Children's Events @ Fredricksen


Spring Story times! - 6-week sessions

March 13 through April 21 in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level
Join us at these age appropriate programs that promote literacy and provide a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension and ability to interact socially.  Watch for specific day and times.
Just Baby & Me Ages 0-2 with an adult, rhymes, songs and board books.
Monday  - 9:30 am, Tuesday - 10:15 am, Thursday - 9:30 am & 10:15 am, Friday - 11:00 am
Twos – Songs, rhymes and easy books for children age two with an adult.
Monday - 10:30 am, Tuesday - 9:30 am, Wednesday - 9:30 am & 10:15 am
Threes – Stories, songs and fingerplays for three year olds with an adult.
Tuesday - 11:00 am, Wednesday - 11:00 am, Friday - 10:15 am
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 - 1:15 pm, Friday - 9:30 am
Registration is required and begins Feb. 27 for Just Baby & Me, Feb. 28 for Twos, Threes and Picture Book Time
 

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. 

 

 

Page Updated: 

February 21, 2017

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Monday, May 1, 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 Hoover Elementary in Camp Hill School District will meet the first Monday of the month. Sessions will be moved to Wednesday on holiday weeks. Registration starts Aug. 1 with the first session starting Aug. 29. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.

 


Friday, May 5, 2017 - 6:30pm

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

Volunteers 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.

 


Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00am

11:00 am - 12:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Want to easily make a point about the importance of good manners? Bring your 6- to 12- year old children or grandchildren to the library for brunch featuring an entertaining lesson in etiquette! Marcia Wharton, nationally known speaker on Professional Polish and Alison Coppock, local storyteller, present a humorous vignette titled Good vs. Not-So-Good Manners.  This short skit will be followed by a delicious brunch to please palates of grown-ups and children alike. The program is designed to teach important manners, make everyone laugh, and enjoy an excellent brunch! 

Fundamentals of how to be a guest, how to host and how to behave at the table will be demonstrated.  

Children must be accompanied by an adult. $20 person (child & adult).  Reservations accepted at the Reference or Circulation Desks.  Maximum of 40 participants.  

For more information, call 717-761-3900 ext. 244.


Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:30pm

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

Participants will gather to build individually and in groups both through challenges and times of free play. For grades 4 – 6 with registration starting April 24 (May 8 class) and May 8 (May 22 class).


Monday, May 8, 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 West Creek Hills and East Pennsboro Elementary in the East Pennsboro School District will meet the second Monday of the month. Sessions will be moved to Wednesday on holiday weeks. Registration starts Aug. 1 with the first session starting Sept 12. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.

 


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 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 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. 
One hour Play K sessions will be held every other Tuesday February 14th thru May 9th (program extended due to 3/14 cancellation) from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Registration begins January 31 and is limited to 10 children.  

 

Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten.


Wednesday, May 10, 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. 

Thursday, May 11, 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 April 13.

 


Thursday, May 11, 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, May 12, 2017 - 9:30am

Friday mornings from 9:30 am to 11 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 April 13.

 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 9:45am

9:45 am – 10:45 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level (NOTE TIME CHANGE TO 9:45 am for MAY)

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!

One hour Block Parties will also be held on April 5 and May 17 from 9:30-10:30 am.  Registration is required and limited to 10 children.  Registration begins March 1, March 22 and May 3. Sponsored by The Office of Commonwealth Libraries as part of Cruise into Kindergarten.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 4:00pm

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

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. Registration is required and begins on May 1. Open to children in grades K-5.

May session presented in partnership with the Franklin Institute.

 


Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30pm

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

Specially trained dogs 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 age 12 and under with registration starting two weeks prior.  

 


Friday, May 19, 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, May 22, 2017 - 4:30pm

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

Participants will gather to build individually and in groups both through challenges and times of free play. For grades 4 – 6 with registration starting April 24 (May 8 class) and May 8 (May 22 class).


Monday, May 22, 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 Highland, Washington Heights and Lower Allen Elementrary in the West Shore  School District will meet the third Monday of the month. Sessions will be moved to Wednesday on holiday weeks. Registration starts Aug. 1 with the first session starting Sept 19. Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Centric Bank and Davis Vision Inc.

 

 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 9:30am

9:30 - 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 Wednesday a month. 

 


Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm in the Ruggaber Community 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 February 28, for grades 3 & 4 only.

 

March 23 - Meet Kaya, April 27 - Meet Felicity, May 25 - Meet Caroline

 


Thursday, May 25, 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 April 13.

 


Thursday, May 25, 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, May 26, 2017 - 9:30am

Friday mornings from 9:30 am to 11 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 April 13.

 


Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:30pm

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

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

 

Program also offered on April 28 and May 26. Registration starting Feb. 28, March 24 (April session) and April 27 (May session).

 

 


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 Trucks, 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.  


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