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            December 2018       Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter


Harp & Handbells Holiday Concert
Monday, December 10
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
in the Atrium

Get into the holiday spirit with a relaxing evening of carols and holiday music. This year, we welcome back Louis Lynch (harpist) and the First UMC Handbell Choir, who will delight your senses and transport you from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season with a variety of music to soothe and rest your soul. Sit and enjoy the concert while sipping hot apple cider and nibbling on homemade treats or browse the stacks and take in the tranquil atmosphere. No registration necessary.


Wednesday, December 5
Tree Lighting at 7:00 pm

The Friends of East Pennsboro Library and East Pennsboro Recreation Board welcome Santa Claus! (second floor) Santa will have treats for the children after they have their picture taken (photos available for purchase for a small fee). The Santa visit is followed by the annual tree lighting ceremony at 7:00 m.

AND... Register now for
Santa Story Time at East Pennsboro Branch - Thursday, December 13 at 10 am
Young children and their caregivers will hear stories, sing songs, and do activities related to cookies! A special visitor will be stopping by to enjoy some cookies and juice with us: bring your wish list. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.




Looking for a special gift for your loved ones this holiday season? Why not an engraved paver to become a permanent part of the Fredricksen Library!
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!
Our new Lower Level Entrance, coupled with a beautiful garden plaza walkway along the front of the building, will offer an enjoyable stroll, or a place for rest and contemplation. The walkway will be filled with pavers engraved by our supportive community members!
For questions, please call Development at (717) 761-3900 x 236.

We are excited to be kicking off our Coding Club in January! Join us on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 pm for an information session. Computing is used all around us and in virtually every field. It is foundational knowledge that all students need, but is often overlooked —and that’s where The Coding Club @ Fredricksen can help. The club will help develop important digital literacy skills all while having fun. This meeting will provide an overview of the club structure and goals. The club will be broken down into two sessions, with Session 1 meeting weekly for 10 weeks beginning January 7 at 4:30 pm. For ages 12 -18. Younger than 12? Email the Teen Programmer at or come to the meeting for more information about joining.

Library for Lunch

The Gingerbread Man!

A Fredricksen Library tradition! Children ages 3 - 6 accompanied by an adult will hear stories about this classic holiday storybook character and decorate their very own gingerbread cookie. Participants should bring their own bagged meal. Cookie, icing, candies and beverages will be provided. Cost is $1 per child. Register by calling 717-761-3900 ext 229.
Monday, December 10 - 12 pm to 1 pm
Tuesday, December 11 - 12 pm to 1 pm
Thursday, December 13 - 6 pm to 7 pm
Friday, December 14 - 12 pm to 1 pm


2018 Annual Appeal

Every Gift is an Investment in
Your Community.

At the end of October our Annual Appeal was mailed to over 13,000 residents in Camp Hill, Wormleysburg and Lemoyne Boroughs, and Hampden, Lower Allen and East Pennsboro Townships. We need community members like you to help us sustain the role we play in the community. Fredricksen Library has big plans for exciting, new programs and projects. Your contribution will help us realize our goals.
What does your donation make possible?
$50 - three hours of device-help at the Reference Desk
$100 - five new books for the adult collection
$500 - a program in the atrium
$1,000 - two months of Wi-Fi connectivity for use on all devices, including our free computers
Please consider making a gift that demonstrates your appreciation of all that the Cleve J. Fredricksen Library offers to this community. Every single dollar makes a difference. Thank you for being a part of the Fredricksen Library and East Pennsboro Branch family!



November & December in the Atrium...

The Fredricksen Library Holiday Book Tree!

Honor a loved one and support Fredricksen Library on the 2018 Holiday Book Tree!
Dedications are now open for this volunteer project and tradition, created entirely from withdrawn books.

 For a donation in the amount you choose (minimum $10), patrons can have a name or family name placed on the spine of a book for the 2018 holiday season. Dedications available NOW through December 19. Holiday cards are available for you to send to the recognized person or family if desired. And watch for YOUR dedications on facebook and instagram. Thank you to all who have supported this project the past 5 years with your dedications, we hope you will consider a donation again this year. Forms are available at the Reference and Circulation Desks, OR make your dedication request ONLINE & GET MORE INFO HERE.

 Volunteer Fair 2018
The 2018 Volunteer Fair was held on Tuesday, November 13th at the library. Over 450 community members attended to gather information about various volunteer opportunities available. In our Atrium, 24 organizations informed those attending about volunteering opportunities in our area. The library wishes to thank all of the organizations, representatives and attendees for making this a truly successful community event.

CLICK HERE for a listing of all the participating organizations, their websites and current requirements.

SEE PHOTOS of the day HERE!


 Miss our awesome summer reading program? Kids needing a little extra motivation to get lost in a great book? Come check out our Winter Reading Program. Register online or stop by the children's desk to pick up a program card. It will feature fun activities and prizes designed to inspire reading different genres while also exercising academic skills in language, writing, and S.T.E.A.M. For ages K+ with registration beginning December 17.



Pennsylvania Books: The Story of Our State
Tuesday, January 15
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Atrium, Upper Level
Join us as we host Brian Lockman, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Cable Network. PCN has produced more than 800 episodes of Brian’s popular interview show, PA Books. He will share some of his favorite books and stories from 20 years of talking with authors. Sponsored by Friends of Fredricksen Library. No registration necessary.

The Friends of Fredricksen Annual Meeting will be held following the program at 7:00 pm in the Ruggaber Community Room. Through Friends membership fees and fundraising projects such as the Spring and Fall Book Sales, the Oyster Mill Play, and the Silent Auction, we make things happen!  Friends are engaged and dedicated lovers of books, music, films, and all things Fredricksen! Please consider joining us for 2019. A membership would also make a great New Year’s gift for your friends or family. Join us by stopping in the library or ONLINE. Thank you!



At our East Pennsboro Branch....


DIY Glittery Gifts!
Saturday, December 8 at 12 pm

Drop in anytime between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm to make a Glittery Gift for yourself or to give as a gift. All materials will be provided for those who register in advance. All ages welcome; under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

Noon Year's Eve Party!
Saturday, December 29
11 am to 12 pm

Come celebrate the coming of 2019 with us as we count down to NOON with activities for the whole family. All ages welcome; under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.



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 to 12 pm
Thursdays, 5:30 pm to 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!)


December Events


 Adult Programs

Foreign Film Friday:
Bye Bye Germany
Friday, December 14
2 pm and 7 pm

FROM GERMANY: Frankfurt, 1946. David and his Jewish friends have escaped the Nazi regime and are now dreaming of leaving for America. But how will they get the money in these tough post-war times? The smooth-talking businessman focuses on what the Germans now need most: fine bed linens nicely wrapped in amusing stories! The six talented entertainers go from home to home, praising housewives until the flattered ladies have no choice but to buy their irresistible items. Business flourishes and a bright new future can be seen in the horizon. But questions about David's past catch up with him. Could he have collaborated with the Nazis? This film is not rated. No registration needed. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.

Language at the Library:
SPANISH: every Thurs @ 10 am
GERMAN: Thurs 12/6, 12/20 @ 11:30 am
Inter. FRENCH: every Thurs @ 11:15 am
FRENCH: 12/6, 12/20 @ 1 pm
RUSSIAN: Thurs 12/13, 12/27 @ 9 am
ITALIAN: Thurs 12/13, 12/27@ 12:30 pm
Fredricksen Writes – 12/17 @ 6:45 pm
Philosopher’s Roundtable – Mon 12/10 @ 2pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 12/10 @ 6:30 pm
Harp and Handbells Holiday Concert – Mon 12/10 @ 7 pm
Foreign Film Friday: Bye Bye Germany – Fri 12/14 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Blood Pressure Screening – Thurs 12/20 from 9:30 am – 1 pm
German Lang. Film Group – Thurs 12/27 @ 2 pm
Device Advice – Tues 10a - 12p or Thurs 5:30p - 8:30p; Call 717-761-3900 ext. 225 to schedule an appt.
Coffee Corner - Weekdays 9:30 am to 3 pm
Donation Station - First Saturday of every month from 1 pm to 3 pm

ALL Adult Events

Children's Programs

Watercolor Salt Painting
Friday, December 14
5:30pm to 6:30pm
Come relax and make some wonderful creations using salt and watercolor paint! See what amazing designs you can make with a few household materials. For children ages 7 – 12 with registration now open.

Cozy Story Times – through Dec. 14
Adventures in 3D Modeling and Printing @ the KCS – 12/18 @ 5 pm
Tremendous Tea Party – Thurs 12/6 @ 5 pm
Youth Chess Night – Fri 12/7 @ 6:30 pm
Library for Lunch – The Gingerbread Man! Mon 12/10, Tues 12/11 and Fri 12/14 @ 12 pm; Evening Edition – Thurs 12/13 @ 6 pm
Introduction to Beatboxing – Tues 12/11 @ 5:30 pm
Snowflake STEM – Wed 12/12 OR 12/19 @ 4:30 pm
Watercolor Salt Painting – Fri 12/14 @ 5:30 pm
Winter Reading Program – Registration begins 12/17
Seasonal Snowman – Thurs 12/20 @ 4:30 pm
Family Movie Night – Fri 12/21 @ 6:30 pm

 Mission Transition – Mondays @ 6:30 pm
1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Register at the library 

  ALL Children's Events

Teen Programs

Board Game Drop-In
Friday, December 28
12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Drop-in for part or all of this board game event for ages 8-18. Children age 8-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Games will be supplied but bringing along your favorite is encouraged! Feeling creative? Materials to create your own board game will be supplied.
No registration necessary.

 Coding Club Information Night – Thurs 12/6 @ 7 pm

Teen Gingerbread Extravaganza – Sun 12/9 @ 1:30 pm - THIS PROGRAM IS FULL
Plot Twisters – Thurs 12/13 and 12/27 @ 6:30 pm
Board Game Drop In – Fri 12/28 @ 12 pm

 ALL Teen Events

East Pennsboro Branch

Christmas Lights
Photo Scavenger Hunt
December 13 through December 28
Stop by the library anytime from Thursday, December 13, through Friday, December 28, to pick up your Christmas Lights Photo Scavenger Hunt. Gather some friends or family, follow the clues, take pictures, and come back to the library to show us your zany holiday fun! All completed scavenger hunts will be entered to win a grand prize. All ages welcome; under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. No registration required.

Holiday Story Times - through 12/11 @ 10 am & 11 am
Annual Tree Lighting and Santa Visit - Wed 12/5 @ 5 pm
Word Games - Thurs 12/6 @ 1 pm
Library Reads: Beartown – Thurs 12/6 @ 6:30 pm
Land that Job! - Fri 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28 @ 1:30 pm
Raising Readers Story Time - Sat 12/8 @ 11 am
DIY Glittery Gifts - Sat 12/8 @ 12 pm
Bingo For Books - Tues 12/11 @ 6:30 pm – Reg. Req.
Chix with Stix – Wed 12/12 @ 6 pm
Christmas Lights Photo Scavenger Hunt - 12/13 - 12/28
Santa Story Time - Thurs 12/13 @ 10 am
DIY Kindness Jars – Thurs 12/13 @ 1 pm
Story Time and Craft with the Girl Scouts - Thurs 12/13 @ 6:30 pm
Holiday Reading: Christmas Bells - Tues 12/18 @ 6:30 pm
Noon Year's Eve Party - Sat 12/29 @ 11 am

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 Dec., Jan. & Feb. programs and events!
DOWNLOAD the Fredricksen Library Newsletter
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Recent Arrivals and Collection News

Beauchamp Hall by Danielle Steel
Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs
The Enemy of My Enemy by W.E.B. Griffin
Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates
Homeward Hound by Rita Mae Brown
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
Pandemic by Robin Cook
Silent Scream by Karen Harper
Tony’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Destination Wedding
Equalizer 2
Handmaid’s Tale Season 2
Juliet, Naked
The Meg
Mission Impossible – Fallout

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


Carrie Underwood – Cry Pretty
Crazy Rich Asians Soundtrack
For King & Country – Burn the Ships
Lovelytheband – Finding it Hard to Smile
Metric – Art of Doubt
Rod Stewart – Blood Red Roses


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