Showing posts with label book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label book. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2023

"Lucky Jack" POW Book Presentation by local author Sue Bavey - Jan 23 at 11 AM

"Lucky Jack" POW Book Presentation by local author Sue Bavey

Monday Jan 23, 2023 at 11 AM, Franklin Senior Center

"Lucky Jack" POW Book Presentation by local author Sue Bavey - Jan 23 at 11 AM
"Lucky Jack" POW Book Presentation by local author Sue Bavey - Jan 23 at 11 AM

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Friday, January 13, 2023

New book club for LGBTQ middle & high school students at Escape into Fiction - Jan 26 at 6 PM

"A new book club is coming to #EscapeIntoFictionBookstore!

Thursday 1/26/23 at 6 PM

First #book will be Heartstopper #1

This group is geared for all #lgbtq middle school and high school students, and those who are #lgbtqally"
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New book club for LGBTQ middle & high school students at Escape into Fiction - Jan 26 at 6 PM
New book club for LGBTQ middle & high school students at Escape into Fiction - Jan 26 at 6 PM

Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Economist reads | The hunt for votes

Earlier this month (Sep 4, 2022), The Economist published an article on the 5 best books about Presidential elections. The choices were recommended by their former Washington correspondent. Oddly, the identity of the correspondent is not revealed. The author of the article is not identified. Aside from that matter, the listing of the books chosen is well explained.

The books are:

  1. A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800, America’s First Presidential Campaign. By Edward Larson
  2. The Making of the President: 1960, by T.H. White
  3. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail. By Hunter S. Thompson
  4. What It Takes. By Richard Ben Cramer
  5. Losers: The Road to Everyplace but the White House. By Michael Lewis

With the presidential election coming in 2024, this might be good preparation.

What book (or books) have you read on presidential elections, or elections in general, that you would recommend? Send me an email, or add your book via comment.

The Economist article can be found -> (subscription required, but it is free via email to the online version. You'll get notifications and offers to subscribe to the print version.)

Friday, August 26, 2022

Escape Into Fiction sets up teacher wish lists

"New #teacher wish lists in the store for our #localteachers. Come in or email to create yours!  
We love our #teachers. 10 books/author, grade, school!  
#franklin #franklinpublicschools #wrenthamma #kpschools"

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Where is Escape Into Fiction? 12 Main St in downtown Franklin or visit them on the web at ->

Escape Into Fictions sets up teacher wish lists
Escape Into Fictions sets up teacher wish lists

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Franklin Cultural District: #artshappenhere - Farmers Market & Franklin TV Block party among highlights

The Farmers Market resumes its busy self this Friday. Franklin TV hosts a 'block party" on Saturday. La Cantina & 67 Degrees provide music & liquid refreshments as #artshappenhere continues within the Cultural District this weekend.

Note: Franklin author Susan K Hamilton has her book launch at Escape Into Fiction on Tuesday.
Thursday, August 25
6:00pm - Kendo (live music) (La Cantina Winery)

Friday, August 26
2:00pm - Farmers Market (Franklin Town Common)  
Town Common
Town Common
4:30pm - Riana's Plate (food truck) (67 Degrees Brewery)
6:00pm - Patrick Durkin (live music) (La Cantina Winery)
6:00pm - Dave Penza (live music) (67 Degrees Brewery)

Saturday, August 27
11:00am - Yoga in the Taproom (ticketed event) (67 Degrees Brewery)
9:00am - State Primary - In Person Early Voting (Franklin High School)
10:00am - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)
2:00pm - South Street Six (live music) (La Cantina Winery)
3:00pm - Franklin Cable Block Party (Franklin TV Studios Hutchinson St)
4:00pm - Franklin Cable Annual Meeting  (Franklin TV Studios Hutchinson St)

Sunday, August 28
1:00pm - Franklin Historical Museum (always free)  
Main St sign for "Escape Into Fiction"
Main St sign for "Escape Into Fiction"

Monday, August 29
9:00am - State Primary - In person early voting (Franklin High School) 

Tuesday, August 30
9:00am - State Primary - In person early voting (Franklin High School)
5:00pm - Author Susan K Hamilton book launch for "Stone Heart"  (Escape Into Fiction)


The Franklin Art Association Art Gallery remains open during business hours at Escape into Fiction (Main St, Franklin)

Find the full calendar

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:

The Town meeting calendar is found

The School district calendar is found 

Franklin Cultural District: Arts are happening here!
Franklin Cultural District: #Artshappenhere

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Second Sunday Speaker Series - March 13 – Chris Woolf

Bumbling Through the Hindu Kush – A Memoir of Fear and Kindness in Afghanistan

What happens when a regular person accidentally finds themselves lost in the middle of a war? In 1991, BBC journalist Chris Woolf travelled to Afghanistan. The government in Kabul was fighting for survival, after the withdrawal of its superpower patron; in this case, the Soviet Union. The parallels to today are extraordinary.

Woolf was visiting a colleague, Chris Bowers, to see what the life of a foreign correspondent was like. They hitched a ride with an aid convoy and bumbled straight into the war. They survived minefields, artillery, armed robbery. They were trapped in no-man’s land during a battle, and even escaped from detention by the secret police. They kept going, despite the horror and terror. There was no choice.

Amid the darkness, Woolf discovered the generosity and hospitality of ordinary Afghans, eager to share what little they had with strangers in peril. Along the way, they became the first journalists to pass through the battle lines from Kabul to meet with legendary warlord Ahmed Shah Massoud, and carried home a vital message for the peace process. They met with Soviet POW/MIAs and recorded messages for loved ones.

Woolf shares an intimate portrait of first encounters with death and real fear. He explores the lingering effects of trauma, and explains how he put his experience to good use. He introduces just enough of Afghanistan’s history, geography, culture and politics for audiences to understand what was going on around him. He also makes a few comparisons and contrasts between the situation in Afghanistan then and now. Chris’ book by the same title was published in October 2021 and is available in paperback; Kindle e-book; audiobook (narrated by the author).

Doors open at 1:00 PM, the presentation starts at 1:15 PM. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum. When visiting the museum, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Franklin Food Pantry. 

Admission is always free.

The Historical Museum is located at 80 West Central St, Franklin, MA.

Chris Woolf - then and now
Chris Woolf - then and now

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Escape Into Fiction announces lease agreement for Main St space

Escape Into Fiction (@EscapeIntoFictn) tweeted Tue, Dec 14, 2021:
We want to spread the word! With all of the support from #franklin and success of the #popupshop in #franklinma, We have secured a lease for our new permanent #bookstore!! 
More news to come as we close out the year!! 
#shoplocal #shopsmallbusiness #franklinmassachusetts #OnMainSt
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Escape Into Fiction announces lease agreement for Main St space
Escape Into Fiction announces lease agreement for Main St space

Thursday, June 10, 2021

FM #559 - Don Wilding talks "Shipwrecks of Cape Cod" - 06/01/21 (audio)

This session of the radio show shares my conversation with Franklin resident and author Don Wilding. We had our conversation outdoors, on the Town Common, albeit with some traffic and a gentle breeze. We were able to remove the sounds of the one truck that interfered. We had a pleasant talk about Don’s story, living in different parts of the Hockomock League area and now here in Franklin. 

It was exciting to be in person, my second time for a recording this year. We get into Don’s recent book: Shipwrecks of Cape Cod. He is out on a lecture circuit of sorts with a presentation on this book. 

The recording runs about 33 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Don Wilding

Audio file =


Don Wilding’s page -> 

Shipwrecks of Cape Cod -> 

Facebook page: 


We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio ( 

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Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


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The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!


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Steve Sherlock (left) Don Wilding (right) on the Town Common
Steve Sherlock (left) Don Wilding (right) on the Town Common

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Library of Congress: 2021 National Book Festival - September 2021

Create your National Book Festival Experience over 10 Days in Multiple Formats

Library of Congress: 2021 National Book Festival - September 2021

The 2021 Library of Congress National Book Festival will invite audiences to create their own festival experiences from programs in a range of formats and an expanded schedule over 10 days from Sept. 17 through Sept. 26. The spectacular lineup includes authors, poets and illustrators from America and around the world.

Subscribe to the festival blog here for updates on plans for the festival.

Click here for more information

Friday, April 23, 2021

"Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Triumph & Tragedy" - Apr 27

Franklin resident Don Wilding will be presenting a talk on his new book, "Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Triumph & Tragedy" Tuesday night (April 27) at 7 PM. Presented by the Foxborough Historical Society & Foxboro Cable Access.

"Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Triumph & Tragedy" - Apr 27
"Shipwrecks of Cape Cod: Stories of Triumph & Tragedy" - Apr 27

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Franklin Pubic Library: Upcoming Programs for Adults

"THE NEW NORMAL NEW ENGLAND ROAD TRIP" with Ted Reinstein, Monday, March 22, 7:00 PM

During a challenging time when most people are limiting their travel, this talk takes folks along on a rollicking ride around New England—all in just one hour, and all from the comfort of their own home.

Author of three books about New England and longtime "Chronicle" reporter Ted Reinstein is your tour guide as you go from Maine to Rhode Island, Mt. Washington to Mt. Mansfield, and Berkshire foliage to Fenway Park.

But Ted's 20-plus years of reporting and telling stories from all over New England means this is not your average bus tour. Prepare to meet colorful characters who've done the darndest things, learn odd facts about familiar places, and of course—this being a Ted talk—expect to visit at least a few fabulous classic diners. (Spoiler alert: Ted reveals where to find THE best clam chowdah in America—and it's right here in New England!)

Ted will take Questions following the talk. To register, please visit .

Franklin Public Library Book Club, Tuesday, March 23, 7:00 PM

The book for discussion is The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern.

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des RĂªves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway--a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love--a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus per­formers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.

Written in rich, seductive prose, this spell-casting novel is a feast for the senses and the heart.

To reserve a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at . To register, please visit

Women in Music Series: Folk, Americana, and Blues presented by Kirsten Thien, Wednesday, March 24, 7:00 PM

A fun and informative live music program about the impact of women on music in America. From their musical contributions to their struggle for equal pay and recognition, Kirsten starts with the early innovators and pioneers, working up to contemporary stars of today and sharing some of her personal journey as a professional touring and recording musician. Part concert, part history, part folklore, Kirsten is accompanied by Eric Boyd on bass and guitar for this one hour program.

To register, please visit .

Franklin Pubic Library: Upcoming Programs for Adults
Franklin Pubic Library: Upcoming Programs for Adults

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Franklin Public Library: February 2021 - News & Events

Franklin Public Library February 2021 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 Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 ( 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. Sunday hours are not available at this time.

The Library will be closed and Curbside Pickup will not be available on Monday, February 15 for Presidents Day.

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

Friends of the Franklin Library

Library staff would like to thank the Friends of the Franklin Library for their incredibly generous donation of $4000 to the Library. This gift will be used to fund programming for children, teens, and adults.

New Materials

Check out the list of new books, movies, and music added to the Library's collection in the last month!

Curbside Printing

The Franklin Public Library is now offering Curbside Printing! Send your document as an email attachment to the following email address: .

In the email subject line, in all caps, type: CURBSIDE PRINTING

  • Can only be printed on 8.5 x 11 or 8.5 x 14 inch paper
  • Can only be printed in black and white
  • Must be ten pages or less
  • Limit of one print job per week
  • Must be Microsoft Office compatible or standard PDF format
  • Single sided pages only
  • For Franklin residents only
  • You will receive an email when your document is ready for pick up
  • This is a free service

Staff members cannot alter your print job in any way prior to printing. Please carefully check the print preview option on your computer or personal device before submitting our document.

Privacy information: Please do not send print jobs that contain private or sensitive information. Your document will be placed in an envelope, but it will be left for pickup in the Curbside Pickup area – this area is open to the general public.

Have some questions about this service? Send an email to . In the subject line, type CURBSIDE PRINTING QUESTION.

Book & Movie Bundles for Kids and Adults

Miss browsing the stacks? Looking for some book or movie recommendations? Help is here! Introducing Book & Movie Bundles! Fill out a form indicating your preferences, and Library staff will customize a bundle of five items just for you. Once your bundle is ready, you will receive an email that it is available in our Curbside Pickup area. To get started, visit the Franklin Public Library's website .

Programs for Children and Teens

Weekly Virtual Events for Kids!

Wake Up Wiggles! Mondays @10:30AM on Facebook Live!

Virtual Dungeons & Dragons! Mondays @3:30PM

email for more details!

Zoom Tummy Time for Babies! Tuesdays @9:30AM

          email Miss Caleigh at to register for Tummy Time!

Zoom Toe Tapping Tuesdays! (Super Silly Dance Class for Ages 2+!) Tuesdays @4:00PM

          email Miss Bree at to register for Cool Cruisers!

Bookworm Bounce! Thursdays @4:00PM on Facebook Live!

Virtual Dungeons & Dragons! Mondays @ 3:30PM

Kids Ages 7-15! Join us each week for virtual D&D on! Then join a community of gamers for fun on FPL's own Discord Server! "Chairs" are open for New Players and Dungeon Masters are always in demand! Email for more details!

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

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 to get involved!

Girls Who Code!

Grades 3-5 Friday Feb. 5th & 19th @ 3:00PMGirls Who Code

A Coding club for grades 3-5. We are bringing back G.W.C. at the Franklin Public Library! Learn to Code, Join a community, and Share your passions. All kids interested are welcome! Email for more details!


Grades 6-12 Friday Feb. 5th & 19th @ 4:00PM

A Coding club for grades 6-12. We are bringing back G.W.C. at the Franklin Public Library! Learn to Code, Join a community, and Share your passions. All teens interested are welcome! Email for more details!


Special Programs for Families

Take and Make: Chinese New Year Dragon Puppets!Take and make dragon puppets

Starting Saturday, February 1st, stop by the library between 10:00am-7:00pm and call the children's room (508-520-4941 ext. 2) to pick up your very own Dragon Puppet Kit! Kits include supplies and instructions for making a charming Dragon Puppet to celebrate Chinese New Year! This year is the Year of the Ox! SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED! Dragon Puppet Kits will be distributed on a first come first serve basis!


Black History Month Book Bingo!Black History Month Bingo

Celebrate Black History Month with a special reading challenge! We've got a special BINGO board with reading prompts relating to Black historical figure, authors and illustrators!  Complete BINGO in any direction in order to receive a prize! Special prizes will be available for anyone who completes their entire board! Find the Bingo Board in the library vestibule or on our website starting February 1st, and email your titles to! All entries must be received by Sunday, February 28th!


Zoom Cooking Class for families with Miss Sandhya! Saturday February 13th, 1:00PMZoom Cooking Class for Kids

Join Miss Sandhya of Sandhya's Kitchen for a special zoom cooking class for kids and their grown-ups! To register for the class and receive the zoom link, email Caleigh at!





Take and Make: Slime!Take and make Slime Kits

Starting Saturday, February 13th, stop by the library between 10:00am-7:30pm and call the children's room (508-520-4941 ext. 2) to pick up your very own Slime Making Kit! Kits include supplies and instructions for making your very own slime, with glue and liquid starch! The perfect vacation week craft! SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED! Slime Kits will be distributed on a first come first serve basis!


February StoryWalk at DelCarte Reservation!February Story Walk

Starting Saturday, February 13th, the Franklin Recreation Department and the Franklin Public Library are teaming up again for a cozy StoryWalk on the trail! The StoryWalk will be up until mid-March, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the story, while social distancing!



Teen Zoom Murder Mystery Party! Wednesday, February 17th @6:00PM

Teens! Join us on Zoom for a teen-centric virtual soiree, as we celebrate February vacation week with a 1920s, Gatsby themed interactive mystery! To register and receive the zoom link, please email!

Make with Miss Mitzi Craft Class: Hand Warmers! Saturday February 27th, 1:00PM

Join Miss Mitzi for a special zoom crafting class! She will be teaching us how to sew our own heart-shaped hand warmers! To register for the class and receive the zoom link, email Mitzi at!


Love in All its Forms: A Valentine's Reading and Performance, Wednesday, February 10, 7:00 p.m.Love in all its forms

Love in All its Forms will feature four local authors reading and performing original works spanning literally all forms of love: gay, straight, undecided, male, female, cringe-inducing, heart-warming, humorous, pathetic, vanilla and not-so-much, millennial and middle-aged, romantic and platonic.

The New England Indie Authors Collective will present their latest work on the modern state of love. The Zoom event will include time for a Q&A. Authors will include Jenny Pivor, Judah Leblang, Jason M. Rubin, and Randy Ross. To register, please visit .


Roots of Black Music in America presented by Karlus Trapp, Wednesday, February 17, 7:00 p.m.

The Roots of Black Music in America

Karlus Trapp's delightful, educational, and entertaining presentation "The Roots of Black Music in America" is a 100 year journey back through time to hear, experience anew, and learn about the music of America's black musical giants. It is a joyful show that encourages and comes alive through audience participation and interaction with singing, dancing, call and response and percussion playing. Please be warned: If you view this show, you may find yourself uncontrollably smiling, singing or humming for hours afterward.

To register for this Zoom program, please visit .

Take-And-Make Craft for Adults: Embroidery Kit

Embroidery Kits

In a collaboration with the Franklin Mill Store, the Franklin Public Library is now offering Take-And-Make craft kits for adults! The project for January is embroidery kits. The embroidery kits include everything you need to create your own hand embroidered hoop. The pattern design is pre-printed on 100% cotton fabric, so there's no need for transferring or tracing. Just pop the fabric in the hoop, thread your needle, and start stitching!
These make easy and wonderful gifts. Embroidery is a great way to slow down, get cozy, and get crafty. Each kit contains: pre-printed (in color) fabric pattern, coordinating embroidery floss, needle, wooden hoop(s), full color card with image on front and stitching notes on back, a 'getting started with hand embroidery' guide and instructional how-to for basic stitches. The finished design is sized to fit nicely in a 6" hoop.

Kits are available to the first 35 Franklin residents to register, and will be placed in Curbside Pickup. To register, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at 508-520-4941, or email .


Franklin Public Library Book Club, Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 p.m.

Book Club

The book for discussion is Such a Fun Age, by Kiley Reid.

Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains' toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store's security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix's desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix's past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other. With empathy and piercing social commentary, Such a Fun Age explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone "family," the complicated reality of being a grown up, and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

To reserve a copy of the book or for more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at . To register, please visit .


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:

Shared from the Town of Franklin page