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

Appeal for Help with Heating System Costs

iciclesWe are appealing for donations to help defray costs related to replacing the library’s boiler system, which broke down over the weekend of February 14. Library Director Debbie Oaks reported that the system was working well on Saturday, when there was blowing snow and dropping temperatures. When library staff arrived on Monday, February 16, parts of the library had dropped to 50 degrees or less.

Deets Mechanical responded to the library’s call for help. When they examined the boilers, they found that two of the three boilers had literally frozen. The fresh air inlet required to operate the boilers had caused too much air to enter the boiler room. “It was the perfect storm of events that caused this to happen,” they said.

It was determined that the best course of action was to replace the two frozen boilers. Deets located two units and went to pick them up in Youngstown, OH on Tuesday, February 17. Workers were here first thing on Wednesday morning, putting the new boilers in place. By late afternoon, the temperature was noticeably warmer in the building. They continue to monitor the situation to make sure that everything continues to work.

Library patrons as well as staff members made the best of the situation while repairs were underway. Initial costs for the two boilers and installation was approved in the amount of $13,422, but the final costs will actually be higher. The third boiler will need to be replaced at the end of this heating season, and additional measures need to be taken to ensure that these particular problems do not happen again. Costs could easily reach $20,000 or more by the time everything is completed later in the spring.

We are asking for financial support from our community to help defray these costs. People have already begun to contribute to this effort, but much more is needed. Please consider helping today. Any amount is appreciated!  Thank you for your patience as we resolved the heating issues, and as always, for your continued support.


4th Annual Love Your Library Benefit Open House

love your libraryEveryone is invited to visit the library on Saturday, February 7 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for the 4th annual Love Your Library Benefit Open House. Refreshments will be served. The Love Your Library Benefit Open House is a great time to check out all the library has to offer, and meet others in your community.

Unlike in years past, the library will remain open to normal business on that day. But it certainly won’t be a quiet day in the library! In addition to regular business, we will also feature all kinds of fun, family friendly activities, including:

  • Valentine’s day crafts for children to make and take
  • A performance by the Central Elementary School band at 12:00 PM
  • Caricatures by Pastor Jeff Little from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
  • Meet Franklin Police Officer Kevin Anundsen and K-9 Officer Mal from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM
  • Meet Smoky the Bear, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Children’s Librarian Abby Rosen will read stories at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM

We hope to see you here! Come see all that your library has to offer.

Winter Gaming at the Library

dice colorfulBunco Party

The Friends of the Library’s 2nd Annual Bunco Party fundraiser is on Friday, January 16 from 11 AM to 3 PM at the library. Bunco is an easy, fast paced dice game requiring no previous skill. If you can throw dice, you can play Bunco!

The World Bunco Association outlines the rules here, and here is a short YouTube video outlining the game.

The cost is $12 per person, and includes lunch. Seating is limited, so please register by Wednesday, January 14. To register, stop by the library or download and return this registration form (PDF).

Weekly Game Night

Game Night meets weekly at the library every Monday night from 6 PM – 8 PM. Bring your own board games or card games and find a new opponent! This is also a great opportunity to learn Cribbage, or brush up on your skills, for the Friends’ upcoming 4th Annual Hildegarde Dolson Memorial Cribbage Tournament.

Game Night is free and no registration is required. Just stop by on a Monday evening!