.
 
Clothes Encounters: Victorian and Edwardian Apparel and Lifestyles, with Sally Cragin, Instructor of History and Writing, Fitchburg State University
Thursday May 26, 7:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

Sally talks about the history of fashion, as well as “what was appropriate” for certain genders and classes from 1850 through the Jazz Age and beyond. Have you ever held a garment sewn around the time of the Civil War? Want to try on a military hat from the 1880s? The audience is allowed to handle, and in some cases, try on the items. Also in her collection, are many antique handbags including beaded, cloisonné, needle-pointed and metallic bags.
 
Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesday May 31, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session. Alan Feldman’s new collection, Immortality, was awarded the Four Lakes Prize, from the University of Wisconsin Press in 2015.
 
Gustav Mahler, Tragedy and Triumph: Symphony no. 2, ‘Resurrection’. Guest Speaker: Dr. Gil Harel, Professor, Baruch College, CUNY
Wednesday June 1, 7:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

Gustav Mahler might be thought of as a “keeper of the classical flame.” Born a Bohemian Jew, he would move to Vienna and convert to Catholicism. Mahler’s struggles with acceptance and identity haunted him throughout his career, and this struggle is thought to figure prominently in his music. This lecture will analyze Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, connecting the music with the composer’s remarkable biography and worldview.
 
Brown Bag Learning Series: Password Protection
Friday, June 3, 12:00-1:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

Presented by Howard Cornett

Passwords are a part of our everyday lives and yet most of us don't protect our information as well as we should.  Join Howard Cornett as he addresses the need we all have to manage multiple passwords in a secure way.  He will present a relatively easy way to create a set of passwords that will be both easy for users to implement and remember while also being much harder to hack. Howard will briefly explain what password managers are, how they work, and give references to a few.

Howard Cornett is the owner of Howard Cornett Digital Consulting in Framingham.  The goal of his company is to empower individuals and small businesses by teaching them how to be more comfortable and proficient at using their technology.  Howard is a graduate of Georgetown University.

*Brown Bag Learning Series (Brown Bag Brain Boost)*
Join us from 12-1:00pm one Friday a month for an informal lunch time program featuring speakers from local businesses and organizations. A wide range of topics will be discussed that are educational and entertaining. The Brown Bag Learning Series is free to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch; refreshments will be provided.
 
Sunday Concert Series: Constantine Finehouse and Daniel Kurganov
Sunday, June 26, 3:00pm
Location: T.B.D.

Sponsored in part by The Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation and Hammond Residential Real Estate, Metro Credit Union, Whole Foods Market, and Friends of the Framingham Library.

Adult programs are funded in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association

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Community Events (not sponsored by the library)

   
 

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News

Framingham Reads Together, April-May 2016
Pioneers of Flight - From Kitty Hawk to Outer Space
Join us as we kick off our fourth "One Book" initiative in April.


The Framingham Seed Lending Library

The Framingham Seed Lending Library is open in the lobby of the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library. Once the Main Library is re-opened, it will be housed there. Patrons will be able to sign out packages of seeds (mostly vegetables) and are encouraged to try their hand at saving some seeds from the plants they have grown at the end of the season, though this is not a requirement. Watch the newsletter for upcoming events. There will be a seed saving workshop in the fall. Please click here for more information!

We need the community's help!
The Friends provide free movies, concerts, museum passes, CDs, DVDs, Children's apps and so much more! Our revenues have been drastically reduced since the Library closure, so we urgently request that you consider making a tax-deductible donation to our GoFundMe account (https://gofundme.com/fe23mzxw) or by sending a check to: Nancy Grifone, Treasurer, 1 Crosby Circle, Framingham, MA 01701. We are pleased to report that two businesses, Atlantis Dental and Bella Costa Ristorante, have become corporate sponsors, and we hope that other businesses will consider becoming a corporate sponsor. Thank you! Also, please shop our Book Sale on Saturday May 1 at the McAuliffe Branch, 1-4pm!

Framingham Public Library Foundation
The FPLF greatly appreciates the March 9 Whole Foods Library Day. The proceeds will underwrite programming for the re-opening of the Main Library. We will soon announce details for a second engraved bricks campaign for the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library. Stay tuned!

The Homework Center
All Framingham Students K-12 are welcome for free tutoring, Monday- Friday, 2:30-5:30pm. The Homework Center is currently at the Boys & Girls Club, 154 Pearl St., until Main Library reopens. Drop in for homework help or schedule an appointment with jgatlin@minlib.net.

Lego Donations Wanted for the McAuliffe Branch
Now that the McAuliffe Branch has a Craft Room, we're eager to acquire some Legos so we can have some open Lego builds here. Any regular -size Legos will be gratefully received.

Literacy Unlimited
We are starting a new monthly book club, designed for intermediate students who can read English, and their tutors. The April book selection is Who Were the Wright Brothers? by James Buckley. Meetings are Tuesday April 26, 7pm and Friday April 29, 10am. Join us!

May Baskets are coming! Starting May 1, purchase a ticket to have the opportunity to win a May Basket. They will be on display at McAuliffe and the Morse Institute and Bacon Free Libraries. All proceeds benefit Literacy Unlimited. Call 508-834-0425 or email fplmail4@minlib.net.


Sunday Concert Series
Concerts take place at 3:00pm. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.
Constantine Finehouse and Daniel Kurganov - June 26th
Sponsored in part by the Saul B. and Naomi R. Cohen Foundation and Hammond Residential Real Estate, Metro Credit Union, Whole Foods Market, and Friends of the Framingham Library.

Omer Quartet performance , Feb. 7th.

Come Visit Our Pop-up Library!
During the Main Library closure, our temporary Popup Library at St. Stephen's School, 25 Clinton Street in downtown Framingham, is open Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The Pop-up Library features the NEWEST materials, and borrowing DVDs and printing are FREE. Public internet stations are also available for your use.

Support the Library - At No Additional Cost to You!
Amazon.comOrder ALL your Amazon items, not just books, through the Library website portal and support your library for free! Click here to shop Amazon and support your Library. Thank you.


Looking for a Job? We Can Help!
Drop-in 10:00am-12:30pm, Tuesdays, NEW Location for May 2016: Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)
Get free expert job-hunting help! Our job-search coach is available to assist with your resume, cover letter, interview skills, or job-search techniques. Also find a wealth of information on job hunting, training, and education in our "Finding a great Job" Guide here!

The Homework Center
The Homework Center offers free tutoring for all Framingham students K-12. We are open Monday through Thursday from 2:30-5:30pm. The Center is operating from the Boys & Girls Club, 154 Pearl Street until the Main Library reopens.
We work with students who are struggling to pass their courses, honors students wanting to work beyond the parameters of their classes and everyone in between! Students are welcome to drop in for homework help or to schedule appointments for ongoing tutoring.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact jgatlin@minlib.net.


Library Apps - Fun and Free!
Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, music, magazines, videos and TV shows using apps from the Framingham Library.
- Download the Overdrive app to checkout eBooks (including Kindle eBooks), audiobooks and videos.
- Borrow digital magazines instantaneously with the Zinio app.
- Use the Hoopla app to instantly download music, audiobooks, videos and TV.
- Download the Mango app to learn a new language.
Get started at www.framinghamlibrary.org/apps.


In-Home Program for the Homebound
Do you have a friend or family member who is homebound, and unable to visit the library due to a chronic physical illness or as a result of a temporary hospital stay? If so, the library can register them for the In-Home program, which provides delivery of library materials to their door. All applicants must reside in Framingham. If you are interested or know someone who could benefit from this service, please call Michelle at 508-532-6347 or email MichelleLM@minlib.net.

WOWbrary!! Receive free alerts about our newest items.
We now offer weekly emails with information about the latest books, movies, music, audiobooks and more added to our collection. You can request items directly from the email, so it is a great way to get the latest bestsellers. To sign up to receive these e-mails, click here.

News from LVM Literacy Unlimited
Are you interested in teaching someone to improve their English? Become an English tutor! Our students come from all over the world and are eager to learn English and American culture.
Join us for a tutor training information session on Wednesday March 9, 7-8:30pm at Morse Institute Library, Natick, Prunaret Room. The 6-week training class will begin March 16 and will meet Wednesdays from 6:30-9:00pm.
For more information, please visit our webpage or send an email to fplmail@minlib.net.
Join our new Book Club! Designed for tutors and intermediate students who can read English, the class will meet once a month to discuss a book. The first meetings will be Friday March 18 (morning session, 10:00am) and Tuesday March 22 (evening session, 7:00pm), at the Boys & Girls Club. We will distribute our first book, Who Were the Wright Brothers? by James Buckley, Jr., at these sessions.

CREATION STATION at Framingham Public Library
The Creation Station offers access to advanced software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, and Microsoft Project, Visio, and Visual Studio. Please see staff at our Reference Department to get started. The Friends of the Framingham Library graciously provided funding for much of the Creation Station.
Available software on the Creation Station:
Adobe Creative Suite 6: Photoshop CS6, Acrobat X Pro, Flash Professional CS6, Illustrator CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, InDesign CS6, Fireworks CS6, Extension Manager CS6, Media Encoder CS6, ExtendedScript Toolkit CS6, Adobe Bridge CS6
Microsoft Office 2010: Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint, Access, InfoPath, OneNote, SharePoint Workspace
More: Visio 2013, Project 2013, Visual Studio 2012, QuickBooks Premier Edition 2012, IrfanView, Windows MovieMaker, VLC, RealPlayer

More eBooks Just For You!
To keep up with the exploding demand for downloadable eBooks, the Framingham Public Library has started a collection of sought-after titles that is available only to Framingham residents. Called OverDrive Advantage, this collection will shorten the time you have to wait for bestselling titles in digital format. Go to http://digital.minlib.net and sign in with your library card number and PIN before you start searching the Overdrive catalog, and look for titles with a bright orange check mark.

Food Drive at the Main Library! (Ongoing)
November is the month for giving thanks, so please help the less fortunate in our community by replenishing the shelves at Hope International Food Pantry, 214 Concord Street in downtown Framingham. You can show your support for the Pantry by writing and mailing a check, or by donating any IN DATE non-perishable nutritional food item to our ongoing food drive. THANK YOU for helping to stamp out hunger in our community!

Hindi Language Books
Do you know someone who reads Hindi? We now have Hindi language books in our International Collection. Thank you to the Morse Institute Library for their generous loan of this wonderful collection. We also have Hindi language books in our Children-s room. Please ask for details about our Hindi books, or about other languages in our International Collection.

Donate Your No-Longer-Needed Books, Dvds, and CDs To The Library
We welcome your surplus books which are in good condition. Small donations of 1 or 2 bags are gratefully received any day. Larger donations are welcome on Friday mornings or the day of the monthly book sale. You may also call 508-532-5570 x4333 to arrange for drop-offs. Thank you. While the Main Library is closed, we cannot accept donations of books, CDs, DVDs.

SOAR 55
Critical news from SOAR 55:
Since 2009 the SOAR 55 satellite office and Lois Levick have been a part of the Framingham Public Library and the greater Framingham community. Lois has brought hundreds of residents into the Library helping them find volunteer assignments vital to the nonprofit community in Framingham and Metro West.

While acknowledging the wonderful work that SOAR 55 does and how much it has accomplished, the decision was made by Family ACCESS, SOAR 55's local sponsor, to not renew the federal grant and to discontinue sponsorship as their programming is now exclusively child/family focused.

Although no new volunteer interviews will occur after March 31, 2016, the Newton office will remain open through June to make sure that all volunteers already interviewed will be successfully placed. All placed SOAR 55 volunteers are able to remain in their positions.

The good news is that there is a group of SOAR 55 volunteers in the process of exploring ways that the award-winning pro bono SOAR 55 Nonprofit Management Consulting Group can continue to provide its services to local agencies and organizations without the current relationship to the federal government and Family ACCESS.

The Library is saddened to see the SOAR 55 satellite office close and to lose Lois Levick, SOAR 55's Volunteer Coordinator. Lois is a consummate professional and an accomplished community connector. She has made a meaningful difference to the Library, our residents, and the community. She will be sorely missed by all and we thank her for her dedication.

Please contact Jan Latorre-Stiller, SOAR 55 Director, 617-969-5906, x 120, or email Jlatorre-stiller@soar55.org should you have questions. We are proud of the services SOAR 55 has delivered to hundreds of local and public organizations during these last four decades. It is an honor and privilege to have partnered with SOAR 55 these past seven years.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Library Shelf Reading Volunteer Program
We are accepting volunteer applications for shelf readers.

Library Volunteer Options
     -Shelf reading the library collection. See Volunteer Application Page.

     -Tutor adults in literacy and English as a Second Language
       through the Literacy Unlimited program.

     -Work on the Friends of the Framingham Library's monthly booksale.

     -Volunteer for the Framingham Public Library Foundation.

     -Homework Center Volunteer Tutoring Program. See Volunteer Page.

     -Homework Center Student Advisory Board- Middle and High School students. See Volunteer Page.

Call 508 532-6347 or e-mail michellelm@minlib.net
to learn more.

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