Franklin Library

Crack the Cursive Code - Handwriting History and Appreciation of the Art


Throughout the month of February, there are four classes available that talk about "Cracking the Cursive Code." These programs are designed for students in grades 3 through 8 or for adults wanting to learn more about the history of handwriting. Supplies will be provided for everyone.

handwriting quoteIn this first class, local artist and calligrapher Ann Bain will talk about how handwriting has changed throughout time. How it has become a lost art that is slowly disappearing. She will begin to teach about cursive handwriting.

Registration is required and you can sign-up at either Franklin 746-2665 or Springboro 748-3200. It is not necessary to attend all four sessions. We encourage participants to attend as many classes as possible, particularly the first session. However, it is not a requirement to attend all four programs.


Teen Movie Program: Guardians of the Galaxy!

Celebrate National Popcorn Day (and Martin Luther King Day) with the library! Join us at Franklin and/or Springboro where we will have snacks and a movie!  Come and hang out with your friends and make some new ones! Registration is required, please sign up at the branch where you will be participating.  You MUST have a signed permission form (PG-13) for Guardians of the Galaxy being shown at Franklin. 


The Legacy of Ohio's Ancient Mounds and Earthworks

I Think I Found a Mound While I Was Walking Around Downtown: The Legacy of Ohio's Ancient Mounds and Earthworks in the 21st Century

The land we now call Ohio was once home to thousands of ancient burial mounds and spectacular earthworks.  Most were built in Ohio's Early and Middle Woodland Archaeological Periods or from about 500 BC to AD 500.  It's a fact that significant portions of our ancient past still exists pretty much right under the noses of a general public that is often amazed to find that it's often no further than their own back yards.  Ohio's rich mound building legacy still has great stories to tell if one just takes the time to listen.

Bill Pickard is a 1995 graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Anthropology and Art History and has worked in the Collections/Curatorial Division of the Ohio Historical Society since 1999.  He has been involved in archaeology as a second career for nearly 30 years and has done extensive fieldwork on a wide variety of prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. 


Seating on a first come basis.  Ages 13 and above.


Hiking the Grand Canyon

Rim to Rim on the Grand Canyon's North Kaibab to Bright Angel Trails

Join John Riggins as he shares his 5 day/5 night Rim to Rim backpacking trip covering 25.5 miles (not including side hikes) through the Grand Canyon in July, one of the hottest months in the Southwest United States.  John started in mild weather on the North Rim and adventured through the extreme temperature changes that the Grand Canyon supplies.  Desert backpacking can test a person's stamina yet provide some of the most breathtaking views on Earth.


John Riggins is co-owner of True Heights Equipment Outfitters.  He became interested in the outdoors after joining the Boy Scouts of America in 1998.  From mountain tops to raging rivers, John has over 400 nights camping, 3,000 trail miles hiked, and nearly 1,000 water miles paddled.

Seating on first come basis