Framingham Reads Together 2016

The community is invited to read author David McCullough’s latest book The Wright Brothers as part of the fourth annual Framingham Reads Together program.

And in May, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author will speak at the Memorial Building as part of the Framingham Public Library’s fourth town-wide “One Book” program.

The Wright Brothers is a dramatic story-behind-the-story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

McCullough will speak Saturday, May 14 at the Memorial Building at 10:30 a.m.

David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a “master of the art of narrative history.” He twice has won the Pulitzer Prize, twice the National Book Award, and has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award.

A gifted speaker, McCullough has lectured in all parts of the country and abroad, as well as at the White House. He is also one of the few private citizens to speak before a joint session of Congress.

In a crowded, productive career, he has been an editor, teacher, lecturer, and familiar presence on public television — as host of Smithsonian World, The American Experience, and narrator of
numerous documentaries including Ken Burns’s The Civil War. His is also the narrator’s voice in the movie Seabiscuit and John Adams, the seven-part mini-series on HBO produced by Tom Hanks.

In cooperation with Framingham State University and the Danforth Art, and the Framingham Public Library, there are several Framingham Reads Together programs during the months of April and May.

** Artist Visit with Lita Judge (Free for children and their accompanying adult) Sunday April 3, 2 to 4 p.m. – Danforth Art
Meet the author. Books are available for purchase/signing.

** Planetarium Program
Friday April 15, 6:30pm – Framingham State University’s
McAuliffe Center on Integrated Science Learning
A voyage to the International Space Station.

** Fitness on Foot and in the Air (Ages 5+)
Tuesday April 19, 11 to noon –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Craft Room
Participate in activities designed by the Museum of
Science and NASA to explore various aspects of exercise
and the human body both here on earth and in space.
Funded by the BAA in honor of the Boston Marathon.

** Kites: Science and Structure
Wednesday April 20, 3 to 4 p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
Guest Instructor: Glenn Davison, author of 5 books on kites
Join us to learn about the aerodynamics behind kite
flying and build your own kite. Glenn will also demo
indoor kite flying.

** PBS Film: The Makers – Women in Space(Grade 6+)
Wednesday April 20, 7 p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
This inspiring film traces the history of women pioneers
in the U.S. Space Program.

Book Discussion: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Thursday April 21, 10 a.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

**Children’s Storytime: Take Flight with Danforth Art (Ages 3-6)
Thursday April 21, 10:15 a.m. –
Framingham Public Library, Pop-up Library
Join Danforth Art staff for a reading of Lita Judge’s
Flight School. Create your own multimedia illustration.

** Backyard Astronomy – Star Hopping Tips to Share with
Family and Friends
Thursday April 21, 7 p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
Guest Speaker/Guide: Jim J. Zebrowski, President of
the Aldrich Astronomical Society
A guide to recognizing constellations, bright stars and
planets using an easy-to-follow process called star
hopping! Children have a chance to win a “spacey” prize!

** FSU Science Festival – Science on State Street (All ages)
Saturday April 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. –
Framingham State University
www.framingham.edu/science-on-state-street
Free parking is available on campus.

Book Discussion: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Thursday April 28, 1 p.m. – Callahan Center
Registration is required.

Literacy Unlimited Book Discussion: Who Were the
Wright Brothers? by James Buckley
Friday April 29, 10 a.m. – Boys & Girls Club, Classroom

** Walsh Middle School and Framingham High School
Robotics Team Demos!
Saturday April 30, 10:00am to 12:00noon –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
Meet Framingham’s award-winning robot creators!

** Drop Into Art: Storytelling (Free for children and their accompanying adult)
Sunday May 1, 2 to 4 p.m. – Danforth Art
Families are invited to participate in gallery and
studio activities inspired by Lita Judge’s Flight School.

Book Discussion: The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
Tuesday May 3, 7p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room

Friday Night Film: The Martian (2015) 144 min PG-13
Friday May 6, 7 p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
During a mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is
presumed dead after a storm and left behind. But Watney
has survived, and tries to signal Earth that he is alive.

** Film: Fly Away Home(1996) 107 min PG (opening accident scene, mild language)
Saturday May 7, 2 p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
About a family of orphaned geese who lost their way and
a 13-year-old kid who will lead them home. To achieve
the incredible, you have to attempt the impossible.

** Natick Labs Presents Food in Outer Space
Wednesday May 11, 7p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
Guest Speakers: Michelle J. Richardson and Dan Nattress,
Senior Food Technologists at the U.S. Army Natick
Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center
The challenges of providing astronauts with food that
is safe, nutritious, and tasty for the duration of their
round-trip missions.

** Smithsonian Observatory’s Chandra X-ray Center
Telescope (Grades 6+)
Thursday May 12, 7 p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
Guest Speaker: Dr. Harvey Tananbaum, Astrophysicist
and Chandra Director
Chandra X-ray Center’s telescope – its development
and major discoveries.

** Robots on the Run (Grades 6 – 8)
Thursday May 19, 3to 5 p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
Guest Instructor: Dan Berman, Rhode Island
Computer Museum
This fun program invites gadget geeks, science nerds,
and budding engineers to build a robot! Bring broken
electronics, take them apart, and learn about circuits.
Registration required: MMaiorana@minlib.net

** Walkalong Gliders (All Ages)
Saturday May 21, 2 to 3 p.m. –
Christa McAuliffe Branch Library, Community Room
Guest Speaker/Instructor: Phil Rossoni, commercial
glider pilot and author
Become an accomplished glider aviator in this makeand-fly
workshop.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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