May 7, 2016, was sponsored
In Memory of Garnet Wood
by the Board of Directors of the Franklin Public Library
May 6, 2016, was sponsored
In Memory of Joanne Cox
by Courtney Cox.
May 2, 2016, was sponsored
In Honor of All Mothers
by Merralee Obenrader - Edward Jones

Sponsor a Day at the library to commemorate birthdays, anniversaries, remember loved ones, and more. Learn all about it here.

See a list of sponsors here.


Give a gift that helps the entire community.

Donate to the Annual Fund Drive!

Consider joining the Friends of the Franklin Public Library. Visit the Friends page to learn more.

There are also lots of other ways you can support your library.


Click to visit our digital branch on Overdrive.
In order to use Overdrive, you will need to stop by your library and get your new county card, good for use at all three county libraries, and required for Overdrive.
Check out e-books and audiobooks to read on your e-reader, tablet, computer, or smart phone.

Teen Short Story & Art Contest 2016

franklin public lIbrary summer short story contest 2016Attention, local teen writers and artists! You are invited to write or draw a Science Fiction or Fantasy story for our Teen Summer Short Story & Art Contest. Whether it’s a romp to the past, dealing with fire-breathing lizards, or to a far away galaxy, let your imagination set a course with Sci-fi and Fantasy!

We have three groups for entries: ages 11 – 13; ages 14 – 16; and ages 17 – 19. Stories must be no more than 4 pages, and art work must be printer page size (8 1/2″ x 11″). The deadline for submission is Saturday, June 11, 2016. Winners will be announced during our Comic Con on July 16th — details on Comic Con will be available soon.

Entrants must include name, phone number, address, school, and grade from the 2015-2016 school year with their submission. You can submit your story or art by dropping it off at the library during normal business hours, or by email at franklinstorycontest@gmail.com. Remember, the deadline is Saturday, June 11, 2016.

The contest is co-sponsored by Seneca Printing, Victorian City Art & Frame, and Neverending Stories. If you have any questions, please call Miss Kathleen at the library (814-432-5062), email franklinstorycontest@gmail.com or call Neverending Stories at (814) 516-5075.

Please share this post with anyone who might be interested. Let’s get the word out!

21st Annual Quiltathon

Our 21st Annual Quiltathon is this Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. This long standing annual fundraiser is brought to you by the Friends of the Library, and the dedication of many long-time volunteers.

Stop by the library to watch an interactive quilting demonstration, practice quilting, and browse a collection of beautiful quilts and handmade accessories for sale. Purchase tickets at the front desk for a chance to win one of the quilts. The winner is drawn on May 9, and need not be present.

The Inklings: Teen Creative Writing Workshop

Are you a teen who likes to write stories? Come to The Inklings: Teen Creative Writing Workshop on Saturday, April 9, from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. This workshop includes individual and peer-on-peer editing, writing prompts, editing tips, and practical advice on getting your story ready to publish.

Bring your laptops, flash drives, any supplies you wish to use, and/or a hard copy of your story. If you haven’t started writing yet, you can start at the workshop. The workshop is is sponsored by Neverending Stories, and lead by Teen Librarian Miss Kathleen Shay, who in 2014 self-published her first novel, Destiny’s Call to Arms.

Participants must pre-register at the Franklin Public Library by this Saturday, April 2. The event is limited to 20 people, and registration will remain open until filled.

Winner! Thin It to Win It Fundraiser

woman weighing inThin It To Win It was a 6-week weight loss challenge, with weekly weigh-ins and monetary accountability, held at the library from January 9 through February 20. It was a fun way to motivate our community to lose weight, receive accountability, and help raise money for the library. The participant who lost the most weight at the end of the 6-week challenge, based on percentage of weight lost, won half of the total amount collected.

The winner of the 2016 Thin It To Win It challenge was Denise Brosius, who lost 9% of her body weight. Congratulations Denise! The other participants lost from 1% to 4% of their total body weight. We are so proud of everyone who participated! Thank you for supporting your library, and keep up the good work!


Annual Hildegarde Dolson Memorial Cribbage Tournament

cribbageThe Friends of the Library host the Annual Hildegarde Dolson Memorial Cribbage Tournament on Saturday, March 19. Registration is required. The cost is $15.00 per player and includes lunch. Proceeds support library programs.

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

  • Players meet at 10:45 AM for an organizational meeting.
  • Tournament play begins at 11:00 AM, with a closing ceremony around 4:30 PM.
  • 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 finalists.

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 Monday night Game Night is a great place to learn or practice cribbage (please bring your own board).

Did you know that 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)