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Please donate to the Books to Keep program.  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.

Program ends December 15, so hurry in!

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Get ready for the great Halloween Events at the Library!  If you haven’t been in, you haven’t had a chance to grab one of our great handouts, located at the Circulation and Children’s Desks.  If you want more information on any of the events, please check out the Children’s Calendar where you can also see if registration is required.

Events start Wednesday and end on Halloween with 2 Trick or Treat sessions in the Library! Come Trick or Treat in your costumes and get great goodies!

 

October 22 (W) : 7-8 PM Fractured Fairy Tales for Families (Children’s Program Room)

October 26 (Su) : 2-3 PM Robert Rogers Puppets presents Hobnobbin’ Goblins Puppet Show (Community Room)

October 28 (T) : 7-7:45 PM Halloween Make & Take for Kids, Ages 4-11 (Children’s Program Room)

October 29 (W) : 6:30-8:30 PM Adult Murder Mystery Gala (Community Rm) – Currently full

October 29 (W) : 7-8 PM Halloween Surprise for Kids and Families (Children’s Program Room)

October 31 (F) : 11-11:45 AM & 3:30-4:30 PM Halloween Trick or Treat (Start in Children’s)

 

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This week (and every week this summer) we have tons of great programs both at the main library and the Franklin Park branch!

In the Children’s department we have puppet shows (every Monday at 2:30 PM this summer), learn to play chess (every Monday at 6:30 pm this summer), legos, a magic show, scrapbooking, the Muppets from Space movie, and much more!  Our Children’s department has two programs a day, every day, Monday – Friday throughout the summer.  Come enjoy!

Young Adults aren’t left out.  This week “what’s an abacus?” and “young adult book bingo” are happening with great activities and prizes! The YA Yarn Club at the Franklin Park branch also starts this week, so break out the knitting and crochet!

Our adults have chess club, bobbin lacemaking, the Summer Concert series, free movies (Lone Survivor and The Grand Budapest Hotel for July), computer classes on Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint, and more this month!

Get all the details on these great programs and find out if you need to register at the appropriate calendar (links above).  You’ll also be able to see where the event is held, at the Main or Franklin Park branch.

Come in, engage in one of our fantastic programs, and let us know what you think!

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Father’s Day is around the corner.  Do you have a plan to celebrate?  Maybe you’ll make breakfast with your kid(s) that morning.  We have lots of great children’s cookbooks, so you can find lots of easy, kid-friendly recipes.  Check out the call number E 641 in the Children’s Room, our selection covers two shelves!  We also have plenty of craft books if your kids want to make something special, explore the E 745.5 section.  Let a librarian know if you need help.

Whatever you do, don’t forget that replicating what Dad did for Mom is fair game.

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Are you entering 1st-4th grade and can read independently? It’s time to apply to be a Summer Reading Buddy!  The program is very nearly full, so get your application in fast.

This 6-week program takes place Monday evenings, at the Main Library – Children’s Department (July 7th – August 11th).  Reading Buddies is a social program that promotes literacy through paired reading.  Teens earn volunteer credit by helping young readers develop confidence in their reading and comprehension skills.  Paired one hour reading sessions allow teens the opportunity to become mentors, and young readers the chance to make new friends while reading.

Please visit the Reading Buddies page for more information.

Applications are available now (please find on the Reading Buddies webpage above).  Space is limited, and the deadline for all applications is Thursday, June 12, 2014!  Teens are accepted on a first come, first serve basis so get your application in early!

Find out more about our teen programs and events at our Teen Page!

 

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