Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Online Foreign Language Collections through Boston Public Library

If you are bilingual or want to read online materials in other languages besides English, did you know that you can get eBooks and online Magazines for free through the Boston Public Library?

If you live, work, or study in Massachusetts, you are eligible for a BPL eCard, and you can sign up for one online. With this eCard you can access all of Boston Public Library's online resources, including foreign language materials.

eBooks and Audiobooks:

To access eBooks or audiobooks from Boston Public Library, click here for the BPL eBook Catalog. Under the Boston Public Library logo, the last column on the right is where you will see links to the different language collections (see photo above.) To download the books, sign in with your BPL eCard number and PIN.

In addition to English, Boston's Digital Catalog has eBooks and audiobooks in the following languages:

  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

If you are already familiar with Overdrive, the download process is the same as borrowing eBooks from the Minuteman Digital Catalog we use at FPL (which is separate.) If you are brand new to eBook downloading, have a look at the extremely useful Overdrive Help Site, which contains instructions tailored to your device.

And if you'd like print books instead, don't forget to stop by the library to see our foreign language materials. We have book collections for Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and more.

Russian eBooks

Portuguese eBooks

Online Magazines:

To access eMagazines, click here for the BPL Zinio Collection (Digital Magazines.) You will need to enter your BPL eCard and PIN.

After entering your card details, you will be taken to a page where you will see the magazines available for borrowing. In the upper right corner of the page, if you click on "All Languages," you will be able to choose the language you would like.

Besides English, BPL has digital magazines in the following languages:
  • Chinese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

To read an online magazine, you will need a Zinio account. Click "Create New Account" and follow the prompts so that you will be able to sign-in.

If you already have a Zinio account with us in Framingham, you don't need to create a new account; instead, you can log-in with your FPL details. There are lots of English and non-English titles to choose from- more than what we have in our Framingham collection.

If you'd like to read foreign magazines in print- stop by the library! We have a good number of languages available.


Both Boston Library and Framingham Library have foreign films available online through Hoopla. Both of our collections are the exact same- so you can access Hoopla either through Boston or Framingham by signing up at BPL users get 10 checkouts a month; FPL users get 5. (Yes, if you sign up and register for two accounts, one with your Framingham card number and one with your Boston card number, you will have 15 checkouts a month.)

Hoopla has a foreign film section which you can view here. Languages available include Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Cantonese, Portuguese, French, Serbian, Greek, Hungarian, Hindi,  German, Czech, Turkish, Hebrew, Russian, Dutch, Japanese, and more.

Besides online, we also have a large collection of films on DVD that you can checkout from the library. We have Russian, Portuguese, Hebrew, Chinese, Spanish, and more.

Spanish eBooks

Get started now! Sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard here:

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Digitized Materials

Looking for some great sites to visit for digitized historical items such as photos, paintings, maps, documents and books? With the following sites, you can browse materials from libraries, archives and museums not only from Massachusetts, but also from all over the world! There are lots of places, time periods and languages to choose from.

Digital Commonwealth: Massachusetts Collections Online


Digital Public Library of America

World Digital Library

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

5th Annual Framingham Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 25th
11am - 3pm
Framingham Common

Happy Earth Day! This Saturday is Framingham's 5th Annual Earth Day Festival. You can do all sorts of activities at the festival! Bring electronics to recycle, attend a rain-barrel workshop, and eat from healthy food trucks! Not only will the Framingham Public Library be there, but lots of other local groups and organizations!

Community Groups/Organizations
Eco Home Improvement
Eco/LIfestyle Products
Environmental Groups and Organizations
Farms and CSAs
Food / On Site Concessions
Food / Artisan and Sampling
Health & Wellness

For more information, visit the Earth Day Festival's website:

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 espaƱol 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