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, 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.

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.

Winter Sessions

Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. March 8 and 22, April 5 and 19, May 3 and 17.

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.

Sessions are offered year round.

Sign up for a 5 week program held on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m., and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Summer Quest Survey

survey-picSummer 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.

Reading Recommendations

2018 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 2018 winners.



Children’s Librarian Recommendations. Click to reserve a copy.

doll bones
flora and ulysses
the crossover
brown girl dreaming
press here
the read the book lemmings
hugely-wugely spider
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!

Crazy 8’s Math Club


Crazy 8s will be offered to children in grades 3-5 in the New Year. The math club will meet 8 times from Mondays from January 7, 2019 to February 25, 2019. 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

Join Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s, an over-the-top after-school club designed to get kids fired up about math. It’s math gone wild! Crazy 8s meets 8 times.

Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708 to register at the Children’s desk, or if you have questions. Presenter: Jackie Sisco.

Read more about Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8s.

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!