Teen Programming

Coming to the Franklin Public Library: Teen Reading Lounge

Teen Reading Lounge is an award-winning, nontraditional book club for teens ages 12-18. Teens help to create the reading list for their program sites and, working with trained facilitators, to design creative and civic engagement projects that bring big ideas to life. Participants report stronger interpersonal, communication, literacy, and critical-thinking skills, and increased confidence.

The program is built on the belief that encouragement to choose creative pursuits and interest-focused programs is crucial to teen development. The humanities naturally push teens to ask questions and share ideas, activities that are vital as teens begin to discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to relate to other people.

Teen Reading Lounge Launch PartyJoin us on Wednesday, February 5th from 5-6 pm, to vote on our first book Sink or Swim by Steve Watkins or Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt meet our Facilitator Audra Shontz and Teen Program Coordinator Stephen Snyder, and enjoy some light refreshments!

Teen Reading Lounge (After Hours!)Bi-weekly non-traditional book club. All participates receive a free book and a meal is provided in addition to book discussions, creating art, and hanging out with friends! The first TRL cycle will be held on Monday’s February 10 & 24, March 9 & 23, April 6& 20 from 5:00-6:00 pm

Special Event: Love YOUR Library! Continue your Franklin on Ice fun with a stop to YOUR library on Saturday, Feb 8 from 11-4 pm. This community event has a line up of fun and free activities for all ages.

  • Artwork on display from students from Central, Sandycreek and Valley Grove Elementary.
  • Craft Station from 11-2 pm with Jackie Anderson
  • Balloon Artist 11-1 pm with InKrEdible IKE
  • Winter Cookie decorating bar 2:30-4 pm
  • HOLeY Jeans performance beginning at 2 pm
  • Raffle basket drawing at 4 pm- $1/ticket 2 baskets to choose from donated by the Venango Toy Makers
  • Tentative guest appearance by the R.E.A.D. Dogs

Scholarships Applications being accepted – Monday, January 27th

Thanks to many generous donors providing scholarships and the opportunity for students to further their education after high school, is a component of service that Bridge Builders Community Foundations provides to students in our area.  Last year Bridge Builders Community Foundations granted over $250,000 in scholarships to students in our area. 

Applications for the scholarships that the Community Foundation administers are online and accepting applications beginning January 27th.  This safe and secure online application will be available until March 6th, 2020 for all students wishing to apply.

If you are a student or know a student in the Venango, Forest, Clarion County or Punxsutawney areas (especially graduating seniors) please follow the link below:

Have you got gaming moves? We’ve got Nintendo Switch and Wii, and we want YOU to show off your skills with the controller and challenge your friends to a game in the library. Who knows, you might make new friends too! Available during library hours, please stop at the circulation desk for games and access to the equipment.

Titan is a teen group that games (Switch and Wii), plays board games, does puzzles, and offers homework help. T.I.T.A.N. will meet on Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26 from 3-6 pm.

Movie Matinee: Pearl Harbor (PG 13). A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941. The movie will be shown on Thursday Feb 13 beginning at 4:00 pm… free and open to all ages.

Movie Event: Just One Drop The film explores the controversy, reveals the rich history, dispels myths and misconceptions, and asks whether or not homeopathy has been given a fair shake. Hosted by Melanie Krneta Homeopathy Plus of Tuesday, Feb 25 beginning at 5:30 pm. $10/seat- tickets are available at circulation desk or at door. Proceeds benefit the upcoming children’s summer reading program. Click HERE to view the trailer.