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. 


Homework Helpers Club

This program is available for students in grades 1 through 5. Volunteer helpers are experienced educators ready to help with all subject areas.  Students are responsible to bring all textbooks, homework, instructions and related materials. A parent/caregiver must remain in the library during the instruction. There is no charge for this program.

Sessions are held at the library by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Diane Myers at 717-761-3730.  Any questions? Contact the Children's Library at 717-761-3900 x 229.

For sessions at the East Pennsboro Branch, please call 717-732-4274 to schedule an appointment. 

 

 

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May 9, 2017

Happening Today

Wednesday, May 31, 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 - Feb. 22, March 29, April 26 and May 31.

 

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, May 31, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Adventurer’s Club is a reading, craft, and activity program for children in grades 1-3 and their adult partners. Each session will be centered on a theme and will include stories and art projects, as well as the opportunity to explore featured library materials. Register beginning May 1.

 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 6:30pm

One Monday a month

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm  Sept through May in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

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 entering kindergarten in Fall 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! 

Children attending  Shaull, Hampden, and Sporting Hill Elementary in the Cumberland Valley School District will meet the fourth Monday of the month. Sessions will be moved to Wednesday on holiday weeks. Registration starts Aug. 1 with the first session starting Sept 26. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision, Inc.

 

 


Monday, June 5, 2017 (All day)

Summer Learning for ALL AGES – Build a BETTER WORLD!

Register starting Monday, June 5

Join us at Fredricksen for another great summer of reading, learning and events for adults, children and teens. It's easy to do!  If you register in the first 5 days (June 5 to June 9) for Summer Learning and/or register for a new library card, you will be eligible to win a fun summer prize or an iPad Mini!  Watch for more details!

The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the Friends of Fredricksen and East Pennsboro Branch, In Memory of Ashley Dietrich, our municipalities and additional generous sponsors.


Friday, June 9, 2017 - 3:00pm

3:00 pm to 8:00 pm Inside and Outside the library!

Help us celebrate 60 years of Fredricksen as we Kickoff our Summer Learning Program with an all-ages birthday party! Join us for Food, Music, Touch-A-Truck, Prize Give-a-ways, Make & Takes, Quidditch Exhibition, Guessing Games, a Preview of Hamiltunes, an all-age book character themed costume parade, Friends MINI Book Sale, Free Birthday Cupcakes and much, much more! No registration needed.  DOWNLOAD A SCHEDULE OF EVENTS


Saturday, June 10, 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, June 12, 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 13, 2017 - 10:30am

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

Ahoy! People don’t just build on land. They build on water, too! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Planks, sails, rigging, rails... what else could building a pirate ship possibly take?!

Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, scientific variables and more! Do not miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist! For all ages with no registration required. Seating limited. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)  Sponsored by UGI Utilities and Weis Markets.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 10:30am

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

Children's experiences of the outside world deeply affect what is possible for their "inside" world. We  will whimsically guide the children in collaborative group play, yoga, creative movement, breath-work, and mindfulness. Children will learn that, when we feel good on the inside, we can thrive on the outside. Please bring a yoga mat or towel. For ages 6-8 with registration starting June 1.


Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:30am

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

One person's trash is another one's treasure. Children will briefly discuss sustainability and use recyclable and natural materials to create art. For ages 9-12 with registration starting June 1.


Thursday, June 15, 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, June 16, 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, June 19, 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 20, 2017 - 10:30am

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

Investigate plant and animal interactions and adaptations for survival in the South American rain forest. Discover the importance of this unique habitat, threats to its survival and how to influence its future! For all ages with no registration required. Seating limited. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)


Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 10:30am

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

No matter how big or small everyone and everything is an important part of our community and environment. How important is an acorn, cooperation, or someone's talent? Through story and fun and games, the children discover that each person or animal adds something special to his or her community. For ages 6-8. Registration begins June 1.


Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:30am

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

Amazing tales of explanation and entertainment were told as Americans moved throughout the new world to build our great nation. What exciting land formations and weather events might be experienced as one headed west? What great feats did men accomplish to travel our great land? By enjoying a tale or ballad or two as well as some hands on activities, children will discover what it was like to settle America. For ages 9 -11. Registration begins June 1. 


Thursday, June 22, 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, 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)


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