Child Safety in the Library

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Hershey Public Library Policy

  1. Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library at all times.
  2. Children under 12 years of age must be supervised by a person 14 years of age or older.
  3. Children 12 years of age and older must know how to contact a parent or guardian.
  4. Parents/guardians and children are reminded that the library is a public facility.  Library staff will assist with library related activities. Appropriate behavior and supervision are the responsibility of the parent/guardian and are expected at all times.
  5. If a problem arises with a child of any age and the staff is unable to locate a parent/guardian, the police may be called at the discretion of the library staff.
  6. If a child remains at the library after closing and the staff is unable to locate a parent/guardian, the police may be called at the discretion of the library staff.

Bullying Prevention Resources

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These websites will point you to people and organizations that can help.

  • STOP BULLYING.GOV bullying prevention and response; youth topics, including electronic aggression. Information on intervention for parents, youth, schools, and educators. Research, spotlight articles, and references. Links to other websites, including US Education Secretary Highlights for Best Practices of Bullying Policies.
  • CONNECT SAFELY  safety tips and advice for parents and kids on safe internet and  cell phone use, how to stop bullying and cyberbullying and how to deal with fake profiles on social networks.

Safe Access to the Internet

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Warning to Parents and Caregivers:

Parents or guardians, not the Library or its staff, are ultimately responsible for their children’s use of the Internet through the Library’s connection. The Hershey Public Library does not monitor, and has no control over, any materials obtained on the Internet, and cannot be held responsible for its content. Despite the presence of filtering software, it is recommended that parents supervise their children’s Internet sessions.

Behavior Policy

  • No more than 2 people on any computer at any time
  • Please log on / log off with each new user
  • Appropriate, respectful behavior is expected at all times

These rules will be strictly enforced. If you do not follow the rules, your computer time will be ended for the day. Please note that federal law requires children 16 and under (until the 17th birthday) to have filtered Internet access. Library staff CANNOT override these filters.

CyberSmarts

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CyberSmarts, is part of Power Library, and a resource for information for parents and children on how to deal with important safety issues through an interactive e-book collection. For children grades 3 – 6. For older children, select Teen CyberSmarts for help with cyberbullying and social networking.

TOPICS:

Avoiding Predators Online
Playing Games Online
Protecting Your Privacy Online
Stopping Cyberbullying
Using Social Networks

Books and Babies

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Books and Babies is a five-week series of 20-minute interactive programs for pre-walking children birth to 12 months and their caregivers. One child and one adult register together for songs, simple stories, nursery rhymes and action plays. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents of young children while introducing your baby to the library and literacy. Register online, or call Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Winter sessions

Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. January 7 to February 4.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, December 24 Open registration begins on December 31.

Storytime

Storytime is a five-week series of half-hour programs designed for children 3 to 5.  Storytime provides a structured literature-based opportunity for children to gain independence.  Parents and caregivers may use Storytime to fill their own library needs or may be present in the room to observe or participate. Extended conversations with other parents are discouraged in the Storytime space. To best serve our young listeners, sessions are divided by age.

Register online, or call the Children’s desk at (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Winter Sessions

Storytime for 3s and 4s

Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. February 11 to March 11.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, November 5. Open registration begins on Monday, November 12.

Storytime for 4s and 5s

Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. February 11 to March 11.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, November 5. Open registration begins on Monday, November 12.

Storytime Specials
April 22. 11 a.m. Storytime Special: Story Sharing. Teen writers share the picture books they authored with our storytime families. Registration preferred, drop-ins welcome.

May 5. 11 a.m. Storytime Special: SummerQuest Preview. Families with young children (ages 2-6) are welcome to enjoy an hour of centers and free play based on our summer theme, A Universe of Stories. Registration preferred, drop-ins welcome

SPLAT Studio

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Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Pre-registration is required due to space limitation. (Maximum of 30 for each group) Registration begins on Monday, April 22, 2019.

The Hershey Public Library tradition continues – a surprise Mother’s Day art project. Back by popular demand, Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Studio – Spirited People Learning Artfulness Together – will help the children design a special project for a loved one. Pre-registration is required. This program is free and open to the public, and will take place in the library’s meeting room. A maximum of 30 kids per session permitted.

2:00 to 2:40 p.m. Register children ages 2 to 6. 

3:00 to 3:40 p.m. Register children ages 6 and up.

You may also call the Children’s Desk at 533-6555 ext. 3708 to register.

Friends Children’s Series program are suitable for children K-5.