New McAuliffe Branch Library Groundbreaking Draws Big Crowd of Supporters

Despite rain from the tail end of a nor’easter, nearly 100 supporters of the Framingham Public Library Foundation gathered at 746 Water Street in Nobscot on October 23 for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new McAuliffe branch library.

Below, selectmen Cheryl Tully Stoll and Mike Bower, Mark Bristol, Christa McAuliffe’s nephew, her sister Lisa Bristol, her brother, Christopher Corrigan, and town manager Bob Halpin, do the honors of breaking ground, while a capacity crowd looks on appreciatively.


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Framingham Public Library Foundation Announces Matching Pledge Campaign

Thanks to the generosity of a donor who will for the time being remain anonymous, you can help the Framingham Public Library Foundation double its money. The donor has agreed to match all new pledges and cash contributions made to the foundation, up to a total of $20,000, made between August 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015, or when the goal is met, whichever comes first. That means the foundation will receive a total of $40,000!

This includes the purchase of engraved bricks for the new McAuliffe Branch Library walkways ( There are also numerous naming opportunities 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

The identity of the donor will be revealed once the fundraising goal has been met.

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Paving The Way To The New McAuliffe Branch Library in Nobscot

The Framingham Public Library Foundation is offering its supporters an opportunity to literally help pave the way to the new McAuliffe Branch Library on Water Street in Nobscot.

The Foundation recently kicked off its Buy A Brick campaign, which allows library supporters to purchase brick pavers laser-engraved with a message of their choice, that will be used in the walkways leading to the new library branch, which is scheduled to open late in 2015.

4”x8” bricks are $100, and can contain three lines of up to twenty characters of text per line, while 8”x8” bricks are $250 and can contain five lines of up to twenty characters of text per line.

These personally-engraved bricks not only are a creative and permanent way to show support for the project to build the new branch library, they can also serve to:

  • Memorialize a loved one
  • Celebrate someone special: spouse, children, grandparents, grandchildren, parents, pets
  • Honor friends, teachers, colleagues
  • Commemorate an anniversary, birthday, or other special occasion
  • Inspire someone with an uplifting message for the future

Bricks can be purchased with a credit card online at They can also be purchased by check by printing out and mailing the order form available for download from the web site or at both the existing McAuliffe Branch Library on Nicholas Road in Saxonville and the Main Library downtown on Lexington Street.

The Framingham Public Library Foundation is a 501(c) (3) organization, and brick purchases are tax deductible as a charitable contribution.


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Framingham Public Library Foundation Day at Pho Dakao on May 17

Pho_Dakao_FlyerOn Saturday, May 17, Pho Dakao, the Vietnamese restaurant that has quickly become one of downtown Framingham’s favorite dining destinations, will donate 20% of all lunch and dinner meal checks to the Framingham Public Library Foundation.

Just present a copy of the FPLF Pho Dakao flyer (at left, and pass the other copy on to a friend!) to your server so your good meal goes toward a good cause!

Pho Dakao is located at 101 Concord Street and there is plenty of free parking behind the building.

And consider making an evening of it by attending the benefit classical music concert at the main library at 7:30 p.m. that evening, featuring pianist Shuann Chai and violinist Shunske Sato. Tickets are $25 and still available in advance at both the main library at 49 Lexington Street and the McAuliffe branch at 10 Nicholas Road, or at the door.

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Town Officials Hit the Runway for Fashion Show to Benefit Library Foundation

What do some of Framingham’s middle school principals, school committee members, library trustees, and the director of the downtown renaissance organization have in common?

They’ll all be models in Spring Forward With Style, a fashion show to benefit the Framingham Public Library Foundation. It will be held at the main library at 49 Lexington Street on Saturday, May 31 at 2 p.m., and includes an afternoon tea with hot and cold drinks, tea sandwiches, and desserts to savor during the show. Fashions by designer Carol Anderson of Carol Anderson By Invitation Only ( will be featured, and 10% of the sales proceeds for pieces from the collection ordered at the event will be donated to the foundation.

Tickets are $20 and available at the main library and the McAuliffe branch on Nicholas Road, for this special event sponsored by the Homework Center at the Framingham Public Library.

Stepping out of their everyday leadership roles and on to the runway, the models will be strutting their stuff for a good cause, as the foundation continues its effort to raise funds for the new McAuliffe branch library on Water Street, which will begin construction this summer. Spring Forward With Style promises to be a fun and elegant afternoon to enjoy with your mother, daughters, or just a group of friends.

For more information, contact Judy Gatlin at

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Internationally-Acclaimed Classical Musicians To Play Benefit Concert for Framingham Public Library Foundation

On Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. internationally-acclaimed classical musicians Shuann Chai (piano) and Shunske Sato (violin) will play a concert at the main library to benefit the FPLF.


Renowned for their impassioned and masterful performances together as a duo, the musicians have extensive musical biographies in performing, recording, and teaching across the United States, Europe, and Asia.

The evening’s program will feature works by Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, and Ravel. Chai is also well-known for her insightful commentary during performances on the background of the works and composers on the program.


Tickets are $25 and are available at Framingham’s main library at 49 Lexington Street, and the McAuliffe branch library at 10 Nicholas Road.

Elegant desserts and beverages will be served at a reception with the performers after the concert.

More information about the performers:

Watch them perform Mozart’s Sonata in G major for piano and violin:

Complete concert program for May 17:

Sonata for Piano and Violin in A major, K.305 [W.A. Mozart]
-Allegro di molto
-Tema con variazioni: Andante grazioso 

Sonatine for Piano and Violin in G minor, D. 408 [F. Schubert]
-Allegro giusto
-Allegro moderato

Nocturne in E, op. 62 no. 2 [F. Chopin]

Barcarolle, op. 60 [F. Chopin] 

Sonata in G for Violin and Piano [M. Ravel]
-Blues (moderato)
-Perpetuum mobile

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Planning Board Approves New McAuliffe Branch Library Project

On March 6, 2014, the Framingham Planning Board approved the plans for the new McAuliffe Branch Library in Nobscot.

With this key step completed, the project is expected to go out to bid in May, with an anticipated groundbreaking in July.

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Latest Architectural Drawings of New McAuliffe Branch Library

Below are the latest architectural renderings of the exterior and interior of the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, to be built on Water Street in the village of Nobscot in Framingham.
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We expect to break ground in late spring or early summer 2014 and hope to open by the end of 2015.


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Sign Unveiled at the Future Home of the New McAuliffe Branch Library in Nobscot

McAuliffe_sign_unveiling_11142013With the sign up now at the future location of the new McAuliffe branch library on Water Street in Nobscot, the public profile of the project just got a lot bigger.

About thirty town, state, and library officials, as well as just regular Framingham residents, were on hand today for the unveiling.

Click on the photo to view a larger version and see how many people you recognize!

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“Booktoberfest” Beer Tasting Raises Over $4K For Foundation

Foundation president Ruth Winett chats with attendees at Jack's Abby Brewing.

Foundation president Ruth Winett, second from left, chats with attendees at Jack’s Abby Brewing.

About one hundred craft beer fans and library supporters filled the tables set up inside Jack’s Abby Brewing on Saturday, October 19.

The award-winning Framingham brewery’s staff led attendees through a guided tasting of seven of the brewery’s offerings, which were accompanied by bratwurst grilled by library director Marc Contois and his team of volunteer cooks.

This is the second annual fundraiser Jack’s Abby Brewing has hosted for the Framingham Public Library Foundation, in which they donate all of the beer for the tasting as well as a percentage of sales made in the brewery store the night of the event.

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