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Summer Film Series – Dave (1993) 110 min PG-13
Thursday August 4, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

To avoid a potentially explosive scandal when the U.S. President goes into a coma, an affable temp agency owner, bearing an uncanny resemblance to the President, is put in his place. Starring Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. Refreshments.
Brown Bag Learning Series: Simply QiGong
Friday, August 5, 12:00-1:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Presented by Bob Doherty
Join Bob Doherty as he presents "Simply QiGong", an ancient Chinese health practice consisting of movement, breathe work and mindfulness.  Often referred to as the "mother of Tai Chi" or "Chinese Yoga", this practice of slow controlled movement promotes health, wellness and longevity.  "Simply QiGong" may be practiced in a standing or sitting posture.

Bob Doherty is a certified QiGong instructor, Reiki Master Teacher and Tui Na practitioner.

*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.
Neptune’s Car
Wednesday August 10, 7:00pm

Main Library, Costin Room
Neptune’s Car (Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes) is an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who play original, contemporary folk music. Their three albums have appeared on many “Best of” lists and have charted in the top 5 on Folk radio twice. The duo received the Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting award for Folk/Americana (The Great American Song Contest).
Game Night!
Thursday August 11, 7:00pm

Main Library, Costin Room
Exercise your mind and renew your sense of fun with a game night! We will have a wide selection of games that are easy to learn and fun to play, as well as more advanced games for those looking for a challenge. Try your hand at classics such as Scrabble and Monopoly, or learn exciting new additions such as The Settlers of Catan. So grab your friends and spend a night gaming at the Library. All ages are welcome! Refreshments.
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
August 18, 2016 , 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

You see them in the periphery of your everyday world -- the immigrants who clean your cars, paint your houses, bus your restaurant tables -- whose stories and complex inner lives are lost to us over a linguistic and cultural divide. These are the unknown Americans of Henriquez' simple but powerful novel, whose stories of love, longing and hardship are given an articulate voice. The plot centers on the Rivera family, who leave a comfortable life in Mexico and move to bleak, cold Delaware in hopes of finding treatment for their 15 year old recently brain damaged daughter, Maribel. As their lives become intertwined with those of the Latino families from various countries who share their dilapidated building, Maribel and a boy from Panama fall in love, igniting a swirl of prejudices that ultimately leads to tragic consequences. Through the vehicle of first person narratives, Henriquez provides a seat for the reader at her characters' kitchen tables, so that we may recognize their common humanity and their rightful place as Americans.
Healthy Harvest Recipes with Ellie Deaner
Thursday August 18, 3-4:00pm

Main Library, Costin Room
Join us for a cooking seminar taught by Ellie Deaner, well known cooking teacher and cookbook author. Ellie will prepare some quick, healthy, and delicious recipes, which you will then be able to sample. Recipes will be provided and you’ll have a chance to win one of Ellie’s cookbooks.

Summer Film Series: The American President (1995) 114 min PG-13
Thursday August 18, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room
President Andrew Shepherd is just preparing for his re-election campaign when he meets Sydney Wade, an attractive environmental lobbyist. Unfortunately, the romance begins to take a toll and President Shephard must decide whether he can risk continuing the relationship. Starring Michael Douglas, Annette Bening and Martin Sheen. Refreshments.

Friends of the Library Book Sale
August 20, 2016 , 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
9:30-10:00 Friends Members Only, 10:00am-3:00pm Open to the Public

Main Library
The big news this month is that the BAG ROOM IS BACK! If that’s your favorite, please plan to join us.

Visit us again this year at the Farmer’s Market on the Common each Thursday in August. We offer a nice selection of adult
fiction and children’s books.

Anyone who joins or renews Friends membership prior to September 30, 2016 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card. The drawing will be held on October 15, 2016, prior to our sale.

Please check the Friends website for an up to date list of our corporate sponsors.

STILL AVAILABLE: with a $5 donation to the Friends you can honor family, memorialize loved ones or recognize teachers and mentors with a personalized bookplate to be placed in new books purchased by the Library. Sign up at the Main Library or at the Friends sale.

Adult Summer Reading Concert: International String Quartet & the Adult Summer Reading Program Finale
Wednesday, August 24, 7:00pm
Main Library
The Adult Summer Reading grand prize of an $80 gift card to Barnes & Noble will be drawn this evening at 7:00pm, followed by a captivating performance by The International String Trio. The Trio’s repertoire includes classical, jazz, popular and world music (Italian, French, Russian, Jewish, Spanish, Latin American, Gipsy and Irish). Following the concert, enjoy ice cream donated by Ben & Jerry’s Natick Ice Cream Scoop Shop.
This series is generously sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library.
Poses and Poetry: Yoga and the Poetry of Mary Oliver with Debbie Clark of Open Spirit
Thursday August 25, 3:00pm

Main Library, Costin Room
Join us for a Gentle Yoga class centered on selected poems by Mary Oliver. We will experience her poetry in a new way as we connect her words with gentle yoga postures. Yoga poses can be adapted to a wide range of abilities, including folks who prefer to sit in chairs.
Successful Aging: Physical, Mental and Social Well-being in Older Adulthood
September 15, 2016 , 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Nicole Rossi, Assistant Professor, FSU
A discussion on aging, with a particular focus on the maintenance of physical and cognitive function, and sustained social engagement.

This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership between Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures take place in the Main Library Costin Room.
Adams and Jefferson: A Revolutionary Dialogue
September 22, 2016 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Gary Hylander, Professor Emeritus
This lecture explores the way these two philosopher-statesmen sought to give meaning and memory to the American Revolution.

This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership between
Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL).
All lectures take place in the Main Library Costin Room.

The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the United States
September 29, 2016 , 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Maria Bollettino, Assistant Professor, FSU
An introduction to the history of slavery and its abolition in the United States, with particular attention paid to New England.

This free Thursday night 7:00pm lecture series is a partnership between
Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL).
All lectures take place in the Main Library Costin Room.

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


Community Events (not sponsored by the library)




Look for the launch of our new website coming soon!
As part of our Renewal@FPL, we have been redesigning our website. We've worked hard to bring you an uncluttered, organized, user-friendly site, with many added features. These include enhanced search functions, an easy-to-navigate events calendar, quick access to our Digital Collection and much more.
We hope you will enjoy exploring all the Library has to offer at!

LVM Literacy Unlimited
Literacy Unlimited offers individual tutoring, conversation classes, and resources for anyone looking to improve their literacy, learn English, or just get help achieving a goal. Visit us to learn more at the Main Library, Monday-Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm or at

Food Drive at the Main Library
School starts at the end of August, so please help to fill up the shelves of the Hope Worldwide Framingham Food Pantry so that no student or family goes hungry!
If you prefer to write a check, you can mail it to: Hope Worldwide Food Pantry, 214 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702. THANK YOU for helping to stamp out hunger in our community!

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library Brick Engraving
Framingham Public Library Foundation invites you to celebrate special events and
milestones by ordering engraved bricks. Small bricks are $100, and large bricks are
$250. For more information, click on or pick up a brick brochure at either
Library. Orders placed electronically are processed immediately. The deadline is
approaching...don’t miss out!

The Seed Lending Library
We have a variety of seeds that can be planted now for a fall crop.

Thinking of expanding or re-designing your garden next year? Join Transition
Framingham’s 5th Annual Vegetable Garden Tour Saturday August 13, 9:30am-
1:00pm for inspiration and ideas. Starts at First Parish Church, 24 Vernon Street.

Successful crops this year? Post photos on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.

Bring a dish that you’ve prepared from something that you grew to the Locavore Potluck Picnic in Butterworth Park, 262 Grant Street, Saturday August 27, 2-4:00pm.

Our Renewal@FPL Celebration was a Great Success!
Please keep an eye out for special Renewal@FPL events all summer long! Don't forget we're offering amnesty on all late fees at both libraries between now and Labor Day!

Adult Summer Reading- Exercise Your Mind, Read!
Why should kids have all the fun? Adults are invited to participate in our Adult Summer Reading program, Exercise Your Mind, Read! Starting Saturday June 25 sign-up at the Circulation desk and receive a free Summer Reading t-shirt.

For each book you read you may enter a raffle ticket. Read any book, or audiobook, of your choice. The more you read, the greater your chance to win a prize! Send us a photo of yourself wearing your t-shirt for an extra chance to win. (Send to:

Drawings will be held semi-weekly for prizes such as gift cards donated by Café Bagel, Fresh City, Taste of New York, Mad Willies, Zaftigs, or newspaper subscriptions donated by the Metrowest Daily News. The grand prize of an $80 gift card to Barnes & Noble will be drawn Wednesday, August 24 at 7:00pm at the Adult Summer Reading concert by the International String Trio. After the concert enjoy ice cream donated by Ben & Jerry’s Natick Ice Cream Scoop Shop.

For more information: Call 508-532-5570 x4351 or visit

New and Fun: Personalize a Bookplate!
With a $5 donation to the Friends you may have a bookplate customized with your name put into an adult or child’s Library book. Sign up at the Main Library or at the Friends sale.

Friends receive donation from Chestnut Hill Realty!
On Thursday, June 2, Edward Zuker, Founder and CEO of Chestnut Hill Realty, presented the Friends of the Framingham Library with a donation of $2,500. This presentation was part of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Amenities Center at Water View Village Apartments, 1296 Worcester Road, Framingham. The Amenities Center includes a fitness center, conference room, activity room, media room, and community room.
Given the breadth of programs and other services the Library provides to the residents of Framingham and the surrounding area, Chestnut Hill Realty decided the Friends of the Library was a really good fit for their philosophy of contributing to charitable organizations in the communities where they have apartments.
The Friends of the Framingham Library are a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the supporting the work of the Framingham Library. This year the extended closure of the Main Library had a negative impact on the Friends’ ability to do that. The eagerly awaited reopening of the Main Library on June 11 will mark the redoubling of the Friends efforts to help the Library provide an amazing array of services.
Contributions to the Friends may be made on the Library’s website, through GoFund Me (, or by check. Checks should be made payable to The Friends of the Framingham Library, and mailed to Nancy Grifone, Treasurer, 1 Crosby Circle, Framingham, MA 01701. Contributions are tax deductible charitable gifts, and are eligible for corporate matching gifts.
Please click here to read the Press Release.

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library Brick Engraving
Framingham Public Library Foundation invites you to celebrate special events and milestones by ordering engraved bricks. Small bricks are $100, and large bricks are $250. For more information, click on or pick up a brick brochure at either Library.
Orders placed electronically are processed immediately.

The Seed Lending Library is Growing!
The Framingham Seed Lending Library is now open at both Libraries. We have a fresh supply of seeds for summer and fall planting. Information on how best to grow crops from seed in summer and early fall will be included in the Seed Lending Library e-newsletter which goes out once or twice a month. The information can also be found in the gardening information binders at each location.
Please visit and send pictures of your garden to our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.
. You can send your questions or tips to this Facebook page as well.
We will be at the Farmers’ Market on the Framingham Common every Thursday
afternoon during July and August with our traveling seed library. Please click here for more information!

The Friends 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 (, via the donate button on our homepage, or by sending a check to: Nancy Grifone, Treasurer, 1 Crosby Circle, Framingham, MA 01701. We are pleased to report that several businesses have become corporate sponsors [see the list at].  We hope that other businesses will consider becoming a corporate member or sponsor. We appreciate everyone’s support.  Also, please shop our Book Sale on Saturday June 18 at the Main Library 10 am - 3 pm.

The Homework Center
The Homework Center offers free tutoring for all Framingham students K-12. The Homework Center is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30-5:30pm with additional evening and weekend tutoring available by appointment. We will be open through June 16, then closing for the summer. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact

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.

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

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.

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 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)
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.

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 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
to learn more.






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