Summer Quest


  • 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.)
  • Register online for children ages 4-12.  (Online sign up.)
  • Kids in grade 6-8, and teens 13-17 will have their own summer reading challenges. (Paper and online sign up.)

About the reading challenge:

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. 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 is ready to rock out this summer! He will be hiding in the library from June 8 through August 2. He change his location every Monday beginning June 18. Participants in the Hershey Public Library Summer Quest will want to follow clues and learn his weekly secret code to earn badges and prizes.


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.

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

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.

Summer Session

Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. June 20—July 25 (No program on July 4.) Registration begins June 4. Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Summer Quest at Shank Park and Summer Quest Celebration

Summer Quest at Shank Park

Friday, June 8 to Tuesday, August 21.

Join Summer Quest, a collaboration between the Hershey Public Library and the Derry Township Parks & Recreation Center. What is Summer Quest? A program for families from June 8. Pick up a game board at the library and follow a walking trail around Shank Park, located at Bullfrog Valley Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036. Using your game board, search for animals in the children’s fairy tale classic, The Bremen Town Musicians by the Brothers Grimm. Summer Quest ends August 21. If you have questions, please contact Rita Smith, Children’s & Teen Librarian at or call 717-533-6555 ext 3707. Summer Quest is supported by the Friends of Hershey Public Library.

Summer Quest Celebration

Wednesday, August 22. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A special celebration for families who complete the Summer Quest at Shank Park. Enjoy an exclusive showing of the Bremen Town Musicians movie. Your completed page of rubbings is your ticket! You may register in advance with a children’s staff member at the library.

Second Saturday


Is library programming for you and your family difficult to attend during the week?

We offer a program every 2nd Saturday at 1:30 p.m. that 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. (Everyone is welcome). If you have questions, please e-mail to Please register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

July 14 – Do you measure up? (Registration begins June 4.)

August 11 – Air is Everywhere! Registration begins June 4.)

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!

Summer Family Programs

Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m, drop in to enjoy great live performances. NO REGISTRATION.

Act a Story, Sing a Song with Robin Bady – Tuesday, June 26 at 1 pm.

Come to “Act a Story, Sing a Song” when Robin tells stories, you become the characters in your favorite stories or songs! Tuesday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m. Read more.

Bravura Brass: Brass Rocks! – Tuesday, July 10 at 1 pm.

The Bravura Brass is a Hershey Public Library summer tradition! Enjoy an afternoon of great brass music spanning centuries and genres. Brass Rocks! Featuring the trumpet, french horn, trombone and the tuba, this inspiring performance will have families enthralled with their musical virtuosity. Tuesday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. Read more.

Pete the Cat Dance Party- Tuesday, July 17 at 1 pm.

Rock out with Pete the Cat! Wear your white shoes, your red shoes–your favorite shoes! Button up your groovy buttons and head over to the library for fun activities, music, and an appearance by everyone’s favorite cat!

American Dance: From Africa to Broadway – Tuesday, July 24 at 1 pm.

Explore how American dance evolved from its African roots and European influences into the popular stage and social dances that we see today. Two versatile performers take you from classical court dances and the Irish reel, to vaudeville, tap, and even the cultural impact of Michael Jackson – all of this and more is packed into this highly entertaining and informative perspective on American history. Tuesday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m. Read more.

Summer family programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

Book Buddies Program


During the Book Buddies program, young people who are a proficient readers and have completed at least 5th grade read books to children ages 3-6.

Meetings are on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 18th – July 16th. Registration begins June 4, 2018.

Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708 to speak to staff at the Children’s desk.



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.



Please log on to TumbleBooks with your Hershey Public Library card beginning with 2901 to access e-books for fiction and nonfiction story books and chapter books. Language learning in Chinese, Russian, French and Spanish. Interactive games and videos. Select by reading level. Download the FREE TumbleBooks Library app for your iOS mobile device through the Apple app store or Google Play for Android. (Authenticate with your Hershey Public Library card beginning with 2901.)