Gamut Theater Academy: “Once Upon a Time”

Thursday, March 29. 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Performance Class of Gamut Theater Group presents: “Once Upon a Time”, a collection of famous fairy tales scenes geared for children ages 4 and up and their families. No registration required. Everyone is welcome. If you have questions, please contact Rita Hunt-Smith at (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708 or send an e-mail to
About the Gamut Theatre Group:
This is the combined theatre company of Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre and Harrisburg Shakespeare Co. and has been entertaining students and families since 1993. The Performance Class is an upper-level drama class comprised of students ages 13 – 18 that are taught by Executive Director, Melissa Nicholson and Core Company Actor/Scene Designer, Ross Carmichael. Each Spring, the Performance Class students produce a show and take it on the road, performing at local venues.

Second Saturday


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

We now 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 will 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.

(Future Second Saturdays will be on March 10, April 14 and May 12.)

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. 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.)

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!

Block Party! will return later in the year.

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: April 13 and 27, May 11. (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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Schedule: Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. February 7-28.

Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. March 6—April 3
Township Registration begins February 19
Open Registration begins February 26

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. April 11—May 9
Township Registration begins March 26
Open Registration begins April 2

A mixed-age program for ones and twos with a caregiver. New songs, new dances, same fun and learning. Join us for 4 special sessions in January. Age Group(s): Toddlers (24-36 months), Ones (12-24 months). Presenter: Barb Clay. E-mail:

LEGO® Club


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

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.