Facemasks or facial coverings are required while in the building unless you are fully vaccinated. Continue to make every effort to maintain social distancing. In-person programming is back for most children's and teen's programs. Some adult events and classes will resume in-person programming while others will continue online for now. Please check our website events calendar for the most up-to-date information.
We are back to meeting in person for Tea & Stitches in June! Join us for a cup of tea as you work on your stitching project every Tuesday morning from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Meet other stitching enthusiasts in the area and learn from one another. Attendance is limited to 24 attendees every week in order to provide adequate physical spacing. Please wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
After 14 long months, we are finally starting to schedule in-person events for adults! This calls for a celebration! Our first event is with a young fiddle trio from Boston, Lampyridæ (pronounced lam-PEER-uh-day). They will present a fun program with all-original music, heavily influenced by Celtic music, classical music, and complex rhythms. To listen to a preview of some of their work, check out their website. Please register online to reserve your seat. Attendance is limited to 24 attendees to allow for adequate physical spacing. Please wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
10:00 am to 1:00 pm / Register online for each session
We are limiting the number of players, so register online to ensure a seat. If there is a waitlist, those people will rotate to the next week's session to give everyone a chance to play. Please call the library 717-766-0171 if you need to cancel so we can fill all tables. Please wear a mask if you have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Get ready for summer gardening with a trip to Ashcombe Farms and the Friends of Simpson Library will earn up to 20% of the proceeds! Just present your Shop for a Cause flyer at the cash register. Print a flyer or just show it on your phone. While you're there, enjoy a meal at T.J. Rockwell's restaurant next door.
Enjoy a meal at T.J. Rockwell's in Mechanicsburg and 15% of the cost of your meal will be donated to the Friends of Simpson Library! Just give your dine-out flyer to your server. Make a day of it by shopping at Ashcombe Farms next door and get a start on summer gardening!
Finish off your visit to the library with a meal at Snapper's Bar & Grill across the street! Located at 120 East Allen Street, Snapper's will donate a percentage of the cost of your meal to the Friends of the Simpson Public Library! Simply fill out a dine-out flyer and present it when you order.
All ages are invited to join us for our annual Summer Learning Program. Register online, and then start tracking your reading and activities online beginning June 5 to keep learning and earning prizes.
Registration now open!
The first 500 children to register for Summer Learning Program will also be registered to receive our June 5 Take and Make Activities Bag, available for pick-up June 5 to June 11.
Everyone can earn prizes for reading this summer!
Children will track their reading and do activities to earn many fun prizes. You won't want to miss the special performances every week and unique programs like Try-It Tuesday and STEAM Storytime.
Teens will track their reading and do activities to earn raffle tickets for a chance to win one of eighteen fabulous prizes.
Adults will track books to complete a reading challenge and win a prize. Each book read is also an entry into the grand prize drawing.
Parking Lot Beautification Project
Have you been watching the transformation of the barriers at the far end of our parking lot? Area artists have painted them to reflect the theme of this year's Summer Learning Program, Tails & Tales. Take a moment to appreciate the skill and talent that has gone into this project.
Children in 5th grade or younger are invited to attend our Summer Learning Program Kick-Off. Sign-up online for a half-hour time slot between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, and then come play games set up around the meeting room.
Summer Learning at the Joseph T. Simpson Public Library is an annual tradition featuring literacy-based programs and entertaining performers, great books and media materials to borrow, and reading incentives for children. This summer, it is more important than ever to support parents and teachers in stopping the “summer slide” so that students will be prepared for the 2021-2022 school year. Your gift will encourage children and parents to continue reading together this summer, which keeps the doors open to a lifelong love of reading for pleasure. Your support is greatly appreciated. [More.]
Summer Learning Program performances are being offered remotely this year: Some are prerecorded videos available for a specified time; other are live shows presented virtually.
Simpson Library is also offering several in-person events: Instead of Family Story Time, join us for Storybook STEAM on Mondays at 6:45 pm. Check out Try-It Tuesday on Tuesdays at 1:00 or 6:00 pm. Space is limited for in-person activities, so registration is required. Masks or face coverings are encouraged for all programs.
Kit's Interactive Theater Prerecorded video available June 14 to 21
Combining improvisation, dance, and music, Kit whimsically depicts respect for Earth and all her creatures.
Talewise: Unicorns Break the Cage Live show presented virtually June 24 at 10:30 am
Two kids discover a unicorn at the zoo. But unicorns aren’t real...or are they?
Andrew's Big Show Live show presented virtually June 30 at 6:00 pm
Andrew’s high-energy juggling, circus skills, and physical comedy will add a spark to your whole day!
Music Play Patrol
Online, Fridays at 10:00 am, June 11 to July 23
Enjoy weekly musical book readings and sing-alongs online.
Mondays, 6:45 pm, in-person at the library
This program is an exciting mix of literature, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math with a different animal theme each week.
Tuesdays, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm, in-person at the library
Each Tuesday features a different, fun, and exciting new program related to animal “Tails and Tales.”
Choose a book and paint a new cover for it on canvas. The art will be displayed in the library for everyone to enjoy. Register online for this event. There are a limited number of take and make bags for those who would rather paint at home.
Join us on Zoom to learn how to cook vegan snacks with Butterhead Kitchen. We will learn how to make soft pretzel knots, cheddar sauce, and chocolate peanut butter crunch! After registering you will receive a shopping list with all of the ingredients needed so you can cook along, or just watch and learn! Please register online for this event.
Programs for Adults, Teens, and Children
Spark Joy Wednesday, June 9, 7:00 to 8:30 pm via Zoom
Join us by Zoom as we learn the philosophy behind the KonMari Method® and discover what it means to live a life that Sparks Joy with Shannon Huneycutt, a certified KonMari® Consultant and Founder of Spark Joy Charlotte. Everyone will receive a checklist that breaks down the KonMari® Method, and one attendee will win a free three-hour virtual tidying session with Shannon to help them get started on their journey. [More.]
Central Pennsylvania seniors are invited to learn about healthcare plans. Learn how to identify a plan that takes into account your individual healthcare needs and get tips for locating providers to meet those needs. Our presenter, Kimberly Alford, a Certified Dementia Practitioner,will discuss the benefits of developing a flexible plan for the twists and turns inherent to the aging process while introducing some of the services that Resources for Aging can offer their clients. [More.]
In addition to the Summer Learning Program events listed above, this month's Teen Third Thursday art project is Tie-Dyed Bandanas; join us outside on June 21 and make a colorful new accessory for yourself or your pet. Dungeons and Dragons meets June 11and June 25. Tween Scene on June 8 is the Summer Learning Program Paint Party.
Be sure to check out the fun and entertaining programs on tap for our Summer Learning Program, above. Block Party meets June 12 and June 26. Do you know about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten?Read 1000 books to your newborn, infant, and/or toddler before they start kindergarten. It's easier than it sounds! Pick up a new Take & Make activity bag each week, available starting on Saturdays while supplies last.
Check out our story time schedule for June, with sessions meeting outdoors in at Winding Hills Park South in Upper Allen Township (no need to register for outdoor programs) on Monday and Friday mornings and indoors at Simpson Library (registration required) on Mondays and Wednesdays. To register for a program, go to our Events Calendar and find the date for the program you would like to attend. Click that program on the calendar and you will be directed to the program page with a program description and online registration. Masks or face coverings are encouraged for all programs.
Every Tuesday is Teen Takeover Day on the library's Instagram page! We 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!
"The Golden Girls" has been in constant syndication since its original network run ended in 1992. If you are one of those people who rewatches the episodes and feel like you know the scripts, this could be your game to try. Cheaters Never Prosper hosts this virtual trivia game. Space is limited to 25 sign-ups, but everyone in your household can play under one sign-up. Amazon gift cards awarded to four members of the top team.Please register for this event.
Download our free mobile app, Library2Go, for quick and easy access to your library account and many of our services! 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!
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.
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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
Closed Sunday, May 30 and Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day.
We will be open regular hours on June 17 since Jubilee Day is cancelled this year.
Closed on Sundays until September 12.
Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 21
Our lobby display this month is artwork by Clare Klaum. Clare is a Central Pennsylvania pastel artist. She has cultivated a passion for art through most of her life. It has only been over the last 14 years that she has studied under award-winning artists and perfected her skills in pastels. She loves the vibrancy and intensity of chalk pastels. They are made of pure pigment held together with a binder and produce intense color that few media can match. Her paintings evoke the pure joy of life and all that God has created. She takes her own photographs and those shared by friends and uses them as subject matter for her paintings. Flora and fauna are among her favorite subject matter. Pet portraits are one of her specialties. Clare brings her work to us every year and we always look forward to the beautiful, colorful addition to our lobby.
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.
EBooks: Always available, always free with your Cumberland County Library Card. Get step-by-step instructions for finding, borrowing and downloading eBooks and eAudio on your device. OverDrive provides two free apps for mobile access to eBooks and eAudios. Pick the one that works for you!
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Annual Event & Holiday Sponsor Thank You to Members 1st Federal Credit Union for their support as an Annual Event and Holiday Sponsor in 2021.
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