Buddy Stories


Tuesday, August 15. 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

We hope you and your little ones join us for 30-45 minutes of story time and buddy building. We are excited to share several friendship, acceptance and bully prevention themed stories with all our buddies! Cooperative effort by the Hershey Public Library and the Citizens of Derry Township Anti-Bullying Team. Family Friendly (everyone welcome), Preschool (3-5 years)
Presenters: Rita Smith & Kristen Arndt.

Register online, or call Rita Hunt-Smith at (717) 533-6555 x. 3707.

LEAP into Science Family Workshops


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Join us for a hands-on family program exploring SCIENCE! LEAP into Science is a program designed to engage children and families in science and literacy. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Please note: Workshop times vary. Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708. Derry Township registration begins on Monday, June 5. Open registration begins on Monday, June 12.

Design It, Build It!

Thursday, June 8 (after last day of school) – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Repeated on Saturday, June 10. 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

No matter where we live, we are constantly encountering structures from skyscrapers to log cabins, beehives to ferris wheels. How are they made? What allows them to stay standing, even in the face of sever weather? In this workshop, children and families will explore the basics of building. You will learn about the importance of everything from foundations to shape strength, and work together to build your own stable structures. Notice characteristics of buildings and structures in your communities, those man-made and natural.

Air is Everywhere

Thursday, July 6 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Air is everywhere. But how do we know that it exists? Can you feel the air? Air is most noticeable when we feel it in the form of wind. Wind can be a light breeze that blows our hair, or a strong gust that knocks down trees during a powerful storm. We can also see air when it fills up space inside a bubble or balloon. In this workshop, children and families will experiment with air to understand how something that is invisible can have visible effects, and show the power of wind. Download to watch a brief movie clip of this program  Another movie clip.

Balancing Act

Thursday, July 13 – 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

We balance all the time, without even realizing it. We balance when we stand, walk, and run. This workshop invites children and families to have fun exploring and manipulating the placement of weight in objects, as well as in their own bodies, to learn more about the science of balance.

Do You See What I See and Eclipse Viewing Party

Monday, August 21 – 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Think about all the ways light is an important part of our daily lives. from sunlight to flashlights, light helps us see the world around us. In this workshop, children and families explore the properties of light and shadow, and enjoy viewing the solar eclipse with special viewing glasses we have available for the program.

Furry Tales

Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., June 21 to July 26.

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.

LEGO® Club


LEGO® Club will meet the first Wednesday of the month.

September 6, October 4, and November 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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.

Register online for club meetings, or you may also call 533-6555 ext. 3708.


National Costume Swap


Celebrate Green Halloween at the library! Starting on Tuesday, September 5, drop off costumes in clean, wearable condition during storytime or toddlertime. You will receive a ticket for each costume you drop off. Saturday, September 30, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., come back  to swap your ticket for a new-to-you costume.

If you have questions, call Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Friends Children’s Series

Friends Children’s Series are drop – in programs brought to you by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library. Unless otherwise specified, all programs are on Sundays at 2 p.m. and are suitable for grades K-5. Programs are free, open to the public. No registration is required. Please mark your calendars for these wonderful family performances.


Sunday, September 17, at 2:00 pm.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Insects

manadaEver 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 amazing insects that make their home there. After the program, take a “field trip” down to the riparian buffer and see how many buffer bugs you can find!


Sunday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Teller of Home-Fried Tales

Lyn_FordCome hear award winning storyteller Lyn Ford perform Affrilachian Folktales, African American folktales, fables, and fool tales from the hills and valleys of Appalachia. Be ready to laugh and learn with these stories full of heart!

Please note: This program will take place in the Children’s area of the library, not in the program rooms.



Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m.

The Gizmo Guys: Objects in Motion

GizmoGuysSqCombine world-class juggling skills, solid links to science and math – mix it with lots of comedy, and you have The Gizmo Guys. With unbelievable teamwork and cooperation, this duo, which has been performing for over 20 years, will amaze the audience with their mastery of patterns, gravity, symmetry, and fun! See the Gizmo Guys juggling in action!




January, 2018. TBA

SPLAT Studio

splat_studioLet’s chase those winter blues away with an afternoon of art!
Back by popular demand, Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Studio – Spirited People Learning Artfulness Together – will help children create a wonderful work of art and get their creative juices flowing!

Pre-registration is required.
2:00-2:40: ages 2-6; maximum of 30
3:00-3:40: ages 6 and up; maximum of 30
Registration for this limited program, online at www.hersheylibrary.org or call the Children’s Desk at 533-6555 X 3708.


Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Bantaba: the Circle of Celebration by The Seventh Principle

bantabaThrough a high-energy fusion of percussive dance, traditional music, and rousing call-and-response, the three performers of The Seventh Principle demonstrate both traditional African dance and modern African-American dance while teaching about the respective cultures on both sides of the Atlantic.  Bantaba: The Circle of Celebration connects students to the history of African dance and cultures and celebrates the unique ability the art form has to bring people together around the world.



Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Deborah Sampson by Anne Pasquale

deborah_sampson_1This is the story of Deborah Sampson, a remarkable woman whose life is largely ignored by most historical texts. She was known as the “Secret Soldier,’ the American Revolution’s only acknowledged female combat veteran. A descendant of William Bradford and Miles Standish, Deborah Sampson spent her childhood in poverty and was sold into indentured servitude. Anne Pasquale and her accompanist bring this story to life through interactive re-enactments and storytelling. The audience will understand the plight of the colonies and the need for revolution through the eyes of this extraordinary young woman. This performance, highlighted by stage combat and live music of the period, is a perfect accompaniment for anyone interested in colonial history or the American Revolution.


Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Patricia Polacco: Author and Illustrator

Patricia has authored over 100 books and stories, as well as adding stunning visual artistry to her books. She has been enlightening children and adults alike for 30 years while visiting elementary schools and libraries all over the United State and Canada. She shares her message of tolerance, acceptance, diversity, love, and respect to children of all ages while entertaining them with her lively personal stories. Patricia draws upon her rich heritage of mixed cultures for her inspirations.



Sunday, May 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.


operaworks_smIf you doubt that a program about opera could be one of our funniest and most popular offerings, you haven’t see “OperaWorks.” We guarantee that you will never think opera is “stuffy” once OperaWorks presents its light-hearted mix of great singing, slapstick, and audience participation. With excerpts from “The Barber of Seville,” “Porgy and Bess,” “La Traviata,” and “Don Giovanni” – not to mention some conducting and musical help from the audience – the assembly offers a wonderful opportunity for children to develop a lasting appreciation of opera.

Trick-or-Treat Storytime


Tuesday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. This storytime is for children ages 3-6. Come in costume to enjoy stories and a chance to trick-or-treat in the library. No registration necessary.

8th Annual Holiday Movie Extravaganza

Thursday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Come in your pajamas ready to be transported to the Jolly Old England! By popular demand, we will show the movie, A Muppet Christmas Carol (rated G) and enjoy popcorn and apple juice and maybe even a few surprises. No registration is needed.