Help Fund a Bookmobile!

Bookmobile3 (1)About the Bookmobile Project: Your contribution toward the purchase of an accessible bookmobile will help the Library bring its many resources to after-school programs, homebound individuals, senior citizen centers, low-income neighborhoods, English language learners, and social service agencies. You will help make those resources available to residents of all ages who might not otherwise access them.

Adults and children will be able to sign up for library cards on the bookmobile. Young children will enjoy story times in the bookmobile just as dozens do every week in the main and branch libraries.

Through the generosity of an anonymous library patron, all donations made by private individuals through February 15, 2018 will be matched 100%, up to a total of $20,000! Every dollar you give will be doubled.

Donate online here: http://www.framlibfoundation.org/donate-now/

Or mail a check to the Framingham Public Library Foundation, 49 Lexington Street, Framingham, MA. 01702.

With a new bookmobile the FPL will be able to reach out to underserved populations in various locales. We will measure success by the number and types of materials circulating, the number of new library cards issued, the number of children attending story times in the bookmobile, the number of homebound individuals reached, and by surveys of patrons.

Thank you for supporting the Bookmobile Project!

Click here to display an infographic about the Bookmobile Project!

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Guatemalan Artisans To Be Featured in Library Foundation Fashion Show

Guatemalan Artisans To Be Featured in Library Foundation Fashion Show

Fashions, jewelry and accessories from Under the Same Moon, a foundation promoting the work of Guatemalan artisans, will be featured at the Framingham Public Library Foundation’s spring fashion show and afternoon tea, on Sunday, May 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the main library’s Costin Room.

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase beautiful, handcrafted items for themselves or for a unique Mother’s Day gift. All purchases will help to empower these female artisans, and enable them to educate their children and to greatly improve their lives. Bring your mom, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friends to enjoy a fun afternoon together and raise money for a good cause. Petite sandwiches, desserts and refreshments with a Guatemalan flair will be served.

Tax-deductible tickets are $25 and available at both the main library and the Christa McAuliffe branch library. Proceeds will benefit the Framingham Public Library Foundation (a 501 (c) 3 organization) and the Under the Same Moon Foundation. The fashion show is sponsored by the Homework Center Program, which provides free tutoring for students in grades K-12. The Homework Center is funded in part by a grant from Impact Framingham.

For more information, email Judy Gatlin at jgatlin@minlib.net.

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McAuliffe Branch Library Receives LEED Green Building Certification and Additional State Funds

The Framingham Public Library recently announced that the year-old Christa McAuliffe Branch Library has received Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification. This award signifies that the McAuliffe Library has met the US Green Buildings Commissions’ high standards for sustainability. This is the first Town of Framingham building to achieve LEED certification.

“The Town of Framingham will receive an additional $104,664 from the Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program because the McAuliffe project achieved LEED certification,” explained Ruth Winett, president of the Framingham Public Library Foundation. The Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program funded 49% of the cost of the $8.6 million project. The Town funded 44% of the cost, and donations to the Framingham Public Library Foundation funded 7% of the cost, Winett reported.

To receive LEED Certification, a construction project must earn points in several areas, including using sustainable materials, conserving energy, and reducing greenhouse emissions. Based on the number of points achieved, a project receives one of four awards: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

“Our new branch library reflects the community’s and the Town of Framingham’s commitment to sustainability and to building and maintaining healthy environments for civic engagement,” said Mark Contois, Library Director.

Sam Klaidman, Chair of the Framingham Public Library’s Building Committee remarked that as a sustainable building, the McAuliffe Library “will save Framingham money for the next 100 years, and it will motivate other builders to at least match our results.” Additionally, the Library can “hold educational programs in the new building that motivate individuals to create sustainable homes.”

The McAuliffe Branch Library was featured on the cover of the November, 2016, issue of Library Journal. Architects for the project are Finegold Alexander of Boston.

 

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McAuliffe branch library engraved bricks to be installed in the spring

The Framingham Public Library Foundation deeply thanks all of its supporters who purchased personalized engraved bricks for the McAuliffe branch library
walkway/patio during our fall fundraising campaign.

Many residents who missed the deadline for the original bricks fundraiser asked for another opportunity to show their support, and we’re happy to report that
over 200 additional bricks were sold!

The bricks will be installed in front of the library branch in the spring –
we’ll put out another announcement when the installation is complete.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported the Framingham Public Library
Foundation in this very visible and enduring endeavor!

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2016 Annual Appeal Focuses on Costin Event Room Upgrades

Our annual appeal is focusing this year on turning the Costin Room at the main library into a premier venue for Metrowest events – donate now at fplf.org!

Click on the infographic below for details about the project.

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Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers To Host Framingham Public Library Foundation Fundraiser

Award-winning Framingham brewery Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers is teaming up once again with the Framingham Public Library Foundation.

On Thursday, December 1 from 7 to 9 p.m., co-owner and head brewer Jack Hendler will host a guided tasting of six Jack’s Abby beers and a private tour of the 100 Clinton Street brewery. The event is to help the foundation raise money to create an endowment fund for library improvement projects. Beer hall menu favorites, including wood-fired pizza, chicken wings, and charcuterie (meat and cheese platters) will also be served to attendees.

Tickets are $50 and are available beginning November 9 at Framingham’s main library at 49 Lexington Street, and the McAuliffe branch library at 746 Water Street. This event is limited to 60 people only, and based on previous sold out fundraisers the library foundation has partnered with Jack’s Abby on, early ticket purchases are strongly recommended. A gift basket of Jack’s Abby merchandise will also be raffled off to one lucky ticket holder.

Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers 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. After several expansions, the brewery moved to its current location last year, which includes a full-service beer hall-style restaurant. They recently announced plans to also open Springdale Barrel Room, a new taproom adjacent to the existing facility that will offer their own line of barrel-aged ales.

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Did you miss the deadline to buy an engraved brick for the Christa McAuliffe branch library walkway?

Here’s your second chance!

Due to the popularity of our engraved brick walkway at the new Christa McAuliffe branch library, brick sales are resuming for a new patio to be constructed near the front door!

Don’t delay though, orders will only be taken until August 15, and we may sell out before then! Inscribe a brick to honor a special person in your life, or just show support for your library with the custom message of your choice.

A great idea for a Father’s Day gift!

Go to http://brick.fplf.org/ today!

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Jewelry Fashion Show Fundraiser

It’s All About the Accessories!

A Jewelry Fashion Showcase to Benefit the Framingham Public Library Foundation

Are you looking to add some new accents to your spring wardrobe? Come to this fundraiser for the Framingham Public Library Foundation, where Susan Mancall, owner of Framingham’s SKM Jewelers, will demonstrate, using an array of community leaders as models, how to accessorize in a variety of formal and casual ways. Bring some friends or family members and have a fun evening out for a good cause.

The event will be held at the Christa McAuliffe branch library at 746 Water Street, on Sunday, May 1, from 7-9 p.m.

 Attendees will enjoy delicious desserts, fancy coffees, teas, and lemonade, and be able to purchase all of the jewelry and other accessories featured in the show. SKM Jewelers will donate 20% of all sales made that evening to the Framingham Public Library Foundation.

Tickets are $20, and available in advance at the Christa McAuliffe branch library, and at the door the evening of the event.

The fashion show is sponsored by the Framingham Public Library‘s Homework Center Student Advisory Board.

For more information, e-mail Judy Gatlin at jgatlin@minlib.net.

 

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McAuliffe Branch Library Open House Draws Large Crowd

On the frigid but crystal-clear winter’s day of Saturday, February 13, over a thousand town residents showed up to tour the new Christa McAuliffe branch library at 746 Water Street in Framingham’s Nobscot village.

The library will officially open to the public for all services on Tuesday, February 16.

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Open House Scheduled for New McAuliffe Branch Library in Nobscot

After nearly a year and a half of construction, the new McAuliffe branch library in the Nobscot village area of Framingham is ready to open its doors.

On Saturday, February 13 from 1-4 p.m. the public is invited to visit the new branch, which at nearly 17,000 square feet is almost triple the size of the old McAuliffe in Saxonville.

While the library will not be signing out materials until the following Tuesday, February 16, library staff will conduct tours of the new facility, which is located at 746 Water Street, across the street from Heritage at Framingham and the Hemenway school.

Key features of the new branch library include a meeting and program room with a capacity of 50 people, 21 Internet-connected personal computers, two study rooms, and on site parking for 55 cars.

Designed by Finegold Alexander Architects of Boston and constructed by Lupachino/Salvatore of Bloomfield, Connecticut, the new building has a soaring, modern design with 5,200 square feet of windows to maximize the use of natural light.

The new McAuliffe was designed as a “green” building that represents best-in-class building strategies and practices and sustainability. Construction of the building required 1300 tons of concrete and 77 tons of steel, 18 subcontractors, and its one mile of shelving will contain nearly 70,000 books and other materials.

The Framingham Public Library Foundation expresses its deep gratitude to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, Town Meeting, and the nearly 800 generous donors from the community who funded this project.

 

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