Franklin Public Library Official Site

Franklin Public Library Official Site America's First Public Library
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The Franklin Public Library is considered America's first public library. In 1778, when the town was incorporated, the designated name Exeter was changed to Franklin in honor of Dr. Benjamin Franklin. In return Franklin was asked to donate a bell for the town's church steeple. Acknowledging that "sense" was preferable to "sound", Dr. Franklin responded with an offer of books for the use of the town's residents. When the volumes arrived, a great controversy arose over who should be allowed to use them. On November 20th, 1790, those attending Franklin's town meeting voted to lend the books to all Franklin inhabitants free of charge. This vote established the Franklin collection as the first public library in the United States. The original Franklin collection is still housed in a book case in the circulation department. In 1904, the Ray Memorial Building was dedicated and the Franklin Library got a permanent building - a gift from the Ray family. That same year, the Ray family also established the Ray Memorial fund to provide for and maintain the building. The Franklin Library Association ran the library until 1981 when the Franklin Public Library became a department of the town of Franklin. From 1987 to 1989, the Library underwent extensive restoration to maintain the original beauty and splendor of this beautiful classical Greek structure and to add a children's wing.

Mission: The Mission of the Franklin Public Library is: To increase the presence and stature of the Library within the community, the State, and the Region by: Developing the highest quality information resources ad services through acquisition and cooperative programs; Creating a "sense of place" where residents, students, and researchers can gather for programs, individual study or group interaction and discussion for entertainment, knowledge building and the fostering of wisdom; Reaching out to the community, its schools and colleges to provide resources for nurturing literacy, inquiry, communication, and tolerance; Improving the quality of service we deliver to our patrons, both in person and online, by recruiting, developing and supporting a highly qualified staff of librarians & professionals; Increasing the effectiveness of collections, services, and professional development through strong partnerships with other town departments, networking, and the innovative use of evolving technologies.

Miss Bree has been hard at work preparing our week-long Amazing Race program for kids and families!Stop by the library e...
02/15/2020

Miss Bree has been hard at work preparing our week-long Amazing Race program for kids and families!

Stop by the library each day next week (Tuesday-Friday) to “visit” different continents and complete different “Detours” and “Road Blocks”. Once the challenge is complete you’ll get a stamp on your passport. Visit all 7 continents and win a fun, worldly, prize!!

The adventure begins Tuesday, February 18th!

We will be closed Monday, February 17 for Presidents' Day.
02/13/2020

We will be closed Monday, February 17 for Presidents' Day.

Check out this month's Book Sale tomorrow, February 14 at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 15 at 9:00 a.m.! All books ar...
02/13/2020

Check out this month's Book Sale tomorrow, February 14 at 1:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 15 at 9:00 a.m.! All books are just one dollar. Get some sweet deals for your sweetheart!

Here are a few pictures we managed to snap at Tape Town this morning! Such a blast! Thank you to everyone who came!
02/08/2020

Here are a few pictures we managed to snap at Tape Town this morning! Such a blast! Thank you to everyone who came!

Adults! Got tech questions? Justin is here fom Nerds to Go to help you navigate your tricky technology! He will be here ...
02/08/2020

Adults! Got tech questions? Justin is here fom Nerds to Go to help you navigate your tricky technology! He will be here until 11AM!

Good morning Franklin! Here's a sneak peek of what we've got planned for you this morning! Our volunteers are hard at wo...
02/08/2020

Good morning Franklin! Here's a sneak peek of what we've got planned for you this morning! Our volunteers are hard at work setting up our Tape Town! Come by at 10:30 with your favorite toy car and cruise around!

Good Morning Franklin! We have a fun-filled Friday planned today! First up, get those little feet moving at Happy Feet a...
02/07/2020

Good Morning Franklin! We have a fun-filled Friday planned today! First up, get those little feet moving at Happy Feet at 10:30. Then, join us this afternoon at 1:30 for another edition of Storytime S.T.E.A.M. followed by Chess Club at 3:30. We can't wait to see everyone!

Yesterday's Creation Station was SNOW much fun!! Thanks so much to Miss Katie and Bright Horizons at Franklin Industrial...
02/06/2020

Yesterday's Creation Station was SNOW much fun!! Thanks so much to Miss Katie and Bright Horizons at Franklin Industrial Park for bringing the COOLEST polar bear themed activities!

02/04/2020

Creation Station tomorrow is going to be EXTRA fun! Staff from Bright Horizons at Franklin Industrial Park will be visiting the library with a fun array of items to play with and explore! The theme is bears and hibernation, perfect for a February afternoon! See you at 3:30PM!! 🐻❄️😃

Art In Bloom!
01/25/2020

Art In Bloom!

01/18/2020

Yesterday's Storytime STEAM was so much fun!

Check out this month's Book Sale Friday, January 17, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.! A...
01/16/2020

Check out this month's Book Sale Friday, January 17, 1:00-5:00 p.m. and Saturday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.! All books are just one dollar! Saturday afternoon 1:00-4:00 p.m. is the Bag Sale. Buy a bag of books for $5!

Senator Roy is our 3:00 pm reader for the Ben Franklin Readathon!
01/16/2020

Senator Roy is our 3:00 pm reader for the Ben Franklin Readathon!

Today’s the day for the Ben Franklin Readathon! This is the third annual event celebrating Ben Franklin’s birthday by re...
01/16/2020

Today’s the day for the Ben Franklin Readathon! This is the third annual event celebrating Ben Franklin’s birthday by reading aloud his autobiography. This is reader Judy Ross.

Have YOU been to Creation Station yet? Join us every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 PM for crafts, Legos, and other fun surpri...
01/15/2020

Have YOU been to Creation Station yet? Join us every Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 PM for crafts, Legos, and other fun surprises! Today we made magnets out of old magazines, played with our code-a-pillars, built Legos, and enjoyed some bug themed crafts! Last week we made a rocketship our of jix, and enjoyed space themed sticker sheets and scratch art! Every week is a guaranteed smorgasbord of fun!

01/02/2020
Franklin LEGO Timelapse 12-30-19

Such an awesome Stop-Motion Lego Event on Monday afternoon! Thank you fungineers! You can catch this event again over April vacation!

Thanks for coming everyone!

Another wonderful Box City event! This is one of our favorite annual traditions! Thanks for coming out everyone!
12/28/2019

Another wonderful Box City event! This is one of our favorite annual traditions! Thanks for coming out everyone!

12/26/2019

Good morning Franklin! We've got a great day of Merry making planned! Bring your family for a round of mini golf in the library between 11-2! ⛳ We also have our regularly scheduled Tummy Time at 9:30 this morning and Bookworm Bounce at 4PM!

12/24/2019

Good morning Franklin! Friendly reminder that we are open until 2:00PM today! There will be no Getting Ready for Kindergarten today, but we've got our gingerbread scavenger hunt and wrapping station going till closing time! Cool Cruisers (for babies who are crawling and newly walking) is STILL ON at 9:30! And we'll be making spirits bright for the rest of the week when we reopen on the 26th! See you soon!

The Franklin Public Library will close at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24th, and will be closed Wednesday, December 25th ...
12/23/2019

The Franklin Public Library will close at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 24th, and will be closed Wednesday, December 25th for Christmas Day.

12/23/2019

Happy Monday Franklin! We've got a festive day planned! Move Along with Miss Caleigh is on at 10:30, and we've got our gingerbread character scavenger hunt going on in the children's and teen rooms, AND this afternoon at 3:00PM, we'll have teen volunteers manning our wrapping station, so come bring that trunk full of last-minute gifts and we'll help you get it done! See you soon!

12/20/2019

Happy Friday Franklin! We've got a fun weekend lined up for you, starting with a Fun Festive Friday today! We've got Happy Feet with Miss Bree at 10:30, and our Gingerbread character Scavenger Hunt kicks off this morning and will be going on until the 24th! We've also restocked the wrapping supplies at our wrapping station, AND we'll have hot cocoa and coloring sheets in a few different spots on our first floor today! Tomorrow the merry-making continues with our famous Pancakes and Pajamas event at 10:30AM, featuring a special musical guest! See you soon!

12/14/2019

Good morning Franklin! Our Storywalk at DelCarte Park is STILL ON this morning at 10:30! You can come meet Santa under the tent, enjoy cookies and cocoa, and join Miss Caleigh for a special Storywalk through the trail! For those who would like more of an indoor day, we have exciting news! Santa will be joining us here in the library a little after 11, and we'll have a 2nd indoor Storywalk going on in the library as well! Our Book Sale is also going on and our wrapping station is up, so it will be a wonderful day, even if the weather outside is a bit frightful 😉

Check out the monthly Book Sale Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14! All books are just one dollar!
12/12/2019

Check out the monthly Book Sale Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14! All books are just one dollar!

12/06/2019

The Franklin Public Library will be closed on Monday, December 16 through Wednesday, December 18, 2019 for the cleaning of its brick hallways on the first floor. All fines will be waived on materials returned during that week. Items on the hold shelf will be made available for pickup for an additional three days. Museum passes reserved for those dates may be picked up by Sunday, December 15th. For more information, please contact Library Director Felcia Oti at 508-520-4941 or [email protected] .

Just a friendly reminder that Happy Feet, which normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, will be taking pl...
12/06/2019

Just a friendly reminder that Happy Feet, which normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month, will be taking place today instead! We hope to see you all soon!

Turtle thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dog Man last month at Tales for Tails! We still have spaces available for next Th...
12/05/2019

Turtle thoroughly enjoyed listening to Dog Man last month at Tales for Tails! We still have spaces available for next Thursday, December 12th. Email [email protected] for more information or to reserve your spot!

12/03/2019

We are still waiting for the plows to come clear out our parking lots, so while we are technically open, please be aware that our parking lots and walkways are still not clear, and exercise the utmost caution!

12/03/2019

The library will be opening at 10:00AM this morning! This means Cool Cruisers will start half an hour late, but we will still be here for you! Get Ready for Kindergarten will still be happening as well!

Thank you so much to everyone who braved the snow to join us for the most magnifique visit with Robin Preiss Glasser! Sh...
12/02/2019

Thank you so much to everyone who braved the snow to join us for the most magnifique visit with Robin Preiss Glasser! She made all the kiddos feel extra fancy with glitter and butterfly drawings, taught us how to curtsy, and gave the library a beautiful personalized print of Fancy Nancy that we will cherish!! What a special night! 😍

After tallying all the votes, the Turkey with the best disguise and the winner of the Great Turkey Escape is... The Cudd...
12/02/2019

After tallying all the votes, the Turkey with the best disguise and the winner of the Great Turkey Escape is... The Cuddly Cat!!

In 2nd place was Classy Disguise!
And tied for 3rd place was Snowkey and Flowers Only!

Congratulations to the winners! You may stop by the Children’s Room Desk this week to pick up your prizes!

Ooo-la-la! We are SO EXCITED to be welcoming the wonderful Fancy Nancy Illiustrator Robin Preiss Glasser for a Fancy Nan...
12/02/2019

Ooo-la-la! We are SO EXCITED to be welcoming the wonderful Fancy Nancy Illiustrator Robin Preiss Glasser for a Fancy Nancy tea party THIS AFTERNOON at 4:30!! See you there!

So much fun making slime today! Be sure to grab an updated December calendar next time you're in the library, we've got ...
11/30/2019

So much fun making slime today! Be sure to grab an updated December calendar next time you're in the library, we've got an awesome month of fun events coming up!

We are all set up for slime at 1:00 pm! See you soon Franklin families!!
11/30/2019

We are all set up for slime at 1:00 pm! See you soon Franklin families!!

11/29/2019

And what’s a sing-along without singing!!

Thank you to everyone who came to our Snowflake Sing-Along this morning! We had SO much fun with our special visitors An...
11/29/2019

Thank you to everyone who came to our Snowflake Sing-Along this morning! We had SO much fun with our special visitors Anna and Elsa!

It’s the Great Turkey Escape! Our patrons came up with some awesome disguises for their turkeys, now we need your help v...
11/26/2019

It’s the Great Turkey Escape! Our patrons came up with some awesome disguises for their turkeys, now we need your help voting for the turkey with the best disguise! Like your favorites and the Turkey with the most votes will “escape” Thanksgiving dinner!!

11/26/2019

Good morning! There is a cleaning project going on here in the library with a chemical smell that might be unpleasant to some. We have been assured that it is safe, but as a precaution, Cool Cruisers will be cancelled today. Thank you so much for understanding ❤️

The Franklin Public Library will be closing at 2:00 on Wednesday, November 27, and closed Thursday, November 28 for Than...
11/25/2019

The Franklin Public Library will be closing at 2:00 on Wednesday, November 27, and closed Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving. The Library will be open Friday, November 29, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Franklin Public Library Book Sale is Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16. Stop by and get some great deals. ...
11/14/2019

The Franklin Public Library Book Sale is Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16. Stop by and get some great deals. All books are just $1!

Miss Bree got to spend the morning at Annie Sullivan Middle School for the wonderful Leslie Connor’s visit with the stud...
11/14/2019

Miss Bree got to spend the morning at Annie Sullivan Middle School for the wonderful Leslie Connor’s visit with the students! It was a fabulous and fascinating presentation and... we were able to get some of our books signed!

11/13/2019

Today's make your own earring workshop has been rescheduled for December 11th at 3:30PM, but we'll still be crafting up a storm today! Join us for fun fall crafts this afternoon from 3:30-4:30PM!

The Franklin Public Library will be closed Monday, November 11 for Veteran's Day.
11/08/2019

The Franklin Public Library will be closed Monday, November 11 for Veteran's Day.

No school means Storytime S.T.E.A.M. today at 1:30! Today’s activity is a house building challenge perfect for 3rd-5th g...
11/05/2019

No school means Storytime S.T.E.A.M. today at 1:30! Today’s activity is a house building challenge perfect for 3rd-5th graders!

10/31/2019

Happy Halloween Franklin! If you're looking to kill a little time before trick or treating, join us for our Bookworm Bounce storytime at 4PM! We'll have monster related stories and fun songs, and our parachute, and end with treats! What a perfect way to kick off your trick or treating!

Address

118 Main Street
Franklin, MA
02038

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 20:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 20:00
Thursday 09:00 - 20:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 13:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(508) 520-4941

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