Friday, February 26, 2016

Tax Time



It's that time of year again!

The due date for filing Federal and State income tax returns is Wednesday, April 18, 2016.

We have received some of the Federal and State tax forms at the new McAuliffe Branch at 746 Water Street and at the pop-up at 25 Clinton Street. If we don't have what you need, we can print them for you, or request to have them mailed to your home. Or, you can print them yourself from home.



How to get Federal Tax Forms
Online: Download the form you need or order online to have the forms mailed to you.  There is also the option of filling electronically.  Another way to find online tax forms quickly is to type the form number in Google.  When you see your search results, make sure to download the form for the 2015 tax year.
By Phone: Call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676

How to Get State Tax Forms
Online: Commonwealth of Massachusetts forms are available here.  The State allows you to use WebFile, which performs calculations for you and you can track your refund or tax due as you go along. It's free and easy, and if you are due a refund, you can have it automatically deposited.
By Phone: Call to Massachusetts Department of Revenue at 1-800-392-6089

Tax Forms for Other States
Use the Federation of Tax Administrators website to find links to tax forms for any US State.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

2015 National Book Award Winners

The National Book Foundation has announced its long list for the Book Awards for 2015 in 4 categories. The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.
Winners, announced on November 18th, are in RED

Fiction
Nonfiction
Poetry
Young People's Literature

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Reading Lists w/ E-book + Audiobook links: FHS, Keefe, and Middle Schools

It's August and Summer Reading is in full swing. Haven't finished yet? Not to worry. FPL has made it
even easier to get your reading done this year.

We will always love a good print book, of course, but we have other exciting options for you, too. Can't get a ride to the library? Did you know you can listen to library audiobooks on your phone? How easy is that, don't you always have your phone with you? Or, did you know that you can put eBooks on your iPad and read them in places where you don't have WiFi, like in the park or on the beach?

There are two different Apps available: Overdrive and Hoopla. Overdrive doesn't have a monthly limit on titles (you can have 10 at any give time,) but some of the books require a waiting list if lots of people want a digital copy at the same time. Hoopla has a monthly limit of 5 checkouts, but all the items are available INSTANTLY for download. That is correct, if it is on Hoopla, you don't have to wait to get the item. That means even when the library is closed, you can download the audiobook on your phone in seconds. Most items are available only on Overdrive, but look below for a few Hoopla links, too. For more information about these two apps, please see our Digital page.

Whether you're in high school at FHS or Keefe, or in Middle School in Framingham, click the links below to get started. Happy Downloading!

PS- For the Framingham Public Schools Summer Reading List for 2015, please click here.


FHS Summer Reading 2015
*FHS eBook Instructions*

Grade 9:
All students entering 9th grade must read at least one of the following four books:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: eBook
Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario: eBook
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher: eBook
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: eBook ; Audiobook


The following are other options for the second required book:
American-Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang: eBook
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: eBook
Please Stop Laughing at Me: One Woman's Inspirational True Story by Jodee Blanco: eBook
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen: eBook
Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson: eBook
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell: eBook ; Audiobook (Overdrive) ; Audiobook (Hoopla)



Grade 10: 
All students entering 10th grade must read at least one of the following four books:
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls: eBook
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: eBook ; Audiobook
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: eBook ; Audiobook
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina: eBook
 
The following are other options for the second required book:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: eBook ; Audiobook
Early Autumn by Robert Parker: eBook ; Audiobook
Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen: eBook
The Lost City of Z by David Grann: eBook
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey: eBook
Paper Towns by John Green: eBook


Grade 11:
All students entering 11th grade must read at least one of the following four books*:

*Students entering A.P. English Language & Composition must also read An American Childhood by Annie Dillard: eBook ; Audiobook

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie: eBook**
Lucky by Alice Sebold: eBook
The Scorch Trials by James Dashner: eBook ; Audiobook
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler: eBook**;
Audiobook
**Must be logged in with a Framingham card to see this title.


The following are other options for the second required book:

An American Childhood
by Annie Dillard: eBook ; Audiobook
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield: no digital format
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown: eBook
On the Road by Jack Kerouac: eBook ; Audiobook (Overdrive) ; Audiobook (Hoopla)
Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss & What I Learned by Judd Winick: no digital format
A Secret Edge by Robin Reardon: eBook


Grade 12: 
All students entering 12th grade must read at least one of the following four books:
Students entering A.P. English Literature must also read The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare: eBook ; Audiobook (Overdrive) ; Audiobook (Hoopla)
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini: eBook
Bossypants by Tina Fey: eBook** ; Audiobook
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi: eBook
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: eBook ; Audiobook

**Must be logged in with a Framingham card to see this title.

 

The following are other options for the second required book:
The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci: eBook
Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman: eBook**
First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers by Loung Ung: eBook
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot: eBook ; Audiobook
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare: eBook ; Audiobook (Overdrive) ; Audiobook (Hoopla)
When She Woke by Hillary Jordan: eBook1 ; eBook2 ; Audiobook
World War Z by Max Brooks: eBook ; Audiobook1 ; Audiobook2
**Must be logged in with a Framingham card to see this title.



Keefe Tech Summer Reading 2015
-All students enrolled in an Honors course are expected to read two books
-All students enrolled in a CP1 and CP2 course are expected to read one book
-All students will be expected to complete an essay upon returning to school in September
 

Grade 9:
The Lightning Thief by Percy Jackson (or any book in the series): eBooks & Audiobooks
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon: eBook
Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper: eBook
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling (or any book in the series): eBooks & Audiobooks
American-Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang: eBook
The Bully by Anne Schraff: not avilable
A Matter of Trust by Anne Schraff: not avilable


Grade 10:
Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers: not available
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: eBook ; Audiobook
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: eBook ; Audiobook
The Last Hero by Rick Riordan: not available
Blank Confession by Pete Hautman: eBook
Lost and Found by Anne Schraff: not available
The Gun by Paul Langan: not available


Grade 11: 
Looking for Alaska by John Green: eBook
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (or any book in the series): eBooks & Audiobooks
Sold by Patricia McCormick: eBook
Maus by Art Spiegelman: not available
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer: eBook
Invisible by Pete Hautman: eBook

Grade 12:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak: eBook ; Audiobook
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: eBook ; Audiobook
Christine by Stephen King: not available
The Dead Zone by Stephen King: not available
Animal Farm by George Orwell: eBook ; Audiobook (Overdrive) ; Audiobook (Hoopla)
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: not available
The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom: Audiobook



Middle School Summer Reading 2015

Grade 6:
Students entering grade 6 are required to read one of the two district selections. They are also encouraged to read as many books as possible from their recommended grade level list, as part of the World Series of Summer Reading Incentive Program.

District Read Choices:

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin: eBook ; Audiobook

The Color of My Words
by Lynn Joseph: not yet available

Full List:
Firegirl by Tony Abbott: Audiobook
El Deafo by Cece Bell: eBook
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech: eBook
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko: eBook ; Audiobook
Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins: eBooks & Audiobooks
The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd: eBook
Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans: eBook
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman: eBook
Among the Hidden by Margaret P. Haddix: eBook
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai: eBook1 ; eBook2
Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football’s Make-or-Break Moment by Carla McClafferty: not yet available
Eggs by Jerry Spinelli: Audiobook
Smile by Raina Telgemeier: eBook
So B. It by Sarah Weeks: eBook ; Audiobook
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams- Garcia: eBook
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: eBook ; Audiobook

 

Grade 7: 
Students entering grade 7 are required to read one of the two district selections. They are also encouraged to read as many books as possible from their recommended grade level list, as part of the World Series of Summer Reading Incentive Program.

District Read Choices:
Out of My Mind
by Sharon Draper: eBook
Freak the Mighty
by Rodman Philbrick: eBook

Full List:
City of Orphans by Avi: eBook
Can I See Your I.D? by Chris Barton: eBook
Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol: eBook
Tracking Trash : Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion by Loree Griffin Burns: not yet available
Matched by Ally Condie: eBook ; Audiobook
Ranger’s Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan: eBook
Phineas Gage, A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science by John Fleischman: eBook
Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham: eBook ; Audiobook
Escape from Mr. Limoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein: eBook ; Audiobook
The Odyssey (Graphic novel) by Gareth Hinds: not yet available
Heat by Mike Lupica: eBook ; Audiobook
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano: eBook
Thirteen by Lauren Myracle: eBook
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen: eBook ; Audiobook (Overdrive) ; Audiobook (Hoopla)
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel: eBook ; Audiobook (Overdrive) ; Audiobook (Hoopla)
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson: eBook ; Audiobook
The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman: eBook ; Audiobook
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain: eBook (Overdrive) ; eBook (Hoopla) ; Audiobook (Overdrive) ; Audiobook (Hoopla)
The Crowfield Curse by Pat Walsh: eBook
Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin: eBook (Framingham card required) ; Audiobook


Grade 8:
Students entering grade 8 are required to read the district selection. They are also encouraged to read as many books as possible from their recommended grade level list, as part of the World Series of Summer Reading Incentive Program.

District Read Choice:
The Boy on the Wooden Box
by Leon Leyson: Audiobook (Hoopla) ; Audiobook (Overdrive)


Full List:
Code Talker: A novel about the Navajo Marines by Joseph Bruchac: eBook
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card: eBook
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier: eBook ; Audiobook
Reckless by Cornelia Funke: Audiobook
The Trouble with Lemons by Daniel Hayes: not yet available
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen: eBook ; Audiobook
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson: eBook ; Audiobook
A Separate Peace by John Knowles: eBook
Legend by Marie Lu: eBook ; Audiobook
Cinder by Marissa Meyer: eBook ; Audiobook
Monster by Walter Dean Myers: eBook
Bystander by James Preller: eBook
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick: eBook (Framingham card required)
Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn: eBook
Outcasts United: The Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town by Warren St. John: not yet available







Wednesday, July 22, 2015

August Newsletter

This month's newsletter is complete! The electronic copy can be viewed here, and print copies will be available at both Libraries in a couple of days.

See below for what can can look forward to at FPL this month.


FPL By the Numbers
First of all, this edition of Look Here First comes with a special insert, called FPL By the Numbers. This infographic shows what we have been up to so far in 2015. We've had over 700,000+ "Points of Service," including:
  • Over 300,000 items were borrowed from our shelves
  • 400+ Programs were enjoyed by 11,811 people
  • 1,200 new library cards were issued
  • The Homework Center tutored 960 students, and 1,188 students participated in Literacy Unlimited programs
  • 1,220 Museum Passes were borrowed
  • 83% of total Circulation was print; Digital Borrowing continues to rise with 19,055 Downloads

Brown Bag Learning Series
Join us from 12-1:00pm one Friday a month for an informal lunch time program featuring speakers from local businesses and organizations. A wide range of topics will be discussed that are educational and entertaining. The Brown Bag Learning Series is free to the public. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch; refreshments will be provided. This month, get tips about nutrition and health:

Eat This Not That – Proper Nutrition for a Healthy Life
Friday, August 7, 12:00-1:00pm, Main Library, Costin Room
Presented by MaryEllen Giombetti

Have you been on a million diets? Are you looking to lose weight or maybe just develop healthier eating habits? Learn how the right foods can actually HELP to fuel your body properly and transform it in a positive way. Walk away with a clear idea on how to eat right for your life. Gain helpful tips on food planning, metabolism boosters, portion control, hydration, “superfoods” and their benefits.


About MaryEllen Giombetti: MaryEllen is an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness and Nutrition Specialist with over 15 years of experience in the health industry. She is the owner of EMPOWER Fitness in Framingham and a regular instructor for the Keefe Tech at Night’s continuing adult education program. MaryEllen has been training and coaching individuals since 2007. She holds a B.A. from Syracuse University.


Friendly’s “FUNraiser” to Support the Framingham Public Library!
Love ice-cream? Stop by Friendly's on Temple Street every Thursday in July and August and 20% of your check will be donated to FPL!

Just in time for summer, Friendly’s Ice Cream at 27 Temple Street in Framingham will donate 20% of all checks to the Library, as long as you present a voucher dated for the Thursday that you visit. The fundraiser will take place on the following Thursdays: July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20 and 27. Vouchers are good on both dine-in and takeout orders. You will be able to print the correct voucher out each week from our website (see below), or pick one up at either library location. Enjoy summer food and ice cream, and help the Library at the same time. Thanks for supporting your community library!
Print Vouchers:
July 23  |  July 30
Aug. 6  |  Aug. 13  |  Aug. 20  |  Aug. 27



Overdrive Media Station
Come play with our new toy! And don't forget about Device Advice, running every Mon. and Wed. from 6-9pm.

We are excited to have the OverDrive Media Station on loan from Minuteman Library Network, at the Main Library near the Circulation desk. The Station is a discovery tool that you can use to browse, sample, and borrow our digital collection of eBooks, audiobooks and video from an interactive touchscreen monitor.
In addition, digital titles are available anytime, by visiting http://digital.minlib.net. Or browse the Library’s website to borrow titles, including music and magazines, using a valid Library card, and enjoy on all major computers and devices. For more ways to borrow for your device, go to www.framinghamlibrary.org/digital.
Questions about our digital collection? Call 508-532-5570 x4361, or stop in for Device Advice at the Main Library on Monday or Wednesday nights between 6-9:00pm or by appointment.



And last but not least, enjoy a special activity for the kids!

Stuffed Animal Overnight and Storytime 
Thursday, August 13, 7:00-7:30pm
Costin Room, Main Library, Ages 3+.
Pre-registration requested.
Refreshments provided by Take the Cake of Ashland.

Do you have a book-loving, adventurous stuffed animal who would like to sleep over at the library? If so, we invite you to join us for some stories before leaving your adventure-seeking companion behind for an exciting night at the library. Stuffed animals must be picked up Friday morning, August 14 any time after 9am. Pictures of the event will be live tweeted and posted on Facebook Thursday night. 



There's lots more happening this month! See more events and activities in our August Newsletter or on our website!
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