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As of June 29th, Interlibrary loan has started again. We can now order books from other libraries.
Please access our catalog to place your holds. You will be notified when your items arrive.



The Franklin Grove Library will open on Monday, July 20th. Please note the following items:
*Face masks/coverings must be worn in the library.
*30-minute time limit on browsing/computer use.
*Please continue to use the book drop to return items.
*Curbside service will continue to remain available.
*Please practice social distancing.
*We will be open regular hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



Due to the COVID-19 virus, the library will not be accepting any donations of books & other materials until further notice.
Thank you for your patience & understanding.




The Franklin Grove Library is happy to announce that we are going to have a curbside Summer Reading Program.
This year's theme is "DIG DEEPER".
Every Friday from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.beginning June 19, we will have a special activity for kids to pick up & take home with them.
Please call the library at 456-2823.
When you are here, someone will bring your activity bag to you.
This Friday's activity bag is D.I.Y. cardboard pottters.
Last year we learned about the life cycle of monarch butterflies & this year, we will learn about the life cycle of swallowtail butterflies.
Included with your cardboard pots are different host herb seeds for swallowtails to lay their eggs on.
Also, included in every bag is a reading log, everyone who reads this summer will get a special prize at the end of the program.
Please hold on to your book logs until Friday, July 17, 2020.


Story time with Amy!

















Director pick
"The Fifth Column", by Andrew Gross

Andrew Gross is a master at writing exciting fiction with a historical background, and he continues this in "The Fifth Column".

Charlie Mossman lives in New York City. It is 1939, and the world tensions are high, as the Nazis have taken power in Germany. Charlie has lost his job and is drinking away his sorrows when a group of thugs barge into the bar. Draped in Nazi regalia, these men have come for trouble. Charlie gets in a fight and tragic consequences follow for him.

Two years later, in 1941, Charlie's estranged wife Liz and daughter Emma are living in a small apartment in Yorkville, a center for German Americans. These people openly support Hitler and his policies. Paroled from prison, Charlie hopes to revive his relationship with his wife and daughter. An elderly couple live across the hall from Charlie's wife. These people have taken a liking to Charlie's family. They claim to come from Switzerland, but Charlie has strong doubts about them.

As the story goes on, Charlie's worst fears are about to be realized. Emma becomes a pawn in a struggle between Charlie and the elements of the Fifth Column. Has Charlie gotten in over his head? Will he be able to rescue his daughter before it's too late?

I've become a big fan of Andrew Gross, and I've really enjoyed his other historical works, including "The One Man", "The Saboteur", and "Button Man". This book fits in nicely with Gross' previous works. The story is interesting with its historical backdrop of New York City just before the outbreak of the war, and it builds in suspense throughout the book. The characters are well-developed, especially Trudi and Willi Bauer.

I highly recommend "The Fifth Column". Fans of good historical fiction will surely enjoy it.




Children under age 8 need parental supervision.




Monthly Library Events

Be sure to check the Event Calendar for any last minute additions!

Movie Night - Last Friday of each month from 6-8 PM

Craft Day - Last Saturday of each month from 10:30 AM to Noon

Children under age 8 need parental supervision at all events.

Have an idea for a program or event? Email us today!

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Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

112 S. Elm St., PO Box 326
Franklin Grove, IL 61031
Phone: 815-456-2823
Fax: 815-456-2619

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