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Children's Events @ Fredricksen

Mary Alice Spiegel began her career at the West Shore Public Library in 1985.  She became the fulltime Children's Services Manager in 1997, which means that she has served the library for 31 wonderful years!

Among her many accomplishments are the development, with Library Assistant Candy Harm, of the still popular program Library for Lunch.  This program received the Pennsylvania Libraries Learning Starts Here Best Practices Award in 2006.  She won the Pennsylvania Libraries Learning Starts Here Best Practices Award for Mission Transition, a still popular kindergarten readiness program, in 2007.  She became trained in Family Place and wrote the original proposal which turned Fredricksen into a Family Place Library.  From that training, she designed and developed the extremely popular Discovery Area in the Pollock Children's Room at the library.  She was instrumental in securing a grant from the Pollock Foundation in 2016 for refurbishment of that area.

She was an integral part of the furnishing committee when the Fredricksen Library was built in 2001. Finally, the ever-popular Just Baby and Me story times were her invention.

Her management and supervision of one of the largest departments in the library has ensured continual high quality programming, an up-to-date and heavily used collection, and a beautiful physical facility.  Best wishes to Mary Alice for all happiness in her next steps!  Click here for photos of Mary Alice during the years at Fredricksen

 

 

 

 

Page Updated: 

May 27, 2016

Happening Today

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 9:00am

Mission Transition 2016/2017:

Preparing for Kindergarten

One Monday a month at 6:30 pm  Sept through May

Help your little one prepare for a lifetime of learning by participating in this innovative program developed by our own Pollock Children’s Library staff.

Children attending these school districts are welcome:

Camp Hill (Hoover Elementary) First Monday

East Pennsboro (West Creek Hills and East Pennsboro Elementary) Second Monday

West Shore (Washington Heights, Lower Allen and Highland Elementary) Third Monday

Cumberland Valley (Shaull, Hampden, and Sporting Hill) Fourth Monday

Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2017 will do kindergarten readiness activities, hear stories, have parachute fun, and work with colors, numbers, letters, sorting, rhyming and science. Kids may meet other future students and make early friendships! 

Sessions will be on Mon., but moved to Wed. on holiday weeks. Registration starts Aug 1st with the first session starting Aug 29th. Sponsored by M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 9:30am

The Fredricksen Library has received materials from The Office of Commonwealth Libraries to start a series of Block Play Parties for young children (3-6 years) and their adults through the Cruise into Kindergarten program grant.  Blocks offer children an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building. Come join us for a morning of fun and creativity with blocks! Registration is required and limited to 10 children. Registration begins May 19. Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten, M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.


Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 3:00pm

We’re ready to celebrate the end of the 2016 Summer Reading Club!  Join us for Forgotten Friends present Animal Olympics with Jesse Rothacker from 3 pm to 4 pm.  We'll have fun activities in the Children’s Library/Community Room from 4 pm - 6 pm including balloon tiers, face painters and snacks!  At 6:15 pm join us for a family dance party outside with The High Tops! No registration necessary- seating limited.  Summer Reading Program sponsored by Friends of Fredricksen Library and a donation in Memory of Ashley Dietrich.


Thursday, August 4, 2016 - 10:00am

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 to "play Kindergarten" using materials from different "playscapes". Children will practice activities centered around a theme that are aligned with the PA Learning Standards and Kindergarten readiness skills such as using scissors, going over a calendar and taking turns. Registration is required and limited to 10 children. 

 

Registration begins July 21.

 

Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten, M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.


Friday, August 5, 2016 - 6:30pm

Experts from the Harrisburg/West Shore Chess Club will be on hand to assist young chess players and match up competitors with equal skill level. Ages 7-13. Participants are asked to bring a chess set if possible but not required. No registration required.

 

 


Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 3:30pm

Join Sovia Therapy at this Story Time and Music Class designed for all children, including those who may have challenges with traditional story times and/or have developmental delays.  Sensory play, read aloud stories, music and ASL interpretation will all be a part of the program, which will take place in a no ‘shush’ zone. Led by certified Music and Developmental Therapists, this full sensory experience is for children of all ages and developmental levels. Registration begins May 21 for June; June 18 for July; July 23 for August; adult must accompany child for session.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 9:30am

Parents and children ages birth -  3 years are invited to meet once a month in a play group setting to chat and share experiences with other new parents.  Toys will be provided for children. Come make new friends and form important partnerships with other parents experiencing the same challenges.

Meets one Wednesday morning per month. We will not meet in June and July because of Summer Reading Club. No registration required. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.


Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 7:00pm

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, August 12, 2016 - 6:30pm

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 10:00am

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 to "play Kindergarten" using materials from different "playscapes". Children will practice activities centered around a theme that are aligned with the PA Learning Standards and Kindergarten readiness skills such as using scissors, going over a calendar and taking turns. Registration is required and limited to 10 children. 

 

Registration begins July 21.

 

Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten, M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.


Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 9:30am

Grandparents play an important role in the lives of children and it's not always easy. Bring your grandchildren (ages 1 – 4) to the library for a morning of play and fun. Relax and socialize while meeting other grandparents.  Toys will be provided for children to play.  No registration required. We will not meet in June and July because of Summer Reading Club. No registration necessary. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.

 


Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 7:00pm

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, September 2, 2016 - 6:30pm

Experts from the Harrisburg/West Shore Chess Club will be on hand to assist young chess players and match up competitors with equal skill level. Ages 7-13. Participants are asked to bring a chess set if possible but not required. No registration required.

 

 


Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 7:00pm

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, September 10, 2016 - 1:00pm

Don't miss this opportunity to see butterflies in the library! Penn State Master Gardeners will host a display with live monarch butterflies and chrysalises in the library atrium, near the front entrance. Stop by and see something special!


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