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New Director for Framingham Public Library

Filed under: Politics by Deb Cleveland at 9:34 pm on February 5, 2006

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Framingham Public Library staff welcomed new director Mark Contois with a meet and greet reception in the main library staff room on his first day, January 30th.

Contois succeeds Tom Gilchrist, who worked as assistant, and then director for twenty years. Contois served as director of Palmer Public Library for the past ten years. Under his leadership, Palmer has been recognized as a leader in library services, programs, technology, fiscal support and building construction.

Prior to being at the helm in Palmer, Contois was assistant director of the West Springfield Public Library for four years. He served as the Vice President of the Western Massachusetts Regional Library System, President of the Palmer Downtown Partnership, and has served on the Board of Directors of Quaboag Valley Chamber of Commerce, Palmer Rotary Club, Literacy Volunteers of Quaboag Valley, and other organizations.

Contois is married with three children, two of whom are now attending college. He received his graduate degree from Simmons College of Library and Information Science in 1989.


McAuliffe Branch Library Reopens

Filed under: Around Town by Deb Cleveland at 9:54 am on December 16, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Branch Library reopened at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, December 16th.

The branch library closed Friday afternoon, December 9th to complete alterations necessary to improve access for those with disabilities.

Due dates on materials were adjusted due to the closing.

Main Library loses materials due to water damage!

In the meantime, unfortunately the main library experienced leaks and flooding on the first floor and in the children's room, causing damage to many hardcover books.



Godzilla a Hit in Framingham

Filed under: Arts / Culture by Deb Cleveland at 11:55 pm on August 29, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The McAuliffe Branch Library in Saxonville has a hit display: Godzilla.

People from around MetroWest are calling and visiting the state's busiest branch library to enjoy an extensive display of Godzilla memorabilia.

From the 10 year old collection of Andrew Wong comes some unique collectibles which will bring back monster memories of the past and for future generations! Be sure to check out this unique display and let you imagination take you beyond limits!

Items included in the exhibition range from various candy toys, Bandai/Banpresto Figures, autographed miniposters, large posters, movie programs, Resin Chess Pieces, SD figures, and even Andrew Wong's own artwork. Unfortunately the X-Plus King Ghidorah Statue would not fit in the display case but is represented by his smaller microman sibling.

Andrew Wong is a student at UMass Amherst and a long-time page at McAuliffe Library.

Hurry into McAuliffe by Friday, Sept. 2nd to experience the wonderful Godzilla collection.


Interlibrary Loan Demand Overwhelms Minuteman Library Delivery System

Filed under: Uncategorized by Deb Cleveland at 11:00 pm on August 1, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Due to the heavy demand for interlibrary loans among member libraries of the Minuteman Library network, the delivery service has been temporarily overwhelmed by the quantities of materials to be moved from library to library.

Citing a backlog of about 600 boxes to be sorted and rerouted among the more than two dozen member libraries, the Minuteman Library system has temporarily called a moritorium on requests for audio-visual materials. The popularity of borrowing videos, audio books, and DVD's has grown geometrically in the past few years, challenging the library staffs and the delivery system to keep up.

Suspending audio-visual requests will enable the delivery service to have time and space to process the materials currently in transit and waiting to be sorted and delivered.

Library patrons may still request print materials and go to member libraries in person to check out audio visual materials.



Short Takes - June 2005

Filed under: General Interest by Deb Cleveland at 11:36 pm on June 3, 2005

FRAMINGHAM, MA -- The summer concert series on Framingham Centre Common, "Concerts on the Green," officially opened the season on Friday night, June 3rd. The Comcast Cable Studio crew was on hand to record it so if you missed it, you can enjoy reruns on Channel 9.

Framingham Farmers' Market will return to the Centre Common beginning Thursday, June 23 and continue through Oct. 27. Shop for fresh area produce and products from 1- 5:30 PM.

On Thursday nights, music lovers can enjoy the Downtown Common Concerts, 6-7:30 p.m. from June 16th - July 28th. The Downtown Common is located on Concord St., in front of the Armenian (formerly Baptist) Church and opposite the Fabric Place.

Amazing Things Arts Center located in Pinefield Shopping Center in Saxonville received its occupancy permit.

The Friends of the Framingham Public Library will hold its last book sale of the season on Saturday, June 18th. Book sales will resume after Labor Day.

The Framingham Library will kick off its summer reading program, "Going Places," with "Truck Day," a roundup of town vehicles at Pinefield Shopping Center on Saturday, June 11th, from 10 a.m. - noon for kids to enjoy and explore. "Truck Day" is part of the activities of the Friends of Saxonville's Discover Saxonville Day. This year the focus is Pinefield Shopping Center. had a record-breaking 72,000+ visitors during the month of May. One of the most popular sections is the community calendar, especially on weekends.


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