Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Franklin Public Library: December 2020 News & Events

Library News

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Franklin Public Library is currently closed to the public. Curbside Pickup is available Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the vestibule of the entrance at the top of the parking lot ramp. Library Staff are available by phone (508-520-4941) and email (frkill@minlib.net) Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday hours are not available at this time.

The Library will be closed and Curbside Pickup will not be available on December 25-27, 2020 and January 1-3, 2021. The Library will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on December 24th & December 31st.

No donations are being accepted at this time. Please do not place them in the return bins or outside the building.

Curbside Pickup

Not sure how Curbside Pickup works? Unsure how to return your materials? Follow these steps to get started!


How to Get a Library Card While the Library is Closed

Apply for a Minuteman Library Card Online! Your card allows you to place requests and provides access to our online resources.


Curbside Printing

The Franklin Public Library is now offering Curbside Printing! Library staff will now print black and white documents up to ten pages in length free of charge. Send your file to frkill@minlib.net . Your document will be printed and placed in a sealed envelope for your privacy. Once you have been notified that your document is ready, pick it up under your last name on the Cubside Pickup carts in the glass vestibule at the top of the parking lot ramp. For documents over ten pages or in color, please email frkill@minlib.net for further information.

New Materials

See the latest additions to the Franklin Public Library's collection of books, movies, and music for all ages!


Programs for Children and Teens

Weekly Virtual Events for Kids!

  • Wake Up Wiggles! Mondays 10:30AM on Facebook Live!
  • Zoom Tummy Time for Babies! Tuesdays @9:30AM
    email Miss Caleigh at ckeating@minlib.net to register for Tummy Time!
  • Zoom Toe Tapping Tuesdays! (Super Silly Dance Class for Ages 2+!) Tuesdays @4:00PM
    email Miss Bree at bcomeau@minlib.net to register for Cool Cruisers!
  • Bookworm Bounce! Thursdays @4:00PM on Facebook Live!

Teen Advisory Board, 2nd Wednesday of the Month on Zoom @7:30PM!

Teens! Want to get involved at the library from a distance? Join us as we plan teen-centric events, book displays, revamp our website and more! The perfect way to earn community service hours remotely! Email ckeating@minlib.net to get involved!

Special Programs for Families

Winter StoryWalk at DelCarte Reservation!Winter Story Walk

The Franklin Recreation Department and the Franklin Public Library are teaming up again for a cozy winter StoryWalk at DelCarte Reservation! Bundle up, mask up, and check out this season's story, Got  to Get To Bear's! by Brian Lies! The StoryWalk will be up from early December to mid-January!

Zoom Cooking Class: Holiday Cupcakes! Saturday December 19th, 1:00 p.m.Holiday Cupcake Class

Join Miss Sandhya of Sandhya's Kitchen for a special zoom cooking class for kids and their grown-ups! We will be making holiday themed cupcakes! To register and receive the recipe and zoom link, please email ckeating@minlib.net!





Teen Noon Year's Eve Mystery Party! December 31st, 12:00 p.m.

Join us on Zoom for a teen-centric celebration, as we ring in 2021 with an interactive mystery! To register and receive the zoom link, please email ckeating@minlib.net!



Kitchen Table Art Workshop: Secret Pockets, Sunday, December 6, 3:00 p.m.Secret Pockets

Got a secret? Secret Pockets are collage card creations that become secret pockets for more images, messages, quotes, and treasures, keepsakes and whatever else you might like. They can be created as intuition or inspiration cards, as mini-diaries, or artists' trading cards – the possibilities are endless. This workshop is for adult and young adult artists and non-artists, no experience needed. A limited number of kits containing materials and tools to be used in the workshop will be available for pick up curbside at the library. More info and registration at www.thecreativitycurator.com. Please register early if you would like to receive one of the kits since quantities are limited. Priority for Franklin residents. Registrants who don't receive a kit will be provided with a supply list to assemble their own. Contact Jacqueline Burke Volpe thecreativitycurator@gmail.com .


Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are with Marjorie Turner Hollman,Wednesday, December 9, 7:00 p.m.Finding Easy Walks

Getting outdoors can be exciting and challenging. For some, it's especially challenging. You, or those you love, may have health and/or mobility issues that preclude venturing onto rocky or rooty trails. Your children may have special needs. You may have toddlers, or older parents who can no longer venture onto the demanding trails they used to.

If you are like many these days, you are spending a lot more time outdoors. Getting out on trails has taken on new appeal. But do you worry about finding a safe place to park when you consider visiting a local trail? What are the best clothes to wear? Things to bring with you? Regardless of your challenges, the outdoors is not off-limits.

"How do you find all these trails?" Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are is the answer. You'll learn how to discover Easy Walks when visiting a new area, find new places to walk nearby as well, and so much more. Author Marjorie Turner Hollman loves the outdoors, and has completed three guides to Easy Walking trails in Massachusetts. With limited mobility, she uses hiking poles when heading outdoors. She has been published in local, regional, and national publications. For more information, please visit https://marjorieturner.com/easy-walks/ .

To register for this Zoom program, please visit https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkfu6tqz8vH9WgKXxj1R0STVp13y6...


Franklin Public Library Book Club, Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 p.m.Born A Crime

The book for discussion is Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah.

Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle.

Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life.

To reserve a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at kshipala@minlib.net . To register, please visit  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEscuqupjgoGd0XAfQuUAIIChGwkzL...  .

Online Resources

Even though we are closed to the public, the Library still has so much to offer! Here are updates and information regarding the Library's services during this closure:

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