Monday, October 29, 2012

Weather Closing

Urgent Notice:  Franklin County Library System libraries are now CLOSED for Monday, October 30.  Heavy rains are due to arrive early this morning, followed soon by the winds  If we receive a direct hit from the storm, there is a likelihood the libraries may also be closed on Tuesday.  Please check ahead by phone before venturing out into the storm to visit a library.  Please stay safe.

Bookmobile  and book buggy runs are also cancelled for Monday and Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Part Time Opening -- August 16:

Preschool Bookmobile Assistant – Ability to drive 30 ft. bookmobile.  Experience working with preschoolers and teachers.  Must lift 40 lb. totes and use library computer system.  HS diploma required. Day shifts 18 hours/week. $7.50 - $8/hour. Send resume to: Human Resources, Franklin County Library System, 101 Ragged Edge Road South, Chambersburg, PA 17202

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summer Reading Kick-Off Photos

Chambersburg Public Library Summer Reading Program Kick-Off With General Foolishness Paul Hadfield at CAMS South

Monday, June 18, 2012

St. Thomas Library Receives $1000 for Summer From American Legion Post 612

Detrich-Brechbill American Legion Post 612 donated $1000 to the 2012 summer reading program “Dream Big Read” at St. Thomas Library. 

Pictured in photo:  Deanna Leach, Branch Manager, St. Thomas Library; Terry Fuller & Robert Zullinger from Detrich-Brechbill American Legion Post 612; Bernice Crouse, Executive Director, Franklin County Library System.

Friday, June 1, 2012

First Friday, June 1

Due to the severe weather forecast the library will NOT have a stand at Chambersburg 1st Friday event tonight, June 1.  Rain and wind does not work well with books, papers and our planned children's crafts.  Hope to see you at Healthy Communities Partnership Drug-Free Summer Kick-Off event in Waters Park on June 11, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Home Tour Too Good to Miss!

June Home Tour Benefits Chambersburg Libraries

Tour Books are available now for the annual Home Tour that benefits the Coyle Free and Grove Family Library Building Funds.  The tour date is Sunday, June 3, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Visit historic homes on Philadelphia Ave., new construction in Maple Run, an in-town garden, a classic farm-style house in the city and a home with a panoramic view of the countryside.  Get your booklets now at Coyle or Grove Libraries for just $20 each.  Thanks to our printing sponsor Graphics Universal, all proceeds go to the libraries!

House #1) The Sheep Home                                                       862 Philadelphia Avenue
This Queen Anne style home in the north end of Chambersburg was built in 1880’s  by Dr. George Hull.  Presently owned by Dr. Robert and Diane Sheep, some of the home highlights include a circular turret, a stained glass window and a wrap-around porch.

House #2) The Schiwek Home                                                   662 Philadelphia Avenue
This home was built prior to 1930 for William Hoerner, a widower.  It has also housed two prior Deans of Wilson College.  Of special note in this two story brick home with a slate roof is a significant art collection and over 2000 books.

House #3) Bowers Home                                                                             169 Tobin Drive
This Maple Run duplex, owned by the Bowers sits on a large lot and has a sunroom.  Home highlights include international décor and a basement with a surprise: a magic show!

House #4) The Smith Home                                                                        1055 Lincoln Way East
The home of Rick and Joan Smith also houses two businesses:  the Inside Out salon and the Hot Java coffee shop.  Since purchasing the home in 2002, much remodeling and landscaping has transformed the property.   The home’s garden offers a delightful atmosphere to enjoy outdoor live music offered over the summer.   

House #5) The O’Connor Home                                                                523 Guilford Avenue
The O’Connor Home is over 100 years old and was originally built by George Geyer Sr., who owned Geyer Lumber.  He and his wife lived in the house for 70 years.  The home has also been previously owned by Chambersburg mayor Pete and his wife Kay Lagiovane.  This classic Americana “farm” style house has a large country kitchen, a winter garden, and an extensive collection of art and books.

House #6) The Diller Home                                                                       3674 Pampas Circle
The Diller home, off Falling Spring Road, was built on 3.5 acres.  Views from the home capture a panoramic view of the countryside.  Of special interest is the home’s large foyer and cozy family room.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Franklin-Fulton Reads From Here to There...Coming September 8

Conococheague Players, Lincoln Highway Association.  Franklin County LEARN and Healthy Communities partners, schools, and libraries are developing activities for families with children of all ages.  Additional featured books include Richard Paul Evans' series "The Walk" (now 3 titles long), nonfiction books about Lincoln Highway, the Appalachian Trail, and Forbes Road, Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer for teens, Country Crossing by Jim Ayelsworth and many other great titles for children.

Please visit our website at to learn more as the plans develop.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May Computer Classes

May  17  Fulton County Library                                                       Phone:  485-5327
Individual Computer Sessions.  11 am – 7 pm
Individualized 45 minute session with a reference librarian.  Potential topics for training are help with e-readers, social networking, online job application assistance, basic computer skills, uploading picture and more.  Participants may bring their own portable devices such as laptops and e-reader devices.

May 21 Grove Family Library, Chambersburg                               Phone: 264-9663
Basic Computer 3-4 pm

E-Book 4-5 pm
Please bring devices and cords

Internet Basics 5-6 pm

Email Basics 6-7 pm
Participants need to bring email addresses and passwords

May 22  Coyle Free Library, Chambersburg                                   Phone:  263-1054
Computer Basics 10-11 am

May 22  Besore Memorial Library, Greencastle                              Phone:  597-7920
Individual Computer Sessions 11 am -7 pm

May 23  Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library, Waynesboro      Phone:  762-3335
Individual Computer Sessions 11am -7 pm

May 24  Coyle Free Library, Chambersburg                                   Phone:  263-1054
Internet Basics  / Email 5-6 pm

May 30  Blue Ridge Summit Library                                                Phone:  794-2240
Individual Computer Sessions 3-8 pm

Please sign up for computer sessions at the branch library holding the class. For more information contact your branch library or 717-263-1054 ext. 205.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Author Peter Troy Coming to Coyle Free Library

Coyle Free Library and its book club welcome Peter Troy as he presents his debut novel May the Road Rise Up To Meet You at Coyle Free Library at Main Street in Chambersburg on May 15, at 6 pm.   Troy will be joining the Coyle Free Library Book Club to read an excerpt from his book and to discuss the novel. 

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You was published in February 2012 by Doubleday.  The novel is a passionate and deeply absorbing American epic told from four distinct perspectives, two immigrants and two slaves, amidst the backdrop of the Irish Famine, the Abolitionist Movement and the Civil War. There are several scenes in the novel pertinent to Chambersburg and the surrounding area.

Peter Troy is a former journalist and high school history teacher.  He lives in New York State where he is currently at work on the second book in a trilogy that will span one hundred sixty years of American history when it is completed.

More information about the book can be found at  Copies of the book can be purchased at Coyle Free Library for $16.00 before and during the event.  The author visit is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisa Brown, Circulation Manager, Coyle Free Library at (717) 263-1054 or email her at

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Grover's Den Grand Opening

On Friday, April 27th, Grover’s Den officially opened at Grove Family Library on Ragged Edge Road in Chambersburg.  In attendance at the grand opening for the ribbon cutting was Representative Rob Kauffman, several of the Grover’s Den planning committee volunteers, and staff.

Grover’s Den is a comfortable area within the library designated for those over the age of 55 to sit down, relax, sip coffee, read large print books, meet new people, research subjects of special interest on a large screen monitor.

In conjunction with the Den, several programs have been implemented geared toward seniors. 
May 15th 10 -11 am Nutrition & Diet
June 6th 2 pm Floral Design (First Wednesdays program)
June 13th 10 am Jazzercise
For a complete list of programs stop by Grove Family Library and pick up a Grover’s Den brochure.

Grover’s Den is partially funded with federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds administered by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

For more information, please contact Joan Peiffer, Director Grove Family Library, at 717-264-9663 or email her at