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Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesday May 31, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

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

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

Presented by Howard Cornett

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

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

*Brown Bag Learning Series (Brown Bag Brain Boost)*
Join us from 12-1:00pm one Friday a month for an informal lunch time program featuring speakers from local businesses and organizations. A wide range of topics will be discussed that are educational and entertaining. The Brown Bag Learning Series is free to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch; refreshments will be provided.
 
Main Library Book Club: The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer
Tuesday June 7, 7:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Craft Room

At twenty-three, Carrie Bell has spent her entire life in Wisconsin, with the same best friend and the same dependable high school sweetheart, Mike. Suddenly, she feels like her current life is suffocating her, and considers leaving her life behind—until a terrible accident changes everything. Led by Dr. Linda Colby.
 
Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesday June 7, 7-9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session.
 
Documentary Film: Life Itself (2014) 120 min (brief sexual images/nudity and language)
Wednesday June 8, 7:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

This film chronicles the life of Roger Ebert—the world-renowned critic and social commentator. Ebert’s life was entertaining and surprising, and the film takes the viewer on a journey that is personal, funny, painful and inspiring. From his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism to his wildly popular review show with Gene Siskel, he became a highly influential cultural voice, and when he battled cancer, he put a face on his disease and continued to be a cultural force, despite physical disabilities.
 
Composting for Everyone: Beginner to Advanced
Thursday June 9, 7:00pm
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library

Presented by: The Framingham Compost Crew (a project of Transition Framingham)
The Goal of this group is to keep “trash” out of landfills. especially that which can be turned into “black gold.”  In this 75 minute workshop we explore many aspects of composting, including:
•    What compost is, and how the breakdown process works.
•    Tips and techniques for how to set up home composting, including the various options for inside and outside containers to use.
•    Compost maintenance and use of the end product.
•    Exploring more advanced techniques.
A Question and Answer session will follow the presentation.
 
Friday Night Film: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015) 136 min PG-13
Friday June 10, 7:00pm
Callahan Center, 535 Union Avenue

In this thrilling continuation of the epic space adventure, ex-stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega), scrappy desert dweller Rey (Daisy Ridley), and droid companion BB-8 get caught up in a galactic war when they come across a map containing the whereabouts of the vanished Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). Also starring Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford.

 
Main Library Reopening Celebration!
Saturday June 11
Main Library, 49 Lexington Street

We are excited to welcome you back to the Main Library! Join us as we reopen on June 11 with special events, free refreshments, live music, crafts, performers, prizes, amnesty on fines, and more. Event details are coming soon!
 
The Cure for the Common Show
Saturday June 11, 11:00am
Main Library
Bryson Lang entertains with his unique Comedy-Juggling act.

 
Magician Peter O’Malley Performs
Saturday June 11, 2:00pm
Main Library


Willie Sordillo Trio
Saturday June 11, 3:30pm
Main Library

 
Poetry Workshop Led by Alan Feldman, Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University
Tuesday June 14, 7-9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session.
 
Demystifying College Admissions: A Parent-To-Parent Guide to the Reality of the College Process
Wednesday June 15, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room
Guest Speaker: Terry Greene Clark

Are you thinking about college or planning a college road trip this summer with your teen? Join Terry Greene Clark, local author of the book, Demystifying College Admissions to get a head start on the college process. Terry will not only discuss the college visits, the application, the redesigned SAT, college athletics, and financial aid, but also provide insights from her own experiences. A Question and Answer session will follow.
 
McAuliffe Branch Book Discussion: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Thursday June 16, 10-11:00am

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his wouldbe savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. This is not a story of crisis and survival. It’s one of art and family and memory and community and the awful courage it takes to look upon the world with fresh and hopeful eyes.
 
Friends of the Framingham Library Book Sale
Saturday June 18
9:30-10:00am: Friends Members Only
10:00-3:00pm: Open to the Public
Main Library

At last!! We will have a June sale. NO BAG ROOM this month, but we are finally getting back to normal.
Our list of corporate sponsors is expanding amazingly. We welcome Kelly’s Roast Beef of Natick, Royal Cleaners and Tailors, the Art House Grille, Market Basket and Bernardi Toyota. Please keep them in mind when you are out and about.
The May 1 sale at the Christa McAuliffe Branch was a great success. However, we are still behind in contributions because of the inability to have our monthly sales. Please contribute to our GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/fe23mzxw) or mail your tax deductible donation to Nancy Grifone, Treasurer, 1 Crosby Circle, Framingham MA 01701.
 
Matinee Film: Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) 90 min R (language)
Monday June 20, 2:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Cameron (Mark Ruffalo), a dad who suffers from bipolar disorder, decides to try to win back the trust of his wife Maggie (Zoe Saldana) by offering to take care of his two daughters. Unfortunately, his two spirited daughters do not make his overwhelming task any easier. “Infinitely Polar Bear is a vivid snapshot of one family surviving in a state of chaotic, affectionate imperfection.” (Rotten Tomatoes)
 
Poetry Workshop Led by Bernard Horn
Tuesday June 21, 7-9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session.
 
Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford, 1939, 100 minutes)
Wednesday June 22, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

As new lawyer in Springfield, Illinois, Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda) struggles with personal and professional challenges while establishing himself as a courageous seeker of truth.

*Film Series: Henry Fonda: American Icon*
Discussion Leader: Dr. Claudia Springer, Associate Professor of English, Framingham State University
Revered actor Henry Fonda is remembered as an emblem of modest American virtues. His screen image conveyed honesty and integrity, despite his rocky personal life. Two of his most popular films are especially relevant in this election year.
 
Sunday Concert Series: Constantine Finehouse and Daniel Kurganov
Sunday, June 26, 3:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room.
Our final concert features the talents of Russian-American pianist Constantine Finehouse and Russian-American violinist Daniel Kurganov performing the works of Schumann, Brahms, Prokofiev and Gershwin. Doors will be open from 2:30-3:15pm ONLY. The Library is only open for this performance—not for library services.
The series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Framingham Library, Hammond Residential, the Metro Credit Union and Whole Foods Market.
Poetry Workshop Led by Bernard Horn
Tuesday June 28, 7-9:00pm
Town Hall, Nevins Conference Room (Room 113)

This drop-in class welcomes serious poets of all ages and levels of experience who would like to participate for one or more sessions. Each session begins with a discussion of a topic in poetry leading to a brief in-class assignment. Poets who wish to have their work discussed need to provide copies to distribute during the session.
 
12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet, 1957, 96 minutes)
Wednesday June 29, 7:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Most of the jurors in a murder trial are ready to convict the young man accused of killing his father, but juror 8 (Henry Fonda) tenaciously calls for the due process of law.

*Film Series: Henry Fonda: American Icon*
Discussion Leader: Dr. Claudia Springer, Associate Professor of English, Framingham State University
Revered actor Henry Fonda is remembered as an emblem of modest American virtues. His screen image conveyed honesty and integrity, despite his rocky personal life. Two of his most popular films are especially relevant in this election year.
 
Brown Bag Learning Series: Living on the Cheap
Friday, July 8, 12:00-1:00pm
Main Library, Costin Room

Presented by Heidi McIndoo

*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.
 

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

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News

FPL Foundation News
Because of popular demand, the FPLF is launching a second engraved bricks campaign. As before, the small bricks are $100 and the large bricks $250. You can purchase online (www.fplf.org) or by check. Online purchases are preferred as we can acknowledge your purchase more quickly. Bricks brochures are available in the Libraries. For information on McAuliffe naming opportunities, please call or email Ruth Winett (508-877-1938; rwinett@rcn.com). We are grateful to our generous donors.
 
Fashion Show Raises $1,350 For Framingham Library
Please click here for photos from this year's Fashion Show at the Christa McAuliffe Branch Library. Photos and news coverage by Framingham Source.

Fuller Wins 3rd Annual Middle School Spelling Bee
Please click here for photos from this year's Middle School Spelling Bee. Congratulations Fuller! Photos and news coverage by Framingham Source.


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

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

FPL at Earth Day 2016
Please see Access Framingham's video below!



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

The Homework Center
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 jgatlin@minlib.net.


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

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

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


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

Omer Quartet performance , Feb. 7th.

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

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


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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Volunteer Opportunities

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

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

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

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

     -Volunteer for the Framingham Public Library Foundation.

     -Homework Center Volunteer Tutoring Program. See Volunteer Page.

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

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

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