Appalachian History and Culture


Exploring History

This presentation defines the Appalachian region and explores the history of those who settled here.  It provides insights into the origins of Appalachian culture and beliefs; important historical events which shaped the region; and the roles absentee ownership and extractive industries continue to play in the region.

Peggy Calestro and Julie Calestro-McDonald are a mother-daughter team who have been fascinated for more than 20 years with Central Appalachia.  Both have written about Appalachian history and culture.  Julie is a clinical social worker at OSU/Harding Behavioral Health and Medicine and Peggy is Vice President of the Ohio Children's Foundation.

Adult Reading Group

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm


Join others in your community as we discuss:

Lust For Life

​Author Irving Stone skillfully captures the exciting atmosphere of the Paris of the Post-Impressionists and reconstructs with great insight the development of Van Gogh's art.  The painter is brought to life not only as an artist but as a personality and this account of his violent, vivid and tormented life is a novel of rare compassion and vitality.

Books are available at both library branches.




Family Movie - Paddington

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

paddingtonJoin us as we show Paddington at the Franklin Library. Enjoy a visit with friends and family, watch a movie, and eat a snack.

Registration is required for the number of snacks and drinks provided. You can sign up at either branch.

 All ages are welcome. This movie will more than likely appeal to young children and the elementary school age. We look forward to seeing everyone.