The Franklin Township Public Library would like to thank all of the photographers who submitted work for this year’s “Picturing Franklin” photography contest. The Library received 43 eligible entries, all of which are on display in the Library’s lobby and Historical Room display cases. The winners were announced during a reception at the Library on January 29th. First and second prize winners were announced in each of five categories: Architecture/Landmark, Judges’ Choice, Landscape, Nature/Animals, and People.

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Representatives from the AARP Tax-Aide program will be providing tax preparation assistance to individuals at the Library during the months of February, March & April.

Assistance is by appointment only, and inquiries should be directed to the AARP directly. Appointment preference will be given to the elderly and individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. The contact number for appointments is (908) 541-5710. This number will be open for appointments beginning February 1st.

Since its inception in 1968, AARP Tax-Aide has grown to become the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance program. More than 35,000 AARP Tax-Aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, help more than 2.6 million taxpayers file their federal, state, and local tax returns each year.

Looking for something fun—and FREE—to do this summer? If you like music, be sure to check out The Franklin Township Public Library’s Free Summer Concert Series on Wednesday evenings from June 29th through August 24th. This year’s series has been extended to nine concerts, and will feature the following artists:

• June 29, Pistolera (accordion-driven melodies in Español)
• July 6, J.T.’s Emeralds (Philly-based Doo Wop group)
• July 13, Animus, (Middle Eastern/Rock fusion)
• July 20, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (string quartet featuring Italian works)
• July 27, String Fever (Bluegrass)
• August 3, Buskin & Batteau (Folk duo)
• August 10, Indian Light Sampler (introduction by various vocalists)
• August 17, Ukrainian Folk Music & Dance (cosponsored by Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA)
• August 24, The Bill Noren Group (Jazz quartet)

“Our concert series is a great way to stretch your budget and stay close to home while exploring new types music and enjoying a night out in our beautiful facility,” said Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian Erin Blatt. “We try to find a little something for everyone so that the series line-up will stay surprising and fun each year,” added Blatt.

Each show will begin at 7pm in the Community Room of the Franklin Township Public Library at 485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, 08873. All shows are free, but seating is limited and pre-registration is required. Registration is available online via the Library’s event calendar at www.franklintwp.org, or by calling 732-873-8700 ext. 111, during regular business hours.