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June 2019 Franklin Public Library Newsletter

Library Hours
The Library's summer hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours will resume after Labor Day.

Programs for Children and Teens

Move Along. 10:30 a.m. For ages 0 – 5 years
This thirty minute program features music, movement, stories, instruments, and other interactive activities to encourage social skills and promote early literacy! Parents and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to participate. No registration is required.

Toddler Playgroup. 11:00 a.m.
Take a break and enjoy some playtime at this informal morning playgroup. The library will provide toys, music, and books for children who are accompanied by an adult. Connect with other parents and let little ones interact with one another. No registration is required.

Dungeons and Dragons Club for Kids! Monday Afternoons, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Kids ages 7-13 are invited to join us for a weekly Dungeons and Dragons Club! Dungeons and Dragons, also known as D&D, is one of the most complex tabletop games in history. The library will supply dice, rule books, and blank character sheets! We will be using the 5th edition books and rules. (Dungeon Masters must be ages 12 and up) Email to sign up!

Cool Cruisers: a Playgroup for crawlers and early walkers! 9:30 a.m.
Babies who have graduated from tummy time and are scooting all over the place are welcome to this playgroup just for them! We recognize that fun age of exploring is very different from their first few months, so join us for a special playgroup just for this exciting time!

Get Ready for Kindergarten. 10:30 a.m. For ages 3 – 5.
This 45 minute program featuring stories, songs, activities, and crafts will help prepare your children for preschool and kindergarten. Parents and caregivers can attend with their child if they wish. No registration is required.

Terrific Toddlers. 10:30 a.m. For ages 18 months to 3 years.
Enjoy thirty minutes of interactive stories, songs, and activities for families and children from birth to age 3. No registration is required.

Toddler Playgroup. 11:00 a.m.

Baby Tummy Time! 9:30 a.m. (For pre-walkers ages 0-18 months)
Babies and caregivers: join us each Thursday morning for Tummy Time! Nurture your baby's development with gentle music, movement, and sensory play at the library! Please bring a small blanket or towel for your baby's comfort!

Story and Craft. 10:30 a.m. For ages 3—6 years of age.
Stories, activities, and a craft for children ages 3, 4, 5, and 6 who are able to attend on their own. Parents are encouraged to watch from the adjoining room! This program lasts around 45 minutes. No registration is required.

Special Programs
Baby Sensory! Saturday, June 1st, 10:30 a.m.
Join us for a 45 minute baby sensory program! Watch your little one interact and engage with a variety of sensory items! Sensory play is a fantastic way to help babies explore their worlds, stimulate the senses, and create little inquisitive explorers! Babies under 2 are welcome and encouraged! (Got older siblings? They can bring along a stuffed toy or baby and play along!)

Kids D&D Club Season End Party Monday June 10th 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
With summer fun on the horizon it's time to wrap up our adventures until the fall. Let's play one more round, roll the dice, and start plotting the next adventure! If you couldn't join us this season of the club please stop by and see what it's all about!

Doggie Tales. Second Tuesday of the Month, June 11th, 6:30 p.m.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a trained therapy dog! Bring your favorite book or pick out one of ours to read. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SPOTS ARE LIMITED. Email to sign up! For students in grades 2 and up.

Summer Reading Kickoff! Friday, June 14th, 3:00 p.m.
We're celebrating the start of Summer Reading with an out of this world event on the Town Common! Bring a chair or a blanket, sign up for summer reading, and enjoy the official start of Summer Fun!

Family Yoga Adventure. Saturday, June 15th and Friday, June 28th, 9:30 a.m.
Put on some comfy clothes, grab the whole family and your yoga mats and join us in the program room for our Family Yoga Adventure! We'll follow along with a fabulous story, doing different moves to keep the story going!

Astronaut Training Camp! Monday - Friday, June 17th-21st (All Day, Drop-In!)
Calling all space explorers! Drop by the library each day for a series of astronaut training activities! Come in at any time each day for a new activity where you'll build your skill set and learn how to be an astronaut! Then celebrate with a Star Party on Saturday afternoon!

Monday: Design your Rocket ship
Tuesday: Strength Training
Wednesday: Space Walkin
Thursday: Shuttle Repair
Friday: Solar System Scavenger Hunt
Saturday: Star Party @ 1:00 p.m.

So, You Want to be a Dungeon Master? Monday, June 17th, 4:00 p.m.
An intro workshop to being a Dungeon Master for Dungeons and Dragons. Meet fellow D&D enthusiasts, learn new tips and tricks for your campaign, deep dive into the rules, and explore the resources around you!

Space Science! Tuesday, June 18th, 1:00 p.m.
The Start of FPL's Summer Science Series. Let's make some craters, model how an eclipse happens, and learn how to explore the solar system on a phone or tablet!

Sparky's Puppet Show! Wednesday, June 19th, 10:30 a.m.
Join us as we welcome back Puppeteer Sparky Davis for an out-of-this-world adventure with colorful puppets and lively humor. Ideal for children ages 3-10.

Blast Off to Bed! Astronaut Storytime! Thursday, June 20th, 6:00 p.m.
Join us for some special bedtime stories, read by astronauts on the International Space Station! All ages welcome!

Happy Feet! Friday, June 21st, 10:30 a.m.
Let's play some music and get those little toes moving! Join us for an introductory class into creative movement using very basic ballet moves. We will have fun learning to move to the music while building coordination and confidence. Laughter and giggles are definitely expected!

Chess Club for Kids! Friday, June 21st, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
A fun and educational program for kids? What more could you ask for? Whether you are new to the game or are a more seasoned player, we invite all kids ages 8-13 to join us!

Sing With Your Baby! Saturday, June 22nd, 10:30 a.m.
Join the wonderful Julie Stepanek for a morning of music and engagement with your little one!

Star Explorers Party! Saturday, June 22nd, 1:00 p.m.
Join us for crafts, games, and sensory fun as we blast off to the stars!

Picnic Storytime! Monday, June 24th, 1:00 p.m.
Join us on Monday afternoons for a special picnic storytime in our lovely outdoor space near the Children's Room! You bring a picnic lunch and blankets, we'll supply the stories and fun! In the event of rain, we'll have our picnic storytime inside!

Marcos Valles Concert! Wednesday, June 26th, 10:30 a.m.
Hands on learning through music, dancing, Spanish, and fun! No matter your age, this original music program is enjoyable for the whole family!

Crafternoon! Wednesday, June 26th, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Starting June 26th, drop in every Wednesday between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. to enjoy a craft. Each week will feature a different craft!

Bump and Beyond: A Group for Expecting Parents! Wednesday, June 26th, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
No matter what stage you're at in your (or your partner's) pregnancy, you probably have questions. (Is this normal? What should we expect? How will we handle feeding and sleeping issues?)

You're not alone! Join us at the library to share your questions, get answers, meet other expecting parents and build your parent tribe! We will be joined each month by lactation specialists, Nurse Practitioners, and parents Katie and Kim of Northeast Moms and Babies, who will be on hand to answer all your questions! This month's theme: Setting up for breastfeeding success and how to use a breast pump

Thursday Movie Night! Thursday, June 27th, 5:00 p.m.
Join us in your jammies for popcorn and a movie! First up, Wall-E (rated G).

Farmers Market Fun! Friday, June 28th, 1:00 p.m.
Join the Franklin Public Library in a special collaboration with the Franklin Farmer's market! Enjoy special themed events each week, from storytimes, to scavenger hunts, to craft events and beyond!

Teen Programs
Stay for a Stitch, Tuesday, June 4th, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 15th, 4:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome to sit for a stitch! Come into the teen room to learn basic knitting or crochet!

Volunteens! Thursdays, June 6th and 13th, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Calling all Tweens and Teens! Are you looking to build your resume? Have you ever been interested in volunteering at the library? Well now's your chance. Join us Thursday nights for volunteer projects. Your volunteer hours are not limited to just our Thursday night meetings, however attendance to at least one meeting a month is required. For more information please contact Bree at

Code IT! Friday, June 7th, 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, June 18th, 4:00 p.m.
Welcome to the evolution of technology programming at the Franklin Public Library. Come on in for an Hour of Code! Recommended for 4th grade and up. To sign up contact

Teen Advisory Board, Thursday, June 13th, 6:00 p.m.
Join us each month for Teen Advisory Board! The Teen Advisory Board is a GREAT opportunity to get involved here at the library! You'll help plan events and programs, create displays and decorate the teen space, and help drive decisions around the kinds of materials we bring to the YA collection, from books and beyond, all while eating snacks and getting volunteer hours! It's a win-win-win!

Book Bites! Tuesday, June 18th, 5:00 p.m.
Join us each month for snacks and a casual conversation about your favorite reads! Share what books you're loving lately, and get great book recommendations from others! This is a low key (and delicious) way to find your next favorite book or series!

Teen Drag Prom! Wednesday, June 19th, 6:00 p.m.
It's Pride Month, it's almost summer, and we're ready to celebrate! Join us for an Alternative Prom for ALL teens ages 12-18! Come walk the catwalk, dance your heart out, and enjoy some yummy snacks!

Teen Board Game Café! Thursdays, June 20th and 27th, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Welcome to the Teen Board Game Café! Open to students in grades 6-12. Come alone or bring your friends. Play a new game or an old-time favorite. Bring our own games or play one of ours. The options are endless! Light refreshments, befitting a true café, will be served.

Pride Month Potluck and Book Chat! Saturday, June 22nd, 3:00 p.m.
Bring along a dish to share and talk about your favorite LGBTQ+ books!

Writer's Block! Monday, June 24th, 4:00 p.m.
Calling all writers! We have story prompts, tips & techniques, and monthly chances for publication. Come share your passion!

Page-Screen Showdown: Love, Simon! Tuesday, June 25th, 1:00 p.m.
Help decide once and for all if the book or the movie was better! Join us for screenings of YA book adaptations, complete with themes snacks, crafts, and trivia!

Spiderman: Homecoming Movie Screening! Saturday, June 29th, 1:00 p.m.
Come see Peter Parker save New York before his next adventure hits theaters!

Personal Essays That Get Published - Three Session Writing Program for Adults, Thursday, June 6, 13 & 20, 5:30 p.m. Q&A offered from 7:00-7:30 p.m.
Join your fellow local writers for a collegial and useful three-session writing program to work on personal essays you'd like to get published. Bring your own essays under 800 words and copies or create some of your own during the "get-to-the-heart-of-the-story" writing sessions.

Topics covered include: Mining Your Life for Stories. Finding the Universal Truth. Pitching to Editors. Developing a Healthy Relationship with Rejection.
Bring a beverage, notebook and pens. We will take a short break mid-way during each session … The grant-funded writing workshop will be led by local writer Giulietta "Julie" Nardone. Her essays have been published in places such as Psychology Today, Spirituality & Health Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, Chicken Soup for The Soul, Christian Science Monitor, Skirt! Magazine and broadcast on NPR.

Personal Essay writing program is co-supported by Franklin Public Library. Pre-registration required. Seats limited to 20. Please sign up by emailing Giulietta at or calling 508 380 8799. Photos will be taken for grant and future grant requirements.

"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."

Cover/Thank You Letter Writing Workshop, Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.
A group setting discussion and analysis of various letter writing samples. A review of acceptable formats is included in the discussion. Presented by professional career consultant, Gary Gekow. To learn more about Gary, visit his website .

Learn to Play the Ukulele, Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 p.m.
Want to try an instrument that is fun and easy to play? Join Julie Stepanek as she shows the fundamentals of ukulele playing. You'll learn how to tune, strum and read chords. After a short lesson, you'll be able to play songs. No experience necessary. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of hers. This program is free and open to the public.

Drum Circle with Mike Leo, Wednesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m.
The joy of making music is for everyone. Mike Leo brings unique rhythm-based programs to agencies and individuals of all abilities. All ages are welcome! This program will be outside on the Library's lawn, weather permitting. Drums will be provided, or bring your own! This program is free, and open to the public.

Franklin Public Library Book Club, June 25, 7:00 p.m.
The book for discussion is Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month.

Genealogy Club, Thursday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.
The topic for June is Native American Genealogy, presented by Andrew Pierce.

Friends of the Franklin Library Meeting, First Monday of the Month, June 3, 7:00 p.m.
Curious about how you can help the Library? Join our group of Friends who are dedicated to making the Franklin Public library an even better place!

Knitting Group, Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Love to knit or crochet? Join our group of local fiber artists who will be meeting in the Friends of the Franklin Community Room on Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Franklin Library Book Sale
Friday, June 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. All books are just one dollar!
Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, June 15, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

June 2019 Franklin Public Library Newsletter
June 2019 Franklin Public Library Newsletter

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