They’re here! The first delivery of steel beams recently arrived at the construction site for the new McAuliffe branch library on Water Street in Nobscot. One of the beams will be on display at the Hemenway school parking lot across the street on Saturday, January 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for town residents to sign – more details in about this exciting event and project milestone here.
Sign the beam!
On Saturday, January 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., one of the main steel beams to be used in the new McAuliffe branch library, presently under construction at 746 Water Street in Nobscot, will be on display in front of Hemenway School, across the street from the building site.
Framingham residents are invited to stop by and add their signatures to the beam to commemorate this milestone in the project. Pens will be provided, and library representatives will be on hand to answer questions about the new building and construction progress.
The beam will be under cover in a tent so the event will take place, rain, shine, or snow – hope to see you there!
The foundation of the new McAuliffe branch library is taking shape on Water Street in Nobscot, despite the winter weather!
Anyone passing by on Water Street in Nobscot this week definitely noticed the dramatic change at the future location of the new McAuliffe branch library, as the clearing of the site nears completion.
For the third year in a row, award-winning Framingham craft brewery Jack’s Abby Brewing is teaming up with the Framingham Public Library Foundation to help raise funds to build the new McAuliffe Branch Library.
On Saturday, December 6 from 7 to 9 p.m., the brewery, located at 81 Morton Street, will host a guided tasting of its beers and a private tour of the facility. The event is to help the foundation raise money to offset the cost of building a new McAuliffe branch library, and create an endowment fund for other library projects. It will also feature talks about beer styles and the brewing process by Jack’s Abby staff. Appetizers, followed by grilled bratwurst, will be served with the beers, and then a tempting array of desserts.
Tickets are $40 and are available beginning November 12 at Framingham’s main library at 49 Lexington Street, and the McAuliffe branch library at 10 Nicholas Road. Tickets will also be available at Jack’s Abby Brewing the night of the event (cash or check) only if the event is not sold out in advance.
Jack’s Abby Brewing was opened in Framingham in 2011 by brothers Eric, Jack, and Sam Hendler and has rapidly grown and won acclaim for both its beers and community involvement. The brewery has recently completed a major expansion, and has won over twenty awards, including best brewer in Massachusetts in 2014.
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.
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 (http://brick.fplf.org/). 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 http://www.framlibfoundation.org/donate-now/.
The identity of the donor will be revealed once the fundraising goal has been met.
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 http://brick.fplf.org. 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.
On 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.