Robin Mays

Robin Mays

All children ages 2-18 are urged to participate in the Franklin County Library’s summer reading program with a theme of “Imagine your Story.”

Sign-ups began July 1 and run through July 29. Those who register will receive a free drawstring backpack filled with goodies and a chance to win an iTunes or Walmart gift card.

Robin Mays, youth librarian, said, “The aim of the summer reading program is to keep our kids and teens reading during their break from school, ensuring that they maintain or gain reading skills and start the next school year on track and ready to learn.”

Unfortunately, due to health concerns during the pandemic, the super summer shows will not be held this year.

Mays explained, “As directed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Tennessee state government, we will be unable to offer super summer shows as we feel this would not be responsible at this time. We are dedicated to keeping our readers and their families safe.”

Current CDC guidelines are in place at the library with safety measures taken.

All circulating items are quarantined for at least 72 hours between checkouts. Children may choose their favorite books either from inside the library or online through R.E.A.D.S. and TEL.

Those who wish to use curbside service may call to make an appointment.

The service allows customers to reserve and borrow items without entering the building. All Franklin County Library cardholders in good standing may use the curbside service.

A total of four items may be borrowed at one time by curbside. To use this service, simply call the library to request items.

Have your library card ready to offer the bar code from the back.

Then, schedule a time to pick up your items.

When you arrive, call 931-967-3706 to let the staff know you have arrived and what number spot that you are parked in next to the building. A team member will bring the items to your car.

Books may be returned in the book-drop box located outside the library.

Mays said: “Library cards are free. It’s that easy, so please come in and check us out this summer.”

For additional information, contact the library at 931-967-3706 or visit

The library is located at 105 South Porter Street in Winchester. Library hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.