Thursday, April 9, 2015

Learning Express

Have you tried Learning Express yet? Use this eResource to:
  • Take practice SAT and AP tests
  • Study for the HiSET
  • Prepare for professional exams
  • Watch a tutorials on how to use a computer
  • ...and more!
Set up an account with your Framingham Library card number and a valid e-mail address. You do not have to be in the library to use Learning Express if you are a Framingham resident. If you do not live in Framingham, you are welcome to use Learning Express within the library.
Free Online Practice Tests for…
GED & HiSET (Also see our HiSET guide)
USCIS Naturalization Test
...and more!

Occupational Exams for:
Allied Health
Air Traffic Controller
Civil Service
Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
Culinary Arts
Emergency Medical Services
Homeland Security
Law Enforcement
Postal Worker
Real Estate

…and more!

Choose from 9 different centers in Learning Express!
  • Adult Learning Center
  • Career Center
  • High School Equivalency Center
  • College Preparation Center
  • Recursos para hispanohablantes
  • College Center
  • School Center
  • Computer Skills Center
  • Job & Career Accelerator

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Attention Teens!
Looking for your next read? Search no further than our brand new Reading Guides!
Browse the subjects below and check our catalog to see what is available!

Want more ideas? Try our Novelist Database. Happy Reading! And don't forget to check our Teen Page for more news and events at FPL.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

New Hoopla and Zinio Apps

Two apps - Hoopla and Zinio - have gotten upgrades!

Hoopla's new update, called LightSpeed, is brighter, faster, and easier to use.

And if you're a new user, the sign-up process takes just seconds. Download the Hoopla app to get started. With Hoopla, you have access to:
  • Movies
  • TV
  • Music
  • Audiobooks
Plus, there is never any waiting period! Everything you see can be downloaded right away- there are never any holds. Framingham residents get 5 check outs a month. Movies and TV episodes are kept for 3 days, Music albums 7 days, and Audiobooks 21 days. For more info, visit our Digital page.

Zinio's new app is completely different.
This is not an update to the regular Zinio app; instead it is an entirely separate app that is just for library users. This means that if you download the new app, you will no longer be burdened with the commercial side of the Zinio app that displays magazines for purchase. Now you will see ONLY the Library magazines that you have borrowed- and nothing else.

Right now, the new app is available for iPad users and Android users. (It is not yet available for Kindle Fire HD/HDX and iPhone users, but will be in the near future.)
The old Zinio app will continue to work for all users. The new app is optional, but it makes it easier to see what you have checked out.

If you'd like to download the new Zinio app, click below. Or, search for "Zinio for Libraries" (not "Zinio") in your App or Play store:
For more information, please see our Digital page.

Haven't tried Zinio yet? Sign up here.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

HiSET Resources Available at FPL

Taking the HiSET soon? FPL has lots of resources available to help. Visit for updates!

Books at FPL

HiSET Books
Call number Title
On Order The Official Guide to the Hiset Exam 
JOB 373.12 HISET Common 2015  Common core achieve. Science
JOB 373.12 HISET Common 2015 Common core achieve. Mathematics
JOB 373.12 HISET Common 2015  Common core achieve. Social studies
JOB 373.12 HISET Common 2015 Common core achieve. Reading & writing

More HiSET books coming soon!

GED Books
Call number Title
JOB 373.12 GED Kaplan 2014 New GED : strategies, practice & review.
JOB 373.12 GED Barron's 2014   How to prepare for the GED test. 
JOB 373.12 GED Peterson 2014   Master the GED. 
JOB 372.12 GED Princeton 2013  Cracking the GED 
SPAN COLL 373.12 Shukyn   El GED en español para dummies 
SPAN COLL 373.12 Barron's 2010 Barron's GED : el examen de equivalencia de la escuela superior 

We have many more GED books- stop by the top floor to view the collection.

Online Practice Tests

Take free, full-length practice tests online with Learning Express. Set up an account with your Framingham Library card number and a valid e-mail address. You do not have to be in the library to use Learning Express; you may access it anywhere you have an internet connection.

After registering, go to the top left corner of the homepage, and below the logo click where it says “All Centers.” Then, click on “High School Equivalency Center,” and once the page opens type “HiSET” in the search box. Here you will find all the resources available on Learning Express to prepare for the exam.

You will see multiple practice tests for each of the five sections of the HiSET: Language Arts (Reading and Writing,) Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. You may take the practice tests timed or un-timed. You may also save tests and go back to them later.

There is also an Exam Preparation Tutorial that will assess your strengths and weaknesses so you will be able to get an idea of what areas you should focus on when studying.

If you have questions about using this eResource, do not hesitate to contact us!


HiSET Official Website
Also available in Spanish, this website is the official place for up-to-date HiSET information. You may also print out short practice tests for all five sections of the exam.

Keefe Tech: HiSET Test Center and Preparation Classes
Keefe Tech is a state-approved test center, and offers the exam monthly. View their website for their testing schedule and test day information. Keefe also offers Preparation Classes with Keefe at Night Continuing Education. Call 508-935-0202 for more information.

HiSET Information Brief- 2015
View this document to see exactly what the test covers in all sections.

Call: 508-532-5570, Ext. 4361
Visit: Reference Desk, top floor

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Women's History Month- Women of Framingham

In celebration of Women's History Month, stop by the top floor of the library to view our new display about three famous Framingham women!
  • Margaret Knight
  • Louise Parker Mayo
  • Meta Warrick Fuller

Margaret Knight

      "Born in York, Maine, Margaret E. "Mattie" Knight, nicknamed "Lady Edison," spent her childhood in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she received a meager education. Estranged from the usual pastimes of little girls, she made homemade kites and sleds, which were the envy of the neighborhood. At age twelve, while observing her brothers at work in a cloth factory, she saw a large metal-tipped shuttle drop from the loom, endangering a worker. This incident motivated her to devise a stop-motion device to prevent loom accidents.

          As an adult, Knight moved to Springfield, Massachusetts, and worked for a manufacturer of paper bags. After studying the operation, in 1867 she devised a mechanism that produced a bag with a square bottom, which would enable users to load the bag without holding it erect. Two years later, she took her idea to Boston and began putting the finishing touches on the device so that it could be patented. Another inventor, Charles F. Annan, copied her idea and applied for his own patent. Knight contested his claims in court and won her suit in 1870.

          For most of her productive years, Knight lived in Ashland and Framingham, Massachusetts, but she also maintained a workshop in Boston, and was associated with the Knight-Davidson Motor Company of New York. She created a number of handy domestic gadgets, including various machines that cut out and sewed shoes, a window sash and frame, a dress and skirt shield, a barbecue spit, a clasp for holding robes, and a numbering device. Late in her career, she studied rotary engines and evolved a sleeve-valve engine, a horizontal variation on the vertical poppet valve, which was posthumously patented in 1915. The return for her work, however, brought her small profit; she died of pneumonia and gallstones in 1914, leaving behind an estate valued at less than $300."

"Margaret E. Knight." World of Invention. Gale, 2006. Biography in Context. Web. 3 Mar. 2015.

Louise Parker Mayo

         "'Framingham's […] Mayo "represented countless women throughout the country who interrupted their everyday lives to be a part of history," said Danker.

          "Thousands of American women fought the battle for the vote. Hundreds of them were jailed and 168 received the suffrage pins. Framingham is honored to have been home to two of them," said Franck […]”

          Mayo, the mother of five boys and two girls, left the family's Nixon Road farmhouse in July 1917 to picket at the White House.

          "My grandfather, a tall Abraham Lincoln type, said 'Go ahead,' " said Jean Trifero, a Nantucket resident who spent much of her childhood with her grandparents, Louise and William. " He knew if that's what she was going to do, she would do it."

          Mayo was among 17 women protesters arrested and sentenced to 60 days in jail. She was pardoned and released after serving two days, but her actions earned her a silver jail-door pin from the National Woman's Party.

          "I always have an awful lot of pride in what she accomplished," Trifero said of the woman known to solve math problems for fun and drive "the school barge," a horse-drawn conveyance that ferried students in the days before buses."
By Julia Spitz/Daily News staff, Aug 21, 2010
Evans-Daly, Laurie, and David C. Gordon. Framingham. Dover, NH: Arcadia Pub., 1997.

Meta Warrick Fuller

              "Meta Warrick Fuller was born in Philadelphia, Pa., the youngest of three children of Emma (Jones) and William H. Warrick. Henry Jones, her maternal grandfather, was a well-known caterer in Philadelphia. Her father owned barber shops and her mother a hair-dressing parlor. Meta was named after one of her mother's clients, Meta Vaux, the daughter of Senator Richard Vaux.
            Meta Warrick's early knowledge and appreciation of art began with her father's self-instructed interest in paintings and sculpture in the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. When she completed high school in Philadelphia in 1894, she won a three-year scholarship to the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (later the Philadelphia College of Industrial Art). Her prizewinning bas-relief frieze of thirty-seven medieval figures, “The Procession of Arts and Crafts,” earned her a postgraduate scholarship for an additional year of study in sculpture. At her graduation in 1898, she won an honorable mention for modeling and a prize for a metalwork piece, “Crucifixion of Christ in Agony.”
            With the encouragement of her teachers and friends, Meta Warrick went to Paris in October 1899 for further study. She was not permitted because of her race to stay at the American Girls Club, so a family friend, Henry O. Tanner, the American-born Negro painter who had won acclaim in Paris, found her a room in a small hotel. Despite limited financial resources, she attended the École des Beaux Arts (1899), and the Colarossi Academy (1900-02) where she studied modeling under such notable French artists as Injalbert, Gauqui, and Rollard. Introduced to the sculptor Auguste Rodin, she showed him a plaster model of her “Secret Sorrow” (also known as “Man Eating His Heart”). He praised her work and with his encouragement she exhibited several sculptures, including “The Thief on the Cross,” “The Impenitent Thief,” “The Wretched,” and “Man Carrying a Dead Comrade”—all examples of the powerful combination of the romantic and the macabre that marks her early work—
in L'Art Nouveau, an important Paris gallery.
            Despite her successful years in Paris, race prejudice denied Meta Warrick similar recognition after her return to Philadelphia in 1902. Art dealers asserted that there was no interest in the “domestic” works she produced in her Philadelphia studio, but they also belittled the sculptures she had done in Paris. It was not until 1907, when she won a gold medal for her tableaux of 150 figures illustrating the progress of the Negro in America (a commission for the Jamestown Tercentennial Exhibition), that she began to receive recognition.
            On Feb. 3, 1909, Meta Warrick married Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller of Boston and Framingham, Mass. A Liberian by birth, he was a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine. Then working in the fields of pathology and neurology, he later became a noted psychiatrist. They moved to a house he had had built in Framingham, which was their home for the remainder of their lives. In 1910 a fire in a Philadelphia warehouse where Meta Fuller's sculptures were stored destroyed practically all her work of the past sixteen years.
            Her opportunities for professional work were somewhat limited by the birth of three sons: Solomon Carter, Jr., born in 1910; William Thomas, born in 1911; and Perry J., born in 1916. But in 1913, at the request of W. E. B. Du Bois, famous author and editor of The Crisis magazine, she molded a statue depicting a black boy and girl for the fiftieth anniversary celebration in New York of the Emancipation Proclamation. This sculpture marked the beginning of her use of Afro-Americans as her models and the start of fifty prolific years, working at first in a studio on the top floor of her house and after 1929 in a separate studio building on the shore of nearby Learned Pond. In 1922 Meta Fuller showed a life-size sculpture, “Awakening Ethiopia” (now in the Schomburg Collection of the New York Public Library) at New York's Making of America Exposition. During the 1930s she exhibited at local libraries, the Boston Art Club, and at churches, where she gained increased popularity. Her later work, usually small pieces, is more reserved than that done before 1910. It shows “greater self-consciousness … check-reined technic,” and an “ingratiating charm” (Porter, p. 78) that distinguish it from the more emotionally demanding work of the earlier period.
            In 1950 Meta Warrick Fuller left her studio to a former pupil in order to care for her ailing and blind husband. He died on Jan. 16, 1953, and shortly thereafter she contracted tuberculosis which required confinement for two years in a sanatorium. She returned to Framingham and began to work again, completing a bust of Charlotte Hawkins Brown in 1956 and the following year producing for the National Council of Negro Women doll models of ten famous American Negro women. In the early 1960s she sculpted a bronze plaque of a doctor and two nurses for the Framingham Union Hospital where her husband had practiced. This period is also marked by one of her most notable works, “The Crucifixion,” with the head of Christ raised, done in memory of the four Negro girls killed in the church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. A bronze piece, “Storytime” (depicting a mother reading to her three children) was unveiled in the Framingham Center Library in 1964.
            Although much of her early work was destroyed, several of her important pieces were placed in museums: “The Talking Skull” in the Museum of Afro-American History in Boston; “The Wretched” in the Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco, a museum built by Alma Spreckels (1881-1968) which features the work of Rodin, his students, and those whom he inspired; her statuette of Richard B. Harrison as “De Lawd” in Green Pastures in the art gallery of Howard University; a bas-relief of a black youth rising from a kneeling position to meet the rising sun in the YMCA building in Atlanta, Ga.; a bronze bust of her husband in the Boston University School of Medicine; and “The Dancing Girl” in the Cleveland Museum of Art. In addition to her many prizes, she was a fellow of the Academy of Fine Arts and was one of three sculptors receiving special honor in March 1961 at the “New Vistas in American Art” exhibit at Howard University. Meta Warrick Fuller died in Framingham at the age of ninety."
Logan, Rayford W. "Fuller, Meta Vaux Warrick, June 6, 1877-March 13, 1968.." Notable American Women: The Modern Period. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1980. Credo Reference. Web. 5 Mar 2015.
"Storytime"- On display in our Children's Room!