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         February 2018           Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter

Mardi Gras Madness

with the Ben Mauger Band!

Monday, February 12 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 

Laissez les bons temps rouler! If you can't get to New Orleans this Mardi Gras, never fear because we're bringing the sounds of Mardi Gras to Camp Hill! Ben Mauger's New Orleans Jazz Band will play the songs that make you feel like you're sauntering down by the bayou. So get ready to catch some beads and let the good times roll because we are ready to celebrate! No registration necessary.



Saturday, February 10

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
in the Atrium

President Lincoln himself talks about his family, some highlights from his life, and especially his battles with slavery. Don't miss this chance to see our favorite Lincoln aficionado and actor, James Hayney in our beautiful atrium. No registration necessary.


At the East Pennsboro Branch... 

 Candy Land: Winter Reading for All Ages!

Thursday, February 1 through 28
Read great books, color the spaces on your Candy Land game board, and earn prizes. When you finish the game, submit your card to enter to win one of our grand prizes. Register at the library starting February 1.

AND.... Check out the other Candy Land programs in February:

Life-Size Candy Land - Saturday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 am
& Candy Land House Extravaganza - Monday, Feb. 19 at 1:00 pm



We are now offering online registration for many of our Children's Programs! On the phone and in person registrations are also still available for programs.


Fredricksen Library
Stained Glass Window Replicas

In celebration of Fredricksen Library’s 60th Anniversary, we are offering replicas of the beautiful panels depicting historic sites in our service area for your home, office or to use as special gifts. Proceeds will support programs and services at Fredricksen Library.
Window replicas are 12” x 12” square, 1/4” plexiglass with white backing, two drilled holes for hanging (optional) with a narrow black U channel frame. Priced @ $65.00 a piece. A few window designs are available in the library for immediate sale, with no ordering. All other orders require prepayment, two weeks for production and must be picked up upon phone or email notification.

CLICK HERE to see or DOWNLOAD an order form showing the 28 different windows available. 


The Oscars are almost here and we have your opportunity to see the Oscar-Nominated Short Films before the awards are given! These films are wildly popular, but often difficult to find. Look no further! Fredricksen Library gives you a chance to choose the winners before the Academy announces them. Join us on Friday, February 23 as we view the nominees from the following categories:

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Documentary Short Films
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm - Live Action Short Films
Saturday, February 24 at 2:00pm - 4:00pm - Animated Short Films

Not recommended for ages 17 & under without parental permission. No registration necessary. Sponsored by Jan and Bill Murray.


Library for Lunch!


Chinese New Year
Wednesday, February 14 or Friday, February 16
12 pm - 1 pm

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with stories, songs, dance and traditional cake. Children must bring a bag lunch. Cost is $1 per person. Registration is required starting January 31.



Handmade treats - like chocolates and cupcakes - make great gifts. This workshop will teach you how to turn an ordinary cupcake into a gift and how to make your own molded chocolates. Don't miss this workshop just in time for Valentine's Day. For ages 12 – 18.  REGISTER ONLINE


It's time to VOTE!


It's time to VOTE for Simply the Best Library 2018!
If you have enjoyed programming Fredricksen has offered, borrowed books, CDs and DVDs, utilized our free internet computers, learned something new at a workshop, or just needed a beautiful place to get away, please take the time to VOTE HERE. We appreciate your votes! There have been some changes to the voting procedure to make it easier this year,  with a nomination period until March 15, then actual voting from the top five nominees starting April 15.



 The Friends of Fredricksen Library serve three functions: to advocate for library funding with local legislators; to raise funds to help meet the costs of special programming and new equipment; and to volunteer time at the library.

Special thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donated items and services to the 2017 Silent Auction. Proceeds from last year’s book sales and Silent Auction have been dispersed this year to fund Children’s, Teen, and Adult Programing, a popcorn machine, new book carts, Staff and Volunteer recognition, a new refrigerator and stack cutting machine, Book Pages (a monthly adult book reviewing paper), and two new chip enabled devices as well as a donation to the Building Fund to help with funding the new lower level entrance.  Join the Friends of Fredricksen today!

Save the Dates for our Spring Book Sale - April 19 – 22!


with Nature:

Why Master


Tuesday, February 20,
7 pm to 8:45 pm

Fredricksen Library has teamed up with Penn State Master Gardeners to bring you a series of workshops that will show you how to garden with nature. Penn State Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by Penn State Extension to provide research-based home gardening information to the public. There are many benefits to becoming a Master Gardener! Come join us for a workshop, presented by Penn State Master Gardener Catherine Scott, on how and why to become a Master Gardener. Catherine's program will be followed by a sneak peak of the coming year's workshops. Free, no registration required. Future workshops cost $5.00 each and are offered on the 3rd Tuesday of each month (3/20, 4/17, 5/15, 6/19, 7/17, 8/21, 9/18 & 10/16). Registration for all programs now open. To Register Contact: Penn State Extension, Cumberland County 717-240-6500 or 1-888-697-0371 x6500


 Watercolor Workshop

Saturday, February 17

 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

Come learn tips and tricks for how to use watercolors. Each child will leave with a painting they have created. Registration required and begins February 3. For children ages 10-12.


We are looking for your stories about Fredricksen Library & East Pennsboro Branch.

Tell us how you or someone you know has been positively impacted by library programs and services, volunteers and staff.

Share your best library experiences and you will be entered to win one of two gift cards. Participants agree to allow Fredricksen to use submissions in future marketing efforts to promote programs and services (by name or anonymously). Multiple stories will be accepted. Please submit by March 1.
Use this link to tell us YOUR story.     Thank You. 



Device Advice
By Appointment only
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! Just call in to reserve up to one hour with one of our trained Reference Librarians who 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 brand new 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 FacebookPinterest, 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!)



February Events

 Adult Programs

Introduction to Traditional Chinese Fashion
Sunday, February 11
1:30 to 2:30 pm

We are celebrating the upcoming Chinese New Year with the help of the Chinese Cultural & Arts Institute! Come and learn about the beautiful and fascinating history of traditional Chinese fashion. All ages welcome! Registration now open. Coming Sunday, 2/25 - Intro. to the Chinese Language  REGISTER ONLINE

Language at the Library:
SPANISH: every Thurs @ 10 am
RUSSIAN: Thurs 2/8, 2/22 @ 9 am
GERMAN: Thurs 2/1,2/8, 2/15, 2/22 @ 11:30 am
FRENCH: Thurs 2/1, 2/15 @ 1 pm
ITALIAN: Thurs 2/8, 2/22 @ 12:30 pm
Italian for Beginners – Thurs 1/4 – 3/8 @ 5 pm - Registration Required
Mindfulness Matters: The Work We Choose – Sun 2/4 @ 1:30 pm
Great Decisions: The Waning of Pax Americana? - 2/5 @ 1 pm - Reg. Req.
Fredricksen Writes – Mon 2/5, 2/19 @ 6:45 pm – Registration Required
Curl Up with the Classics: A Passage to India – Tues 2/6 @ 10 am - Reg. Req.
Great Stories – 2/7 @ 10 am - FULL
Philosopher’s Roundtable – Mon 2/12 @ 2 pm - Registration Required
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 2/12 @ 6:30 pm - Registration Required
Foreign Film Friday: The Nightingale – Fri 2/9 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Lincoln's Highlights – Sat 2/10 @ 1:30 pm
Trivia After Hours –BYOB - Games of Thrones - Sat 2/10 @ 7 pm
Introduction to Traditional Chinese Fashion – Sun 2/11 @ 1:30 pm - Registration Req.
Mardi Gras Madness with the Ben Mauger Band – Mon 2/12 @ 7 pm
Game Day for All! – Sun 2/18 @ 1:30 pm
Great Decisions: Russia's Foreign Policy – Mon 2/19 @ 1 pm - Registration Req.
Everyone Has a Story – Tues 2/20 @ 2 pm – Registration Required
Fredricksen Reads: Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford -Tues 2/20 @ 7 pm - Registration Required
Gardening with Nature: Why Master Gardeners? – Tues 2/20 @ 7 pm
German Language Film Group – 2/22 - CANCELED FOR FEBRUARY
Film Fridays: Oscar-Nominated Shorts – Fri 2/23 @ 2 pm & 7 pm and Sat 2/24 @ 2 pm
Introduction to Chinese Language – Sun 2/25 @ 1:30 pm - Registration Required
News Today: Real or Fake? – CANCELED – Tues 2/27 @ 7 pm
Blood Pressure Screenings - Thursdays 9:15 am - 1 pm
Device Advice – Call 717-761-3900 ext. 225 to reserve a time slot.
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

Daddies Do Hair
Sunday, February 18
from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Any man who takes care of a little girl will find these simple hair styling tips useful. Bring your daughter to learn basic combing and brushing before we move on to mastering a neat ponytail, braiding and pinning a simple up-do. This hair ‘boot camp’ will be led by a professional hair stylist (who is also a Dad). For ages 4 and up. Registration begins February 4.

Youth Chess Night – Fri 2/2 @ 6:30 pm
1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Register at the library
Winter Story times – 6 week sessions – 1/15 – 2/23 - Registration Required
American Girl Book Club - Thurs 2/1 @ 4:30pm - Registration Required
Grandparent Group – Thurs 2/8 @ 9:30 am
Drop-In Story time – Thurs 2/8, 3/1 @ 6:30 pm
Artist Alley – Fri 2/9 @ 6:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
STEM Exploration Lab – Wed 2/21 @ 4 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
Library for Lunch: Chinese New Year! – Wed 2/14 OR 2/16 @ 12 pm - REGISTER ONLINE

READ to Dogs – Thurs 2/15 @ 6:30 pm - Registration Required
Faith’s Fandom Frenzy – Thurs 2/15 @ 6:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE

Family Movie Night – A Dog’s Purpose – Fri 2/16 @ 6:30 pm
Watercolor Workshop – Sat 2/17 @ 1:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
Daddies Do Hair – Sun 2/18 @ 2 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
Community Reading Night – CANCELED
LEGO Club – Mon 2/26 @ 4:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
Homework Helpers Club – Thursdays @ 4 pm
Mission Transition 2017/2018: - Preparing for Kindergarten - One Monday a month Sept. through May @ 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

 ALL Children's Events

Teen Programs

Game Day for All!
Sunday, February 18
from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Board games are fun for everyone, so come drop in and play with us! We will have board games available to play, but please feel free to bring your own too! It's always fun to share a game you love. All ages are welcome; ages 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary. Next Game Day: March 18.

Girls Who Code Club - Tues 1/9 - 5/22 @ 4 pm - PROGRAM FULL
The Plot Twisters – Thurs 2/8 & 2/22 @ 6:30 pm
Sweet Shoppe DIY – Sun 2/11 @ 1:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE

The Page Turners - Tues 2/13 @ 7 pm
Game Day for All! – Sun 2/18 @ 1:30 pm

ALL Teen Events





East Pennsboro Branch

The Great American Novel
Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 pm
In our quest to find The Great American Novel, join us for a discussion of Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer. From the publisher: "How do we fulfill our conflicting duties as father, husband, and son; wife and mother; child and adult? Jew and American? How can we claim our own identities when our lives are linked so closely to others? These are the questions at the heart of Jonathan Safran Foer's first novel in eleven years - a work of extraordinary scope and heartbreaking intimacy." Please either have read the book or listened to the audio book before the meeting. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

Candy Land: Winter Reading for ALL Ages! – February 1 thru February 28
Seasonal Cooking – Thurs 2/1 & 22 @ 6:30 pm
Resume, Job & School Application Assistance – Fridays through 3/30 @ 2 pm
Life-Size Candy Land – Sat 2/10 @ 10:30 am
Chix with Stix – Mon 2/12 @ 6 pm
The Great American Novel – Thurs 2/15 @ 6:30 pm - Registration required
Candy Land House Extravaganza – Mon 2/19 @ 1 pm - Registration required
Homemaking Habits: Declutter & Organize – Bathroom – Sat 2/24 @ 10 am
Winter Story Time with Mrs. B - Tues 1/9 - 2/27 @ 10 am & 11 am
Bingo for Books - Tues 2/13 @ 6:30 pm - Registration required
Finding Your Voice – Tues 2/6 & 2/20 @ 6 pm
Coupon Clippers - Sat 2/24 @ 11 am
Coloring for Adults - Mon 2/26 @ 6:30 pm

 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

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Recent Arrivals and Collection News

Act of Revenge by Dale Brown
Blood Sisters by Jane Corry
Burial Society by Nina Sadowsky
Dark in Death by J.D. Robb
Hellbent by Gregg Hurwitz
Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner
The Night Child by Anna Quinn
Perish by Lisa Black
Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
The Winter Station by Jody Shields

American Made
Battle of the Sexes
Brad’s Status
Blade Runner 2049
Home Again
Killing of a Sacred Deer
The Mountain Between Us
Only the Brave
Ten Days in the Valley

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


Converge – The Dusk in Us
Galantis – The Aviary
Liam Gallagher – As You Were
St. Vincent - Masseduction
Wolf Parade – Cry Cry Cry
Yusuf/Cat Stevens – The Laughing Apple


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