In the Words of Others
by Bonnie Goble, Library Director
All libraries and most non-profits send out what is known as an “Annual Appeal.” This is usually a letter, explaining what the organization does, and asking for support. Fredricksen Library & East Pennsboro Branch recently sent out the 2014 Annual Appeal. Perhaps you received it in the mail.
This year, we did something different. This year, we decided to ask folks why they think Fredricksen is simply the best…for them personally. The library had just received Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best Award, for the ninth year. But we wanted to know what individual patrons thought. The results were spectacular.
Ralph E. Ashwell, a gifted wood carver who spent days in the library hosting a display of his art, wrote this:
First, I was amazed at the constant flow of people: men, women and children who seemed to pass through the lobby. Everyone in the area must possess a library card! I was also impressed by the ability of the library staff to service all of these people with efficiency.
As the days passed I realized how many people use the Fredricksen Library and I was getting to know some of them. I began to understand that the library was part of their daily lives. To these people, the library was not simply a service organization; it provided a special kind of fulfillment in their lives.
As one man put it, “I have never been involved with an institution where I have received so much for so little.”
I began to understand the true essence of the Fredricksen Library and its value to the community. It fulfills a need beyond historical archives, reading material and other services. And while future technology will certainly affect changes in the library system, the system itself is part of our culture. As long as it retains such a valuable relationship with the community, we will never lose.
In conclusion, I believe that the Fredricksen Library is a great example of how a civic organization can provide not only service, but also a sense of community.
And from personal observation, I believe most people know it.
Other beautiful testimonies to how much the library means to individuals, and why Fredricksen Library is chosen as Simply the Best, are included in the appeal letter, and viewable online at fredricksenlibrary.org. Each account is unique. We are grateful for all of those who took the time to set their thoughts down, and to those who may still hold those thoughts in their hearts.
Like schools, libraries are educational institutions which are free to the users, but far from free to operate. Please take the time to read the written appreciations of those who love Fredricksen. Please consider helping us with financial support to continue to do what we do… be Simply the Best …for you. READ OUR PATRONS STORIES
Simply the Best
Bonnie Goble, Library Director
For a ninth year, Fredricksen Library has been chosen as “Simply the Best” in Central Pennsylvania. What exactly does this mean?
Harrisburg Magazine runs an annual poll, in which voters are asked to choose “the best” from numerous categories: restaurants, grocery stores, physicians, clothing shops…and, of course, libraries. Anyone may vote in this contest, but in order to have a vote count, at least 30 choices for “best in” a given category must be selected by the voter. Completing a ballot requires time and commitment!
Fredricksen has taken the top honors among all libraries for nine years. We are so grateful to those of you who take the time to complete a lengthy ballot. But more than this, we are grateful to all of our patrons. Daily we hear from you of appreciation for our programs and our “extreme customer service” attitude. Sometimes, we hear suggestions for how to be better (“be open Saturday morning!”) We appreciate it all.
Public support, in the way of donations, has become even more important than in past years. This year, Cumberland County commissioners voted down a modest increase in the County library tax which would have meant that each citizen contributed the value of a single postage stamp ($.43) The state just passed a budget which reflects level funding for libraries and a cut in another proposed $500,000 appropriation. Support from our public is crucial.
Using our LIBRARY CALCULATOR, you can calculate the real money value of the services we provide to you. You will find it under: Support Fredricksen. Then Click: Library Calculator.
Please consider donating just a part of what we are worth to you. Through your efforts, we can continue to be Simply the Best.
Books (and Everything Else) To Go!
Bonnie Goble, Library Director
During the month of April, a longtime dream of library service in Hampden Township will be realized. Fredricksen Library will begin daily delivery and pick up of library materials to and from the Hampden Township Recreation Building, 5001 Hampden Park Dr., Mechanicsburg. The Recreation Building is open from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Here’s how it will work. Folks will place holds on library materials, either by phone, in person or online, designating Hampden Township as the pick-up destination. When the materials arrive at Fredricksen, they will be checked out to the cardholder, who need not be present, and delivered to the Recreation Center. By presenting his or her library card at the Recreation Center, the borrower can retrieve the materials.
In addition, library materials can be returned by the borrower to the Hampden Township Recreation Center. A small book and media drop will be installed at the Center for borrowers’ convenience. Library materials placed in that book drop will be returned from the Hampden Recreation Center to Fredricksen daily.
We are excited to begin this groundbreaking pilot program. Watch the Fredricksen website for exact start dates!
Watch This Space!
“This space” is the lower level of the East PennsboroTownship municipal building, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola, PA. It used to be a gymnasium.“This space” is being turned into a new Branch library, complete with Kiner’s Korner Children’s Room, a separate programming room, and two new offices. Details are still unfolding, but we are so excited by the thought that the two rooms which have served as the East Pennsboro Branch of the Fredricksen Library for 28 years are about to become: a beautiful new facility! Grateful to the East Pennsboro Township for this, and grateful to the Friends of the East Pennsboro Township Branch for their support. Stay tuned as this project unfolds.
Unwrap Your Gifts from Fredricksen!
It’s that time again—time to be grateful, time to be excited about gifts meant just for you and time to be giving.
We are incredibly grateful for the non-stop stream of great activity this year…let’s look back for half a second. We opened the toy train in Kiner’s Korner at our East Pennsboro Branch to honor longtime volunteers and founders of the Branch. We held a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater fundraiser at the highest point on the West Shore! Foreign films continue and Library Loop 5K topped out at over 450 participants this year. We expanded eDevice classes to monthly, now staffed by three trained librarians. We hosted the Master Gardeners.
We began Off the Shelf, a newsletter suggesting great books to read. Our children’s department had attendance of over 14,000 at our programs…by July! Grateful.
How about unwrapping gifts meant especially for you? Mobile device classes continue, one a month, for whatever device is currently your target…register at Fredricksen or the Branch! Gingerbread houses for teens in December, followed by holiday week activity…hang out with us. Pirates and Princesses storytimes, Bingo, and the return of Parent-Child Workshops AND our award-winning Mission Transition. More for adults? How about the Beatles in February and Chess Tournaments? Book groups and crafts. Oscars offerings, even before the judges decide! Lots to unwrap this winter.
Time to be giving? Fredricksen continues as the busiest and most high-volume library in Cumberland County. Our pace is fast, our programs are daily, and none of it is free…except to you! If you have enjoyed something we offer, from books and DVDs to programs, perhaps you will consider a year-end gift back to Fredricksen. We promise we will turn it around, and use it to expand all of the good things we do. It’s a never-ending story, in all the best ways!