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.


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. Pick up an application form at the Children’s desk to be a book buddy volunteer beginning May 1st. Training session for Book Buddy Readers is at 10:30 a.m. on June 12. (Training date updated May 11.)

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. Please check the Event Calendar for registration.

Tuesday, May 30th – Light and Shadow (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

Thursday, June 8 (after last day of school) – Design It, Build It (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 10 – Design It! Build It! (1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Thursday, July 6 – Air is Everywhere  (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Thursday, July 13 – Balancing Act  (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Monday, August 21 – Do You See What I See and Eclipse Viewing Party (1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)

Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708. Derry Township registration begins on Monday, June 5. Open registration begins on Monday, June 12.

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.