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
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 Atrium, Upper 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 7:00 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 7:00 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 7:00 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 7:00 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 - 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


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!

 


Saturday, May 4, 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, May 5, 2019 - 1:30pm

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room, lower level

Originally scheduled as part of the Mindfulness Matters series in 2018, this class had been cancelled because of snow, but is being offered again with Andrea Minnick Rudolph. Where are you working presently?  Is it what you always wanted to do?  Does it bring you joy?  Enough money?  What is important in choosing a livelihood?  How much of our lives are spent working at jobs we don’t enjoy?  There are steps we can take to find meaning and value in what we do, practice equality and fairness in the workplace, and work for the “common good”.  Where and with whom we work affects our lives deeply, based on the ethical and moral standards by which an organization chooses to operate.  No registration necessary.

 


Monday, May 6, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, May 6, 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 April 1.


Tuesday, May 7, 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. For the first fifty years of Corrie Ten Boom's life nothing at all out of the ordinary had ever happened to her. Her family’s uneventful days, as regulated as their own watches, revolved around their abiding love for one another. However, with the Nazi invasion and occupation of Holland, a story did ensue. You must have read or listened to the book to participate. Find the book in our catalog here. Registration begins February 1.

 


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, May 7, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tuesdays: May through August 

6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Entryway, Upper Level

Do you have some unanswered gardening questions and don't know where to turn? Just stop in at Fredricksen Library anytime from 6 to 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening (May – August). The Master Gardeners from Penn State Cooperative Extension will be there eagerly waiting to solve your gardening mysteries and help you to have the best garden possible! No registration necessary.

 


Tuesday, May 7, 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, May 7, 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 8, 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, May 9, 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, May 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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, May 9, 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 9, 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, May 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

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

FROM VENEZUELA:  Twelve-year-old Pedro roams the streets with his friends, raised by the violent urban atmosphere around him in a working class district of Caracas. After Pedro seriously injures another boy in a rough game of play, single father Andrés decides they must flee to hide. Andrés will realize he is a father incapable of controlling his own teenage son, but their situation will bring them closer than they have ever been. This film is not rated. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

 


Friday, May 10, 2019 - 4:00pm

4:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the Lower Parking Lot, Walnut St. side

Donating blood may be one of the most important things you’ve ever done. Just one pint of your blood can save as many as four lives.  Come and donate in Fredricksen's lower parking lot (Walnut Street).  The Central PA Blood Bank will be here one Friday every other month. It is a safe and easy process which takes approximately 45 minutes. Generally, anyone age 16 or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in good health, can donate blood. If you have any questions about donating, call Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank at 1-800-771-0059 or visit www.cpbb.org.


Friday, May 10, 2019 - 7:00pm

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

FROM VENEZUELA:  Twelve-year-old Pedro roams the streets with his friends, raised by the violent urban atmosphere around him in a working class district of Caracas. After Pedro seriously injures another boy in a rough game of play, single father Andrés decides they must flee to hide. Andrés will realize he is a father incapable of controlling his own teenage son, but their situation will bring them closer than they have ever been. This film is not rated. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

 


Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

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

Board games are such a big part of our culture in this country. Whether you've whiled away hours trying to get rid of Marvin Gardens or trying to win that last Trivial Pursuit pie piece, now's your time to shine at trivia night!  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! Free will donation will be collected. Teams can be 1 - 6 people. Ages 21 & up. Registration begins April 1.


Monday, May 13, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, May 13, 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, May 13, 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 April 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, May 13, 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.

 


Monday, May 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

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

Become a part of Fredricksen Reads, our series of book discussions. Brimming with her signature wit, insight, compassion, and talent for deep research, The Library Book is Susan Orlean’s thrilling journey through the stacks that reveals how these beloved institutions provide much more than just books—and why they remain an essential part of the heart, mind, and soul of our country. You must have read or listened to the book to participate. Registration begins February 1.

 

 


Monday, May 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Protect yourself from potential legal problems around your home

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the Atrium, Upper Level

Summertime means spending more time outside your home with family and friends. Neighbors stopping by to say hello. All of which can increase your exposure to liability around your home. Do you have a swimming pool or trampoline on your property? Thinking about having a contractor do work on the property? Concerned what could happen if your dog escaped from the yard? Do the kids leave their bicycles and toys scattered on the sidewalk? Attorney Kathi Simpson of Mette Evans and Woodside will help you identify potential home hazards that put you at risk; understand the legal liabilities homeowners can face; determine what your homeowners’ insurance covers; and how you can protect yourself. No registration necessary.

 

PRESENTER: Attorney Kathryn Lease Simpson – Mette Evans & Woodside

Kathi Simpson is recognized as one of the preeminent litigators in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Named as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, she is a frequent presenter of continuing legal education programs for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the National Business Institute.

In addition to practicing law, Kathi explores her other passions through her volunteer work on the Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. She has also worked with the Susquehanna Service Dogs as a puppy raiser and is a proud supporter of the Delaware Valley Golden Retriever Rescue.

 


Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, May 14, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tuesdays: May through August 

6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Entryway, Upper Level

Do you have some unanswered gardening questions and don't know where to turn? Just stop in at Fredricksen Library anytime from 6 to 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening (May – August). The Master Gardeners from Penn State Cooperative Extension will be there eagerly waiting to solve your gardening mysteries and help you to have the best garden possible! No registration necessary.

 


Tuesday, May 14, 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, May 14, 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. Blueberries are a great addition to the home garden! Easy to grow with few pests, this nutrient-rich fruit can fit into almost any space in your home landscape. With a life expectancy of up to 50 years, this small, sweet, healthy fruit is a great investment for any fruit-loving gardener. Join Maryann Smith, Penn State Master Gardener, to learn tips and methods for success at this informative workshop. 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 (May will meet second Tuesday) of every month through October.  

 


Thursday, May 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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 16, 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, May 17, 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!

 


Monday, May 20, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, May 20, 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 April 1.


Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, May 21, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tuesdays: May through August 

6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Entryway, Upper Level

Do you have some unanswered gardening questions and don't know where to turn? Just stop in at Fredricksen Library anytime from 6 to 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening (May – August). The Master Gardeners from Penn State Cooperative Extension will be there eagerly waiting to solve your gardening mysteries and help you to have the best garden possible! No registration necessary.

 


Tuesday, May 21, 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.

 


Thursday, May 23, 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, May 23, 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 23, 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 23, 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, May 23, 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, May 23, 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 23, 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, May 24, 2019 - 2:00pm

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

FROM JAPAN:  Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori’s chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim’s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all. This film is not rated. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

 


Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00pm

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

FROM JAPAN:  Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defense of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori’s chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim’s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all. This film is not rated. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

 


Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, May 28, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tuesdays: May through August 

6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Entryway, Upper Level

Do you have some unanswered gardening questions and don't know where to turn? Just stop in at Fredricksen Library anytime from 6 to 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening (May – August). The Master Gardeners from Penn State Cooperative Extension will be there eagerly waiting to solve your gardening mysteries and help you to have the best garden possible! No registration necessary.

 


Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00pm

7:00 pm – 8:00 pm in the Atrium, Upper Level

May 2019 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Pete Seeger and we invite you to remember him with local band, Hard Travelin'.  Harmony, instrumental diversity, and a passion for their craft are hallmarks of Hard Travelin’s performances. They will share Pete's incredible contributions to advancing the cause of justice, peace, solidarity, and the environment, as well as play his best-known works. This celebration of Pete Seeger is geared towards singing along, so bring your singing voice and get ready for a great time!  No registration necessary.


Thursday, May 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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 30, 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.

 


Saturday, June 1, 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!

 


Monday, June 3, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, June 3, 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 May 1.


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 10:00am

Spring Sessions: Mondays & Tuesdays, (May 6 - 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, June 4, 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. This month's brief but poignant book was first published in 1961 and concerns the death of C. S. Lewis's wife. Writing A Grief Observed as "a defense against total collapse, a safety valve," he came to recognize that "bereavement is a universal and integral part of our experience of love."  You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Registration begins May 1. Ages 18 and older, please.  Find the book in our catalog here.  

 


Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 6:00pm

Tuesdays: May through August 

6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Entryway, Upper Level

Do you have some unanswered gardening questions and don't know where to turn? Just stop in at Fredricksen Library anytime from 6 to 7:30 pm every Tuesday evening (May – August). The Master Gardeners from Penn State Cooperative Extension will be there eagerly waiting to solve your gardening mysteries and help you to have the best garden possible! No registration necessary.

 


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