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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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

National Library Week 2014


Happy National Library Week!
This week we join all types of libraries throughout the United States in a celebration that honors libraries, librarians and library workers. The theme for National Library Week 2014 is “Lives Change @ Your Library,” and the Honorary Chair is best-selling author and intellectual freedom advocate Judy Blume. First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a nationwide observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country every April.
Today’s Libraries

Libraries today are more than homes for books. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  We provide a trusted place where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect, enrich and shape their community, and address local issues.

Libraries open their doors to all kinds of people: students, parents, seniors, job seekers, entrepreneurs, readers, gamers, movie buffs. Librarians work closely with their local communities to understand their needs. Whether it’s through offering e-books, early literacy support, or regular teen groups, libraries respond to the needs of those they serve.

Franklin Public Library


At the Franklin Public Library, we serve residents in the Franklin Area School District and Valley Grove School District by providing free library cards. We also offer non-resident cards for an annual fee of $35, or three months for $10. Your Franklin Public Library card lets you borrow books, movies, and DVDs; use internet computers and wifi; request books and other resources through Interlibrary Loan; and use Overdrive and the other resources listed on our Books & Other Resources page.

All of our programs and events are free and open to any area resident; library cards are not required, but they are encouraged! To see what events are planned in honor of National Library Week, please check out our calendar, and be sure to like us on Facebook.

We are also celebrating the 120th anniversary of the founding of the Franklin Public Library this week! We’ve served the people of the Franklin area since 1894. We would love to hear any stories you might have about the library! Share memories, let us know if we have made a difference in your life, or maybe tell us what the library means to you. You can stop by the library or post on our Facebook wall. Thank you for helping us serve our community for 120 years!


19th Annual Quiltathon

17th quiltathonThe 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)

Seeking Board Members

Update 3/31/2014: All Board openings have been filled. Thank you for your interest and support!

We are seeking individuals to serve on the library’s Board of Directors, with terms beginning in April 2014.

The Library Board is the governing body of the Franklin Library Association. The board sets library policies, approves the budget, and secures funding for library operations. Library Board members also serve as advocates for the library.

The Franklin Public Library’s Board of Directors is made up of 12 members. One member is appointed by the City of Franklin, one member is appointed by the Franklin Area School District, and 10 members are elected by the Franklin Library Association at their annual meeting in April. Anyone can apply to be an elected board member. Elected members serve a 3-year term, and may serve a second consecutive term.

We have four openings with full 3-year terms (April 2014 through April 2017). We also have one opening with a short 2-year term (April 2014 through April 2016), due to a previous board member’s resignation. Board meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month at 4:00 PM in the library. If you are interested in serving on the board, contact Library Director Debbie Oaks for more information.