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Franklin Public Library
421 Twelfth Street
Franklin, PA 16323

Phone: (814) 432-5062
Fax: (814) 432-8998
Email: FranklinPL (at) FranklinLibrary (dot) org

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HOURS

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

2014 Summer Reading Programs

All Summer Reading Programs require pre-registration, and all programs are free and open to any area resident, regardless of where they live. Registration for all 2014 Summer Reading Programs begins on Monday, June 9. To register, stop by the library or give us a call at (814) 432-5062.

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Children’s Summer Reading Programs fill quickly. Programs run from June 16 through July 26.

Preschool Children: Read to Me Club

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Preschool aged children (from birth through age 6) can join the Read to Me Club, which introduces reading to young children and reading to young children at home. The program encourages parents or caregivers to read aloud to their child and record what’s been read in a logbook.

Miss Abby also hosts a weekly story time at the library for those in the Read to Me Club. Read to Me story time is an interactive program featuring picture books, songs, games, and crafts designed to engage eager young minds. Each week will focus on a different science theme:

  • Tuesday, June 17, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM: Exploring Butterflies, with stories, songs, and games about butterflies, as well as a butterfly craft. Children will also explore a butterfly garden.
  • Wednesday, June 25, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM: Remarkable Robots, with stories, songs, and games about robots. Children will also construct a robot of their own.
  • Tuesday, July 1, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM: Exploring Colors, with stories, songs, and games about colors, as well as experiments to identify and mix colors.
  • Tuesday, July 8, 10:00 AM: Meet Miss Abby in the parking lot at the Samuel Justus Bike Trail (at the east end of the 8th Street Bridge over the Allegheny River on PA Route 322) for a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Children are encouraged to bring a bucket or basket in order to gather scavenger hunt items.
  • Tuesday, July 8, 11:15 AM to 12:00 Noon: Stripes of All Types, with stories, songs, and games about striped animals. Children will also explore the trunk of striped animal material and make a craft.
  • Tuesday, July 15, 10:30 AM to 11:15 AM: Wacky Weather, with stories, songs, and games about weather and other forces of nature. Children will conduct a weather experiment by making a tornado tube.
  • Tuesday, July 22, 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM: The Wonders of Space, with stories, songs, games, and crafts about planets and stars.
 School Aged Children: Fizz, Boom, Read!

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Children from age 6 to age 12 can explore the magnificent world of science with “Fizz, BOOM, Read!” Upon registration, children and their parent or guardian must sign a reading contract. The program challenges children to set reading goals for themselves throughout the summer and to record their progress in a reading log. Participants are eligible to win prizes throughout the and will receive a certificate of achievement once they’ve completed the program.

Each week will feature programs with a different science theme and lots of special guests:

  • Monday, June 16, 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM, ages 6-12: Save the Planet, featuring an Enviroscape Interactive Demonstration to examine water pollution presented by the Venango County Conservation District.
  • Monday, June 16, 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, all ages: Miss Abby will host a science related story time, experiment, and craft at the library.
  • Monday, June 23, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, ages 6-8: Remarkable Robots, an interactive demonstration by Laura Jones where she will show us how she programs a real robot.
  • Tuesday, June 24, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, ages 9-12Remarkable Robots, an interactive demonstration by Laura Jones where she will show us how she programs a real robot.
  • Monday, June 30, 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon, ages 6-12: Curious About Science, where participants meet at the Venango Museum of Art, Science, and Industry in Oil City for a tour of the museum featuring the exhibit Black Gold or Black Magic: How the Discovery of Oil Still Affects Our Lives Today.
  • Monday, June 30, 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, all ages: Miss Abby hosts a science related story time, experiment, and craft at the library.
  • Monday, July 7, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, ages 6-12: I Love Animals!, with an interactive demonstration from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Officer Bimber about how animals seek food, water, and shelter.
  • Tuesday, July 8, 10:00 AM, all ages: Meet Miss Abby in the parking lot at the Samuel Justus Bike Trail (at the east end of the 8th Street Bridge over the Allegheny River on PA Route 322) for a Nature Scavenger Hunt. Children are encouraged to bring a bucket or basket in order to gather scavenger hunt items.
  • Monday, July 14, ages 6-8 meet at 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, and ages 9-12 will meet at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM: Forces of Nature is a fun program where we will build structures out of various materials in order to test the impact of an earthquake.
  • Monday, July 14, 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, all ages: Miss Abby hosts a science related story time, experiment, and craft at the library.
  • Monday, July 21, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, ages 6-8 3,2, 1 Blast Off! with Laura Jones will provide an interactive demonstration of how to build and test a fizzy rocket.
  • Tuesday, July 22, 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM, ages 9-12: 3, 2, 1 , Blast Off! Laura Jones will provide an interactive demonstration of how to build  and test a fizzy rocket.
For Children of All Ages

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  • Monday, July 21: All Children’s Summer Reading Program participants are encouraged to enter our Robot Building Contest. Children may build robots of metal, cardboard, tin cans, containers, boxes, etc. Robots should be delivered to the library on Monday, July 21 during regular library hours (10:00 AM to 8:00 PM). Judging will take place on Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 AM. Prizes will be awarded to the person who has built the best robot!
  • Friday, July 25, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: All children are invited to celebrate the end of Children’s Summer reading at a Mad Scientist Party. Enjoy an afternoon of fun science games, crafts, and snacks. Children will receive their certificates of completion.

Teen Summer Reading Program

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Teens are invited to join the “Spark a Reaction” Teen Summer Reading Program, which runs from June 16 through August 8. Teens can write a review for any book they read during that time. Reviews will be entered in a weekly prize drawing. Reviews will also be posted anonymously each week in the library’s YA section for others to read and benefit from.

Teens and their families are invited to our first ever Comic Book Convention on Saturday, July 26 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. The event is free, and the theme is The Best of Sci Fi. Join Miss Kathleen for a TARDIS art contest, cos-play, Sci-Fi trivia contests, and booths, including a TARDIS where photos can be taken, and, of course, snacks. Winners of the Spark a Reaction Short Story Teen Summer Writing Contest will be announced at the Comic Con.

Summer Reading Program for Grownups

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program for Grownups is “Literary Elements,” and it runs from June 16 through August 9. Participants can submit a review for each book they read during that time. Door prizes will be drawn weekly from the reviews submitted.

As part of “Literary Elements,” we will also host Saturday Movie Matinees of books made into movies. Join us on June 21, July 12, and August 2 at 2:00 PM. Popcorn will be provided. Please call or stop by the library to find out what films will be featured.

Adults are also invited to join us for a free Altered Book Class on Wednesday, July 23 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM. Participants will make a case for an e-reader from an old book.

Busy Bees Story Time Registration

BeeRegistration for the next six week session of our popular Busy Bees Story Time begins on Tuesday, February 11. The session runs from February 18 through March 25, and meets every Tuesday at either 10:15 AM or 11:00 AM (you can choose your time at registration). Registration is limited to 20 children per time. To register, please stop by the library or call (814) 432-5062 beginning on Tuesday, February 11.

Busy Bees Story Time is a great opportunity for children from birth through age 6 to experience the joy of storytelling, singing, dancing, and craft making with our Children’s Librarian, Ms. Abby. Each session has a theme, which is carried out through picture books, short stories, songs, dancing, and finger plays.

Please note:

  • Please call if you will be absent.
  • Please plan to feed your children before arriving or after story time is over.
  • The Busy Bees do lots of fun participatory activities, including singing and dancing. Participation makes it fun for the kids, so please participate as much as possible. If your child has a difficult time paying attention, feel free to leave the room and come back when your child is ready.

Love Your Library Benefit Open House

heartsEveryone is invited to visit the library on Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for the 3rd annual Love Your Library Benefit Open House. A $1.00 donation is appreciated, and entitles you to a chance to win the Love Your Library gift basket, sponsored by the Franklin Public Library Board. The library is closed to normal business on that day, and instead will feature all kinds of fun, family friendly activities, including:

  • Local student art projects based on a favorite book
  • Music by Sandycreek Elementary Choir at 12:00 Noon
  • Music by Central Elementary Instrumental students at 1:00 PM
  • Meet K-9 police dog Mal and Officer Anundson from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM
  • Caricatures by Jeff Little
  • Story times with Miss Abby
  • Craft making stations featuring snowman and valentines
  • Door prizes
  • Cookies and punch

The Love Your Library Benefit Open House is a great time to meet others in the community and check out all the library has to offer. It’s also a nice way to show you support the library, as well as the students who will perform. We hope to see you here!

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