Franklin County Library System: Popular Novel Reels is back

popular Novel REELS

The popular Novel Reels program is back, just in time for summer, with some extras.

This year the program combines a pool party, free books, refreshments and a movie. Plans are to have the event at the Chambersburg Aquatic Center this summer.

Started in 2017 at one library, Novel Reels offers a free movie screening, snacks and themed activities. Participants receive a free copy of a book upon which the movie is based; and a coupon for a second book, redeemable at their local Franklin County Library System branch.

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“Novel Reels is a way to share the love of reading and books with the community. Along with the free movie, participants get a free book, and a coupon to return to their library to pick up a second book,” said Alice Elia, senior director of development and human resources for Franklin County Library System.

A $15,000 grant from the Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation allowed the program to expand throughout Franklin County Library System’s six branch libraries.

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The COVID-19 pandemic brought the program to a halt last year. It resumes with the showing of “Aquaman” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in conjunction with a free pool party, including popcorn and drinks.

“How exciting to come together now, after all we have been through as a community. We are thrilled to see Novel Reels expand to reach all in Franklin County, said Kirsten Hubbard, founder and CEO of Ghost Writer LLC, a partner in the program. It has been gratifying to see what started as a small passion project be embraced and appreciated by a larger audience.”

popular Novel Reels is back

Promoting libraries, encouraging reading

Participants can choose from a variety of themed books and comics appropriate for various ages, interests and reading levels.

“Our hope is that if this event is someone’s first experience with the library, it will encourage them to find out more about their local library,” Elia said.

Library staffers at the pool complex during the party will help residents sign up for library cards.

Novel Reels has distributed more than 2,500 books and initiated 1,000 library visits. Roughly 15% of those visits resulted in the issuance of new library cards.

The program celebrates reading, builds home libraries and connects families with the many resources available at the public library.

Ghost Writer involvement

Ghost Writer supports the program through developing resources, grants management and marketing.

“As a consortia of writers and editors, we are very supportive of libraries. They are the great equalizers and are very much founded on ideals of open and free access to information,” Hubbard said. “It is rewarding to hand a child a book of their own. They really do treasure them.”

“Combining a fun movie like ‘Aquaman’ with a pool party at the Chambersburg Aquatic Center is a wonderful way to conclude our summer reading program called Summer Splash,” Elia said.

A second Novel Reels event is planned for December, with a showing of ‘Little Women.’

For more information about Novel Reels, visit the Ghost Writer website here; or learn more about the summer reading program by calling Coyle Free Library at 717-263-1054.

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