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Tuesday March 5th 2024

What’s up at the Franklin Library July 2019


All Ages
Dabaal-dega Dhaqanka Somaliyeed / Somali Cultural Festival

Saturday, July 6, 11am ”“ 4pm
Kaalay oo la Dabaal deg Maktabadda Franklin Hiddaha iyo Dahaqanka Soomalida! Qofwalbo waan soo Dhoweyneynaa.

Come celebrate Somali Culture with Franklin Library! All are welcome. Funded by Minnesota”™s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Read Together
Tuesdays, 1-2 pm 

Practice reading and enjoying books one-on-one or in a small group.

Franklin on the Green

Tuesdays, 3-4:30 pm

Play games outside this summer! We will have badminton, soccer, frisbee and other games set up to play, weather permitting.

Learn Together: Connect and Play

Tuesdays, 6-6:30 pm

 Connect with your child during this drop-in program exploring early literacy activities. Join your neighbors each week for a different theme including music, art, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), reading and creative play.

Science Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm

Join us for a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activity each week!

Electronic Music Workshop

Wednesday, July 24, 6:30-7:30 pm

Entering grades 3-12. Make beats and experiment with electronic music production in a space that empowers girls, non-binary and trans youth. All are welcome! Collaborator: Beats by Girlz.


Thursdays, 3-5 pm

Enjoy a variety of educational and fun puzzles and games!

Game On!

Thursdays, 5-7 pm

Join us for all types of gaming! Enjoy card games, board games, Xbox, VR and more. Play an old favorite or learn a new one.

West African Drumming & Dance

Thursday, July 25, 5-6 pm

Learn traditional rhythms and dances from Guinea in West Africa. Practice basic hand technique, patterns and timing on the djembe. Learn fun energetic dances with steps will be broken down for all levels, accompanied by live drumming. All are welcome. Collaborator: Duniya Drum & Dance.

Family Storytime

Fridays, 10:30-11 am

For children of all ages and their caregivers. Talk, sing, read, write and play together in a format appropriate for young children. Share books, stories, rhymes, music and movement.

Teen programs

15 Minute Guitar and Voice Lessons

Thursdays, July 11 & 18, 4:30-6:30 pm

Registration Required: Sign up in person at Franklin Library on the day of the lesson.

Come participate in a 15-minute one-on-one voice or guitar lesson with local musicians, Dallas & Siama! Learn to sing or play guitar for the first time or learn tips to improve your gifts in a welcoming environment. Use our guitar or bring your own.

Urban 4-H Club

Tuesdays, 5”“7 pm

We do everything from urban gardening to digital photo/video to theater. Partner: University of Minnesota.

Teen Tech Workshop

Wednesdays, 5-6:30 pm

Get creative and make music, videos, animation and other projects using both high- and low-tech tools, everything from iPads and 3D printers to synthesizers and sewing machines. Led by the library”™s Teen Tech Squad.


Open Crafting

Monday, July 1, 1-3 pm

Looking for a space to sew, knit or work on other crafts? Bring your current project and materials and join us! Sewing machines, knitting needles and other equipment will be available for your use.

Fasal furan oo ku Saabsan Barashada Teknoolojiga Maktabadda/Library Technology Open Lab

Wednesdays, July 3, 10 & 17, 10:30-12 pm

Come and explore library technology. Staff will start each Open Lab with a 20-minute orientation to library technology. Following the orientation, participants will have time to explore on their own, while staff will be available for questions and one-on-one support. Schedule of topics:

July 3: Scanning and printing

July 10: Creating a library account, using the library catalog

July 17: Online library databases for learning, literacy and employment

Master Gardener: Container Gardening

Thursday, July 11, 6-7:15 pm

Container gardening allows you to add color to your garden, deck or front steps with limited time commitment. Learn to select containers, a good potting mix, ideal plants and how to care for these beautiful mini gardens. Collaborator: Hennepin County Master Gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension.

Franklin Technology Hour

Thursdays, July 11, 18 & 25, 12-1 pm

Do you want to explore new technology, practice using a computer program, or learn more about the library”™s electronic resources? Then come to Franklin Technology Hour! Bring your questions or come and explore a spotlighted resource.

Work of Art: Grantwriting for Artists of Color and Native Artists Panel

Thursday, July 18, 5:30-7:30 pm

Registration Required.  A panel of experts will take a look at the grantwriting process and discuss how POCI artists can successfully navigate the application process. Collaborator: Springboard for the Arts. Funded by Minnesota”™s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Power in Participation: Voter Education Workshop

Tuesday, July 30, 10-11 am

Learn about elections, the voting process, and civic engagement. Great for first time voters! Non-partisan and open to all. Explore a new topic each month. July 30: Ways to Register. August 27: How You Can Vote. Collaborator: Black Votes Matter MN.

Franklin Learning Center: 612-543-6934

The Franklin Learning Center offers free, one-to-one tutoring for adults who are learning English and math, preparing for the GED and citizenship exams, and gaining life skills. We are always looking for community volunteers! No experience necessary; we provide training and materials. Contact us at 952-847-2934 or

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