Second Saturday

“Not a Box” – June, 2018

Second Saturday at 1:30 p.m. This program is a part of our literacy-based strategy encouraging reading, talking, playing, singing and writing in young children. We begin with a featured theme read-aloud story with plenty of time for exploration of theme through (blocks, learning centers, play areas, experiments) to promote active engagement of parents with their children. There will be an opportunity to take related books home after the program. Jackie Sisco presents the monthly program. If you have questions, please e-mail to Please register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

If library programming for you and your family is difficult to attend during the week, register for Second Saturday.


August 11 – Air is Everywhere! Registration begins June 4.)

September  8 – Grandparents are Great! (Registration begins August 27.)

October 13 – Fire Safety featuring Book FLIX (Registration begins September 29.)

November 10 – Build it Up with Blocks (Registration begins October 27.)

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

September 16, 2018. 2:00 p.m.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Plants
Ever wondered what’s going on in the lawn in front of the library? Come join the Manada Conservancy and learn about riparian buffers and why they are important for our community. Then take a walk on the wild side and learn about the hard-working plants that make their home there. After the program, take a “field trip” down to the riparian buffer and see what’s “growing on”! This Children’s Series program is suitable for grades K-5. Sponsored by the Friends.


Build Hershey


Wednesday, October 7, 2018.

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

lego_manBring your family for some fabulous LEGO fun! Architect Stephen W. Schwartz has mapped out historic Hershey so we can recreate it in LEGO form. This program is a two-hour, fast-paced, hands-on, model building experience using over 60,000 LEGO building blocks. Participants will work in teams, either family or friends. Intergenerational teams are encouraged! While the number of participants is not limited, we ask you to pre-register your team using the group registration option on our website starting on September 24. Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708. This Children’s Series program is sponsored by the Friends.

Theatreworks USA: Rosie Revere, Engineer

November 11, 2018. 2:00 p.m.

Join us for another spectacular live performance from Theatreworks USA! Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist’s curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. This fun new musical is based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. See how much fun STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) can be! Suitable for grades K-5. This Children’s Series program is sponsored by the Friends.

Please stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up your free tickets starting October 29.

Furry Tales

“I love this story, please keep reading to me. :-)”

Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., June 20 to July 25.

This program is for struggling readers who will be paired with licensed therapy dogs and their handlers. Please note that pre-registration is necessary for these sessionsParents of homeschoolers and interested parents, if you have questions, please contact Rita Hunt-Smith at 533-6555  ext. 3707. A selection of suitable reading material is provided for the children to read to the dogs. Studies have shown that this is a successful means of providing practice in a relaxed and comforting atmosphere.


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


Do you have children who love playing with LEGO? Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club where building encourages imagination and creativity, and where children bring construction to life. Please register for EACH session your child will attend.

Summer Session

Thursday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 21 – July 19. Registration begins June 4. Please register for each week you wish to attend, online, or call the Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Fall Session

Meet on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May. September 5, October 3 and November 6. 4:00 pm.. to 4:45 p.m. Please register for each week you wish to attend, online, or call the Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Crazy 8’s Math Club


For Grades 1-2. Club meets Mondays from October 15 to December 10. 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (No meeting on November 5.)

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, October 1. Open registration begins on Monday, October 8.

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!

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.