Summer Quest

June 8 is the kick-off. 

When school closes for the summer, come to the Hershey Recreation Center between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to sign up for Summer Quest. If this day and time does not work for you, online sign up through our website will be available.

This year’s summer reading program will include Book Buddies, 1, 2, Whee!, Sensory 1, 2, Whee!, Books and Babies, Chewsy Readers, and other fun-filled programs for children and families. New this year is our Hershey Quest Scavenger Hunt at Shank Park.

Children are encouraged to participate in our Summer Quest (previously called Summer Reading Challenge) which provides a no-pressure and fun way to continue reading over summer vacation thereby maintaining reading skills mastered during the school year. All activities are free of charge. Incentives this year include a special library lanyard and exclusive badges. A book will be awarded for meeting the reading challenge.

About the reading challenge:

The reading challenge is to read 720 minutes, which is about 20 minutes a day for 6 weeks.

What counts as reading minutes? Children being read to (this includes children of all ages), children reading by themselves, reading to a sibling, a grown-up, or a friend. Listening to audiobooks also counts! We have audiobooks on CD for children and PlayAway audiobooks for older children. And, don’t forget audiobooks and e-books on Hoopla and OneDrive, TumbleBooks, BookFlix through Power Library, and Storyline Online.

Milt the mouse, in the form of Flat Milt, will be back again this summer. Log in with the code when you spot him hiding somewhere in the library.

  • Young children ages 0-3 will have a calendar of activities to be completed, available at the Children’s desk. (Paper and online sign up coming soon.)
  • Register online for children ages 4-12. (Online sign up coming soon.)
  • Kids in grade 6-8, and teens 13-17 will have their own summer reading challenges. (Paper and online sign up coming soon.)

Summer Quest ends on August 24. This is the last day to log reading minutes and to claim prizes.