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, October 23, 2017 - 9:30am

Mondays 9:30 am - 10:00 am, September 18 through October 23 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 4 for Just Baby & Me and includes ALL sessions. 

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

 


Monday, October 23, 2017 - 10:30am

Mondays from 10:30 am - 11:00 am, September 18 through October 23 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration is for ALL sessions.

Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.

 


Monday, October 23, 2017 - 1:15pm

Mondays from 1:15pm - 1:45 pm,  September 18 through October 23 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially.  

Picture Book Time - Children ages 4 years-K sit by themselves to listen to age appropriate stories, songs, and fingerplays. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration includes ALL sessions.

 


Monday, October 23, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Participants will gather to build Legos individually and in groups both through challenges and times of free play. For grades 3 – 6 with registration beginning two weeks prior.


Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:30pm

One Monday a month, based on school district, at 6:30 pm during the 2017/18 school year.

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 attending these school districts are welcome:

Camp Hill (Hoover Elementary)

East Pennsboro (West Creek Hills and East Pennsboro Elementary )

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

Cumberland Valley (Shaull, Hampden, and Sporting Hill)

Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018 will do kindergarten readiness activities, hear stories, have parachute fun, and work with colors, numbers, letters, sorting, rhyming and science. Children may meet other future students and make early friendships!  Registration starts July 31st with the first session starting Aug 28th. Sessions run one hour.

 


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 9:30am

Tuesdays from 9:30 am - 10:00 am, September 19 through October 24 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration is for ALL sessions.

Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.

 


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:15am

Tuesdays 10:15 am - 10:45 am, September 19 through October 24 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 4 for Just Baby & Me and includes ALL sessions. 

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

 


Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 11:00am

Tuesdays from 11:00 am - 11:30 am, September 19 through October 24 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration includes ALL sessions. 

Threes – Stories, songs and fingerplays for three year olds with an adult.

 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 9:30am

Wednesdays from 9:30 am - 10:00 am, September 20 through October 25 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration is for ALL sessions.

Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.

 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 10:00am

10:00 am to ­­­­10:45 am at Country Meadows

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, October 25, 2017 - 10:15am

Wednesdays from 10:15 am - 10:45 am, September 20 through October 25 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration is for ALL sessions.

Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.

 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 11:00am

Wednesdays from 11:00 am - 11:30 am, September 20 through October 25 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration includes ALL sessions. 

Threes – Stories, songs and fingerplays for three year olds with an adult.

 


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 12:00pm

12 pm - 1 pm (NOTE NEW TIME) in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Children ages 3 - 6 will hear stories and do some international folk dances. Children should bring their lunches. Drink and a snack will be provided. Cost is $1 per person. Registration is required and begins on October 11.


Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 9:30am

Thursdays 9:30 am - 10:00 am, September 21 through October 26 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 4 for Just Baby & Me and includes ALL sessions. 

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

 


Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 10:15am

Thursdays 10:15 am - 10:45 am, September 21 through October 26 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 4 for Just Baby & Me and includes ALL sessions. 

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

 


Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm

Thursdays from 4 pm – 5 pm, Lower Lobby  

Beginning in October, homework assistance to students in grades 1-5 will be available at the library.  Volunteer helpers are experienced educators who can assist 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. If Thursday does not work for a student, we will try to make arrangements on an individual basis to meet another weekday. No sessions are held during holiday weeks or when the library is closed. Sessions are held at the East Pennsboro Branch by appointment.  Please call the Children's Library to register or if you have any questions.

 


Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:00am

Fridays 11:00 am - 11:30 am, September 22 through October 27 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 4 for Just Baby & Me and includes ALL sessions. 

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

 


Friday, October 27, 2017 - 11:00am

Fridays from 10:15 am - 10:45 am, September 22 through October 27 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration includes ALL sessions. 

Threes – Stories, songs and fingerplays for three year olds with an adult.

 


Friday, October 27, 2017 - 12:00pm

12 pm - 1 pm (NOTE NEW TIME) in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Children ages 3 - 6 will hear stories and do some international folk dances. Children should bring their lunches. Drink and a snack will be provided. Cost is $1 per person. Registration is required and begins on October 11.


Friday, October 27, 2017 - 1:15pm

Fridays from 9:30 am - 10:30 am,  September 22 through October 27 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially.  

Picture Book Time - Children ages 4 years-K sit by themselves to listen to age appropriate stories, songs, and fingerplays. Registration is required and begins Sept. 5. Registration includes ALL sessions.

 


Friday, October 27, 2017 - 4:00pm

Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Come one, come all! Discover what Diwali - a joyous holiday from India - is all about! View video footage from the documentary, Presenting Diwali, followed by discussion and Q&A. Enjoy some Indian Classical dance and Bollywood singing until 4:30pm. Afterwards there will be Indian food available for purchase (cash only) from Banana Leaf Indian Cuisine until 8 pm. The library will be decked out in its Diwali best all day! No registration necessary.  


Friday, October 27, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Explore myths, legends, and tales from the ancient world and different cultures through story, music, art, or science. It all depends on the tale. Is it a myth, is it a legend, or is it fact? Hmm. What is the answer? Coming this fall: What is Pandora's box? Who is Narcissus? Why is Arachne an arachnid?

Registration required and starts two weeks prior to each session. For ages 8-12.


Friday, October 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Do you dream of drawing? Dazzle your friends with your detailed doodles? Learn about different artists with this special exploration of art history! For aspiring artists ages 8-12. Children will explore a different artist and their work each month and then get messy with a craft. Registration is required and begins two weeks prior to each session. 


Monday, October 30, 2017 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Sherlock Holmes entering the literary canon, we are holding an escape room for children! Sherlock has locked you in his office and is testing you to see if you are worthy of working with him. Can you escape before it's too late? For children ages 8 – 12.

Registration begins October 16. Register for one time slot – there will be sessions each hour - 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm.


Monday, October 30, 2017 - 6:30pm

One Monday a month, based on school district, at 6:30 pm during the 2017/18 school year.

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 attending these school districts are welcome:

Camp Hill (Hoover Elementary)

East Pennsboro (West Creek Hills and East Pennsboro Elementary )

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

Cumberland Valley (Shaull, Hampden, and Sporting Hill)

Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018 will do kindergarten readiness activities, hear stories, have parachute fun, and work with colors, numbers, letters, sorting, rhyming and science. Children may meet other future students and make early friendships!  Registration starts July 31st with the first session starting Aug 28th. Sessions run one hour.

 


Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:30pm

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Imagine, design, construct! Building with blocks strengthens STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) abilities. Blocks offer children an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building. Children will have fun as they develop critical thinking, teamwork and motor and communication skills. Come join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity with blocks! For children ages 3 – 6 years and their caregivers. Registration begins two weeks prior to each session and is limited to 10 children.   

One hour Block Parties, made available through a cruise into Kindergarten program grant from The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, will be held one Tuesday a month.  

 


Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:00pm

Thursdays from 4 pm – 5 pm, Lower Lobby  

Beginning in October, homework assistance to students in grades 1-5 will be available at the library.  Volunteer helpers are experienced educators who can assist 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. If Thursday does not work for a student, we will try to make arrangements on an individual basis to meet another weekday. No sessions are held during holiday weeks or when the library is closed. Sessions are held at the East Pennsboro Branch by appointment.  Please call the Children's Library to register or if you have any questions.

 


Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Take a trip through American history with the American Girl Book Club. We will meet and discuss a different American Girl and learn about her time period each month.  Please read the book prior to attending; dolls are welcome but not required. Snack and Craft included. Register once for all three sessions starting August 25, for grades 3-5 only.  September 7 - Meet Josephina, October 5 - Meet Marie Grace and Cecile, November 2 - Meet Kirsten


Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:30pm

Thursday evenings October 5 - November 9 (no class 10/26) 

6:30 to 7:45 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Ages 1 - 31/2 years and siblings birth - 5 years are welcome.

Family Play Workshop is a five week program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers with their children ages 1 - 31/2 years to enjoy playtime, relaxation, socialization and to develop new skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with local resource professionals during each session on a variety of topics including child development, nutrition, speech, language and hearing and more!  Registration begins Sept. 21 and space is limited.  All participants are encouraged to have a library card. 

 


Friday, November 3, 2017 - 9:30am

Friday mornings October 6 - November 10 (no class 10/27) 

9:30 to 10:45 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Ages 1 - 31/2 years and siblings birth - 5 years are welcome.

Family Play Workshop is a five week program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers with their children ages 1 - 31/2 years to enjoy playtime, relaxation, socialization and to develop new skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with local resource professionals during each session on a variety of topics including child development, nutrition, speech, language and hearing and more!  Registration begins Sept. 21 and space is limited.  All participants are encouraged to have a library card. 

 


Friday, November 3, 2017 - 6:30pm

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

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.


Monday, November 6, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am - 10:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

In this two-part series parents will be learning the art of infant massage and be guided through instruction on how to massage their own babies. The class will be taught by Wendy Spicer, a certified infant massage instructor, from PinnacleHealth's Infant Development Program.  Understanding and beginning touch early in life can improve the quality of parenting and family life as well as promoting the well-being of the infant. The program contains such critical elements of bonding as eye-to eye contact, smiling, soothing vocal sounds,loving touch,caressing,smell, and mutual interaction.

 

Bring a soft comfortable blanket to lay your baby on and dress baby in easy to remove clothing. Parents will receive a bottle of massage oil and stroke book. Infants under 1 year with caregiver. Registration begins October 23 and is limited to 15. Sponsored by PinnacleHealth.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Take a trip through American history with the American Girl Book Club. We will meet and discuss a different American Girl and learn about her time period each month.  Please read the book prior to attending; dolls are welcome but not required. Snack and Craft included. Register once for all three sessions starting August 25, for grades 1-3 only.  September 5 - Meet Kaya, October 3 - Meet Felicity, November 7 - Meet Caroline


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 - 11:00 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

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.

No registration required. Meets one Thursday morning per month. 

 


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 4:00pm

Thursdays from 4 pm – 5 pm, Lower Lobby  

Beginning in October, homework assistance to students in grades 1-5 will be available at the library.  Volunteer helpers are experienced educators who can assist 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. If Thursday does not work for a student, we will try to make arrangements on an individual basis to meet another weekday. No sessions are held during holiday weeks or when the library is closed. Sessions are held at the East Pennsboro Branch by appointment.  Please call the Children's Library to register or if you have any questions.

 


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:30pm

Thursday evenings October 5 - November 9 (no class 10/26) 

6:30 to 7:45 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Ages 1 - 31/2 years and siblings birth - 5 years are welcome.

Family Play Workshop is a five week program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers with their children ages 1 - 31/2 years to enjoy playtime, relaxation, socialization and to develop new skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with local resource professionals during each session on a variety of topics including child development, nutrition, speech, language and hearing and more!  Registration begins Sept. 21 and space is limited.  All participants are encouraged to have a library card. 

 


Friday, November 10, 2017 - 9:30am

Friday mornings October 6 - November 10 (no class 10/27) 

9:30 to 10:45 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Ages 1 - 31/2 years and siblings birth - 5 years are welcome.

Family Play Workshop is a five week program that invites parents, grandparents and caregivers with their children ages 1 - 31/2 years to enjoy playtime, relaxation, socialization and to develop new skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet with local resource professionals during each session on a variety of topics including child development, nutrition, speech, language and hearing and more!  Registration begins Sept. 21 and space is limited.  All participants are encouraged to have a library card. 

 


Friday, November 10, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm – 7:15 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Do you dream of drawing? Dazzle your friends with your detailed doodles? Learn about different artists with this special exploration of art history! For aspiring artists ages 8-12. Children will explore a different artist and their work each month and then get messy with a craft. Registration is required and begins two weeks prior to each session. 


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:00am

November 13 through December 8 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us for a cozy and entertaining story time for children ages birth - K and the family members they love. Registration is required and sessions last for four weeks each as follows: [Times TBD]. Register Oct. 31 for the Baby and Me and Nov. 1 for all others. Registration includes ALL sessions

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.

Threes – Stories, songs and fingerplays for three year olds with an adult.

Picture Book Time - Children ages 4 years-K sit by themselves for 30-45 minutes to listen to age appropriate stories, songs, and fingerplays.

 

 


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 am - 10:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

In this two-part series parents will be learning the art of infant massage and be guided through instruction on how to massage their own babies. The class will be taught by Wendy Spicer, a certified infant massage instructor, from PinnacleHealth's Infant Development Program.  Understanding and beginning touch early in life can improve the quality of parenting and family life as well as promoting the well-being of the infant. The program contains such critical elements of bonding as eye-to eye contact, smiling, soothing vocal sounds,loving touch,caressing,smell, and mutual interaction.

 

Bring a soft comfortable blanket to lay your baby on and dress baby in easy to remove clothing. Parents will receive a bottle of massage oil and stroke book. Infants under 1 year with caregiver. Registration begins October 23 and is limited to 15. Sponsored by PinnacleHealth.


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 6:30pm

One Monday a month, based on school district, at 6:30 pm during the 2017/18 school year.

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 attending these school districts are welcome:

Camp Hill (Hoover Elementary)

East Pennsboro (West Creek Hills and East Pennsboro Elementary )

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

Cumberland Valley (Shaull, Hampden, and Sporting Hill)

Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018 will do kindergarten readiness activities, hear stories, have parachute fun, and work with colors, numbers, letters, sorting, rhyming and science. Children may meet other future students and make early friendships!  Registration starts July 31st with the first session starting Aug 28th. Sessions run one hour.

 


Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:30pm
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level
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.

Registration begins Oct. 31. Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten.

 

 


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 4:00pm

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Did you miss our popular program last spring? We're holding it again! Come explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with us at the library! Each session will be led by an engaging presenter who will explore a different aspect of science with children in grades K-5.

Registration is required and begins two weeks prior to each session.

 


Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 12:30pm
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level
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.

Registration begins Oct. 31. Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten.

 

 


Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 4:00pm

Thursdays from 4 pm – 5 pm, Lower Lobby  

Beginning in October, homework assistance to students in grades 1-5 will be available at the library.  Volunteer helpers are experienced educators who can assist 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. If Thursday does not work for a student, we will try to make arrangements on an individual basis to meet another weekday. No sessions are held during holiday weeks or when the library is closed. Sessions are held at the East Pennsboro Branch by appointment.  Please call the Children's Library to register or if you have any questions.

 


Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 7:45 pm in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Specially trained dogs from K-PETs will be at the library to listen to children read aloud. This program is helpful to children who may be shy or reluctant to read aloud.  For readers 12 and under with registration starting two weeks prior.

 


Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 1:00pm

1 pm - 4 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

The Friends of Fredricksen Library Annual Silent Auction is a great way to start your holiday shopping while at the same time supporting the library. Come and browse and bid on the many gift items, gift cards, collectibles and much more! Stay tuned for the auction list and keep an eye on our front lobby display case featuring this year's items.


Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Explore myths, legends, and tales from the ancient world and different cultures through story, music, art, or science. It all depends on the tale. Is it a myth, is it a legend, or is it fact? Hmm. What is the answer? Coming this fall: What is Pandora's box? Who is Narcissus? Why is Arachne an arachnid?

Registration required and starts two weeks prior to each session. For ages 8-12.


Monday, November 20, 2017 - 9:00am

November 13 through December 8 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us for a cozy and entertaining story time for children ages birth - K and the family members they love. Registration is required and sessions last for four weeks each as follows: [Times TBD]. Register Oct. 31 for the Baby and Me and Nov. 1 for all others. Registration includes ALL sessions

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.

Threes – Stories, songs and fingerplays for three year olds with an adult.

Picture Book Time - Children ages 4 years-K sit by themselves for 30-45 minutes to listen to age appropriate stories, songs, and fingerplays.

 

 


Monday, November 20, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

A mathematical concept is blended with a musical component. We will start with a story book related to the program, play a game or complete an activity demonstrating and teaching how the two ideas work with each other (Such as how rhythm is also fractions) and complete a craft. For ages 5-8 (K-2) with registration starting two weeks prior to each session.


Monday, November 20, 2017 - 6:30pm

One Monday a month, based on school district, at 6:30 pm during the 2017/18 school year.

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 attending these school districts are welcome:

Camp Hill (Hoover Elementary)

East Pennsboro (West Creek Hills and East Pennsboro Elementary )

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

Cumberland Valley (Shaull, Hampden, and Sporting Hill)

Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018 will do kindergarten readiness activities, hear stories, have parachute fun, and work with colors, numbers, letters, sorting, rhyming and science. Children may meet other future students and make early friendships!  Registration starts July 31st with the first session starting Aug 28th. Sessions run one hour.

 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:30pm
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level
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.

Registration begins Oct. 31. Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten.

 

 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 4:30pm

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

The Día Family Book Club is a reading program that engages children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality. Through shared discussion and reflection, families will explore themes and issues that matter, and learn how to help their child to both enjoy and better understand literature. Additionally, the Día Family Book Club provides families with opportunities to learn together and collaborate in their children’s learning and reading development. Together they will employ useful strategies for reading and analyzing stories, learn new vocabulary and comprehension skills, and develop and nurture the habits and practices of critical thinking. For grades 2-5 with registration starting two weeks prior to each session.

 


Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 4:00pm

4:00 to 5:00 pm in Candy’s Kitchen, Lower Level (meet at Children’s Desk)

Become a master chef and learn cooking techniques in our brand new library kitchen! Kids will learn cooking and food safety as well as fun recipes they can make for their families! Please let us know any allergies when registering. For ages 9-12 with registration required starting two weeks prior to each session. 

 


Friday, November 24, 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, November 27, 2017 - 9:00am

November 13 through December 8 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us for a cozy and entertaining story time for children ages birth - K and the family members they love. Registration is required and sessions last for four weeks each as follows: [Times TBD]. Register Oct. 31 for the Baby and Me and Nov. 1 for all others. Registration includes ALL sessions

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.

Threes – Stories, songs and fingerplays for three year olds with an adult.

Picture Book Time - Children ages 4 years-K sit by themselves for 30-45 minutes to listen to age appropriate stories, songs, and fingerplays.

 

 


Monday, November 27, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Participants will gather to build Legos individually and in groups both through challenges and times of free play. For grades 3 – 6 with registration beginning two weeks prior.


Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:30pm

One Monday a month, based on school district, at 6:30 pm during the 2017/18 school year.

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 attending these school districts are welcome:

Camp Hill (Hoover Elementary)

East Pennsboro (West Creek Hills and East Pennsboro Elementary )

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

Cumberland Valley (Shaull, Hampden, and Sporting Hill)

Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2018 will do kindergarten readiness activities, hear stories, have parachute fun, and work with colors, numbers, letters, sorting, rhyming and science. Children may meet other future students and make early friendships!  Registration starts July 31st with the first session starting Aug 28th. Sessions run one hour.

 


Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 1:30pm

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Imagine, design, construct! Building with blocks strengthens STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) abilities. Blocks offer children an almost infinite variety of opportunities to express themselves, from constructing simple designs to veritable engineering feats of bridge building. Children will have fun as they develop critical thinking, teamwork and motor and communication skills. Come join us for an afternoon of fun and creativity with blocks! For children ages 3 – 6 years and their caregivers. Registration begins two weeks prior to each session and is limited to 10 children.   

One hour Block Parties, made available through a cruise into Kindergarten program grant from The Office of Commonwealth Libraries, will be held one Tuesday a month.  

 


Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 10:00am

10:00 am to ­­­­10:45 am at Country Meadows

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, November 30, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 to 11:00 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

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. Meets one Thursday a month. 

 


Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 4:00pm

Thursdays from 4 pm – 5 pm, Lower Lobby  

Beginning in October, homework assistance to students in grades 1-5 will be available at the library.  Volunteer helpers are experienced educators who can assist 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. If Thursday does not work for a student, we will try to make arrangements on an individual basis to meet another weekday. No sessions are held during holiday weeks or when the library is closed. Sessions are held at the East Pennsboro Branch by appointment.  Please call the Children's Library to register or if you have any questions.

 


Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

A special story time for children and their stuffed animal friends! Children are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal friend they can feel comfortable leaving overnight in the library. When story time is over and the library closes for the evening, the staff will take pictures of the stuffed animals enjoying their sleepover and will post the pictures online so the children can see what their stuffed animals are up to when the lights go out and the humans leave. Stuffed animals will be available to be picked up when the library opens again on Thursday, December 1. For ages 3-5.  Registration starts November 16 and is limited to 25.


Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

Thursday evenings from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

A time for children and adults to have uninterrupted play time.  Children have the opportunity to play with toys in several developmental areas such as fine and gross motor, dramatic play, blocks, books, music and more! It’s also a time for parents to meet and socialize. We will not have an art experience or resource person like in Family Play Workshop.  Children ages 1 to 3 1/2 and siblings birth to 5 are welcome.  Children over 5 are not permitted for safety reasons. Registration begins Nov. 16.

 


Friday, December 1, 2017 - 9:30am

Friday mornings from 9:30 am -11:00 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

A time for children and adults to have uninterrupted play time.  Children have the opportunity to play with toys in several developmental areas such as fine and gross motor, dramatic play, blocks, books, music and more! It’s also a time for parents to meet and socialize. We will not have an art experience or resource person like in Family Play Workshop.  Children ages 1 to 3 1/2 and siblings birth to 5 are welcome.  Children over 5 are not permitted for safety reasons. Registration begins Nov. 16.

 


Friday, December 1, 2017 - 6:30pm

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

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.


Monday, December 4, 2017 - 9:00am

November 13 through December 8 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Join us for a cozy and entertaining story time for children ages birth - K and the family members they love. Registration is required and sessions last for four weeks each as follows: [Times TBD]. Register Oct. 31 for the Baby and Me and Nov. 1 for all others. Registration includes ALL sessions

Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.

Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.

Threes – Stories, songs and fingerplays for three year olds with an adult.

Picture Book Time - Children ages 4 years-K sit by themselves for 30-45 minutes to listen to age appropriate stories, songs, and fingerplays.

 

 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 12:30pm
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level
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.

Registration begins Oct. 31. Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten.

 

 


Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Bring your favorite male role model for a ballet class. We'll learn some dance moves and a selection from the Nutcracker. Please wear socks or ballet slippers and comfy clothing. Tutus are optional for both Daddies and Daughters. For children ages 6 – 12.  Registration begins Nov. 21.


Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 4:30pm

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

It began "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away"... Now STAR WARS is a fundamental touchstone of our culture. Join us for this "immersive experience" celebrating the beloved fantasy franchise. Included will be crafts, games, music and highlighted books! (Kids are invited to wear their Star Wars/science fiction themed costumes) May The Force Be With You! For ages 3 – 6. Registration begins November 22.


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