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. – 11:00 a. m.

Summer Sessions

Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. June 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, August 17.

Registration opens two weeks before each class. Please register for each individual class your child will attend, online, or please call the Children’s desk at (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708 to speak to a staff member.

1, 2, Whee!

A mixed-age program for ones and twos with a caregiver. New songs, new dances, same fun and learning. Age Group(s): Toddlers (24-36 months), Ones (12-24 months). Presented by Barb Clay.

Summer Session 

Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. June 19 – July 17.

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. June 20 – July 18. (No program on July 4.)

Registration for both Tuesday and Wednesday morning sessions begins June 4. Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Chewsy Readers


Chewsy Readers ages 7 and 8, and 9 and 10 will meet for BYO brown bag lunches and book-sharing this summer from June 19 to July 17.

For children ages 7 and 8 (having completed 1st or 2nd grade). Mondays from 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. June 18 to July 16.

For chidlren ages 9 and 10 (having completed 3rd or 4th grade) Wednesdays from 12:15–1:00 p.m. June 21–July 19.

Registration begins on Monday, June 4. Register online. You may also call the Children’s desk to register at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Movie and a Craft


For all ages and especially for families! All movies are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No registration required.

Friday, June 22 – Sing (PG) 

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine.




Friday, July 6 – Country Bears (G)

A cub tries to round up a disbanded all-bear music group to save a hall from being demolished. Inspired by Disney’s Country Bear Jamboree theme-park attraction.





Friday, July 20  – Mary Poppins (G)

Julie Andrews made her Oscar-winning film debut as the “practically perfect” Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who enlightens the lives of everyone she meets while caring for a stiff banker’s two children in London in the early 1900s.

Furry Tales

“I love this story, please keep reading to me. :-)”

Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., June 20 to July 25.

This program is for struggling readers who will be paired with licensed therapy dogs and their handlers. Please note that pre-registration is necessary for these sessionsParents of homeschoolers and interested parents, if you have questions, please contact Rita Hunt-Smith at 533-6555  ext. 3707. A selection of suitable reading material is provided for the children to read to the dogs. Studies have shown that this is a successful means of providing practice in a relaxed and comforting atmosphere.


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


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.

Summer Session

Thursday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 21 – July 19. Registration begins June 4. Please register for each week you wish to attend, online, or call the Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Rock the Fort


Saturday, August 25. From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Let’s end the summer with some family reading fun! Meet us for stories at 2:30 p.m. When the library closes at 3 p.m, registered families may use materials from home to create reading forts in the library. Enjoy family reading time and earn a medal for your efforts! ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT FOR THIS PROGRAM. Registration is requested for this event. Register online, or 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.