2017 Get Smart Competition for Young Artists and Writers


The Pennsylvania Get Smart Program invites all young children (up to the age of 12) to help build the national campaign to say “NO” to germs and “YES” to being healthy! This involves ideas like washing your hands (to wash away the germs), getting vaccines or “shots” (to help prevent illness), and using medicines called antibiotics appropriately (to fight infections). Select the age group for the entry. (4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12.) One entry per child. Download competition guidelines, consent form and drawing template. 2017 Get Smart Kids Competition.

Draw a picture, design a poster or write a story about keeping healthy!

Deadline for submission is 10:00 p.m. on October 31, 2017.


Submit by email: Knowwhentosayno@pa.gov

Submit by mail to: Get Smart Drawing Competition Pa Department of Health 625 Forster St. Room 933 Harrisburg PA 17120-0701

Buddy Stories


Saturday, November 4. 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

We hope you and your little ones join us for 30-45 minutes of story time and buddy building. We are excited to share several friendship, acceptance and bully prevention themed stories with all our buddies! Cooperative effort by the Hershey Public Library and the Citizens of Derry Township Anti-Bullying Team. Family Friendly (everyone welcome), Preschool (3-5 years)
Presenters: Rita Smith & Kristen Arndt.

Register online beginning October 16. You may call to register at  (717) 533-6555 x. 3708.

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.



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.

What is Cruise in to Kindergarten?


Formerly called Read-Aloud Stories, our programs are designed to help children “cruise into kindergarten.”


The Hershey Public Library provides a regular schedule of preschool programming from September to July. This consists of Books and Babies, Wonderful Ones, Toddlertime, Storytime, and now in the Fall, includes Play Day for Families. Each cycle includes two weeks of registration and five weeks of programming.

Pennsylvania Libraries and the Hershey Public Library know that children’s development in the years between birth and Kindergarten is impacted greatly by loving relationships, stimulating environments and engaging experiences. The Hershey Public Library encourages families to build stronger relationships by acknowledging and supporting families as a child’s first teacher. We provide families with a place to socialize, play, read and find support that will bolster their role in creating the foundations for life-long learning and success.

Block Party!


Friday, November 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Registration begins Friday, November 10.)

Wednesday, December 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Registration begins Wednesday, December 13.) 

Come to play with the library’s special all-new universal wooden blocks and play sets from Lakeshore Learning–over 300 blocks in 25 shapes! Build a tower, a neighborhood, or create your own story! This free play program is especially for families and their children ages 3-6. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708. Pre-registration is requested for each Block Party.

Play Day For Families


Families with children ages 3-5 are welcome to register for an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practices of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Play Day for Families is held Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a. m.

Register here for each Play Day for Families. 

Fall sessions: Fridays – September 15 and 29. October 13 and 27. November 10. December 8.

(Registration opens two weeks before each class.) Please register for each session your child will attend If you have questions, or would prefer to register by telephone, please call the Children’s desk at (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708 to speak to a staff member.

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LEGO® Club


LEGO® Club will meet the first Wednesday of the month.

September 6, October 4, and November 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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.

Register online for club meetings, or you may also call 533-6555 ext. 3708.





BookFlix is a resource for e-books from Scholastic and brought to you through POWER Library. Log in with your library card and select Find a Book. Enjoy nine different categories that pair fiction and nonfiction for your children in K – grade 3. Also available in Spanish.