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Franklin Township Public Library supports the Books to Keep initiative run by the Libraries of Middlesex County.  We have a book donation bin and addressed envelopes you can take home and mail a donation.  These items are located at the Circulation Desk, next to the Staff Pick bookmarks.  If you wish to donate a book, please donate only new children’s books.

Since 1990, Books to Keep has been connecting children with books in a unique way. As an outreach project of the Libraries of Middlesex, Books to Keep raises funds to purchase thousands of new books to distribute to children throughout the county at holiday time. Working in partnership with day care centers, shelters, Head Start, soup kitchens, and over 40 other social programs and service clubs, over 10,000 books were distributed this past year alone.

Books to Keep is preparing for another successful year. The joy of having books of our own is so much a part of our lives and the lives of our children. We all have our favorite titles which may have become dog-eared and practically memorized. Not having any books in the home at all is the reality of many children in Middlesex County. Books to Keep is committed to changing that reality.

Our participating Middlesex County librarians personally encourage reading and library use with story programs in English and Spanish at over 25 county wide distribution locations. After the story program the children receive a new book to begin their home libraries and encourage their love of reading.

 

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A new policy is being initiated for January 2015.   Please be advised that beginning January 2, 2015, there will be a $1.00 fee for each expired available hold request.   Patrons wishing to avoid being charged this fee will need to cancel their hold request(s) before the pickup date.

What this means is that if you do not pick up your hold within 3 days of being notified of your hold (4 days in total) you will be charged $1.00 per expired hold. So if you are notified you have a hold on Monday, you have until the end of day Thursday to pick up you hold.  Friday, you would be fined if you did not pick up the hold, cancel the hold, or ask for extended time Monday – Thursday.

We will be providing further explanatory handouts and memos as the month progresses.

You can call to cancel their holds or do so online using the MY ACCOUNT feature available on our website.  Please ask at the Circulation Desk if you need instructions on how to access your account online.

You may call to request additional time to pick up their holds if they cannot make it to the library in time.

Somerset location — 732-873-8700, option 2

Franklin Park location — 732-873-8700, option 5

From our website, it is easy to cancel a hold.  Here are the steps:

1. Visit franklintwp.org, and select the “My Account” feature – in the Blue header box next to our logo.

2. This brings you to the catalog screen.

3.  Next, select “Review My Account” to view account summary.

4.  Login using your User ID number and PIN. (Your User ID is 14-digit barcode found on the back of your library card.  Enter without spaces.  If you have forgotten your PIN, you can reset it or call the Circulation Desk for assistance.)

5. Under “Holds” select the hold requests that you wish to cancel then click on “Cancel selected holds.”

 

This does NOT take effect until January 2, 2015.  Please contact Circulation with any questions.

 

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On Wednesday, November 19, come attend a free program that will provide basic information about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease issues. The program starts at 7:00 pm in the Community Room, and registration is requested.  Learn more about this program here.

Our Children’s department always has great craft and reading programs.  Check out the Children’s Calendar to see which ones you and your little one(s) want to attend!

Thursday evening at 7 pm we are holding our monthly Writer’s Group meeting in the Historical room! New Members are always welcome and no registration is required.

Friday’s free movie starting at 2 pm is Jersey Boys!  Come see the movie version of the Tony Award winning musical about four young men in New Jersey who came together to form the cionic ’60s rock group, The Four Seasons.  Rated R for language; 134 minutes.  Registration is requested.

Sunday we are hosting a Family Film Cafe where you bring your own picnic lunch or snack and watch a great movie! Come watch Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, a film about food – lots and lots of food – just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday! Please register so that we can prepare a table for your group.  Get more details at the registration link.

Whatever you come in for, we can’t wait to see you!

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We’re closed on Tuesday but we have a lot happening this week! Get all the details at our Calendar, and don’t forget to check out the Children’s Calendar for their great events as well. Make sure you check which events you need to register for on the calendars.  Also check the calendars for event locations.

Monday, Nov. 10: 

-Beginner Yoga, 5-6 pm

-Adult Chess, 6:30-8:30 pm

-Helping Kids Eat Well, 7 pm-8:30 pm

 

Tuesday, Nov. 12:

-Crafting circle, 11-12:30 pm at FRANKLIN PARK BRANCH

-Job Search- Creating a LinkedIn Profile, 6:30-8:30 pm

 

Sunday, Nov. 16:

-Knitting for beginners 1:30-3:30 pm

 

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We have oodles of great events going on in November.  Here’s a highlight of the upcoming special adult programs.  Get all the details at our Calendar, and don’t forget to check out the Children’s Calendar for their great events all month long as well! Make sure you check which events you need to register for on the calendars.

Nov. 7 : Movie: Begin Again. Starts at: 2 pm

Nov. 8 : Second Saturday Bookclub A House in the Sky. Starts at: 11 am

Nov. 10 : Helping Kids Eat Well. Starts at: 7 pm

Nov. 12 : Job Search- Creating a LinkedIn Profile. Starts at: 6:30 pm

Nov. 17 OR 24 : Jewelry Making – Tree of Life Earrings. Starts at: 6:45 pm

Nov. 19 : Memory Loss – The Basics. Starts at: 7 pm

Nov. 21 : Movie: Jersey Boys. Starts at: 2 pm

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Psst! If you missed our Murder Mystery Gala, you can still play along here.