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         March 2018           Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter

Music of the West African Kora

Sunday, March 11 - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm 
 The kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. Sean Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, The Gambia, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. He has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, Gambia, and Senegal. No registration needed. HEAR SEAN GASKELL.
Sponsored by the McCormick Family Foundation.

A Celtic Concert with Seasons!

Sunday, March 18 - 1:30 pm 
The Lee siblings have toured in multiple states and countries and have opened for artists as varied as Grammy-award-winner Ashley Cleveland, Scythian, and Celtic Fiddle Festival. Seasons has performed on both regional and national television, and been featured at many national Celtic festivals. Now they will whisk you away to the Emerald Isle and leave you humming a merry tune over St. Patty's Day weekend! Free refreshments and our beautiful atmosphere round out the afternoon of fun!

Coming in April & May...

Folk Music with Andy & Judy Daigle ~ Monday, April 16 - 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Mando-Music with the Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble
Sunday, May 20  - 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm


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 30.
Use this link to tell us YOUR story.     Thank You. 

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.


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.

Once Upon a Time:
A Play
Thursday, March 15
7 pm to 8 pm

The Performance Class of Gamut Theatre Group presents: Once Upon a Time, a collection of famous fairy tales scenes geared for children ages 4 and up and their families. No registration necessary.
Gamut Theatre Group is the combined theatre company of Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre and Harrisburg Shakespeare Co. and has been entertaining students and families since 1993.

Faith's Fandom Frenzy - COMICS!
Friday, March 30
from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Everyone has something they're passionate about. Join other tweens who are fans of different books and movies for a fun new program. We'll talk about things we love and then do an art or craft project to show our appreciation for our fabulous fandoms!
Participants will be making their own comics! For fandom fanatics ages 10 – 13. Online registration begins March 16.

 At our East Pennsboro Branch...

With technology advancing every day, it is important to stay vigilant and protect your identity. Learn how identities are compromised, how to avoid being a victim, and how to recover a stolen identity. Presented by Jane Adams of First National Bank in Enola. Register at the library or call (717) 732-4274.


Saving & Budgeting - Wednesday, March 21 at 1 pm
Saving and BudgetingLearn how to curb spending, realign budgets and save money to put towards the things you really need and want! Presented by Jane Adams of First National Bank in Enola. Register at the library or call (717) 732-4274.

Join us as we participate in Longwood Garden’s Community Read of The Tree Lady. Children ages 3 to 8 and their caregivers will hear stories and make pinecone birdfeeders. Register at the library or call (717) 732-4274.




Next Tuesday!
In May 2017 the curtain came down on “the greatest show on earth”: the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This program takes a nostalgic look back at Ringling’s 146-year history. Born out of P.T. Barnum’s traveling “menagerie and museum,” the circus went on to thrill generations of Americans with a three-ring mix of crazy clowns, daredevil acrobats, and performing jungle beasts. Laid low by high costs and changing public tastes, the vanishing world under the “big top” lives on in some of our fondest childhood memories. No registration necessary.


Wonder Woman and the Tale of Female Superheroes
Tuesday, March 13 from 7 pm to 8 pm
(6:30 pm meet & greet) in the Community Room, Lower Level

In cooperation with the AAUW (American Association of University Women), join Dr. Charles Kupfer, PhD., Penn State Harrisburg, for this fascinating presentation. The origins of Wonder Woman, the first female superhero, will surprise and amaze you. Created by a man in the early 1940s to aid in the empowerment of women, she has “all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.” No registration necessary.


Buying or selling a home is one of the largest and most complex transactions of your life. Find out how to protect your interests and help avoid problems with residential real estate transactions. Join Mette Evans & Woodside for a discussion with experienced real estate lawyer, Attorney James L. Goldsmith, about what you need to know about residential real estate transactions. You’ll get practical tips on how to make your real estate transaction go more smoothly. Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the 32-page Consumer’s Guide to the Agreement of Sale, published by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (Quantities are limited.) No registration necessary.
Presenter: Attorney James L. Goldsmith – Mette Evans & Woodside

"Let's make the most of this beautiful day..."

Mr. Rogers Sweater Day!

Join us Tuesday, March 20th as we celebrate one of our favorites - Fred Rogers, on what would have been his 90th birthday, landing on the first day of spring! Stop in Fredricksen Library on March 20th in YOUR Mr. Rogers sweater and get your photo taken. We will be sharing the photos of patrons and staff on facebook and instagram. If you can't make it in, post your best sweater-selfie on our facebook page! All of our Mr. Rogers' neighborhood friends that day will be entered to win a Fred Rogers color-changing mug! 2018 also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and the release of a Mister Rogers forever stamp on Friday, March 23. Learn more about Fred Rogers' legacy at and



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 different windows available. 


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!

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March Events


 Adult Programs

Gardening with Nature: Pruning Essentials - Tuesday, March 20
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Fredricksen Library has teamed up with Penn State Master Gardeners for this series of workshops.
Learn how and when to prune woody ornamentals, including both evergreen and flowering deciduous trees and shrubs. A hands-on demonstration will be included and questions will be happily answered. You are encouraged to bring samples and pictures along with your questions. Cost per workshop is $5.00. To register call 1-877-345-0691.
Or register ONLINE HERE.

Language at the Library:
SPANISH: every Thurs @ 10 am
RUSSIAN: Thurs 3/8, 3/22 @ 9 am
GERMAN: Thurs 3/1, 3/15 @ 11:30 am
FRENCH: Thurs 3/1, 3/15 @ 1 pm
ITALIAN: Thurs 3/8, 3/22 @ 12:30 pm
BRAZILIAN PORT.: Sat 3/24 @ 2pm
Mindfulness Matters: Diligence, Enthusiasm, and Passion – Sun 3/4 @ 1:30 pm
Great Decisions: China and America - 3/5 @ 1 pm - Registration Required
Fredricksen Writes – Mon 3/5, 3/19 @ 6:45 pm – Registration Required
Curl Up with the Classics: As I Lay Dying – Tues 3/6 @ 10 am - Registration Required.
Great Stories – 3/7 @ 10 am – FULL
Natalie D. Craumer Writers Workshop: Developing Your Story -  Tuesdays: 3/6 - 5/15 @ 6:30 pm - Registration Required
Remembering “The Greatest Show on Earth”- Tues 3/6 @ 7 pm
Foreign Film Friday: Sing Street – Fri 3/9 @ 2 pm & 7 pm Rated PG-13
Blood Drive at Fredricksen -
Fri 3/9 from 4 pm to 7:30 pm
Trivia After Hours – BYOB – Friends - THIS PROGRAM IS FULL
Music of the West African Kora - Sun 3/11 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Philosopher’s Roundtable – Mon 3/12 @ 2 pm - Registration Required
Twisted Stitchers – Mon 3/12 @ 6:30 pm - Registration Required
Wonder Woman and the Wonderful Tale of Female Superheroes - Tues 3/13 from 7 pm to 8 pm (6:30 pm meet & greet)
Italian for Beginners II - Thurs 3/15 to 5/17 from 5 pm to 6 pm Registration Required
Italian for Beginners I - Spring Session
Thurs 3/15 to 5/17 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm Registration Required
A Celtic Concert with Seasons! - Sun 3/18 @ 1:30 pm
Game Day for All! – Sun 3/18 @ 1:30 pm
Great Decisions: Media and Foreign Policy – Mon 3/19 @ 1 pm - Registration Req.
What You Should Know When Buying or Selling Real Estate - Mon 3/19 @ 7 pm
Everyone Has a Story – Tues 3/20 @ 2 pm – Registration Required
Fredricksen Reads: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren -Tues 3/20 @ 7 pm - Reg. Required
Gardening with Nature: Pruning Essentials – Tues 3/20 @ 7 pm - Registration Required
German Lang. Film Group – 3/22 @ 2 pm
Foreign Film Friday: Mustang – Fri 3/23 @ 2 pm & 7 pm Rated PG-13
Traditional Chinese Tea Arts Workshop - Sat 3/24 @ 1:30 pm Registration Required
One Book, One Community Book Discussion - Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder Mon 3/26 @ 7 pm - Reg. Req.
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

Sew Fun: Sewing Class for Children
4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Children will be taught basic stitches and have a chance to create a fun, felt project each session. For children ages 9 - 12. Register ONLINE NOW.

American Girl Book Club - Thurs 3/1 @ 4:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
Between Covers Graphic Novel Book Club – Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson - Thurs 3/1 @ 6:30 pm – REGISTER ONLINE
Drop-In Family Story time – Thurs 3/1 and 3/22 @ 6:30 pm
Youth Chess Night – Fri 3/2 @ 6:30 pm
Robotics Camp – Sat 3/3 @ 1:30 pm – THIS PROGRAM IS FULL
Meet Someone New: Kid's Biography Club – Snowflake Bentley – Mon 3/5 @ 5 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
Library for Lunch: Teddy Bear Picnic! – Wed 3/7 OR Fri 3/9 @ 12 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
“Waiting for Spring” Story Time at Essex House, Lemoyne – Tues 3/13 @ 10:30 am
Sew Fun: Sewing Class for Children – Wed 3/14 @ 4:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
READ to Dogs – Thurs 3/15 @ 6:30 pm - Registration Required
Once Upon A Time: A Play with Gamut Theatre Group - Thurs 3/15 @ 7 pm
Baby Matinee (Movie for Parents) – Fri 3/16 @ 9:30 am
Family Movie Night – Gnomeo and Juliet – Fri 3/16 @ 6:30 pm
Story Time and Music by Sovia Therapy – Bugs, Bugs, Bugs! - Sat 3/17 @ 3:00 pm
Game Day for ALL! – Sun 3/18 @ 1:30 pm
Spring Story times - March 19 through April 27 – See website for sessions for Just Baby & Me (ages 0 - 2), Twos, Threes and Picture Book Time (age 4-K)
LEGO Club – Mon 3/26 @ 4:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
Plant Science, A Longwood Gardens Community Read - Tues 3/27 @ 6:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
Faith’s Fandom Frenzy – Make your own COMICS! Thurs 3/30 @ 6:30 pm - REGISTER ONLINE
1000 Books Before Kindergarten – Register at the library
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, March 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.

The Plot Twisters – Thurs 3/8 & 3/22 @ 6:30 pm
The Page Turners - Tues 3/13 @ 7 pm
Game Day for All! – Sun 3/18 @ 1:30 pm
Girls Who Code Club - Tues 1/9 - 5/22 @ 4 pm - PROGRAM FULL

ALL Teen Events





East Pennsboro Branch

Eat Well to Live Well Series
Monday, March 5 at 6 pm
Eating smart starts in your cart. Weis Dietitian Erin will lead this 4-part series to teach you cooking and shopping strategies that will help you eat and feel better. The series includes a store tour at Enola Weis Markets that will provide you with a dynamic educational experience. Register at the library or by calling the library at (717) 732-4274.

Seasonal Cooking – Thurs 3/1 & 3/22 @ 6:30 pm
Preschoolers Make It & Take It: Winter!
Fri 3/2 @ 1 pm - Registration required
Resume, Job & School Application Assistance – Fridays through 3/30 @ 2 pm
Eat Well to Live Well Series
Mon 3/5 @ 6 pm - Registration required
Finding Your Voice – Tues 3/6 & 3/20 @ 6 pm - Registration Required
Story Time and Craft hosted by Girl Scout Troops - Thurs 3/8 @ 6:30pm - Reg Req.
Chix with Stix – Mon 3/12 @ 6 pm
Bingo For Books - Tues 3/13 @ 6:30pm - Registration Required
Protecting Your Identity - Wed 3/14 @ 1 pm - Registration Required
Adventures in Reading - Thurs 3/15 @ 6:30 pm - Registration Required
Saving & Budgeting - Wed 3/21 @ 1 pm - Registration Required
Homemaking Habits: Declutter & Organize - Sat 3/24 @ 10 am - Registration Required
Coupon Clippers - Sat 3/24 @ 11 am - Registration Required
Pinecone Birdfeeders - Sat 3/24 @ 1 pm - Registration Required
One Book, One Community Book Discussion: Poison Study - Mon 3/26 @ 4 pm - Registration Required
Coloring for Adults - Mon 3/26 @ 6:30 pm
Let's Paint: Rocks & Seashells - Thurs 3/29 @ 10 am

 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 Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding
Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton
The Hush by John Hart
One Last Breath by Lisa Jackson
Poison by John Lescroart
Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke
Shallow Grave by Karen Harper
Sunburn by Laura Lippman
Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella
White Houses by Amy Bloom

A Bad Moms Christmas
Ballad of Lefty Brown
Better Call Saul - Season 3
Brokenwood Mysteries- Series 4
Goodbye Christopher Robin
Handmaid’s Tale -Season 1
Same Kind of Different As Me
Thank You For Your Service
Victoria - Season 2

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


Gregg Allman – Southern Blood
Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights
Kelela – Take me Apart
Morrissey – Low in High School
Tori Amos – Native Invader
Wow Hits 2018


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