We are thrilled to announce that almost all of our programs for adults have resumed meeting in person at Simpson Library! Book Clubs, Tea & Stitches, Mah Jongg, the English Conversation Club, and our Apple Users Group are all meeting in person here at the library this month.
Have you been keeping an eye on the barriers at the far end of our parking lot? Artists from our community worked on these barriers throughout May, turning them into works of art depicting the theme of our Summer Learning Program, Tails and Tales.
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! Alcohol purchases are not included in calculating donation to the Friends of Simpson Library. Simply fill out a dine-out flyer and present it when you order.
Saturday, August 7 / Registration opens at 7:45 am
Join us on Saturday, August 7, for the 15th annual Run for Reading 5K Run/Walk, 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, and Mini Dash at Winding Hills Park in Upper Allen Township. You can also participate virtually! Just register for the race and run your own 5K route any time on August 7. This is a great family event, and the proceeds benefit children's programs and services at Simpson Public Library. We hope to see you out running on August 7!
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 August Book Sale (while supplies last). Visit our T-Shirts page for sizes, prices, and ordering information.
Online Auction Preview: September 13 to 17, 2021 Online Auction: September 18 to 26, 2021
The Online Auction is happening this September! Help Simpson Library raise needed funds while getting a great deal on unique and interesting items that would make wonderful holiday gifts.
Donations Needed! Would you like to donate items to be sold at the Online Auction? We are seeking a variety of items including art, gift cards, collectibles, event experiences, and one-of-a-kind pieces. Please complete the donation form online or fill it out on paper and bring it in with your donations to the library by August 1. Questions? Please email email@example.com.
All ages are invited to join us for our annual Summer Learning Program. Register online, and then start tracking your reading and activities online to keep learning and earning prizes. Registration now open!
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 Storytime STEAM.
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.
Summer Learning Program performances are being offered remotely this year: Some are prerecorded videos available for a specified time; others are live shows presented virtually.
Simpson Library is also offering several in-person events: Join us for Storybook STEAM for preschoolers and kindergarteners 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.
ABC Circus Prerecorded video available July 6 to 17
Learn and be amazed by Dash and Copper’s dog tricks, and appearances by Casper the cat.
This program is for preschoolers and kindergarteners and is an exciting mix of literature, science, technology, engineering, arts, and math with a different animal theme each week. Registration required.
Everything (except trivia) is in person! Check out one of our book clubs or join our Apple Users Group. Sip tea while you work on your stitching project at Tea & Stitches on Tuesdays or come play Mah Jongg on Thursdays! The English Conversation Club meets at Simpson July 12 and July 26. For more information about any program, email Joelene Diana at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month's Teen Third Thursday art project is foil animal art prints on July 15. Dungeons & Dragons meets July 9 and July 23. And we are pleased to announce the return of Fifth Friday Teen Night on July 30! This month's activity is outdoors with lawn games and chalk art. Please register online to attend any of these programs. Find the sessions on our events calendar.
The Caring Hearts Pet Therapy dogs are back! Children read aloud to a friendly and attentive dog, improving their literacy skills in a relaxed setting. The program meets outside at the library every Thursday, 6:00 to 7:00 pm, through August 19. Please register online for each session. Find the sessions on our events calendar.
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!
It sounds so easy, but are you really smarter than a fifth grader? Multiple topics will be covered, so let's see what you know! The winning team gets four gift cards to Amazon! Cheaters Never Prosper will host the virtual game for us on July 24. Please register online for this event. When you register, you may play alone or with all those who want to join in at your household. You will receive an email with Zoom login information before the 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 call.
Looking for Something New? Read, Watch, or Listen!
Come in and appreciate up close their beautiful work of a disappearing art, this year featuring some of the intricate items taken on specifically because of being quarantined. They are displaying examples of cross-stitch, embroidery, and beadwork. This is a professional group that does exemplary handwork.
Are you in a reading rut? Having trouble finding a book that catches your attention? Maybe you need 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! Fill out our Booksmith Survey online or print the survey, fill it out, and bring it to the library. Our Booksmith team of readers will develop a list of book selections for you.
Residents of Cumberland County with Cumberland County Library Cards are now able to stream up to four movies a month from Kanopy. Access a wide range of foreign films, documentaries, and classics through the popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy. Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device, or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast, or Roku. Videos are also accessible with captions, transcripts, and compatible with assistive technologies.
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.
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, Storybook STEAM, 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