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.)

Download the Beanstack Tracker app for your mobile device from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android to record reading sessions, to scan ISBN barcodes to add titles to your Log (available only on smartphones; not tablets), and manage family reading logs and view statistics.

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 changes his location every Monday. Clues are posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as at the library. 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.

Fall Session

Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. September 12 until October 31. Registration begins on August 27. 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


“Air is Everywhere” Second Saturday on August 11, 2018

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.

September  8 at 1:30 pm – Grandparents are Great! (Registration begins August 27.)

October 13 at 1:30 pm – Fire Safety featuring Book FLIX (Registration begins September 29.)

November 10 at 1:30 pm – Second Saturday Special! Aladdin is presented by the Popcorn Hat Players. This event is sponsored by the Friends. Registration is not required for this event.


Take a Walk on the Wild Side

September 16, 2018. 2:00 p.m.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Plants
Ever wondered what’s going on in the lawn in front of the library? Come join the Manada Conservancy and learn about riparian buffers and why they are important for our community. Then take a walk on the wild side and learn about the hard-working plants that make their home there. After the program, take a “field trip” down to the riparian buffer and see what’s “growing on”! This Children’s Series program is suitable for grades K-5. Sponsored by the Friends.


Build Hershey


Sunday, October 7, 2018.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

lego_manBring your family for some fabulous LEGO fun! Architect Stephen W. Schwartz has mapped out historic Hershey so we can recreate it in LEGO form. This program is a two-hour, fast-paced, hands-on, model building experience using over 60,000 LEGO building blocks. Participants will work in teams, either family or friends. Intergenerational teams are encouraged! While the number of participants is not limited, we ask you to pre-register your team using the group registration option on our website starting on September 24. Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708. This Children’s Series program is sponsored by the Friends.

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.