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

Thank You!

thank youWe rely on a number of annual fundraisers to meet the budgetary needs of the library each year. Two major fundraisers are the Annual Quiltathon and the Semi Annual Used Book Sales. We are so pleased to report that this year, these two fundraisers raised over $4,000!

The 19th Annual Quiltathon raised $2,272! Thank you to the Friends of the Library for coordinating the Quiltathon each year. Thank you so much to every quilter who donated time, quilts, supplies, and items to sell. And, most importantly, thank you for collecting sponsors, and thank you to every sponsor who donated. It’s hard to believe that this fundraiser has been going strong for 19 years, and this year was one of the best years yet! The Quiltathon money was used to purchase new computers.

The Spring Semi Annual Used Book Sale raised $2,000! Thank you to everyone who shopped the sale, to everyone who donated books and other materials, and to all the volunteers who helped set up and staff the sale. We truly could not do the Semi Annual Used Book Sales without you.

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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


  • 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.

Spark a Reaction Short Story Contest

spark reactionCalling all teen writers in Venango County! Neverending Stories New & Used Book Store, Seneca Printing Express, and the Franklin Public Library are sponsoring a teen summer writing contest, Spark a Reaction. Entries are due by Monday, June 30.

  • Your story must be Science Fiction or Fantasy, and no more than 4 pages long.
  • Any teen in Venango County is welcome to enter.
  • Submit your entries by emailing them to Include your name, phone number, address, school, and grade.

Winning stories will be published in a booklet by Seneca Printing Express, and cataloged at the library for all to read! Winning stories will also be shared on this website and on Facebook. And, best of all, winners will receive a gift certificate to use at Neverending Stories, as well as a copy of the book!

Entries will be judged anonymously by local writers Deane Goodwin, Robert Pringle, and Jill Harry. Winners will be announced at the library’s Comic Con event on Saturday, July 26. 

If you have any questions, please email or call Leigh at Neverending Stories, (814) 516-5075.