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.
Do you have a question for a children’s librarian?
Call 717-533-6555 x3708.
Email: Rita Hunt-Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
General information: 717-533-6555 or e-mail at email@example.com
Library Director: Laura O’Grady: firstname.lastname@example.org
Acquisitions Librarian: Krista Hughes: email@example.com
Reference Librarian: Donna Small – firstname.lastname@example.org
Circulation Coordinator: Chris Gawron – email@example.com
Electronic Resources Coordinator: Jeff Cothren – firstname.lastname@example.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
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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.
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.
Hershey Public Library Policy
- Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior of their children in the library at all times.
- Children under 12 years of age must be supervised by a person 14 years of age or older.
- Children 12 years of age and older must know how to contact a parent or guardian.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
These websites will point you to people and organizations that can help.
- EDUCATION LAW CENTER – legal information.
- DAUPHIN COUNTY – government services’ website– Human Services; addressing children and youth services including bullying prevention.
- CENTER FOR SAFE SCHOOL – bullying prevention.
- DERRY TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT – Olweus Bullying Pevention Program Overview.
- YOUTH.GOV – links to bullying, information, strategies, tools, and resources for youth, families, schools and community organizations related to a variety of cross-cutting topics that affect youth.
- 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.
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.
- 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, 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.
Avoiding Predators Online
Playing Games Online
Protecting Your Privacy Online
Using Social Networks