Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Part 1: Banned Books: Libraries and Schools Talk at Dean, then Part 2 Community Conversations at the Library

"Banned Book Week Day 2! What are you reading @TOFranklinMA??"
The Library will be @DeanCollege's Banned Books: Libraries and Schools Talk on October 5th from 5-6 PM at the Atrium in the Student Center. 
Be sure to join us after at the Library for Community Conversations at 6:30! 

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Ben Franklin's books
Ben Franklin's books

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Franklin Library Community Conversations event Oct 5

Community Conversations
Event Date:  Thursday, October 5, 2023 - 6:30 PM
No Registration Required
Everyone is welcome to join us each month as we unpack, discuss, and engage with topics relevant both within our community and beyond. Come with an open mind, leave with plenty of food for thought!
Our Topic for Discussion: Book Banning
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Franklin Library Community Conversations event Oct 5
Franklin Library Community Conversations event Oct 5

Monday, August 14, 2023

Books to Go at Horace Mann Middle School - Aug 15 from 11 AM to 1 PM

Next Books to Go is August 15. Hope your summer is filled with good people and good books!

Books to Go at Horace Mann Middle School - Aug 15 from 11 AM to 1 PM
Books to Go at Horace Mann Middle School - Aug 15 from 11 AM to 1 PM

Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Books to Go at Horace Mann Middle School - Aug 8 from 11 AM to 1 PM

Next Books to Go is August 8th. Hope your summer is filled with good people and good books!

Books to Go at Horace Mann Middle School - Aug 8 from 11 AM to 1 PM
Books to Go at Horace Mann Middle School - Aug 8 from 11 AM to 1 PM

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Get rid of gently used, CLEAN clothing for a worthy FUSF Savers FUNDrive

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is holding a Savers FUNDrive

Please drop off your gently used, CLEAN clothing, accessories, shoes, books, and SMALL household items to the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin on 
Wednesday, August 9, 
Thursday, August 10 or 
Friday, August 11 between 9 AM and NOON. 

  • Please BAG clothing and other soft goods 
  • BOX books, small household items, and media 


Questions? Contact Thanks! 

Get rid of gently used, CLEAN clothing for a worthy FUSF Savers FUNDrive
Get rid of gently used, CLEAN clothing for a worthy FUSF Savers FUNDrive 

Monday, November 1, 2021

Town of Franklin, MA: new popup shops ribbon cutting held Friday

Town of Franklin, MA (@TOFranklinMA) tweeted  Sun, Oct 31, 2021:
"Take a quick stop by the two newest #PopUpShops in Franklin, @EscapeIntoFictn and #DoglioCoffee for some great treats! 
Thank you to @MassEOHED for the state grant! The coffee is delicious and we could all use some great fiction to take us away! 
Perfect time for the holidays! ☕️📚"


Town of Franklin, MA: new popup shops ribbon cutting
Town of Franklin, MA: new popup shops ribbon cutting @TOFranklinMA photo

Doglio Coffee will open on Nov 10. In the meantime, you can check out their webpage and order online

Escape into Fiction will be open everyday except for Monday. Peruse the books on the shelf, if you don't find one you want, they can order it for you. 

And don't forget that Greco Designs is operating as well in their location downtown

The Town of Franklin press release announcing their openings was shared here

Monday, October 25, 2021

Franklin Pop up shops Expand

Bookstore and Coffee Shop Combination Coming to Franklin’s Downtown for a Limited Time

The Town of Franklin is pleased to announce “Escape into Fiction'' and “Doglio Coffee'' as the latest round of businesses to occupy the 70 East Central St. Pop Shop Opportunity Space. The Town hopes residents and visitors of Franklin stop in and check out the new local businesses.

Escape into Fiction is a fiction only bookstore carrying genres such as horror, romance, science fiction, mystery and more. The bookstore will open its doors on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 at 10:00 AM.

Residents can expect a variety of bookmarks, totes, stickers, puzzles and coloring books from Escape into Fiction. Their diverse catalog ensures there is something for people of all ages to enjoy. Owners April and Michael Rock had hoped to establish a brick and mortar store prior to the pandemic, however, they decided to pursue an online only business model due to the circumstances the pandemic presented. After making an unexpected move from Ohio to Franklin, they are excited to pick up where they left off in their new home. 

Franklin Pop up shops Expand
Franklin Pop up shops Expand

"Escape Into Fiction feels incredibly honored to have the opportunity to participate in the Town of Franklin Pop Up Shop project. This has been the perfect way for us to introduce ourselves to our new community and we can't wait to meet everyone!" said April Rock.

Their Pop Shop partner, Doglio Coffee, specializes in offering high quality organic coffee and will launch in early November. Doglio Coffee utilizes direct trade to ensure ethically sourced beans. Their coffee is low-acidity, made with quadruple-filtered water and brewed in small batches to maintain pristine quality.

Owners Alexa Monochio and Steve Poirier witnessed the authentic connections made over a great cup of coffee during a trip to Italy. Yearning to help create authentic moments back home, they launched Doglio in Feb. 2021. They hope to continue to celebrate great coffee and connections through the Pop Shop Franklin Initiative.

The Pop Shop Opportunity Spaces will be filled until December 31, 2021 when the Franklin Pop Shop Initiative is completed due to grant requirements by the state grant. Residents are encouraged to visit the second Pop Shop Opportunity Space (2A Main St. in Franklin) which has been utilized by Greco Design Co. since June. This program was made possible by a Regional Pilot Project Grant issued by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

Learn more about the Pop Shop Franklin Initiative by visiting:

For more information about the Franklin Pop Shop businesses, be sure to visit their websites and connect with them on social media.

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Media Contact: Lily Rivera Office:508- 520-4888 

Friday, May 21, 2021

Kitchen Table Art Workshops: Altered Book Box, Sunday, June 6, 4:00 PM

Kitchen Table Art Workshops: 

Altered Book Box, Sunday, June 6, 4:00 PM

Kitchen Table Art Workshops: Altered Book Box, Sunday, June 6
Kitchen Table Art Workshops: Altered Book Box, Sunday, June 6

Beautifying Old Discarded Books - Altered Book Box, June 6, 4-6 PM Zoom. 

Registration deadline June 2.

We will hollow out a no longer used book so it is now a useful and fun box to hold your secrets and more! We will also explore ways to repurpose the remaining book sheets as art objects.  
Presented on Zoom by Jacqueline Volpe, The Creativity Curator at jbvdesignstudio. You must sign up to be emailed the Zoom link. Kits providing materials and tools to be used in the workshop will be provided for the first 12 Franklin residents. 

Shortly before the workshop, instructions to pick up your kit at the library and the zoom link will be emailed to you. Anyone who registers but does not receive a kit will be emailed a supply list to gather materials for the project and the zoom link. 

To register please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at 508-520-4941, or email her at . For more information, visit Jacqueline at and email questions to her at

This program is funded by a grant from the Franklin Cultural Council.


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Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Spear Phishing hits authors with books about to be published

"Earlier this month, the book industry website Publishers Marketplace announced that Little, Brown would be publishing “Re-Entry,” a novel by James Hannaham about a transgender woman paroled from a men’s prison. The book would be edited by Ben George.

Two days later, Mr. Hannaham got an email from Mr. George, asking him to send the latest draft of his manuscript. The email came to an address on Mr. Hannaham’s website that he rarely uses, so he opened up his usual account, attached the document, typed in Mr. George’s email address and a little note, and hit send.

“Then Ben called me,” Mr. Hannaham said, “to say, ‘That wasn’t me.’”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2020 National Book Festival Highlights: Mo Willems


"Mo Willems, he of the wildly popular books for young people like the Pigeon series and Elephant & Piggie Biggie series, thinks the kids are all right.

“I think the kids are fine. I really do,” he said to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden in an exclusive video interview. I think it’s us, the old people, that need some help, that need to stop and look and listen to these ambassadors, these ambassadors of exploration, of creativity, of asking questions.”

The three-time Caldecott Medal winner spoke about his creative process and the “idea garden” of random doodles that inspires his stories and art. He launched his recent books, “An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! Volume 3” (Hyperion) and “Unlimited Squirrels: I Want to Sleep Under the Stars” (Hyperion), at the 2020 National Book Festival."
Continue reading the article online


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity

The 2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival will celebrate its 20th birthday this year! And, for the first time in its history, the event will be completely virtual. Join us next weekend for an interactive, online celebration of American Ingenuity featuring more than 120 authors, poets and illustrators. The festivities will culminate with a PBS television special “The Library of Congress National Book Festival: Celebrating American Ingenuity,” hosted by Hoda Kotb on Sunday, Sept. 27, 6-8 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings).

Register Today! 

2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival
2020 Library of Congress National Book Festival

Create your FREE account now at to access on-demand videos, live author chats and discussions during the Festival weekend, Sept. 25 – 27. You’ll have options to personalize your own festival journey with timely topics, and to explore book buying possibilities through the festival’s official bookseller, Politics & Prose.

Check Out the Author Lineup

Collage image of authors participating in the 2020 National Book Festival

More than 120 renowned authors, poets and illustrators are taking part in our virtual festival! Connect with your favorite writers across all genres at our virtual “stages” including, Children, Teens, Family, Food & Field, Fiction, Genre Fiction, History & Biography sponsored by Wells Fargo, Poetry & Prose sponsored by National Endowment for the Arts, Science and Understanding Our World.

View the full author lineup: 

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

“It’s uncomfortable for a lot of parents, so a lot of times they just skip over it"

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
It’s been two years since Sam Gouveia was teased by some of his kindergarten classmates for painting his nails red.

Now a month shy of his seventh birthday, he still paints his nails. He also started experimenting with make-up to recreate looks based off of YouTube tutorials. He started with his mom’s products, but now he has his own bag of make-up.

“He hasn’t had a problem (with being judged) since then,” said his father Aaron Gouveia, writer of the nationally-known “Daddy Files” blog, about that day in 2018.

When Gouveia started a thread on Twitter supporting Sam wearing nail polish, it went viral, receiving more than 35,000 likes and support from celebrities like former New England Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, and voice actress Tara Strong, who has voiced popular characters like Timmy Turner from the “Fairly OddParents.”
Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Listen to my interview with Aaron. We met on the Town Common, and socially distanced for our conversation.

FM #292 Aaron Gouveia - Daddy Files - 5/21/20 (audio)
FM #292 Aaron Gouveia - Daddy Files - 5/21/20 (audio)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

In the News: Annie's book store closes; planning underway to allow visitors to long-term care facilities

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Books hold a special place in the heart of Ann Durant -- so much so that they are like members of her family, each variously holding within its whispering, ink-fragrant pages memories of past times spent together or promises of new friendships, new discoveries and new adventures.

So it should come as no surprise that Durant, owner of Annie’s Book Stop on Plainville’s Man-Mar Drive, has been on a very determined mission the last couple of weeks: To leave the collection of books in her second-hand bookstore in equally loving hands.

Durant has found herself in the difficult position of having to close the business her mother -- the late Eleanor Arnold -- opened nearly four decades ago, and that she herself has been operating for nearly 25 years. While she has overcome some significant business challenges over the years, including competing with big box book stores and online book purveyors, the coronavirus pandemic has proven to be too much to surmount.

“Basically, my decision to close is directly because of the pandemic, when you count what it would cost me to stay open,” she said. “I have jumped hurdles -- the big box stores, the online stuff. I’ve always found a way around it, but this ... whether it’s my age or the length of time I’ve done this ... this I couldn’t find a way over it or under it or around it.”

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

"As the state’s economic reopening gets underway in earnest this week, Gov. Charlie Baker said Tuesday that COVID-19 public health data indicates “that we are trending in the right direction,” and the head of the state’s COVID-19 Command Center said plans are in the works to allow people to once again visit their loved ones in long-term care settings.

Opening his first press conference since many consumer-facing businesses were allowed to reopen Monday, the governor highlighted two of the metrics that he has said will be key considerations when deciding when to launch subsequent phases of the reopening plan.

Baker said the average positive test rate is down to about 9% and has “been pretty much in that general vicinity now for about a week.” And the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has shown “a significant decrease over the course of the past two or three weeks,” he said."
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Video link for May 26 update by Gov Baker:

Monday, May 11, 2020

Podcast Recommendation: Neil Pasricha's 3 Books

In these pandemic times, it is a challenge with so many changes yet uncertainty looming around us. Opening a book can take us to another world, away from this. We can escape for the time the book is open and we're able to devote time to it. A book from Stephen King,  or JK Rowling, or Philip Pullman can take us away. 

On the other hand, I recently finished "The Great Influenza" by John M Barry to help understand the time we are in. The book is thoroughly researched. It was an easy read albeit a tough topic. I was glad to have reached the end sooner than I thought. According to Kindle, 35% of the pages were notes, bibliography, etc.

Two key quotes from the book to share:
"And a severe influenza pandemic would hit like a tsunami, inundating intensive-care units even as doctors and nurses fall ill themselves and generally pushing the health care system to the point of collapse and possibly beyond it. Hospitals, like every other industry, have gotten more efficient by cutting costs, which means virtually no excess capacity—on a per capita basis the United States has far fewer hospital beds than a few decades ago. Indeed, during a routine influenza season, usage of respirators rises to nearly 100 percent; in a pandemic, most people who needed a mechanical respirator probably would not get one."

"For if there is a single dominant lesson from 1918, it’s that governments need to tell the truth in a crisis. Risk communication implies managing the truth. You don’t manage the truth. You tell the truth."

So having read that, I needed to escape. I turned to listen to a podcast and Neil Pasricha's 3 Books came up in the queue. This episode was released a couple of weeks ago and while I am close to current, I am still behind. This episode was an emotional one because it acknowledges where we are, how we are dealing with this pandemic.It was timely to listen to.
"Look up to the sky.

It’s a slowly waning crescent before Chapter 52 arrives on the exact minute of the new moon next week.

So why this special episode of 3 Books?

Well, like the “cultivating calm during coronavirus chaos” episode we released a month ago, it’s because we are swimming in wholly unprecedented seas. I am feeling stress around coronavirus and I can tell by your DMs, tweets, comments, and voicemails to 1-833-READ-A-LOT that you're feeling it, too."

Episode page

This as you heard, is not a 'normal' session of 3 books. I will recommend subscribing to the podcast. You can go back to the beginning and come forward if you have the time and desire. So many of the people he talks with are not 'well known', yet the conversation is an adventure into books, and life, and what those three books mean for the person being interviewed.
Neil's home page

"The Great Influenza" page at Amazon

Podcast Recommendation: Neil Pasricha's 3 Books
Podcast Recommendation: Neil Pasricha's 3 Books

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Franklin Public Library February 2020 News & Events

Franklin Public Library February 2020 News & Events

February Library Hours
The Franklin Public Library will be closed on Monday, February 17 for Presidents 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.
Drop-In ESL Conversation Class, Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Starting this February at the Franklin Public Library, join us every Tuesday night for a drop-in conversation class for all levels of English language learners. This class will focus on helping students become more comfortable using English in everyday life. We call it a class, but it's really more of a group. Proctored by a certified ESL instructor, we will spend each session discussing a different topic--or wherever the conversation takes us! Resources will be provided by the Franklin Public Library so all you need to bring is a willingness to participate and learn. This program is free and open to all who wish to join.

New Pass Available
Library patrons can use the Franklin Public Library's pass to visit Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries across the state at the discounted rate of just $2 per person, for up to four people per pass. Sites include Stony Brook in Norfolk, Blue Hills Trailside Museum in Milton, Moose Hill in Sharon, and Wellfleet Bay in South Wellfleet. To reserve the pass, visit our website and click on the link for Museum Passes.

Library Now Subscribing to NoveList Plus and NextReads Newsletters!
Can't get enough of fiction, nonfiction, or audiobook recommendations? Use NoveList Plus to help you discover your next favorite read! This resource provides recommendations for all ages. Created by passionate book lovers who understand what readers want, NoveList Plus is a bibliophile's paradise, perfect for readers to explore. Access NoveList Plus from our website on the Databases & Research Resources page.
NextReads Newsletters alert you to the latest releases in your favorite subjects and genres. Reading recommendations for adults, teens, and kids can be sent directly to your inbox! You can even receive the weekly New York Times bestseller lists! The titles in the newsletters are linked directly to our catalog, so you can check availability or place holds. To sign up, visit our website.

Provincetown and the Pilgrims, Thursday, February 6, 6:30 p.m.
The Pilgrims are often linked to Plymouth, but their story in America began in Provincetown, and after two decades, many of them returned to the shores of the Outer Cape. Join Don during the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims' landing for this look back from the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower to the 1644 settlement of Nauset, as well as the story behind Provincetown's famous Pilgrim Monument. This program is free and open to the public.

Nerds To Go Technology Help, Saturday, February 8, 10:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.
Staff from Nerds To Go Computer Service will be available to assist patrons with common technology issues such as email access, password reset/recovery, cell phone feature usage, getting onto public Wi-Fi, and accessing information on line. This service is free and is on a first come, first serve basis.

Burn Boston Burn Author Talk with Wayne Miller, Saturday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.
In the early 1980s, Boston was set ablaze. Two hundred sixty-four buildings were burned, intentionally set on fire, resulting in millions of dollars in damages and hundreds of injuries. This is the true story of the deep conspiracy of nine men, determined to wreak havoc on the city and the relentless investigators who uncovered them. Told from the perspective of the head ATF Special Agent in charge of the investigation, Wayne Miller, Burn Boston Burn is a tale of political deceit and internal corruption. The book details the series of crimes that shook the city of Boston and became known as one of the largest arson cases on record in the history of the country.
Wayne Miller was a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator and Certified Fire Investigator for the U. S. Treasury, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for 25 years. He has been involved in numerous high profile criminal cases involving illegal firearms, bombings and arsons. He was also a member of the ATF National Response Team, responding to major fire and explosion incidents. For the past 17 years, in the private sector, Mr. Miller has been a fire and explosion analyst for the Massachusetts - based Wright Group, Inc.
During his career, Mr. Miller examined more than 2,300 fire and explosion scenes, responded to over twenty-five major incidents, as well as testified as an expert in more than forty cases in Federal and State courts in civil and criminal cases. 
This program is free and open to the public.

Renaissance V Brass Valentine's Concert, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 11, 6:30 p.m.
Romance will be in the air when the Renaissance V Brass perform an evening of swoon-worthy tunes at the Franklin Public Library. Treat your sweetheart to a night of music that will put you in the mood for love. This performance is free and open to the public.

Avoiding Age Discrimination: A Workbook for Baby Boomers, Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.
People often worry about age discrimination when seeking new employment, spending an inordinate amount of time convincing themselves that they are no longer relevant in the workforce. We will address how job seekers can overcome age bias and turn their fears into selling points. This workshop is free and open to the public.

Franklin Public Library Book Club, Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m.
The book for discussion is Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead.  In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. A limited number of copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at .

Genealogy Club, Research Plan Workshop with Marian Pierre-Louis, Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m.
Develop a research plan to help overcome your genealogy obstacles.  Using this tool you will learn how to approach a genealogy problem to find the best solution.   

Library Tech Time,Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Need help downloading ebooks to your Kindle? Trouble downloading the Libby or Minuteman apps? Curious about hoopla, Kanopy, or the many databases available to Franklin residents? Stop by or make an appointment during Tech Time now available on Thursdays 2:00-3:00 p.m. Can't make that time? Don't worry, technology assistance is always available at the Reference Desk. Please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala or Reference Librarian Vicki Earls for more information.

Proctoring Services
The Franklin Public Library will now be offering proctoring services to its patrons. Proctoring will be free of charge, and by appointment only. Contact Library Director Felicia Oti or Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala for more information. 

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

Franklin Public Library February 2020 News & Events
Franklin Public Library February 2020 News & Events

Friday, January 4, 2019

Franklin Author Book Sale Specials

Franklin author Susan K Hamilton has some book sale specials announced that I found via the Twitter stream. We had shared the release of Shadow King in November 2018.

Franklin Author: Susan K. Hamilton fantasy genre novelist

"The ESCAPE! Anthology released yesterday and is currently in the Top 50 on Amazon for both Short Stories and Anthologies. Special $2.99 price until Jan. 6! Grab your copy today, you'll be glad you did!#shortstories #anthologies #amreading #books"

"Buy the Amazon Kindle version of Shadow King for just $0.99 through 12/12/19!
Grab a copy today!"


Thursday, January 3, 2019

Newcomers and Friends Club: Book/White Elephant Swap - Jan 16

Not just for Newcomers . . .

Since it’s the New Year, why not start fresh! The Newcomers are cleaning off our bookshelves and emptying our closets. We’re having a Book and/or White Elephant Swap. Whatever you bring, you’ll bring home something similar. So, if you want to participate, bring a wrapped (brown paper or foil will do!!!) book and/or unwanted Holiday Gift to swap. Books of fiction or cookbooks are suggested.

We’re also doing a collection drive for the Franklin Food Pantry. We’re collecting bars of soap . . . please bring wrapped bars of soap to donate if you’d like to participate.
Newcomers and Friends Club: Book/White Elephant Swap - Jan 16
Newcomers and Friends Club:
Book/White Elephant Swap - Jan 16

Come join your Franklin friends and neighbors at the Franklin Newcomers and Friends monthly Meeting. Meet us upstairs at "3" Restaurant on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:30. Due to a conflict, we had to change our January date.

No need to RSVP, just join us to have fun while you make connections in your community. We are a multi-generational club offering a wide range of activities for all ages with an emphasis on fun and camaraderie. As a member driven organization . . . your ideas count and we want to hear them!

Residents of Franklin, or any surrounding town that doesn't have a Newcomers Club, are welcome to join us the 2nd Wednesday of the month (occasionally we switch Wednesdays to accommodate holidays or speakers). We run our meetings September through May. We meet at “3” Restaurant, 461 W. Central Street, Franklin, upstairs in a private room. Complimentary hot appetizers and beverages are provided and a cash bar is available.

Additionally, we hold many fun and varied events to stay connected throughout the year. Look for us on our website, or on our Facebook page or on, Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Franklin Author: Susan K. Hamilton fantasy genre novelist

Dark fantasy readers will find themselves spellbound by Susan K. Hamilton’s Shadow King (Oct. 2, 2018, InkShares). In the midst of a tumultuous Boston, a Fae Seer, Seireadan, begins to fall for Aohdan, the Fae Patriarch of the city’s criminal underworld. Despite her best intentions to stay away from him, the fierce passion begins to consume them both. While Aohdan to expand his power base, Seireadan searches for the Fae who killed her family, straining their still-new relationship. Soon, they’ll both have to make choices that will drastically change the course of their lives.

SUSAN K. HAMILTON: Susan K. Hamilton is the author of three novels in the fantasy genre: Shadow King, Darkstar Rising, and The Devil Inside (forthcoming in 2019). Shadow King landed on the Top Ten finalist list of the 2016 Launchpad Manuscript Competition out of over 1,000 entrants from 24 countries, and was published by Inkshares in October 2018. 

The Devil You Don’t reached the Top 25 finalists list the following year and will be published under the name The Devil Inside. Susan lives near Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and cat. An avid equestrian, you can often find her at the barn when she’s not writing. She rediscovered her love for writing at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst when her writing teacher freshman year told the class that their last assignment was “to write something creative.”

You can find Shadow King on Amazon

and Goodreads

Monday, April 9, 2018

FM #142: Ben's Books return to the Franklin Library (audio)

FM #142

This internet radio show or podcast is number 142 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording is of the brief ceremony at the unveiling of the new display case for Benjamin Franklin’s books. The case was ordered as part of the Library renovation project was delayed in delivery but the books were safely installed this week. The ceremony was held on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

The ceremony itself runs about 12 minutes. Photos of the ceremony and of the books in the display case can be found on

Without further ado, here is the audio recording.


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FM #142: Ben's Books return to the Franklin Library (audio)
FM #142: Ben's Books return to the Franklin Library (audio)


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Ben's books return to display at the Franklin Public Library

Photos from the unveiling of Ben's books at the Franklin Public Library on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

well said
well said

Building Committee Chair Judith Pond Pfeffer
Building Committee Chair Judith Pond Pfeffer

Mary Olsson, Franklin Historical Commission
Mary Olsson, Franklin Historical Commission

in the middle of the unveiling
in the middle of the unveiling


you can walk around the display to view the books
you can walk around the display to view the books

You can see the stitches on the leather book covers
You can see the stitches on the leather book covers

For more photos, visit this link:

The audio recording of the brief unveiling ceremony can be found here

Ben's Books