Second Saturday


Is library programming for you and your family difficult to attend during the week?

We offer a program every 2nd Saturday at 1:30 p.m. that 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. (Everyone is welcome). If you have questions, please e-mail to Please register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

June 9 – Not a Box (Registration begins May 26.)

July 14 – Do you measure up? (Registration begins June 4.)

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

Volunteers for Book Buddies 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. 2018 Book Buddies program will run from June 18 to July 23 at 10:30 a.m.

To be a book buddies volunteer, please pick up an application form at the Children’s desk beginning May 1st.

Training session for Book Buddy Readers will be at 10:45 a.m. on Monday, June 11.

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 18th – July 16th. Registration begins June 4, 2018.

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 18 to July 16.

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

Registration begins on Monday, June 4. Register online. 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 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. Registration begins April 16, 2018.


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 26. 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.