Children's Events @ Fredricksen

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This program will help prepare your child for one of their biggest milestones: kindergarten! Reading aloud to your child is one of the best ways to prepare them for kindergarten.  With 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, parents are challenged to read to their children to get them ready to read.   

Stop by the Children's Desk to register for the program and learn more!   

Visit https://1000booksbeforekindergarten.org/ for more information. 


 

Page Updated: 

February 25, 2019

Happening Today

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 5:30pm

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

We'll be wearing our favorite white shoes and rocking out with your favorite Pete the Cat stories and groovy games and activities. Come join us for a night of silly fun! For ages 3 – 7. Registration is required and begins May 9.


Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the Pollock Children’s Library, Lower Level

Our Family Storytime engages children and their families with literature that celebrates our differences and draws us closer together. Recommended for ages 3-6. No registration necessary.

 


Monday, June 3, 2019 - 12:00pm

A Universe of Stories - June 3 - August 11

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 between June 3 and June 16 for Summer Reading and/or register for a new library card, you will be eligible to win a fun summer prize such as family pool memberships, an iPad Mini and more!  Watch for more details!

 


Monday, June 3, 2019 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Meet someone new in our Biography Club! Explore the life of a famous historical figure through activities and crafts. This month we focus on Neil Armstrong, an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the moon.  For ages 6 – 9 with registration required beginning May 20.

 


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 4:00pm

Tuesday, June 4 OR Thursday, June 6

4:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level

Join your friends at the Kunkel Creation Station for some fun, out of this world STEM activities! Learn all about the moon, planets, and code with Bee Bots!  *Children will be working with Oreos for one activity. Please indicate any allergies when registering. For ages 6 – 8 with registration required beginning May 13.

 


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:30pm

Tuesdays, June 4, 11 OR 25

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Lawn

Keep your child kindergarten-ready over the summer months! We will explore backyard topics while working on the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to enter kindergarten in the fall.

For children entering kindergarten in fall 2019;  Weekly Registration (2 weeks prior): May 21, 28 OR  June 11

 


Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 10:00am

10:00 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for 30 minutes of music and movement! Our program will be geared towards 3 and 4-year-olds, but older and younger siblings are welcome to attend. Everyone will sing and dance and wiggle together! Our featured instrument will be BOOMWHACKERS! Don’t know what a boomwhacker is? Come and find out! Registration is required and begins May 22.

 


Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 4:30pm

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

Join us for 30 minutes of music and movement! Our program will be geared towards 3 and 4-year-olds, but older and younger siblings are welcome to attend. Everyone will sing and dance and wiggle together! Our featured instrument will be BOOMWHACKERS! Don’t know what a boomwhacker is? Come and find out! Registration is required and begins May 22.

 


Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 4:00pm

Tuesday, June 4 OR Thursday, June 6

4:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level

Join your friends at the Kunkel Creation Station for some fun, out of this world STEM activities! Learn all about the moon, planets, and code with Bee Bots!  *Children will be working with Oreos for one activity. Please indicate any allergies when registering. For ages 6 – 8 with registration required beginning May 13.

 


Friday, June 7, 2019 - 6:30pm

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

Experts from the Harrisburg/West Shore Chess Club will be on hand to assist young chess players and match up competitors with equal skill level. Ages 7-13.  Participants are asked to bring a chess set if possible but not required. No registration required.


Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 1:00pm

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Outside on the Lawn Rain or Shine!  (All activities will move indoors if necessary.)

Kickoff this space-themed summer by traveling a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. That's right! Grab your favorite droid and join the 501st Legion here with Star Wars Stormtroopers (1 pm -3 pm), as well as some more Star Wars characters (1 pm – 3 pm) from The Enchanted Teapot. Some you love to love and some you love to hate, but they'll all pose for a great photo opportunity with you! After you get your fill of Star Wars characters, join us for a mini-concert with one-man-band Nick Disanto (3 pm - 3:45 pm).

 

We’ll also have Face Painting by Whitney at special discount prices, Fun with Bubbles, Children's Crafts, Activities just for teens including a Selfie Scavenger Hunt, FREE Cupcakes, FREE Popcorn, Raffles and more!

 


Monday, June 10, 2019 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Monday, June 10, 2019 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Monday, June 10, 2019 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Are you a fan of the Captain Underpants book series? Come join us for a hilariously fun party honoring the great Captain and his underpants! For ages 8 – 12. Registration begins May 27.

 


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 10:30am

10:30 am - On the Lawn*         

Join Music Play Patrol for a unique experience to kick off our summer of fun! This program gets both adults and kids up moving and dancing to the beat! Children get to learn about and play an authentic African djembe. Students also play other West African instruments like the Talking Drum, Shekere, and Gourd Drum. During the program, students will participate in music and movement activities and play a variety of instruments. The session ends with a dance and drum circle. For ages K – 8 with no registration. Seating is limited and first come, first served.  (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch) Sponsored by Friends of Fredricksen.

 


Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 6:30pm

Tuesdays, June 4, 11 OR 25

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Lawn

Keep your child kindergarten-ready over the summer months! We will explore backyard topics while working on the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to enter kindergarten in the fall.

For children entering kindergarten in fall 2019;  Weekly Registration (2 weeks prior): May 21, 28 OR  June 11

 


Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 9:30am

9:30 am - 10:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Create a glowing firefly craft to light up the darkness and make your very own squishable starry summer sky. For ages 5 - 8 with registration starting May 30.

 


Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Learn more about gardening and pot your own plant to take home! For ages 8 – 12 with registration starting May 30.

 

 


Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Our Drop-In Story time engages children and their families with literature that celebrates our differences and draws us closer together. Recommended for ages 3 - 6. Feel free to come in your PJs and bring along your favorite stuffed-animal friend! No registration necessary.


Friday, June 14, 2019 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Monday, June 17, 2019 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 10:00am

10:00 am to 11:00 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level*         

With physical comedy, juggling, circus tricks, yo-yos, audience participation and more, Andrew's high energy show will put you in a festive mood and add a spark to your whole day! Sponsored by the Friends of Fredricksen. Seating is limited and first come, first served. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)


Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3:00pm

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Explore space with us through stories and crafts! We will watch a video of real astronaut Jeffrey Bennett reading to us, then make galaxy slime and an intergalactic art project! For ages 7 – 10 with registration starting June 4.


Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:00am

Wednesdays, June 19 and 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31

11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level

Come learn more about coding through hands-on, exciting games and activities! At the end of our six sessions, you'll be able to guide a robot through your own maze!  Those registering for all six sessions will get preferential registration. For ages 8 - 12 with registration starting June 3.

 


Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 10:00am

10:00 am - 11:00 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Come decorate your own rocket ship before enjoying snacks in front of a short film at Fredricksen Library's very own "Fly" In Movie Theatre! For ages 3 - 6 with registration starting May 31.

 


Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Friday, June 21, 2019 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Friday, June 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm to 8:00 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, June 24, 2019 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Monday, June 24, 2019 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level*         

These interactive shows are crawling with fun and laughter, presented by Forgotten Friend's herpetologist, author, photographer, and certified class clown, Jesse Rothacker. He brings learning to life with fifteen live snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocs. You'll meet reptiles from around the world, and a few from your own backyard!  Seating is limited and first come, first served.  (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch) Sponsored by Friends of Fredricksen.

 


Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

Tuesday, June 25 OR Thursday, June 27

4:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level

Learn about the circuits that power the world around us with fun paper circuit projects! Using a combination of art and science, draw something new and watch it light up through the power of circuitry! For ages 9 - 12 with registration starting May 6.

 


Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 6:30pm

Tuesdays, June 4, 11 OR 25

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Lawn

Keep your child kindergarten-ready over the summer months! We will explore backyard topics while working on the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to enter kindergarten in the fall.

For children entering kindergarten in fall 2019;  Weekly Registration (2 weeks prior): May 21, 28 OR  June 11

 


Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 9:30am

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

Come out and play with Legos while trying your hand at poetry! Each Lego piece will feature a word or phrase and we will practice stacking them to create fun & simple poems. See how your towering creation compares to others! For ages 6 - 8 with registration starting June 12.


Wednesday, June 26, 2019 - 11:00am

Wednesdays, June 19 and 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31

11:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level

Come learn more about coding through hands-on, exciting games and activities! At the end of our six sessions, you'll be able to guide a robot through your own maze!  Those registering for all six sessions will get preferential registration. For ages 8 - 12 with registration starting June 3.

 


Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

Tuesday, June 25 OR Thursday, June 27

4:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level

Learn about the circuits that power the world around us with fun paper circuit projects! Using a combination of art and science, draw something new and watch it light up through the power of circuitry! For ages 9 - 12 with registration starting May 6.

 


Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm - 5:45 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Come one, come all, big or small, to a study of size! We will read, do crafts, and sing all about size! For ages 3 – 6 with registration starting June 13. (Program also held on Friday, August 2 from 2:00 pm to 2:45 pm)

 


Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 6:30pm

6:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Our Drop-In Story time engages children and their families with literature that celebrates our differences and draws us closer together. Recommended for ages 3 - 6. Feel free to come in your PJs and bring along your favorite stuffed-animal friend! No registration necessary.


Friday, June 28, 2019 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Friday, June 28, 2019 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Monday, July 1, 2019 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Monday, July 1, 2019 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Monday, July 1, 2019 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm – 5:45 pm in the Small Meeting Room, Lower Level

Meet someone new in our Biography Club! Explore the life of a famous historical figure through activities and crafts. This month we focus on Mae Jemison, an engineer, physician and NASA astronaut and the first African American woman to travel in space.  For ages 6 – 9 with registration required beginning June 17.

 


Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 6:30pm

Tuesdays, July 2, 9, 23 OR 30

6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on the Lawn

Keep your child kindergarten-ready over the summer months! We will explore backyard topics while working on the social, emotional, and academic skills needed to enter kindergarten in the fall.

For children entering kindergarten in fall 2019;  Weekly Registration (2 weeks prior): June 18, 25, July 9 OR 16. And – watch for Mission Transition in the fall with registration starting August 1.

 


Wednesday, July 3, 2019 - 1:00pm

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

Join us for an afternoon of fun and crafts centered around the celebration of our country's independence! For ages 8 – 12 with registration starting June 19.


Friday, July 5, 2019 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

9:30 am to 10:00 am for under 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Friday, July 5, 2019 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 10 through August 2

10:30 am to 11:00 am for over 3 years old in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Join us for active, fun story times on Monday and Friday mornings during the summer.  No need to register, just drop in the Community Room and enjoy!  Note: The stories will be the same on Monday and Friday of each week.


Friday, July 5, 2019 - 6:30pm

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

Experts from the Harrisburg/West Shore Chess Club will be on hand to assist young chess players and match up competitors with equal skill level. Ages 7-13.  Participants are asked to bring a chess set if possible but not required. No registration required.


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