Children's Events @ Fredricksen

Summer Badge Challenge July 30 – August 19

Have you loved our summer reading program? Then help design our program for Summer 2019!

Starting on July 30, pick up a paper at the children's desk. Your task is to create a badge with new challenges for our summer reading program. Return the badge paper by August 19 and we'll judge the badges.

If you win, you'll get a small prize and we'll use your badge in the summer reading program next year!

 


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Our newest 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: 

July 18, 2018

Happening Today

Monday, July 23, 2018 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 11 through August 3

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 23, 2018 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 11 through August 3

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 23, 2018 - 4:00pm

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Start down the colorful road to sweet surprises! Be guided along the rainbow path to luscious locations! It's such sweet fun as players race to be the first one to reach King Kandy's Castle to win.

Intended for families. Sign up for a time slot to play our Life Sized Candy Land. Please call 717-761-3900 x229 to register for a time slot starting July 9.


Tuesday, July 24, 2018 - 10:00am

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

Drumming Up World Music aims to inspire a spirit of adventure in students through international discovery, providing a well-rounded experience of the fascinating multicultural diversity of the world. Dancing Drum is based in New Orleans so catch them while they're up North! Seating is limited and first come, first served to the first 200 people. (*1:30 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)


Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 9:30am

Wednesdays at 9:30 am from June 20 - August 8 (No story time on July 4)

Bring a blanket to sit on and join Fredricksen Library for an outdoor story time with one of our fabulous story tellers. Recommended for ages 3-6 but older and younger children are welcome!

Held at Creekview Park North:  4630 Creekview Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

OMG! Do U ❤2 use emojis? Come experience our Emoji Extravaganza IRL! We'll play gr8 games with lots of LOLs!  IDK who wouldn't want 2 come! C U then! Ages 8- 12 with registration beginning July 9.  


Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 10:30am

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

Learn about the brass instruments in the orchestra and challenge yourself by trying to make a trying to make a French "Hose." There might even be a demonstration of a real French Horn! Ages 8 – 12 with registration beginning July 9.


Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level Children's Area

Paper circuits and robotic toothbrushes, oh my!  Celebrate the end of engineering month by designing and building your own engineering creations! For ages 8 - 12. Registration begins July 9.


Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 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 multicultural literature that celebrates our differences and draws us closer together. Recommended for ages 3-6. No registration necessary.


Friday, July 27, 2018 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 11 through August 3

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 27, 2018 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 11 through August 3

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 27, 2018 - 3:00pm

3 pm - 8 pm, 1 group per hour

Community Room, Lower Level

Discover the world of Sorcerers and Magic. Explore to find clues and solve puzzles to find all the Horcruxes! Can you defeat the Horcruxes and escape? Or will you fall to the darkness that lurks inside? Please call 717-761-3900 x229 to register starting July 13. Recommended for ages 8 +.  Intended for families.

Number of Players: 3 - 6 (must have a minimum of 3 to play)

Time Limit: 45 min


Monday, July 30, 2018 (All day)

July 30 – August 19

Have you loved our summer reading program? Then help design our program for Summer 2019! Starting on July 30, pick up a paper at the children's desk. Your task is to create a badge with new challenges for our summer reading program. Return the badge paper by August 19 and we'll judge the badges. If you win, you'll get a small prize and we'll use your badge in the summer reading program next year!


Monday, July 30, 2018 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 11 through August 3

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 30, 2018 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 11 through August 3

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, July 31, 2018 - 10:15am

10:15 am to 11:00 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level*         

In an amazing multi-media presentation, Caryn Lin literally transforms sound through the use of her five-string electric violin and a myriad of modern technology! The program takes students on a journey from the classical days of Bach to today's techno-wonders by using modern techniques, including looping and other effects to produce unique and dynamic soundscapes. Audiences are introduced to the many scientific concepts involved in the creation of live music. Through the use of technology, three dimensional sound waves become visible, bringing msuic to life before the audience's very eyes! Seating is limited and first come, first served. Sponsored by the Friends of Fredricksen. (*1:45 pm at East Pennsboro Branch)


Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 2:00pm

2:00 pm to 4:45 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone gets a new twist when you watch it on Harry Potter's Birthday! Kids ages 10-13 are invited to join us for an interactive viewing of the first Harry Potter movie!

Film is 2 hours and 32 minutes long.  Rated PG. Register beginning July 16.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 9:30am

Wednesdays at 9:30 am from June 20 - August 8 (No story time on July 4)

Bring a blanket to sit on and join Fredricksen Library for an outdoor story time with one of our fabulous story tellers. Recommended for ages 3-6 but older and younger children are welcome!

Held at Creekview Park North:  4630 Creekview Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:30am

10:30 am to 11:15 am in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

In the early 1960's, a British pop music group called The Beatles gained world-wide fame! This program examines the excitement this playful rock band created. We'll listen to songs, dance, make fan memorabilia, look at music artifacts and have discussions about what makes a band popular! For ages 8 – 12 with registration beginning July 16.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 4:30pm

4:30 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level Children's Area

Become a bubble scientist! Learn all about bubbles, create your own bubble wand, and more! For ages 6 – 8 with registration beginning July 16.


Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:30am

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

Kathy Eckhaus will present an introduction to her program of movement activities set to songs. For babies through kindergartners. Registration begins July 23. Visit www.musictogethersusquehanna.com


Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level Children's Area

Become a bubble scientist! Learn all about bubbles, create your own bubble wand, and more! For ages 6 – 8 with registration beginning July 16.


Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 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 multicultural literature that celebrates our differences and draws us closer together. Recommended for ages 3-6. No registration necessary.


Friday, August 3, 2018 - 9:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 11 through August 3

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, August 3, 2018 - 10:30am

Mondays and Fridays, June 11 through August 3

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, August 3, 2018 - 6:30pm

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

Sing your heart out to your favorite films! Costumes are encouraged but not required. We'll provide the popcorn, you bring any other snacks or drinks to keep you singing! We've got a few surprises up our sleeves. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

More Sing Alongs - Friday, August 17:  2 pm - Moana


Friday, August 3, 2018 - 6:30pm

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

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


Monday, August 6, 2018 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level Children's Area

Do you like to search for clues and solve mysteries? Come learn all about forensic science in this two-part series on Monday August 6, then put your detective skills to the test on Tuesday, August 7 to solve the mystery of CSI: Fredricksen Library. For ages 8 - 12. Registration begins July 23.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 1:00pm

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

So popular, we're holding it again!  M&M Relays, Candy Bar Races, Sour Stackers! If any of these sound like fun then the Candy Hunger Games are for you! Join us as we play fun games and eat candy! For ages 8 – 13. Registration begins July 23.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level Children's Area

Do you like to search for clues and solve mysteries? Come learn all about forensic science in this two-part series on Monday August 6, then put your detective skills to the test on Tuesday, August 7 to solve the mystery of CSI: Fredricksen Library. For ages 8 - 12. Registration begins July 23.


Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - 9:30am

Wednesdays at 9:30 am from June 20 - August 8 (No story time on July 4)

Bring a blanket to sit on and join Fredricksen Library for an outdoor story time with one of our fabulous story tellers. Recommended for ages 3-6 but older and younger children are welcome!

Held at Creekview Park North:  4630 Creekview Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:00pm

4:00 pm - 8:30 pm Outdoors, weather permitting

7:00 pm Concert

We are ending our summer programming with a bang this year! This is one evening you do not want to miss as we dance the night away with the ever-popular Janelle Verones Band! Performing the best hits of today and yesteryear, Janelle and her band will remind us that Libraries ROCK! In addition, we’ll have some fun summer activities before the concert! We're going to have a great time, so don't miss this exciting end to our summer celebration! (Rain location: inside) No registration necessary. Sponsored by the McCormick Family Foundation.

Beginning at 4:00pm we’ll have:

 

·         Food trucks (including Banana Leaf Indian Cuisine)

·         Raffle prizes (including Hershey Park Tickets and Longwood Gardens Tickets)

·         Bubbles, Bubbles and more Bubbles!

·         Backyard Games (corn hole, ring toss and more!)

·         Crafts for the Kiddos

·         A Selfie Station

·         Just for Teens: Blackout Poetry

·         Just for Teens: Painting Party

·         Sidewalk Chalk Games and Challenges

·         A Misting Tent to Cool Off

Special Events:

4:00pm – 5:00pm           All-ages Drum Circle with Yvonne Sadowy!

There’s nothing quite like a drum circle to bring together people of all ages. Pound the stress away, tap a happy beat or dance your heart out!  Bring a drum or rhythm instrument if you have one. Some will be available on site. No registration necessary.         

4:00pm – 5:30pm           Touch-A-Truck is Back!

Fire trucks and police cars will always widen the eyes of the little ones, but having a chance to climb on board will be a moment they never forget! No registration necessary.    

4:30pm – 6:30pm           Disney Princesses at the Library!

Keep your eyes peeled for a chance to catch Jasmine, Ariel and Belle roaming through the stacks!

5:00pm – 6:30pm           Family-friendly Disney movie sing-along

Will it be Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid? Find our Facebook event and vote for your choice of sing-along movie! No registration necessary.   

6:15pm – 6:45pm           All-ages Dance Party

Now that you’ve loaded up on all that food truck deliciousness, come over and dance with us as we do the Cha Cha Slide, the YMCA, The Cupid Shuffle and more! No registration necessary.          

7:00pm – 8:30pm           The Janelle Verones Band LIVE!!!

 


Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 3:00pm

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

Read aloud stories, sensory play and music run by music and developmental therapists for all ages including those with developmental delays. A parent must accompany each child. No registration necessary.


Monday, August 13, 2018 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level Children's Area

Do you like to search for clues and solve mysteries? Come learn all about forensic science in this two-part series on Monday, August 13, then put your detective skills to the test on Tuesday, August 14 to solve the mystery of CSI: Fredricksen Library. For ages 8 - 12. Registration begins July 23.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 5:00pm

5:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level Children's Area

Do you like to search for clues and solve mysteries? Come learn all about forensic science in this two-part series on Monday, August 13, then put your detective skills to the test on Tuesday, August 14 to solve the mystery of CSI: Fredricksen Library. For ages 8 - 12. Registration begins July 23.


Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:30pm

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

Come to discuss your favorite graphic novels with new friends and do a craft related to each month's book. This month's book will be Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword (Book 1) by Barry Deutsch. Be sure to read the book before the event so you'll be able to talk about it with your friends! For children ages 10 – 13 with registration beginning May 1.

 


Friday, August 17, 2018 - 2:00pm

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

Sing your heart out to your favorite films! Costumes are encouraged but not required. We'll provide the popcorn, you bring any other snacks or drinks to keep you singing! We've got a few surprises up our sleeves. Seating is limited and first come, first served.

 


Friday, August 17, 2018 - 6:30pm

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

We will be showing a G or PG rated movie. Free popcorn will be served.  All ages welcome and all children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary.


Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 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 multicultural literature that celebrates our differences and draws us closer together. Recommended for ages 3-6. No registration necessary.


Monday, August 27, 2018 - 6:30pm

One Monday a month, based on school district, at 6:30 pm during the 2018/19 school year.

in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level

Help your little one prepare for a lifetime of learning by participating in Fredricksen Library's Kindergarten readiness program. Children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2019 will do kindergarten readiness activities, hear stories, meet other future students and make early friendships!  Call 717-761-3900 x229 starting July 30th to register with the first session starting according to school district (See schedule below).

Children attending these schools are welcome:

Camp Hill School District (Hoover Elementary) - First Session: August 27th

East Pennsboro School District (West Creek Hills and East Pennsboro Elementary) - First Session: September 10

West Shore School District (Washington Heights, Lower Allen and Highland Elementary) - First Session: September 17th

Cumberland Valley School District (Shaull, Hampden, and Sporting Hill) - First Session: September 24th

Sessions run one hour.

Final Day to register is January 31st or when classes are full.

 


Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 1:30pm

Saturday, September 1 OR Sunday September 2  

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm (Timed tickets required)

Stop by the Kunkel Creation Station to learn about the programs being offered this fall! Take part in fun hands-on STEM activities and place your entry to name our 3D printer! To participate in open making, you must register for a time slot.  (30 minute time limit per visit in the space). Registration begins August 18. For children ages 6 +.

 

On the day of the program, check in with the Children’s Desk to receive your timed ticket; you must have a ticket to present at the KCS. Children and their grown up must arrive promptly at their time or their slot will be given away.  Open time slots may or may not be available on the day of the program; visit the Children's Desk for open slots, first come first served. Only 15 people are permitted in the KCS at one time.  


Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 1:30pm

Saturday, September 1 OR Sunday September 2  

1:30 pm to 4:30 pm (Timed tickets required)

Stop by the Kunkel Creation Station to learn about the programs being offered this fall! Take part in fun hands-on STEM activities and place your entry to name our 3D printer! To participate in open making, you must register for a time slot.  (30 minute time limit per visit in the space). Registration begins August 18. For children ages 6 +.

 

On the day of the program, check in with the Children’s Desk to receive your timed ticket; you must have a ticket to present at the KCS. Children and their grown up must arrive promptly at their time or their slot will be given away.  Open time slots may or may not be available on the day of the program; visit the Children's Desk for open slots, first come first served. Only 15 people are permitted in the KCS at one time.  


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 4 OR Thursday, September 6

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the Kunkel Creation Station, Lower Level Children’s Area

Learn all about the science behind cooking, baking, and eating your favorite foods! For children ages 6 – 8 with registration beginning Aug. 20. (When signing up, please provide any information about your child's food allergies).

 


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