Children's Events @ Fredricksen

Fredricksen Library Receives Grant from Staples Foundation

The Cleve J. Fredricksen Library is pleased to announce that it has received a grant awarded by The Staples Foundation, the private charitable arm of Staples, Inc., via the “2 Million & Change” program.  The library will use the grant to fund Family Place Educational Programming, as well as training of relevant staff.  

Family Place programs provide parents, grandparents and caregivers, and their children opportunities to enjoy playtime, socialization and age-appropriate skill building with the guidance of trained staff. Participants also have on-site access to local professionals who are able to provide resources on a variety of topics including child development, nutrition, speech, language and hearing and more.

“We are grateful for the support from the Staples Foundation,” says Alison Trautmann, Children’s Service Manager at Fredricksen Library. “It allows us to train additional staff and contract with local professionals who are able provide unique support to parents and caregivers.”

Created in 2012, the 2 Million & Change program is a philanthropic initiative which allows Staples associates around the world to direct funding of more than $2 million to non-profit organizations focused on academic education or job skills. 


 

Page Updated: 

May 9, 2017

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Monday, June 26, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old and 10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Build a better...story time!  Join us for active, fun story times each Monday morning this summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy larger than life picture books!  

 

 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level*         

Join us for an interactive show crawling with fun and laughter, presented by Forgotten Friend's herpetologist, author, photographer, and certified class clown, Jesse Rothacker. They bring learning to life with fifteen live snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocs. You'll meet reptiles from around the world, and a few from your own backyard! For all ages with no registration required. Seating limited. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch) Sponsored by a generous grant from the Whitaker Foundation.


Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:00am

Join us at Country Meadows Retirement Community for a story time that is open to those young and young at heart. This program will appeal to Birth – 6 years and loved ones.  Story times will be held the last Wednesdays of each month.

 

The story time will be held at Country Meadows, Building 2, Garden Room, 355 S. Sporting Hill Road, Mechanicsburg. No registration necessary.

 

Program held in partnership with Country Meadows. 


Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

If you like building with Legos, come to the library and see what architectural creations you can design with blocks!  Blocks offer an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express yourself, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building.  Build your own or collaborate with friends while using wooden blocks of all shapes and sizes to make something awesome! Come join us for a morning of fun and creativity with blocks!

For ages 6-8. Registration begins June 1.


Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

If you like building with Legos, come to the library and see what architectural creations you can design with Keva Planks!  These small wooden planks are perfect for the young engineers to design whatever your creative mind can envision.  Build your own or collaborate with friends to make something awesome! Come join us for a morning of fun and creativity with Keva Planks!

For ages 8-12. Registration begins June 1.


Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 7 pm in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Drop-in story time with stories, flannel boards, songs and fingerplays provides a fun experience at the library.  For ages 3 years and up with no registration necessary.

 


Monday, July 3, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old and 10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Build a better...story time!  Join us for active, fun story times each Monday morning this summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy larger than life picture books!  

 

 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

Part history, part science, this program introduces youngsters to the time-honored craft of kite making. Materials will be supplied. Parents/adults are requested to stay and join in the fun! Let's go fly a kite! For ages 6-10 with registration starting June 19.


Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

"An elegant weapon of a more civilized age." This program is an introduction to the legendary energy sword used by the ancient Jedi Knights. Students will customize safe practice swords, and then be presented with a disciplined, respectful system of learned stage combat skills. For ages 8-12 with registration starting June 19.


Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 7 pm in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Drop-in story time with stories, flannel boards, songs and fingerplays provides a fun experience at the library.  For ages 3 years and up with no registration necessary.

 


Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 3:00pm

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Read aloud stories, sensory play and music run by music and developmental therapists for all ages including those with developmental delays. A parent must accompany each child.  No registration necessary.

 


Monday, July 10, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old and 10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Build a better...story time!  Join us for active, fun story times each Monday morning this summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy larger than life picture books!  

 

 


Monday, July 10, 2017 - 6:00pm

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Enjoy a STEM challenge with your family where you make your own brush bot. What's a brush bot? Come and find out! For grades K and up with registration beginning on July 3. Sponsored by a grant from The Whitaker Science Center.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

Join the Maryland Science Center for high intensity fun focused around states of matter!

Study the states of matter through demonstrations and experiments! Define matter and energy! Find out What's the Matter? For all ages with no registration required. Seating limited. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)


Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Gum drops, candy bars, gummy worms and bears!  Join us for some sweet chemistry experiments, and make your own Candy Camp Lab Book to take home! For ages 5-8. Registration starts June 19 and includes both days. Sponsored by the Whitaker Science Center.


Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Gum drops, candy bars, gummy worms and bears!  Join us for some sweet chemistry experiments, and make your own Candy Camp Lab Book to take home! For ages 5-8. Registration starts June 19 and includes both days. Sponsored by the Whitaker Science Center.


Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 7 pm in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Drop-in story time with stories, flannel boards, songs and fingerplays provides a fun experience at the library.  For ages 3 years and up with no registration necessary.

 


Monday, July 17, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old and 10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Build a better...story time!  Join us for active, fun story times each Monday morning this summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy larger than life picture books!  

 

 


Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

Offering non-stop excitement with interactive magic and comedy where everyone becomes part of the experience. Magical Nick’s is a highly engaging show that kids absolutely love and will talk about for years. For all ages with no registration required. Seating limited. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)


Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

We will be exploring the emotions we feel, especially when things don’t work out the way we planned. Stories and activities will enable children to explore emotions. For ages 6-8 with registration starting June 19.


Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

We will be exploring emotions we feel as well as how we can be kind to others. We will create our own definitions of self care as well as read a story called, How Full Is Your Bucket. This will be followed by a fun activity! For ages 9-11 with registration starting June 19.


Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 7 pm in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Drop-in story time with stories, flannel boards, songs and fingerplays provides a fun experience at the library.  For ages 3 years and up with no registration necessary.

 


Friday, July 21, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

We will be showing a G or PG rated movie. Free popcorn will be served.  All ages welcome and all children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary.


Monday, July 24, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old and 10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Build a better...story time!  Join us for active, fun story times each Monday morning this summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy larger than life picture books!  

 

 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level  

Independence, MO 1860s - Blaze a trail with Pioneer Penny Pritchard! Relive the spirit of covered wagon travel with buffalo stampedes, deadly snakebites, and dance by the light of the moon. Recommended for ages 5 and up with no registration necessary. Seating limited. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)


Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Sun, moons, stars, and planets.  Explore them all in our Space Camp for ages 9 - 12, with fun hands-on activities and your own Space Camp Lab Book to take home!  Registration begins June 19. Registration includes both days from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  Sponsored by a grant from The Whitaker Science Center.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:00am

Join us at Country Meadows Retirement Community for a story time that is open to those young and young at heart. This program will appeal to Birth – 6 years and loved ones.  Story times will be held the last Wednesdays of each month.

 

The story time will be held at Country Meadows, Building 2, Garden Room, 355 S. Sporting Hill Road, Mechanicsburg. No registration necessary.

 

Program held in partnership with Country Meadows. 


Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 11:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Sun, moons, stars, and planets.  Explore them all in our Space Camp for ages 9 - 12, with fun hands-on activities and your own Space Camp Lab Book to take home!  Registration begins June 19. Registration includes both days from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.  Sponsored by a grant from The Whitaker Science Center.


Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 7 pm in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Drop-in story time with stories, flannel boards, songs and fingerplays provides a fun experience at the library.  For ages 3 years and up with no registration necessary.

 


Monday, July 31, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old and 10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Build a better...story time!  Join us for active, fun story times each Monday morning this summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy larger than life picture books!  

 

 


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level*         

Costumes and props abound, as well as singing, dancing and laughter as Ann C. Griffith presents stories and songs. For all ages with no registration necessary. Seating limited. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)


Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 12:30pm
The Fredricksen Library has received materials from The Office of Commonwealth Libraries to start a series of Play K programs for children and their adults through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant.  The Play K curriculum allows children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2017 to "play Kindergarten" using materials from 6 different "playscapes". Children will practice going over a calendar, doing activities centered around a theme that are aligned with the PA Learning Standards and Kindergarten readiness skills like using scissors and taking turns. We will also add a social component by having lunch at the library with our new friends! Please bring a lunch and we will eat and talk for the first half hour.

Play K sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 1st - August 17th  from 12:30-2:00 PM.  Registration begins July 18th. Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten.

 

 


Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 10:30am

Wednesday, August 2 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am 1st-3rd graders

Thursday, August 3 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am 4th-6th graders

Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for an exciting demonstration class led by the West Shore Martial Arts Academy!  Voted "Best Martial Arts Program" by Central Penn Parent Magazine! Registration required beginning June 19th for both age groups.


Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 10:30am

Wednesday, August 2 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am 1st-3rd graders

Thursday, August 3 from 10:30 am to 11:15 am 4th-6th graders

Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for an exciting demonstration class led by the West Shore Martial Arts Academy!  Voted "Best Martial Arts Program" by Central Penn Parent Magazine! Registration required beginning June 19th for both age groups.


Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 12:30pm
The Fredricksen Library has received materials from The Office of Commonwealth Libraries to start a series of Play K programs for children and their adults through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant.  The Play K curriculum allows children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2017 to "play Kindergarten" using materials from 6 different "playscapes". Children will practice going over a calendar, doing activities centered around a theme that are aligned with the PA Learning Standards and Kindergarten readiness skills like using scissors and taking turns. We will also add a social component by having lunch at the library with our new friends! Please bring a lunch and we will eat and talk for the first half hour.

Play K sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, August 1st - August 17th  from 12:30-2:00 PM.  Registration begins July 18th. Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten.

 

 


Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 7 pm in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Drop-in story time with stories, flannel boards, songs and fingerplays provides a fun experience at the library.  For ages 3 years and up with no registration necessary.

 


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