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A Revolution of Her Own: Deborah Sampson Gannett (1762-1827) With Judith Kalaora, Principal Character Actress and Owner of History at Play
Thursday September 3, 7:00pm
Main Library

Through interactive stories and authentic colonial attire, experience the story of Mrs. Deborah Samson Gannett, the first woman to enlist, fight in, and be honorably discharged from the American Military. This captivating hour-long program chronicles her life as she goes from the only “schoolmarm” in Middleborough, Massachusetts, to an enlisted soldier in the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment of the Continental Army, under the alias "Robert Shurtlieff." Refreshments.
Main Library Book Club: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Tuesday, September 8, 7:00pm
Main Library, Trustees Room
The group will discuss All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Doerr’s masterfully crafted story concerns a blind French girl (Marie-Laure) and a German boy (Werner) whose paths intersect in occupied France during World War II. “Incandescent… a luminous work of strife and transcendence… with characters as noble as they are enthralling” (O, the Oprah magazine). Led by Ruth Winett.
Nina Torres in Concert
Wednesday September 9, 7:00pm 
Main Library

Well-known singer Nina Torres will perform Brazilian classics from Tom Jobim and Gilberto Gil as well as MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira). Ms. Torres will be joined by pianist Susi Matos.

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Become a Foliage Detective! (Easy Walks to Local Leaf-Peeping) With Marjorie Turner Hollman, author of Easy Walks in Massachusetts, and More Easy Walks in Massachusetts
Thursday September 10, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Learn how to become a foliage detective! Learn a few simple things to look for when seeking out those vibrant glimpses of color in New England in the fleeting few weeks known as foliage season. Plan leisurely trips right around the corner from where you live. Avoid the crowds, skip the traffic jams, get out and walk, look and take lots of photos. Enjoy a slide show of photos from some very local spots that offer great views of fall color. Books will be for sale and signing following the presentation.
Living on the Cheap Presented by Heidi McIndoo, MS, RD, LDN
Friday, September 11, 12:00-1:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Living on the Cheap is your local resource for bargains, deals, freebies, and affordable things to do in the Boston/ Metrowest area. You’ll find information on events, restaurants, shopping, things to do, and more. Heidi is your guide to living frugal in Boston/Metrowest. She loves to get something for less and is happy when she can share how to do so with others.

About Heidi McIndoo:
In addition to firsthand knowledge on how to save a buck, Heidi McIndoo is a mom, a foodie, and an award-winning, registered dietitian. She is a Nutrition Writer, Food & Nutrition Expert, and Former National Media Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

*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: I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015) 92 min PG-13 (sexual material, drug use & brief strong language)
Friday September 11, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

In this vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, a widow and former songstress discovers that life can begin anew at any age. Starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliot. Enter on the Lexington Street side, 6:30-7:15pm. Refreshments.  
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
Thursday, September 17, 10:00am
McAuliffe Branch

Laura Hillenbrand, the acclaimed author of Seabiscuit, writes the incredible biography of Louis Zamperini. In 1943, an airman in a U.S. Air Force bomber, Louis survived a crash into the Pacific Ocean and had to keep fighting for survival through the unimaginable suffering he endured as a prisoner of war. His perseverance and indomitable spirit make this a truly inspiring read.  
 
Great Moments in Boston Sports
Thursday, September 17, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Frank Morris, Associate Professor of American Culture and English, Northern Essex and Bunker Hill Community Colleges
A comprehensive narrative of the many trials and triumphs across the landscape of Boston professional sports history.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
Park(ing) Day in Framingham
Friday September 18, Noon to 5:00pm
Lincoln Street parking spaces, adjacent to the Framingham Public Library

Come read and play and enjoy this popup parklet. What’s a pop-up parklet? Find out at: http://parkingday.org/aboutparking- day/.
Sponsored by Framingham Downtown Renaissance, Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Framingham Public Library. Parklet designed by Radner Design Associates 
 
FRIENDS OF THE FRAMINGHAM LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Saturday, September 19, Main Library
9:30 – 10:00AM FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00-3:00pm Open to the public

You could win a $100 Visa gift certificate! Join the Friends (or renew an existing membership) by September 15, 2015 to automatically be entered for the drawing, which will take place prior to the October 17th sale. Membership information is available online through the Library website or at the either Library.
There will be a special sale of VHS tapes from September through December. Videos will be sold for 10 cents a piece or 3 for 25 cents. Join us for the first sale after the summer hiatus—the biggest and most anticipated sale of the year!  
Matinee Film: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015) 122 min PG (some language and suggestive comments)
Monday September 21, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it's making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tina Desai). Also starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy. Refreshments.  
Framingham State University’s Whittemore Library and Framingham Public Library proudly present author Jennifer De Leon speaking about: Wise Latinas – Writers on Higher Education
Wednesday September 23, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Meet author Jennifer De Leon when she visits to talk about her groundbreaking book Wise Latinas – Writers on Higher Education. The book is a collection of personal essays addressing the varied landscape of the Latina experience in higher education. For some Latinas, college, where they are vastly underrepresented, is the first time they are immersed in American culture outside their homes—and where the values of the two cultures often clash. This book is in part a response to this widening gap. The event is part of a series of events related to the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant, made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association. Refreshments.  
 
Revisiting Fred Zinnemann
Thursday, September 24, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Arthur Nolletti, Jr., Professor Emeritus, FSU
An examination of the 50-year career of celebrated Hollywood director Fred Zinnemann (1907-97), who made such classic films as High Noon, From Here to Eternity, Julia, A Man for All Seasons, and more.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
Sunday Concert Series: Pianist Matthew Graybil and Violinist Rhiannon Banerdt
Sunday September 27, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

The talented duo will perform the works of Beethoven, Kreisler, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. Refreshments. 
Preserving Framingham’s Historic Heritage – the Big Picture, With Guest Speaker Mr. Fred Wallace, Town Historian
Tuesday September 29, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Town Historian Fred Wallace gives an entertaining talk recounting some of the many highlights of Framingham’s early history, which reveal the important role that we played in the birth of our nation. The talk includes images of some of our existing 17th and 18th century structures and reveals how towns in Massachusetts deal with the issue of historic preservation. Refreshments.
What to Listen for in Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, October 1, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Charles Beck, Professor Emeritus, FSU
Highlights from two different versions of the opera. Audience participation is encouraged.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series*
This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
Brown Bag Learning Series: One Framingham: Creating an Attractive Cultural Center through Proposed Zoning with Robert Halpin
Friday, October 2,
12:00-1:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room
More details coming soon.

*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: Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
Friday, October 2, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

More details coming soon.
 
Innovation, Technology and the Future
Thursday, October 8, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Annabel Dodd, Graduate Lecturer in Informatics at Northeastern University
An exploration of how changes in the internet, technology, and mobile networks are touching each of our lives, and the implications of these trends for the future.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series* This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
Sinking of the Lusitania
Thursday, October 15, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Gary Hylander, Visiting Professor, FSU
The luxurious passenger liner went down in May 1915, and the disaster affected American public opinion and President Wilson’s thinking about whether or not America should enter the Great War of 1914-1918.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series* This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
FRIENDS OF THE FRAMINGHAM LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Saturday, October 17, Main Library
9:30 – 10:00AM FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00-3:00pm Open to the public

Book sales are held in the Main Library from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm the third Saturday of the month, January through June and September through December. (No Book Sale in July or August.)
The Inside-Outside Prison Exchange Program: Collaboration between Framingham State University and MCI-Framingham
Thursday, October 22, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Daisy Ball, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Program Coordinator for Criminology, FSU
An explanation of the program in which students take classes alongside inmates, and some students involved will reflect on their classroom experiences at MCI-Framingham.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series* This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
The Creative Process
Thursday, October 29, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Dara Goldman, Visiting Lecturer in Studio Art at FSU & the Rhode Island School of Design
Author and illustrator of 18 children’s picture books, Dara Goldman outlines the steps of making a picture book from story ideas to thumbnail sketches, to dummy books, to finished paintings.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series* This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
The Sonnet: Worlds into Words
Thursday, November 5, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Helen Heineman, President Emerita, FSU
This lecture examines sonnets by a group of masters: Shakespeare, Donne, Wordsworth, Keats, Hopkins, Hardy and a modern devotee of the form, Alan Feldman.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series* This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
Can Art Help Us Understand History?
Thursday, November 12, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: John Heineman, Professor Emeritus, Boston College
Using Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” and other famous history paintings, this lecture examines the role that history paintings might play in understanding the events they portray.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series* This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
East Meets West: Cross Cultural Influences in Dress
Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

GUEST SPEAKER: Pam Sebor-Cable, Assistant Professor, Fashion Design and Retailing, FSU
Eastern style dress has long held a fascination for Westerners. As trade routes began to expand, traders brought new ideas, textiles and technology from China to the West. Travel back in time and see how these traditions were born.

*Lifelong Learning Lecture Series* This free lecture series is a collaboration of Framingham State University (FSU) and Framingham Public Library (FPL). All lectures are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in the Framingham Public Library Costin Room. The series is sponsored in part by the Framingham Cultural Council, a local agency of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Refreshments.
FRIENDS OF THE FRAMINGHAM LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Saturday, November 21, Main Library
9:30 – 10:00AM FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00-3:00pm Open to the public

Book sales are held in the Main Library from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm the third Saturday of the month, January through June and September through December. (No Book Sale in July or August.)


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


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Visit the Library at MetroFest!
Stop by our table at this year’s MetroFest, taking place on Saturday September 26 from 11:00am-5:00pm at the Bowditch Athletic and Cultural Complex, Framingham.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning
Fall 2015 Classes will meet Tuesdays October 6, 13, 20, 27 with a makeup date of November 3. MEMBER REGISTRATION Begins September 8 NON-MEMBER REGISTRATION Begins September 21, and can only by done online. Please see the Adventures page or our 2015 brochure for more information!

New McAuliffe Branch Construction News
The Framingham Public Library Foundation completed a highly successful Buy a Brick fundraiser for the new McAuliffe Branch Library with a final total of 625 bricks sold, raising $55,000 for the new Branch construction! Thank you to everyone who participated in the success of this project!

The opportunity to become a part of the new Library is still open to all. Please consider a donation to help the Library become the best that it can be. Christa used the Branch Library as a child, and the Library will continue to be a living tribute to her dedication to education, not only providing the resources needed for lifelong learning, but adding a much needed community meeting space to provide programs and an area for local groups to meet. For more information, please contact Ruth Winett, President of the Framingham Public Library Foundation, at 508-877-1038, or visit framlibfoundation.org.   

FRIENDS OF THE FRAMINGHAM LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Saturday, September 19, Main Library
9:30 – 10:00AM FRIENDS MEMBERS ONLY
10:00-3:00pm Open to the public

You could win a $100 Visa gift certificate! Join the Friends (or renew an existing membership) by September 15, 2015 to automatically be entered for the drawing, which will take place prior to the October 17th sale. Membership information is available online through the Library website or at the either Library.
There will be a special sale of VHS tapes from September through December. Videos will be sold for 10 cents a piece or 3 for 25 cents. Join us for the first sale after the summer hiatus—the biggest and most anticipated sale of the year!

The Homework Center
The Homework Center offers free tutoring and homework help program for all Framingham students K-12, and will open for the 2014-2015 academic year on Monday, September 14th.

We are excited to continue (for our 5th year) to offer free academic support to all students in Framingham. We have 26 tutors (+ an additional 4 new tutors) who are proficient in all subjects taught in the Framingham schools (including the newly offered mandarin classes at FHS)!

The Homework Center is open Monday through Thursday afternoons from 2:30-5:30 with additional evening and weekend tutoring available by appointment. To schedule an appointment or for more information contact Judy Gatlin, jgatlin@minlib.net.

The Homework Center Student Advisory Board
The Homework Center runs with the help of a student advisory board made up of student representatives from each of the middle and high schools in Framingham.

The board meets on a monthly basis to plan events that raise the profile of the Homework Center Program and education in Framingham.

These students have planned and facilitated Framingham's town-wide middle school spelling and geography bees, craft workshops, fundraising fashion shows, warm clothing and book drives, our town's first middle and high school essay contest along with a host of other library events and activities!

The board accepts new membership during September and October. Our September meeting will be held on Monday September 21st at 4:00pm. (Home baked treats are served at all meetings :)

We welcome interested students (feel free to bring a friend/s) to attend a meeting - hear and share ideas and see if you would like to join in this fun and rewarding leadership/ community service experience Questions? Contact jgatlin@minlib.net.

Homework Center 2015 Kick Off
Framingham's 2nd Annual Essay Contest;
Open to all Framingham middle and high school students

"What I think is important about Framingham's history"

In 500 words or less tell us about 3 aspects of Framingham's History that you think are important. A $100.00 cash prize will be awarded to one high school essay author and one middle school essay author!

Essays are due on or before 5:00, Monday, November 2nd at the Homework Center.



Graphic Novels for Adults!
We are excited to announce the creation of a new Adult Graphic Novel collection! Titles include award-winning classics such as Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, in-demand books like The Walking Dead, titles based on superheroes like The Avengers and Batman, and literary graphic novels such as The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage and The Sculptor. Consider trying one of these titles if you are looking for a new type of reading experience. This new collection will be on display near the new books at the Main Library. We also have graphic novel collections for children and teens located in separate sections.

We are always interested in ways to build and diversify our collections. Please let us know if there is something you would like to see added! Ask for a suggestion form at the library or fill one out online at www.mln.lib.ma.us/catalog/suggest.htm.





Overdrive Media Station
We are excited to have the OverDrive Media Station on loan from Minuteman Library Network, at the Main Library near the Circulation desk. The Station is a discovery tool that you can use to browse, sample, and borrow our digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks and video from an interactive touchscreen monitor.
In addition, digital titles are available anytime, by visiting http://digital.minlib.net. Or browse the Library’s website to borrow titles, including music and magazines, using a valid Library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices. For more ways to borrow for your device, go to www.framinghamlibrary.org/digital.
Questions about our digital collection? Call 508-532-5570 x4361, or stop in for Device Advice at the Main Library on Monday or Wednesday nights between 6-9:00pm or by appointment.


MutualOne Bank’s Checking for Charity Program to Benefit Framingham Main Library
MutualOne Bank announced that the Bank’s 2015 Checking for Charity initiative will benefit the Framingham Main Library and Morse Institute Library in Natick. For every new personal or business checking account opened during 2015, the Bank will donate $10 to be shared equally by the two libraries. For locations and more information please visit MutualOne.com.


McAuliffe Branch Building Project
The Framingham Public Library Foundation is actively fundraising for the new McAuliffe Project and long- term for the entire Library System. The Foundation’s Fundraising Committee is looking for volunteers to help us meet our target. For more information please call Ruth Winett, President, Framingham Public Library Foundation at 508-877-1938 or email: rwinett@rcn.com.

Borrow a Kill A Watt Monitor and Save
You can now borrow a Kill A Watt electricity usage monitor, thanks to a generous donation. The Kill A Watt is a small device that measures how much power a plugged-in appliance or device is using at the moment and how much energy it consumes over time. Learn how you can save energy and money. The Kill A Watt is shelved on the Main Library’s How-To-Express Display. Please call 508-532-5570 x4351 to reserve.


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.
Questions? Stop by the Main Library for Device Advice Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00- 9:00pm. Or call 508-532-5570 x4361 to schedule a Device Advice appointment (Or book online.)


Ancestry Library
We now have Ancestry Library at FPL! This new database is in-library use only. Stop by the library to get started.

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. Click here to shop Amazon through the portal. 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 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.

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.


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)
The school year is starting soon, so please help to stock the shelves at Hope International Food Pantry, 214 Concord Street in downtown Framingham, so that students and their families do not go hungry. You can show your support for the Pantry by writing 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!

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!

SOAR 55 – Your Local Resource for Volunteering
SOAR 55 places, trains, and supports volunteers, age 55 and over, who want to use their skills and experience to help local non-profits and public organizations in Newton and Metro West.

With over 90 nonprofit and public partners, we provide a personalized, professional and unique search to find the right opportunity that matches your interests, values, and schedule.

Some assignments include: help an at-risk child improve their reading or math skills, so critical to future success; Join a group of executive leaders and provide management consulting to local nonprofits, Training begins in the October 2015; help Veterans find jobs and encourage employers to hire them, 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

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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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