Friends of Fredricksen Book Sales & Events

Oliver! The Musical @ Oyster Mill Playhouse hosted by the Friends of Fredricksen
Tuesday, November 12th

7:00 pm – Reception & Basket Raffle
7:30 pm – Curtain
Tickets are $30.00. Limited number of tickets available at the reference desk,
or call (717) 761-3900 x225.
“Bringing Charles Dickens’ beloved novel to life, Lionel Bart’s Oliver! takes audiences on a wild adventure through Victorian England. Join young, orphaned Oliver Twist
as he navigates the London’s underworld of theft and violence, searching for a home, a family, and – most importantly – for love. With spirited, timeless songs like
“As Long as He Needs Me,” “Food, Glorious Food,” and “Where is Love,” Oliver!
is a musical classic.”


basket raffle 2

booksStephen Fried Book Basket
Stephen Fried will be our featured speaker at the Friends Annual Meeting on January 14, 2020.  We hope you will join us as he talks about his new book Rush about Benjamin Rush, revolution, madness & visionary, doctor who became a founding father.
Included in this basket are five of his books - RUSH, Appetite for America, The New Rabbi, Bitter Pills, inside the hazardous world of legal drugs, A Common Struggle, a personal journey through the past and future of mental illness and addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried. Also included is a package of Perennial whole bean coffee and a Midtown Scholar Bookstore mug. 

WINE Lovers Basket!wine
This is your chance to stock up your wine rack! Included in this basket are the following five wines: Bogle Juggernaut Cabernet Sauvignon (2016, red), Vietti Perbacco (2016, red), Miraval Rosé (2018, rosé), Nugan Frasca’s Lane Chardonnay (2016, white), Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio (2018, white). 



Keep On Scratchin’ Basket! 
Feeling lucky? Get your coins ready to scratch off $100 dollars’ worth of lottery tickets and you get your very own Gus! As our friend Gus says, “Keep on Scratchin’!” 





Happy Holidays Basket! holiday
Everything you need to get into the holiday spirit is in this basket! From a jingle bell wreath to tree ornaments, and cloth napkins to holiday books; this basket has it all! 





Roger That! Photography Session!
One Family or Senior Portrait Session. Up to 2 hours at 1 location.
Includes ten edited digital images; private link to online images (including all proofs). Prints, DVD not included.





Item Pickup: November 16 or 17 from 1 pm to 5 pm
Cash, Check & Charge accepted

Hilton/Diminick Orthodontic Package – Value $6,400/Starting Bid $4,900
YMCA Family Membership - $1,000/Starting Bid $700
Just Plain Yoga – 3 months unlimited classes – Value $280/Starting Bid $200
Camp Hill Animal Hospital – Value $100/Starting Bid $75 
Capital City Car Wash – Value $190/Starting Bid $100
Golf Basket plus NFIB one year membership – Value $1,000/Starting Bid $200 

•    Broadway in Chicago –Bid $$2,950
•    Explore Key West –Bid $3,095
•    Hamilton on Broadway –Bid $3,095
•    Tennessee Whiskey –Bid $1,995



Become a Friend of Fredricksen!

Download the Friends brochure  

Who Are the Friends of Fredricksen?

We’re your neighbors-young, young-at-heart, working and retired who are dedicated to supporting the Fredricksen by volunteering, advocating for library funding and raising funds to help meet the costs of the Fredricksen’s special programs and new equipment. Proceeds from our Spring and Fall Book & Media Sales and Silent Auction will be used in consultation with Library Staff to continue the programming and services offered and to help bring to fruition those in the planning stage. Special thanks to all those who donated books and media for our sales and to those businesses and individuals who donated items and services for our Silent Auction.

At our annual Friends of the Fredricksen Library meeting, the following officers were elected for 2019:
President: Cathy St. Pierre
Vice President: vacant
Secretary: Barrett Sheridan
Treasurer: Diane Myers

Our sincere thank you to Brian Lockman, host of PA Books on PNC, for his enjoyable talk and book recommendations which preceded the business portion of our meeting.
Please note- it’s not too late to renew your membership, keep your New Year’s resolution or start a new one to join the Friends in supporting the many services and activities provided by the Fredricksen. Kindly click on the Friends Brochure link to download your membership application.



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

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

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

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

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

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

The donations appreciated are:

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

Please re-evaluate your donations if they:

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

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

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

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


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

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November 07, 2019