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!

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 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


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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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Take a Virtual Video Tour of the New McAuliffe Branch Library on Our Youtube Channel

With construction of the new McAuliffe branch library at 747 Water Street progressing on schedule, the building is now completed enclosed and the interior is starting to take shape.

Check out the latest video tour of the site:

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Help Equip the New McAuliffe Branch Library With the Latest Technology

We are very grateful to the community for the enthusiastic response to the brick campaign. We sold over 630 engraved bricks!

 However, we are still raising funds for the new Christa McAuliffe branch library. We especially need help funding new technology.

The new McAuliffe branch will have 19 public computers compared with four today. In addition we will have five self checkout stations, plus two digital learning stations, tablet PCs, and other exciting technology.

You still have time to help us purchase technology or to select one of the other naming opportunities. Please refer to the attached list.

New McAuliffe Branch Naming Opportunities 9-10-15

 To reserve your naming opportunity, please call FPLF president Ruth Winett at 508-877-1938 or e-mail

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Last Chance To Order a McAuliffe Branch Library Engraved Brick!

We’re halfway through the FINAL month that you can still buy an engraved brick for the walkway at the new McAuliffe branch library, currently under construction on Water Street. Orders MUST be submitted by August 1.

We know you’ve been meaning to place your order, but you just haven’t gotten around to it yet. You really want to be part of a visible, lasting legacy at the new McAuliffe Branch Library currently under construction on Water Street by having a brick in the walkway with your engraved message.

Well, the time to order is now!

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 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.

Here are some of the unique quotes your neighbors have selected for their bricks.

“Never judge a book by its movie.” –Eagan

“With a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”

“I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books.” –Borges

“I cannot live without books …” –Thomas Jefferson

Have a desire to leave your creative mark on this project, with perhaps a quote from your favorite author, statesman, or yourself?

Hurry, the deadline for ordering is August 1!


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