March 2017 Events
April 2017 Events
Celebrating Ireland in Story and Song
Sunday, April 9, 2:00 p.m.
Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song is an all Irish program which embraces Irish history and culture in story and song.
Phil Edmonds, a native of Killaloe, Country Clare, Ireland, learned to play the tin whistle in a place where he says: "The backyard was the fields." When he was 14 years old, his family emigrated to America and settled in South Providence where he still lives. Along with his tin whistle, Phil plays button accordion with great warmth and spirit. In 2008, he wrote his first book, "Reconnecting with the Soul of Ireland' about his family, memories of growing up in Killaloe, roaming the fields and hills, and finding the new Ireland alongside the old.
Kevin Fallon hails from a big Irish Catholic family and learned little ditties at home. He started playing the guitar as a teenager and took up the fiddle in his late twenties. He has played and sung throughout New England and Europe with various bands and has worked with the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI in many productions, including A Christmas Carol. Kevin currently teaches fiddle, guitar and various string instruments and is a founding member of the Rhode Island Gobshites, a well loved eclectic music band with an Irish flair. Celebrating Ireland in Story & Song is delighted to have Kevin as part of their traveling troupe, as he brings a fine musicianship and a wonderful Irish sense of humor along with him.
Both of Mary King's parents are from Ireland and she was raised in that culture, taking Irish step dance lessons by age 4 and listening to her mother sing the songs of Donegal where she was born. She often visits her two aunts in Ireland, Bridget-Mary and Madge (now 97), who told her the stories of their youth — from "doing battle with the hay" to the monthly fairs that travelled the countryside bringing everything one might need, from pots and pans to the "dentist" who pulled out the tooth that was ailing you with pliers. They often spoke of the hard work of living solely off the land, where everyone worked on their small farm, including the children — all with great humor. Mary keeps the tradition of Irish music alive with the Celtic harp and her fiddle.
The Celtic soul is alive and well in the stories and songs you will hear, and your ears and eyes will smile.
Thursday, April 13, 6:30 p.m.
The Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs will offer information about understanding identity theft, scams & fraud prevention, and credit card skimming devices. Presented by the Franklin Odd Fellows.
Quilting Trunk Show
Saturday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.
Interested in quilting, but not sure how to get started? Jennifer Vacca will show you! A quilter for over thirty years, Jennifer will lead a quilting information session, and present her latest works. She will offer a list of the best local resources, books and websites. Jennifer will also provide a thirty minute question and answer session.
Franklin Public Library Book Club
Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 p.m.
Join us as we discuss The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead! For more information, please contact Assistant Library Director Kim Shipala at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Blackstone Valley Veggie Gardens
Wednesday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.
Winter got you down? Is you green thumb twitching? Not to worry! Join us for a presentation on the how-to and benefits of raised bed gardening!
Blackstone Valley Bluegrass Band
Sunday, April 30, 2:00 p.m.
Bring the family, young & old and come on out to see this highly acclaimed band who are one the most sought after bluegrass bands in New England. With powerful three and four part harmonies and fast but tasteful picking, these musicians are blazing new ground throughout the Blackstone Valley and beyond. If you want to hear some great bluegrass music, come on out and see Blackstone Valley Bluegrass!
Have you ever thought about getting together and playing some chess? If so, come to the Franklin Public and join the Chess Group for some chess, laughs and fun. An understanding of how to play is all that is needed. Free and open to all. Check library website for dates.
Book Sales 2017