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Main Library Book Club: Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
Tuesday, September 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi. What to do when your imaginary muse arrives on your doorstep and she is none too happy with your creative writing. This complex modern tale with multiple layers and intertwined stories is a delight. Copies to borrow are available at the library. A.J. Sullivan will lead the discussion.
 
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 
Wednesday, September 3, 3:30pm
Main Library, Lexington Street parking area


Join us as we celebrate our new accessible entrance, reading garden and parking area. Cake and refreshments to follow.
Make an Entrance
Luiz Simas in Concert
Wednesday September 3, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Rio-born Brazilian jazz composer/singer/pianist Luiz Simas performs Brazilian music standards and his own infectious original tunes.  
Make an Entrance
Comedy Night! Featuring Boston comics Paul Nardizzi and Dave Rattigan
Thursday September 4, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Paul Nardizzi is one of the top stand up comedians in Boston and known nationally for his rapid-fire comedy style. Dave Rattigan is one of the busiest comics in Boston and is known for deadpan delivery and quick, dry wit.  
Make an Entrance
Divergent Party
Friday September 5, 5:30pm-6:30pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Dress up as your favorite Divergent character or in your favorite faction colors, participate in a Choosing Ceremony, and test your Divergent knowledge in a trivia contest. Enjoy a slice of pizza along with some Dauntless chocolate cake and a cup of Amity peace serum!  
Divergent
Summer Reading Prize Drawing
Friday September 5, 6:30pm-7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

We’ll be drawing a grand prize winner from the 10-hour reading slips we collected over the summer. This year’s grand prize is a $150 gift certificate to the Natick Collection! We will also draw second and third prize winners. 
Divergent
Screening of Divergent (2014) 139 min PG-13
Friday September 5, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James. 
Divergent
Visit Lobby Tables
Saturday, September 6, 10:00am-12:00pm
Main Library, Lexington Street Lobby

Visit lobby tables, and learn more about ECAF (Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham), the Framingham Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Framingham Library, Literacy Unlimited, Overdrive and e-books, and SOAR 55 (Service Opportunities After Reaching 55).
Make an Entrance
Sunday Concert Series: An Afternoon with Trio Mirabile
Sunday September 14, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

The Trio Mirabile will perform two trios for clarinet, cello and piano by Beethoven and Brahms, both of whom were closely associated with a virtuoso clarinetist. Sponsored in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library, the Metro Credit Union and Morton J. Shuman, attorney at law. Refreshments.
Sept Events
Square Dancing Demonstration
Wednesday September 17, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room
DANCE CALLER: Mr. Stephen Park.
Members of the Fairs ‘n Squares Dance Club in Framingham will be here to introduce and demonstrate Modern Western Square Dancing. Following the demonstration, audience members who are interested will be taught simple square dances. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Join us for a fun evening! 
Sept Events
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Thursday September 18, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

Shapiro paints an intriguing story set in Boston. Familiar haunts are mentioned, weaving through the Back Bay on the Silver Line, and centering on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where the plot builds around the infamous art heist that took place in 1990. Led by Lisa Taranto. Refreshments.    
 
Matinee Film: The Book Thief (2013) 131 min PG-13 (for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material)
Thursday September 18, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Young Liesel risks her safety and finds solace in stealing books and sharing them with others, despite living in fear in World War II Germany. Starring Sophie Nelisse, Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson. Refreshments. 
 
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- Minorities in China
Thursday, September 18, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester, Professor of World Languages, Framingham State University.

Explores the uniqueness of China’s minority groups, and how they fit into Chinese society.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Learning
Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, September 20
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public
Main Library

Our annual membership drive kicks into full gear this month with the return of the monthly Book Sale! The best of the summer donations are ready for your selection. The Friends are a 501c(3) nonprofit organization; contributions are tax deductible and eligible for corporate matching gifts. Bring your new membership card (teal blue this year) and enter the sale at 9:30am. Volunteers will sign up new members as soon as the Library doors open on Saturday the 20th. Join us — we want to count you as a Friend!
Book Sale
Intro to eBooks
Tuesday September 23, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Did you know you can borrow eBooks from the Library for your Kindle, iPad, and other devices? We’ll show you how by using our website http://digital.minlib.net to borrow. Beginners welcome! 
 
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- A Healthy Community: A Transcendental Perspective
Thursday, October 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Jeffrey S. Cramer, Curator of Collections, Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. Examines the principles of Transcendentalism and how they apply today toward healthy communities.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Learning
Main Library Book Club: The Abundance by Amit Majmudar
Tuesday, October 7, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss The Abundance by Amit Majmudar. Ruth Winett will lead the discussion.  
 
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- D-Day June 6th, 1944
Thursday, October 9, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Gary Hylander, Visiting Professor, Framingham State University. This year marks the 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- Poets: The Unacknowledged Legislators of the World
Thursday, October 16, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Helen Heinemen, President Emerita, Framingham State University. An analysis of In Defense of Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley, in which he argues the poet is both legislator and prophet.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Learning
Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, October 18
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public
Main Library

Third Saturday of each month, September - June. 
BookSale
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- The Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
Thursday, October 23, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. John Heineman, Professor Emeritus, Boston College. A history of the trials, and an evaluation of their failure to become a model to hold future “war criminals” accountable.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- What to Listen for in Opera
Thursday, October 30, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Charles R. Beck, Professor Emeritus, Framingham State University. A lecture interspersed with selected songs from several DVD versions of Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. Dr. Beck will highlight some vocal and dramatic techniques used in the opera.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- How Rock ‘n Roll Transformed Gender in America
Thursday, November 6, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Tim Riley, Assistant Professor, Emerson College and NPR critic. Most histories tell rock’s story through its racial, class or generational conflicts. Focusing on its gender themes opens up entirely new ideas and ways of hearing this familiar music.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- David I. Walsh, America First and the opposition to FDR’s Foreign Policy
Thursday, November 13, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jon Huibregste, Professor of History, Framingham State University. A discussion of the role of David I. Walsh (the first Irish Catholic governor of Massachusetts), the America First Committee, and how they shaped the future political landscape during Roosevelt’s presidency.  

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.
Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- Suburban Modern: Conformity and Individuality in 1950’s Furnishings: Modernist furnishings and home decoration
Thursday, November 20, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Kristina Wilson, Associate Professor of Art History, Clark University. Dr. Wilson has written extensively about Modern Design. She teaches classes in Design in the 20th Century: Arts and Crafts to Ikea.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments. 
Lifelong Learning
Lifelong Learning Lecture Series- Islam in America: A Sociocultural Profile of the Muslim Community in Massachusetts
Thursday, December 4, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Guest Speaker: Dr. Yaser Najjar, Dean of Graduate Studies, Framingham State University.

This 10-lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University and Framingham Public Library. All lectures take place on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm in the Framingham Public Library, Costin Room. Refreshments.  
Lifelong Learning

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


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News

Framingham Public Library Foundation
An anonymous donor has agreed to match all new pledges and cash contributions made to the Framingham Public Library Foundation, up to a total of $20,000. This offer applies to cash donations made between August 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, or whenever the goal is met. That means the foundation will receive a total of $40,000!

There are also numerous naming opportunities available for areas and furnishings at the new Branch. Learn more or donate online at http://www.framlibfoundation.org/donate-now/.
The identity of the donor will be revealed once the fundraising goal has been met.

Help Us Increase Our Donation to the Library Foundation to $10,000!
As part of an energy efficiency outreach campaign in the summer of 2013, Next Step Living was able to donate $8,200 to FPLF. We now want to help increase that donation to $10,000 to further support the new Christa McAuliffe Branch. To do this, NSL will make a donation to the FPLF for every completed visit taken by Framingham Library patrons.
HOW? If your home is good for solar, sign up for a visit and NSL will donate $50 to FPLF on your behalf when you have completed the no-obligation visit.
WHY? Save money on your utility bills and learn about generous incentives and rebates available to reduce your energy consumption, and help the Library reach its goals and build a green Branch Library.
WHAT? 36 families who complete solar visits will help us reach our goal of a $10,000 donation. Help today by visiting www.goodener.gy/fplf to schedule a visit.


The Homework Center is opening Monday, September 8, 2014!

The Homework Center offers free tutoring and homework help to all Framingham students, elementary through high school. We will open on Monday September 8th and be open each Monday through Thursday from 2:30-5:30. Students/parents can make appointments to be matched with a tutor for ongoing work. We also function as a drop-in center to provide academic support on an as-needed basis. Some of the students that we see are working to pass their courses. Some are honors students working to excel. We have many excellent volunteer tutors, computers, color printers, school supplies and snacks. Drop in any time and check us out.

The Homework Center is run with the help of a Student Advisory Board with representatives from each of the middle and high schools that we serve. We meet on a monthly basis to discuss ways to enhance the Homework Center and its services. We also plan and facilitate events that raise the profile of both the Center and academics in Framingham. To date, we've run town-wide spelling and geography bees, a curriculum based scavenger hunt, holiday handcrafting workshops, warm clothing and book collections, fund-raising fashion shows etc...
Last year TD Bank recognized the Homework Center as a great program for kids. They invited our board (18 students) to see the Celtics vs. the Philadelphia 76ers game. We had a blast! Serving on the Homework Center Student Advisory Board is a leadership and community service experience. We welcome new board members during September and October. Our September board meeting is slated for Monday 9/15 at 4:00.
Come and be inspired. We would love to have your participation and hear your ideas. For more information please contact Judy Gatlin jgatlin@minlib.net.

Most Essential School Supply: Library Card! September is National Library Card Sign-up Month
A Library card opens up a world of opportunity for your child at the Library! Find something for everyone in the collections of fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults, music and books on cd, dvds, downloadable audio books and e-books for Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, or other devices. Explore the databases that give access to thousands of magazine and newspaper articles, and a homework center open during the school year. Come sign up for a card today!

New McAuliffe Branch Library- Buy a Brick!
Help pave the way to a new McAuliffe Branch Library by having a brick engraved with your special message.

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.

Literacy Unlimited needs tutors to help teach adults to speak English or learn to read and write.
You don’t need teaching experience or knowledge of a foreign language to be a volunteer. We will schedule training for volunteer tutors of both Basic Literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). After completion of the training, tutors are carefully matched with a student to begin one-on-one tutoring. Please contact us if you are interested – we will send you updates on the training schedule.

For more information, please call Literacy Unlimited at 508-532-5574, visit our webpage, or send an email to fplmail@minlib.net.

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, Infran View, 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)
Help to re-stock the empty shelves of the Hope Worldwide – Framingham Food Pantry this month by either donating a nutritious food item at the Main Library or sending a check to: Hope Worldwide – Framingham Food Pantry, 214 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702. Thank you for your generosity!

Digital Public Library: http://dp.la/
Starting with over two million items, each with its own special story and significance, the Digital Public Library of America will now begin to assemble the riches of our country’s libraries, archives, and museums, and connect them with the public. The Digital Public Library of America—to shape a new, open portal to knowledge and wonder. Sign in and explore this amazing new library online.

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.

The Friends of the Framingham Library
SAVE MONEY - HAVE FUN!! Check out all of our wonderful museum passes, most of which are sponsored by the Friends. Contact the reference desk to make a reservation at 508-532-5570 x4361, or do so online here. ENJOY! The Friends are a 501c(3) nonprofit organization; contributions are tax deductible and eligible for corporate matching gifts. Your membership helps us to provide many services to library patrons including book discussion groups, Adult and Children’s Programs, and Museum Passes. We appreciate your support! Please always keep the Friends in mind when disposing of your books, CDs and DVDs. We need donations. All donations need to be clean and ready to find new homes. Please call the library to arrange a convenient time to drop them off. If you can’t find or don’t see what you want at the sale, please ask one of our volunteers. All programs are free and open to all. Also- Don't forget to check out the Friends' Monthly Book Sales. See you at the Library!

Order ALL your Amazon items, not just books, through the Library website portal and support your library for free!
The Framingham Public Library Foundation has added a portal to Amazon on the Library website as a fundraiser for the Library. A percentage of each sale will benefit the Library at no additional cost to you. Go to www.framinghamlibrary.org and click on the Amazon portal. Thank you!

SOAR 55 – Your Local Resource for Volunteering
At SOAR 55, we place, train, and support volunteers, age 55 and over, who want to use their skills and experience to help local non-profits and public organizations in Newton and MetroWest.

With over 80 nonprofit and public partners, we can provide a professional, personalized and thoughtful search to find the right opportunity that matches your interests, values, and schedule. Some opportunities include: help an at-risk elementary school child improve their reading or math skills; assist consumers with issues through education and mediation; co-lead health workshops as a certified leader for The Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Education Programs; provide guidance and advice to veterans transitioning out of the military who seek second careers in K-12 public education; provide tutoring in math, science, Language Arts, and/or Social Science to homeless youths and adults placed at a local Travelodge Motel who are enrolled in a GED program, and much more!

Please contact Lois Levick at 508-532-5570 x4353 or at llevick@minlib.net or visit www.ncscweb.org/programs/soar55. SOAR 55 is a program of Newton Community Service Center and the Corporation for National & Community Service RSVP Program.

Main Library Exhibits
Main Library September Exhibits
Art Gallery-September 1-14: Elizabeth Kohler
               September 15-30: Louis A. Takacs, Jr.
Display Case- Friends of the Framingham Library

Main Library August Exhibits
Art Gallery- River Stewardship Council
Display Case- Walking Sticks by David Williamson

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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.

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

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