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                 July 2019         Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter



Back in Time - A Murder Mystery Party

Wednesday, July 17 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

It is the year 2099, and the demented Genesee Glasco, a quintillionaire heiress and first world ruler, is hosting the ultimate retro gala. The steampunk-themed affair will be held at the awe-inspiring Hematite Palace in the world’s new capital – Glasco Megalopolis. Using her newest invention created by a collective effort from the world’s top scientists, she has hand-selected her guests from past icons, legends and even infamous villains.
Nobody knows what Genesee specifically has planned for the gala, but this party is undeniably a world’s first. Regrettably, you are one of the icons that have suffered through the painful transport from the past. You feel disoriented and are quite mystified why you have been brought to this strange, wondrous place and why they are not allowing you to leave.

This is where your story begins.
You will receive a character assignment and description in advance. This event includes games, dinner, dessert, and intrigue! For teens ages 12-18. Registration is required and a $3.00 ticket price to be paid at the event.


Summer Reading @ Fredricksen Library and
East Pennsboro Branch for ALL Ages continues!

A Universe of Stories - Now through August 11

There's still plenty of summer left to participate -
READ great books, WIN great prizes!




Tuesday Family SUMMER READING Programs!

No registration required - All ages welcome, but seating is limited.
Zoo America! - Tuesday - July 9 at 10:30 am on the Lawn
Magical Nick: Reach for the Stars
- Tuesday, July 16 at 10:30 am
Sciencetellers - Aliens: Escape from Earth!
- Tuesday, July 23 at 10:30 am
History of Hip Hop Dance
- Tuesday, July 30 at 10:30 am

All Tuesday Family Programs also presented at
East Pennsboro Branch the same day at 1:30 pm!

Super Sensational Stars!
Thursday, July 11
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Design and make your own giant paper stars and celestial creations that can hang, twirl, and shimmer wherever they hang. For ages 9 – 12 with registration NOW OPEN. Call 717-761-3900 ext. 229.



Final Summer Fling!
Thursday, August 8

4:00 pm - 8:30 pm, 7:00 pm Concert Outside on the Lawn Rain or Shine!        (Activities will move indoors if necessary.)
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 to the Latin & Caribbean tunes of Los Monstros! In addition, we’ll have some fun summer activities including Touch-A-Truck,  A Pro Photo Booth, Disney Movie, Crafts,  Food Trucks and more 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. Concert sponsored by the McCormick Family Foundation.

SUMMER READING Raffle Winners!

Phoebe M., Camp Hill - Camp Hill Pool Membership
Kendall S., Enola - Hershey Park Tickets
Stephanie W., Camp Hill - Hampden Pool Membership
Jaiyana L., - Enola - Lemoyne Pool Membership
Matthew G., Wormleysburg - Apple iPad Mini 4
THANK YOU to all that entered and are participating in Summer Reading! AND THANK YOU to our municipalities and the Friends of Fredricksen for the donation of the prizes!


Creekview Park Story Times
Wednesdays at 10 am
from June 26 - August 7

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


Accepting Donations -
Friends Annual Online Silent Auction 2019

Do you have any decorative treasures, sports or event tickets, concert season tickets, antiques, framed original artwork or prints, gift certificates or gift cards you cannot use, a vacation home you could make available for a weekend or week, or services like a massage, car wash and detailing, that you would like to donate? Your donations to our ONLINE Auction supports Fredricksen Library!
Call Diane Myers at 717-761-3730 or email for a donation form and more information about the online auction starting November 1.  Donations will be accepted until October 1.


Greater Harrisburg Concert Band
Thursday, July 18 - 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Come and join The Greater Harrisburg Concert Band in an evening of praise and gladness in the tradition of the American town band. The Greater Harrisburg Concert Band has been delighting audiences of all ages since 1983 with many of the area’s very best musicians united in one outstanding ensemble. (Rain location: Camp Hill Presbyterian Church) Sponsored by the McCormick Family Foundation.

Los Monstros & the Final Summer Fling!
Thursday, August 8 - 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm, 7:00 pm Concert
Outside on the Lawn Rain or Shine! (All activities will move indoors if necessary.)
Dance the night away with the Latin & Caribbean tunes of Los Monstros! They'll be performing favorite current hits, re-arrangements of classic songs from all genres, as well as classic salsa, bachata, merengue, and reggae standards in a way you’ve never heard them before! (Rain location: inside) No registration necessary. Sponsored by the McCormick Family Foundation.


 New Kanopy Streaming Service!

Cumberland County library card holders can now stream four movies a month with Kanopy, our new media streaming service. A wide range of foreign films, documentaries, and classics can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device, or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku. Loan periods allow patrons three days of unlimited viewing per film and simultaneous use.    GET MORE INFORMATION      BROWSE THE 1000s of FILMS

2019 Master Gardener Plant Clinics
Tuesdays: May through August
6:00 pm 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 the 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.


 Teens Create!
Gallery Night

Wednesday July 10
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Community Gallery, Lower Level

Teens! This is your time to shine! Come show off your submissions to our 4th Annual teen creative expression contest! Submissions will be on display in the Community room from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm. Creators, along with their families and friends, are invited to join us for refreshments while viewing the entries to the contest. Attendees will have the option to vote on the entries for a "people's choice" award to the presented with the other awards before the Final Fling Concert. For teens ages 12 -18 and their families.

Business & Career Center
@ Fredricksen!

The Business & Career Center is committed to offering our community the resources and assistance to address all stages of career goals, with a targeted focus on enhancing employability. Check out the upcoming events that have been planned—workshop offerings, open session times, career programming and technology assistance, just to name a few. Entrepreneurs and local businesses will also profit as we incorporate regional services from SCORE and launch a portable recording studio. Many exciting future programs and workshops are in the planning stages, so please stay tuned!
Some of the initial BCC offerings:
• We’re proud to partner with SCPa Works to offer CareerLink workshops including
Career Exploration, Resume Writing and Get That Job!
• Multiple workshops and programming based on improving technology skills, careers for veterans, saving for retirement at any income level, styling and much more!
• SCORE will be on site for facilitated roundtables focused on entrepreneurial and small business networking, with many more future offerings in the planning stages!

   At our East Pennsboro Branch....

Life-Size Hi Ho Cherry-O
Saturday, July 13 - 12:30 pm to 2 pm
Let's play Life-size Hi Ho Cherry-O! Sign up as a family or team for a time slot to play our life-size game. All ages welcome; under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

The Science of Sound
Saturday, July 13 at 10:30 am
In an amazing multi-media presentation, Caryn Lin literally transforms sound using her five-string electric violin and a myriad of modern technology! This program will take you 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. Using technology, three-dimensional sound waves become visible, bringing music to life before the audience's very eyes! All ages welcome; under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the Friends of East Pennsboro Library. No registration required.



In Good Taste Kitchen Tour
Sunday, September 22 from 1 pm to 5 pm

Get ready for a unique experience and plan to join the library on Sunday, September 22 from 1 - 5pm for In Good Taste, a chance to tour distinctive kitchens in ten local homes, meet and greet local designers, and taste delicious samples from the menus of local restaurants, caterers and chefs.
Tickets will be $40.00 each, or two for $75.00 - watch our website and facebook page for details!


The Fredricksen Library is raising funds for a new Lower Level Entrance and Business & Career Center by holding a paver fundraiser. Please help us “pave the way” by engraving a paver (or two!) in honor or in memory of family, friends, loved ones, pets, an organization, or special occasion. Paver order forms can be found ONLINE HERE OR you can stop by the Library to pick one up.
For questions, please call Development at (717) 761-3900 x 236.


Fredricksen Library

Stained Glass Window Replicas

Window replicas are 12” x 12”, 1/4” plexiglass with white backing, two drilled holes for hanging (optional) with a narrow black U channel frame. Priced @ $65.00 a piece. Proceeds will support programs and services at Fredricksen Library. 

DOWNLOAD an order form showing the 28 windows available. 


Device Advice
By Appointment only
Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 pm
Thursdays, 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! One of our trained Reference Librarians 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 for your appointment. To register, call 717-761-3900 x225.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Our reading 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! Registration NOW OPEN!


Support Fredricksen with your Amazon Purchases! 

When you shop on AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to the charitable organizations you select. Use the link from our website or go to and select Fredricksen Library. Use your regular Amazon login and password - no need to re-register

Click HERE or on the AmazonSmile logo to get started!

  Connect with US! 

Do you know all the places Fredricksen can be found on Social Media? We’re on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram (fredricksenlibrary) and Twitter @cjfredricksen! You can also find photos of our events on our Flickr page. Click on any of the links at the bottom of this email, or on our website homepage to follow us and stay up to date with what’s happening.  Please like, share, pin and retweet our posts as well. (And tell all your friends and family too!)


July Events


 Adult Programs

Blood Pressure Screenings with UPMC Pinnacle
Thursday, July 11 from 11 am – 1 pm
Upper level, near the Reference Desk
UPMC Pinnacle is now partnering with Fredricksen Library to offer free Blood Pressure Screenings the first and third Thursday of every month (Due to Independence Day, July's will be held 7/11 & 7/18). For your convenience, three parking spaces are reserved near the main entrance.

Business & Career Center Programming - Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri, daytime & evenings

Language at the Library:
SPANISH: Every Thurs @ 10 am
GERMAN: First & Third Thurs @ 11:30 am
Beginner & Inter. FRENCH: Every Thurs @ 11:15 am
Beginner & Advanced FRENCH: First & Third Thurs @ 1 pm
RUSSIAN: Thurs 7/18 & 7/25 @ 9 am
ITALIAN: Sec. & Fourth Thurs @ 12:30 pm
Fredricksen Writes – 7/1 & 7/15 @ 6:45 pm
Master Gardener Plant Clinics- Tues thru August @ 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 7/8 @ 6:30 pm
Blood Pressure Screenings with UPMC Pinnacle – Thurs 7/11 & 7/18 from 11 a -1 p
Trivia After Hours - Sci-Fi Movie Challenge! BYOB - Sat 7/13 @ 7 pm
Foreign Film Friday: I am not a Witch - Fri 7/12 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Gardening with Nature – Year Round Color in Your Garden Tues 7/16 @ 7 pm
Greater Harrisburg Concert Band – Thurs 7/18 @ 7 pm
Index RPG Nights – Fri 7/19 @ 6 pm
Fredricksen Reads: The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman – Mon 7/22 @ 7 pm
German Language Film Group – Thurs 7/25 at 2 pm
Foreign Film Friday – From IRAN - Sepideh - Fri 7/26 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Donation Station – Sat 8/3 - 1 pm - 3 pm
Curl Up with the Classics: The Hobbit – Tues 8/6 @10 am
Moving Forward Book Group: Rising Strong by Brene Brown – Wed 8/7 @ 1 pm
Device Advice – Tues 10 am to 12 pm or Thurs 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm; Call 717-761-3900 ext. 225 to schedule an appointment.
Coffee Corner - Weekdays 9:30 am to Mid Afternoon (hours vary)

ALL Adult Events

Children's Programs

Curious about Constellations
Thursday, July 18 at 1:00 pm
Join us to read and learn about star constellations, then use your creativity to practice making your own! For ages 6 - 9 with registration now open.

American Girl Doll Party – Mon 7/8 @ 4 pm
Zoo America – Tues 7/9 @ 10:30am OUTSIDE on the Lawn (weather permitting)
Live Like an Astronaut – Tues 7/9 OR Wed 7/10 @ 4:00 pm
Preparing for Kindergarten in your Backyard- Tues 7/2, 7/9, 7/23, 7/30 @ 6:30 pm
Junior Coding Club – Wed 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 @ 11 am
Creekview Storytimes - Wed 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31 @ 10 am (at Creekview Park)
Guessing Games - Thurs 7/11 @ 2:00 pm
Super Sensational Stars- Thurs 7/11 @ 4:30 pm
Drop-In Family Story Time – Thurs 7/11 and 7/25 @ 6:30 pm
Magical Nick: Reach for the Stars - Tues 7/16 @ 10:30 am
Solar Powered Science – Tues 7/16 OR Thurs 7/18 @ 4:00 pm
Curious about Constellations – Thurs 7/18 @ 1:00 pm
Space Burritos – Thurs 7/18 @ 4:30 pm
Family Movie Night –Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – Fri 7/19 @ 6:30 pm
Perfect Perler Beads – Mon 7/22, Tues 7/23, Wed 7/24, OR Thurs 7/25 @ 1:00 pm
Sciencetellers - Aliens: Escape from Earth! – Tues 7/23 @ 10:30 am
Creative Collage Art – Wed 7/24 @ 4:30 pm
Become Your Dreams: History of Hip Hop Dance – Tues 7/30 @ 10:30 am
Summer Drop In Story Times – Mon & Fri @ 9:30 am (under 3) and 10:30 am (over 3)
Youth Chess Night – Fri 8/2 @ 6:30 pm
Meet Someone New: Kid’s Biography Club – Margaret Hamilton - Monday, 8/5
@ 5:00 pm
1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Get more info at the Children's Desk

 ALL Children's Events

Teen Programs

Teen Trivia Night
Monday, July 22 at 6 pm to 8 pm
Ready for a night of pop culture trivia? We'll keep you guessing with a mix of current trends, audio round of songs, clips from movies, audio books and more! Gather your friends to compete as a team for prizes and gift cards. Cheaters Never Prosper will supply the Teen Pop Culture fun! Registration begins June 24.
Register ONLINE

Teen Makerspace Drop In @ the KCS - Tues 7/1, 7/15, 7/29, 8/12 from 4 pm to 6 pm
Teen Movie Mondays - Mon 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 8/5 @ 6:30 pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 7/8 @ 6:30 pm
Fandom Club - Science Fiction - Wed 7/10 @ 2 pm
Teens Create! Gallery Night – Wed 7/10 @ 5 pm
Plot Twisters (Teen Writers Group) – Thurs 7/11, 7/18 and 7/25 @ 6:30 pm
Back in Time - A Murder Mystery Party – Wed 7/17 from 4:30 pm – 7 pm
Teen Trivia Night – Pop Culture – Mon 7/22 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Teen Paint Night - Tuesday, July 23 from 6 pm – 8 pm
Fandom Club – Cartoons! – Wed 7/31 @ 2 pm

  ALL Teen Events

East Pennsboro Branch

Let's Dance Storytime with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet
Saturday, July 20 at 1:30 pm
Join the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet at our library as we read and dance during this special storytime. Ages 3 and up please; under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Zoo America – Tues 7/9 @ 1:30 pm
Chix with Stix – Wed 7/10 @ 6:00 pm
Games & Puzzles – Thurs 7/11 @ 1:00 pm
Science of Sound – Sat 7/13 @ 10:30 am
Life-Size Hi Ho Cherry-O – Sat 7/13 @ 12:30 pm
Children's Storytime – Pets! - Tues 7/16 @ 11:00 am
Magical Nick: Reach for the Stars – Tues 7/16 @ 1:30 pm
Blue Skies Writing Workshop – Wed 7/17, 7/24 & 7/31 @ 6:00 pm
Reading Space: Chasing New Horizons – Thurs 7/18 @ 6:30 pm
Baby Story Time – Space - Sat 7/20 @ 10:00 am
Raising Readers Story Time - Space – Sat 7/20 @ 11:00 am
Let's Dance Storytime with Central PA Youth Ballet – Sat 7/20 @ 1:30 pm
Christmas in July! – Mon 7/22 @ 1:00 pm
Aliens: Escape from Earth (Sciencetellers) – Tues 7/23 @ 1:30 pm
Coloring for Adults – Tues 7/23 @ 6:30 pm
Become Your Dreams – History of Hip Hop Dance – Tuesday 7/ 30 @ 1:30 pm
1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Registration is Open

  ALL East Pennsboro Branch Events


Coffee Corner Ca$h!
Available for purchase at the Reference Desk in increments of $5.00 and $10.00, these Coffee Corner Cash cards may be purchased using cash, check or credit card.
Coffee Corner Cash cards spend like cash, and have no expiration date. READ MORE


Hampden Township Pick-up and Drop-off Service
Fredricksen Library provides a pick-up and drop-off site for library materials at the Recreation Building, 5001 Hampden Park Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17050, just off Sporting Hill Road.  Great idea!  How does this work?   GET MORE INFO

Get information and registration dates on all Fredricksen June, July & August programs! 
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Recent Arrivals and Collection News

After the End by Claire Mackintosh
Backlash by Brad Thor
Big Sky by Kate Atkinson
The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
How Could She by Lauren Mechling
Lost and Found by Danielle Steel
A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson
Paranoid by Lisa Jackson
Unleashed by Diana Palmer

Alita: Battle Angel
Best of Enemies
Bletchley Circle. San Francisco
Endeavour Season 6
Killing Eve Season 2
Lost in Space Season 1
Mortal Engines
Pet Sematary

 NEW RELEASES Available $2 for 3 days - GET INFO!


Backstreet Boys – DNA
Jackie Evancho – The Debut
Randy Houser – Magnolia
Santana – Africa Speaks
The National – I Am Easy To Find
Thomas Rhett – Center Point Road


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