Storyteller Dovie Thomason

Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

What’s better than getting comfortable and listening to stories on a cold winter day? Join us as Dovie Thomason returns with the wise, boisterous teaching tales of her Lakota and Plains Apache relatives. Stories come alive in listeners’ imaginations as Dovie shares her culture with understanding, sly humor and astonishing vocal transformations. Whether trickster tales or animal stories, Dovie gives us a contemporary vision of the rich cultures of the First Nations of North America.

Registration is not required.

Friends Children’s Series program are suitable for children K-5.

A capella group Ball in the House presents, “Totally Vocally”

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Totally Vocally is packed with music, entertainment, and education! Through contemporary and classic cover songs as well as original works, Ball in the House helps students discover the history of a cappella singing from chant to doo wop. The elements of teamwork and collaboration are equally highlighted as students explore how various vocal parts create harmony and beats, working in unison to produce a multi-dimensional piece of music.

Registration is not required.

Friends Children’s Series program are suitable for children K-5.

The Franklin Institute Presents, “How to Build a Storm: Weather!”

Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.
Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado!

Registration is not required.

Friends Children’s Series program are suitable for children K-5.


Sunday, April 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Yah-Oh-Way is presented by the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. It means “it is good” in Hopi, and highlights the true depth and complexity of Native American societies. Experience the origins and meanings of the various songs, dances, and traditions of the many tribes that inhabited North America before the arrival of Europeans. By participating in traditional ceremonies, including the Feather Dance, an annual expression of Thanksgiving, we are encouraged to honor and celebrate the history and cultural diversity of Native peoples.

Registration is not required.

Friends Children’s Series program are suitable for children K-5.


Do you have children who love playing with LEGO? Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club where building encourages imagination and creativity, and where children bring construction to life. Please register for EACH session your child will attend.

Fall Session

Meet on the first Wednesday of the month.

December 5, January 2, February 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1. 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Please register for each week you wish to attend, online, or call the Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Sensory 1, 2, Whee!

A special mixed-age program for ones and twos with a caregiver. Attendance is capped to provide a quieter, calmer setting. New songs, new dances, same fun and learning.

Sessions are offered year round.

Sign up for a five week program. Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Second Saturday

BLOCK Party is at 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 8.

Second Saturday at 1:30 p.m. This program is a part of our literacy-based strategy encouraging reading, talking, playing, singing and writing in young children. We begin with a featured theme read-aloud story with plenty of time for exploration of theme through (blocks, learning centers, play areas, experiments) to promote active engagement of parents with their children. There will be an opportunity to take related books home after the program. Jackie Sisco presents the monthly program. If you have questions, please e-mail to Please register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

If library programming for you and your family is difficult to attend during the week, register for Second Saturday.

December 8 – BLOCK Party. Explore with shapes and patterns using foam blocks through stories, songs, and activities.

January 12 -Play Day Exploration. Families who can not attend the Friday Play Day for Families can enjoy a session of free play at learning stations.

February 9 – “A Splendid Friend, Indeed” by Suzanne Bloom is the featured story.

Vox Books


These new audio-enabled books from Vox Books are picture books combined with an audio recording of someone reading the story. No CD or tape player, or a smartphone or tablet needed! The audio component is embedded in the book in the form of an attached 5mm digital player. Listen through the speakers or via headphones. Press a button and go!



Hershey Public Library’s Children’s Department hosts programming for early childhood literacy and learning for children from babies to pre-school age. We endeavor to accommodate children with all levels of ability and physical needs. If there is something we can do to improve the library experience for you and your child, please do not hesitate to talk to us and we will try our best.