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


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.

Thin It to Win It Challenge

woman weighing inLose weight, receive accountability, maybe win some money, and help raise money for the library! Thin It To Win It is a 6-week weight loss challenge, with weekly weigh-ins and monetary accountability!

  • The first weigh-in is on Saturday, April 11, at the library anytime from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
  • The cost to participate is $25.00 per person and $1.00 at each weekly weigh-in. 
  • Weekly weigh-ins continue every Saturday at the library until May 16. Stop in anytime from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM to weigh-in.
  • Participants whose weight stays the same or increases from one week must pay an additional $1.00, which can help you stay motivated.
  • The participant who loses the most weight at the end of the 6-week challenge, based on percentage of weight lost, wins half of the total amount collected. Now that’s motivation!
  • The library receives the other half of the amount collected. Thank you in advance for participating!

Pre-registration is required. Download a Thin It to Win It Registration Form and return it to the library with your registration fee, or bring it with you to the first weigh-in.

Here’s to good health and a good cause! Let’s motivate each other, and try to win some money.

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20th Annual Quiltathon This Weekend

quilt 2015 mouse cookieOur 20th Annual Quiltathon is this Friday, April 10 and Saturday, April 11, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day. The Quiltathon is a annual fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Library. The public is encouraged to stop by the library and watch the quilters in action, and experienced quilters will be on hand to demonstrate and guide anyone who would like to learn to quilt.

Quilters collect sponsors at $5.00 or more. All quilters and sponsors will be eligible to win one of the completed items. The drawing for winners will be held on May 4, 2015 at 4:00 PM. Winners need not be present to win.

This year, quilters will work on this adorable If You Give a Mouse a Cookie baby quilt (53″ square), generously created and donated by Sherry Bastecki, as well as a lap quilt with an oriental fabric. We hope to see you here! If you’re looking for a quilter to sponsor, stop by the library.

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.