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, 1, 2, Whee!, Storytime, and 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.
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.
Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. September 21, October 5 & 19, November 2, 16 & 30.
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.
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.
Sessions are offered year round.
Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.
Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.
Summer Quest ended on August 24th. Please take a moment to complete an anonymous survey to provide us with valuable feedback. This is only for ages 4-17 (not for babies, and 2s, & 3s). Thank you for your time. We hope you enjoyed Summer Quest at the Hershey Public Library. The survey will be open until September 15.
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!
Celebrate Green Halloween at the library! Starting on Tuesday, September 4, drop off costumes in clean, wearable condition during the following children’s programs – (Books & Babies, 1, 2, Whee! and Storytime). You will receive a ticket for each costume you drop off. Saturday, September 29, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., come back to swap your ticket for a new-to-you costume.
If you have questions, call Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.