April 3rd: Library Remains Closed, Free Access to Resources

Franklin Library

In compliance with Gov. Mills’ stay-at-home order and in an effort to help stop any possible spread of the Coronavirus, the Franklin Library will remain closed until further notice.  However, we continue to offer free WiFi, which is accessible from our parking lot and Library grounds (Network=library, no password needed).

In the meantime, here are a few suggestions to keep your mind on better things:

Sign up for free access to a variety of resources on Digital Maine Library https://library.digitalmaine.org/ Use your location (rather than Library ID) as the first level of verification.  This site includes National Geographic Kids, Maine Memory Network and many others.

Research your family history on Ancestry.com; Digital Maine is offering free home computer access to this site during the coronavirus emergency.  Select it from the “all databases” screen or cut-and-paste the direct link below into your browser (if you get bounced out to a password screen, just start over at Digital Maine or use the direct link): https://libraries.maine.edu/mainedatabases/authmaine.asp?db=ancestry

A colleague at the Topsham Public Library has compiled a list of free access websites: https://topshamlibrary.org/stay-at-home-mega-list/

Or simply chill out and watch the waves come in at Pemaquid: http://www.seagullshop.com/surfcam.php

Stay home, stay safe, be well.   Cathy FitzGerald, Library Director

3/19: Franklin Library Update: Building Closed & All Services Suspended

Because there appears to be a great deal of uncertainty as to how long the coronavirus lives on surfaces (books, plastic, tables, etc.) we have decided to close the entire Library building, including the front porch, so that we can protect our patrons and staff.  We regret that we will not be able to fulfill book and other material requests.  However, we are still providing 24 hr.  free WiFi (network = library, no PW needed) which can be accessed from the Library parking lot or deck / picnic table.  We will reevaluate the situation on April 1st.  Please check this website (franklinmainelibrary.org) and our Facebook page (facebook.com/FranklinLibrary).  We look forward to a time when we can resume normal services.  Please be careful and remain well.

Cathy FitzGerald, Library Director

Notice to the Community: Franklin Library Plans for Coronavirus Emergency

Because of Coronavirus concerns the Franklin Library will be closed to the public beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 28.

However, we want to maintain patron access to materials, so we are keeping open our front porch (Main St. entrance) daily from 10:00 – 5:00.  Patrons may request books and other materials (see our online catalog at: librarycat.org/lib/franklinlibrary) by sending me an e-mail at thefranklinlibrary@gmail.com. Please include author/title, any other identifying information or any questions you have.  I will pull the material from the shelves and put it on the porch by 10:00 a.m. on the day following receipt of your request. The material will be labelled with the last four digits of your patron’s barcode id (on the back of your library card).

If you don’t know your barcode id, just e-mail me and I will send it to you.  If you have limited access to the internet, call and leave a message at 565-5054 or come to the Library and leave a note with your requests on the front porch table. If you cannot travel and need materials delivered to your home, let me know and we will try to arrange it.

You can continue to use our free WiFi (Network = Library, No password required).

You can also purchase books and other materials, prices .50 to $2.00 each.

Finally, you can return materials at any time by using the book drop slot to the left of our Winter Rd. entrance.

For updated information, see: franklinmainelibrary.org or Facebook: FranklinLibrary

Thank you for your cooperation. We hope we can make this health emergency a little more bearable, but still keep our community safe.      Cathy FitzGerald, Library Director


Notice: 3/21 Spaghetti Supper Canceled

Because of concerns about the risk of coronavirus spread at large public gatherings, our sister organization Franklin Historical Society has canceled its Spaghetti Supper fundraiser originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21st.  FHS hopes to reschedule the event at a later date.


Sat. March 21st: Community Event – Franklin Historical Society Spaghetti Dinner *** CANCELED ***


Spaghetti Supper to benefit the Franklin Historical Society’s Schoolhouse restoration project on Saturday March 21st from 5:00 P.M. – 6:30 P.M. Hosted by and with the support of the Franklin Veterans Club. Tickets are $10 Kids under 12 are FREE. We will be selling raffle tickets to be drawn that night on a beautiful Italian Dinner basket, plus there will be free books for kids.