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Franklin, PA 16323

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Fax: (814) 432-8998
Email: FranklinPL (at) FranklinLibrary (dot) org

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Monday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Wednesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
Sunday: Closed

Coming Up: Spring Semi-Annual Used Book Sale

The 2014 Spring Semi-Annual Used Book Sale begins on Saturday, May 17 and continues through Saturday, May 31. The sale is open to the public during regular library hours. Please note that the library is closed on Monday, May 26 for Memorial Day.

The Preview Sale for the Friends of the Library is on Friday, May 16 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The Preview Sale allows members of the Friends of the Library to shop the sale before it opens to the public. Visit the Friends page for information on how to join the Friends and gain access to the Preview Sale.

Donations of gently used books, DVDs, games, and audio materials are being accepted through Tuesday, May 13. Donations can be dropped off anytime during regular library hours. Because they do not sell well, we cannot accept Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazines, encyclopedias, or old text books.

We are looking for volunteers to help set up the book sale (on May 14, 15, and 16), and also to staff the sale in short shifts through the end of May. If you would like to help, please call Debb B. at the library, (814) 432-5062. The Semi-Annual Used Book Sales are major fundraisers for the library, and we appreciate everyone who shops and volunteers their time to make it a success.

19th Annual Quiltathon

17th quiltathonEDIT: Thank you to everyone who made the 19th Annual Quiltathon a success! Our amazing quilters raised over $2,000 for the library!

The 19th Annual Quiltathon is Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Volunteer quilters will be stitching two different quilts in an interactive demonstration here at the library. Quilts and other handmade items will also be on display and available for purchase. You can participate by quilting, sponsoring a quilter, purchasing an item for sale, or just stopping by to watch.

Quilters who participated last year will receive sponsor sheets in the mail. New quilters can pick up sponsor sheets at the library. You can also click here to download and print a sponsor sheet.

To sponsor a quilter, you can pledge any amount. Your donation enters you to win one of two quilts: a teddy bear quilt by Sherry Bastecki, or an oriental fans wall hanging by Clarice Koby.

Quilting is a great way to relax and enjoy the fellowship with old and new friends, and the Quiltathon is a great way to support your library! The Quiltathon is a long-standing annual fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All proceeds from the Quiltathon will go towards purchasing new computers for public internet access at the library.

(image: A participant works on a quilt at our 17th Annual Quiltathon)

3rd Annual Hildegarde Dolson Memorial Cribbage Tournament

cribbageThe Friends of the Library host the 3rd Annual Hildegard Dolson Memorial Cribbage Tournament on Saturday, March 15. Registration is required and is limited to 24 players. The cost is $10.00 per player and includes lunch. Proceeds support library programs.

Cribbage is a card game that “operates on the principle of matching combinations of cards: pairs, three or more of a kind, flushes, runs (sequences), and groups of cards that add up to 15. Players score points for matching both during and after play (after play, points are totaled for combinations in hand). The first person to score 121 points is the winner” (quoted from Hoyle). Our weekly Friday night Game Night is a great place to learn or practice cribbage (please bring your own board).

You can pre-register for the tournament by filling out a form and returning it to the library with your registration fee (download a registration form here), or you can register on the morning of the tournament, beginning at 10:00 AM. 

  • Players, please bring your own boards.
  • Players meet at 10:45 AM for an organizational meeting.
  • Tournament play begins at 11:00 AM.
  • Players will be assigned opponents by a random draw, and games will be one-on-one according to Hoyle’s Rules, excepting the rule of muggings.
  • Opponents will play a best of 3-game series, with the winner advancing to the next round.
  • Trophies will be awarded to the last three remaining players.

If you are curious about Hildegarde Dolson, the tournament’s namesake, you might want to check out local author Peter Greene’s blog. He wrote a series of posts about Ms. Dolson in 2009, and the first post in the series is a good place to start. Also, there is a portrait of Ms. Dolson in the library. Ask about it at the front desk.

(photo credit: Jonathan_W (@whatie) via photopin cc)