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Children's Services

Mrs. Stoner and Mrs. BlackMrs. Stoner and Mrs. Black Welcome You!

Just a reminder - you are always welcome to stay with your child for our programs.  If you choose not to stay at the program, please remain inside the library. We do not have any medical information available for your child and must be able to reach you quickly in the event of an emergency. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Any questions about children's programs can be directed to Linda Stoner or Paulette Black at (717) 766-0171.


Children's Programs


The Joseph T. Simpson Public Library offers a variety of Children's Programs. For more information or to register, please call the library at (717) 766-0171.



Children's Block Party!

Block PartyYou are invited to a BLOCK PARTY here at Joseph T. Simpson Public Library on Saturday,  November 28, at 10:30 am.


What is a BLOCK PARTY? It is an hour of fun just playing with wooden blocks and our play animals, vehicles and people! We will be hosting monthly BLOCK PARTIES so come see what it is all about and have some CONSTRUCTIVE FUN!!!


Upcoming Block Party Dates: January 9, 2016, and January 23, 2016



Gingerbread House Workshop

Gingerbread HouseSchool-age children are welcome to come and create a graham cracker house decorated with icing and candy at our Gingerbread House Workshop!


When: Saturday, December 12, from 10:30 - 11:30 am

Ages: Family members of all ages.

Registration: Required and you MUST register by Thursday, December 10.



Family Christmas Party

Family Christmas PartyBring your whole family for an evening of singing with Mr. Music, crafts, musical entertainment by Mr. Ben Goldsborough and his Mechanicsburg High School Students, and a visit from Santa!


When: Monday, December 14, at 6:00 pm

Ages: Family members of all ages.

Registration: Required and must be done on or before Friday, December 11.



Ongoing Story Times


Ongoing Weekly Story Times - Rhyme Time, Toddler Time, and Story Time are presented several times a week throughout the year.  Family Storytime is presented once a week on Mondays at 6:30 pm.  Download our Story Time Brochure (PDF, 907KB, 2 pages).


Sponsor a Story Time - If you value the importance of early literacy, we hope you will consider sponsoring a Story Time.  For more information, please see our Story Time Sponsor Brochure (PDF, 1MB, 1 page).



Monthly and Special Events


Monthly Events - Kindergarten Club, S.T.E.M. Club, Homeschool Book Discussion, American Girls Club, and Activities Club for Tweens occur once a month from September to May. Download our Monthly Events flyer (PDF, 52KB, 1 page).


Summer Reading Program - This program lasts for 8 weeks in the summer, running from June to August.  We offer reading challenges for children of all ages, as well as weekly special events.  


Kindergarten Readiness Class - Will your child be attending Kindergarten in September 2016? Do you wonder if they will be prepared for this experience? Our Kindergarten Readiness Class may just be the answer for you! This series of 9 classes is designed for your child AND you to attend. At each class your child will work on activities created to help them make a smooth transition from preschool child to Kindergarten student while you create a new readiness game at each class to take home and play with your child. Registration will begin on Monday, August 3, 2015.


For more information call Linda Stoner at the library at 766-0171 or email [email protected]



2015 Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Our stuffed animal visitors had a blast during their sleepover at the library.  Check out what happened!


2015 Stuffed Animal Sleepover Part 1 - Slides (PDF, 35 pages, 1.3 MB)

2015 Stuffed Animal Sleepover Part 2 - Slides (PDF, 35 pages, 1.5 MB)



2014 Simpson Butterfly Project


Our Painted Lady butterflies arrived on April 29, 2014 as little caterpillars.  For 21 days we watched as the caterpillars transformed into chrysalises and then into beautiful butterflies.  We released the butterflies on May 19, 2014.  If you would like more information, to see pictures of their progress, or watch our video of the butterflies being released, please visit our Simpson Butterflies webpage.



2014 Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Everyone had a great time at the Stuffed Animal Sleepover.  Check out what happened after the kids left and the library closed.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover - Slides (PDF, 14 pages, 1MB)





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November 16, 2015

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