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Sizzling Summer BOOK
Main Library
Monday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Saturday Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m; Sunday Aug. 2, 1-5 p.m; and Monday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Get great deals at the summer book sale on thousands of new and gently used books and more at the main library in Franklin.  Choose from paperbacks, hardcovers, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, antique books, coffee table books, and media items such as audio books, CDs, DVDs, and videos.  Prices range from 50 cents to $5, and there are no buyer restrictions.  We accept cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. 
Sale Open to the General Public:

 - 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; and 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday. 
- $5 Bag Sale: all day Monday.  Bags will be provided, and you can fill as many bags as you like for only $5 each.
Member's Specials: 

To be one of the first to shop, you can become a member of Friends of the WCPL at the door for $15 per person, or $25 per family.       
 - Member’s Jump Start Sale: 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, for members of Friends of the WCPL only.
 - Member's Bag Sale: 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday

 

 

Sponsored by Friends of the WCPL.
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2:00-4:00
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Join us as we close out the summer ‘teen library style’! We’ll have snacks, video games, board games, and more! Ring in the school year right!

For ages 12-18 only
In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
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Child Safety at Home
Main Library
Friday, Aug. 7, 1:00 p.m.
Gigi Rose, from Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt will talk about how to keep a house safe from exploring toddlers and children.  She'll cover key injury areas in the home and how to mitigate them and share formation about resources about home safety, safe sleep, and safety equipment. She'll also talk about car seat safety.

Ms. Rose also heads up Kohl’s Safe Home & Safe Play Program which gives information to expectant mothers, new moms and dads, grandparents, daycare workers, educators, and anyone else who would like to learn more about keeping babies and children safe at home and at play.


 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 8, 2:00-4:00
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Join us as we watch a AVATAR, discuss, and eat snacks!  

For ages 12-18 only
In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
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Essential Oils: Medi
Main Library
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 6:30 p.m.
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Find out alternative options to use for health issues like headaches, cuts, burns, bruises, upset stomach…. All of these issues and more will be addressed with all natural and pure Essential Oils.
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Red Cross Blood Driv
Main Library
Wednesday, Aug. 12, Noon-6 p.m.
The Franklin Lions Club Community Blood Drive will be held in the main library's meeting room.  Blood is especially needed this time of year.  Please schedule your donation today.  To schedule an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code: Franklin19 or call Susan Edenfield at 615-791-9777.  Sponsored by American Red Cross.
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Identity Theft -- An
Main Library
Thursday, Aug. 13, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Find out what you need to know and what you need to do to protect yourself from identity theft. An East Tennessee native and graduate of Newcomb College and Tulane Law School, Mary Neil Price has practiced business and banking law in Middle Tennessee for over 25 years. Her experience in matters involving banks and financial institutions has given her an in-depth look at the issue of identity theft, both from an institutional and consumer perspective. Ms. Price practices with McKenzie Laird, PLLC, a boutique transactional law firm in Green Hills, Nashville, Tennessee.  
 
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Thursday Night at th
Main Library
Thursday, Aug. 13, 6:00 pm
Battleground, the classic movie William Wellman directed, is about a group of men fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.  Join us as we build up to our Spirit of '45 program on Saturday, August 15  http://engagedpatrons.org/EventsExtended.cfm?SiteID=7792&EventID=252510&PK=.

Battleground was filmed in B&W in 1949 and is considered one of the best World War II movies ever made.  Starring Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, James Whitmore, Leon Ames and George Murphy, the movie follows a squad from the 101 Airborne Division as they hold off the Germans in the Ardennes in the winter of 1944, in what later became the Battle of the Bulge. 

The movie is unrated and is 118 minutes long.  For more information, click on this link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041163/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2
 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Friday, Aug. 14, 10:00am-11:30am
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Ancestry.com is one of the most powerful and user friendly genealogy tools available, and patrons can access Ancestry free with a WCPL card within the Library! This introduction will discover the basics of using Ancestry.com to search through census records, death certificates, family trees, and more to find your ancestors; as well as a few tips and tricks to help get more accurate results from your searches!

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Spirit of ’45:
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
A Conversation with History
Join us for personal interviews and informal discussion with a WW II generation panel.  Talk and listen to those who lived or were in the service during World War II.  Panel guests will include a fighter pilot, a ground soldier, a nurse, a bomber pilot, a spouse of a Tuskeegee airman, a woman who fled Germany as a child, and a resident who remembers Franklin and Williamson County during the  war years. 

If you haven't guessed the names yet, those speaking are George Blackburn, Betty Fuller, Jimmy Gentry, Jerry Neal, Inge Smith (Miss Inge), Stan Tyson, Togue Uchida and Kate Kinnard White (J. C. White). 

World War II Exhibition at the Williamson County Archives from August 15 through November 10.  Contact the Archives at http://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/index.aspx?NID=26 or call 615-790-5462.

Spirit of '45 Tribute  - Placing a wreath on the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Franklin at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, to remember those did not return from war.

Sponsored by The Williamson County Public Library and The Spirt of  '45http://www.spiritof45.org/home0.aspx
“Honor the legacy of the Greatest Generation!”
 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 15, 2:00-4:00
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 Show off your skills at our monthly Chess & Strategy Club! We play various strategy games in addition to Chess!

For ages 12-18
In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Monday, Aug. 17, 4:00-5:00
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Star Wars fans, this one’s for you! Come dressed up as your fave Star Wars character, play Star Wars games and chat about all things Star Wars at our NEW Teen Star Wars Club!
For ages 12-18
In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
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Literary Ladies Book
Main Library
Monday, Aug. 17, 6:00 p.m.
Our August  book is Still Life by Louise Penny.  This is the first book in Penny's acclaimed mystery series featuring Chief Inspector Armande Gamache and set in Quebec, Canada.   We'll meet on Monday, August 17 at 6:00 at the Franklin location to discuss this novel.

Our September choice is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.  Bill Bryson is a humorous writer who felt the need to learn more about science.  In this book, he writes about the the science and what we may not know about the famous scientists.  Sure to be interesting and entertaining.  We'll meet Monday, September 21 to discuss this book.

 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Tuesday, Aug. 18, 3:30-5:30
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Join us as we fire up our new XBOX ONE, bring out the Uno deck, Jenga, break out Clue, test our vocab with Scrabble, and lots of other board and card games at our Game Afternoon! And get your turn at our GIANT CHESS BOARD!

For ages 12-18
In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
 
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 4:00-6:00
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Join us as we break out Risk and Halo Risk, at our first ever Risk Game Club! Like it & we'll make it a monthly event!

For ages 12-18
In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Saturday, Aug. 22, 2:00-4:00
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Join us for an afternoon showing of Godzilla vs. King Kong, complete with snacks!

For ages 12-18
In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
F E A T U R E D   E V E N T
Main Library
Monday, Aug. 31, 4:30-5:30
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Join us for our GIRLS ONLY Teen book club! This month we will be discussing THE SELECTION series by Kiera Cass. Stop by for fun discussion and snacks! Bonus if you bring some discussion questions!

For ages 12-18
In the TEEN ROOM on the 2nd floor
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Commander Matthew F.
Main Library
Monday, Aug. 31, 6:30 pm
Maury enthusiast Russell Hooper will give an overview of Commander Maury's life and spend some time discussing his formative years here in Franklin during the early 1800's. His older cousin and Franklin's founder was Abram Maury.  He will also discuss Cmdr. Maury's experience at The Harpeth Academy and teachers there, the Rev. Gideon Blackburn and his lifelong mentor, Bishop James H. Otey.
 
He will also discuss his entire life, from his time at the U.S. Naval Observatory, his work on the First TransAtlantic Cable, his mapping of the World's oceans, his involvement in The American Civil War. Maury was into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in the Class of 1930 along with Walt Whitman and President James Monroe.  The U.S. Navy's will name its newest Survey Vessel in the Pathfinder Fleet the USNS Maury in his honor.
 
Hooper will bring some original letters written by Commander Maury as well as some of his original books, including an 1855 first edition of his groundbreaking "Physical Geography of the Sea" which is considered the first comprehensive textbook ever written on the science of Oceanography. 

Russell Hooper is a private investor by day, but his passion is his extensive collection of Fontaine-Maury Family papers he’s acquired over the past several years. He calls his collection "The Pathfinder Papers" in honor of Commander Maury. His is considered the largest known collection of Maury's papers in private hands. His end goal is to eventually publish the letters and papers as The Pathfinder Papers. 
 
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Essential Oils: Batt
Main Library
Wednesday, Sep. 16, 6:30 p.m.
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Get prepared before the cold & flu season arrive with natural alternatives like Essential Oils. Learn how to use the oils safely, especially for children, the elderly and people with sensitive skin issues.
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Literary Ladies Book
Main Library
Monday, Sep. 21, 6:00 p.m.
Our September choice is A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.  Bill Bryson is a humorous writer who felt the need to learn more about science.  In this book, he writes about the the science and what we may not know about the famous scientists.  Sure to be interesting and entertaining.  We'll meet Monday, September 21 to discuss this book.

We'll be discussing Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan in October.  Horan, author of The Paris Wife, turns her attention to Fanny Osbourne, the American wife of Robert Louis Stevenson.  Her three children helped inspire him with one of his most famous novels - Peter Pan.

 
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