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Matinee: Belle (2013) 104 min PG
Monday November 24, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. Starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode and Emily Watson. The New Yorker calls it “charming and stirring.” Refreshments. 
Poetry Workshop
Tuesday November 25, 7:00pm
Main Library, Program Room (lower floor)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Generally, each session will begin 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 is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years, taught the advanced creative writing course at Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.   
Friday Night Film: Jersey Boys (2014) 134 min R (for language throughout)
Friday November 28, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, the film chronicles the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey, who came together to form the iconic ’60s rock group The Four Seasons. Starring John Lloyd Young and Christopher Walken. Refreshments. Enter on the Lexington Street side from 6:30-7:15pm. 

(Also showing as a Matinee on December 8 at 2pm.)
Intro to Zinio – Download Digital Magazines
Saturday November 29, 10:00am
Main Library, Costin Room

Attend this hands-on workshop to learn how to use Zinio on a computer or on a handheld device. Zinio offers unlimited access to 50 popular magazines which can be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices, including computers or tablets. If you own a tablet please bring it with you, make sure it is charged, and bring your Apple ID password (if it is an Apple device).

Want to try it out now? Click here! Zinio help is also available on a drop-in basis on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9pm, and by appointment. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 508-532-5570 x4361.
Main Library Book Club: My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
Tuesday, December 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

This is the inspiring memoir of Sotomayor, the first Hispanic woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. It chronicles her precarious childhood growing up in a Bronx housing project, to her achievements including highest honors at Princeton, Yale Law School and her ultimate appointment to the federal bench. Led by Linda Colby.
Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 7:00pm
Main Library Program Room (lower floor), Children’s Department

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Generally, each session will begin 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 is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years, taught the advanced creative writing course at Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars. 
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

CANCELLED:
The Lifelong Learning Lecture Series: Islam in America: A Sociocultural Profile of the Muslim Community in Massachusetts scheduled for Thursday December 4, 7:00pm has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.
Lifelong Learning
Friday Night Film: The Kid Brother featuring Silent Movie Pianist and Entertainer, Richard Hughes
Friday December 5, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Silent Movie Pianist Richard Hughes takes you on a nostalgic trip into the past with the screening of this popular silent movie comedy. Richard performs “mood music” to the film, which is rated as one of comedian Harold Lloyd’s finest films. Harold plays a timid sheriff who faces a thug when he begins to terrorize his town. Refreshments. Enter on the Lexington Street side from 6:30-7:15pm. 
 
3rd Annual Beer Tasting at Jack's Abby Brewery
Saturday December 6, 7:00pm
Jack’s Abby Brewery, 81 Morton St. Framingham

The Framingham Public Library Foundation is presenting a Fermented Fundraiser! Come to Jack's Abby on December 6 for a brewery tour, beer, brats, and festive desserts. Tickets are $40.00 and are available at both libraries, and at Jack’s Abby the night of the event. All proceeds go to building the new Christa McAuliffe Library. www.fplf.org.   
RECENTLY ADDED PROGRAM- Movie Matinee: Jersey Boys (2014) 134 min R (for language throughout)
Monday December 8, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, the film chronicles the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey, who came together to form the iconic ’60s rock group The Four Seasons. Starring John Lloyd Young and Christopher Walken. Refreshments.
A Christmas Carol: A Dramatic Reading
Tuesday December 9, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Performed by: Dr. Helen Heineman, President Emerita, Framingham State University
This reading has become an annual tradition, so don’t miss the opportunity to see Charles Dickens’ masterpiece come to life! Dickens prepared a special reading version of A Christmas Carol that he used during reading tours in England and America, ending in Boston. Dr. Heineman will perform a dramatized reading of this version, enhancing the story with a slideshow of over 250 slides that depict nearly every illustrated version of the story since it first appeared in 1843! Refreshments. 
Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays December 9, 16, 23, 30, 7:00pm
Main Library Program Room (lower floor), Children’s Department

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Generally, each session will begin 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 is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years, taught the advanced creative writing course at Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.  
Cooking Program: Quick & Easy Holiday Hors d’oeuvres & Desserts
Thursday December 11, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

With: Ellie Deaner from Let’s Get CookingTM

Would you like some new hors d’oeuvres and dessert recipes to add to your holiday repertoire? Ellie Deaner, well known cooking teacher and cookbook author, will prepare some delectable treats for you to sample. Copies of recipes will be provided and you’ll have a chance to win a door prize! Limited to 35 participants, so call 508-532-6347 to register. 
Intro to Hoopla: Music, Audiobooks and Movies
Saturday December 13, 10:00am
Main Library, Costin Room

Using Hoopla, Framingham residents can access thousands of music albums, audiobooks, movies and tv shows that you can stream to your computer or download to your handheld device. Attend this hands-on workshop to learn how to use Hoopla on a computer or handheld device. If you own a tablet or smartphone, please bring it with you, make sure it is charged, and bring your Apple ID password (if it is an Apple device).

Want to try it out now? Click here! Hoopla help is also available on a drop-in basis on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9 and by appointment. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 508-532-5570 x4361.
Sunday Concert Series featuring Pianist Igor Lovchinsky
Sunday December 14, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Pianist Igor Lovchinsky performs the music of Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev.

The series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library, the Metro Credit Union and Morton J. Shuman, attorney at law. Refreshments. 
Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays December 16, 23, 30, 7:00pm
Main Library Program Room (lower floor), Children’s Department

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Generally, each session will begin 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 is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years, taught the advanced creative writing course at Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.   
300 Years of Christmastide in America with Jim and Maggi Dalton
Thursday December 18, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

The Daltons take you on a musical/historical journey of American Christmas music. Music is interspersed with poignant, amusing, or surprising anecdotes, most of them collected from primary sources—drawn from all kinds of celebrations (or non-celebrations) of the Christmas season throughout American history, from the earliest years to modern times. Refreshments. 
Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, December 20
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public
Main Library

The Book Bag for $4 sale will extend one more month through December. Purchase one at the sale, then shop to find some great items to fill it with to give a friend for the holidays.

It may be a harsh winter, so plan ahead now for those long winter nights.

We look forward to receiving your donations of books, etc. during the sale.
Book Sale
Poetry Workshop
Tuesdays December 23 and 30, 7:00pm
Main Library Program Room (lower floor), Children’s Department

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Generally, each session will begin 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 is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years, taught the advanced creative writing course at Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.    
Vacation Week Family Event—Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along
Tuesday December 30, 7:00-8:45pm
Main Library, Costin Room, All ages at parents’ discretion.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Rated G). Come Be Our Guest as we celebrate Disney with a Sing-Along showing of the Beauty and the Beast movie. Come dressed as your favorite Disney character, enjoy light refreshments and follow along as both Beauty and the Beast lead you in the movie’s musical numbers! Costin room doors open at 6.30 p.m. 
 
Poetry Workshop
Tuesday December 30, 7:00pm
Main Library Program Room (lower floor), Children’s Department

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Generally, each session will begin 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 is a professor emeritus at Framingham State University, a published poet, and for 22 years, taught the advanced creative writing course at Harvard’s Radcliffe Seminars.     
Main Library Book Club: The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
Tuesday, January 6, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room

The group will discuss The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner. Elizabeth Beloff will lead the discussion.   
 
Sunday Concert Series featuring Rivers String Quartet
Sunday January 11, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

The series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library, the Metro Credit Union and Morton J. Shuman, attorney at law. Refreshments. 
Friends of the Library BOOK SALE
Saturday, January 17
9:30am-10:00am: FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00am-3pm: Open to the public
Main Library

Third Saturday of each month, September - June.   
Book Sale
You Must Read This!
Saturday, January 17, 10:00am
Main Library, Trustees Room

Looking for a good book? Join other readers in this informal book chat. Participants have the opportunity to share with the group a book or two they have enjoyed. Everyone leaves with a list of recommended titles. Refreshments. To see what was recommended last month, please click here.  

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

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.

The Library from Your Living Room: Music, Movies, Mags and More

No time to come to the library? Then bring the library to you! Download books, magazines, music and movies for FREE, 24/7, with new services from the Library. Zinio provides free access to full digital versions of your favorite magazines. hoopla brings you thousands of movie, television, music, and audiobook titles. And, borrow ebooks and audiobooks for your commute with Overdrive. Visit our Digital page for more information.

Need help? Drop by the Main Library on Mondays or Wednesdays, 6-9:00pm, or email the Reference Staff at fplmail6@minlib.net.

Framingham Public Library Foundation
The Framingham Public Library Foundation has met the first part of an anonymous challenge to match all new pledges and cash contributions made to the Framingham Public Library Foundation up to $20,000 between August 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, or whenever the goal is met. After nine weeks, $11,000 was raised and the donor provided the first of two checks. If this challenge is successful, the Foundation will receive a total of $40,000!

This offer includes the purchase of engraved bricks for the new McAuliffe Branch Library walkways (www.brick.fplf.org). There are also numerous naming opportunities available for areas and furnishings at the new Branch, starting at $250. Engraved bricks and naming opportunities offer a way to publicly demonstrate your commitment to and support of the new Branch Library project, as well as provide a lasting legacy for individuals, families, and organizations. Learn more or donate online at www.framlibfoundation.org/donate-now.

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 open!

Free tutoring, homework and school project help available to all Framingham elementary, middle and high school students every Monday through Thursday afternoon from 2:30-5:30. Helpful tutors, computers, color printers, resources, school and craft supplies. Stop in and check us out!

The Student Advisory Board represents the middle and high schools in Framingham. Together we plan and facilitate events for the school year. Our next board meeting is Monday, October 6th. Everyone is welcome! We need student representatives from Walsh, Cameron, Fuller and St.Bridget’s Middle Schools. Share your ideas and inspire us! For more information email Judy Gatlin at jgatlin@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.

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, 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)
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!

For information please contact Lois Levick at 508-532-5570 x4353 or at llevick@minlib.net. To learn more go to www.soar55.org and find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/soar55volunteer. SOAR 55 is a Corporation for National & Community Service RSVP Program.

Main Library Exhibits
Main Library November Exhibits
Art Gallery- Framingham High School
Display Case- The Dennison Manufacturing Co., 1844-1990

Main Library December Exhibits
Art Gallery- Framingham Artists Guild
Display Case- Veterans’ Display: Christmas Truce of 1914

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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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