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Franklin Public Library: News & Events scheduled for February 2023

February 2023 Franklin Library News & Events

Library Hours

The Library's regular hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The library will be closed on Monday, February 20th for Presidents Day.


Book Sale

Franklin Library Book Sale
Friday, February 17, 1:00-5:00 p.m.  Saturday, February 18, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon.
All books are just one dollar!

Bag Sale - $5 A Bag—Saturday, February 18, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Come fill a brown bag with all the books you can!

From Friends of the Franklin Library
LAST CALL - Place your orders for our Valentine's Day Fudge Sale. Fudge orders are being accepted through Friday, February 3 rd . If you want to save a stamp and skip mailing in your form, feel free to drop off your order during our February 1st meeting between 7:00-8:00 pm in the Friends Meeting Room (1st Floor). CLICK HERE for the fudge order form!

Franklin Library Association Gift. Thank you to the Franklin Library Association for their years of service and their generous gift to us, 60 copies of their recently published book The Franklin Library Association: Building the Future of the Nation's First Public Library 1858-2022. Copies of the book are available now with a donation to the Friends of the Franklin Library. Interested in a copy? Reach out to us at fofl02038@gmail.com.

Congratulations, Gwenne! As we previously announced, Gwenne Balcius was the 2022 recipient of the Friends of the Franklin Library Scholarship in Memory of Wilma Winters. We had the pleasure of presenting Gwenne with her scholarship check for $1,000 at our January meeting. Even better, we heard about how she is loving her first semester at Clark University where she majors in Community, Youth and Educational Studies. Gwenne's future plans include a graduate degree in library science with a goal to one day become a librarian as inspiring as the ones who were so influential in her own life. The Friends wish Gwenne all the very best in her studies and beyond!

I Love My Local Library! February is National Library Lover's Month and what better way to show your love for the Franklin Public Library than by becoming a member of the Friends. Join us at an upcoming meeting (7pm on Wednesday, February 1 st or Wednesday, March 1 st ) to find out how you can get involved. Don't have time to attend meetings? No worries, you can still support our mission and your library by making a direct donation to the Friends. Membership dues and donations are both tax deductible. CLICK HERE for our brochure. We hope to see you soon!


Volunteer Tutors Needed for ESL & Adult Literacy Program

The Franklin Public Library has started an English as a Second Language and Adult Literacy Program to serve Franklin and its surrounding communities. If you have the time and interest to help adult learners improve their English reading, writing, speaking and listening, please consider volunteering!

To volunteer, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent, have patience, and be able to speak English clearly. Prior teaching experience is not required. Volunteer Tutors will be given training and all supporting materials will be provided. The time commitment is 18 hours of tutor training, and to meet with your student 2 hours per week for one year. Volunteers and students do not need to be Franklin residents. If interested, please contact Deputy Library Director Kim Shipala at kshipala@minlib.net, or fill out the registration form on the library's website .


Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program

SITE IS OPEN - By Appointment Only!

Register for an appointment on the Library Calendar of Events!

The Franklin Public Library VITA site is by Appointment only and is certified for Basic returns. The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, including:

  • People who generally make $60,000 or less
  • Persons with disabilities; and
  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers

Before going to a VITA or TCE site, see Publication 3676-BPDF for services provided and check out What to Bring to ensure you have all the required documents and information our volunteers will need to help you.

Learn more here: https://www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifyi...


Massachusetts Center for the Book 2023 Reading Challenge

February: A book set in your home town/ city or state

Do you have a cozy reading corner you've been wanting to spend more time in? Do you have a group of friends who like to select books together? Maybe a little constraint helps you choose what to read next.

If you are looking for a fun, unique reading challenge to take on in 2023, Massachusetts Center for the Book has you covered.

Check it out today! https://www.massbook.org/readingchallenge

The full listing of events for February -> https://www.franklinma.gov/franklin-public-library/news/february-2023-franklin-library-news-events

Franklin Public Library: News & Events scheduled for February 2023
Franklin Public Library: News & Events scheduled for February 2023

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