Thursday, 14 December 2017 17:28

Franklin Library begins new chapter Featured

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FRANKLIN - For decades, the Franklin Library only stayed open during certain parts of the year.

Now, thanks to help from volunteers, the small town library will be fully functional during every season.

"It was a lot of fun back in those days," said Linda Dinsmore, a member of the Franklin Library Board.

Dinsmore has fond memories of the Franklin Library from her childhood.

"I was right next door so from the time I was 7 or 8, I spent a lot of time down here," said Dinsmore.

She's now a member of the library's board, hoping to keep it operational so it can leave an impression on today's youth as well.

"I'm very pro-community and having things for kids to do," Dinsmore said.

The library hosts a slew of programs and activities during the summer.

"But then because of the building itself, we would have to close down in October," said Catherine Fitzgerald, the director of the library.

Thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, the building is insulated and ready for the cold.

For the first time in its 85-year existence, the library will stay open for the winter.

"It's a lot of hard work and people have been working at this for a while now, very hard," Fitzgerald said. "We have wonderful volunteers."

Those same volunteers are getting ready for a tree lighting ceremony taking place Sunday Dec. 17  to celebrate.

"We can make the library a focus, not only of a place you go to get books, but a place you gather and have meetings of various groups in town," Fitzgerald said.

And for Dinsmore, seeing the place she remembers as a young girl still thriving after all these years is incredibly rewarding.

"I just think it's important for the community to touch base with your past and look forward to the future," Dinsmore said.

The tree lighting and ribbon cutting will take place starting at 3 p.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Franklin Library.