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.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!