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.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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:

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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!


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hundreds Turn Out For Steel Beam Signing Event

DSCF0605Several hundred Framingham residents of all ages and walks of life came to the Hemenway School on January 31 to sign one of the steel beams to be used in the construction of the new McAuliffe branch library across the street.

In addition to their signatures, many contributed words of inspiration and encouragement, literary quotes, as well as cash donations to the Framingham Public Library Foundation, which is raising $600,000 to reduce the town’s cost of the project.
DSCF0619 DSCF0625 DSCF0633 DSCF0634 DSCF0637 DSCF0639 DSCF0641 DSCF0645 DSCF0647 DSCF0653

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

First Steel Delivery To Site of New McAuliffe Branch Library

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.


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Residents Invited to Sign Steel Beam To Be Used in Construction of New McAuliffe Branch Library

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!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New McAuliffe Branch Library Foundation Poured


The foundation of the new McAuliffe branch library is taking shape on Water Street in Nobscot, despite the winter weather!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Site Clearing Signals a Major Step Forward for Construction of New McAuliffe Branch Library

IMG_7126Anyone 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.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Framingham Craft Brewery To Host Third Annual Library Foundation Fundraiser

JAB circle logo-brewing-tshirt-2colorFor 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.



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment