Inclusion

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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.

Contact Us

Ask a Librarian

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

Call 717-533-6555 x3708.

Email: Rita Hunt-Smith: ritahuntsmith@derrytownship.org 

 

General information: 717-533-6555 or e-mail at library@derrytownship.org

Library Director: Barbara Ellis – barbellis@derrytownship.org

Acquisitions Librarian: Krista Hughes: kristahughes@derrytownship.org

Reference Librarian: Donna Small – donnasmall@derrytownship.org

Circulation Coordinator: Chris Gawron – chrisgawron@derrytownship.org

Electronic Resources Coordinator: Jeff Cothren – jlcothre@derrytownship.org

 

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

e-Newsletter

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Click to subscribe and receive via e-mail our monthly e-newsletter that covers all the latest children’s programs and also classes and programs for adults. Interested? To view the current month’s issue on the subscription page, click “e-Newsletter” then “View Latest Issue”.

Volunteers for Book Buddies Needed

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VOLUNTEER READERS ARE NEEDED

If you have completed 5th grade and are a proficient reader who likes young children, apply by contacting the Children’s Services department at 533-6555 ext. 3708 or stop by the Children’s Desk at the Hershey Public Library. Pick up an application form at the Children’s desk to be a book buddy volunteer beginning May 1st. Training session for Book Buddy Readers is at 10:00 a.m. on June 12.

Our Mission

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The Hershey Public Library is a community center focusing on open access to materials, programs, information, and services that fulfill the community’s educational and enrichment needs. The Library actively promotes and supports reading, literacy, information technology, multicultural resources and services and lifelong learning.

Visit the Library

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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.

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 8 to be accompanied by an adult or a responsible sitter 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.

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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.

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.

Confidentiality of Records

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2.1 In accordance with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Statutes (Title 24, Chapter 16, Article IV, 24P. S. 4428), and as recommended by the American Library Association, the following records, related to the circulation of library materials, identifying the names of Library users and other personally identifiable information shall be considered confidential in nature and may be revealed only to record holders for library business use. This includes:

  • Titles and number of items checked out
  • Titles and number of items on reserve
  • Overdue and fine account information
  • Reference questions
  • Interlibrary loan requests and transactions

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