Adult Events @Fredricksen

Device Advice

By Appointment only - Tuesdays from 10 am - 12 pm and Thursdays from 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm

Reference Desk, Main Floor

We are pleased to offer free one-on-one consultations for up to an hour to help you navigate the basics of your eDevice! Just call in to reserve up to one hour with one of our trained Reference Librarians who will assist you with downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks, as well as offer basic help with your tablet. You must have the device, login name and password with you for your appointment. To reserve a time slot, call 717-761-3900 x225. 


 

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August 1, 2018
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Community Room, lower level

Fredricksen Library has teamed up with Penn State Master Gardeners to bring you a series of workshops that will show you how to garden with nature.  Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Penn State Extension to provide research-based home gardening information to the public. 

Questions about pruning are among those most frequently asked of Master Gardeners. Join Pat Welfley, Penn State Master Gardener, to learn HOW and WHEN to prune woody ornamentals, including both evergreen and deciduous flowering trees and shrubs. A hands-on demonstration will be included. Bring your pruning questions, photos, and samples. Workshops are $5.00 each. Please register by calling 1-877-345-0691. Walk-ins are accepted if space is available.

In partnership with the Master Gardeners, this year's series will meet the third Tuesday of every month through October. 


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:00am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:00am

11 am – 1 pm Upper level, near the Reference Desk

New for 2019! We are pleased to announce that UPMC Pinnacle is now partnering with Fredricksen Library to offer free Blood Pressure Screenings the first and third Thursday of every month. For your convenience, three parking spaces are reserved near the main entrance.

 


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:15am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 

Community Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:30am

Language at the Library  

First and Third Thursdays: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 1:00pm

Language at the Library  

First and Third Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Friday, March 22, 2019 - 2:00pm

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

FROM IRELAND/THE USA: Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Rated PG-13. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

 


Friday, March 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

FROM IRELAND/THE USA: Lured by the promise of America, Eilis departs Ireland and the comfort of her mother's home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Rated PG-13. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

 


Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 3:00pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Join your community as we discuss this year's One Book, One Community choice: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann. In the 1920s members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma began to be killed off.  As the death toll surpassed more than twenty-four Osage, the newly created F.B.I. took up the case, in what became one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations. A true-life murder mystery about one of the most monstrous crimes in American history. You must have read or listened to the book to participate. Registration begins February 1.

 


Monday, March 25, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Monday, March 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. This month we'll be reading the Longwood Gardens Community Reads choice, The Triumph of Seeds. This book takes us on a fascinating scientific adventure through the wild and beautiful world of seeds and is hailed as informative, humane, hilarious, and even moving. You must have read or listened to the book to participate. Registration begins February 1.

 


Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Are you struggling with your devices or would like more information about them? There are so many aspects built into the software of smart phones and tablets that we just don’t know exist. We will discuss and implement at least two hidden gems that will become part of your individual device. This is intended for iPhone and iPad, but other brands of tablets or phones are welcome. Just bring your device, make sure you know any password needed to open it, and explore some settings with us! Barry from SeniorTechTutor.com will be your guide. Ages 45 and up, please. Registration begins February 15. 

 


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:00am

Language at the Library  

Second and Fourth Thursdays: 9:00 am - 9:45 am 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:00am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 11:15am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 

Community Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:30pm

Language at the Library  

Second and Fourth Thursdays: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

2:00 - 4:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we now offer monthly historic German films on the fourth Thursday of each month. There will be no English subtitles offered, so some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through the film, to help you understand the plot. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning.  No registration necessary.


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 5:00pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

This class is designed for those who have already taken Italian for Beginners I or who have an equivalent knowledge. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. If you are unsure if you would fit in the class, we will connect you with the instructor to determine what's right for you. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 6:30pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

Designed for learners who have had little or no previous exposure to the Italian language, the fun and relaxed environment will get you working on the basics of Italian grammar and conversation. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each and participants are invited to plan on attending at least two sessions to gain a basic grasp of the language. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. She travels to Italy every year to reconnect with her family, her culture and her beautiful country. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 1:30pm

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

Come join the Ladies of DIY, professional crafters, as they lead you through making some new porch décor for Spring! We'll have options for different projects, so keep an eye out for examples!  Basic supplies provided by the library. $7.50 per person, ages 16 and older. Register in person, on the phone or online here beginning March 1.

 


Monday, April 1, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Monday, April 1, 2019 - 1:00pm

Eight sessions: every other Monday, starting February 4

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting expert speakers in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by Foreign Policy Association's panel of experts.

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, this year's discussions will meet every other Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm (2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13). Registration now open online.

Discussion topics remaining are:

~Decoding U.S.- China Trade (4/1)

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

~Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics (4/15)

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

~The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested (4/29)

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

~State of the State Department and Diplomacy (5/13)

During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?

Discussion topics can also be found here


Monday, April 1, 2019 - 6:45pm

6:45 pm to 8:45 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Come join us at this writers group that provides aspiring writers a forum for their literary work and feedback from their peers in a respectful and friendly environment. This is a chance for you to grow in your craft and help others improve in the art of writing.  The group meets the first and third Monday of most months.  Attendance is free, but registration is advised as there is limited seating.  If you are not ready to share your writing, feel free to observe and listen or even offer your comments during one of our scheduled meetings.  Registration begins March 1.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 10:00am

10:00 am - 11:00 am in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

Curl up with the Classics with our daytime book discussions. Louisa May Alcott's Little Women explores such timeless themes as love and death, war and peace, the conflict between personal ambition and family responsibilities, and the clash of cultures between Europe and America. You must have read or listened to the book to participate. Registration begins February 1.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: April 2 - May 21

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Board Room, Lower level

NAtalie Craumer NOvel WRIting MOnths. Why wait until November? Begin your write-athon as you work toward the goal of writing 50,000 words. Join author Catherine Jordan for a creative approach to writing that novel, novella, or long short story. Plan your premise, receive inspiration and encouragement, work through writer’s block, earn certificates and token prizes, and gain feedback. Participants will need email access. Registration for new students begins March 1- please register by calling 717-761-3900 x225. Registration now open.

 


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

The lack of proper estate, financial and long term care planning can exact a serious emotional and financial toll upon your family. Attorney Brian J. Hinkle from Mette, Evans & Woodside and Anthony M. Conte from Conte Wealth Advisors will address estate, financial and long term care planning issues that affect all of us as we grow older. Topics that Attorney Hinkle and Mr. Conte will address during this seminar include the need for basic estate planning documents and various strategies available for planning for retirement and long term care. Attorney Hinkle and Mr. Conte will also answer questions that attendees may have. No registration needed.
 
Learn About 
• Tax and property transfer consequences of not having a will
• Creating a trust and the potential benefits
• Financial planning basics
• Power of Attorney issues
• Planning for Retirement and Long Term Care
 
PRESENTERS: 
Attorney Brian J. Hinkle, Mette Evans & Woodside
Brian Hinkle has devoted his career to guiding his clients through the nuances of proactive legal planning. His work assisting individuals encompasses estate and trust planning, including consideration of any related tax implications. He is a member of the Central Pennsylvania Estate Planning Council and frequent presenter on estate and trust issues, estate planning, long-term care planning and special needs planning. 
 
Anthony M. Conte, MSFS, CEPA, CFP®, Conte Wealth Advisors 
With 15 years of experience as a financial planner and wealth manager, Tony co-owns his financial planning practice, Conte Wealth Advisors, with his father, Frank Conte.  As a third generation family business owner, Tony now works with the grandchildren of his grandfather’s clients.  
In support of the belief that your financial advisory relationship is only as valuable as the education and credentials of your advisor, Tony has been awarded a Masters Degree in Financial Services from St. Joseph’s University’s Haub School of business, the Certified Financial Planner certification, and the Certified Exit Planning Advisor certification.

Tony and his team are independent advisors who serve as your fiduciary, and he specializes in multi-generational planning and planning and investment strategies serving the complex personal and professional lives of small and medium sized business owners.

 


Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 1:00pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Join us for our new book discussion series, Moving Forward, geared towards those who have suffered a loss or tragedy and could use an infusion of hope. In cooperation with Hospice of Central PA, we will be reading books focusing on the redemptive power of the human spirit.

April’s choice is Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose by Joe Biden. Promise Me, Dad chronicles the year that followed the uncertain diagnosis for Beau Biden, Joe and Jill Biden's eldest son. This is a book written not just by the vice president, but by a father, grandfather, friend, and husband. Promise Me, Dad is a story of how family and friendships sustain us and how hope, purpose, and action can guide us through the pain of personal loss into the light of a new future. You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Registration begins February 1. Ages 18 and older, please.

 


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:00am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:00am

11 am – 1 pm Upper level, near the Reference Desk

New for 2019! We are pleased to announce that UPMC Pinnacle is now partnering with Fredricksen Library to offer free Blood Pressure Screenings the first and third Thursday of every month. For your convenience, three parking spaces are reserved near the main entrance.

 


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:15am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 

Community Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 11:30am

Language at the Library  

First and Third Thursdays: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 1:00pm

Language at the Library  

First and Third Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 5:00pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

This class is designed for those who have already taken Italian for Beginners I or who have an equivalent knowledge. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. If you are unsure if you would fit in the class, we will connect you with the instructor to determine what's right for you. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

Designed for learners who have had little or no previous exposure to the Italian language, the fun and relaxed environment will get you working on the basics of Italian grammar and conversation. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each and participants are invited to plan on attending at least two sessions to gain a basic grasp of the language. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. She travels to Italy every year to reconnect with her family, her culture and her beautiful country. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

What can we do together to improve our world despite differences that we may have? How can we find common ground and work together productively (and peacefully), even though we may totally disagree politically or ideologically? Join us on the first Thursday of each month as Mike Travisano & Joe Brtalik facilitate deep discussion and dialogue employing communication techniques that provide a space for differing opinions to be heard safely, honorably, and respectfully. Each month a topic will be provided, but the conversation will largely be led by attendees.  Our discussions will focus on how we can learn from each other in order to find common ground and positively impact the world around us. Space is limited. Registration begins March 1. 

 

April's Topic:  When we don't agree - Handling Adversity & Giving/Receiving Feedback

Saving the World depends on our ability to communicate with each other when we don't agree - to be able to provide feedback effectively and to overcome adversity. We didn't get to this in our March meeting as planned, so we'll talk about adversity and feedback as our focus for April. We're going to also make a mindful attempt to keep the discussion on topics that are current and pressing - not philosophical or hypothetical.

 

As we've talked about, practice only works well with scenarios that are real, so in April, we'll practice giving and receiving feedback effectively with something right in front of us - THIS MEETUP. After reviewing a model for providing effective feedback, I'll ask for input regarding these discussions. We want these sessions to be meaningful and have value for you, so it is important for us to know your thoughts.

 

We'll also review the models we've presented so far and spend a significant amount of our time talking about tough conversations and adversity.

- What if someone disagrees with you?

- When should you walk away?

- What do you do when you can't walk away?

 

Meet the Discussion Leaders:

Joe Brtalik - Originally from Long Island, New York, Joe attended the Catholic Seminary before serving as a Communications Specialist in the Navy and then working in Executive Leadership for Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Joe received his Organization Leadership and Development training under Peter Senge and Fred Kofman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and built a consulting practice which led transformational change and leadership development initiatives throughout the country at such organizations as IBM, General Motors, and Johnson & Johnson. Additionally, Joe has been a successful restaurateur (with his two sons), written articles for multiple publications on the topics of leadership, groups, and teams, and participated in the Institute for the Healing of Racism. Joe lives with his wife near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has three children and seven grandchildren.

Mike TravisanoMike grew up in central Pennsylvania and received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Penn State University. He started his career in technology and business in Boston, and eventually moved back to central Pennsylvania, where in addition to working with IBM, he partnered with Joe Brtalik delivering organizational development training. Recently, Mike completed a four-year mission as an officer for the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome, Italy, whose goal is to eradicate rural poverty and hunger. Additionally, Mike had the pleasure to work with alanwatts.org on their project to collect, curate, and summarize the late philosopher's recorded lectures on topics such as Zen, Taoism, communications, and technology. Mike is also performing musician and composer and has released two albums of solo piano music as well as solo compositions for guitar. Mike lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, son, and funny little dog.

 

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

April 5, 2019 (1st and 3rd Fridays of each month)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, in the Small meeting Room, Lower Level

Interested in Dungeons & Dragons but wished it was less time-consuming? Here is your chance to try the Index Card Role Playing Game(ICRPG). Join us on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month while we play in this new format. The game play is shorter and more interactive,  the rules are simpler, there is minimal math involved, and it’s still a great time gaming together! Perfect for first-timers or gamers  with busy schedules, come give it a try as RPG expert/Game Master, Jon Langer, leads you through an evening of tabletop gaming.  Ages 18 and older, please. Registration for April sessions begins 3/1 – limited seating!

 


Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

First Saturday of every month

1 pm to 3 pm in the Lower Level Parking Lot

The Friends of Fredricksen will hold Donation Station on the first Saturday of every month to accept donations of books and media for their Book & Media Sales.  To drop off donations, please park in the lower parking lot nearest to the sidewalk.  Donations at all other times can be made at the Reference Desk whenever the Library is open.  Thank you for thinking of the Friends when you have extra books!

 


Sunday, April 7, 2019 (All day)

Sunday, April 7 – Saturday, April 13

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

 


Monday, April 8, 2019 (All day)

Sunday, April 7 – Saturday, April 13

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

 


Monday, April 8, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Monday, April 8, 2019 - 2:00pm

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

This round table discussion, led by Jim Logue, will apply the Socratic method to help delve into philosophical discussions and give you an opportunity to share your opinions in a neutral and respectful way without interruption. Each month the group will choose a philosophical issue and everyone attending will have the opportunity to learn and discuss with others in an open and respectful environment. What a great way to expand your mind and reach further with your thoughts! Ages 18 and up, please. Registration begins March 1.

The group will meet the second Monday of each month. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning.     


Monday, April 8, 2019 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Join us for an informal and fun gathering centered around knitting and crochet. Twisted Stitchers will meet on the 2nd Monday of each month. 16 years and older, please. Registration is now open.  When registering, please indicate which month's session you will be attending. Register online now.

 


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 (All day)

Sunday, April 7 – Saturday, April 13

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

 


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: April 2 - May 21

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Board Room, Lower level

NAtalie Craumer NOvel WRIting MOnths. Why wait until November? Begin your write-athon as you work toward the goal of writing 50,000 words. Join author Catherine Jordan for a creative approach to writing that novel, novella, or long short story. Plan your premise, receive inspiration and encouragement, work through writer’s block, earn certificates and token prizes, and gain feedback. Participants will need email access. Registration for new students begins March 1- please register by calling 717-761-3900 x225. Registration now open.

 


Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:20 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Test your knowledge of Pennsylvania trivia with John Maietta as we explore a wealth of fascinating facts from state history, popular culture, and current events.  You’ll learn about George Washington’s only battlefield surrender, the development of the world’s first electronic computer, and the exiled druggist who helped Mozart write his greatest comic operas.  You’ll find out why Pennsylvania can proudly lay claim to America’s first gas station, its oldest human settlement, and its biggest shoe. And you’ll leave with a new appreciation for the wacky, wonderful side of the great Keystone State. No registration necessary.

 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 (All day)

Sunday, April 7 – Saturday, April 13

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

 


Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:00am

2nd Wednesday of each month (Sept 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 12, Jan 9, Feb 13, Mar 13, Apr 10, May 8)

10:00 am – 11:00 am in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Join this monthly group as we explore the best American and English short stories.  Read and discuss two stories a month from The Oxford Book of English Short Stories. One-time fee of $20 for materials. Registration begins August 15.


Thursday, April 11, 2019 (All day)

Sunday, April 7 – Saturday, April 13

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

 


Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 9:00am

Language at the Library  

Second and Fourth Thursdays: 9:00 am - 9:45 am 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:00am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:15am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 

Community Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 12:30pm

Language at the Library  

Second and Fourth Thursdays: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 5:00pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

This class is designed for those who have already taken Italian for Beginners I or who have an equivalent knowledge. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. If you are unsure if you would fit in the class, we will connect you with the instructor to determine what's right for you. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

Designed for learners who have had little or no previous exposure to the Italian language, the fun and relaxed environment will get you working on the basics of Italian grammar and conversation. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each and participants are invited to plan on attending at least two sessions to gain a basic grasp of the language. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. She travels to Italy every year to reconnect with her family, her culture and her beautiful country. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Friday, April 12, 2019 (All day)

Sunday, April 7 – Saturday, April 13

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

 


Friday, April 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

FROM THE USA/JAPAN:  Bored Tokyo lady Setsuko breaks free of her monotonous life when her neice convinces her to enroll in an unorthodox English class. There, she adopts a blonde-haired alter ego name "Lucy" and develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). But after his sudden disappearance, Setsuko follows his trail halfway around the world to Southern California, where family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to fulfill the promise of "Lucy." This film is not rated. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

 


Friday, April 12, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

FROM THE USA/JAPAN:  Bored Tokyo lady Setsuko breaks free of her monotonous life when her neice convinces her to enroll in an unorthodox English class. There, she adopts a blonde-haired alter ego name "Lucy" and develops romantic feelings for her American instructor, John (Josh Hartnett). But after his sudden disappearance, Setsuko follows his trail halfway around the world to Southern California, where family ties and past lives are tested as she struggles to fulfill the promise of "Lucy." This film is not rated. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

 


Saturday, April 13, 2019 (All day)

Sunday, April 7 – Saturday, April 13

First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

 


Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm in the Atrium, Upper Level

We know what’s important in life: friends, waffles and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third. So bring your beautiful, talented, brilliant, powerful musk-ox-of-a friend with you to a night of Parks & Rec trivia! The doors at the library are closed and the glasses are empty, so make sure to bring your favorite drink along. We’ll provide popcorn, corkscrews, bottle openers and prizes! Cheaters Never Prosper will supply the Trivia fun! Cost: Free. Good will doation will be taken. Teams can be 1 - 6 people. Ages 21 & up. Register here beginning March 1.

 


Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 1:30pm

1:30 pm in the Atrium, Upper Level

We are thrilled to welcome back Hiroya Tsukamoto, a guitarist and composer from Japan (now based in New York). His highly-acclaimed "new folkloric music" has captured the attention of music critics everywhere.  He is not only a highly-skilled guitarist, but also a skilled songwriter, poetic spirit, and an engaging story teller. Come here his enchanting original compositions, as well as Japanese folk songs and stories. The Jazz Review said he has "...chops, passion and warmth. Zealously recommended!"  The Boston Herald said "Hiroya Tsukamoto takes us to an impressionistic journey."  Join us on the journey. No registration needed. Sponsored by the McCormick Family Foundation.

 


Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Monday, April 15, 2019 - 1:00pm

Eight sessions: every other Monday, starting February 4

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting expert speakers in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by Foreign Policy Association's panel of experts.

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, this year's discussions will meet every other Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm (2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13). Registration now open online.

Discussion topics remaining are:

~Decoding U.S.- China Trade (4/1)

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

~Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics (4/15)

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

~The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested (4/29)

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

~State of the State Department and Diplomacy (5/13)

During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?

Discussion topics can also be found here


Monday, April 15, 2019 - 6:45pm

6:45 pm to 8:45 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Come join us at this writers group that provides aspiring writers a forum for their literary work and feedback from their peers in a respectful and friendly environment. This is a chance for you to grow in your craft and help others improve in the art of writing.  The group meets the first and third Monday of most months.  Attendance is free, but registration is advised as there is limited seating.  If you are not ready to share your writing, feel free to observe and listen or even offer your comments during one of our scheduled meetings.  Registration begins March 1.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 10:00am

Winter Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (January 7 – April 16)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: April 2 - May 21

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Board Room, Lower level

NAtalie Craumer NOvel WRIting MOnths. Why wait until November? Begin your write-athon as you work toward the goal of writing 50,000 words. Join author Catherine Jordan for a creative approach to writing that novel, novella, or long short story. Plan your premise, receive inspiration and encouragement, work through writer’s block, earn certificates and token prizes, and gain feedback. Participants will need email access. Registration for new students begins March 1- please register by calling 717-761-3900 x225. Registration now open.

 


Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

Fredricksen Library has teamed up with Penn State Master Gardeners to bring you a series of workshops that will show you how to garden with nature.  Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Penn State Extension to provide research-based home gardening information to the public. Bees are the premier pollinator within our ecosystems. Join Susan Janton, Penn State Master Gardener, to learn about the life history, importance, and conservation of North American Native Bees in contrast to the European Honey Bee. Workshops are $5.00 each. Please register by calling 1-877-345-0691. Walk-ins are accepted if space is available.

In partnership with the Master Gardeners, this year's series will meet the third Tuesday of every month through October.


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 10:00am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:00am

11 am – 1 pm Upper level, near the Reference Desk

New for 2019! We are pleased to announce that UPMC Pinnacle is now partnering with Fredricksen Library to offer free Blood Pressure Screenings the first and third Thursday of every month. For your convenience, three parking spaces are reserved near the main entrance.

 


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:15am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 

Community Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:30am

Language at the Library  

First and Third Thursdays: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:00pm

Language at the Library  

First and Third Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 5:00pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

This class is designed for those who have already taken Italian for Beginners I or who have an equivalent knowledge. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. If you are unsure if you would fit in the class, we will connect you with the instructor to determine what's right for you. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 6:30pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

Designed for learners who have had little or no previous exposure to the Italian language, the fun and relaxed environment will get you working on the basics of Italian grammar and conversation. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each and participants are invited to plan on attending at least two sessions to gain a basic grasp of the language. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. She travels to Italy every year to reconnect with her family, her culture and her beautiful country. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Friday, April 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

April 19, 2019 (1st and 3rd Fridays of each month)

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, in the Small meeting Room, Lower Level

Interested in Dungeons & Dragons but wished it was less time-consuming? Here is your chance to try the Index Card Role Playing Game(ICRPG). Join us on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month while we play in this new format. The game play is shorter and more interactive,  the rules are simpler, there is minimal math involved, and it’s still a great time gaming together! Perfect for first-timers or gamers  with busy schedules, come give it a try as RPG expert/Game Master, Jon Langer, leads you through an evening of tabletop gaming.  Ages 18 and older, please. Registration for April sessions begins 3/1 – limited seating!

 

 


Monday, April 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. This month's book is by the bestselling author of A Man Called Ove. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world. You must have read or listened to the book to participate. Registration begins February 1.

 


Monday, April 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us as we celebrate women in history the old-fashioned way: with two short stories, vividly performed by professional actress Michèle LaRue. LaRue’s unique series of century-old American TALES WELL TOLD has garnered praise from New Jersey to Kentucky to Washington State: “It's difficult to find the words to describe the wonder of what you do!” “You could hear a pin drop!” “Riveting—twice—I would love to hear it again!”

 

Says LaRue, “This pairing of stories by Louisianan Kate Chopin and Ohioan Edna Ferber explores in fiction two dilemmas that women still face daily: Who comes first—my family or me? Where do I belong—at home or at work?” In Chopin’s poignant “A Pair of Silk Stockings,” widowed Mrs. Sommers takes an impromptu holiday from home. In Ferber’s “Representing T. A. Buck,” divorced “lady salesman” Emma McChesney longs for a life off the road. In both women—our ancestors—we see ourselves. No registration necessary.

 


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: April 2 - May 21

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Board Room, Lower level

NAtalie Craumer NOvel WRIting MOnths. Why wait until November? Begin your write-athon as you work toward the goal of writing 50,000 words. Join author Catherine Jordan for a creative approach to writing that novel, novella, or long short story. Plan your premise, receive inspiration and encouragement, work through writer’s block, earn certificates and token prizes, and gain feedback. Participants will need email access. Registration for new students begins March 1- please register by calling 717-761-3900 x225. Registration now open.

 


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

How does one write a good novel?  How does one go about self-publishing that novel today? How does one achieve over 110,000 downloads in one year?  How does one leverage success in the self-publishing arena to acquire a traditional publishing contract from a major publisher, complete with advance? Countless people through the years have asked local author, John Benedict, these questions.  Thanks to his 20 years’ experience in the writing and publishing process, he has learned many things—some unfortunately the hard way—and is here to share it with you!  No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, April 25, 2019 (All day)

April 25 - 28

Thursday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Special Preview Sale!

Friday, April 26 from 9 am to 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 27 from 1 pm to 5 pm

Sunday, April 28 from 1 pm to 4 pm – BAG SALE!

Support your library at the Friends Spring Book & Media Sale. You can get an early look at our sale items on Thursday, April 25th from 2 to 8:30 p.m. if you join or are a current member of the Friends, a library volunteer, or staff member of Fredricksen Library. Join the Friends and attend! The membership brochure is downloadable from our website.

The public sale begins Friday at 9 a.m. and includes dvds, other media, cds, puzzles and games, parent and teacher materials, children’s, teens, and adult books as well as a special table featuring coffee table books and interesting collectible editions. Prices range from 50 cents to $2 or $3 for hardback copies. Hours for the sale are: Friday 9 to 8:30, Saturday 1 to 5, and Sunday 1 to 4. Sunday is the BAG SALE – 2 bags for $10.00! ($10.00 minimum) Come and stock up on your reading, viewing, and listening needs for the spring!


Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 5:00pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

This class is designed for those who have already taken Italian for Beginners I or who have an equivalent knowledge. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. If you are unsure if you would fit in the class, we will connect you with the instructor to determine what's right for you. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 6:30pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

Designed for learners who have had little or no previous exposure to the Italian language, the fun and relaxed environment will get you working on the basics of Italian grammar and conversation. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each and participants are invited to plan on attending at least two sessions to gain a basic grasp of the language. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. She travels to Italy every year to reconnect with her family, her culture and her beautiful country. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Friday, April 26, 2019 (All day)

April 25 - 28

Thursday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Special Preview Sale!

Friday, April 26 from 9 am to 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 27 from 1 pm to 5 pm

Sunday, April 28 from 1 pm to 4 pm – BAG SALE!

Support your library at the Friends Spring Book & Media Sale. You can get an early look at our sale items on Thursday, April 25th from 2 to 8:30 p.m. if you join or are a current member of the Friends, a library volunteer, or staff member of Fredricksen Library. Join the Friends and attend! The membership brochure is downloadable from our website.

The public sale begins Friday at 9 a.m. and includes dvds, other media, cds, puzzles and games, parent and teacher materials, children’s, teens, and adult books as well as a special table featuring coffee table books and interesting collectible editions. Prices range from 50 cents to $2 or $3 for hardback copies. Hours for the sale are: Friday 9 to 8:30, Saturday 1 to 5, and Sunday 1 to 4. Sunday is the BAG SALE – 2 bags for $10.00! ($10.00 minimum) Come and stock up on your reading, viewing, and listening needs for the spring!


Friday, April 26, 2019 - 1:00pm

1:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Atrium, Upper Level

Help us welcome the Penn-Cumberland Garden Club by taking in the sights of their beautiful plants and horticulture specimens that are up for show! Scattered throughout the atrium for your enjoyment, the displays will be judged and then shown throughout the day. Enjoy them while shopping the Friends of Fredricksen Book Sale or judge the entries yourself to see if you agree with the official judges!

 


Saturday, April 27, 2019 (All day)

April 25 - 28

Thursday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Special Preview Sale!

Friday, April 26 from 9 am to 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 27 from 1 pm to 5 pm

Sunday, April 28 from 1 pm to 4 pm – BAG SALE!

Support your library at the Friends Spring Book & Media Sale. You can get an early look at our sale items on Thursday, April 25th from 2 to 8:30 p.m. if you join or are a current member of the Friends, a library volunteer, or staff member of Fredricksen Library. Join the Friends and attend! The membership brochure is downloadable from our website.

The public sale begins Friday at 9 a.m. and includes dvds, other media, cds, puzzles and games, parent and teacher materials, children’s, teens, and adult books as well as a special table featuring coffee table books and interesting collectible editions. Prices range from 50 cents to $2 or $3 for hardback copies. Hours for the sale are: Friday 9 to 8:30, Saturday 1 to 5, and Sunday 1 to 4. Sunday is the BAG SALE – 2 bags for $10.00! ($10.00 minimum) Come and stock up on your reading, viewing, and listening needs for the spring!


Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 1:00pm

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm in the Atrium, Upper Level

Help us welcome the Penn-Cumberland Garden Club by taking in the sights of their beautiful plants and horticulture specimens that are up for show! Scattered throughout the atrium for your enjoyment, the displays will be judged and then shown throughout the day. Enjoy them while shopping the Friends of Fredricksen Book Sale or judge the entries yourself to see if you agree with the official judges!

 


Sunday, April 28, 2019 (All day)

April 25 - 28

Thursday, April 25 from 2:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Special Preview Sale!

Friday, April 26 from 9 am to 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 27 from 1 pm to 5 pm

Sunday, April 28 from 1 pm to 4 pm – BAG SALE!

Support your library at the Friends Spring Book & Media Sale. You can get an early look at our sale items on Thursday, April 25th from 2 to 8:30 p.m. if you join or are a current member of the Friends, a library volunteer, or staff member of Fredricksen Library. Join the Friends and attend! The membership brochure is downloadable from our website.

The public sale begins Friday at 9 a.m. and includes dvds, other media, cds, puzzles and games, parent and teacher materials, children’s, teens, and adult books as well as a special table featuring coffee table books and interesting collectible editions. Prices range from 50 cents to $2 or $3 for hardback copies. Hours for the sale are: Friday 9 to 8:30, Saturday 1 to 5, and Sunday 1 to 4. Sunday is the BAG SALE – 2 bags for $10.00! ($10.00 minimum) Come and stock up on your reading, viewing, and listening needs for the spring!


Monday, April 29, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (April 29 - June 25)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:00pm

Eight sessions: every other Monday, starting February 4

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting expert speakers in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. Each year, eight topics are chosen by Foreign Policy Association's panel of experts.

In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, this year's discussions will meet every other Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm (2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13). Registration now open online.

Discussion topics remaining are:

~Decoding U.S.- China Trade (4/1)

Though arguably the most advanced economy in the world, the United States still uses centuries-old numbers to measure trade. These antique numbers mangle understanding of the U.S.-China trade relationship, shrinking America’s true economic size and competitiveness, while swelling China’s. Bad numbers give rise to bad policies that ultimately kill U.S. jobs and cede market share to China. What other tools can the United States employ to counter China’s unfair trade practices? There are several available, yet they remain mostly unused.

~Cyber Conflict and Geopolitics (4/15)

Cyber conflict is a new and continually developing threat, which can include foreign interference in elections, industrial sabotage and attacks on infrastructure. Russia has been accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential elections in the United States and China is highly committed to using cyberspace as a tool of national policy. Dealing with cyber conflict will require new ways of looking at 21st century warfare. Is the United States prepared to respond to such threats?

~The United States and Mexico: Partnership Tested (4/29)

The United States and Mexico have a long, intertwined history, with both countries prominently featured in each other’s politics and agendas. The war on drugs, immigration and trade issues have taxed the relationship over the years. What impact will new leadership in both countries have on this crucial partnership?

~State of the State Department and Diplomacy (5/13)

During the Trump administration, the usual ways of conducting diplomacy have been upended. Many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders such as Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin have been undertaken with little advance planning. What effect are these changes having now, and how will they affect ongoing relationships between the United States and its allies and adversaries?

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (April 29 - June 25)

10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Immigrants and refugees interested in applying for citizenship are invited to register for this series of classes that prepare students to pass the citizenship interview and test. Registration is free and run through Catholic Charities’ English as a Second Language program at 717-232-0568.

 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 6:30pm

Eight Tuesdays: April 2 - May 21

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Board Room, Lower level

NAtalie Craumer NOvel WRIting MOnths. Why wait until November? Begin your write-athon as you work toward the goal of writing 50,000 words. Join author Catherine Jordan for a creative approach to writing that novel, novella, or long short story. Plan your premise, receive inspiration and encouragement, work through writer’s block, earn certificates and token prizes, and gain feedback. Participants will need email access. Registration for new students begins March 1- please register by calling 717-761-3900 x225. Registration now open.

 


Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Two Tuesdays: April 30 & May 7

7:00 pm - 8:15 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join John Maietta for the drama, passion, song, and spectacle of opera.  Behind the curtain lie scandal, high finance, and calamity. You don’t have to be a diehard opera fan to enjoy this colorful glimpse of the musical and social history behind the grandest entertainment medium of all time. Highlighting the program will be short video excerpts from some of the world’s most popular operas. Your front-row seat is waiting! No registration necessary.

 


Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1:00pm

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Join us for our new book discussion series, Moving Forward, geared towards those who have suffered a loss or tragedy and could use an infusion of hope. In cooperation with Hospice of Central PA, we will be reading books focusing on the redemptive power of the human spirit. May’s choice is Clock Dance by Anne Tyler. A bittersweet novel of hope and regret, fulfillment and renewal, Clock Dance brings us the everyday life of a woman who decides it’s never too late to change direction, and choose your own path. You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Registration begins February 1. Ages 18 and older, please.

 


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:00am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 10:00 am - 11:00 am 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:00am

11 am – 1 pm Upper level, near the Reference Desk

New for 2019! We are pleased to announce that UPMC Pinnacle is now partnering with Fredricksen Library to offer free Blood Pressure Screenings the first and third Thursday of every month. For your convenience, three parking spaces are reserved near the main entrance.

 


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:15am

Language at the Library  

Every Thursday: 11:15 am - 12:00 pm 

Community Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:30am

Language at the Library  

First and Third Thursdays: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Language at the Library  

First and Third Thursdays: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Russian are all available throughout each month. Some experience in the language is necessary.  Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

 


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 5:00pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

This class is designed for those who have already taken Italian for Beginners I or who have an equivalent knowledge. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. If you are unsure if you would fit in the class, we will connect you with the instructor to determine what's right for you. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

10 Thursdays, March 28 – May 30

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm in the Masland Board Room, Lower Level

Designed for learners who have had little or no previous exposure to the Italian language, the fun and relaxed environment will get you working on the basics of Italian grammar and conversation. The course is divided into sessions of 10 classes each and participants are invited to plan on attending at least two sessions to gain a basic grasp of the language. The instructor, Anna Maria Bertini-Jones, is an Italian native teacher with extensive experience in teaching Italian in college courses and elective adult classes. She travels to Italy every year to reconnect with her family, her culture and her beautiful country. Ages 16 and older. Cost: $110 for 10 classes (plus a $20 Materials Fee paid at the first class). Registration online, by phone or in person begins February 15.

 


Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm in the Community Room, Lower Level

What can we do together to improve our world despite differences that we may have? How can we find common ground and work together productively (and peacefully), even though we may totally disagree politically or ideologically? Join us on the first Thursday of each month as Mike Travisano & Joe Brtalik facilitate deep discussion and dialogue employing communication techniques that provide a space for differing opinions to be heard safely, honorably, and respectfully. Each month a topic will be provided, but the conversation will largely be led by attendees.  Our discussions will focus on how we can learn from each other in order to find common ground and positively impact the world around us. Space is limited. Registration begins April 1. 

 

Meet the Discussion Leaders:

Joe Brtalik - Originally from Long Island, New York, Joe attended the Catholic Seminary before serving as a Communications Specialist in the Navy and then working in Executive Leadership for Electronic Data Systems (EDS). Joe received his Organization Leadership and Development training under Peter Senge and Fred Kofman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and built a consulting practice which led transformational change and leadership development initiatives throughout the country at such organizations as IBM, General Motors, and Johnson & Johnson. Additionally, Joe has been a successful restaurateur (with his two sons), written articles for multiple publications on the topics of leadership, groups, and teams, and participated in the Institute for the Healing of Racism. Joe lives with his wife near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has three children and seven grandchildren.

Mike TravisanoMike grew up in central Pennsylvania and received his B.S. and M.B.A. from Penn State University. He started his career in technology and business in Boston, and eventually moved back to central Pennsylvania, where in addition to working with IBM, he partnered with Joe Brtalik delivering organizational development training. Recently, Mike completed a four-year mission as an officer for the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development in Rome, Italy, whose goal is to eradicate rural poverty and hunger. Additionally, Mike had the pleasure to work with alanwatts.org on their project to collect, curate, and summarize the late philosopher's recorded lectures on topics such as Zen, Taoism, communications, and technology. Mike is also performing musician and composer and has released two albums of solo piano music as well as solo compositions for guitar. Mike lives near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with his wife, son, and funny little dog.

 

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 6:00pm

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, in the Small meeting Room, Lower Level

Interested in Dungeons & Dragons but wished it was less time-consuming? Here is your chance to try the Index Card Role Playing Game(ICRPG). Join us on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of every month while we play in this new format. The game play is shorter and more interactive,  the rules are simpler, there is minimal math involved, and it’s still a great time gaming together! Perfect for first-timers or gamers  with busy schedules, come give it a try as RPG expert/Game Master, Jon Langer, leads you through an evening of tabletop gaming.  Ages 18 and older, please. Registration for May sessions begins April 1 – limited seating!

 


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