Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Framingham Public Library Homework Center is opening Monday September 8!

Happy first day of school all Framingham students! Want to get the year off to a great start? Visit the Homework Center at FPL, opening on September 8th! Want details? See all the great information written by the Homework Center below:


The Homework Center offers free tutoring and homework help to all Framingham students, elementary through high school. We will open on Monday September 8th and be open each Monday through Thursday from 2:30-5:30.

Students/parents can make appointments to be matched with a tutor for ongoing work. We also function as a drop-in center to provide academic support on an as-needed basis. Some of the students that we see are working to pass their courses. Some are honors students working to excel. We have many excellent volunteer tutors, computers, color printers, school supplies and snacks. Drop in any time and check us out. If you have any questions, please contact Judy Gatlin:

 Student Advisory Board

The Homework Center is run with the help of a Student Advisory Board with representatives from each of the middle and high schools that we serve. We meet on a monthly basis to discuss ways to enhance the Homework Center and its services. We also plan and facilitate events that raise the profile of both the Center and academics in Framingham. To date, we've run town-wide spelling and geography bees, a curriculum based scavenger hunt, holiday handcrafting workshops, warm clothing and book collections, fund-raising fashion shows etc...

Last year TD Bank recognized the Homework Center as a great program for kids. They invited our board (18 students) to see the Celtics vs. the Philadelphia 76ers game. We had a blast!

Serving on the Homework Center Student Advisory Board is a leadership and community service experience. We welcome new board members during September and October. Our September board meeting is slated for Monday 9/15 at 4:00.

Come and be inspired. We would love to have your participation and hear your ideas.
For more information please contact Judy Gatlin:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New at FPL! Free Online Permit Practice Tests!

     Are you turning 16 soon and ready to take your Learner's Permit test? Or maybe you have just moved to the country and want to start the process of obtaining a Massachusetts license? We have exciting news for you! New at the library- free online Learner's Permit practice tests!

     Practice all you want (there's over 150 questions) and be worry-free when it's your time to go to the RMV. Brush up on road signs, insurance, traffic citations, and more. You can even read or download the full 2014 Driver's Manual on the same site. (If you prefer a print copy, you can always read the manual at the library- ask for it at the Reference Desk.)

     Have questions about the permit and license process? Check out the Massachusetts Driver’s License FAQ section, which contains lots of helpful information and links to

Visit our website and look for the blue icon below on the homepage to get started! No log-in required. Or, visit directly by going to:

Monday, August 4, 2014

Seeking FLYAZ (Framingham Public Library Youth Advisors)
Volunteers for the Upcoming 2014 School Year!

This is an excellent opportunity to earn community service points, round out your college application, and shape the direction of the Young Adult department of your library! There will be two options:

FLYAZ Teen Tech Team- Are you a passionate gamer? Love technology? Lend your expertise to the library by joining the Teen Tech Team! As a member of the team, you’ll plan gaming events for teens and younger children and advise the Youth Services Librarian on all matters of technology for the teen area in the library. Grades 8-12.

FLYAZ Event Planning Committee- We are looking for creative and enthusiastic teens who work well on a team and enjoy planning events to help the Youth Services Librarian plan exciting events throughout the year. Last year we ran a Halloween Spookfest, a manga event, Minecraft tournament, two teens only open mic nights, a Hunger Games event and Divergent event, and a book ordering group at Framingham High School. You bring the ideas, and the library will provide the resources to make it happen! There will be two separate committees: one for middle school students in grades 7-8, and the other for grades 9-12.

To apply for any of these committees, please contact Marcy Maiorana, Youth Services Librarian, at 508-532-5570, ext. 4335 or email her at

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fizz, Boom, Read

Framingham Public Library Adult Summer Reading
July 1 - August 14, 2014

Why should kids have all the fun?
Adults ages 18 and up are invited to participate in Fizz, Boom, Read.

How to participate:
  • Starting Tuesday, July 1, register at the Circulation Desk of the Main Library or the McAuliffe branch and receive a Summer Reading t-shirt, while supplies last.

  • For each book you read, enter the raffle for a Kindle Touch!
    Read any book of your choice. Entries accepted through Wednesday, August 13 at 9:00pm. The winner will be drawn at the Blackstone Valley Bluegrass concert Thursday, August 14 at 7:00pm.

Special Events

  • Drop-in eBook Help
    Mondays and Wednesdays 6:00-9:00pm, Main Library Reference Desk
    Bring your eReader, tablet or smartphone and stop by the Reference Desk of the Main Library to learn how to get library eBooks and eAudiobooks on your device.

  • Blackstone Valley Bluegrass concert & Adult Summer Reading Finale!
    Thursday, August 14 at 7:00pm, Costin Room, Main Library
    Ice cream donated by Ben & Jerry’s Natick Scoop Shop.

For more information: Call 508-532-5570 x4351.

All summer programs are funded through the generosity of the DCU Digital Federal Credit Union, the Framingham Public Schools, The Framingham Coalition, The Framingham Cultural Council, and The Friends of the Framingham Library. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Food Network Cookbooks

Can't get enough Food Network? Did you know FPL has a large selection of cookbooks written by Food Network stars?!? Check them out below:

The Pioneer Woman: Ree Drummond

Barefoot Contessa: Ina Garten

Giada at Home: Giada De Laurentiis

Week in a Day: Rachael Ray

The Kitchen: Marcela Valladolid

5 Ingredient Fix: Claire Robinson

Guy’s Big Bite: Guy Fieri

Hungry Girl: Lisa Lillien

Heartland Table: Amy Thielen


Culinary Arts e-Resource
Don't forget about our Cooking e-Resource: Culinary Arts Collection. Use this database to browse major cooking and nutrition magazines (Saveur, Bon Appetit, Vegetarian Times, etc.) from the 1980s until now. Find thousands of recipes and reviews. Now when you see that awesome recipe in Good Housekeeping while waiting at the doctor's office, all you have to do is jot down the date and month of the magazine, and you can look up the full article when you get home later!

Suggest a Purchase
Know of a good cookbook that you would like us to consider purchasing? Let us know.

Friday, July 11, 2014

When all the museum passes are taken...
free things to do with guests:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Take a MOOC!

Do you have some downtime this summer?  Do you want to expand your horizons and learn something new? Consider a MOOC!

What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses, allowing anyone with an internet connection and computer to take free classes on virtually any subject from elite universities.  A MOOC can give you an opportunity to test drive a career, enhance your professional skills or simply explore something new.  Best of all, they are free, available 24/7, and you can learn at your own speed. Subjects vary from the Arts, Math, History, Business, Law, Technology and many more.  The lists keep changing.

How do MOOCs work?  MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures that you watch on a weekly schedule when convenient for you.  They may also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams, however, there is no course credit given (with some exceptions).
There are many sites administering MOOCs.  Most are affiliated with major universities, with courses taught by university faculty.  Here are a few to get you started:

One of the largest, Coursera offers over 680 courses in a wide range of subjects, many taught by Ivy League professors.

This is a joint, nonprofit venture of Harvard, MIT, UC Berkeley and others offering over 200 courses.

Originally a project of Stanford University, Udacity has additional educational and corporate partners and offers courses primarily in Computer science, mathematics, life science, business, engineering.

Khan Academy is for “global classroom” originally developed for students, but now offers classes for all ages.  They also offer free test prep.
Class Central
This site is a MOOC aggregator - you can explore courses from several MOOC operators by searching for a subject.  Music of the Beatles, Sports and Society, Applied Real Estate, and The Fiction of Relationship are just a few of the offerings in their vast catalog.