November 2020         Cleve J. Fredricksen Library E-Newsletter




Get ready for the gift-giving season by bidding in our 2020 ONLINE Silent Auction!
With over 400 items, there is something for everyone! Artwork, gifts, books, children’s items, local recreation & activities, holiday decor, food, gift cards and certificates, as well as special packages like Orthodontic services and more all donated by our patrons and local business partners. We are so grateful for the generosity of our community and the 100s of unique items and gift cards they donate.




Fredricksen Library is a Polling Place, and to accommodate voting and adhere to CDC Covid-19 guidelines, all voters must enter and exit through the LOWER LEVEL ENTRANCE on Walnut Street. There will be NO ACCESS to the Lower Level from the Main Level. There are 2 parking lots on the Lower Level, including 4 handicapped spots and street parking. The Children's Library on the Lower Level will be CLOSED on Election Day. The Main Level of the library and all regular services will be available. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 10
from 7 pm to 8 pm via Zoom

Join nutritionist, Sarah Glunz, MS, CNS, LDN, for ideas on how to thrive throughout winter. She'll discuss topics such as the importance of hydration even in the colder weather, how to combat carb cravings that often increase in winter and some ways to incorporate winter fruits and veggies. Bring your questions for a lively discussion that will get us more motivated to focus on our health and wellness throughout the winter months. Registration is required for Zoom link. REGISTER ONLINE
Sarah is the nutritionist at Natural Paths to Wellness, an alternative medicine center in Camp Hill. Visit their website at for more information.


& December
in the Atrium

Honor a loved one and support Fredricksen Library on the 2020 Holiday Book Tree!
Dedications open Sunday, November 8 for this volunteer project, fundraiser and Fredricksen tradition, created entirely from withdrawn books.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 2020 holiday season. 
Dedications available November 8 through December 18. Holiday cards are available for you to send to the recognized person or family if desired. If you can't get to the library to see your dedication, or for those long distance, all dedications will be posted on Social Media. Forms will be available at the Reference and Circulation Desks, can be printed from the website and mailed OR make your dedication request easily ONLINE, starting Sunday, November 8 GET MORE INFO HERE


Upcoming Book Discussions


Curl Up with the Classics: Babette’s Feast by Isak Dinesen
Tuesday, November 3: 10 am - 11 am via Zoom
This novel describes the mysterious arrival of Babette into the life of two sisters and their pious community. REGISTER ONLINE


Moving Forward Book Group: Grit
by Angela Duckworth

Wednesday, November 4 - 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom
November’s choice is Duckworth’s nonfiction book about the power of passion and perseverance. REGISTER ONLINE

Fredricksen Reads: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Monday, November 23 - 7 pm to 8 pm via Zoom
Wingate’s novel “reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.” REGISTER ONLINE

Curl Up with the Classics: Christmas-themed Short Stories
Tuesday, December 1 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am via Zoom
Join us online as we discuss “What Love Can Do” by Louisa May Alcott, “Christmas Day in the Morning” by Pearl S. Buck, “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote, and “The Burglar's Choice” by Willa Cather. REGISTER ONLINE

Moving Forward Book Group: Lucky Man:
A Memoir by Michael J. Fox
Wednesday, December 2 - 1 pm to 2 pm via Zoom

December's choice is Michael J. Fox's story of appreciating his life and career and sharing his work for a cure for Parkinson's.


Digital Skills Club with the Kunkel Creation Station
Thursdays at 4 pm via Zoom

We’re all spending a little more time in the digital world right now, so why not learn some new skills and have fun along the way? Join us weekly to learn new digital skills like making memes, turning a story into emojis, make your own comic strips, and more! Best for kids ages 9-15, please contact if you are a younger or older person who wants to participate! REGISTER ONLINE for the Zoom link. *No program 11/26.



 Business & Career Center @ Fredricksen Programs

We are now offering virtual resume, employment and career guidance sessions via Zoom, several new virtual workshops to help with Stress Management and Social Media, including our now-virtual career workshops focused on all aspects of employment, whether returning to current employ or searching for a new job or career. AND now, IN PERSON Computer Workshops, held in the Community Room, socially distanced.
Stay tuned for more upcoming programming and other important announcements—your future starts here!  DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE PDF LISTING ALL BCC PROGRAMS

The First Step:
Starting and Planning a Small Business Webinar
Thursday, November 5 from 9 am to Noon

This workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to begin the process of successful business
ownership including evaluating business ideas, developing a business plan, and exploring
financing options.
Attendees will learn:
Unique lifestyle requirements involved in owning a business
How to assess the feasibility of their business idea
Differences between business organization structures
How to develop a business plan
How to obtain financing
How to market their product or service
The applications and licenses needed to start their company

Cost: FREE
Registration: Register with the Shippensburg SBDC:
Register online at Email Call 717-477-1935
Location: The workshop will be held as a webinar. A link to attend the workshop will
be provided to attendees after registering for the workshop.
Contact: Call 717-477-1935 for more information or questions about the event.

Managing Stress during Times of Change
Tuesdays, November 10 and 17 at 3 pm via Zoom

Join us to refresh your perspective and add a few new tools to your career & life toolbox! Reducing stress is a major component to personal and professional success and happiness. Learn how basic breathing techniques, becoming mindful, reducing technology, and getting a good night sleep brings balance to each new day. Find out about positive stress, and how it can keep us moving forward! Register online for the Zoom link.

Keep it to Yourself: Controlling your Social Media
Fridays November 13 and 20 at 3 pm via Zoom

Social Media has become the new town hall with news articles, opinions, and, best of all, updates and photos from family and friends. In this workshop, we will talk about privacy settings, appropriate postings, and determine “what's what” on various platforms. We will place a focus on Facebook, the "granddaddy" of these outlets, with ways to find the right privacy settings for you, and keep your name, updates and information shared with only the people you choose. Register online for the Zoom link.  REGISTER FOR NOV. 13     REGISTER FOR NOV. 20




Mark your calendars for these December Holiday programs!

4 Week Cozy Storytime: November 30 thru December 21
Baking & Sweet Treats! Videos are posted Monday afternoons.

Curl Up with the Classics Discussing Christmas -themed Stories
Tuesday, December 1, 10 am online via Zoom

Ages 18 and older. REGISTER ONLINE

Peaceful Poses Kids Yoga:  Nutcracker Yoga Story Time
Thursday, December 3 at 11 am via Zoom
, Registration Required

Fredricksen’s Gingerbread Man Event Week!
Saturday, December 5 through Saturday December 12,

Ongoing Grab & Go Bag Events and Virtual Events
While Supplies Last!
Registration for all Gingerbread Events will open on Nov.15
Grab & Go Bag: Gingerbread Man Cookies with Icing and Decorations (Available December 5) Children of all Ages!
Grab & Go Bag: Winter-Inspired Craft with Miss Katharine and Pre-Recorded Video (Available December 5) Younger Children!
Grab & Go Bag: Gingerbread-Themed Painting with Miss Kayla and Pre-Recorded Video (Available December 12) Older Children!
Interactive Zoom Reading of The Gingerbread Man with Fredricksen Children’s Staff (Wednesday, December 9 at 6 pm.)

Joy to the World! The Stories Behind Our Favorite Christmas Carols
Tuesday, December 8, 7 pm to 8:30 pm Via Zoom REGISTER ONLINE Nov. 15

A Christmas Stocking: Three Tales from Christmases Past
Thursday, Dec. 10 thru Sunday, Dec.13
 (You pick the date!) Via YouTube
Register for the YouTube link beginning Nov. 15.

Holiday Harp Concert ONLINE!
Monday, December 14, 7 pm to 8:30 pm Via Facebook Live
No registration necessary.

Kanopy Christmas Movie Watch Party: The Man Who Invented Christmas
Friday, December 18, 7 pm – 9:30 pm Via Kanopy & Facebook

Facebook Event Page:

There's still time to participate!

Now through November 20

Register @ starting September 8. 
ALL ages can participate in Fredricksen Library's Fall Reading Challenges!

Virtual Field Trip and Reading Challenge!
Ages: Kindergarten - Age 12 (Families are invited to participate) 
STEAM at Home Challenges
Ages: All ages, families are encouraged to do it together! 
10 to Try! Teen Fall Challenge
Ages: 12 - 18
and the Adult Reading Challenge!
Register your whole family at for the fall reading challenges starting September 8. Have a question? Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page at Is there an app for that? Yes! You can use the Beanstack Tracker app (optional).  JOIN US!

During this unprecedented time, Fredricksen Library wants to do everything we can to support you from afar! Some of our Children's Library Staff will be posting online story times and videos about science, art and more!  Watch for the videos and story times on social media OR see them all on our website HERE!




Our electronic resources can be used from your own phone or computer to view movies (Kanopy), read books (Overdrive), catch up on studies (, see children’s materials (Tumblebooks). Check databases to follow the stock market or do research. (Databases).


What Is Shoutbomb?
Shoutbomb is a service that helps you manage your library account via text messages – including renewals. In addition to receiving your library notifications via email, phone, or print, you have the option to receive text message notifications.
We’ll text you:
Holds now available
Overdue notifications
Items due soon notifications
And you can even Renew eligible items via text


NOW! - Cardholders have FREE access to! gives access to live, online tutoring and resume help as well as thousands of academic and career resources. It is for K-12 and college students who need help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing and test prep in every subject, including algebra, statistics, chemistry, physics, social studies and English. It is for adults who need help with job searches, GED prep and academic support. All sessions are online with professional academic or career tutors. Library cardholders and visitors in the library can work with an online tutor 7 days a week between the hours of 12 PM and 12 AM.  ACCESS TUTOR.COM NOW!

Get information and registration dates 
on all programs! 

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November Events

Adult Programs

Language At The Library - Italian
Second and Fourth Thursdays: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Via Zoom

As part of our Daytime Academy at Fredricksen Library, we are now offering language immersion conversation groups on a regular basis. Our expert leaders will guide you through discussion, conversation and culture of your chosen language. Some experience in the language is necessary; this is not an instructional class. (No session 11/26)   REGISTER ONLINE

Fredricksen Writes - Mon 11/2 & 11/16 @ 6:45 pm
Curl up with Classics: Babette's Feast- Tues 11/3 @ 10 am
Moving Forward Book Group: Grit - Wed 11/4 @ 1 pm
Index RPG Night - Fri 11/6 @ 6 pm
Document Basics - Mon 11/9 @ 12 pm & 3 pm
Twisted Stitchers - Mon 11/9 @ 6:30 pm
Home Based Business Roundtable with SCORE - Tues 11/10 @ 12 pm & Tues 11/24 @ 6 pm
Managing Stress - Fri 11/10 @ 3 pm & 11/17 @ 3 pm
Winter Wellness - Tues 11/10 @ 7 pm
Mock Interview Sessions - Wed 11/11 from 2pm - 4 pm
Language at the Library - Italian - Thurs 11/12 at 12:30 pm (No session 11/16)
Document Basics - Thurs 11/12 @ 3 pm
Philosophers' Roundtable - Fri 11/13 @ 2 pm
Controlling Social Media - Fri 11/13 & 11/20 @ 3 pm
Cybersecurity - Mon 11/16 @ 6 pm & Mon 11/23 @ 11 am
Write On - Wed 11/18 @ 7:30 pm
Spreadsheet Basics - Thurs 11/19 @ 3 pm
Fred Reads: Before We Were Yours - Mon 11/23 @ 7 pm

ALL Adult Events

Children's Programs

Nancy Drew Vs Hardy Boys
Tuesday, November 10 at 6 pm via Zoom

Who is the best kid detective? Get ready to use some invisible ink, take fingerprints, and decode messages together to determine who is the ultimate amateur might even be you! Recommended Ages, 8 – 12. Registration required for Zoom link. REGISTER ONLINE

Easy Craft Grab & Go Bag Events - Weeks of 11/2 & 11/16
Yoga Story Time - Thurs 11/5 & 11/9 @ 11 am
STEM Grab & Go Bag: Apple Science - Week of 11/9

Meet Someone New - Mon 11/9 @ 6:30 pm
Nancy Drew vs Hardy Boys- Tues 11/10 @ 6 pm
LIVE! Bilingual Story Time - Thurs 11/12 @ 11 am
Tween Paint "Nights" - Fri 11/13 @ 6:30 pm
KIND Book Club - Tues 11/17 @ 6 pm
Bilingual Storytime - Thurs 11/19
STEM Storytime - Fri 11/20 @ 10 am
STEM Grab & Go Bag: Paper Speakers - Week of 11/23
American Girl Book Club - Tues 11/24 @ 6:30 pm

 ALL Children's Events

teen book

Teen Programs

Jackbox Games For Teens
Wednesday, November 11
at 5 pm via Zoom

Join us for a fun evening of games including Quiplash, Trivia Murder Party, Tee KO, and more starting at 5 pm. Register online to receive a direct link to the event. For teens ages 12 – 18.  REGISTER ONLINE

TAG Meeting - Sun 11/1 @ 3 pm
K Pop Crafts Week - Nov 2
Plot Twisters - Thurs 11/5 & 11/19 from 5:45 pm - 7 pm
Index RPG Night - Fri 11/6 @ 6 pm
Twisted Stitchers - Mon 11/9 @ 6:30 pm
Jackbox Games - Wed 11/11 @ 5 pm
Teen Book Club - Thurs 11/12 @ 5:45 pm
Pet Portraits Week - Nov 16
Teen Yoga - Mon 11/16 @ 3:30 pm

   ALL Teen Events



East Pennsboro

Contactless Holds Pick-Up
East Pennsboro Library remains closed to the public. To use our Contactless Holds Pick-Up Service, place items on hold using your account online or call the Library and staff will place holds for you. When you receive a notification that your items are ready to be picked up, simply call the library to make an appointment to pick up your items. Click here for more info.


Check out these video programs offered this month including- 

Thanksgiving Options for Vegetarians and Vegans


Recent Arrivals and Collection News

Cardiff, by the Sea by Joyce Carol Oates
Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger
Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell
Magic Lessons by Alice Hoffman
Only Truth by Julie Cameron
The Searcher by Tana French
Snow by John Banville
A Song for the Dark Times by Ian Rankin
Troubles in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand

The Assistant
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow-Season 5
Gold Digger
Mr. Jones
The Photograph
Tremors: Shrieker Island

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


The Avett Brothers – The Third Gleam
Carrie Underwood – My Gift
The Chicks – Gaslighter
Jason Mraz – Look for the Good
Katy Perry - Smile
Keith Urban – The Speed of Now


See the LATEST Fredricksen Library
& East Pennsboro Branch PHOTOS

Thank You Video


Fredricksen Friends
East Pennsboro Friends
Volunteer With Us!

WORK With Us!


Fredricksen Reads

 Curl up w/Classics

Moving Forward


Donate - Fredricksen
Donate - East Pennsboro
Memorial Gifts

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