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.

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.

Book Buddies Program



During the Book Buddies program, young people who are a proficient readers and have completed at least 5th grade read books to children ages 3-6.

Meetings are on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. June 19th – July 17th. Registration begins June 5. Open registration begins on Monday, June 12. 

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

Chewsy Readers


Chewsy Readers ages 7 and 8, and 9 and 10 will meet for BYO brown bag lunches and book-sharing this summer from June 19 to July 17.

For children ages 7 and 8 (having completed 1st or 2nd grade). Mondays from 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. June 19 to July 17.

For chidlren ages 9 and 10 (having completed 3rd or 4th grade) Wednesdays from 12:15–1:00 p.m. June 21–July 19.

Register online.

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

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

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 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. June 12, 29. July 6, 13 and 20.

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.

Derry township registration begins on Monday, June 5 at 8:00 a.m.

Building Hershey


Tuesday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m.

Architectural Heritage Community Workshop is brought to you by architect Stephen Schwartz returns to Hershey with a special Building Blocks Workshop all about Hershey, PA! Building Blocks Workshops conducts programs using Lego® building blocks as a fun event for children and their caregivers to learn about the architectural heritage of their community. This program is a 2 hour, fast-paced, hands-on, model building experience using over 60,000 Lego® building blocks to create our hometown. Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Endowment_Trust_small_logoThis program is made possible by the generous support of the Hershey Public Library Endowment.

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 and no registration is required. Please mark your calendars for these wonderful family performances. Download the Fall 2016-Spring 2017 Friends PROGRAMS brochure.