As to why the club remains so popular and active, Hebbard said, “I think the uniqueness of being read to out loud, something that we’ve all done for our children, is now something pleasurable, to sit and be read to, and perhaps read books that we might not pick up ourselves.”
The Onesiphorai Reading Club isn’t one of a kind in Franklin. An older organization, the Washington Reading Circle, has been active since 1887 and was previously documented in another one of these columns. The local club’s centennial celebration will continue for the rest of 2013. Anyone with memorabilia about the club or would like more information, call Louise Hebbard at 829-8664.
This weekend: Oneonta reacted to a presidential death in 1923.
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