The theme for National Library Week, “Welcome to Your Library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. During the pandemic, libraries continue to exceed their communities' demands and adapt resources and services to meet their users' needs during these challenging times. Whether people visit in person or virtually, libraries offer endless opportunities to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. If you haven't visited in person in a while, please stop in and say hello. We are here and eager to welcome you to our library.
Wednesday, April 7
What better way to show your support of Simpson Library during National Library Week than by making a donation? April 7 is Library Giving Day, an event that gives library lovers like you a chance to elevate and support your local library. [More.]
National Volunteer Week
April 18 to 24
"Shining a light on the people and causes that inspire us to serve.”
National Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and thank the volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice, and support to causes they care about — in our case, Simpson Public Library. Watch the display screens during National Volunteer Week, April 18 to 24, as we thank the volunteers who help make our library such a success. When you find the items you want on the shelves or pick up your holds, it was probably a volunteer who made that possible. We could not do all that we do without our fabulous volunteers!
Download our mobile app, Library2Go, for quick and easy access to your library account and many of our services! The app is free and can be downloaded to mobile devices. Search for Cumberland County Libraries PA in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. With the app, you can access the catalog and our digital collections, manage your account, and so much more!
Enjoy a delicious meal at Isaac's and support the Friends of the Library at the same time! Present a dine-out flyer, use the code "fund" when ordering, or let an Isaac's member know you are part of the fundraiser. This fundraiser includes curbside pickup, takeout, online orders, catering, and gift cards. Two locations:
Make dinner a selfless act by eating at Chipotle. Pick up a flyer at the library or download one online, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to the Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library! Dine out is at the Mechanicsburg location at
Show your support for the Friends of the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library and help the library! The shirts are available at the main desk of Simpson Library. You can also order and pay for shirts online to pick up at the library or buy one at the May Book Sale (while supplies last). Visit our T-Shirts page for sizes, prices, and ordering information.
Adult & Teen Winter Reading Programs Prize Time
Adults:April 5 is the last day to turn in your reading log.
Teens:Bingo sheets will be accepted until April 5.
We may not be gathering face-to-face, but let's enjoy one another’s company through writing about our experiences. This is a unique project to encourage writing, sharing thoughts, telling stories, and reading what your fellow community members are saying. Check out the notebook with the topic you want to write about and read what others have written on the same topic before sharing your thoughts. Return the journal in two weeks and borrow another one! You'll find the the notebooks in our lobby on the display table.
Funding has been provided by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
Contactless Holds Pickup
Stay Safe with Contactless Pickup!
Place items on hold online or over the phone, and after you're notified that your holds are ready for pick up, head to Simpson Library! Give us a call at 717-766-0171 when you arrive, and we'll check out your items before bringing them out to a table in the vestibule. Please have your library card number handy when you arrive to pick up your holds.
During a fundraising party at the historic, maybe haunted, Devonshire Manor, a body is found. Whodunnit? Register to attend this murder mystery party at the library, and you will be assigned a character. Then try to solve the mystery with the other guests. [more]
Kindergarten Readiness is your child’s kindergarten connection! It is designed to help children going into kindergarten in the fall of 2021 make a smooth transition from their preschool experiences into the kindergarten classroom. [More.]
In March, we read and discussed this year's One Book One Community choice, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick. Now, join the State Library of Pennsylvania to meet and chat with author Phaedra Patrick. Register by sending an email with your name and the name of the event you want to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org . [more]
English Conversation Group Is Back!
Monday evenings beginning April 19
6:30 to 7:30 pm
Meets at Pleasant View Park in Silver Spring Township, 90 Pleasant View Drive,
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
If English is not your first language and you would like a place to practice, we can help! Join other new English language speakers for friendly, low-stress conversations. We will have an experienced ESL instructor as well as native English speakers to assist. Everyone will have a chance to speak in this fun and relaxed format. Contact Joelene Diana at email@example.com for more information.
Why has Nancy Drew remained an inspiration to generations of loyal readers? Grab your magnifying glasses and join us as we welcome Jennifer Fisher (photo on right), the curator of The Nancy Drew Sleuth Unofficial Website to find out! [More.]
Do you love a good mystery? Become a detective like Nancy Drew! Spend an hour making your own secret agent ID, decoding secret messages, analyzing fingerprints, identifying shoe prints, and solving other mysteries! Learning centers will be safely spaced apart, and families will take turns at each activity to prevent crowding. Please register online for a one-hour time slot between 1:00 and 4:00 pm. Sign up for just one time slot per family. [More.]
THANK YOU to the Mechanicsburg Area Community Foundation for sponsoring Rhyme Time, Toddler Time, Story Time, Family Story Time, Block Party, Kindergarten Club, First Grade Club, LEGO Club, STEM Club, American Girl Club, Homeschool Book Club, Tween Scene, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, and Summer Learning Program through December 2021. We appreciate your support
THANK YOU to the Upper Allen Cumberland County Kiwanis Club for sponsoring LEGO Club through December 31, 2023.
Most programs for children, tweens, and teens are meeting in-person this month.
Tea & Stitches meets every Tuesday. Apple Users Group meets on April 28. We also offer four book clubs each month, including one for mystery lovers and another for sci-fi fans. Lovers of Nancy Drew have two programs to indulge in this month. Programs are offered through Zoom. If you are interested in participating, please email Joelene Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We offer programs for children of all ages. Most meet in person, but some are available via Zoom. Attendance is limited, so please register for programs; walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Zoom links are emailed to you immediately after you register for a program.
Pick up a new Take & Make activity bag each week, available starting on Saturdays while supplies last.
Every Tuesday will now be Teen Takeover Day on the library's Instagram page! We will talk about things like teen books, programs, movies, and more! Get to know your teen programmer as well as your fellow teens through fun polls and trivia. Follow the library's Instagram page so you don't miss out!
Celebrate Nancy Drew's 91st anniversary with a Nancy Drew-themed trivia contest. This should be easy if you read any of her books because memories from long ago stick the best! Cheaters Never Prosper will host this virtual trivia game. Space is limited to 25 sign-ups, but everyone in your household can play under one sign-up. Prizes given to four members of the top team.Please register for this event.
If you value the importance of early literacy, we hope you will consider sponsoring one of our weekly programs. Even a small donation can go a long way toward helping children develop a love of reading. When kids see others excited about reading, it sets a positive example and encourages them to pick up books on their own. Learn more.
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News and Notes
Simpson Library Hours
Mon: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Tue: 10:00 am to9:00 pm Wed: 10:00 amto 9:00 pm Thu: 10:00 amto 9:00 pm Fri: 10:00 amto 5:00 pm Sat: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 to 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 4
Closed for Easter
Sunday, May 9
Closed for Mother's Day
Our April display in the lobby features the Barbie Collection of Maureen Livesay. Childhood dreams can follow us into adulthood, and that’s where Barbie took Maureen. As an adult collector, she appreciates the fine detail of Barbie, the story of her fashions, and her ability to change with the times, always in style. There will never be another one like her. Take a moment to admire this beautiful display.
Are you in a reading rut? Looking for something new to read? Having trouble finding a book that catches your attention? Or maybe you just finished the last book in a series and don't know what to read next. Let our Booksmith Team of readers craft a personalized reading list just for you. Click here to learn more.
Want to give someone a unique gift or celebrate a special occasion? Perhaps you'd like to recognize a milestone or pay tribute to a loved one. Simpson Celebrities are recognized on our three digital display screens in the library and on our Facebook page on the sponsored day. Click here for more information.
If you shop at Amazon, use AmazonSmile, select Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, and 0.5% of your eligible purchase prices will be donated to Simpson Library.