Monday, October 7, 2019

Franklin Public Library October 2019 News & Events for Children, Teens, and Families

Library Hours

The Franklin Public Library will be closed Monday, October 14 for Columbus Day. The Library’s regular 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., and Sunday, 1:30-5:00 p.m.

Programs for Children and Teens


Move Along. 10:30 a.m. For ages 0 – 5 years
This thirty minute program features music, movement, stories, 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! Join us immediately after for an informal playgroup with toys and books for children who are accompanied by an adult. Connect with other parents and let little ones interact with one another!

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.

Code IT! First and Third Tuesday of the Month, 4:00 p.m.
Welcome to the evolution of technology programming at the Franklin Public Library. Come on in for an Begginer level Hour of Code! Recommended for 4th grade and up. To sign up contact

Bookworm Bounce! 4th Tuesday of the Month, 4:00-4:45 p.m. (0-5)
Kids ages 0-5 are welcome to join us for an afternoon storytime full of music, movement, stories, and other interactive activities to encourage social skills and promote early literacy! Parents and caregivers are welcome and encouraged to participate! No registration 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. Join us immediately after for an informal playgroup with toys and books for children who are accompanied by an adult. Connect with other parents and let little ones interact with one another!

Construction Junction! First Wednesday of the Month, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (5+)
Kids 5 and up are welcome to join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a building bonanza! We’ll use Legos, Lincoln Logs, Jix, and more to complete themed challenges! Bring your imagination!

Crafternoon! 2nd Wednesday of the Month, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (3+)
Join us on the 2nd Wednesday of each month for a fabulous variety of themed arts and crafts designed for all ages!

Book Bites! Third Wednesday of the month, 5:00-6:00 p.m. (8-11)
Kids ages 8-11! 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!

Bump and Beyond: A Group for Expecting Parents! Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 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!


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!

StoryXplorers. 10:30 a.m. For ages 0-5.
Join us for 30 minutes of themed stories, songs, and movement followed by 30 minutes of craft and sensory play!

Tales for Tails. 2nd Thursday of the Month, 6:30 p.m. (2nd grade +)
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!


Chess Club for Kids! 1st & 3rd Friday of the Month, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (8-13)
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!

Happy Feet! 2nd and 4th Friday of the Month, 10:30 a.m. (3-5)
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!


Baby Sensory! First Saturday of the Month, 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!)

Special Programs

Storytime S.T.E.A.M.! Wednesday, October 9th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (K-5th Grade!)
Join us for a special reading of “Mixed” by Arree Chung, followed by a colorful and scientific story-related craft!

Baby-Wearing Dance Party! Friday, October 11th, 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Strap your little one in and join us for music and movement together! Bond with your baby in a fun, interactive way for this half-hour program!

Dr. Junglestein’s Halloween Spooktacular Madness Show! Saturday, Oct 12th, 1:00 p.m.
Are you ready for some ghoul times? This 45-minute program combines Halloween fun with Jungle Jim’s special brand of balloon magic. Performance includes the Thriller Dance Challenge, Mummy Balloon Wrap Extravaganza, Ghostbusters Training and the giant 6-foot balloon!

Book Baddies Scavenger Hunt! Friday, October 18th - Sunday, October 20th
Some of the baddest baddies have escaped their books! Help us search the Children's and Teen Rooms to get all the baddies back where they belong!

Trunk or Treat! Sunday, October 27th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Families! Dress up and join us in the library parking lot for a safe, little-kid friendly afternoon of trick-or-treating in the daylight! The parking lot will be full of decorated trunks and fun activities!

Teen Programs

Artist Amigos! 1st Wednesday of the Month, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Join us for a monthly artsy meetup in the teen room! Bring your own art projects to work on, or get inspired by fun prompts devised by our youth services librarians! Materials and snacks will be provided!

Teen Acrylic Paint Pour Night! Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Come join us for a special artistic night of paint pouring led by local instructor Denise Palmieri! Whether you’re a seasoned artist or just starting out, it’s sure to be fun (and a bit messy) for everyone! Space is limited!! Please email Bree at to register.

Teen Pumpkin Painting! Saturday, October 5th, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Teens! Join us outside on the library lawn for a lovely afternoon of pumpkin painting and fall snacks!

Teen Advisory Board, 2nd Wednesday of the Month @ 6:30 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!

Volunteens! 1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month, 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 twice a month for volunteer projects! Attendance to at least one meeting a month is required.
For more information please contact Bree at

Chapter Chew! 4th Thursday of the Month, 6:00-7:00 p.m. (8th-12 Grade)
Join us each month for snacks and refreshments as we discuss our recent YA reads! Share what books you're loving and get recommendations from others! Have fun connecting with other readers and who knows, maybe you'll discover your next favorite book or series along the way!

Since we will be discussing YA titles, this group is recommended for students in Grades 8 and up, however anyone age 12 and up is welcome at their own (and their parents) discretion.

Girls Who Code! 2nd & 4th Saturday of the Month 1:00-3:00 p.m. (6th-8th Grade!)
Club curriculum focuses on a culminating Girls Who Code Project, where girls work in teams to use their coding skills and bravery to solve a real world problem they care about by engaging in fun and simple self-guided coding tutorials that range from beginner to advanced in Scratch, Python, JavaScript, and Thunkable. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Please email to join!

Salem Witch Trials: A Murder Mystery! Thursday, October 31st, 6:00 p.m.
Teens are invited to step back in time this Halloween to solve a murder inspired by the true events of the Salem Witch Trials!

Franklin Public Library October 2019 News & Events for Children, Teens, and Families
Franklin Public Library October 2019 News & Events for Children, Teens, and Families

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