This year is proving to be another busy and exciting time for the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library! Fredricksen has something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s reading, music, movies or learning a new skill.
Fredricksen was the launch library for the PA One Book, Every Young Child program. The celebration featured a real backhoe, school bus, fire engine, and police car in our side parking lot for children to explore. Author Suzanne Bloom spoke to the hundreds assembled for the program.
Fredricksen’s Teen Services offered summer reading events and new and innovative programs which included a Steampunk party, a Harry Potter birthday party and a Doctor Who event.
Adult programs included a number of do-it-yourself programs and a writer’s workshop, as well as Gardening With Nature, an eight-month Penn State Master Gardeners program.
A Volunteer Reception Dinner, sponsored by former library trustees Gregg Aversa and Dr. Tom Malin, and the Friends of Fredricksen, was held for over 200 attendees during National Volunteer Month.
Music was everywhere as Seasons, a Celtic group, helped Fredricksen patrons kick off the St. Patrick’s holiday with standing room only attendance. This year’s Summer Concerts featured performances by Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra, the West Shore Symphony Orchestra, the Greater Harrisburg Concert Band and Ben Mauger’s Dixieland Band, all sponsored by the McCormick Family Foundation.
Oscar Shorts were screened for the first time at Fredricksen during February’s Oscar weekend to a sell-out crowd.
The new Kiner’s Korner was dedicated this year during ceremonies at the East Pennsboro Branch. Kiner’s Korner honors Bob and Thelma Kiner, who were longstanding community members and volunteers at the East Pennsboro Branch and were instrumental in the founding and development of the library.
This is just a sampling of the amazing, innovative and wonderful things happening at Fredricksen and East Pennsboro Branch Library every day. But for all of these great offerings, there is a cost. Thirty percent - close to $400,000 - of Fredricksen Library’s funding must come from the generosity of our patrons and supporters. We have some great ideas for the upcoming year and need your help to make them a reality.
Your support is critical to the existence of this outstanding community resource. Please help us to continue this legacy of outstanding programming, collections and reference services, through your tax-deductible donation to our year-end appeal.
Linda Farr, Annual Fund Campaign Chair
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Click on the graphic to take a look at the amazing statistics from the past year, and CLICK HERE for PHOTOS of all the happenings at Fredricksen Library and East Pennsboro Branch!