Friends Children’s Series

Friends Children’s Series are drop – in programs brought to you by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library. Unless otherwise specified, all programs are on Sundays at 2 p.m. and are suitable for grades K-5. Programs are free, open to the public. No registration is required. Please mark your calendars for these wonderful family performances. FRIENDS 2017-2018 Programs.


Sunday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m.

SPLAT Studio

splat_studioLet’s chase those winter blues away with an afternoon of art!
Back by popular demand, Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Studio – Spirited People Learning Artfulness Together – will help children create a wonderful work of art and get their creative juices flowing! THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AND WAIT LISTED.

Pre-registration is required.
2:00-2:40: ages 2-6; maximum of 30. Kids will paint the snowman on an 8 x 10 canvas.
3:00-3:40: ages 6 and up; maximum of 30.  Children will paint the penguins on an 8 x 10 canvas. Registration for this limited program, online at or call the Children’s Desk at 533-6555 X 3708.



Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Bantaba: the Circle of Celebration by The Seventh Principle

bantabaThrough a high-energy fusion of percussive dance, traditional music, and rousing call-and-response, the three performers of The Seventh Principle demonstrate both traditional African dance and modern African-American dance while teaching about the respective cultures on both sides of the Atlantic.  Bantaba: The Circle of Celebration connects students to the history of African dance and cultures and celebrates the unique ability the art form has to bring people together around the world.



Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Deborah Sampson by Anne Pasquale

deborah_sampson_1This is the story of Deborah Sampson, a remarkable woman whose life is largely ignored by most historical texts. She was known as the “Secret Soldier,’ the American Revolution’s only acknowledged female combat veteran. A descendant of William Bradford and Miles Standish, Deborah Sampson spent her childhood in poverty and was sold into indentured servitude. Anne Pasquale and her accompanist bring this story to life through interactive re-enactments and storytelling. The audience will understand the plight of the colonies and the need for revolution through the eyes of this extraordinary young woman. This performance, highlighted by stage combat and live music of the period, is a perfect accompaniment for anyone interested in colonial history or the American Revolution.


Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Patricia Polacco: Author and Illustrator

patricia_polacco_2Patricia has authored over 100 books and stories, as well as adding stunning visual artistry to her books. She has been enlightening children and adults alike for 30 years while visiting elementary schools and libraries all over the United State and Canada. She shares her message of tolerance, acceptance, diversity, love, and respect to children of all ages while entertaining them with her lively personal stories. Patricia draws upon her rich heritage of mixed cultures for her inspirations.


Sunday, May 6, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Exit 9″ Beyond the Beat”

beyond_the_beatThis incredible percussion ensemble offers a high-energy, tightly choreographed performance infused with fine musicianship, humor, variety, instruction, and audience participation. One surprise follows another as the musical genres flow from classical to ragtime to improvisation and more—and rusty brake shoes, garbage cans, and wooden stools supplant traditional instrumentation. Topping it all off is the group’s astonishing teamwork, a steady source of visual delight.