Friends of Fredricksen Book Sales & Events


The Haunting of Hill House

Murder Mystery Play

@ Oyster Mill Playhouse

hosted by the Friends of Fredricksen

Tuesday, October 2

6:30 pm – Reception & Basket Raffle

7:30 pm – Curtain

Tickets are $25.00. (Limited #) at the reference desk, or call (717) 761-3900 x 236.

Play Summary: Cut off from the outside world by it’s remote location and shunned by all who know its forbidding and sinister reputation, Hill House has remained empty and silent. It’s isolation is broken by the arrival of Dr. Montague, who has been granted a short lease by the present owner. His mission is to delve into the morbid history of the house and to come to grips with the occult forces that have made it uninhabitable for many years. He is joined by three unacquainted others who each have their reason for accepting his invitation. The visitors have all come to probe the secrets of the old house and to draw forth the mysterious powers that it is alleged to possess–powers which have brought madness and death to those who have lived there in the past.

Get your tickets NOW and you could WIN!  The Friends of Fredricksen are having a Basket Raffle in conjunction with the Murder Mystery Play, The Haunting of Hill House they are hosting @ Oyster Mill Playhouse - Tuesday, October 2nd.  Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 at the Reference Desk. The baskets are on display at Fredricksen Library until Oct. 2. The winning tickets for the baskets will be drawn at the play, October 2. You need not be present to win.  (CLICK HERE or on the image below to see larger photos of the baskets!)


YOU could WIN one of these FIVE Baskets...


1. Coffee, Book and Window Basket!

For the literature lover with YOUR CHOICE of a Fredricksen Library Stained Glass Window Replica, journals, library note cards, coffee mugs, gift cards, books, and a few surprises.  Courtesy of the Friends of Fredricksen, Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Cornerstone Coffeehouse, Pennsylvania Cable Network, and Fredricksen Library.

2. WINE Lovers Basket!

This is your chance to stock up your wine rack! Included in this basket are the following five wines: Havens Winery Black & Blue (2013, red), Lea Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills (2014, red), Robert Mondavi Winery Fumé Blanc Oakville (2014, white), Chateau D’Esclans ‘Whispering Angel’ (2017, rosé), and finally Morgan Estate Highlands Chard (2016, white).

3. Lucky Lottery Basket!

Feeling lucky? Get your coins ready to scratch off more than $50 dollars’ worth of lottery tickets and your very own Gus! As our friend Gus says, “Keep on Scratchin’!”

4. Happy Halloween Basket!

Everything you need to get your house ready for Halloween is in this basket! From candy and cookies to spiders, autumn decor and window clings to a Halloween wreath, this basket has it all!

5. Roger That! Photography Session!

One Family or Senior Portrait Session. Up to 2 hours at 1 location.

Includes ten edited digital images; private link to online images (including all proofs). Prints, DVD not included. Value: $250



Download the Friends brochure

Friends of Fredricksen Fall Book & Media Sale

September 20 through September 23

Thursday, September 20 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Special Preview Sale!

(Children's Sale upstairs - OPEN to the public Thursday)

September 21 from 9:00 am to 8:30 pm

September 22 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

September 23 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm – BAG SALE!


Thursday - Belle and Rapunzel 2pm - 4pm

Friday - Moana and Ariel 4pm - 6pm

Saturday - Snow White and Elsa 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Sunday - Tinkerbell and Cinderella 1:30pm - 3:30pm


You may purchase sale items on Thursday, September 20 from 2:00 to 7:00 pm if you join or are a current member of the Friends, a library volunteer, or staff member of Fredricksen Library. The membership brochure is downloadable above from this webpage.  The Children's Sale is open to the public all 4 days.

The public sale begins Friday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. and includes media, puzzles and games, parent and teacher materials, children’s, teens, and adult books (small-sized paperbacks, 50 cents; larger trade paperbacks, $1.00; hardbacks, $2.00).  A few unusual and collectible editions are sold at special prices.

For the Sunday BAG SALE,  the minimum charge for admission (including browsing) is $10.00 entitling you to two Friends-supplied bags (no personal bags, please) for $10.00. There is no limitation on the number of two-bags-for-$10.00 that may be purchased.  Come and stock up on your reading, viewing, and listening needs for the fall!  All proceeds from the Book Sale benefit the library.


The Friends of Fredricksen Library serve three functions:

to advocate for library funding with local legislators; to raise funds to help meet the costs of special programming and new equipment; and to volunteer time at the library.

Special thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donated items and services to the 2017 Silent Auction. Proceeds from last year’s book sales and Silent Auction have been dispersed this year to fund Children’s, Teen, and Adult Programing, a popcorn machine, new book carts, Staff and Volunteer recognition, a new refrigerator and stack cutting machine, Book Pages (a monthly adult book reviewing paper), and two new chip enabled devices as well as a donation to the Building Fund to help with funding the new lower level entrance.



Officers     Committees

Lee Johnson – Acting President

Linda Dalton - Vice President

Barrett Sheridan – Secretary

Diane Myers - Treasurer 



Book Sales

Silent Auction




Download the Friends brochure


Book Sales

The profits from the semi-annual sales have been used for:

  • The self-check unit in the Pollock Children’s Library
  • Shelving units and other equipment requested by the Library staff
  • Programs in the Pollock Children’s Library
  • Teen events at Fredricksen
  • Meeting our building fund pledge

book saleWhen you leave your donations at the reference desk, the first step is a quick review by the staff to see if your item might meet a need in the circulating collection or be appropriate for the ongoing book sale. The majority of the books are then sorted by teams of volunteers from the Friends. Once the materials have been sorted, they are packed and stored until the week of the sale.

During the week of the sale, an army of volunteers is needed to erect tables, move books from storage on to the tables, arrange the books so that our shoppers can find the perfect item, and then staff the sale. Finally, when the sale is over, all remaining items are packed for distribution to others who can make use of them:

  • East Pennsboro Friends for their sale
  • Charitable organizations working with children and adults
  • Veterans
  • Overseas missions
  • Day care centers
  • Other libraries

The golden rule when considering a donation is “Would I give this to a Friend?”

The donations appreciated are:

  • Children’s or teen books
  • hard cover fiction or non-fiction
  • dictionaries or thesauruses
  • media in working condition, such as, DVD, music cd, books on cd, video games
  • mass market paperbacks (in “like new” condition copyright 1980 or newer)
  • trade (large) paperbacks
  • textbooks (copyright within 10 years)
  • travel books (copyright within 5 years)
  • large print books.

Please re-evaluate your donations if they:

  • are moldy, dirty or water-damaged
  • have damaged or missing pages
  • have excessive highlighting or markings

Materials that would be better donated to another charity of your choice:

  • academic journals
  • activity books
  • advanced readers copy
  • directories
  • telephone books
  • encyclopedias
  • Magazines
  • LP records
  • VHS tapes
  • Cassettes
  • Harlequin romance paperbacks
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed books

Thank you for your help in making our book and media sales so successful. The Friends of Fredricksen Library is a 501(c)(3) organization, so your donations may be deductible on your federal income taxes.


donationsDonation Station @ Fredricksen First Saturday of every month from 1 pm to 3 pm. The Friends of Fredricksen have established Donation Station on the first Saturday of every month from 1 pm to 3 pm to process the donation of books and media for our Spring and Fall Book sales. Volunteers will be able to assist unloading your donations. We hope to provide convenience to you, our donors, and streamline our process for donations. During Donation Station hours, please park on the Walnut Street side parking area at the lower level employee entrance door. Donations at all other times can be given at the reference desk.

Page Updated: 

August 1, 2018

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