In the mood for some spring cleaning? Got some books that you aren’t reading anymore and would like to use that shelf space for something else? The Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library collect book donations year-round to stock their three book sales each year. In addition to books, they also sell DVDs, CDs, jigsaw puzzles, and textbooks. Visit our book sale donation page and find out where and when to deliver your donations and the types of items accepted. The book donation drop off area at BOOKS BY THE GROSS, 400 Cheryl Avenue, Mechanicsburg, is open 24/7 for your convenience. Please pack your items in sturdy boxes or bags and don’t deliver them to the library.
100% of the items in our book sales come from people like you who donate books throughout the year. The Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library raised over $34,000 last year from their community book sales. Thank you for your generous donations and thank you for shopping at our book sales.
Please join us for an informational session on how beer is made, and what steps to take if you want to try brewing beer on your own. This is an informational session and demonstration. There will be no beer present.
Help grow our brand new book group! We are a group dedicated to reading “nerdy” genres including fantasy, science fiction, and graphic novels. This month we're reading The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure.
PinnacleHealth presents Your Best Weight. Want to know more about how you can lose weight? The staff of PinnacleHealth will explain the concept of a “best weight” for your best life. Topics covered will include how modest weight loss can positively affect health and how to set achievable weight loss goals. This program is sponsored and presented by the staff of PinnacleHealth. Registration is required.
Teens will vote their least favorite book ‘off the island’ until only one remains. Will your favorite book survive? Teens are encouraged to bring their favorite book and make a statement as to why their book should be the book survivor.
This month we're reading Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. After a few days on the job at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Clay Jannon discovers the customers never seem to buy anything - instead, they “check out” obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay and his friends engineer an analysis of the clientele’s behavior. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.
For a complete list of Simpson Library's programs and events, please visit our Events Calendar.
Join the Friends of Joseph T. Simpson Public Library for their Annual Dinner on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm. The keynote speaker for the evening will be R.J. Harris from WHP 580. Enjoy a delicious family style dinner with family and friends at the Church of the Brethren in Mechanicsburg, PA. A dessert bar will be provided by SweeTreats. Tickets are on sale at Simpson Library for $20.
Isaac’s Restaurants in Silver Spring Commons and Rossmoyne Business Center will be holding a “Restaurant Night” to benefit the Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library. Enjoy an evening out with your family and friends while supporting the library. 25% of the cost of your meal will go directly to the Friends.
News and Notes
Simpson Booksmith - Reading Recommendations
Are you in a reading rut? Snowed under by books that just haven’t been catching your attention lately? Maybe what you need is a fresh perspective…maybe something along the lines of a personalized book list tailored to your reading interests. Sounds too good to be true, you say? Think again! Think Simpson Booksmith! Someone who crafts a personalized book list just for you… a brand new reading road map for rambling new literary adventures. It is possible. It is exciting. And it makes its debut National Library Week: April 13-19.
Geek the Library
We are entering the final months of our campaign. We hope that as fall and winter have gone by and spring is on the horizon, our campaign has made you think about the ways in which the library supports your “geeks.” The third and final phase of our campaign is titled “Encourage Action.” In this phase we encourage library users to become more knowledgeable on how their library is funded and the challenges that public libraries face. For more information on how libraries are funded and what you can do to support the library, visit Geek the Library’s Show Your Support Page.
Beginning April 1, stop in and see some great items in our lobby display case that will be part of the 2nd Annual Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library Online Auction. The online auction begins April 16 and ends on April 30.
Bookmark www.simpsonlibraryauction.org which is where you’ll find the auction items, registration information, and bidding instructions. Bid early and bid often between April 16 and April 30 and support this fundraising event! Thank you to our presenting sponsor, PinnacleHealth, for their support of the Simpson Library.
Literary Reference Center
Want more information on your favorite book, series, or author? Then check the Literary Reference Center! The Literary Reference Center contains full text access of more than 31,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, more than 159,000 author biographies (including more than 22,000 in-depth bios), and 450 literary journals. This database also provides access to more than 632,000 book reviews, 69,000 classic and contemporary poems, 18,000 classic and contemporary short stories, 5,600 author interviews, and 8,200 classic texts. This database is provided by Ebsco. You can find this database by going to the collection & services tab of our website, and then going to databases.