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Mechanicsburg library to offer book sale

The Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library host a winter book sale Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10, with a members’ preview sale on Friday, Feb. 8 at Books by the Gross, 400 Cheryl Ave., Mechanicsburg.


The sale features more than 12,000 items from various categories, including fiction, non-fiction, history, sports, health, gardening, children and media.


There will be a members-only preview sale from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Non-members can pay $20 at the door.


The main sale will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, with paperbacks sold for from $1 to $2 and hard covers for $3.


A bag sale will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, where customers can pay $10 for all the books that can fit in a bag (some restrictions will apply).


All proceeds from the sale support library programs and activities. Credit cards are accepted. Visit the library’s website at for more information.


Library coffee shop is open for business in Camp Hill

How many coffeemakers do you have?

A few weeks ago, I saw a coffeemaker that I simply had to have. I knew my life would entirely turn around if I owned this coffeemaker. Printed on the side of the box were the words: “World’s best coffeemaker.”

I lifted the box containing the coffeemaker. I shook the box. I looked longingly at the picture on the side of the box of the world’s best coffeemaker.

“You do not need another coffeemaker,” my son said. He sounded a little bit as if he was talking to an 8-year-old who wanted more cookies.

I put down the box and returned to my seat in the restaurant. I sadly stared at the coffeemaker and thought, “How many coffeemakers do I have?” I mentally counted. I have five.

That’s probably too many coffeemakers.

I have a standard sit-on-the-counter-and-make-coffee coffeemaker. I have an automatic espresso maker and a stove-top espresso maker. I have two French presses — and a partridge in a pear tree. I’m either drinking a lot of coffee, or spending an enormous amount of time making it.

I’m not a coffee snob, but I am snotty about coffee. I like it battery acid strong and I carry little packages of instant coffee in the glove box of my car, so I can add it to a purchased cup that isn’t strong enough. I usually grumble about people selling me brown water while I do this.

That’s the snotty part.

I like truck stop coffee. I like late-at-night diner coffee that stains the cracks inside of a white mug brown. But mostly, I like a lot of it.

I told Lori Loss, who is the office manager at Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill, about my five coffeemakers. She said I sounded like someone who liked coffee. Loss was probably being nice. I sound a little strange to me.

I was talking to Loss about coffee because the library has opened a coffee shop in the library’s lower level. The shop, called The Coffee Corner, opened in November and has for sale coffee, decaffeinated coffee, tea, hot chocolate, bottled water, baked goods and snacks from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays.

Barbara Sayed, left, and Paula Shaner mind the shop at the The Coffee Corner in the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill. The coffee shop, which is a fundraiser for the library, opened in the library's lower level in November. ALLISON DOUGHERTY, The Patriot-News

The library’s coffee shop, which purchases its coffee wholesale from Camp Hill’s Cornerstone Coffeehouse, is staffed entirely by volunteers and is a fundraiser for the library.

You can buy a cup of coffee and go look at books, read a magazine or sit at a table with friends. The library’s staff just asks that you put a lid on your cup for library wanderings.

Loss, who supervises the shop, said the coffee shop’s hours might be expanded in the future, and there’s the possibility that some of the library’s books for sale might be moved into the coffee area, so you can look for books to buy while you drink your coffee and eat your muffin.

A cup of coffee at the library? Things simply could not get any better.

For more information about the library’s coffee shop, go to



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