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Franklin, PA 16323

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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

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party

harry-potter-wallpaper-5 (640x400)On Thursday, July 31 from 4:30 – 5:30 PM, celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with Miss Kathleen!

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party will include a read-along of your favorite chapters, a tricky “Can You Stump Miss Kathleen at Harry Potter Trivia?” game, as well as Harry Potter board games, Wii games, and movies. And, of course, there will be birthday cake!

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party is free for all ages, and no registration is required. Dress up as your favorite Hogwart’s student if you’d like.

Children’s 2014 Summer Reading Programs End

Our Children’s 2014 Summer Reading Programs come to an official close this Saturday, July 26. We had lots of fun this year learning about the science behind rockets, robots, animals, earthquakes, and oil, among other things.

On Friday, July 25 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, all Summer Reading Program participants are invited to celebrate the end of Summer Reading at a Mad Scientist Party. Enjoy an afternoon of fun science games, crafts, and snacks. Children will also receive their certificates of completion.

Also, be sure to stop by the library and check out the robots built by our Children’s Summer Reading Program participants! Children were encouraged to build robots of metal, cardboard, tin cans, containers, boxes, etc., (they didn’t have to be functioning robots). Judging for the Robot Building Contest will take place on Saturday, July 26 at 10:00 AM, and prizes will be awarded.

A special thank you goes out to all the children, families, and volunteers who helped make this year’s program a success. Just look at these smiling faces from June’s Remarkable Robots demonstration with Laura Jones!


From the age 9-12 group, (left to right): Logan Green, Johnathan Leccia, Isabella Mong, Isabella Rhodes, Anthony McFeaters, and Elizabeth McFeaters.

From the age 9-12 group, (left to right): Logan Green, Johnathan Leccia, Isabella Mong, Isabella Rhodes, Anthony McFeaters, and Elizabeth McFeaters.



Comic Con: Best of Sci Fi

TARDIS1Edited 7/23/2014: Please scroll to the bottom of the post for further details on the TARDIS art contest, the Cosplay Contest, and our short story contest winners.

The library will hold our first ever Comic Con on Saturday, July 26 from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. The theme is Best of Sci Fi, and all ages are welcome to attend. Comic Con is free, and no registration is required.

Comic Con: Best of Sci Fi will include a TARDIS art contest, science fiction trivia contests, snacks, and a TARDIS photo prop. We’ll also announce the winners of the Spark a Reaction Short Story Contest. Cosplay is welcome, so get out your costumes and your imagination and show us your favorite Sci Fi characters!

For those of you wondering what all these acronyms and new words mean, here’s a quick glossary:

  • Comic Con: A comic con is a convention, or con, where fans gather to meet each other and participate in programs and events centered around a theme, such as a comic book, film, television series, or even an entire genre of entertainment (like manga, anime, or, as in our case, science fiction). There are large Comic Cons all over the world –even World Cons – as well as regional Comic Cons happening all the time.
  • TARDIS: TARDIS, one version of which is pictured above, is a time machine and spacecraft from the popular science fiction television series, Doctor Who. TARDIS is an acronym for Time and Relative Dimension in Space.
  • Cosplay: Cosplay, a blend of the words costume and play, is when people dress up like a fictional character, often from a comic book, movie, or game. They may or may not adopt the mannerisms of the character while in costume.

If you have any questions about Comic Con: Best of Sci Fi, contact Kathleen at the library, (814) 432-5062. We hope you join us for an afternoon of geeking out over Sci Fi!

Edited 7/23/2014: Here are further details on the TARDIS art contest, the Cosplay Contest, and our short story contest winners.

  • Spark a Reaction Short Story Contest
    • Winners will be announced around 12:30 or 1:00 PM, and do not have to present.
  • Tardis Art Contest
    • For ages 13 - 18; can be completed in teams of two.
    • Entries must be delivered to the library during normal business hours by Friday, July 25th in order to be eligible for prizes.
    • Comic Con attendees will vote on the entries and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced at Comic Con, then placed on display at Neverending Stories!
    • Entries must be three dimensional; absolutely no drawings or paintings.
    • Tardises can be built with any combination of the following materials: felt, macaroni, cardstock, beads, clay, Sharpies, crayons, yarn, fabric, wood, tissue paper, Duct Tape, or popsicle sticks.
  • Cosplay Contest
    • First and foremost, Cosplay costumes must be school appropriate. Anyone found wearing an inappropriate costume will be asked to change or leave. 
    • For ages 0 – 18!
    • Contest participants may sign up when they arrive at Comic Con. Miss Kathleen (Teen Librarian), and Miss Abby (Children’s Librarian) will choose and announce the winners near the end of Comic Con.
    • Need a few ideas? Think about costumes from these Sci Fi favorites: Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Divergent, Hunger Games, Star-Crossed, Battle Star Galactica, Back to the Future, Ironman, Terminator, Code Geass, Gundam Wing, Sword Art Online, etc.