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                 May 2019         Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter


 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.



Order your fresh New Jersey blueberries for just $30.00 to benefit the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library. We are now taking orders for 10 pound boxes with pick up on June 27 – just in time for your July 4th picnics! Payments may be made by cash, credit card or check at the Reference Desk until June 23 at 5 pm. Prefer to order online? Easy ordering below and pay through Paypal ($1.00 extra per box). ORDER ONLINE NOW.
Also available at the library - Very Blueberry Cookbook for only $5! Stop in the library for the Very Blueberry Cookbook by Jennifer Trainer Thompson. Featuring more than 40 blueberry recipes for breakfasts, salads, entrées, and more. See a sample of the book at the libraries, or CLICK HERE to see a preview. LIMITED QUANTITIES! For more information, call 761-3900, ext. 236.

Homeowners: Beware of Summer Hazards! 

Protect yourself from potential legal problems around your home
Monday, May 13 at 7:00 pm

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.

 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.


Fredricksen Reads:
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Monday, May 13
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

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. REGISTER ONLINE NOW

Teens Create! Contest
Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, July 7

Enter our 4th Annual Teen Creative Expression Contest. Submissions will be accepted in 5 categories: painting/illustration, photography, poetry, short story, and a new category--audio/visual.
Detailed instructions regarding themes and dimensions for each category will be available May 1.
Submissions are accepted June 8 - July 7 and will be on display in the library and/or shared on the library's Facebook from July 9 - July 31. The best entry in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges and the winners will receive $50. You may enter once in each category. Winners will be announced before the Final Fling Concert! For teens ages 12 -18.  Email for more information. GET YOUR ENTRIES READY!

Opening in the Spring - the NEW
Business & Career Center
@ Fredricksen!

The Business & Career Center @ Fredricksen (BCC) will offer workshops, programming and technology assistance centered on all stages of career goals, with a focus on enhancing employability for all. Entrepreneurs and local businesses will also be in focus as we incorporate
regional services from SCORE and debut 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!
Stay tuned for programming and other important announcements —
your future starts here!

Check out this TIME LAPSE VIDEO from Backyard Productions, Inc and Krehling Industries Inc. of our Business & Career Center installation!

Fredricksen Library


Sponsored by HOLMES Cycling

Spring is here and thoughts of bike riding, sunshine, and warmer weather come to mind. It also means it’s time for Fredricksen’s Annual Bike Raffle in conjunction with Holmes Cycling and Fitness! For the sixth year in a row, this family-owned Camp Hill business is donating a bike (of your choice up to a $450 value) to the raffle winner. Tickets are $5 per ticket or $12 for three tickets. The drawing will be held on Thursday, June 13th at our first summer concert on the lawn.
Like Fredricksen Library, Holmes is fostering community and encouraging healthy behaviors. Holmes has been providing quality customer service and products since 1974. Just last year, the shop was completely remodeled; stop in and check it out! They are also great neighbors who also support the library and we thank them for their generosity. THANK YOU HOLMES CYCLING & FITNESS!

 At our East Pennsboro Branch....

Plan ahead and find some summer reading early! The Friends of the East Pennsboro Library will hold their spring book sale on the ground floor of the Township Building on Thursday and Friday, May 16 and 17, from 9am to 3pm. Fill as many bags as you can for $5 each. Donations may be dropped off in Room 101 or at the Library.

Preschoolers Make It & Take It —Nursery Rhymes!
Monday, May 13 at 1:00 pm

Children ages 3 to 6 and their caregivers will hear stories, sing songs, and do activities related to that day's theme. During the program, caregivers will have an opportunity to make a related busy bag activity to take home. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274..


Summer Reading Kickoff – A Universe of Stories
Sunday, June 9 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Outside on the Lawn
(All activities will move indoors if necessary.)
Kickoff this space-themed summer by traveling a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. That's right! Grab your favorite droid and join the 501st Legion here with Star Wars Stormtroopers (1 pm -3 pm), as well as some more Star Wars characters (1 pm – 3 pm) from The Enchanted Teapot. Some you love to love and some you love to hate, but they'll all pose for a great photo opportunity with you! After you get your fill of Star Wars characters, join us for a mini-concert with one-man-band Nick Disanto (3 pm - 3:45 pm).
We’ll also have Face Painting by Whitney at special discount prices, Fun with Bubbles, Children's Crafts, Activities just for teens including a Selfie Scavenger Hunt, FREE Cupcakes, FREE Popcorn, Raffles and more!

Great Decisions 2019
ONE Session remaining:
State of the State Department and Diplomacy - May 13

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. Discussion topic details can be found here!  In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.   

Mindfulness Make-up Class - Mindful Livelihood:
The Work We Choose
Sunday, May 5 - 1:30 pm to 3 pm

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 Minick 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.

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!)


May Events


 Adult Programs

Gardening with Nature: Blueberries for the Home Gardener
Tuesday, May 14 at 7:00 pm

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.

 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: Second & Fourth Thurs @ 9 am
ITALIAN: Second & Fourth Thurs @ 12:30 pm
Blood Pressure Screenings with UPMC Pinnacle – Thurs 5/2 & 5/16 from 11 a -1 p
Meetup/Save the World - Thurs 5/2 @ 7 pm
Index RPG Nights – Fri 5/3 & 5/17 @ 6 pm
Donation Station – Sat 5/4 - 1 pm to 3 pm
Mindfulness Make-up Class - The Work We Choose - Sun 5/5 @ 1:30 pm
Fredricksen Writes – 5/6 & 5/20 @ 6:45 pm
Curl Up with the Classics: The Hiding Place – Tues 5/7 @ 10 am
Master Gardener Plant Clinics – Tuesdays thru August from 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Life on the Golden Stage – Tues 5/7 @ 7 pm
Blood Drive - Fri 5/10 from 4 pm - 7:30 pm
Foreign Film Friday: La Familia – Fri 5/10 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Trivia After Hours – Board Games! B.Y.O.B. – Sat 5/11 @ 7 pm
Great Decisions – State Department and Diplomacy - Mon 5/13 @ 1 pm
Philosophers' Roundtable – Mon 5/13 @ 2 pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 5/13 @ 6:30 pm
Fredricksen Reads: The Library Book by Susan Orlean – Mon 5/13 @ 7 pm
Homeowners! Beware of Summer Hazards – Mon 5/13 @ 7 pm
Gardening with Nature –Tues 5/14 @ 7 pm
German Language Film Group – Thurs 5/23 at 2 pm
Foreign Film Friday – The Third Murder - Fri 5/24 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Celebrating Pete Seeger – Mon 5/28 @ 7 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

Coding with Butterflies
Wednesday, May 8 at 4:30 pm OR Thursday, May 9 at 5:00 pm
Flutter into STEM by learning about the butterfly life cycle with our mini coding robots and creating your own butterfly out of reusable items! Children are encouraged to bring empty egg cartons to create their own butterfly. For ages 6 – 8. Registration open.

Children’s Book Week – 4/29 – 5/5
Coding Club - Mondays, through May 20 @ 4:30 pm
Library for Lunch: In Our Garden – Wed 5/1 OR Fri 5/3 @ 12 pm
Magic Dissolving Ink – Thurs 5/2 OR 5/9 @ 5:30 pm
Youth Chess Night – Fri 5/3 @ 6:30 pm
Kid's Biography Club: Rachel Carson – Mon 5/6 @ 5 pm
Adventures in 3D Printing and Modeling – Tues 5/7 & 5/21@ 5 pm
Coding with Butterflies– Wed 5/8 @ 4:30 pm OR Thurs 5/9 @ 5 pm
Drop-In Family Story Time – Thurs 5/9 & 5/23 @ 6:30 pm
Making Dreamcatchers - Thurs 5/14 @ 5 pm

Girls in STEM: Bungee Barbie Challenge – Thurs 5/16 @ 5 pm
READ to Dogs – Thurs 5/16 @ 6:30 pm
Family Movie Night – Fri 5/17 @ 6:30 pm

Party Like Pete the Cat – Thurs 5/23 @ 5:30 pm

 ALL Children's Events

Teen Programs

Teen Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting
May 9 and 23
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Fredricksen's Teen Advisory Group is a service group that helps to plan teen events, choose books for our collection, and run special events. This is a great way for students to complete volunteer hours, and also give back to their community in a fun and rewarding way. Joining TAG is as easy as filling out a library volunteer application. Stop by a meeting to see what it's all about. Please come ready with any ideas for programs, volunteer opportunities, or topics you would like to discuss. For teens ages 12 – 18. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. No registration necessary.

Twisted Stitchers – Mon 5/13 @ 6:30 pm
Plot Twisters (Teen Writers Group) – Thurs 5/9 & 5/23 @ 6:30 pm
Coding Club @ Fredricksen - Mondays through 5/20 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

TAG Meeting - Sunday 5/19 @ 3:30 pm

Teen Makerspace Nights @ the KCS - Tues 5/28 from 6 pm to 8 pm

  ALL Teen Events

East Pennsboro Branch

Library Reads: The Library Book
Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm
Join us for a discussion of the Library Reads recommended book, "The Library Book" by Susan Orlean. From "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." Please either have read the book or listened to the audiobook before the meeting. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

Land that Job! - Fridays through 5/17 @ 1:30 pm
Local Writers Writing – Wed 5/1, 5/15 & 5/22 @ 6 pm
Christian Fiction Book Club – Thurs 5/2 @ 12 pm
Word Games – Thurs 5/2– 1 pm to 3 pm
Baby Story Time – Sat 5/4 @ 10 am
Raising Readers Story Time - Sat 5/4 @ 11 am
Hands On: STEM – Sat 5/4 @ 12:30 pm
Chix with Stix - Wed 5/8 @ 6 pm
Preschoolers Make It & Take It – Mon 5/13 @ 1 pm
Bingo for Books - Tues 5/14 @ 6:30 pm
Library Reads: The Library Book – Thurs 5/16 @ 6:30 pm
Coloring for Adults – Tues 5/21 @ 6:30 pm
Adventures in Reading - Thurs 5/30 @ 6:30 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 EARLY information and registration dates on all Fredricksen June, July & August programs! 
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Recent Arrivals and Collection News

Blessing in Disguise by Danielle Steel
Cari Mora by Thomas Harris
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
If She Wakes by Michael Koryta
The Never Game by Jeffery Deaver
Queen Bee by Dorothea Benton Frank
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Road Home by Richard Paul Evans
Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews
Tightrope by Amanda Quick

Better Call Saul Season 4
A Dog’s Way Home
Escape at Dannemora
Escape Room
Happy Death Day 2U
Holmes and Watson

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


Alice Merton – Mint
Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water
Dido – Still On My Mind
Florida Georgia Line – Can’t Say I Ain’t Country
Switchfoot – Native Tongue
Weezer – Weezer [Black Album]


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