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We’re happy to introduce a new program – Thank You Neighbor.   This program celebrates Franklin Township’s everyday heroes, and we need your help!

Celebrate Franklin Township, and the people who make it a great place to live, by honoring the kind things we do for each other every day.

Through September 11th, the Franklin Township Public Library encourages all residents to recognize their good neighbors by submitting a Thank You, Neighbor form. Franklin Township Public Library will invite all good neighbors, and the people who recognized them, to a celebration at the Library featuring entertainment and refreshments on September 20th.

Pick up a recognition form at any service desk or on the FTPL website – simply click the red “Thank You Neighbor” button in the header next to our logo.

Please hand your completed Thank You Neighbor forms to any service desk.  Please participate and nominate your fantastic neighbors!

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July 29,  7 – 8:30 PM

The Philly Ringtones are the latest edition to the area’s acappella doo wop music scene, but that doesn’t mean they are new to singing.  The members came together about a year and a half ago with diverse individual backgrounds to create one of the more exciting vocal groups around.

Lisa Parks has sung with the Sweet Adelines barbershop group and also toured for eight years with Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes.  Bill Keith has been singing doo wop since the late 1950’s with recording groups like the Blendtones, A Moments Pleasure, the Students and others.  Bass singer, Charlie Carson, has sung with numerous Philadelphia acappella groups for more than 30 years.  Gabe Mairone is the youngest member of the group but he grew up in a family of doo wop fanatics.  Finally, Jim Bakay has sung with the Street Corner Five, the Copians and Nitelight over the past 20 years.  During that time, Jim also hosted a popular doo wop and R&B radio on WRDV-FM.  He brings a depth of knowledge and understanding of the music to the group.
 Registration is requested; sign up begins June 5th. Please plan to arrive on time, as seating is not guaranteed.
Please note: This is an adult program, but teens and older children are welcome to attend with an adult. This program is NOT APPROPRIATE for young children or infants.
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Come see Sonido Costeno on August 5, 7 – 8:30 PM
Sonido Costeño is a modern day Latin New York City band with a repertoire that goes beyond ‘salsa’. Together they create a fusion of Cuban son, Dominican merengue and bachata, Jamaican reggae, and Guaracha. This unique style resonates with American modern jazz influences. Their creative fusion of Latin music with other world music is enticing and the high energy in which they transmit it transforms their restaurant and club audiences into dance hall performances, while packing houses at museums, libraries, and community festivals across the New York area.
 Registration is requested; sign up begins June 5th. Please plan to arrive on time, as seating is not guaranteed.
Please note: This is an adult program, but teens and older children are welcome to attend with an adult. This program is NOT APPROPRIATE for young children or infants.

Check out the other great bands coming this summer!

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This week’s staff pick is an old staffer favorite, and one that at least one of our staffer’s periodically rereads, because it’s that good.   The novel is written entirely in letters and diary entries, and is completely engaging and utterly delightful.

“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

Check it out today!

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Are you signed up for Summer Reading?  Sign up for your category and check out our awesome prizes! Then, obviously, get reading!  We only have about a month left, so log everything you read this summer, today! (And collect your prize(s))

You can see on our homepage that we have an easy to find Summer section.  You can visit our Summer homepage, reading programs, summer reading, or summer concert series straight from our website.  Don’t forget to check out this summer’s awesome concert lineup.   Let’s make Summer 2015 one to remember!

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We hope you’re joining us in our 2015 Read Harder Challenge (flyers at Circulation and Reference), where we are challenging ourselves and you by reading books based on place, author, subject, etc.  Why? Because we’re stretching out of our reading comfort zones and trying some new things. Don’t forget that anything you read for the challenge can also count towards your summer reading! School summer reading counts too (for FTPL Summer Reading and the challenge).

Don’t know where to start? We offer a variety of reading recommendations:

– Staff Pick Bookmarks (located at the Circulation and Reference desks) These change frequently and are always stocked

-Staff Pick Display – these books are located on the shelves in the aisle of Adult Fiction

– Staff Pick of the Week : blog post and added to our Facebook album (one for 2014 and one for 2015) and Pinterest page

– This challenge has a support group on Goodreads.com where you can get reading suggestions for each category, and tell others what you think

-Check out our Pinterest Book Recommendations board – we’ve posted tons of lists of all kinds. There is definitely something you’ll love here!

-We have a book recommendation page where you can get newsletters on your favorite types of books sent straight to your email

It’s never to late to start, and anything you’ve already read this year that fits into a category counts! Join us in diversifying our reading, and check out some new books today.

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Have a smartphone? A tablet? Some other cool device that downloads apps?  If the answer is yes, you should download one of our fantastic apps – Bookmyne, Zinio, 3M and OneClickDigital.

Bookmyne:

For checking your library account and placing holds, use Bookmyne.  Bookmyne is a mobile app that allows catalog searching, placing holds, barcode scanning and more!  You can learn more about it here.  We like it because the new version is easy to use and simple.  You will need your Library Card Number and PIN to register.

Below are the QR codes that you can scan and download with a QR scanner.  Or you can click on “Android” or “Apple” and it will take you to the respective app store, where you can also download it.

Bookmyne ANDROID:

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Bookmyne APPLE:

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Zinio:

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We also now have digital magazines with Zinio for Libraries!   This new service is available to resident library card holders.

We have subscriptions to 46 different magazines!   These magazines are available electronically, and are identical to the print version, including ads.  To access our digital magazines, you must visit Zinio’s website (you can also visit the Zinio link under the eReading tab on the Library’s website), and create an account.  This is a very simple process.   You will need your library barcode number and a working email address.

It is important to remember your login information after you’ve created an account, since you will also use it to utilize the Zinio for Libraries app (smartphones, tablets, etc.).  Your email address is your username.

If you have any questions or need any help, look at Zinio’s Help Page, which is very thorough.  They have user guides and video tutorials for PCs, Macs, iPhones, Androids, and more.  It also has an online support form and email addresses for technical assistance.  Please reach out to them with any technical issues.  The Library cannot help retrieve forgotten username (your email address) or password information.

You can read magazines online, via your internet browser, or via an app.  All magazine selections must be made online through your internet browser.  The app only allows you to read titles you have already checked out.

When downloading the app, you must download the Zinio for Libraries app, not just “Zinio”.  Your login information will not work with the Zinio app.  When opening the app for the first time, you will have to login.  The app uses this logo:

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3M and One Click Digital

We have two apps for ebooks and eaudiobooks. Visit our eBooks page for details on how to get the app for your device. Set up is easy: just select the library, then enter your barcode and PIN. Start browsing our collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks today! Click on Categories, or search by title etc. to view our complete collection.

3M has more ebooks, and One Click Digital is primarily eaudiobooks at this time.

 

You can see our ebook services anytime on our ebook webpage.

P.S. – Don’t forget we have 4 kindles with pre-loaded titles available for checkout.  These have great titles like The Girl on the Train, The Boston Girl, Leaving Time, Gray Mountain and more!  Please note that if it says it is “being repaired” it is probably available for checkout.  We evaluate their condition every time they are returned.

 

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