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.

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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.

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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:

http://shuannchai.com/

http://shunskesato.com

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mDvEs-Mrdk

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
-Andante
-Menuetto
-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]
-Allegretto
-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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Framingham Craft Brewery To Host “Booktoberfest” Library Foundation Fundraiser

 Award-winning Framingham craft brewery Jack’s Abby Brewing is teaming up with the Framingham Public Library Foundation for “Booktoberfest” – a celebration of beer, autumn, and the library’s project to build a new McAuliffe Branch Library.

 On Saturday, October 19 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. In keeping with Oktoberfest tradition, grilled bratwurst will be among the appetizers served with the beers, to be followed by a tempting array of desserts.

 Tickets are $40 and are available 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.

 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 is in the midst of a major expansion, is introducing more new beer styles, and was recently named the best craft brewery in Massachusetts by thrillist.com.

 

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Uno Chicago Grill “Dough Raiser” For Framingham Public Library on Friday, August 16

Uno Chicago Grill of Framingham is teaming up with the Framingham Public Library for a “dough raiser” on Friday, August 16, 2013.

Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner (or take out) at Uno Chicago Grill, 70 Worcester Road (Route 9), that day, any time from when the restaurant opens until it closes -and Uno will donate up to 20% of your check to the Framingham Public Library!

Just print out the attached certificate and present it when you pay for your meal.

UNO Ticket 8-16-13-1

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New McAuliffe Branch Library Project Achieves Latest Milestone With Land Purchase

On July 11, the project to build the new McAuliffe Branch Library took a big step forward with the completion of the acquisition of the land where the library will be built.

Located on Water Street in Nobscot, across from the Hemenway School, the property was sold to the town by Framingham residents Charlie and Sherry Rousseau, representing the A. J. Rousseau Nobscot Trust, for $710,000. At the closing, held in downtown Framingham at the law firm of Petrini and Associates P.C., three young grandchildren of the Rousseaus, Madison, Kelsea, and Natalie Anderson, of Aurora, Colorado, ceremoniously delivered the property deed to Library Building Committee Chairman Sam Klaidman.

The next major step for the project is to finalize the building plan with the architect. The target completion date for the new McAuliffe Branch Library is the end of 2015 or early 2016.

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Win a Kindle – Visit Our Table at the Framingham Friday Night Concerts this Summer

Starting Friday, July 5, the foundation will have a table at the Framingham Friday night concerts with information about the foundation and specifically the now-approved project to build the new Christa McAuliffe branch library in Nobscot.

There will be raffle for a Kindle – tickets are only $1 each (6 for $5) and a drawing will be held at the end of the summer to announce the winner!

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Framingham Town Meeting Approves New McAuliffe Branch Library Funding

On May 1, 2013, Framingham Town Meeting voted 149-1 to fund the town’s $3.8 million portion of the project to build the new McAuliffe Branch Library.

The Foundation and library officials are now moving forward with the next steps for bringing the new McAuliffe Branch Library to the village of Nobscot.

These steps include:

- Completing the purchase and sale of the property on Water Street
- Re-engaging the architect and owner’s project manager
- Working with the town regarding disposition of the existing
house on the property
- Developing final building plans

The target completion date for the new McAuliffe Branch is the end of 2015 or early 2016.

And finally, while the Foundation has raised more than $400,000 towards its $600,000 goal for the project, we are actively seeking donations to meet or surpass the target. There are many ways to donate – including numerous naming opportunities at various donation levels. More information about donating is here:

http://www.framlibfoundation.org/donate-now/

Thank you for your continuing support!

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