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             January 2020         Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter


 Friends of Fredricksen Welcome

Author Stephen Fried

Tuesday, January 14 at 6:00 pm

Join us as we host Stephen Fried, award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author of “Benjamin Rush: Revolution, Madness and the Visionary Doctor Who Became a Founding Father”. A two-time winner of the National Magazine Award, he has written frequently for Vanity Fair, GQ, The Washington Post Magazine, Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, Glamour, and Philadelphia Magazine. He has written seven acclaimed nonfiction books. No registration necessary. The annual Meeting of the Friends of Fredricksen Library immediately follows Stephen Fried’s presentation. Please join us to learn more about the Friends and all they do for Fredricksen. The 2020 Budget will be adopted which designates funds for library programs and projects, and officers will be elected. Friends are engaged and dedicated lovers of books, music, films, and all things Fredricksen!  Please consider joining us for 2020 by stopping in the library or downloading a membership form ONLINE. Thank you! 

Get Funky with

The Don Johnson Project LIVE!

Sunday, January 12 at 1:30 pm

Let’s warm up this cold weather with some hot tunes from local favorite, the Don Johnson Project. They’ll keep you dancing in your seat or on your feet with Funky Blues, Motown, and much more. If you like Hendrix, Otis, and BB King, get ready to push away those winter blues for an afternoon. No registration necessary.


STaRT—Start Today
and Retire Tomorrow

Monday, January 13 at 6:00 pm

in the Business & Career Center
Do you think that you don’t make enough money to save for retirement right now? If you are saving and investing, do you think you are saving and investing enough? Think again…join us for an informative workshop on saving for retirement at YOUR stage of life, no matter where you fall on the retirement timeline. Program facilitated by the PA Dept. of Banking and Security. Register ONLINE


 Let It Shine:

The American Civil Rights Movement 1955-1968
Monday, January 20 at 
1:00 pm

Join us as we welcome Bright Star Touring Theatre this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Their powerful production will introduce audiences to poignant events and notable names of the Civil Rights Movement. This acclaimed show focuses on the tumultuous years between 1955 and 1968 and shines light on important milestone in our history, including: the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the SCLC, Brown v. Board of Education, the Sit-In Movement, the Freedom Riders, the March on Washington, and the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Viewers can expect to meet important figures and hear inspiring songs of the era. Recommended for 3rd grade – adult. No registration necessary.

Medical Marijuana in PA:
What You Need to Know
Thursday, January 30
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Medical Marijuana was legalized in PA back in 2016, but where can we turn to learn more about it? Join Mary Werdebaugh, Director of Community Outreach at Organic Remedies Medical Marijuana Dispensary and Adjunct Instructor at HACC. She’ll lead you through the science, the stigma, and the process of obtaining medical cannabis in PA. She’ll explain the approved conditions in PA, the endocannabinoid system, the different types of products available and the pharmacy/patient connection. Following her presentation, stay for a Q&A session. No registration necessary.

Wednesdays, January 15 - February 19
10:30 am to 11:00 am

Join Miss Olga for our special story times in Spanish! For children ages 2 – 6. This story time will be appropriate for those looking for an introduction to Spanish. No fluency is required. Registration now open.

After Hours Hide and Seek
Wednesday, January 22
5:45 pm to 7:45 pm

All teens ages 12-18 are invited to the library for a fun game of hide and seek among the bookshelves! Meet us in the Community Room at 5:45 before the library closes and get ready to play! No registration necessary.

Upcoming Programs in the BCC

 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 coming months!


Wednesday, January 15
at 5:00 pm

in the Ruggaber Community Room, Lower Level
Join us at the Annual Meeting of the Library Association. Every patron with a library card is a member and we will be voting to adopt the 2020 Budget and elect trustees to the board.


Wanda Metzger - Over 3000  Hours of Service and Inspiration

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of beloved and devoted volunteer Wanda Metzger, 94 yrs, on Dec 21st, 2019. Wanda began volunteering at Cleve J. Fredricksen Library upon her retirement in 1997 and has given over 3000 hrs to the library. In her 21 years of volunteer service, she received the Volunteer of the Year Award twice and co-chaired the Friends' Spring and Fall Book Sales for many years.
A passionate and enthusiastic supporter of the library, Wanda was an inspiration to volunteers and employees alike. Her energy and dedication as a volunteer was unprecedented and her spirit was infectious. We will miss her passion and commitment to the library and community. Wanda will be fondly remembered by all of those she inspired.




 During Donation Station hours, 1 pm to 3 pm, 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.

The Oscar Nominated Short Films
Friday, January 31 at 2 pm and 7 pm
and Saturday, February 1 at 2 pm

Fredricksen Library gives you a chance to choose the Oscar winners before the Academy announces them! No registration necessary. Sponsored by Jane and Bill Murray.  Join us on Friday as we view the nominees from the following categories:

Friday, 2 pm to 5 pm - Documentary Short Films*
Friday, 7 pm to 9 pm - Live Action Short Films*
Saturday, 2 pm to 4 pm for the Animated Short Films

*Not recommended for ages 17 & under without parental permission.

Sketchbook Review for Teens
By Appointment in the Kunkel Creation Station

Calling all artists! Are you ready to take your skills to the next level? Need a few pointers to develop your powers of observation and personal style? Fredricksen is now hosting one-on-one reviews. Bring your sketchbook or a handful of drawings. Finished work is not required. This is an informal feedback session to share your work, ask questions, and come away with some actionable suggestions to build on what you know. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting at 4:30 pm. For teens ages 12 – 18. Contact Emily to set up your private session at


Library for Lunch -
Penguins & Polar Bears

Monday, January 27 OR Wednesday, January 29 from 12 pm to 1 pm

This event will be filled with stories, songs, and activities to correspond to the theme! Children should bring a bagged lunch and the library will provide a sweet treat. Registration is required and begins Jan 13. This program is recommended for ages 3 - 6 but younger and/or older siblings may attend. Please indicate younger sibling when registering.

A Santa visit, Story times, Holiday Trivia & Ugly Sweaters, Books for Tots, Candy Cane Walk, Holiday Harp and Handbells Concert, A Tree Lighting, Gingerbread Men, STEM & Crafts and a Holiday Book Tree - ALL during the 2019 holiday season!

of ALL the fun!

 AND a BIG Thank You for your dedications on the Holiday Book Tree!  We are grateful to all for a wonderful holiday season AND for the many books dedicated on the seventh year of the Holiday Book Tree, meeting our goal with $1226 raised!  OVER 50 beautiful new books were donated for Books for Tots, and delivered for the Toys for Tots Camp Hill Borough Parade.  THANK YOU!


January Events


Adult Programs

Language at the Library:
English as a Second Language
Tuesdays, Jan. 7 – Feb. 25
12 pm to 1:30 pm
Come improve your English skills in speaking, reading, writing, and listening by taking English as a Second Language (ESL) classes. Improve your English pronunciation and grammar. This (8-week) course is taught by two experienced instructors who will tailor the class to your individual needs. Please note: there is no childcare available. Registration recommended but not required.

Business & Career Center Programming -Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri, daytime & evenings - FALL WORKSHOPS!
Language at the Library:
SPANISH: Every Thurs @ 10 am
GERMAN: First & Third Thurs @ 11:30 am
FRENCH Intermediate Study Group - Every Thurs @ 11:15 am  
FRENCH Beginner & Conversation Groups: First & Third Thurs @ 1 pm
RUSSIAN: Sec. & Fourth Thurs @ 9 am
ITALIAN: Sec. & Fourth Thurs @ 12:30 pm
English as a Second Language: Tues 1/7 - 2/25 @ 1 pm
Blood Pressure Screenings – Thurs 1/2 and 1/16 from 11 am -1 pm
Italian for Beginners I - Thurs 1/2 - 3/5 @ 5 pm
Italian for Beginners II - Thurs 1/2 - 3/5 @ 6:30 pm
Fredricksen Writes – Mon 1/6 & 1/20 @ 6:45 pm
Curl Up with the Classics: Murder at the Vicarage - Tues 1/7 @ 10 am
Moving Forward Book Group: Once More We Saw Stars– Wed 1/8 @ 1 pm
Indie Film Friday: Blindspotting– Fri 1/10 @ 2 pm & 7 pm
Trivia After Hours80s Movies - Sat 1/11 @ 7 pm

The Don Johnson Project LIVE!  – Sun 1/12 @ 1:30 pm
Philosopher's Roundtable - Mon 1/13 @ 2
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 1/13 @ 6:30 pm
Meet the Author: Stephen Fried – Tues 1/14 @ 6 pm
Friends of Fredricksen Annual Meeting - Tues 1/14 @ 7 pm
Board of Trustees Annual Meeting - Wed 1/15 @ 5 pm
Game Day for All! - Sun 1/19 @ 1:30 pm
Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement - Mon 1/20 @ 1 pm
German Language Film Group - Thurs 1/23 @ 2 pm 
Adult Crafternoon: Winter Porch Makeover -Sun 1/26 @ 1:30 pm
Fredricksen Reads: I Will Not Fear - Mon 1/27 @ 7 pm
Oscar Nominated Short Films- Fri 1/31 @ 2 pm and 7 pm; 2/1 @ 2 pm

Donation Station – First Saturdays – 1/4 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

Winter Story Times
– 6 week session
Monday, January 13 through February 17 (6-week sessions)
Join us at this age appropriate program that promotes literacy and provides a fun first experience at the library. These story times will help increase children’s vocabulary, comprehension, and ability to interact socially. Registration now open.

Adventures in 3D Printing and Modeling - Tues 1/7 @ 4:30 pm
Cardinals in the Snow - Thurs 1/9 @ 5:30 pm
Drop In Story Time: All About Feelings! – Thurs 1/9 & 1/23 @ 6:30 pm
Peaceful Poses Kids Yoga – Fri 1/10 - 1/31 @ 10:15 am
Teen Paint Nights – Fri 1/10 @ 5:30 pm
Winter Story Times - 6 week sessions - 1/13 - 2/21 - Call for days and times.
Tween Makerspace Hangout – Mon 1/13 and 1/27 @ 4:30 pm
Dog Man Fun-o-rama - Mon 1/13 OR Thurs 1/16 @ 5:30 pm
Star Wars STEM - Tues 1/14 @ 4:30 pm OR Thurs 1/15 @ 5 pm (Ages 9 - 12)
Bilingual Story Times - 6 week sessions - Wed 1/15 - 2/19 @ 10:30 am (Ages 2 - 6)
READ to Dogs - Thurs 1/16 @ 6:30 pm
Family Movie Night – Fri 1/17 @ 6:30 pm
Game Day for All! - Sun 1/19 @ 1:30 pm
Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement - Mon 1/20 @ 1 pm

Beautiful Blackout Poetry - Wed 1/22 @ 4:30 pm
Library for Lunch - Penguins & Polar Bears! Mon 1/27 OR Wed 1/29 at 12 pm
Star Wars STEM - Tues 1/28 at 4:30 pm OR Thurs 1/30 @ 5 pm (Ages 6 - 8)
American Girl Book Club - Tues 1/28 @ 5:30 pm

 1000 Books Before Kindergarten - Get more info at the Children's Desk

 ALL Children's Events

Teen Programs

Teen Trivia Night: Television
Thursday, January 9
5 pm to 7 pm

Do you know EVERYTHING about The Office, Parks and Rec, and other comedy shows? Come dazzle us with your knowledge! No registration needed, just drop in for some fun!

Plot Twisters (Teen Writers Group) – Thurs 1/16 & 1/30 @ 6:30 pm
Teen Homeschool Hangout - Tues 1/7 @ 10 am
Teen Trivia Night: TV - Thurs 1/9 @ 5 pm
Teen Paint Nights – Fri 1/10 @ 5:30 pm
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 1/13 @ 6:30 pm
Game Day for All! - Sun 1/19 @ 1:30 pm
Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement - Mon 1/20 @ 1 pm
After Hours Hide & Seek - Wed 1/22 @ 5:45 pm
Sketchbook Review for Teens - Tues & Thurs By Appointment

  ALL Teen Events

East Pennsboro

Seasonably Good:
Healthy Winter Soups
Tuesday, January 14 at 1 pm

January can seem bleak with summer so far in the distance and the holidays behind us. Hearty, healthy soups can perk up your winter and improve your regular diet. We'll talk about ways to use winter vegetables in soups that can serve as healthy, tasty one-dish meals. Ages 16 and up. No registration necessary.

Winter Storytimes with Mrs. B - Tues 1/7 - 2/28 @ 10 am and 11 am
Chix with Stix - Wed 1/8 @ 6 pm
Storytime and Craft with the Girl Scouts - Thurs 1/9 @ 6:30 pm
Seasonally Good: Healthy Winter Soups – Tues 1/14 @ 1 pm
Mission Transition: Preparing for K - Wed 1/22 @ 6:30 pm

College Reading Strategies - Tues 1/28 @ 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

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
Hindsight by Iris Johansen
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Lost by James Patterson
Moral Compass by Danielle Steel
Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman
River Murders by James Patterson
Treason by Stuart Woods
The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz
When You See Me by Lisa Gardner

Ad Astra
Adopt a Highway
Official Secrets
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Ready or Not
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
Yellowstone Season 2

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


Cold War Kids – New Age Norms 1
Country Music: The Soundtrack
Fitz and the Tantrums – All the Feels
Miles Davis – Rubberband
Now That's What I Call Music! 71
Now That's What I Call Music! 72


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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

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