Enjoy Saturday afternoon stories and activities with your family (everyone is welcome). Family Storytime is presented by Jackie Sisco. If you have questions, please e-mail to email@example.com. Registration begins December 26. Please register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708
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. 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.)
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.
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.
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.
Fall sessions: Fridays: November 10. December 8. January 5 and 19, 2018. February 2, 2018.
(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 will meet the first Wednesday of the month.
December 6, January 3, February 7, March 7, April 4 and May 2 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.
2017 Children’s Choice Book Awards
Children’s Book Council and Every Child a Reader awards provide young readers with an opportunity to voice their opinions about new books being written for them. The most popular books in each age group become the Children’s Choice Book Award finalists. See the 2017 winners.
Children’s Librarian Recommendations. Click to reserve a copy.
PA School Librarian Association Recommendations for Juvenile Readers
Each year, the Pennsylvania School Librarian Association (PSLA) nominates quality books for the PA Young Reader’s Choice Award. You know what that means….Kids get to vote for their favorite! Follow the link for the PSLA website of current nominees and past winners.
Each year, the Association for Library Service for Children awards the Caldecott Medal to “the artist of the most distinguished picture book for children.” The award is named after Randolph Caldecott, a renowned illustrator of the 19th century. Although only one book is selected each year to receive the Medal, several books are also given the Caldecott Honor distinction. List of Medal and Honor winners!
Newbery Award for Younger Readers
Each year, the Association for Library to Children awards the John Newbery Medal to “to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” John Newbery was a British publisher, especially of children’s books. Like the Caldecott Award, only one book is chosen to receive the Newbery medal but additional notable books are named Newbery Honor books. List of Medal and Honors winners!