Franklin Public Library
421 Twelfth Street
Franklin, PA 16323

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Wednesday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
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July 2015

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Summer Reading 2015: Every Hero Has a Story

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For a full Children’s Summer Reading Program schedule, download a PDF calendar here: Childrens Programs Summer 2015, or keep an eye on our website’s event calendar.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program theme for 2015 is Every Hero Has a Story. This theme encourages and inspires children of all ages to celebrate many types of community heroes. Children are also encouraged to discover the superheros within themselves as they dress up, complete arts and crafts projects, play games, meet community heroes, and, of course, read!

The Summer Reading Program runs for eight weeks, from Monday, June 8 through Saturday, August 1. Children ages birth through age 12 are invited to sign up, regardless of residency, beginning June 1. Please call the library at (814) 432-5062 or stop by to register.

Participants can sign a reading contract, complete and record their progress, and earn prizes! Reading logs can be picked up beginning June 8, and must be turned in to the library by August 1. There are also lots of special programs planned, with themed weeks:

  • Week 1: Heroes Fly
  • Week 2: Heroes Answer Emergencies
  • Week 3: Heroes Uphold the Law
  • Week 4: Heroes Have Sidekicks
  • Week 5: Heroes Cooperate
  • Week 6: Heroes Help
  • Week 7: Heroes Think Safety First
  • Week 8: Heroes and the Environment
  • Finale Day: Heroes Receive Awards
Finale Day for Summer Reading Program

On Friday, August 7 at 4:00 PM, come to the library and celebrate your Summer Reading Program accomplishments! Enjoy a snack, craft, and animated books with your friends and family. You will receive a certificate if you turn in your Reading Log on or before August 1.

Fabulous Family Fun

Fabulous Family Fun programs are designed for all ages, and adults stay with their children for the length of the program. Enjoy field trips, guest speakers, stories, crafts, and more. Children of all ages and adults can spend time together having interactive fun and learning something new! Fabulous Family Fun programs are offered throughout the 8-week Summer Reading Program. Pick which you would like to attend and register at the library or by calling us at (814) 432-5062. Registration is required separately for each program.

  • Friday, July 10 at 4:00 PM: Book Heroes — Enjoy games and activities inspired by your favorite book characters!
  • Friday, July 17 at 4:00 PM: Heroes Keep Us Healthy — We’ll read stories about doctors and vets, and learn how they help animals and people stay well. Bring a doll or stuffed toy so you can be a doctor or vet too!
  • Friday, July 24 at 11:00 AM: Meet a Fireman — A fireman will stop by to talk about fire safety, and show us his gear.
  • Friday, July 31 at 4:00 PM: Two Mile Run County Park — Meet at the Pioneer Flats Pavilion to learn about the park and enjoy fun stories about the outdoors. Bring a blanket to sit on!
Make-n-Take Saturdays

Drop in and make a fun craft with your family to celebrate the Summer Reading Program! Supplies will be out for a self-directed craft or activity.  Make-n-Take Saturdays are from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM most Saturdays during Summer Reading (July 11 & 18; August 1). No registration is required.

Busdad and childy Bees Story Time

Busy Bees Story Time meets weekly on Tuesdays (July 7, 14, 21 & 28) from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. Busy Bees Story Time will tie in with our Summer Reading Program themes each week this summer!

Busy Bees Story Time is for children from age 3 to age 6 with a parent or other caregiver. We share stories, songs, and crafts designed for preschool children. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens June 1 and remains open until filled.

Mommy & Me Story Timemom and baby

Mommy & Me Story Time meets weekly on Tuesdays (July 7, 14, 21 & 28) from 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM. Mommy & Me Story Time will tie in with our Summer Reading Program themes each week this summer! 

Mommy & Me Story Time is for for children from birth to age 3 and a parent or other caregiver. We share picture books, songs, and nursery rhymes. Pre-registration is required. Registration opens June 1 and remains open until filled.

Toddler & Preschooler Art Show

artToddler and preschool aged children (from birth to age 6) are invited to share their creative skills with us and the library community in an Art Show! Children can begin displaying their works of art beginning Monday, June 8. The theme is Every Hero Has a Story. Share your child’s work with us using 8.5″ x 11″ paper and crayons, paint, markers, or colored pencils (no three dimensional elements please!). This show is for fun only and will not be judged. Super hero outlines are available at the junior room desk. Please print only the child’s first name on the front, and the parent or caregiver’s name on the back. Pick up your artwork by August 7.

Elementary Kids’ Art Contest

Elementary aged children, from age 6 to age 10, are invited to share their creative skills with us and the library community in an Art Show! (Kids ages 11 and up can join in the Teen Art Show). Kids can begin displaying their works of art beginning Monday, June 8, and all works must be delivered by Saturday, July 18 in order to be judged for the contest. The contest winner will be announced at the Franklin Public Library’s Comic Con on Saturday, July 25, and the winner’s art will be on display during the event.

Create your art work using 8.5″ x 11″ paper and crayons, paint, markers, or colored pencils (no three dimensional elements please!). Do not use heroes from published works or movies, but instead create your own! You must include the name of your hero and their superpower logo on the front of the artwork. On the back, please print your name, the name of your parent or caregiver, your age, and phone number.

Tail Waggin’ Reading Programcurtis and Catrina

All children are invited to join us for a fun, unique Therapy Dogs International Tail Waggin’ Reading Program!

Curtis the therapy dog will visit the library from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday, July 11, and Saturday, August 15. The program is for children of all ages, and no registration is required. 

Reading with a therapy dog is a low pressure method to help children develop critical literacy skills, including:

  • helping children focus better
  • providing non-stressful, non-judgmental environment
  • increasing self-confidence and reducing self-consciousness

Programs On Summer Break …
  • American Girl Club

The American Girl Doll Club is on summer break. If you have any questions about the American Girl Doll club, please call Bekah Stahlman-Baisch at (814) 673-9080 or Wendi Ziegler at (814) 676-0558.

  • Art Club

Art Club is taking a summer break. See you in September. Art Club is a bi-weekly club hosted at the library on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the fall and winter months from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Art Club is for all kids ages 6 to 12. In each session, participants complete a new art project and occasionally enjoy a visit from a guest artist. There are suggested themes for each session, but children are encouraged to use their own creativity. Participants are encouraged to bring/donate art supplies, but some supplies will be provided. For more information, call the Library at (814) 432-5062 or email the Children’s Department at No registration is required.