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            February 2019       Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter

Lincoln - Lies, Legends, and Myths
Saturday, February 2
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
in the Atrium

As part of our Daytime Academy Speaker Series, we welcome highly-acclaimed Abraham Lincoln aficionado and actor, James Hayney as President Abraham Lincoln. The sixteenth President will set the record straight, separating fact from fiction. The Daytime Academy is made possible by a grant from Harsco Corporation, honoring the memory of Derek C. Hathaway and his passion for life-long learning. No registration necessary.

Also coming in February...

What You Missed in History: The Radical Rosa Parks
presented by Say Burgin of Dickinson College
Tuesday, February 5 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm   READ MORE

What You Missed in History: An Afternoon with Martha Washington
with Alisa Dupuy from Ladies of History
Sunday, February 10 - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm   READ MORE


Teen Blind Date with a Book
February 1 - 28

We all try not to judge a book by its cover, but now's your chance! Stop by the library, check out our Teen Book Display and pick out your "date." Once you are done reading, fill out the Rate Your Date card inside the book for a chance to win a prize. Drop off your cards at the Reference Desk.

Love and Kindness is in the Air
Thursday, February 14
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Surprise someone you know with an encouraging decorated written message to thank them for being in your life. For children ages 8 – 12. Registration open.



Keating Jazz Orchestra's Two-Beat Dames
Saturday, February 9
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm in the Atrium

For your entertainment, KJO’s Two-Beat Dames will be performing music from the 1920s and Dixieland! They have played all over the Central PA area at venues such as The Hotel Hershey, The Emerald Foundation, The Gas House Dance Hall, Swing Kat Entertainment, Tellus360, The Carlisle Vault and Dardanella’s Great Gatsby Lawn Party! They have also played at fundraisers for The MS Society, Gettysburg Community Theatre, The Emerald Foundation, The Woodrow Wilson Association, Adams County Rescue Mission, H.O.P.E., and the Cumberland County Historical Society. We hope you have a hotsy-totsy time!

The Cleve J. Fredricksen Library Association

The Cleve J. Fredricksen Library Association is pleased to announce
the officers for 2019:

President / Parliamentarian: Diane Myers
Vice-President: Gary Crowell
Secretary/Parliamentarian: Carolyn Pfeifer
Treasurer: Linda Haines
Assistant Treasurer: Yvette Kane
Past President: Kathy Bard

2019 Board Meetings:

March 13 | May 8 | August 14 | October 9 | December 11
All board meetings are open to the public and held at 5 pm in the
Ruggaber Community Room at Fredricksen Library.

2019 Friends of Fredricksen Library President: Cathy St. Pierre
2019 Friends of East Pennsboro Branch Library President: Debbie Lupold

At our East Pennsboro Branch...
All Aboard for Winter Reading for ALL Ages!
February 1 through February 28

Join us! Choose challenges from the Winter Reading Challenge sheet.
When you have completed that challenge, cut out a sticker and stick it onto a train car. After you have completed 5 and 10 challenges, come to the library for a small incentive. After you have completed 15 challenges, come to the library for a FREE book and an entry for the Grand Prize Drawing! Grand Prizes include 2 tickets to Hands On House, an Amazon Gift Card and an Enola Train Yards Stained Glass Replica.   AND Join us for our Children's Train Themed Programs:

Let's Play Trains
Saturday, February 2 at 12 pm - No registration required.

Driving Trains
Monday, February 18 at 11 am - Registration required.

Train Town!
Saturday, February 23 at 11 am - No registration required.

Train Safety Presentation/Operation Lifesaver
Saturday, February 23 at 10 am - No registration required.

Blood Pressure Screenings

First Thursdays of every month starting February 7th
NEW for 2019! UPMC Pinnacle is now partnering with Fredricksen Library to offer free Blood Pressure Screenings the first Thursday of every month from 11 am - 1 pm. For your convenience, three parking spaces are reserved near the main entrance.

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.
The Documentaries & Live Action Shorts are not recommended for ages 17 & under without parental permission.
No registration necessary. Sponsored by
Jane and Bill Murray.


 At our East Pennsboro Branch....

DIY Book Hideaway
Wednesday, February 13
1 pm to 3 pm

Make a book hideaway 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. This program is a partnership with the Schaner Adult Center. Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.

Hands On: STEM
Monday, February 25
from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Drop in any time between 2:30 pm and 5:00 pm to try some hands-on STEM.
February 25--Building (e.g. Lego WeDo, K'nex, etc.) This program is for all ages; under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.



Library for Lunch – Friendship Fun!
Wednesday, February 6 @ 12:00 pm OR
Friday, February 8 @ 12 pm

Join us for a fun filled story time geared towards children ages 3 - 6. We will enjoy stories and activities focusing on friendship and kindness before contributing to a group project that will be hung in the library! Children must bring a bag lunch. Cost is $1, Registration is now open.

Gardening with Nature: Open House
Tuesday, February 19
7:00 pm - 8:00 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. Join us for a preview of the workshops to be presented on the third Tuesday of every month from March through October of this year. Learn about events to be held at the Adams Ricci Park Butterfly Garden and get answers to gardening questions. Free. Light refreshments will be served. No registration required.

Great Decisions 2019
Eight sessions: every other Monday, starting February 4
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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 topics can be found here!
In partnership with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, this year's discussions will meet every other Monday afternoon at 1:00 pm (2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13). Registration now open online.

The Fab Four @ Fredricksen!

Coming in February to the front lobby display case - don't miss our friend Terry's collection celebrating the 55th year of The Beatles arriving in the U.S.!
The display will include items as far back as 1964 to more current reproductions and promotional items, 45s and vinyl albums to cassettes and 8-track tapes to CDs, posters, books, McCartney concert programs and Yellow Submarine memorabilia. Don't miss it!


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!

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February Events


 Adult Programs

Moving Forward Book Group: Umami by Laia Jufresa
Wednesday, February 6
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for our new book discussion series, Moving Forward, geared towards those who have suffered a loss or tragedy and could use an infusion of hope. In cooperation with Hospice of Central PA, we will be reading books focusing on the redemptive power of the human spirit and will meet the first Wednesday of the month.
February’s choice is Umami by Laia Jufresa - a thoughtful, eccentric, and heart-wrenching interwoven story told from the perspective of neighbors living in a mews of five houses in Mexico City. You must have read or listened to the book to attend. Registration for our February session begins January 2. Ages 18 and older, please.

Register ONLINE

Index Card RPG – Fri 2/1 & 2/15 @ 6 pm
Donation Station – Sat 2/2 - 1 pm to 3 pm
Lincoln - Lies, Legends, and Myths – Sat 2/2 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Citizenship Preparation Tutoring - Mon & Tues, (January 7 through April 16) @ 10 am
Great Decisions 2019 – Refugees and Global Migration- Mon 2/4 @ 1 pm
Fredricksen Writes – 2/4 & 2/18 @ 6:45 pm
Curl Up with the Classics: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter – Tues 2/5 @ 10 am
The Radical Rosa Parks – Tues 2/5 @ 7pm
Moving Forward Book Group: Umami by Laia Jufresa – Wed Feb 6 @ 1 pm
Language at the Library:
SPANISH: Every Thurs @ 10 am
GERMAN: First & Third Thurs @ 11:30 am
Inter. FRENCH: Every Thurs @ 11:15 am
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 2/7 from 11 am to 1 pm
Italian for Beginners I - Winter Session: every Thurs 5 pm to 6 pm 1/3 through 3/7
Italian for Beginners II - Winter Session: every Thurs 6:30 to 7:30 pm -6 pm 1/3 -3/7
Meetup/Save the World – Who (or what) is right? ...How do I know? - Thurs 2/7 @ 7 pm
Foreign Film Friday: The Wedding Plan – Fri 2/8 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Keating Jazz Orchestra's Two-Beat Dames – Sat 2/9 - 1:30 pm to 3 pm
Trivia After Hours – Spirits & Libations! B.Y.O.B. – Sat 2/9 @ 7 pm
An Afternoon with Martha Washington – Sun 2/9 - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Philosophers' Roundtable – Mon 2/11 @ 2 pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 2/11 @ 6:30 pm
Game Day for All! – Sun 2/17 @ 1:30 pm
Great Decisions 2019 – The Middle East: Regional Disorder - Mon 2/18 @ 1 pm
Gardening with Nature: Open House – Tues Feb 19 @ 7 pm
Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films – Fri 2/22 – 2 pm to 5 pm
Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films – Fri 2/22 – 7 pm to 9 pm
Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films – Sat 2/23 – 2 pm to 4 pm
Fredricksen Reads: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict – Mon 2/25 @ 7 pm
German Lang. Film – Thurs 2/28 @ 2 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

Teddy Bear Sleepover
Saturday, February 2
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Have you ever wondered what happens in the library at night? Bring a special stuffed animal who will sleep over at the library Saturday night. We’ll make a special blanket to keep them warm! Children under 7 may need adult help making the blanket. Come back on Sunday between 1:30 pm and 5:00 pm to pick them up and find out what kind of mischief they got into while we were gone! For children under 10 with registration open.

Winter Reading Program - Registration OPEN
Winter Story times  – Jan 18 through Feb 22
Youth Chess Night – Fri 2/1 @ 6:30 pm
Teddy Bear Sleepover – Sat 2/2 -3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Coding Club @ Fredricksen Library – Mondays @ 4:30 pm (Jan 7 to Mar 11)
Kid's Biography Club: Anne Frank – Mon 2/4 @ 5 pm
Adventures in 3D Printing and Modeling – Tues 2/5 @ 5 pm
Library for Lunch – Friendship Fun! – Wed 2/6 or Fri 2/8 @ 12 pm
I Love STEM: Valentine's Day Science – Wed 2/6 or 2/13 @ 4:30 pm
Book vs. Movie – Paddington – Sat 2/9 @ 1:30 pm
Preschool Drive-In Movie – Tues 2/12 or Fri 2/15 – 5 pm to 7 pm
Love and Kindness is in the Air – Thurs 2/14 - 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm
Engineering Mystery Challenge – Wed 2/20 @ 4:30 pm
Engineering Design Challenge: Paper Structures – Tues 2/26 - 5 pm - 6:30 pm
READ to Dogs – Thurs 2/21 @ 6:30 pm
Stop Motion Animation – Thurs 2/28 or Thurs 3/7 – 5 pm to 6 pm

 ALL Children's Events

Teen Programs

Cardboard Crew
Sunday, February 10
1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Got DIY skills? Show them off and help us build play structures for library littles! Dress for a creative mess. We will be making "cardboard cars" for the little kid's drive-in movie theater! Materials will be provided. For ages 12 -18. No registration necessary.

Blind Date with a Book - Feb 1 through Feb 28
Coding Club @ Fredricksen - Mondays, January 7 to March 11 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Plot Twisters (Teen Writers Group) – Thurs 2/7 & 2/21 @ 6:30 pm
Cardboard Crew – Sun 2/10 - 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 2/11 @ 6:30 pm

 ALL Teen Events

East Pennsboro Branch

Christian Fiction Book Club
Thursday, February 7 at 12:00 pm

Join us each month to discuss Christian fiction. Read any book by the author of the month, and bring it along to discuss it and learn what others have read. Leave with some memories of old favorites and some new books to add to your reading list! Register by contacting the library at (717) 732-4274.
February--read and bring any book by Wanda E. Brunstetter

All Aboard for Winter Reading – ALL AGES – Feb 1 through Feb 28
Winter Story Time with Mrs. B. – Tues 1/8 through 2/19 @ 10 am & 11 am
Land that Job! - Fri 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 @ 1:30 pm
Homemaking Habits: Organize your Closets – Sat 2/2 @ 10 am
Raising Readers Story Time - Sat 2/2 @ 11 am
Let's Play Trains – Sat 2/2 @ 12 pm
Seasonal Cooking – Tues 2/5 & 2/19 @ 6:15 pm
WhoDunIt – Wed 2/6, 2/20 & 2/27 @ 6 pm
Christian Fiction Book Club – Thurs 2/7 @ 12 pm
Word Games – Thurs 2/7 – 1 pm to 3 pm
Bingo for Books - Tues 2/12 @ 6:30 pm 
Chess – Tues 2/12 @ 6:30 pm
DIY Book Hideaway – Wed 2/13 @ 1 pm
Chix with Stix - Wed 2/13 @ 6 pm
Story Time and Craft with the Girl Scouts - Thurs 2/14 @ 6:30 pm
Driving Trains – Mon 2/18 @ 11 am
Library Reads: Unsheltered – Thurs 2/21 @ 6:30 pm
Train Town! – Sat 2/23 @ 11 am
Train Safety/Operation Lifesaver - Sat 2/23 @ 10 am
Preschoolers Make It & Take It – Mon 2/25 @ 1 pm
Hands On: STEM – Mon 2/25 - 2:30 pm to 5 pm
Coloring for Adults – Tues 2/26 @ 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

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Recent Arrivals and Collection News

The Book Artist
by Mark Pryor
The Dead Ex by Jane Corry
Golden Child
by Claire Adam
Judgment by Joseph Finder
Letters from Peaceful Lane by Janet Dailey
Once a Liar by A.F. Brady
Out of the Dark
by Gregg Hurwitz
The Rule of Law
by John Lescroart
The Silhouette Girl
by V.C. Andrews
A Time to Scatter Stones
by Lawrence Block

Bad Times at the El Royale
Bohemian Rhapsody
First Man
The Hate U Give
Night School
The Old Man and the Gun
A Star is Born
The Wife

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


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Muse – Simulation Theory
Nile Rodgers & Chic – It's About Time
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