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          December 2019         Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter

  Friday, December 6: 9 am to 8 pm and

Saturday, December 7: 1 pm to 5 pm in the Atrium

The Friends of Fredricksen Library will hold a special children's book sale in partnership with the Midtown Scholar Bookstore. A selection of NEW award winning, best selling and popular children's and youth books chosen by Midtown Scholar will be available for purchase. Categories for sale include: Toddler books; Beginning Readers/Picture books; Chapter books; Young Adult books, and Teen books priced from $2 - $10.
The sale will raise funds for the Friends to benefit the library and provide opportunities for children, teens and adults to buy new high quality books as holiday gifts for their family and friends at a fraction of list prices.

Join us for our first partnership with Midtown Scholar Bookstore!

Harp and Handbells Concert

Monday, December 16
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.

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Visit with Santa
Wednesday, December 4

5:30 pm – Families visit with Santa in the Township building, 2nd floor

7:00 pm – Tree lighting ceremony at the Township building

AND... Come back Saturday for the
Christmas Magic Show!
Saturday, December 7 at 10:30 am

Magical Nick with an interactive Magic Show for the entire family! 


 @ Fredricksen Library

Harp & Handbells Concert - Mon 12/16 @ 7 pm
Trivia After Hours: Holiday Pop Culture & Ugly Sweater Contest!  (B.Y.O.B.) - Sat - 12/14/ @ 7 pm
 Perler Bead Ornaments - Tue 12/3 or Thurs 12/5 at 5:30 pm
 Peaceful Poses Nutcracker Yoga Story Time - Fri 12/13 at 10:15 am

Teen DIY Card Making - Mon 12/09 at 4 pm

@ East Pennsboro Branch

Holiday Storytimes with Mrs. B - Tue 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 at 10 am & 11 am
Annual Tree Lighting / Visit with Santa - Wed 12/4 at 5 pm 

Christmas Magic Show - Sat 12/7 at 10:30 am



 December Exhibits at Fredricksen

Front Lobby Display Case - 40+ Years of Star Wars Collecting
Representing more than 40 years of Star Wars collecting, this display includes mostly vintage Star Wars items spanning from the years 1978 through 1985. Many are from the original vintage Kenner Star Wars toy line, but some of the vintage toys from Kenner's foreign licensees are also represented. Also included are some original theatrical release movie posters, vinyl records, books and autographed pieces from the cast of the original Star Wars Trilology.

Lower Level Community Gallery - Bethany Towers Painting Group
During the month of December and January, The Bethany Towers Painting Group will be exhibiting their oil paintings at the Fredricksen Library lower level gallery, located at Camp Hill. Oil paintings to include a wide range in subject matter from portraits to still life to landscapes and florals. The artists are painting students of artist Barbara Passeri-Warfel. Participating in this group exhibit are: Vi Karper, Carol Pennington, and Tammy Carter of Mechanicsburg, Shirely Karper of Palmyra, Ruth Gleim of Etters and Barbara Passeri-Warfel of New Cumberland. The painting group meet on Friday mornings from 10:30 to 12:00 noon in the Bethany Towers Activity Room. For information on joining the painting group contact Barbara Passeri-Warfel via email



Annual Appeal

“Alone, we can do so little. 
Together, we can do so much.” 
– Helen Keller

Pat yourself on the back. This year marks the completion of three construction projects that make a real difference in our service to you and your community. A new lower level entrance provides easy access to the Pollock Children’s Library, the Ruggaber Community Room, and curbside drop off straight to the elevator. The Business and Career Center is up and running providing much needed job training classes, access to community resources, technology to enhance your at-home or online business, and a pathway to the jobs of the future. Finally, the Hoyt Reading Plaza provides a pleasant outdoor space to read, meet your friends, and enjoy the lovely grounds surrounding the library.

Three weeks left to make your dedications on the Fredricksen Library Holiday Book Tree!

Honor a loved one and support Fredricksen Library on the 2019 Holiday Book Tree!
Dedications will be accepted through December 18 for this volunteer fundraiser and Fredricksen 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 2019 holiday season. Holiday cards are available to send to the recognized person or family if desired. And watch for YOUR dedications on Social Media. Forms are available at the Reference and Circulation Desks, OR make your dedication request  ONLINE

See the 2019 dedications HERE!


Holiday Closings

Tuesday, December 24 - Closed
Wednesday, December 25 - Closed
Tuesday, December 31 - Closing at 5 pm
Wednesday, January 1 - Closed


Business & Career Center
Upcoming Programs

Get complete info and REGISTER HERE!

Mock Interview Sessions - BCC HUB - Register now, by appointment - 2nd Wednesdays from 2  pm – 4 pm

Career Exploration Workshops
Tuesdays from 10:30 am-11:30 am & 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Resume Writing Workshops
Thursdays from 11:30 am-12:30 pm and from 5:30 pm-6:30 pm

Get That Job! Workshops
Fridays from 10:30 am-11:30 am and from 4:30 pm-5:30 pm

Walk-in Sessions - BCC Classroom - No registration necessary
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Thursdays from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Thursdays from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Home-Based Business Roundtables with SCORE
2nd Tuesdays of each month, 12 pm - 1:30 pm
4th Tuesdays of each month, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm for additional Computer Courses and Banking, Budgeting & Retirement Courses returning in the new year!


Interactive Star Wars Experience for Teens
Thursday, December 26
from 2 pm to 5:30 pm

Get ready to channel the Force during this interactive movie experience! Join Rey, Finn, and Poe in fighting the Dark Side. You will be given props and a script to follow along with during the movie. For teens ages 12 – 18. No registration necessary.




The Friends of Fredricksen have established Donation Station on the first Saturday of every month from 1 pm to 3 pm to process the donation of books and media for our Spring and Fall Book sales. Volunteers will be able to assist unloading your donations. We hope to provide convenience to you, our donors, and streamline our process for donations. During Donation Station hours, please park on the Walnut Street side parking area at the lower level employee entrance door. Donations at all other times can be given at the Reference Desk.

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

Create a Username!
You now have the option of creating a username which you can use instead of your library card number to log in to many Cumberland County Library System Services!
Usernames work with the following services:
Your Library Account ~ Self-Checkout Stations ~ SAM Sign-Up Stations
Public Internet Computers ~ SmartPay Online Fine Payment
Usernames work with the following databases:
Learning Express Library ~ Morningstar ~ MyHeritage
Novelist Plus ~ Reference USA

Create a Username NOW



December Events


 Adult Programs

Meet The Real Vikings!
7:00 pm to 8:15 pm
Despite the cartoon image, the Vikings never wore horned helmets. But they did leave a fascinating cultural legacy to Western civilization during the early medieval era. Based in Scandinavia, the Vikings ranged as far east as Baghdad; and as far west as Newfoundland. Join John Maietta and go beyond myth and legend to paint a colorful picture of the real Vikings. No registration necessary.

Business & Career Center Programming -Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri, daytime & evenings - FALL WORKSHOPS!
Language at the Library:
SPANISH: Every Thurs @ 10 am (no session on 12/26)
GERMAN: First & Third Thurs @ 11:30 am
FRENCH Intermediate Study Group - Every Thurs @ 11:15 am (no session on 12/26)
FRENCH Beginner & Conversation Groups:First & Third Thurs @ 1 pm
RUSSIAN: Sec. & Fourth Thurs @ 9 am (no session on 12/26)
ITALIAN: Sec. & Fourth Thurs @ 12:30 pm (no session on 12/26)
Fredricksen Writes – Mon 12/2 & 12/16 @ 6:45 pm
Curl Up with the Classics: The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving - Tues 12/3 @ 10 am
Moving Forward Book Group: The Examined Life – Wed 12/4 @ 1 pm
Blood Pressure Screenings – Thurs 12/5 and 12/19 from 11 am -1 pm
Friends of Fredricksen / Midtown Scholar NEW Children’s & Teen Book Sale - Fri 12/6 - 9 am - 8 pm & Sat 12/7 - 1 pm - 5 pm
Index Card RPG Nights – Fri 12/6 @ 6 pm
Philosopher's Roundtable - Mon 12/9 @ 2 pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 12/9 @ 6:30 pm
Meet the Real Vikings! – Thurs 12/12 @ 7 pm
Foreign Film Friday: Rafiki – Fri 12/13 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Trivia After Hours - Holiday Pop Culture & Ugly Sweater Contest! - Sat 12/14 @ 7 pm
Harp and Handbells Concert – Mon 12/16 @ 7 pm
Indie Film Friday - Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas - Fri 12/27 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Donation Station – First Saturdays – 12/7 from 1 pm - 3 pm
Device Advice – Tues 10 am to 12 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

Milk & Cookies Story Time!
Monday, December 16 at 1 pm and 2 pm; Wednesday, December 18 and Friday, December 20 at 9:30 am and 10:30 am
Come in your PJs and join us for a Milk & Cookie Story Time! We'll celebrate the start of winter with stories, friends, and milk and cookies! No registration necessary.
Mon 12/16: Ages 0 - 2: 1 pm and Ages 3 and up: 2 pm
Wed & Fri 12/18 & 12/20: Ages 0 - 2: 9:30 am and Ages 3 and up: 10:30 am

Mission Transition - Registration is OPEN 
Library for Lunch - The Gingerbread Man! – SORRY - This program is full.
Tween Makerspace Hangout – Mon 12/2 and 12/16 @ 4:30 pm
Building Challenges – Tues 12/3 @ 4:30 pm OR Thurs 12/5 @ 5 pm
Perler Bead Ornaments – Tues 12/3 OR Thurs 12/5 @ 5:30 pm
Youth Chess Night - Fri 12/6 @ 6:30 pm
Drop In Family Story Time: All About Feelings! – Thurs 12/12 @ 6:30 pm
Peaceful Poses Nutcracker Yoga Story Time – Fri 12/13 @ 10:15 am
Teen Paint Nights – Fri 12/13 @ 5:30 pm
Milk & Cookies Story Time! – Mon 12/16 @ 1 pm and 2 pm, Wed 12/18 and Fri 12/20 at 9:30 am and 10:30 am
READ to Dogs - Thurs 12/19 @ 6:30 pm
Family Movie Night – Smallfoot - Fri 12/20 @ 6:30 pm
1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Get more info at the Children's Desk

 ALL Children's Events

Teen Programs

EMO Crafting Party
Friday, December 6 - 6 pm to 8 pm
National Emo Day is December 12, and we're celebrating with some crafts! Join us to listen to bands like My Chemical Romance and Panic at the Disco while we use the Cricut Maker to design band t-shirts, jewelry, and buttons! Some supplies will be provided, but if you want more than one t-shirt or would like to put designs on other items of clothing (shoes/hats/jean jackets, bags, etc) please bring them along. No Registration needed, but if you are planning on coming and have music suggestions email the teen programmer at

Teen Homeschool Hangout - Tues 12/3 @ 10 am
Plot Twisters (Teen Writers Group) – Thurs 12/5 & 12/19 @ 6:30 pm
Index Card RPG Night - Fri 12/6 @ 6 pm
Emo Crafting Party – Fri 12/6  @ 6 pm
Teen DIY Card Making – Mon 12/9 @ 4 pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 12/9 @ 6:30 pm
Teen Paint Nights – Fri 12/13 @ 5:30 pm
Teen Shark Tank Presentations – Sat 12/14 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Interactive Star Wars Experience – Thurs 12/26 from 2 pm to 5:30 pm
Lunar Cycle Escape Room – Mon 12/30 at 11 am, 12:30 pm OR 2 pm
Sketchbook Review for Teens - Tues & Thurs By Appointment

 ALL Teen Events

East Pennsboro Branch

Girl Scouts Story Time
Thursday, December 12 at 6:30 pm
Join the Girl Scouts for a fun story time and craft! Registration required.

Holiday Storytimes with Mrs. B - Tues 11/26 - 12/17 @ 10 am and 11 am
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Visit with Santa – Wed 12/4 @ 5:30 pm
Christmas Magic Show – Sat 12/7 @ 10:30 am
Chix with Stix - Wed 12/11 @ 6 pm
Storytime and Craft with the Girl Scouts - Thurs 12/12 @ 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 information and registration dates on all December, January and February programs! 
DOWNLOAD the Fredricksen Library Newsletter
DOWNLOAD an East Pennsboro Branch Newsletter




Recent Arrivals and Collection News

The Attack by W.E.B. Griffin
Beating About the Bush by M.C. Beaton
Criss Cross by James Patterson
Genesis by Robin Cook
Just Watch Me by Jeff Lindsay
Now You See Them by Elly Griffiths
Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
The Rise of Magicks by Nora Roberts
Spy by Danielle Steel
Sword of Kings by Bernard Cornwell

Angel Has Fallen
Big Bang Theory Season 12
Blinded By the Light
The Chaperone
Good Boys
Handmaid’s Tale Season 3
The Kitchen
Peanut Butter Falcon
Star Trek Discovery Season 2
Where’d You Go, Bernadette

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


Blink-182 – Nine
Brantley Gilbert – Fire & Brimstone
Harry Connick, Jr. – True Love
New Pornographers – In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
Tegan & Sara – Hey, I’m Just Like You
Wilco – Ode to Joy


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