Today’s Sponsor

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Sponsor a Day at the library to commemorate birthdays, anniversaries, remember loved ones, and more. Learn all about it here.


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.


Franklin Public Library
421 Twelfth Street
Franklin, PA 16323

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

Or, use our Contact Us form.


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

One Card, Three Libraries

As you have likely heard by now, Venango County funded a special project to unite the infrastructure of our three county libraries: Cooperstown, Oil City, and Franklin. We now all use the same library software, called TLC, and share a new, single library card that can be used at all three locations.

This benefits our patrons in a number of ways:

  • TLC is a modernized library system. The new online catalog offers more Google-like searching capabilities, and is optimized to use on mobile devices. There is also a special, kids-only catalog.
  • Books from all three of our county libraries show up in your searches!
  • The new system sends you a reminder via text or email two days before your items are due, as well as notify you of any arrived holds or overdue items.
  • The new system keeps track of all the books you’ve checked out.

Some checkout policies and fines have varied slightly in order to keep them the same across all three libraries.

Please, stop in your library today and pick up your new card!

Closed Through Sunday

Closed SignWe are closed this Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29, to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Regular hours resume Monday, November 30.

Enjoy your holiday!

If you would like to learn more about Thanksgiving, including a few things you probably don’t know already, check out the History Channel’s page on Thanksgiving, which has videos, articles, and more. Did you know that lobster, seal, and swan were on the first Thanksgiving menu?  

Coloring Book Sale

crayonsBuy a few coloring books and support your library! We are hosting a Coloring Book Sale, just in time for the holiday season of gift giving. The coloring books are only $5 each, so stock up and share with all the children in your life.

There are 26 coloring book options. Each spiral bound book has at least 24 pages, including both activity pages and coloring pages, and a heavy board backing. Click here to view the full color flyer: Coloring Book Sale.

You can order your coloring books by stopping at the library, or contacting a Friend, Board member, or other community member with an order form. Money is due at the time of your order, and all orders are due to the library by November 30. The coloring books will be delivered by December 15.

Titles include:

  • My Alphabet Book
  • African American Leaders
  • Beary Beary Book of Bears
  • Butterflies, Birds & Bugs
  • Child Safety
  • Dinosaurs
  • Dogs & Cats
  • Easter
  • Fairy Tales & Nursery Rhymes
  • Food and Fun on the Farm
  • Celebrate America
  • Halloween
  • Little Book of Horses
  • Outer Space
  • Pirate Treasure Bandits
  • Princesses
  • Racing
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Story of Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Trains
  • Twas the Night before Christmas
  • Underwater Adventure
  • Valentines Day
  • Our Winter Wonderland
  • Zoo Animals

Thank you for supporting your library!

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Overdrive Not Working

Our popular digital branch, Overdrive, is not functioning currently as we work to implement our our new computer system that integrates all three county libraries into one system.

We hope to have Overdrive back and running as soon as possible, and will let you know as soon as that happens. We know how many of you use and love it!

We apologize and thank you for your patience. As always, thank you for supporting your libraries.

Teen News: NaNoWriMo & Halloween Party


Calling all teen writers! We know you’re out there. We want you all to join Miss Kathleen for NaNoWriMo in November! Have you ever heard of NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the goal is to write an entire novel in 30 days. From the site:

National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!

That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but the Young Writers Program (YWP) allows 17-and-under participants to set reasonable, yet challenging, individual word-count goals.

In 2014, over 300,000 adults participated through our main site, and nearly 90,000 young writers and educators participated through the YWP.

Click over to the site and sign up by this Saturday October 31 (make sure you have an adult’s permission first), then find Miss Kathleen’s Virtual Classroom, FranklinPublicLibrary_Inklings. You’ll be able to set your own writing goal, follow Miss Kathleen in her own goals, and encourage each other along the way. The site also offers lots of free prep resources, prompts, and interviews from your favorite YA authors.


Teen Halloween Party

spookyThis Thursday, October 29 at 6:00 PM, teens are invited to Neverending Stories at 1252 Liberty Street for a Halloween Party! Winners of the 2015 Teen Spooky Story & Art Contest will also be announced. No registration is required.