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.

Reading Recommendations

2017 Children’s Choice Book Awards

children_choice_book_award_2017Children’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.

ramona the pest
the wednesday wars
the graveyard book
all of a kind family uptown
miraculous journey of edward tulane
when you reach me
a wrinkle in time
egypt game
freight train
an egg is quiet
pete the cat
blink and gollie
elephants cannot dance
hush little baby
no fits, nilson!
red eyed tree frog
mike mulligan and his steamshovel
how do dinosaurs ger well soon
the doorbell rang
don't let the pidgeon drive the bus
the bus for us
bark, george


PA School Librarian Association Recommendations for Juvenile Readers

pa_school_librarian_associationEach 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.


Caldecott Award


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!

OverDrive for E-Books and Audiobooks


Through Capital Area District Library, OverDrive provides a collections of e-books and audiobooks for children in fiction and nonfiction titles. Log in with your library card. Download digital media to your mobile device or computer with the OverDrive app or use OverDrive Read or OverDrive Listen to enjoy digital media through a browser and with Internet connection. Click here for information on OverDrive and apps.



Click Kids on the main image for the Kids collection. Dedicated to children’s literature displayed in an easy to search format, make selections from the Subjects or Collections tab for e-books and audio-books in genres like beginning reader, comics and graphic books, science fiction and fantasy, mystery, technology, westerns, and much more. Over 2,264 titles and rising!


Contact Us

Ask a Librarian

Do you have a question for a children’s librarian?

Call 717-533-6555 x3708. Email: Rita Smith: 

General information: 717-533-6555 or e-mail at

Library Director: Laura O’Grady:

Cataloging and Technical Services Librarian: Krista Hughes:

Reference Librarian: Donna Small –

Circulation Manager: Chris Gawron –

Systems Administrator: Jeff Cothren –

Webmaster: Heather Mahraj –

To call other departments, dial 717-533-6555 and follow the prompts.

IT Dept: x3701

Circulation Desk: x3700

Children’s Desk: x3708

Reference Desk: x3706

Interlibrary Loan: x3723

Adult Programs and Events: x3717

Friends of the Library: x3719



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Strategic Statement

Impact Statement
In Derry Township, we are the place of discoveries. Your possibilities can become realities here.

Mission Statement
The Hershey Public Library is the hub of our community, creating possibilities for everyone to enrich their lives.

Vision Statement
Community Engagement Vision

As the trusted hub of our community, we make it possible for everyone to access us. Our work and impact are not limited to our main location. While it serves as the center of our operations, we proactively reach into the community, identify users’ needs, and bring programs and services to the people who can’t come to us. In doing so, we bring the library and all of its services to all in our community.

Services Vision

We deliver programs and services that are not available elsewhere in our community. As part of this commitment, we identify low-user populations such as teens, seniors, minorities, and transient residents and develop programming focused on them. We collaborate with the school system and township recreation programs to leverage their efforts and deliver synergistic services.

We think like retail merchandisers, actively promoting seasonal books and resources and making new resources easily accessible to users. We know the technology needs of our users and deliver solutions that completely bridge the digital divide in our service area. Through hands-on experiences, users interested in making items or working on collective projects find the help and convening opportunities they need to pursue their common interests. We loan non-traditional items such as tech accessories, tools and instruments and provide opportunities for users to learn how to use and maintain them.

Organizational Culture and Staffing Vision

Our culture of customer service is characterized by the word “yes.” Flexible and willing to change to accommodate the needs of our users, we are committed to being first-class in all that we do.

The work of our staff is less structured and more flexible than in the past. Everyone is cross-trained to effectively serve our users, enabling us to reallocate staff to serve when and where needed. Mindful of the evolving service and technology needs of our users, our staff continually modifies our services to master new technologies and support multiple populations.

Facilities Vision

Highly aware of the emerging trends impacting our community and users, we actively practice space optimization. Through this practice, low-circulation resources are routinely moved to less-than-prime space, and prime space is used to deliver primary resources, services, and programs. This enables us to maximize our existing space and create space to meet specific program and user needs.

Outcomes Vision

As a result of our strategic focus and hard work, the Hershey Public Library is a high-caliber, first-class library through which everyone in our community has equal access to the programs, services, and resources they need to live in an ever-changing world. Most important, in Derry Township, we are the place of discoveries through which possibilities become real.

Visit the Library

Rita Hunt-Smith, Children’s Librarian, meets with a local Day Care Center pre-school group.

Are you a home-schooler, day-care provider, scout leader, or teacher?  The Children’s Services staff at the library is pleased to welcome field trips to the library.  We are happy to work with you in meeting your children’s needs.

Become acquainted with our extensive fiction and nonfiction collections in Children’s Services, as well as magazines, and media.

There are many online resources and databases trusted for their reliable source of information on multiple subjects through the library’s website. We would be very happy to intoduce you to these resources.

Field trips can be scheduled as our programming schedule permits, please call 533-6555 ext. 3708 for dates.  Please note that all evening field trips must be scheduled at least one month in advance.



POWER Kids is collection of databases for Elementary and Middle school aged children. Provided by the Pennsylvania Public Libraries, School Libraries and the State Library, the POWER library enables parents and children to access thousands of articles, newspapers, and photographs on a range of subjects from animals to current issues, cybersafety, social studies to science and math.  Search encyclopedias, images, magazine articles, historical essays, and much more. Great resource for science fairs, homework and research projects. 

Math and English Skills Improvement

LearningExpress Library is a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students learners succeed in a variety of academic levels from grade 4. You’ll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.  In the main menu, hover over All Centers, click School Center then Elementary School.  Choose Math, Reading and Writing and Language. Middle School topics are also available. The site is free but requires registration.  

Parent Library Cooperation Guidelines

The Hershey Public Library welcomes and encourages community members of all ages to take advantage of the many resources the library has to offer. In order to provide the best possible library experience for our customers, we ask parents to follow these guidelines for Parent-Library Cooperation:

  • We expect all children under the age of 12 to be supervised by an individual 14 or older while visiting the library.
    Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior in the library. Disruptive children are defined as children who talk loudly, run, are disrespectful toward others, or mistreat library property. Disruptive children, attended or unattended, may be asked to leave the library after one warning.
  • We expect all children and teens to use appropriate language and behavior in the library. Those who do not will be asked to leave after one warning.
    We expect parents to maintain control of their children while visiting the library. Please remember that the library staff’s professional services do not include baby-sitting.
  • We expect parents to set reasonable time limits for their children’s library visits.
    Library staff members cannot be responsible for the safety, care, supervision or entertainment of children, who, on a regular basis, are required by parents to spend hours in the library after school in lieu of daycare.
    In order to provide for the general welfare for all persons using the library, and to provide for the general safety of children using the library, each child should know his/her full name, address, and telephone number and the name and phone number of a responsible adult to contact if the parent cannot be reached. The child should be introduced to the children’s librarian and other library staff members so he/she feels comfortable approaching them with a problem.
    If an unattended child is being disruptive, is habitually left unattended for long periods or time, or is deemed to be at risk of coming to harm, an effort will be made to locate the responsible parent, guardian, or caregiver. If necessary, Derry Township Police will be notified to take custody of the child.
  • We expect parents to let us know if they or their children are unable to find the type of materials they seek.
    We welcome suggestions for materials that will broaden our collections or improve our service.
  • We expect parents to be responsible for the types of materials checked out by their children and their selection choices.
    The library staff does not limit choices or censor materials.
  • We expect parent’s to see that overdue fines are paid promptly. Parents are financially responsible for damages to library materials or property incurred by their children.