Join us on Saturday, September 12th for a discussion of The Round House by Louise Erdrich.  Meetings take place from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Community Room.  New members always welcome!

roundhouseOne Sunday in the spring of 1988, a woman living on a reservation in North Dakota is attacked.  In one day, Joe’s life is irrevocably transformed.  He tries to heal his mother, but she will not leave her bed.  Increasingly alone, Joe finds himself thrust prematurely into an adult world for which he is ill prepared.

While his father, a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends to get some answers of his own.  Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe.  And this is only the beginning. (Publisher’s Description)

museum pass program

Guess what? We now offer a limited number of passes to Grounds for Sculpture, The Morris Museum, The Intrepid Museum, and  the American Museum of Natural History!

Passes are available on a first-come, first-served bases at the Adult Reference Desk at the Demott Lane location (main library). Passes cannot be reserved in advance. We recommend calling ahead to see if any are available, as this is a very popular program.  Passes must be checked out from and returned to the Adult Reference Desk.  They cannot be dropped off in the overnight book drop.

We recommend you check out the rules, which you can see on our website.

The museum passes are free to borrow (unless returned late or lost). The overdue fine for museum passes is $10.00 per day, up to the full replacement cost (this varies based on museum). If not returned within 14 days after the due date, the museum pass will be presumed lost and borrowers will be charged the full replacement cost.

Please visit the Museum Passes section of the Library’s website or stop by the Adult Reference Desk during business hours for additional program details.

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Have you heard about Thank You Neighbor yet? Our new 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!


This week’s staff pick is the lyrical, beautiful and lovely book The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.  Our staffer loved it, and we can pretty much guarantee this will be very popular with bookclubs.  A truly excellent novel about love, loss, grief, and starting over, we can’t recommend this one enough.

“There are books that are suitable for a million people, others for only a hundred. There are even remedies—I mean books—that were written for one person only…A book is both medic and medicine at once. It makes a diagnosis as well as offering therapy. Putting the right novels to the appropriate ailments: that’s how I sell books.”

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can’t seem to heal through literature is himself; he’s still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives.” –Taken from

Check it out today!

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So you’re thinking about donating to the library.   We certainly appreciate your interest! Please bear in mind our guidelines for donation when you’re boxing them up.   If your books or other materials don’t meet our guidelines, we have a list of other charitable organizations that can take the items we can’t.

We will gladly accept donations of your new or gently used books, CDs, DVDs and BluRays.

  • You must bring books you are donating to the Circulation Desk during normal business hours.
  • Out of consideration for others, we request that you do not drop donations in the book returns or leave them in bags and boxes outside the library.
  • A form letter for tax purposes is available upon request; however the estimated valuation of the donation is the responsibility of the donor.

Unfortunately, the library is unable to use donations of textbooks, encyclopedias, magazines (including National Geographic) or materials that are musty, dirty, strained, yellowed, or worn. Please, no VHS tapes, cassette tapes, games or puzzles.

“New or Gently Used” Means:

  1. Materials must be in good physical condition (no water damage, mildew, underlining or highlighting).
  2. Paperback books must have covers intact.
  3. No scratches or marks on DVDs, CDs, BluRays.

The library will not accept materials that are mildewed, moldy, dirty, dried out, damp or musty smelling

If your items do not meet our guidelines, check our list of charitable organiztions that need book, CD, DVD, BluRay, etc. donations.

Remember, books that cannot be donated can be recycled along with your household recycling.  Recycling old books helps the environment, however you should do this from home.  The Library is not responsible for recycling unacceptable donations and it will be the patron’s responsibility to remove these donations from the Library.

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